NEW YORK: February 14, 2017 - Polar, the leader in wearable sports and fitness technology for nearly 40 years, welcomes USA Track & Field champion Will Leer to the Polar team. One of Americaís elite mid-distance runners, Leer joins Polarís growing team of running and endurance athletes including Gwen Jorgensen, Molly Huddle, Kate Grace, Mirinda Carfrae and Andy Potts. Polarís Smart Coaching and reliable metrics-based guidance will support Leer as he trains for the USATF National Track & Field Championships this summer.
Leer is not the typical world class runner you see championed within the sport. Heís world-class speed done in his own colorful way, complete with his everchanging facial hair choices. He does things a little differently, shying away from the traditional pro runner path, and while heís a training machine, he is an old-school racer, at home in the intensity of a competition.
"Will embodies everything most of us want to be as a runner", says Stan Brajer, Senior Vice President of U.S. Sales and Marketing. "Polar has been a fan of Will for a long time so we are pumped to add him to the team. There are different types of runners out there, each with their own successful style. From pros to the local run clubs, there are calculated data junkies, grinding runners that love the pain, group runners that enjoy the social aspect and solo runners who like to clear their mind and find new ways to motivate themselves. Will embodies pieces of each of those types of runnersÖand thatís what makes him fun to watch and be around."
For lack of a better phrase, Leer was what one might call a late bloomer. He entered college with promise, but little pedigree compared to some of his fellow high school competitors, and still managed to show signs of greatness winning four Division III titles during his time at Pomona College. Will is still the only athlete to ever win the 1,500m and 5,000m in the same championship.
Immediately after graduation he trained with the Oregon Track Club Elite under Frank Gagliano and Mark Rowland before truly finding his stride with coach Ron Warhurst and training partner Nick Willis in Michigan. When family pulled him back to California, the change turned out to be just what he needed to refocus his training. With refreshed determination in 2013 he went on a tear including two USATF Indoor Championships (3,000m and the mile).
"To remain successful throughout my career, Iíve constantly had to elevate my training and dig deep to drive the discipline and determination it takes to win," says Will Leer. "Iím preparing for the National and World Championships so itís key that I train smart while not losing the intense natural approach I enjoy. As Coach Warhurst likes to remind me, itís all about Ďflexibility within structure.í With that in mind, the Polar M200 has seamlessly integrated into my training style, allowing me to focus on that last 5% of effort and precision thatís the difference between having a good race versus a great race, while also preventing me from going over the edge and training too hard."
After a successful 2013 season, Leer came back the following year to achieve a 1500m runner-up finish at the 2014 USA Indoor Championships, earning a trip to the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, where he finished 6th. Now living in Boulder, CO, Leer continues to train toward his next set of goals, which he will face at the USATF National Track & Field Championships in June in Sacramento, Calif.
Polarís GPS running watches such as the Polar M400 and Polar M200 offer Polarís unique Smart Coaching features and adaptive training plans in Polar Flow for web or iOS and Android. Polarís personalized and adaptive Running Program helps runners train for everything from a 5k to a marathon, with a plan tailored to the user and their specific goals. Other Smart Coaching features such as Training Load offers athletes valuable insight into how particular training sessions impact their body, so users can recognize personal limits and adjust training intensity and duration accordingly. Recovery Status allows users to view how much recovery time is needed after a particularly strenuous session, and Training Benefit provides motivating feedback immediately after training sessions and describes the effect of the session.
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