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:

  • Financially support 8-10 post-collegiate distance runners in their efforts to make World Championship and Olympic Teams
  • Develop the physical talent necessary for success in a competitive environment
  • Teach mental and emotional skills necessary for success in a competitive environment
  • Develop individual professional skills for benefit in post-competitive years
  • Provide role models for America’s youth by promoting an active healthy lifestyle as well as promote achievement
  • Provide an environment for achievement in running for all levels of runners

Our goal is to develop World Class American distance runners by providing them with the support necessary to allow them to train like Olympians.

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ZAP Fitness’ doors have now been open for 15 years, and in that time ZAP’s elite athlete program as well as its educational camps have been overwhelming successes.

ZAP’s Resident Elite Athletes apply to the program after they have completed their collegiate careers based on ZAP’s  qualifying standards. As part of the application process each athlete submits a résumé, letters of recommendation, and goes through an on-site interview. Since 2002 ZAP athletes have seen success on every level and in every event from the 1,500m to the Marathon including:

  • 28 Olympic Trials Qualifiers
  • 5 World Cross Country Team Members
  • 2 World Track and Field Championship Qualifiers in the Marathon
  • 3 Club Cross Country National Team Titles

ZAP Fitness Camps have been equally as successful. 2018 marks the 17th year of ZAP adult running camps and in that time ZAP has hosted more than 700 campers from virtually every state in the US and many international countries. From fitness beginners to seasoned marathoners, ZAP continues to focus on educating each and every runner about how to maximize their potential.

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Athletes in the ZAP Fitness program who have met our “Elite” standard receive:

Room and board at the ZAP 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
Massage therapy
Financial bonuses based on time tier and Championships placing
6-8 week Winter training camp

Athletes who have met the “Regional” Standard receive:
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:

Perry Julian
Candace Karu
Don Kardong
Dick MacDonald
Greg Meyer
Peter Millard
Cathy O’Brien
Bill Rodgers
Joan Samuelson
Andrea Capua