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Loughborough University confirmed as the location for RIA’s “The Running Conference”

Running Industry Alliance (RIA) has confirmed that its inaugural “The Running Conference” will be held at Loughborough University, Leicestershire.

With a reputation for sporting excellence spanning performance, facilities, expertise and working partnerships, the “number one university for sport” and some of its iconic locations around the campus are the perfect venue for The Running Conference.

The members-only Running Conference takes place from 11th – 13th September 2022 and is capped at a maximum of 250 attendees for 2022 with members from the various sectors of the running industry including brands, retailers, distributors, events, media, communities, charities, service providers and more attending.

The theme of the conference is “Impactful Collaborations” with a focus around connecting, supporting, educating, sharing, amplifying and growing.

The Running Conference features purposeful, educational and insightful conference sessions, panel discussions, outdoor activities, industry celebrations and networking opportunities. This much-anticipated event in the running industry calendar is set to become an annual gathering uniting the various sectors of the industry, and nurturing the development of meaningful business relationships and collaborations.

The full schedule will be available shortly, and any remaining tickets are available to RIA members. More details about RIA membership can be found on the website for anyone wanting to join now and be at The Running Conference.

Co-Lead Jonathan Midwood from RIA commented: “Running Industry Alliance is all about collectively assisting our members to drive the Running Industry forward to improve the Sport & Business of Running. The Running Conference is built for RIA Members to bring this to life at an in-person gathering. This will be a great way to connect with like-minded people in the Running Industry, share learnings and build upon key relationships.”

“RIA will bring key decision makers, industry professionals, knowledgeable leaders and innovators into the same space at The Running Conference, along with industry developments, learnings and education, whilst actively encouraging face-to-face networking, idea generation, application and amazing co-support opportunities in a positive environment.”

Co-Lead Rebecca Richardson from RIA said: “We are excited to unveil Loughborough University as the location of RIA’s inaugural The Running Conference. The location is easily accessible, and we know that the alumni amongst our members are looking forward to spending some time on the campus again. Known for their outstanding contribution to the world of sport for over 60 years we can’t think of a better venue to be at together this September.

“The positivity and pace around The Running Conference is immense already, the content, the activities, the networking, the on-site initiatives showcasing RIA members along with new ways to work, engage, amplify and activate. There is a lot to announce and share, which we will be doing over the coming weeks.

“We all want to move forward after a difficult few years and what better way to approach and tackle ‘what next’ than by being in the one place where ‘impactful collaborations’ is the theme and ‘collective support and ultimately growth of the industry’ the mission.”

Running Industry Alliance (RIA) is a National Trade Organisation built for the UK & Ireland Running Industry with the aim to collectively help its Members to drive the Running Industry forward to improve the Sport and Business of Running.

With a not-for-profit Membership structure and a not-for-profit members-only B2B (in person) The Running Conference, RIA brings together different sectors of the Running Industry with members from various sectors including brands, retailers, distributors, events, media, communities, charities, service providers and more.

The Alliance Partners are key partners creating an alliance, connection and bridges across industries and sectors including associations, alliances, not-for-profit and NGB’s to assist benefits and growth potential for Members of RIA in the UK, Ireland, globally and an overall network for the Running Industry.

For further details about the Running Industry Alliance, membership and all other info please go to and follow the LinkedIn company page.

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