Saucony® Signs Triathletes Jarrod Shoemaker and Sarah Groff
Saucony, Inc today announced the signing of Olympic triathlete Jarrod Shoemaker, ranked 10th in the world and the top American in 2009, and Sarah Groff, a member of the USA Triathlon National Team, to multi-year endorsement contracts.
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LEXINGTON, MA (March 10, 2010) â€“ Saucony, Inc, a leading global supplier of performance athletic footwear and apparel, today announced the signing of Olympic triathlete Jarrod Shoemaker, ranked 10th in the world and top American in 2009, and Sarah Groff, a member of the USA Triathlon National Team, to multi-year endorsement contracts. Shoemaker is the winner of the 2009 Hamburg World Championship Series Race and the ITU Duathlon World Championships, while Groff, who competed in her first World Cup race in 2005, vaulted to the #4 World Cup ranking and top American in 2008.
“Saucony has such a rich history in the sport of triathlon, and I’m thrilled to have a partner with the experience, knowledge and products to compete at the highest levels,â€ said Jarrod Shoemaker. â€œThe brand’s focus on innovation is really apparent in their training and racing gear. Their AMP PRO2 training and recovery apparel is allowing me to train harder and recover faster. I look forward to proudly representing Saucony as I continue in my quest for the 2012 Olympics.â€
Shoemaker qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team by finishing as the top American 11th overall at the 2007 ITU Beijing World Cup. He earned his first world cup podium finish with second at Edmonton in 2006 and in 2004 he was the Under 23 National Champion and the 2005 Under 23 World Champion. In 2009 Shoemaker was named USAT Elite Triathlete of the year. Shoemaker is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
“I’m honored to represent a brand that is both motivating and authentic,â€ said Sarah Groff. â€œSaucony truly appreciates the technical needs of the triathlete and they really work hard to provide every advantage possible when designing footwear and apparel. I’m thrilled that Saucony is now part of my Olympic focus.â€
Groff’s other accomplishments include winning the 2007 ITU Aquathlon World Championships, finishing 2nd at ITU World Team Championships, finishing 4th at Edmonton World Cup in 2007 and earning All-NESCAC and All-American honors as a freestyle swimmer at Middlebury College.
â€œJarrod and Sarah are an exciting addition to our Saucony triathlon roster,â€ said Richie Woodworth, president of Saucony. â€œBoth embody the competitive spirit of the brand and their passion for winning is an inspiration to the whole Saucony team. We look forward to their input as we continue to develop the finest performance footwear and apparel for runners and triathletes everywhere.â€
Both Shoemaker’s and Groff’s race schedules for 2010 include:
â€¢ITU World Championship Series – Sydney, Australia
â€¢Hy-Vee ITU Elite Cup – Des Moines, Iowa
â€¢ITU World Championship Series – Hamburg, Germany
â€¢ITU World Championship Series – London, England
â€¢ITU World Championship Series – Kitzbuehl, Austria
â€¢ITU World Championship Finale – Budapest, Hungry
Shoemaker and Groff join other Saucony triathletes, including: Ironman World Champion Kate Major; 11-time Ironman champion Lisa Bentley; 2-time Ironman champions Dede Griesbauer and Michael Lovato; Longhorn 70.3 champion Richie Cunningham; and top U.S. triathlete Linsey Corbin, among others.
Shoemaker lives and trains in Maynard, MA and Groff in Hanover, NH.
For interviews with Jarrod Shoemaker or Sarah Groff, please contact Sharon Barbano at Saucony (617-824-6126), firstname.lastname@example.org or Jeff Lawrence at Mullen (617-226-9945), email@example.com.
Both Shoemaker and Groff are represented by Michael O’Neil of Training Camp North, LLC, www.trainingcampnorth.com.
About Saucony, Inc.: Saucony, Inc., a subsidiary of Collective Brands, Inc., is a leading global supplier of performance athletic footwear and apparel with its widely recognized brands Saucony and Saucony Originals. For more information, go to www.saucony.com.
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