ZAP Fitness Puts Allan Steinfeld Development Award to Good Use

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – (June 19, 2013) – Since being presented the 4th Allan Steinfeld Development Award at Running USA 2013 this past February, ZAP Fitness (below, MarathonFoto), a U.S. training center, has been busy putting the $25,000 grant to good use.

According to head coach Peter Rea, the grant has been distributed to three main areas: weight room (physio equipment and a spin bike), massage therapy and a needed upgrade of the ZAP Fitness running trail network that was damaged from storms over the past decade.

“This grant has enabled ZAP Fitness to continue its mission as a top U.S. training center,” said Rea. “A big thank you to all the Running USA 2013 auction donors whose support and belief in such regional training centers like ZAP help develop U.S. distance runners to be the best in the world.”

ZAP Fitness athletes are currently gearing up for this week’s USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. In the spring, ZAP athletes – Alissa McKaig (6th) and Tyler Pennel (9th) – placed in the top 10 at the USA 15K Championships at Gate River Run and third – Sarah Crouch – at the USA 10 Mile Championship hosted by the Credit Union Cherry Blossom road race.

At Running USA 2010, this development award was announced and named after Allan Steinfeld, a long-time leader in the sport, who jump-started the U.S. distance running resurgence when as head of the New York Road Runners he allocated $20,000 seed money for the development program Team USA Distance Running. This program was launched in November 2000 and produced top training groups such as Team Running USA (two Olympic medals in 2004 and major marathon wins) and inspired the formation of others.

In February 2010, Team USA Minnesota was selected as the inaugural ASDA winner; in February 2011, Team USA Arizona, the second recipient of the annual grant; in January 2012, Mammoth Track Club, the third recipient, and in February 2013, ZAP Fitness.

About ZAP Fitness
Based in Blowing Rock, NC and founded in 2001, ZAP Fitness is a non-profit training center for post-collegiate Olympic hopeful distance runners.

The 8-member training group includes 4 men (Cole Atkins, Cameron Bean, Michael Crouch and Tyler Pennel) and 4 women (Mary Ballinger, Sarah Crouch, Esther Erb and Alissa McKaig) and 3 staff (Zika Rea, Co-Founder and Director; Peter Rea, Head Coach, and Ryan Warrenburg, Assistant Coach).

For more information on the team, go to:

About Running USA
Running USA advances, serves, promotes and celebrates the sport of running as a clearinghouse and resource center and though its popular annual conference, website, Running USA wire, Running USA Industry E-News, National Runner Survey, annual marathon, half-marathon and State of the Sport reports, and by providing athlete support via the Allan Steinfeld Development Award.

Running USA’s more than 340 members include events with 2-plus million finishers and prize money exceeding $5.7 million, race services companies, running-related media companies and organizations and the athletic industry.

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