Saucony Celebrates Thweatt Success as CU Grad Emerges Into National Talent; Solidifies Place Among U.S. Elite Women in Build-Up to 2016 Olympics
LEXINGTON, MA (February 9, 2015) - If you had asked her three years ago, Saucony’s Laura Thweatt wasn’t supposed to be there, standing on the start line of a national championship as race favorite. After her last collegiate meet, the University of Colorado alumna was ready to call it quits. No more hill repeats, long runs or start lines. She was tired, frustrated and done.
Three years later, Thweatt is a champion. She broke the tape at the USA Track and Field Cross Country Championships in Boulder, Colorado on Saturday, claiming her first U.S. title. A member of the Boulder Track Club, Thweatt won the 8K open women’s race with a convincing 32-second cushion in 27:42. She will lead the American women’s team at the 2015 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Cross Country Championships to be held in Guiyang, China on March 28, 2015.
After graduating from CU with her name in the indoor and outdoor record book, Thweatt met Lee Troop, a three-time Australian Olympic marathoner and Boulder Track Club coach. A year later, Saucony, realizing Thweatt’s passion and potential, signed the Durango native to a long-term contract. The combination of Troop’s coaching; the encouragement from her Boulder Track Club teammates; and the support of her Saucony family ignited the steady three-year progression that has put Thweatt in position to contend for an Olympic berth at next year’s U.S. Olympic Trials.
The past year in particular has proved to be a huge breakthrough for Thweatt, setting new personal records at distances from 800 meters to the half marathon. She lowered her 5000 meter time to 15:04.98, making her the fourth-fastest American last year. Her road 10K time improved to 32:37, and she made a solid debut at the half marathon in 1:11:02.
"With this first national championship win, Laura has solidified her place among the top elite women in the build-up to the 2016 Olympics in Rio," said Mark Bossardet, vice president of sports marketing for Saucony. "She’s had such an amazing breakthrough year thanks to her tremendous work ethic, patience, and positive outlook. Our mission, to empower the human spirit through running, is something she does instinctively as she continues to coach and inspire high school runners in addition to her own training. We’re incredibly proud of her; she’s a remarkable individual, confident and dedicated to our sport, and continues to impress all of us with her unlimited potential."
About Saucony: Saucony, a division of Wolverine Worldwide, is a leading global running lifestyle brand that fuses performance, innovation and style to create compelling footwear and apparel with its widely recognized brands Saucony and Saucony Originals. Founded in 1898, Saucony continues to inspire runners everywhere with its award winning innovations, including the "Geometry of Strong(TM), PWRGRID+(TM), ISOFIT(TM) and the Total Run System(TM) apparel line. At Saucony, a good day is when we get to run. A great day is when we inspire someone else to run. For more information, go to Saucony.com.