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Registration Now Open For Running USA 2005 Conference

LA JOLLA, Calif. - August 23, 2004 - Mark your calendars and register online now for Running USA 2005: The National Conference for the Running Industry, powered by Running USA, The Active Network, Inc., and National Sports Network. The annual signature event for the road racing and distance running industry comes to San Diego, February 3-6, 2005, featuring leaders and innovators in event management, sponsorship, retail and marketing. Attendees can register now at www.runningusa.org/conference.shtml

This year's conference will cover debate and discussion on issues impacting the sport, with topics such as analyzing running's economic impact, measuring sponsorship investment, leveraging the power of charity organizations, examining television production from the network's perspective, and expanding support and growth for running. A series of specialty vertical workshops and roundtables will also be offered for race directors at all levels, running store retailers and youth training program providers.

Conference information, online registration and hotel reservations are available at www.runningusa.org/conference.shtml The conference will be held in conjunction with the Competitor Endurance Awards at Sea World, San Diego, with discount tickets available to conference attendees.

Conference date, location and costs include:

Date:
February 3-6, 2005

Location:
Paradise Point Resort
Mission Bay - San Diego, California

Cost:
$295 (Running USA members)
$395 (Non-members)

About Running USA

Running USA is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit professional organization devoted to improving the status and experience of road racing and distance running 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 member's events and businesses. Running USA was formed in 1999 as a joint venture between a coalition of leading road races, race services companies, running-related media companies, the athletic industry, and USA Track & Field. The organization is based on the idea that its goals can best be achieved through everyone in the sport working together. For more information, visit www.runningusa.org

The Active Network, Inc.

Founded in 1998 and based in La Jolla, Calif., The Active Network, Inc. is a leading provider of application and marketing services for the participatory sports and activities industry. The company's network of properties includes Active.com (www.active.com), eteamz (www.eteamz.com) and Active Team Sports, RecWare, and Active Marketing Group. Its application services reduce the cost and complexity of managing, organizing and promoting participatory sports and activities. Its marketing services offer integrated online and field marketing campaigns to reach active consumers. The Active Network also offers a one-stop shop of services for active consumers. Serving one of the largest customer bases in participatory sports and recreation, the company's clients include more than 7,000 event organizers, 600 park and recreation departments and 2,500 leagues and camps. For more information, please visit www.theactivenetwork.com or call 1-888-543-7223.

About National Sports Network

National Sports Network is a group of 17 regional magazines focused on local amateur sports. With a circulation of 1.14 million every month, the magazines of the National Sports Network provide the essential local resource for event information, training advice, new product reviews, and features to help get the most out of an active lifestyle. For more information, visit www.nationalsportsnetwork.net

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