Sixth-place Boston Marathon finisher & ZAP Endurance athlete signs with Chris Mengel
Nicole DiMercurio, On Running ZAP Endurance athlete and former All-SEC distance runner at the University of Georgia, has signed an agency contract with Elite Runner Management, the Michigan based sports agency headed by Chris Mengel.
“Nicole DiMercurio is a gifted runner who is committed to the process of fulfilling her potential and achieving great things as a professional. Finishing 6th in last year’s Boston Marathon in horrific weather conditions in only her third marathon was pretty remarkable. Her grit and resolve to compete against the best athletes in the world are unquestioned,” said Mengel. “ERM is excited at the prospect of representing Nicole as her career moves forward.”
DiMercurio has already qualified to race in the 2020 US Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta next February. She achieved the qualifier by running the USATF “A” standard at the 2017 US Marathon Championships in Sacramento, where she finished 11th in a personal best of 2:36:01. Among her many accomplishments, DiMercurio is the defending champion and course record holder of the Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon in Virginia Beach; she also was champion of the Dallas Half Marathon in 2017. The year after graduating from Georgia she established herself as a professional by finishing 2nd in the 2015 AJC Peachtree 10k Road Race in Atlanta.
DiMercurio believes that working with ERM will create opportunities as her career progresses. “I chose Chris because he believes in me. It’s rare to find people who see potential you yourself can’t see, and Chris saw potential in me,” said DiMercurio. “I’m impressed that he treats his athletes as more than just employees. I can tell he cares about them as humans.”
Peter Rea, DiMercurio’s coach at ZAP, was pleased with the announcement. “Nicole and Elite Runner Management are the perfect marriage going forward toward 2020 and beyond. Chris and ERM possess both the knowledge and contacts within the industry to assist Nicole as she pursues the realization of her talents,” said Rea.
In addition to her training, DiMercurio runs her own small business, an Etsy shop called “Sincerely By Nicole.” The shop, which focuses on digital prints and designs of motivational quotes, provides her with a creative outlet beyond her running. “Sincerely By Nicole” has even expanded into a blog written by DiMercurio “to connect the everyday runner to the professional running world and ultimately point out that every runner faces the same difficulties regardless of ability.” You can follow along at https://sincerelybynicole.com/
For questions, interviews or further information, contact:
Chris Mengel, Elite Runner Management
(photo with permission Michael Scott)