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WALTHAM, MA (June 23, 2021) – With an award-winning performance trail line in place, global performance running lifestyle brand Saucony is further solidifying its commitment to trail running with the signing of American ultrarunner Katie Asmuth, a mom of two, a nurse practitioner and the recent winner of the 2021 Bandera 100K. With her win at Bandera, Asmuth earned a Golden Ticket to the legendary Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, starting Saturday, June 26, in Olympic Valley, California. In addition to Asmuth, Saucony’s growing trail roster also includes Grayson Murphy, the 2019 U.S. Mountain Running Champion, 2019 World Mountain Running Champion and the 2019 XTERRA Trail Run World Champion.
“Katie has been an ultrarunning legend in the making and we’re excited and honored that she is joining the Saucony family,” said Anne Cavassa, Saucony president. “She didn’t let a hard fall and a broken nose stop her from winning the rugged Bandera 100K, showing her natural true grit. She’s now set her sights on Western States, the world’s premier ultrarunning event. Besides the endurance needed to run the distance, Western States takes patience, planning and perspective; as a mom and healthcare worker, she brings it all to the challenge. Katie surely embodies Saucony’s ‘Dirt Power’ goodness, running with joy and gratitude and sharing her uplifting spirit with the entire trail community.”
“We continue to strengthen our commitment to the trail running community by delivering boundary-pushing product like the all-new Endorphin Trail; creating authentic partnerships with trail organizations such as the American Trail Running Association and acidotic RACING; and joining forces with athletes like Katie and Grayson, who truly embody the brand’s trail-running spirit,” added Cavassa.
“My partnership with Saucony was an easy fit into my life,” said Asmuth. “Their emphasis on ‘Dirt Power,’ which embodies the confidence, strength and freedom that comes from running in nature, clearly resonates with me. They are proud of my work as a nurse practitioner and a mom, and I’m proud to run for a mission-oriented company that believes in the transformative power of running.
“I am ecstatic to toe the line at the historic Western States 100 where I will compete with some of the best trail runners in the world. I have confidence in my training and in my gear. At Western States the magic will be tangible and the energy electric. It’s a race that every trail runner dreams of running. You can be sure I’m going to make it count!”
Asmuth, 34, ran her first ultra in 2015, 10 months after giving birth to her first son. In 2019, she won the Zion 100 Mile and Bear 100 Mile. She lives with her husband Pete and two sons, Noah, 5, and Liam, 3 in Mammoth Lakes, California. As a family nurse practitioner, Asmuth practices at Venice Family Clinic with a mission to care for underserved and low-income populations on issues like uncontrolled diabetes, women’s health, and substance abuse.
Asmuth is coached by David Roche, the 2014 USA Track and Field Trail Runner of the Year at the sub-ultra-distance.
Saucony, a division of Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE: WWW), 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 exists to empower the human spirit, with every stride, on every run, in every community. The brand’s call to action, Run for Good, is Saucony’s invitation to people everywhere to experience the transformative power of running. Saucony’s award-winning innovations include PWRRUN™ PB, PWRRUN+™, and FORMFIT™. At Saucony, a good day is when we run. A better day is when we inspire others to run. For more information, go to www.saucony.com.