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Event Safety and Security to be Focus of Panel at Running USA 2020

December 13, 2019

Critical topic for today’s running industry will be discussed by Chip Hazewski of IRONMAN, Rick Nogues of the Las Vegas Metro Police Dept., and Charlotte Brookes of the Canada Running Series

LAS VEGAS (Dec. 13, 2019) – The exceptional programming lineup of the world’s largest and best conference on the running business will include a panel discussion with highly qualified experts on safety and security, one of the top concerns for event producers today.

The 2020 Running USA Industry Conference presented by Race Roster is set for Feb. 9-11 at Caesars Palace Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. and will be attended by hundreds of running industry professionals. Join them – sign up to attend today.

The Event Safety and Security Panel is set for Monday, Feb. 10 between 3:30 and 4:45pm. It will be moderated by Kirsten Fleming, CEO of Run Calgary and the co-emcee of the conference along with TK Skenderian.

“Races of all sizes will benefit from this group dialogue on safety and security, which has become an important focus for our industry. We’ll hear from the world’s largest triathlon corporation, IRONMAN, as well as the special events officer for the Las Vegas Police Department, which manages hundreds of events each year,” said Christine Bowen, vice president of programming, partnerships and operations for Running USA.

The panelists are:

Chip Hazewski, senior director of global running operations for World Triathlon Corp. (IRONMAN), which owns and operates the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. Before joining IRONMAN, Chip oversaw the global operations for Competitor Group

Rick Nogues, special events police officer for the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, a role he has held for 14 years. He has worked on the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, which shuts down the Las Vegas Strip at night, as well as major music festivals, PGA, NASCAR and other special events of all kinds.

Charlotte Brookes, event director of the Canada Running Series. In this role she oversees the CRS team and operations serving over 70,000 event participants, in 4 different cities, including the IAAF Gold Label Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. She is a past recipient of the Industry Leader Under 40 Award from NCS4.

A dynamic schedule of general sessions and smaller breakouts on topics important to the running industry has already been announced, with highlights including:

  • The opening session panel on the evolution of the road racing industry, featuring Kara Goucher (U.S. Olympian), Patrick Stiegman (ESPN) and Paul Rabil (co-founder, Premiere Lacrosse League).
  • A conversations on climate leadership in a rapidly changing world with top professionals from Chicago Event Management (CEM), one of the top production companies in the sustainability space as well as Shelley Villalobos, representing the Council for Responsible Sport.
  • A general session with Todd Dalhausser, president of Altra Running, a product expert who will focus on speaking directly to the needs and desires of the running consumer.
  • A full schedule of smaller race camps and idea labs where attendees can focus on in specific issues and learn from their peers in the room. A preliminary event schedule can be found here.

Sign up to better your running business at the Industry Conference presented by Race Roster.

About the Industry Conference

Since its origins as a small gathering of Running USA’s founders in Southern California in 2004, the Running USA Conference presented by Race Roster has grown to becoming the best-attended, most esteemed gathering of running industry professionals from around the USA and the world. Now moving locations each year, the conference has been held in Los Angeles, San Diego, Savannah, Houston, San Antonio, Orlando, New Orleans, San Juan, Puerto Rico and now Las Vegas, Nevada.  Register here.

About Running USA

Running USA is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization devoted to improving the status and experience of distance running and racing in the United States through collective marketing and promotions, information and communications within the industry and to the national media, services to events and industry members, and the development of American world class stars. It seeks the advancement of the sport and the provision of value to each of its members’ events and businesses. For more information, visit RunningUSA.org