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Elevating Run Specialty

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St. Louis - April 29-May 2, 2024

Union Station Hotel 

We are thrilled to announce an exciting transition for our annual member event. Beginning this spring, we will be gathering at the RIA Summit. The new name reflects the ethos of the show - helping retailers, brands and associate members connect in ways that elevate their businesses.  

The RIA Summit  is designed for owners, buyers, key staff and brand personnel in the run specialty channel. 

Elevating Run Specialty

You will walk away from the 2024 RIA Summit with actionable, progressive ideas about how to move your business forward. The programming will be designed to look to the future, whether it is new technology (did someone say AI?) or novel ways to retain your rockstar employees.

Get ready for three programming sessions: 

Professional Development

  • The future of buying/Inventory management
  • Navigating digital marketing in the age of AI
  • E-commerce sales trends using the latest tools
  • RIA Product Data Collaborative training

Peer-to-Peer Group Conversations

  • Retaining and elevating your superstars - What’s next?
  • Cultivating store culture, with an eye toward inclusion
  • Improving staff training 

Brand-Led Small Group Discussions

  • Book more, chase less - futures planning
  • How to best partner in the DTC environment
  • ‘Hidden runner’ acquisition - they want to shop in your store!

We are also excited to introduce a NEW STORE TRACK that will include: 

  • Learn from the masters with peer sharing and mentoring
  • Join the new store RIA Mastermind group 
  • Build relationships with dinner date matching and other social opportunities

Detailed schedule and session information will be available by end of March.

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RIA Summit 2024 Schedule

  • Monday
    — Opening night event 

  • Tuesday/Wednesday 
    — 8:30-10:45 Programming Session 1 & 2
    — 10:50-12:00 Brand Presentations
    — 12:00-1:00 Lunch
    — 1:00-5:45 Brand Presentations & Top to Top Meetings

  • Thursday 
    — 8:30-12:00 Choice of Programming, Brand Presentations or Top to Top Meetings

  • Union Station Hotel – St. Louis, Missouri  [Venue Information Below]

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St. Louis

  • 1820 Market Street

  • St. Louis, MO 63103

We will enjoy a new gathering place, the elegant and iconic Union Station Hotel in downtown St. Louis, Missouri.

Based on the feedback from The Summit 2023, we needed a larger, more versatile venue to accommodate additional, quieter meeting spaces which were cost-prohibitive in Chicago. This new location will offer opportunities for more programming (including a track for smaller/newer stores), peer-sharing, one-on-one brand conversations, and increased schedule flexibility- all in the spirit of “Your Show, Your Way”.

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The Rooms

Relax each night in a comfortable hotel room featuring courtyard or swimming pool views starting at $199 for retailers. The group rate is based on availability so reserve yours as soon as registration opens.

The Food

The Union Station Hotel is known for its incredible food offered at multiple, on-site restaurants as well as room service. Breakfast and lunch will be provided daily with food options to accommodate all diets.

Registered for RIA Summit, please book your room. Use the button above to access the hotel booking link.

The venue is located 14 miles from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.


From the Lambert Airport terminal 1, take the Red Line to Shiloh Scott. Get off at Union Station and walk a quarter of a mile to the Union Station Hotel. Travel time estimate - 45 minutes. Cost $3.

Ride Service

Lyft or Uber services the airport. Travel time estimate – 25 minutes. Cost $30+.

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Registration is now OPEN

The RIA Summit is intended for members of the Running Industry Association. If you're a member, use the form below to log in and register. Not yet a member? Consider joining the RIA today!

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