After ending 2021 with global sales of more than $1.11 billion, Brooks Running expects double-digit year-over-year growth in 2022. Despite ongoing disruptions in the global supply chain impacting the running industry, Brooks claims it will continue to deliver for runners and outperform the competition. In Q1 2022, Brooks took first place in the U.S. national performance footwear market for the first time, according to The NPD Group (POS, U.S. dollar sales, 3ME March 2022), with 22 percent dollar share across all U.S. channels (specialty and sporting goods, mid-range, premium and chain footwear). The Brooks Ghost and Adrenaline GTS were the two best-selling models at U.S. retailers, accounting for a combined 14 percent dollar share across all channels.

“While Vietnam factory closures last year caused us to fall short of fulfilling strong market demand for Brooks in Q1, we remain bullish for substantial growth in 2022,” commented Jim Weber, CEO of the company. According to the 2022 Sports & Fitness Industry (SFIA) Manufacturers Sales Report, overall growth in the U.S. running industry – including equipment, apparel and footwear – increased 15.8 percent in 2021. Against the backdrop of this growing demand, the company says it will continue to use runner insights to innovate, believing that every runner deserves performance - from casual runners to athletes competing at the global level.

Responsible Running Report released

As Brooks grows, the brand remains anchored in its commitment to corporate responsibility. The recently released Brooks 2021 report, “Running Responsibly: Our People and Planet Path,” highlights the brand’s progress and supports its belief that everyone who wants to run should feel welcome and have a place to do so. Inclusion starts with employees, and in 2021, the company increased the percentage of women in its global workforce to 53 percent, increased the percentage of BIPOC among U.S. employees to 35 percent, and achieved a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index for the second year in a row. Brooks invested $5.7 million in community service projects last year, focusing on social programs that promote health and wellness and advocate for running for all. Brooks has also taken steps toward its goal of zero carbon emissions by 2040, recycling 60 percent of all polyester yarn used in its footwear and apparel collections in 2021; and launching its first carbon-neutral product, the Ghost 14, its largest volume model.

CEO Weber’s book shares the Brooks story

Brooks’ journey from near-bankruptcy 20 years ago to a leading brand in the highly competitive global running market is recounted in Brooks CEO Weber’s book, Running with Purpose: How Brooks Outpaced Goliath Competitors to Lead the Pack (HarperCollins Leadership), just published in the U.S. When Weber became CEO of Brooks in 2001, the struggling brand had seen four CEOs in the previous two years, and employees were betting he would only last four months. Running with Purpose offers a glimpse into the history of the Brooks brand, recounting how the brand was relaunched and how a passionate, determined team drove the brand’s growth with performance gear and celebrated every runner’s race. The book includes a foreword by Weber’s longtime mentor, Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO Warren Buffett, who declared Brooks a stand-alone subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. in 2012 and encouraged Weber to capture Brooks’ success in a book.