The ElliptiGO Project Adds Two More Elite Runners, Doubles in Size Since March

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Two-Time All-American Catha Mullen and Eight-Time NCAA Division II National Champion Neely Spence Expand The ElliptiGO Project to 14 Members

We’re looking forward to introducing them to new tools that will hopefully minimize their training injuries and contribute to long, successful running careers.

The ElliptiGO Project, a group of elite runners focused on using innovative training tools and techniques to improve performance, today announced that two-time All-American 5K runner Catha Mullen and eight-time NCAA Division II National Champion Neely Spence have joined the Project. This brings the Project’s membership to 14, twice what it started with in March 2012. Leveraging the expertise of the Project’s integration advisor, Bob Augello, these athletes have incorporated the ElliptiGO and other innovative techniques and tools into their training in order to improve their running performance and achieve their goals.

The 14 members of The ElliptiGO Project are:

  •     Magdalena Lewy Boulet, 2008 US Olympic Marathoner
  •     Josh Cox, 50K US Record Holder
  •     Julie Culley, 2011 US National Champion Road 5K
  •     Lauren Fleshman, 15-time All-American and two-time US National 5K Champion
  •     Michael Gostigian, 3-time Olympian
  •     Simon Gutierrez, 3-time World Masters Mountain Running Champion
  •     Dean Karnazes, Badwater Ultramarathon Winner
  •     Christine Kennedy, 2011 USATF Masters Athlete of the Year
  •     Craig Leon, 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials competitor
  •     Catha Mullen, 2-time All-American 5K runner
  •     Brian Pilcher, 2011 USATF Runner of the Year, M55-59
  •     Bruce Raymer, Canadian National Marathon Champion
  •     Neely Spence, 8-time NCAA Div. II National Champion
  •     Jorge Torres, 2008 US Olympic 10,000-meter runner

To join the Project, athletes are required to have an inspiring running-related goal that they want to accomplish in the next two years and want to authentically integrate new training tools and techniques in order to help them achieve their goal. In addition, athletes must be willing to share their training and results with other members of the team. Each athlete will use tools like the ElliptiGO in a slightly different way, so a major benefit to the team members is being able to communicate with each other and learn new ways to incorporate these devices into their own workout regimens.

Mullen’s goal is to make the “A” Qualifying Standard in the 5K and 10K and run competitively in the Olympic Trials this June. She was interested in becoming part of the Project because its goal of using innovation to help runners get faster fits in well with her own training philosophy of creating balance. “There are certain types of runs that add to your reserves and certain types that take away,” said Mullen. “While hard workouts are still a key component of my training, I also pay close attention to recovery. And rather than doing double runs, I tend to stick to the ElliptiGO, the pool or the bike to reduce the wear and tear on my body while still getting a great cardio boost.”

Spence also plans to compete in the 5K and 10K at the Olympic Trials this summer as she begins her professional career. The youngest runner to join the Project to date, she’s interested in learning from her fellow runners and keeping herself healthy as her career progresses. “As I enter the world of professional running, I want to learn from every experience, learn more about myself as an athlete and person, and learn more about the sport and those who are a part of its success. Joining The ElliptiGO Project is a great way for me to gain experience and learn from the best.”

As members of the Project, Mullen and Spence will have access to the expertise of Integration Advisor Bob Augello. Augello has been working with endurance athletes at all levels for more than 20 years with a particular emphasis on using innovation to improve performance. His role is to advise Project members on how they can best use all the different tools and techniques identified by the Project. “Young runners like Catha and Neely are going to benefit from incorporating innovative cross-training tools early in their career,” said Augello. “We’re looking forward to introducing them to new tools that will hopefully minimize their training injuries and contribute to long, successful running careers.”

The Project is currently recruiting elite runners with ambitious goals who are interested in exploring innovative new ways of getting faster and staying healthy. For more information about The ElliptiGO Project, visit the website at http://www.theelliptigoproject.com.

About The ElliptiGO Project
The ElliptiGO Project exists to make runners faster through innovation. It is currently growing membership, adding new innovative running tools, and affiliating with other organizations that share the same goal of improving athletes’ performance through innovation. The Project tests new training techniques through competition, both on the track and on the road, and reports its findings with candor. http://www.theelliptigoproject.com

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