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Extending Commitment to the Running Community

Soleus Extends Commitment to Running by Re-signing Goucher, Symmonds and Montaño, and Adding Brooks Beasts
 

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.

 

About Soleus:

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.

Tyler Pennel Takes Twin Cities

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. 

Soleus Monthly Staff Highlight: Aimee Reed

Meet the Wonderful Aimee Reed!

Aimee, also the resident mother runner, is the Brand Director here at Soleus. Aimee always has a smile on her face and is ready to conquer any challenge. So let's get to know her a bit more!

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!

 

Think Fast!

Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

TV or Movies? TV

Treadmill or Trails? Trails

Beach or Mountains? Beach

Texting or Calling? Texting

Coffee or Tea? Tea

It's a New Day

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!

 

David Arnold

Founder & CEO, Soleus Running

Soleus Monthly Staff Highlight: Meet Scott McLeod

Say Hello to Scott!

 If you have ever called us about a question with your watch or viewed one of our videos on You Tube,  chances are you were listening/chatting with the one and only, Scott McLeod.  He has been with Soleus since the very beginning and is officially known as our Strategic Accounts Sales Director. He is always up for a good time and you will rarely catch him without a smile on his face. So without further ado, let's get to know a bit more about Scott. 

Q: What is your job title?

A: Jack of All Trades – you name it, I will help out and do it.

 

Q: How long have you been working with Soleus Running?

A: Since the beginning of time – Day 1 to be exact.

 

Q: What are your daily responsibilities?

A: To sell, to follow-up, to answer consumer calls, to use our products while exercising to have professional product knowledge.

 

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

A: Being part of the next big thing.

 

Q: What is your favorite Soleus watch?

A: The GPS Fit, because it is an everyday watch that is ready at any time to hit the road or trails and give me my distance and pace.

 

Q: Other than running, what type of workout do you enjoy the most?

A: Seriously, Playing Golf – what a great way to stay in shape…

 

Q: What is an interesting fact about you?

A: I am a simple person.

 

Q: Anything else you would like to add?

A: I married my high school sweet heart 16 years ago, and have a daughter who is 12 and a son who is 9. Also, at one time I could throw a baseball over 90mph.

 

 Okay now it's time for the lightening round.... Think fast!

Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi

Sausage or Bacon? Bacon

Spender or Saver? Saver

Pen or Pencil? Pencil

Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla

TV or Movie? TV

Treadmill or Trails? Trail

Beach or Mountains? Mountains

Texting or Calling? Calling

 

See you on the greens!

More Magazine April Feature

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!

 

Soleus Monthly Staff Highlight

Meet Paula Greene-Hotman, our Soleus customer service extraordinaire! 

Paula has been with Soleus Running since the very beginning back in 2010. She is the lively voice behind the phone whenever you give us a ring and we would be lost without her. Here is a glimpse into the wonderful world of Paula!

 

Q: What is your job title?

A: Customer Service Representative

 

Q: How long have you been working with Soleus Running?

A: Since 2010

 

Q: What are your daily responsibilities?

A: Answer all incoming calls and direct accordingly, speak with retailers and consumers, process orders from the US, Canada, and international countries coming from reps, retailers, and distributors, process all return authorizations, and order office supplies

 

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

A: Talking with people from all over the US and Canada

 

Q: What is your favorite Soleus watch?

A: The Chicked, but I just started wearing the new GO! on my other wrist and I enjoy being able to track and monitor my daily activity

 

Q: What is an interesting fact about you?

A: I enjoy riding Harley motorcycles with my husband Tryce in the Texas Hill Country. The wild flowers in bloom right now make for a beautiful ride.

 

Q: Anything else you would like to add?

A: I enjoy decorating the office break room for holidays during the year. I am known for my spinach dip recipe.

 

 

Some of the lovely Texas wildflowers, Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes, from Paula's latest bike ride.

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