asics Greenville Track Club-ELITE - a post-collegiate, Olympic-development program
ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE selected to receive $5,000 grant from the Road Runners Club of America
Arlington, VA - The RRCA has announced the recipients of one-time special grants to support U.S. Distance Training Centers and elite U.S. athletes as they prepare for competition heading into the Rio Olympic Games qualifying marathon that will be hosted in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, February 13, 2016.
“The RRCA adds to its proud 50-plus year tradition of athlete support by awarding these special grants to U.S. Distance Training Centers as well as to athletes that we believe will help support a broad range of Olympic hopefuls as they prepare for the upcoming U.S. Olympic Trials – Marathon,” said Jean Knaack, RRCA executive director. “We look forward to the 2016 Trials as our athletes chase their Olympic dreams.”
The RRCA will award five grants in the amount of $5000 each, for a total of $25,000, to the following U.S. Distance Training Centers that support U.S. athletes focusing on either the upcoming marathon trials or the 10,000m track trials.
• ZAP Fitness, Blowing Rock, NC
• Greenville Track Club-ELITE, Greenville, SC
• Team USA Minnesota, Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN
• HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite, Flagstaff, AZ
• Team Run Eugene, Eugene, OR
"This grant is a wonderful addition to our growing program," stated Mike Caldwell, Director of ASICS GTC-ELITE. "We are extremely grateful to the RRCA for their continued support of distance running and especially our aspiring post-collegiate athletes. We are also proud to be an organization under the RRCA banner. These funds will assist us in continuing to provide the appropriate training and competitive experiences needed for our athletes to compete at the USA Olympic Trials in 2016."
In addition, the RRCA will also award grants to support the following 12 athletes that have qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon and have not previously competed at an Olympic Games. This special grant project is separate from its annual Roads Scholar grant program. Each grant winner will receive $2500 plus any Roads Scholar grantee from the 2014-15 class or earlier will also be awarded an additional $500.
MEN = 6
• Josphat Boit, Mammoth Lakes, CA
• Aaron Braun, Alamosa, CO
• Jeffrey Eggleston, Boulder, CO – also RRCA Roads Scholar 2010
• Craig Leon, Eugene, OR
• Mike Morgan, Rochester Hills, MI – also RRCA Roads Scholar 2005
• Sean Quigley, Lafayette, CO
WOMEN = 6
• Annie Bersagel, Victoria, MN
• Esther Erb, Lambertville, NJ – also RRCA Roads Scholar 2014
• Lauren Kleppin, Flagstaff, AZ – also RRCA Roads Scholar 2012
• Heather Lieberg, Helena, MT
• Wendy Thomas, Windsor, CO
• Rebecca Wade, Dallas, TX
To round out the financial support for the project, the RRCA will also award a bonus to the male and female athletes that earn spots on Team USA for the 2016 Olympic Marathon.