Celebrating its fifth year in 2023, empowerun was created to provide space for women in run specialty to forge new relationships and amplify the female point of view. The intimate gathering has hosted more than 350 female movers and shakers, emerging leaders and influencers to create a space for empowerment, fellowship and change and the 2023 empowerun retreat will be held March 7-9, 2023 in Santa Barbara, CA.
As it has accomplished in the past, the annual event – organized by Kathy Dalby, CEO/partner at Pacers Running, and Burke Beck, co-owner of Red Coyote Running and Fitness – will bring together a curated crowd of 100 or so of the industry’s leading female retailers, vendors and guests.
“We are proud to host the fifth iteration of empowerun,” says Beck. “This reunion of women in the industry is a great reminder of the strength we have when we collaborate across retailers, vendors and others engaged in the sport of running.”
Always evolving, empowerun in 2023 is adding an optional one-day team session on March 7 to focus on team building, engagement and business planning.
The programming this year will center around the concept of up-leveling, brought together by a combination of panels, small group sessions and networking opportunities.
“Over the years, empowerun has brought together over 350 women across the run specialty and vendor space,” adds Dalby. “The relationships, ideas and connections that have evolved from this gathering of women has proven to be invaluable to the evolution of the channel.”