OUR ACHIEVEMENTS SPEAK FOR OURSELVES
We became a strong player on the market more than a decade again. We support independent retailers, as well as sportspeople.
We have sponsored young talented athletes with no means of going big, but we are also the main source of funding for multiple charities. Moreover, we have changed things around the running retail industry.
The secret? We do everything with passion in mind, so there is no way we can fail.
12.02.20131st award – Best Running CharityWe have received the first award at a charity event – the best running charity. Obviously, it was the first of many to come and each of them had something to do with the running industry.
22.01.2014Welcoming our 100th member in the associationOur association grew slowly, but steadily over its first few years. We managed to get to 100 members during the first month of 2014, opening the door to many more to come.
16.05.2014Reaching the 10th charity on our listWe do support running charities and you will always see our name on someone's running shirt. By the spring of 2014, we had the 10th charity to support on our list.
10.07.2015Reaching 1,000 active members in our associationWhile some of our members have decided to focus on other things or simply went out of business, we managed to get to 1,000 members before the summer of 2015 ended.
30.08.20161st place – Top Iron MarathonWhile we did not compete as an association, one of the running athletes we support – Nicola Rose – has managed to win her first medal as a runner, as well as the first for us.
20.04.2017Featured in more than 500 publicationsOur association has changed the industry for independent running retailers. We have always been featured in various publications – the 500th one in the spring of 2017.
WHY WE STARTED AND WHERE WE ARE TODAY
IRRA was established to provide full support to every independent running retailer trying to progress.
We started small and we went big. In the beginning, it was an association trying to establish some standards for specialty running retailers, but the mission kept changing.
Eventually, IRRA became an active forum for retailers trying to move thing further. In other words, it is all about sharing ideas and communication. It is an active forum that establishes perfection through education and hard work. Moreover, we also support charities and independent runners.
These days, we have members all across the world supporting us and sharing their successful ideas.