The application and nomination window for Running USA’s annual awards is officially open. Applications are available for those wishing to be considered for the Allan Steinfeld Development and Youth Program Awards, while nominations are being taken for the Running USA Hall of Champions, Women’s Leadership Award and the organisation’s new Rising Star Award.
Allan Steinfeld Development Award: Founded in 2010 and named after New York Road Runners past President Allan Steinfeld, this annual gift of US$25,000 is given to support the continued pursuits of elite athletes in the United States.
Youth Program Award: Running USA gives one US$10,000 youth program award per year, recognizing a program that advocates the benefits of youth running, promotes healthy activities and inspires kids to get moving.
Hall of Champions: In 2004, Running USA introduced the Hall of Champions as a way to acknowledge those with devotion, vision and commitment to build the sport of running.
Women’s Leadership Award: Since 2005, Running USA has honoured women making a big difference in the sport. As women continue to influence the sport at the highest levels, the organisation has renamed this award from the Women’s Trailblazer Award to the Women’s Leadership Award.
Rising Star Award: The purpose of this new award is to recognize the contributions of those who are relatively new to the sport of road running (five or fewer years of experience), while making a significant difference.
All applications and nominations are due by Monday 9 October 2017. Awards will be presented at the Running USA Industry Conference, taking place on 11-13 February 2018 in Austin, Texas, at the Hilton Austin.
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The organization adds that it seeks the advancement of the sport and the provision of value to each of its members’ events and businesses.