We hope everyone out there had a wonderful Mother's Day celebrating their favorite mother runner!
Team Soleus Elite Athlete, Alysia Montano, spent her very first Mother's Day with Sports Center and daughter, Linnea. Watch the full interview below:
Around here we love our moms (they really are the greatest!) So in honor of upcoming Mother's Day we are doing a massive giveaway full of goodies that are sure to impress yourself or the mother runner in your life.
What's in the bag? A custom Soleus Headsweat hat signed by Team Soleus Elite athletes Kara Goucher and Nick Symmonds, a custom Soleus Sweatyband headband, a Soleus tank top and tshirt, Soleus Chicked Running watch, and a Soleus/Oiselle GPS mini.
Now how to enter? Simpy follow us on instragram at instragram.com/soleus_running and tell us what makes your mom special. Easy right? We will announce our winner Monday 5/4. Good luck!
Continued Support of Olympians and Elites Inspires Running Community and Product Design
April 9, 2015 – Austin, Texas – Deep into the running haven of Austin, Texas, Soleus – the premier Sports Watch, GPS and Heart Rate Monitoring company – continues to establish itself within the core running community with not only quality timing, tracking and monitoring products, but with their commitment to supporting athletes and teams who are making a difference in the sport. Soleus has reinvested in Team Soleus Elite, lead by the dynamic trio of Olympians – Kara Goucher, Nick Symmonds and Alysia Montaño. Each of these athletes has made a career for themselves both on and off the track, which makes them invaluable to the running community. Adding to the star power of Team Soleus Elite, a new partnership with the Brooks Beasts brings high-powered success in numbers. In their collective voices, each athlete and team has done an amazing job of authentically exposing their lives as runners, entrepreneurs, and positive agents for change in their sport. These actions and messages are what most clearly align with Soleus, as they continue to innovate for the betterment of all runners, and continue to motivate people to live healthy, active lifestyles.
The Brooks Beasts squad of twelve men and women is based in Seattle, Washington, and boasts numerous top-five finishes at USA Championships, and even an American Record in the indoor 600m. Danny Mackey, the Beasts’ head coach and program director, is tremendously excited about this new relationship, saying, "In any ideal partnership I hope the fit is natural, which is hard to find, but in this case the Beasts and Soleus made sense immediately.” Mackey also noted similarities in global objectives, saying, “Soleus it putting their money where their mouth is and making their own path to creating the best running and fitness watches and wearables in the industry. The Beasts are putting their stake in the ground to be one of the best teams in the world, and they also want to grow the sport, and do it in a fun, healthy way. So needless to say I am excited and thankful Soleus and the Beasts will be working together." Mackey’s background in exercise physiology and biomechanics makes him a proponent of functional data-based training. He notes, “Having reliable, accurate technology to measure and evaluate each individual runner is paramount to their success, so partnering with Soleus provides us with high quality products that will play an important role in our athletes winning races.”
Both Team Soleus Elite and Brooks Beasts are an integral part of a comprehensive collaboration with Soleus, to advance technology and user feedback, as well as participate in design aspects of future Soleus products. “We make tools for athletes, and rely on them to validate and help refine our designs,” says David Arnold, founder and president of Soleus. “Our company’s commitment is to the running community, which means we believe in the dedication and loyalty of runners everywhere.”
Soleus’ support of the core running community is evident in their robust line of comprehensive timing and monitoring technology, and their continued commitment to innovation and refinement of products for all runners. Partnering with elite athletes and teams not only helps with validating product design, but also helps align Soleus with the shared vision of each of these athletes. They see the future development of the sport depending on the credibility of authentic athletes, honest business practices, and financial support that is not contingent on performance. “We’ve chosen to support all of these athletes because of who they are and what they represent to the future of their sport,” comments Arnold.
Having been a long time Soleus user, the initial partnership with Kara Goucher, a two-time Olympian and the fifth fastest American marathoner of all-time, was as seamless as they come. “I am very excited to continue my partnership with Soleus. Over the past year I have gotten to know the people behind the brand, and I am proud to be a part of the Soleus family,” said Goucher. “Whether you are a beginner or a professional, Soleus has the products to help you achieve your goals. Soleus continues to support and be a part of my journey to try to make a third Olympic Team.” Goucher also noted, “Working with Soleus to continuously innovate only validates their commitment to the entire running community.”
Extending his contract with Soleus was a given for Nick Symmonds, a two-time Olympian, five-time US Champion and World Silver Medalist in the 800m. With his eyes on the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Symmonds knows that every element of his training and sponsor support must all align in order to achieve his goal. “I am extremely happy to continue my partnership with Soleus,” said Symmonds. “This innovative company has once again proven how dedicated they are towards supporting the running community, and having access to their diverse line of quality products means that all of my timing needs will be met as I prepare to make the 2016 Olympic Team.”
Entering the 2015 track and field season, and coming off of the birth of her first child, Alysia Montño hasn’t missed a beat. The Olympian, US Champ and American Record Holder already has a US title in 2015, having won the indoor 600m in February. Her impressive times are only surpassed by her infectious smile and gritty racing tactics. Known for always donning a giant flower in her hair, there’s no mistaking her from afar. “Partnering with Soleus and joining Team Soleus Elite means I have an opportunity to impact the running community. Joining Nick [Symmonds] and Kara [Goucher] gives us the power to collectively showcase our hard work, and encourage all of our fans the same way Soleus encourages us,” said Montaño. “The beauty of Soleus is that they recognize who we are as athletes and people; meaning their investment isn’t just money, it’s the same blood, sweat and tears to ensure we have what we need to train and race at our best.”
Just like their products, Soleus takes a leadership position in how they structure athlete and team partnerships. It’s never been about times and bonuses, it’s about people. In the same way Soleus etches inspirational quotes on the back side of every watch, they expect all of their athletes to inspire the next generation of runners. Through their own social media, brand blogs and in-person events, Soleus and their athletes have a simple shared mission, and that’s to inspire, educate and motivate the running community.
Soleus is a sport watch and fitness tracking company dedicated to supplying highly functional data monitoring with style, comfort and ease of use at an affordable price. Based in the core athletic community of Austin, Texas, Soleus provides chronograph watches, GPS units, heart rate monitors and activity trackers to help each athlete find their passion for personal sport. Soleus watches are style-driven and set apart by their simple, intuitive, easy-to-use functions that transition from sport to lifestyle.
This past Sunday was the Twin Cities Marathon in Minnesota and ZAP Fitness Elite Runner, Tyler Pennel, secured his first US Title Win with a blazing time of 2:13:33!!
ZAP Fitness Foundation founded in 2001, is a non-profit training center for post-collegiate, Olympic hopeful distance runners. This past year Soleus was honored to join Reebok in supporting this outstanding group of runners as they reach their goals.
Pennel came to ZAP Fitness-Reebok as one of the most decorated athletes in Western State’s history. Pennel was a multiple time All American while in Gunnison and won the NCAA Division II 10,000m title in 2012. He has run 28:23 for 10,000m, 13:45.63 for 5,000m (2013 Raleigh Relays) and helped lead his team to the NCAA XC Title in 2011. In his first year as a ZAP-Reebok athlete Tyler turned in 3 top 10 performances at US Championship events. Tyler was 9th place at the Gate River Run 15k (44:17), 10th place at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, and 7th place at the Peach Tree Road Race. He added his 4th top 10 finish of 2013 with his 3rd place finish at the inaugural US National Road Racing Championships, contested over 12k in Alexandria. In the fall of 2012 Tyler was 5th at the Manchester Road Race in 21:36. In January of 2014 Tyler qualified for his first US National Team. By virtue of his 4th place finish at the US Half Marathon Championships Tyler qualified for the World Half Marathon Team. His finishing time of 1:01:44 also places him #16 all time on the US list. (Bio courtesy of Zap).
Tyler after winning the 2014 Twin Cities Marathon with time of 2:13:33.
Tyler coming around the final curve, headed toward the finish line!
Tyler's official race kit compete with the Soleus Dash.
Q: What is your job title?
A: Brand Director
Q: How long have you been working with Soleus Running?
A: Been part of the team since 2009.
Q: What are your daily responsibilities?
A: We try to have a little fun at Soleus, so we want to reflect that in the brand. I work with the team to ensure Soleus is being communicated in the right manner – from product to marketing, translating our brand presence within our international markets and most importantly, keeping all the boys in the office in check.
Q: What is your favorite part of your job?
A: The ability to have a hand in creating a brand that helps people achieve their running or fitness goals. It always puts a smile on my face when I see someone in the airport, at the gym, or wherever it may be wearing our product.
Q: What is your favorite Soleus watch?
A: My teal/lime Chicked or teal GPS mini.
Q: What type of workout do you enjoy the most?
A: Is this a trick question? Running! I do like a good boxing or core strength class.
Q: What is an interesting fact about you?
A: I have traveled to more international countries than states in the US.
Q: Anything else you would like to add?
A: I have been happily married for 9 years, have 2 red-headed kiddos (ages 6 and 3) and 2 dogs – a Boxer and Boston Terrier. I am your typical working supermom. I am busy!
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
TV or Movies? TV
Treadmill or Trails? Trails
Beach or Mountains? Beach
Texting or Calling? Texting
Coffee or Tea? Tea
I am a former track participant and one time coach. I have always loved the sport of running and have followed it since the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. I had the opportunity to attend the 1996 Olympics and I still recall the feeling of chills as I walked into the stadium to watch world-class athletes compete. Even now as I reminisce those 12 days spent with my son were some of the most electrifying of my life. I felt truly honored that we were able to share in those moments with the athletes, moments that they had trained for their entire lives. I didn’t know at the time but that’s when the true essence of Soleus was formed.
Fast forward to 2008, we were able to finally give life to Soleus. Through the process there were many things I didn’t know, but the one thing I knew for certain was that I always wanted Soleus to embody authenticity. At its core, Soleus is about empowering runners to make their moments, not moments pushed by a corporate agenda.
Over the past several years I have followed the movement of athletes empowering themselves within the industry and aligning themselves with belief systems versus dollar amounts. The one thing that has stuck in my mind is that this isn’t about the corporations and big businesses, at its roots; this is and should be about the athletes and the sport. At Soleus we firmly believe this is about making your moment---it isn’t about us, never has been, never will be-- we are just here to help support you.
I like to think of us more like a family than a business. We are a small team that is passionate about sport and fitness, and about as far from a “corporate” everyman as you can get. We believe in authenticity, passion, joy, and most importantly our runners!
I say all this as a preface to welcoming the newest additions to our family, Kara, Alysia, and Nick. I have been following the 3 of them for several years and have the upmost respect for all of them from both an athletic standpoint and a personal one. The three of them have taken risks in their careers and a stand for the true sport of running and I cannot image a more perfect trio to represent the true essence of Soleus.
So without further ado, I am both humbled and excited to welcome Kara Goucher, Alysia Montano and Nick Symmonds to Team Soleus Elites. Here’s to great partnerships and continuing to shake things up!
Founder & CEO, Soleus Running
The April edition of More Magazine, one of the leading women's fashion and lifestyle magazines in the country, is officially on newsstands. We are excited to spy a little something, something in the Stylebook section of the magazine.
The Soleus PR is still one of our most popular unisex running watches. It boasts a 30-lap memory, 5 interval timers, convertible display, backlight, dual time, 2 alarms, and is 100m water resistant. To top it all off, the watch is super comfortable and comes in a wide range of colors.
Let's just say, it's time to set a PR in your new PR!