2021 was a fantastic year for elite, collegiate, and high school ElliptiGO athletes across the nation! We’re proud to be trusted by top runners who are pushing the limits and competing at the highest levels. As the year draws to a close, we want to celebrate some recent results from a couple of these athletes who are cross-training with ElliptiGO bikes.
Sara Vaughn Runs 2:26 Marathon Debut
Full time realtor and mother of 4, Sara Vaughn has found most of her running success as a middle distance track athlete, qualifying for the World Track & Field Championships in the 1500 meters. Sara has been integrating ElliptiGO cross-training into her schedule for many years, both for extra training volume and to speed up recovery. After the completion of her most recent 2021 track season, she decided to test her range and train for her first marathon. On December 4th, she raced the Cal International Marathon with a time goal of 2:30. She pulled away from the field in the second half of the race, winning in 2:26:53, breaking the course record and running the 5th fastest debut ever by an American. She discusses her decision to run the marathon and the build up in this interview on the I’ll Have Another Podcast.
NC State University Wins National Championships
The Women’s Cross Country team at North Carolina State University has been climbing the ranks on the national stage and have been in search of a national championship title. The years of hard work came to fruition this season as the Wolfpack from Raleigh won their program’s first ever NCAA Championship Team Title. Avid users of ElliptiGO training, this young team will likely be a strong force for many years to come. In addition to members of the current team using ElliptiGO training, several past team members have purchased their own product to continue those training benefits long after graduation. Even Coach Laurie Henes and husband Bob Henes (both former elite runners) have purchased their own GO to use from home.
Drew Hunter Wins 5K National Championships
Professional distance runner Drew Hunter has competed on the National Stage since high school and has been among the favorites in most US National Championships over the last several years. As many elite athletes do, Drew has dealt with injuries recently and has turned to ElliptiGO training to achieve his fitness goals and stay healthy while doing so. Despite a year with injuries and less running, he returned to racing at the US 5K Road Championships in NYC this past November and won, beating a strong field. Drew was a recent guest on the Citius Mag Podcast where he talks about exceeding his own expectations, his focus on staying healthy and mentions ElliptiGO training as a part of his adjusted training regimen. In particular, he states, “I love the Mountain Bike ElliptiGO. That thing has helped me so much. I just smash on that thing as much as I can.”
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