ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE's Kimberly Ruck pulled away from her top competition over the final lap of the nine-lap criterium-style event to win the third edition of the Main Street Crit Elite 8K in downtown Columbia, SC on New Year's Eve. The former Clemson All American ran a quick 27:11 to best one of the country's top marathoners, Alissa McKaig, by four seconds to take home the $1000 first prize. She also broke her club's women's record for the 8K distance.
In the men's competition Ruck's teammate, Ricky Flynn, also ran to a new ASICS GTC-ELITE 8K record of 23:39 in placing ninth. It was his final tune-up race before heading to the USA Half Marathon Championship in Houston, TX in mid January.
GTC-ELITE is sponsored by ASICS, the 42-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.