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Switchback Spring 2025

June 16-18, 2025 | Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center | Nashville, TN
The new Switchback Spring builds on the momentum of its original fall gathering, which launched in 2022 as a specialty outdoor showcase at The Running Event (TRE), North America’s premier run and outdoor specialty retail conference and trade show.
With the addition of new June dates, Switchback now provides a twice-yearly home for a growing core of specialty retailers, media, and brand leaders in backpacking, apparel, and footwear – as well as openly welcoming the sizable population of outdoor industry members who have lapsed from regular attendance at open national trade events.
Hosted in a central location that’s welcoming to all parts of the country and scheduled in the optimal timeframe for buying conversations, the June event will be centered around key industry priorities. Click here to read Switchback Spring FAQs.

A key driver of Switchback's growth has been from the encouragement of our cornerstone exhibitors, retailers, and industry partners, as they’re eager to see the energy and engagement around this style of event continue. We’re also inspired by the opportunity to build a bridge between the known need for discovery – of new brands, new relationships, and new ways to grow — and the large number of outdoor industry members who are openly searching for an event that delivers on it all."

What to Expect

Attendees will access three days of business, education, and networking with dozens of educational sessions to select from, exciting networking events, and hours of exhibit hall time to discover products and connect with new and current vendors. The Switchback team will be in touch over the coming months as more event information is available. Registration for Switchback Spring will open early next year.
New Connections

Experiences and dedicated time for connection—created with the attendee experience in mind—will happen intentionally throughout Switchback. This will include a platform to schedule meetings and connect with peers and brands, dedicated areas for meetings and serendipitous conversations, and onsite celebrations, networking hours, dinners, and other organized events.

Switchback Spring will feature a lineup of leading and emerging outdoor brands, spanning categories including footwear, apparel, hiking, camping, trail running, hydration, nutrition, accessories, technology, and first aid. The Switchback exhibitor list will be made available early next year.

Switchback will offer targeted, actionable education for retailers  throughout each day of the event. Day One will consist of a full day of educational programing, with additional educational sessions occurring throughout Days Two and Three.

In addition to business, networking, and education, Switchback is about celebration. We’ll be celebrating the outdoor industry community and everyone who comprises it, whether it’s through show floor happy hours, evening receptions, or off-site adventures.

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Emma Galeckas

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Questions about attending? Email Emma at [email protected] for support.

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