Altra Signs New Athletes to Men’s 2019 Elite Team
April 19, 2019
(Logan, UT – April 19, 2019) Altra announces new and returning athletes to its Men’s Elite Team featuring road and trail runners, OCR and triathletes. New to the Elite Team are Andy Potts, Hayden Hawks and Ben Robinson.
Potts represented the U.S. at the 2004 Summer Olympics, is a four-time USA Triathlon Athlete of the Year, seven-time Ironman Champion and a 29-time 70.3 Ironman Champion. This year, he plans to race the 70.3 Ironman in Chile, Peru, Colorado, Ireland and Georgia, along with the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
Hawks burst onto the trail scene in 2016 with a slew of wins and course records at a handful of high-profile ultras. His pivotal race came in 2017 at the legendary Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc CCC in Chamonix, France, where he set a new 100k course record time of 10:34:30. Next on Hawks’ schedule is the Ultimate Tsaigu Trail 80km in Kwotsang, China.
Robinson was selected to compete for the 2018 US Skyrunning Team at the World Skyrunning Championships in Scotland after setting a course record at the 2017 Ultra Race of Champions 50k. Catch Robinson next at the Hyner Trail Challenge in Pennsylvania.
Altra’s returning Elite men will compete all over the world in 2019:
- Aaron Fletcher will be racing Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon in Anchorage, Alaska.
- Calum Neff will compete at the World 50K Road Championships in Romania in September.
- Dave Mackey is going for another Leadman title after earning the title of first leg amputee to complete the Leadville series in 2018.
- Geoff Burns is headed to South Africa for the Comrades Marathon—the world’s largest and oldest ultramarathon.
- Ian Sharman will compete at Western States where he plans to get his 10th consecutive top 10 finish, along with getting the record for the fastest 1000-mile time with his combined 10 finishes.
- Jacob Puzey will compete at the Canadian 50k Road Championships in Calgary in May.
- James “Iron Cowboy” Lawrence joined the ECO-Challenge, Fiji’s ultimate expedition race in September.
- Jason Schlarb will travel to Argentina to race the Ushuaia by UTMB 130k.
- Jeff Browning will return to Hardrock 100 to defend his 2018 first place finish.
- Jesse Haynes plans to compete at the Bigfoot 200.
- Kyle Pietari hopes to grab his fourth top 10 finish at Western States.
- Mark Hammond will also run Western States with plans to improve his time after finishing third in both 2017 and 2018.
- Rivers Puzey will announce some exciting racing plans in the upcoming weeks.
- Tyler McCandless will compete next at BolderBoulder.
- Zach Bitter will take on Philadelphia’s Dawn 2 Dusk 2 Dawn 24-Hour where he plans to run as many miles as possible in 24 hours.
To stay updated on Altra’s Elite male athletes, follow the Team Altra Facebook page.
While working at a running store, Altra founder Golden Harper was frustrated that modern running shoe technology caused poor running form and had not decreased running injuries. His passion to create a shoe that followed the science produced Altra’s FootShape™ toe box, Zero Drop™ platform and Fit4Her™ female-specific shoes. Since its founding in 2011, Harper and co-founder Brian Beckstead have grown Altra from one to 30 shoe styles, winning multiple Editor’s Choice awards and distribution in more than 60 countries. Join the conversation @AltraRunning and #ZeroLimits on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
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