asics Greenville Track Club-ELITE - a post-collegiate, Olympic development program
ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE's Austin Steagall returned to his hometown of Gaffney, SC and won the Peach Festival 5K for the fifth consecutive year. After completing his outdoor track season with two 3000-meter Steeplechase races in Portland, OR in mid-June, Austin took his scheduled post-season break from running. However, the lure of running in his hometown was too much so he used the race as a "tempo" effort as he begins to regain his fitness.
Steagall ran 15:00 to win easily. The 4:50 per mile pace was well off his course record of 14:37, but a good "fun" effort. It was his sixth victory on the roads and track during 2017.
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 45-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, NormaTec Recovery Boots and Cocoa Elite recovery products.