As another strong running community gathering at The Running Event (TRE) comes to a close this week the industry is flying high once again after a couple of years of declining sales in the run specialty channel. Click here to read the article.

Callaway Golf Co. announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Jack Wolfskin for €418 million, or approximately $476 million. The acquisition furthers Callaway’s push into the active lifestyle category after its successful 2017 acquisitions of TravisMathew and Ogio.

Sears won court approval for $350 million in bankruptcy financing that will keep the retailer operating through the holiday selling season as it attempts to reorganize.

Six Moon Designs, the maker of tents, shelters, backpacks and other accessories, is looking for hikers, backpackers, paddlers and ultrarunners to be a part of the new SMD Ambassador Team.

Medical Center announced a gift of $4 million provided by Lisa Gorman and the children of L.L. Bean Chairman Emeritus Leon Gorman and their spouses.

New Balance, in another major step in its return to basketball, has signed Kawhi Leonard, the star forward for the Toronto Raptors, to an endorsement deal.

The American Apparel & Footwear Association’s 2019 AAFA American Image Awards honorees include United Legwear & Apparel, a joint venture partner of Puma and licensee of Skechers and Champion; as well as Birkenstock.

Mountain Equipment, a U.K. designer and manufacturer of outdoor gear and apparel, announced that the brand is renewing its sponsorship at the Ouray Ice Festival in January 2019 by increasing its involvement as an Official Sponsor.

The Northwest Company, leader in the home textile industry and the No. 1 throw and blanket manufacturer in the U.S., has partnered with the Hackensack Meridian Health’s Tackle Kids Cancer (TKC) campaign to raise needed funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research.

With the growing sport of trail running attracting more than 9.1 million annual U.S. participants, Spartan, the world’s largest obstacle course race (OCR) and endurance brand, plans to expand its fitness footprint with the launch of a new race product, “Spartan Trail.”

Asics America Corp. has appointed Sean Mannion, formerly at Under Armour, as VP of sales.

PVH Corp. on Thursday afternoon reported earnings per share for the third quarter of $3.21, beating Wall Street’s target by 7 cents and sparking the company to raise its EPS outlook for the year.

Fila announced that it has extended its partnership with World No. 8 and global tennis star Karolina Pliskova.

Arc’teryx continues to expand in the Japanese market with the recent opening of a new brand store in Fukuoka. With 264 square meters located in two floors, it is the brand’s largest in-mall-store in Japan.

BPI Outdoors, a leader in muzzle loading rifles and accessories with the CVA, Powerbelt, and Durasight brands, promoted Jason Sebo to the position of vice president of sales and marketing for its CVA division.

Lem Helmets, manufacturer of cycling helmets, welcomed Sam Whitley to the team as national sales manager.

LeftLane Sports announced that its Cyber Monday sales were up 30 percent company-wide over last year.

Throughout the holiday season, Smartwool is pledging to donate to Protect Our Winters and SOS Outreach.

The Fair Labor Association (FLA) announced the reaccreditation of the New Balance social compliance program, confirming that the company has policies and practices in place to monitor and remediate labor abuses in its global supply chain.

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association has announced that four keynote speakers will be headlining the 38th Annual IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show in San Diego, CA.

This holiday season, Patagonia said it is giving away the $10 million in unplanned cash the company saw as a result of last year’s “irresponsible” tax cut. According to the company, the tax cut was not only a windfall for the oil and gas industry but will also open up 19 million acres of Alaska’s wildlife refuge.

The 2018 SFIA Tracking the Fitness Movement Report reveals sustainability in the fitness industry, as it succeeds in keeping up with the latest trends, providing innovative options and satisfying a majority of the market through diverse fitness avenues.

The Nike The Community Store in Detroit awarded $50,000 in grants to six local non-profits that focus on getting kids moving through play and sport so they can lead healthier, happier and more successful lives.

Erin Beresini, editor-in-chief of Triathlete, has been promoted to editorial director of Magazine & Digital Media for Women’s Running, Competitor Running, and VeloNews in addition to her current duties.

Ccilu Footwear and PGA Tour announced a long-term license agreement to create a special sports/lifestyle footwear collection — PGA Tour by Ccilu — beginning with its SS19 Collection.

Paddlesports Retailer, the official national trade show of the paddlesports industry, will remain in Oklahoma City, OK, for at least the next two years.

Newell Brands on Wednesday announced it will voluntarily transfer its stock exchange listing from the New York Stock Exchange to the Nasdaq Global Select Market effective December 10 after market close.

Sportsman’s Warehouse is opening a new store in Lansing, MI, in the summer of 2019.

The Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on July 25, behind bipartisan support, now awaits a vote in the Senate.

Skechers is taking Giving Tuesday to heart in partnering with local non-profit organizations to donate much-needed goods for thousands of wildfire victims who have lost their homes and personal possessions after multiple disasters in Northern and Southern California.

On November 27’s Giving Tuesday, Fun Socks, a division of United Legwear and Apparel Co. (ULAC), announced a formalized partnership with Delivering Good (formerly K.I.D.S and Fashion Delivers).

At the beginning of November, Zaful launched a campaign destined for UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles), CSULB (California State University, Long Beach) and USC (University of Southern California) to bring their latest activewear to LA students.

Southern California-inspired Vuori Clothing announced the opening of its latest store located at 2070 Union Street in San Francisco.

Defend Your Head, the sports safety company based in Chester Spring, PA, announced results of an independent study recently released by Penn State University centered on football related head injuries.

About 5,400 bicycle forks from Öhlins are being recalled.

Brunswick Corp. announced the pricing of its offering of $115 million aggregate principal amount of 6.625 percent senior unsecured notes due 2049.

Women’s Running released its 2018 Audience Study based on interviews with 6,572 of its readers. The survey found Women’s Running audience on average spent $1,438 each year on running-related goods and services and an additional $1,155 on running-related travel. Respondents on average ran average of 198 days a year for 941 annual miles.

Kohl’s on Tuesday announced today the company will award $3.2 million in grants to more than 300 nonprofit organizations across the country that work to improve the health and wellness of children and families as part of its national giving program.

Yeti Holdings Inc. on Tuesday announced that the underwriters of its previously announced initial public offering of common stock have exercised, in part, their option to purchase additional shares of common stock, in an amount of 918,830 shares, from the selling stockholders at the public offering price of $18.00 per share, less the underwriting discount.

Hydro Flask, maker of insulated stainless steel flasks and soft good innovations and a Helen of Troy Ltd. company, has announced the recipients of its 2018 Parks for All Charitable Giving Program.

Building off the successful launch of flagship store and pop-up boutiques across France, Italy, Switzerland and Norway, including last month’s new Paris flagship store location, Rossignol has announced the planned opening of its first U.S. retail pop-up boutique in Aspen, CO, next month.

Merrell has announced a partnership with Ragnar Trail Series as the official footwear sponsor of the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

On Giving Tuesday, Dick’s Sporting Goods and The Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation announced a $6 million commitment to support youth sports teams in need.

Riddell and The Alliance of American Football announced a multi-year partnership bringing the latest in football helmet technology and protective equipment to the new league and its players.

Columbia Sportswear Co. announced the appointment of John Soh as vice president and general manager of China, effective February 2019.

The Buckle Inc. announced Monday that net income for the fiscal quarter ended November 3, 2018, was $20.5 million, or 42 cents per share, missing Wall Street’s target by 4 cents.

Saucony, a division of Wolverine Worldwide Inc., announced that Don Lane has been named chief marketing officer, effective immediately. Lane joins Saucony from DraftKings, the Boston-based global sports technology and entertainment company.

RYU Apparel Inc., based in Vancouver, reported revenue in the third quarter of 2018 was $1.22 million, 64 percent higher than the same period in 2017. The urban apparel specialist also earned a gross margin of 58 percent in the period.

Active Ride Shop, the action sports chain based in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, has launched a new “The Crew” referral program that gives back to anyone 13 and up in cash and/or gear.

Young football players may experience a disruption in brain development after a single season of the sport, according to a new study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Suunto and Strava, the social network for athletes, announced that the two companies have deepened their partnership.

Newell Brands on Monday announced the appointment of Christopher “Chris” H. Peterson as executive vice president, CFO.

Peak Resorts Inc. on Monday announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Snow Time Inc. for $76 million.

Black Friday pulled in $6.22 billion in online sales, up 23.6 percent from a year ago and setting a new high, according to Adobe Analytics. Traffic was seen declining again at physical stores but some reports showed the extent of the declines were lower than previous years.

Logitech International SA, the Swiss manufacturer of keyboards and webcams and owner of Jaybird, has ended discussions to acquire Plantronics Inc., a U.S. maker of Bluetooth earpieces and gaming headsets, both companies said.

Running USA announced that Stephen Lease, who co-founded Goodr sunglasses in 2015 and serves as the company’s CEO (chief executive octopus), will deliver a Tuesday keynote presentation at the running organization’s annual conference, set for February 10-12 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Keen Inc. said it will match donations up to $15,000 to help California-based first responders and the Northern California communities affected by Camp Fire.

Runner’s World and Salomon are teaming up to help runners end the year on a high note with the latest edition of the Holiday Run Streak Challenge.

Balega, the performance sock brand in the run specialty market, has officially opened the application portal today for its fifth annual “Impi” ambassador team.

Zoot Sports, the triathlon apparel brand, welcomed over 600 new athletes to Team Zoot.

REI Adventures, the active adventure travel company of national outdoor co-op REI, has added 30 new trips this year.