asics Greenville Track Club-ELITE - a post-collegiate, Olympic-development program
Austin Steagall led a sweep of the top three places for the ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE as he shattered the course record in the popular Greenville News Run Downtown 5K. Austin's time of 14:14 bested former ASICS GTC-ELITE Adam Freudenthal's course record of 14:42 by 28 seconds, which was run in the 2013 edition of this event run in beautiful downtown Greenville, SC. Steagall was followed by teammates Ryan Root (15:04) and Frank DeVar (15:17) in the fastest single-year top three finishes in the race's long (38 year) history. Last year's winning time was 15:28.
Their ASICS GTC-ELITE teammate Kimberly Ruck also was victorious as she ran 17:01 to win the event for the fourth time in the past five years. She did not compete last year, but holds the course record of 16:32 set in 2015. Her teammate and training partner Alison Parris was third with a time of 17:34 after being runner up in both 2015 and 2016. Victoria Hammersmith, who also trains regularly with the group, was second in 17:28.
The Greenville News Run Downtown 5K is the unofficial kick-off for road racing each year in the South Carolina Upstate and had a record number of 1701 finishers this year.
GTC-ELITE produced four qualifiers for the 2016 USA Olympic Trials Marathon in Los Angeles and is sponsored by ASICS, the 44-year-old Greenville Track Club, Greenville Health System, ScanSource, Joy Real Estate, the Bare Minimum Track Club, generous individual contributors and partnerships with Performance Therapy, Carolina Spine and Rehab, Soleus Running Watches, Boston Bill Sunglasses, Roll Recovery, FinalSurge, The ATI Running Academy, ElliptiGO, and NormaTec Recovery Boots.