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GoLite is proud to announce its Team GoLite Trail Running athletes for 2007 and beyond: elite trail runners and endurance athletes Dave Mackey, Darcy Africa, Dan Brillon, and Marshall Ulrich. While GoLite’s trail running athletes bring expertise in a wide range of endurance sports, their unifying trait is their excellence on the dirt, bringing world-class performance in the sports of trail running, ultra running, sky running, and adventure racing.
Ultrarunner and adventure racer Dave Mackey is a rare and exceptional breed of athlete in his versatility and speed in the outdoors. Dave twice earned the USATF Ultrarunner of the Year title (2004 and 2005), is three-time winner of the Mountain Masochist 50 mile trail race, set the course record at the 2005 USATF 50K Trail National Championships, and has won a slew of other gnarly trail and adventure races around the world.
Behind Darcy Africa’s laid-back demeanor is a fierce competitor. Compiling an impressive trail running record since her running career began in 2000, Darcy captured the â€œUltrarunning Grand Slamâ€ title in 2006. This elite award is handed out in recognition to people who complete four of the oldest 100-mile trail races in the United States all in the same year. The four grueling trails include the Western States, Vermont Trail, Leadville Trail and Wasatch Front (which she won in 2005). Her numerous wins include the Squaw Peak 50M, Spring Desert Ultra 50M, Old Pueblo 50M and 1st place OVERALL finish in the H.U.R.T. 100K.
Dan Brillon dreamed of leaving the â€œrealâ€ world to pursue his passion for the outdoors. In 2004 he did just that – quitting his corporate career with Microsoft and moving to Boulder, CO where he quickly became a regular in the local trail running scene. Since then he has competed in numerous mountain marathons, won his first race (Spring Desert Ultra 25M) and successfully competed overseas in the FSA SkyRunning World Series. He has also found a way to combine his work with his play by serving as GoLite’s Chief Operating Officer.
One of the world’s greatest endurance athletes, Marshall is the only person in the world to complete the Triple Crown of Extreme Sports (defined as completing 100 or more ultramarathons, averaging over 100 miles each; completing 10 or more expedition-length adventure races; and climbing each of the 7 Summits on first attempts). Marshall is a world-class ultra runner, record setting adventure racer, and Seven Summits mountaineer. His specialty is competing in extreme conditions, which has contributed to his completion of 116 ultra marathons, winning Badwater (146-mile race from -282′ to 14,494′ summit of Mount Whitney) a record 4 times and the completion of the Leadville Trail 100 and Pikes Peak Marathon on the same weekend â€“ a feat no one else in the world has achieved.
GoLite’s Trail Running Ambassadors will be competing in many of the world’s toughest trail races throughout 2007. They will also be involved directly in GoLite’s product design and development process, contributing to GoLite’s continued commitment to innovation and addressing the needs of core trail running athletes. They will also be conducting slide shows and clinics at top GoLite specialty retailers, introducing consumers to the sport of trail running and serving as ambassadors of GoLite’s sustainability efforts.
GoLite has been a long-time supporter of the sport of trail running through its cutting-edge trail running products, including clothing, footwear, and hydration packs, and through direct support of major trail running events and athletes. Their exciting new trail running line-up for Spring/Summer 2007 includes technologically advanced apparel and lumbar packs as well as GoLite’s revolutionary, all-new Sky Running-inspired trail running shoes. GoLiteÂ® footwear, apparel, and gear is available at specialty running and outdoor shops around the world.
GoLite is also proud to contribute to the U.S. trail running community through sponsorships of key trail running races like the USATF Championships, the Pikes Peak Marathon, and many other regionally-based events.
To learn more about GoLite, their support of the trail running community, or these superb athletes, visit the new website at www.golite.com. You can also find out more details about GoLite’s technical new footwear line at www.golite-footwear.com.
GoLite is the world’s premier producer of lite-weight clothing and equipment for active, outdoor sports. Inspired, designed, and tested in Boulder, Colorado, GoLiteÂ® products offer uncompromised head-to-toe performance, durability, and versatility at the lightest possible weight to maximize a person’s enjoyment and performance in the outdoors. Since 1998, GoLite has been pushing the envelope of theory, practice, & design innovation and has led a â€œlightweight revolutionâ€ that has changed an entire industry. GoLite is more than a name: it is philosophy, a lifestyle, and a commandment to do more with less. Environmental stewardship and social responsibility have been fundamental to GoLite’s mission and core values since its founding. GoLite is humbly committed to minimizing its environmental footprint â€“ to GoLite on the Planet – through innovation, resourcefulness and partnership. GoLite Athlete Ambassadors regularly share â€œHow to GoLiteâ€ techniques in outreach seminars around the world. For more information on GoLiteÂ® products, ambassadors, environmental or outreach efforts, visit their exciting new website at www.GoLite.com or call 888-5-GoLite toll-free within the U.S.
About GoLite Footwear
Designed and developed by a specialized team within the award-winning Timberland Invention Factory, the new GoLiteÂ® footwear line combines three key ingredients: the Invention Factory’s focus on innovation and problem-solving, GoLite’s cutting edge lightweight design ethic and long-standing commitment to the trail running category, and The Timberland Company’s strong footwear development capabilities. The result is a groundbreaking new footwear formula that challenges the way outdoor athletes and the outdoor and sporting goods industries think about trail running shoes. To learn more, visit www.golite-footwear.com