asics Greenville Track Club-ELITE - a post-collegiate, Olympic-development program
ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE is happy to announce that Joe Niemiec will be joining the post-collegiate, Olympic development program based in Greenville, SC in the near future. Joe is a 2014 graduate of Cedarville University in Ohio, where he majored in Electrical Engineering. He has continued to pursue his running dreams post college and has been coached by his wife, Jasmin. He recently placed 13th at the USATF 25K Championships and also ran 1:06:49 for the Half Marathon in April.
"We look forward to having Joe join our training group," stated Mike Caldwell, the program Director and one of the coaches. "He has definitely progressed the past few years under Jasmin's guidance. However, the opportunity to train with our group should accelerate that progression. While our focus is for him to qualify for the 2020 USATF Olympic Team Marathon Trials in Atlanta, we'll incorporate competition at shorter distances to accomplish such. Our first priority is for him to be healthy so we can establish a consistent training program."
"I am so excited to join ASICS GTC-Elite and pursue my goal of qualifying for the USA Olympic Team Marathon Trials, explains Joe. "I am confident that being around like-minded runners pursuing similar goals and having a coach that is passionate about the sport will allow me to run faster then I ever could on my own. I want to thank both my family and ASICS GTC-ELITE for supporting me in this decision."
Joe and Jasmin have two young children, Elle and Henry, and plan on relocating to Greenville from their current home in Jackson, Michigan. Joe is currently rehabbing from an upper hamstring injury and looks forward to a quick adaptation to the new training environment.
GTC-ELITE was established in 2012 and produced four qualifiers for the 2016 USA Olympic Trials Marathon in Los Angeles. The post-collegiate, Olympic development program is sponsored by ASICS, the 46-year-old Greenville Track Club, ScanSource, Joy Real Estate, generous individual contributors and partnerships with Performance Therapy, Carolina Spine and Rehab, Boston Bill Sunglasses, Roll Recovery products, FinalSurge (on-line training log), The ATI Running Academy, ElliptiGO, NormaTec Recovery Boots, Cocoa Elite recovery products and Synergy Performance (mental performance). The club is a proud member of both the Road Runners Club of America and the USATF.