We are very excited to announce that ZAP Fitness-Reebok has been awarded a one-time special grant from the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) in anticipation of the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials and the build-up to Rio 2016. The RRCA awarded 5 grants to training groups around the country, RRCAand in addition to that there were 12 individual grants awarded to athletes training for the Olympic Marathon Trials.

“The RRCA adds to its proud 50-plus year tradition of athlete support by awarding these special grants to U.S. Distance Training Centers as well as to athletes that we believe will help support a broad range of Olympic hopefuls as they prepare for the upcoming U.S. Olympic Trials – Marathon,” said Jean Knaack, RRCA executive director. “We look forward to the 2016 Trials as our athletes chase their Olympic dreams.”

Additionally, the RRCA has announced they will award a bonus to each of the 3 men and women who qualify for the Olympic Games at the Olympic Trials in Los Angeles on February 13th.

In addition to the special Olympic Trials Grants the RRCA has announced the 6 winners of the Roads Scholar awards for 2015-16 and ZAP Fitness-Reebok athlete Griff Graves has been selected as one of the recipients. Since the RRCA started the Roads Scholar program in 1996 they have given away over $500,000. The goal of the program is to assist American post-collegiate runners who show great promise to develop into national and world class road running athletes.

“I am so thankful to RRCA for selecting me as a Roads Scholar recipient,” Graves said. “I look forward to showing my appreciation for the support by taking my running to the next level! This grant solidifies the RRCA’s belief in us as the next great group of top American distance runners.”

Since 1962, RRCA has provided financial support to elite runners, and in 1996, Montreal Olympic Marathoner Don Kardong was elected as RRCA president and through his leadership, the highly successful Roads Scholar® program was launched. The goal of the Roads Scholar program is to assist post-collegiate American runners who show great promise to develop into national and world class distance running athletes. In 1997, during the second year of the Roads Scholar grant program, the RRCA gave a grant to a young, promising distance runner by the name of Deena Drossin (Kastor) who later won the bronze medal in the 2004 Athens Olympic Marathon.

Go to www.rrca.org/programs/elite-support-project/ for more information.