ZAP Fitness Foundation (ZAP), founded in 2001, is a non-profit training center for post-collegiate, Olympic hopeful distance runners. Its founders Andy Palmer and his wife Zika developed the program as a way to give back to the sport of distance running, a sport that played a significant role in both their lives.
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Objectives of the ZAP Fitness Foundation:
Our goal is to develop World Class American distance runners by providing them with the support necessary to allow them to train like Olympians.
ZAP-Reebok’s doors have now been open for 15 years, and in that time ZAP-Reebok’s elite athlete program as well as its educational camps have been overwhelming successes.
ZAP-Reebok’s Resident Elite Athletes have seen success on every level and in every event from the 1,500m to the Marathon. ZAP-Reekok qualified five athletes for the 2004 Olympic Trials in both the marathon and track & field, nine for the 2008 Olympic Trials including founder Zika who has taken herself from a 18:00 college 5k runner to 2nd place at the 2005 US Marathon Championships in a time of 2:41, nine for the 2012 Olympic Trials, and five for the 2016 Olympic Trials. Four ZAP-Reebok men and one woman have qualified for the World Cross Country Team in the last 9 years, another made the World ½ Marathon Team, four ZAP-Reebok women have run on the US Ekiden Relay Teams in Japan and Korea, and in 2011 Alissa McKaig qualified for the Marathon World Championship Team in Korea. ZAP-Reebok won the US Club Cross Country Team Title in 2006, 2007, and 2009 and two ZAP-Reebok athletes made the final of the 5,000m event at the 2008 Olympic Trials. At the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials ZAP-Reebok had its best Olympic Trials placing with Tyler Pennel finishing 5th.
ZAP-Reebok Camps have been equally as successful. 2017 marks the 16th year of ZAP-Reebok adult running camps and in that time ZAP-Reebok has hosted more than 700 campers from virtually every state in the US and many international countries. From fitness beginners to seasoned marathoners, ZAP-Reebok continues to focus on educating each and every runner about how to maximize their potential.
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Athletes in the ZAP-Reebok program who have met our “Elite” standard receive:
Room and board at the ZAP-Reebok Fitness Facility
Monthly stipend of $600.00
Health insurance after 6 months
Travel expenses including: airfare, hotel, meet entry, and incidental expenses
Physiological testing and sports psychology consultation
Training and racing gear from Reebok
Financial bonuses based on time tier and Championships placing
6-8 week Winter training camp
Athletes who have met the “Regional” Standard receive:
Gear from Reebok
Use of the ZAP Facility
Physiological Testing and Sport Psychology Consultation
Assistance in finding part time jobs
Small annual travel budget
ZAP Fitness Foundation Executive Board:
President: Zika Palmer
Vice President: Jane Palmer
Secretary: Wayne Middlesteadt
Treasurer: Marty Wilson
Advisor: Ray Russell
ZAP Fitness Advisory Board: