The Running Event 2023: The World’s Biggest Running Conference Descends On Austin This Week

And we'll be there covering the event.

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Over the next three days, Austin, Texas, will be transforming into the running mecca of the world.

North America’s largest running retail conference and tradeshow, The Running Event, takes place over three days and is set to begin tomorrow, November 28, and run until November 30. The Running Event 2023 will be entering its seventeenth edition and has been growing steadily every year. 

The Running Event has been a driving force for growth in the running industry as it stimulates business growth, creates meaningful networking opportunities, and promotes inclusivity.

The Running Event’s core audience is running specialty retailers, but it provides opportunities and value for outdoor and footwear specialty retailers. 

The trade show will feature over 310 exhibiting brands, both established and blossoming. It provides an opportunity for retailers and brands from across the country to discuss certain challenges and obstacles they face and help build each other towards collective goals.

The Running Event provides a major platform for networking opportunities between brand and retail professionals in the industry, acting as a catalyst for businesses and careers. 

The retailer trade show is the keystone event at The Running Event. However, their educational program has continued to grow and provide actionable takeaways for retailers of all experience levels.

This year, The Running Event boasts a packed list of notable speakers, all providing key takeaway opportunities for brands and retailers. Among the speakers attending the event include Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse, American marathoner Molly Seidel, and CEO of New York Road Runners Rob Simmelkjaer.

The keystone speaker at The Running Event 2023 is Melissa Gonzalez, Principal, MG2, and Founder of Lionesque Group. Gonzalez will be giving her address, “Running Through Today’s Retail Landscape,” on the event’s first day, November 28, at 12:00 PM CT.

On the final day of The Running Event, November 30, the annual Indie 5k will take place. This is the only chip-timed race at The Running Event.

The Indie 5k will take place at Camp Mabry, just 15 minutes from The Running Event’s main location, providing another opportunity for attendees to interact with brands and retailers, putting products to the test.

This year, The Running Event will be hosting its inaugural live stream throughout the three days. The live stream will be hosted by PR Project and give viewers worldwide the chance to watch interviews and speeches with brands, retailers, and more.

Interested in catching some of the event live? Head over to The Running Event’s website to get access to the live stream to hear from some of the world’s top brands and retailers.

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Jessy has been active her whole life, competing in cross-country, track running, and soccer throughout her undergrad. She pivoted to road cycling after completing her Bachelor of Kinesiology with Nutrition from Acadia University. Jessy is currently a professional road cyclist living and training in Spain.

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