asics Greenville Track Club-ELITE - a post-collegiate, Olympic development program
Campbell and Armstrong earlier this year.
On a cool, 48-degree, foggy Minnesota morning, ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE teammates Wallace Campbell and Chass Armstrong covered the half marathon distance in 1:06:53 and 1:06:58, respectively (5:07 per mile pace).
In what was described as the deepest half marathon field in US history, the GTC-ELITE men ran close together as they passed the 5K mark in 15:35 and 15:40 (5:01 and 5:02 per mile pace). Slowing moving their way up through the field of over 150 qualifiers they passed 10K at 31:21 and 31:24 with Armstrong slightly ahead. They hit 10 miles in 50:55 and 50:58 before Campbell passed Armstrong during the next 3K.
Campbell's time was a new personal best by one minute and 17 seconds (1:17), while Armstrong was only 12 seconds off his previous best. Their overall placings were 68th and 70th as 138 of the nation's best distance runners finished.
The ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE will be represented at the 2013 USA Half Marathon Championships in Duluth, MN on Saturday, June 22 by Chass Armstrong and Dr. Wallace Campbell. The two runners join 154 other qualifiers competing for $37,500 in prize money and the title of USA champion.
Armstrong, a graduate of Trinity University in Texas, and the most recent addition to the growing GTC-ELITE post-collegiate group has a personal best of 1:06:46 for the 13.1-mile distance. Campbell, who recently received his Ph.D. in Economics from Clemson University, won his only attempt at the distance with a time of 1:08:10 in the Atlanta Half Marathon last November.
The GTC-ELITE represents the Greenville Track Club, now in its 41st year, and is sponsored by ASICS, Soleus watches, Performance Therapy, Boston Bill sunglasses and Roll Recovery.
Four ASICS GTC-ELITE runners greeted the rising sun in the 34th Annual Sunrise Run covering 8 kilometers in Simpsonville, SC on an very early Saturday morning. Dr. Wallace Campbell broke away from the leaders in the sixth kilometer to win in a time of 25:20. Teammate Kimberly Ruck won the women's race with a time of 29:24.
The group's newest member, Chass Armstrong finished third in 26:00, with Josh Cashman, making a return to racing following time off due to injury, placing 4th in 26:07. The GTC-ELITE is sponsored by ASICS, the Greenville Track Club, Soleus running watches, Boston Bill Sunglasses, Generation UCAN (recovery drink) and Performance Therapy.