The Europeans are Back
In our last “Zap Fitness-Reebok Elite Athlete Update,” Joe and George were approaching their last race in their European season. They both left their mark on the race as well. The race went out fast and at the World A Standard. George was right on the heels of UK Olympian Andy Vernon for the first two miles of this briskly-paced race. Going out with a pace that expedient was a crucial step in George’s development to the next level. As well as George, Joe was able to excel in his final European Race, posting a personal best! He crossed the finish line in 13:32 to end the European season.
The Sir Walter Miler is a pioneering event that sees to take track and field into a more social sphere, thus enhancing the “fan experience” through local fare, food, drinks, and music. The event seems to be where the future of track and field is leaning towards. On the rainy and windy Friday night, Joe was ready for a fast one in Raleigh, NC. The race was fast early and Joe was right there in the thick of it. Joe ended up crossing the line in a respectable 4:02 full mile to represent Zap Fitness-Reebok.
While Joe was down in North Carolina, George and Andrew were up in Massachusetts preparing for the Falmouth Road Race. The historic race is known for the great atmosphere they put on, as well as the hospitality shown towards the racers. Both George and Andrew had the honor of being hosted by local families from Cape Cod, and were fed and housed by them during their stay on the Cape. With being well-fed and rested by their host families, they were both eager to race on the hot Sunday morning. When the clock struck 9:10, the racers were off. The field included Olympic Medalists and sub-27 minute 10k runners, so it was destined to be a battle. With both George and Andrew out quickly, they spent a good deal of the race with the Africans and top Americans. George ended up with Olympic Silver Medalist Meb Keflezighi for the majority of the race finishing one spot behind him at 11th place with Andrew finished 9th place as the 4th American.
Rabbit or Human?
At the Sir Walter Miler race in Raleigh, NC only one man could be trusted with pacing a prodigious sub 4:00 minute mile effort: Zap Fitness-Reebok’s own John Simons. He paced the elite mile field at Sir Walter under the historic 4;00 minute barrier. He went out hard and led through the 1000 meter mark in perfect fashion. With the help of his rabbiting, 5 men were able to dip under the 4:00 minute mile mark. To be frank, that Rabbit earned his carrots.
Joanna Thompson in the House!
During Joanna’s time at N.C. State she was a 4 time All-American with countless All-Region and All-Conference performances. She led the 2014 women’s cross country team to a 16th place finish at the D1 National Cross Country Championships. Joanna has personal bests of 16:03 for 5,000m and 33:07 for 10,000m.
Joanna will be finishing her two degrees at N.C. State this fall and join Zap Fitness-Reebok for training this winter. She will be looking to compete at the U.S. Olympic marathon trials in February.
Coming Soon to a Race Course Near You…
The next race following will be the US 5k Championships on September 20, 2015. Joe Stilin, George Alex, and Tyler Pennel will both be racing for the U.S. title.
Sinead Haughey and Joanna Thompson will be heading abroad to compete in La Parisienne in Paris, France! The all women’s race will include an international field and the two Zap Fitness/Reebok rookies will get their first international experience in the Zap Fitness/Reebok uniform.