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Running USA Announces New Board Members

1 Nov, 2021


At its annual board meeting held in Denver, the Board of Directors of Running USA elected new officers to lead the organization and heard updates from the CEO and staff regarding the organization’s progress on a variety of projects.

Matt West, CEO of DMSE Sports in Boston, was elected President of the board. DMSE Sports is a leader in mass participatory event management and operations. West handles the day-to-day operations of DMSE. He is involved in every event, either via staffing, management or marketing. He also handles many government, client and vendor relations. He previously served as the Running USA board’s vice president.

Kyle McLaughlin, global CEO of Tough Mudder, was elected Vice President of the board. Tough Mudder is one of the world’s most recognizable obstacle course brands. In 2020, McLaughlin spearheaded Running USA participation in the Endurance Sports Coalition, which advocated for federal relief funds for the industry.

Tony Yamanaka, Brand Partnerships Director at BibRave, was elected Secretary of the organization. Reelected to his position as Treasurer of the organization was Lonnie Somers, founder and CEO of HAL Sports in Colorado.

“Our board of directors is an invaluable asset to the membership of Running USA,” said Dawna Stone, CEO of the organization. “Their consistent contributions and selfless leadership have helped the organization stay stable during the pandemic and will help us grow and thrive in the years to come.”

The Running USA board includes 16 leaders of the running industry. You can find all of their profiles and biographies online.

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