asics Greenville Track Club-ELITE - a post-collegiate, Olympic-development program
ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE's Dylan Hassett and Nicole DiMercurio ran to second and third place finishes in the Run Nona 15K in Lake Nona, FL. Hassett's time of 53:07 was only ten seconds behind Esther Atkins' winning time of 52:57. Atkins, the 2014 USA Marathon national champion, represented the USA in the 2015 World Championships in Bejing, China.
Dylan's performance earned $2,500, while Atkins took home the winner's purse of $4,000 and DiMercurio earned $1,000 for her 54:11 effort. The race started at 4:30 pm and the runners experienced very warm, 79-degree, temperatures and high humidity.
The women's ASICS GTC-ELITE teammate, Ricky Flynn, placed sixth overall with a time of 48:52. He is returning to fitness after an extended break due to a stress fracture and is beginning preparation for the USA Olympic Marathon Trials in February.
GTC-ELITE is sponsored by ASICS, the 43-year old Greenville Track Club, Performance Therapy, Greenville Health System's North Greenville Hospital, ScanSource, Soleus Running Watches, Boston Bill Sunglasses, The TD Bank Foundation, The Kroc Center, Carolina Spine and Rehab, The Proaxis Running Academy, ElliptiGO, the Bare Minimum Track Club and generous individual contributors.