asics Greenville Track Club-ELITE - a post-collegiate, Olympic-development program
ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE's Dylan Hassett ran to victory in the women's division of the 39th Annual TD Bank Reedy River Run in beautiful Greenville, SC. The graduate of the College of William & Mary, covered the hilly 10K course in 35:01 on an almost perfect Saturday morning. For her efforts she took home the first place cash award of $1000. She also added $200 as the first South Carolina resident for a total of $1200. Hassett's teammate, Kimberly Ruck, won $500 as the third female overall and an additional $100 as second South Carolinian for a total of $600. The former Clemson All American's time was 35:49.
In the men's competition, ASICS GTC-ELITE's Mark Leininger and Ricky Flynn finished 3rd and 4th overall with fine performances. Leininger, a former American University record holder at 10,000 meters, ran 30:21 to earn $500 for his placing. He added another $200 as first South Carolina resident and $100 for a time bonus of running under 30:30 for a total of $800. Flynn, coming off a recovery period for a prolonged lower leg injury, gutted out a 31:08 to earn $400. He also earned $100 as second South Carolinian and a total of $500.
Hassett, Leininger and Flynn were all qualifiers for the 2016 USA Olympic Trials marathon, which was conducted during February in Los Angeles, CA. They represent the 44-year-old Greenville Track Club, which produced this now historic event for the 39th year.
The men's race was won by defending champion Elkanah Kibet, of the US Army's World Class Athletic Program, who ran 29:58. Five of the men's top five finishers were USA Olympic Trials marathon qualifiers, including Kibet who placed 19th in that event. This year the race covered a new course featuring downtown Greenville, a top tourist destination in recent years, Cleveland Park and the beautiful waterfalls on the Reedy River. The course is aptly described as "challenging" and includes a substantial climb over the final mile before a slightly downhill finish.
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, 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.