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Posted: March 18, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Athletics: New Balance Renews Partnership With Speed River TFC

New Balance Canada is pleased to announce it has renewed their commitment as the official performance footwear and apparel supplier to the Speed River Track and Field Club.

Based in Guelph, Ontario, the competitive club is one of North America's premier distance training groups for collegiate and post-collegiate athletes. Speed River TFC offers Olympic-level development to athletes by providing resources to train and compete both nationally and internationally. Headed by National Team Track and Field and Cross-country coach Dave Scott-Thomas, Speed River Track Field Club counts among its members some of Canada's brightest middle distance running stars, including Olympians Eric Gillis and Taylor Milne as well as Olympic Trials winners Hilary Stellingwerff and Rob Watson and five time National Champion Reid Coolsaet.

"New Balance beat the curve on this," commented Scott-Thomas, "We'd agreed last year to a three year plan and they upped their commitment significantly and ahead of schedule. That's the kind of team-ship we're proud to be a part of. Our athletes love the gear, and New Balance's financial input is allowing us to get to the meets we need. Last year's New Balance Euro-tour is a prime example. We couldn't be happier."

As part of the partnership with Speed River, individual athletes Reid Coolsaet, Hilary Stellingwerff, Taylor Milne and Rob Watson will continue their individual agreements with New Balance. New Balance is also thrilled to welcome 2008 Olympian Eric Gillis and two of the brightest young stars in Canadian track and field, Kyle Boorsma and Tim Konoval, to the New Balance family as all three have also signed individual agreements.

"Speed River TFC continues to set the bar for middle distance running in Canada." adds Mark Rosenthal of New Balance. "Our decision to contribute more to the program is a clear indication of the leaps and bounds by which Dave's group is progressing. We're excited to see these young athletes make their marks on competitive Canadian running."

One of the most exciting aspects of the new partnership is the use of Speed River as a Canadian product testing site. This new project will allow Speed River athletes to give feedback on the design and development of future New Balance products.

New Balance will also continue as a partner with the University of Guelph and Speed River to host the New Balance Gryphon Open, perennially one of the most competitive inter-university and inter-club cross-country races in Ontario. This year's New Balance Gryphon Open will be hosted on September 19th.

About New Balance: New Balance, headquartered in Boston, Mass., has the following mission: Demonstrating responsible leadership, we build global brands that athletes are proud to wear, associates are proud to create and communities are proud to host. New Balance employs more than 4000 people around the globe, and in 2007 reported worldwide sales of $1.63 billion. For more information please visit

From: Chris Moulton
Director of Communications
Speed River Track and Field

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