asics Greenville Track Club-ELITE - a post-collegiate, Olympic-development program
The GTC-ELITE program is featured in the just published Winter issue of PACE Running Magazine.
There are also two different articles on Examiner.com, written by GTC member Matthew Shock, which can be read via the following links:
THe PACE Magazine can be found at local running stores in the Greenville area.
Director Mike Caldwell announced that Wallace Campbell has been selected to train with and compete for the Greenville Track Club-ELITE program. Campbell has been one of the South Carolina Upstate's top post-collegiate runners while studying for a graduate degree at Clemson University. A native of Montgomery, AL, he graduated from Pennsylvania's Bucknell University with a degree in Economics.
"The intent of our interview process focuses on selecting post-collegiate athletes that not only have met our qualifying standards, but show upward potential and demonstrate leadership qualities that will be a strength for our track club and the Greenville community," explained Caldwell.
"We believe Wallace will be a great fit for our program as he trains to attain his and our goals in events from the 5,000 to ultimately the marathon." He recently completed his fall racing season, representing the Clemson Running Club, with a fine win over the half-marathon distance in Atlanta.
The GTC-ELITE is a part of the Greenville Track Club, which is celebrating it's 40th anniversary this year. The ELITE group is sponsored by ASICS, a global leader in running footwear and apparel.
The GTC-ELITE's Adam Freudenthal broke away from a field of over 2,750 runners early in the race and went on to win the Half-Marathon in the 35th edition of the Kiawah Island Marathon. The former Winthrop University standout improved on his third place in 2011 by running 1:08:39 to post a winning margin of almost three minutes (2:51).
"I'm very happy to have won the race," stated Freudenthal following the event. "It got a little lonely out there over the final few miles, but there were a lot of spectators offering encouragement. It was a good way to wind up our fall racing season."
The qualifying standards for the 2016 USA Olympic Marathon Trials have been announced and are slightly more difficult than in the past. For men to achieve the "A" standard, which provides travel expenses, they will have to run under 2:15:00. The "B" standard, which does not provide expenses, is 2:18:00. An athlete may also qualify for the "B" standard with a half-marathon time of under 1:05:00.
For the women the respective times for the "A" standard are 2:37:00 and the "B" standard of 2:43:00. The half-marathon qualifying time is 1:15:00.