Alliance Partner – Running Industry Association
The Running Industry Association (RIA) is a non-profit organization that supports the brick and mortar running retail channel throughout the United States and Canada. Their members are independently owned stores, the brands that sell within the channel, and the companies that provide services and support to the channel.
Founded in 2006 as the Independent Running Retailers Association, the organization has undergone consistent growth and evolution, leading to the transition in 2015 to a 501c6 non-profit, and in 2017, the members’ decision to re-brand as the Running Industry Association.
The name change reflected the understanding that for the independent running specialty channel to remain competitive, a new, inclusive culture must be fostered. With all stakeholders working collaboratively together, the channel can remain robust and meet the challenges of an increasingly complex market. As the RIA (US) moves forward, their mission will remain focused on serving the channel with resources and advocacy. In doing so, RIA will position itself as the progressive thought and business leader for the entire running industry.