asics Greenville Track Club-ELITE - a post-collegiate, Olympic-development program
Nearing the completion of our fourth year of existence, ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE has established itself among the top post-collegiate, Olympic development programs in the Southeast and in the nation. The program has expanded from initially having only one athlete in the fall of 2012 to a consistent number of eight to ten over the past two years. One of our objectives was to have our athletes qualify for national championship events and for the 2016 USA Olympic Trials. We achieved the later when four ASICS GTC-ELITE runners qualified for the Olympic Trials Marathon and traveled to Los Angeles in February. Our women also placed 8th nationally at the USATF National Club XC Championships last December in San Francisco.
With our growth and development, we continue to evolve and have exciting plans for the next stage including strengthening and adding to our supportive group of partners and sponsors. While many of our followers only see the results from our athletes' racing performances, those accomplishments are obtained through the training efforts that occur on a daily basis.
"When we only had a couple of athletes it was fairly easy to keep up-to-date on their daily training, etc. However, as we have grown, we wanted to have increased feedback so that we can monitor and adjust to each athlete's needs in real time," explains director/coach Mike Caldwell. "We were already using an on-line system and were fairly happy with it's functionality. However, when we were approached by Final Surge and began to test it, we were pleasantly surprised. Not only do we get immediate feedback when each athlete inputs their training session, but we also have the ability to write and modify each athlete's training plan online. We also like the communication features such as each athlete receiving an email with their next training session and being able to post comments in response to the workouts."
"We use individual goal setting for each of our two training macrocycles each year and tracking and evaluating each run or workout is vital to evaluating progress towards attaining those goals. Final Surge provides us the tools to plan, access and exchange information with our primary assets--our athletes."
GTC-ELITE produced four qualifiers for the 2016 USA Olympic Trials Marathon in Los Angeles and is sponsored by ASICS, the Greenville Track Club, Performance Therapy, Greenville Health System's North Greenville Hospital, ScanSource, Soleus Running Watches, Boston Bill Sunglasses, Roll Recovery, FinalSurge, Joy Realty, The TD Bank Foundation, The Kroc Center, Carolina Spine and Rehab, The ATI Running Academy, ElliptiGO, the Bare Minimum Track Club and generous individual contributors.