CHAMPION MOUNTAIN RUNNER JOSEPH GRAY SIGNS SPONSORSHIP DEAL WITH SPENCO
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Posted by: NSRA
Gray says Spenco products aid his career’s ascent
Texas (June 30, 2014) – Running up Pike’s
Peak, a 14,115-foot mountain in Colorado,
is all in a day’s work for elite mountain runner Joseph Gray.
"A lot of people who run up take
the gondola back down, but I like to just run down,” Gray says of the nearly 13
Gray says running down the mountain
used to lead to excruciating blisters. But this last time, he had a new defense
in his arsenal: The Spenco 2nd Skin® Blister Kit.
"If you’d have taken a picture of
my feet after that run, you’d have thought I just had a pedicure,” Gray jokes.
"The kit left me completely blister-free. Blisters may sound like a minor
thing, but they can sideline athletes from their training.”
Gray is the newest member of Team Spenco, recently signing a sponsorship agreement with
the company whose name is synonymous with foot care.
"I’ve used some of Spenco’s
products for years, so I really wanted the company as a sponsor,” Gray said. "I
search for the highest quality products to support my running career, and
Spenco is the best in orthotic support and medical foot care.”
Gray’s professional accomplishments
- Six-time North American Central American and Caribbean
- Eight-time USA National Champion
- 15-Time USA
National Team Member
- Four-time "Mountain Runner of the Year,” USA Track &
- First African-American to win the USA National Mountain
- First athlete to win NACAC titles in Cross Country and
"Joseph's dedication and discipline
to mountain running makes him one of the best in the world,” said Bill
Reifsnyder, two-time U.S. National Marathon Champion and Spenco marketing
consultant. "But Joseph looks for a competitive edge that will allow him to
train harder, recover faster and race better. Spenco’s innovative products
provide that advantage.”
Gray, who lives and trains in Colorado Springs, Colo.,
recently began using the company’s IRONMAN® Race insoles for enhanced arch
support. When he’s not racing, you’ll often find him recovering in Spenco’s
line of supportive, fashionable shoes and sandals.
"Spenco insoles protect my body and
preserve my energy and health while running,” Gray said. "And Spenco’s orthotic
shoes teach my body proper mechanics when I’m recovering.”
Most recently, Gray dominated the
7.6-mile Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race, all uphill to the
highest peak in the Northeast, located in New Hampshire.
On July 6, Gray will defend his
title in the USATF Mountain Running Championship. The race takes place on Loon Mountain
in New Hampshire,
a race Runner’s World named "Most Competitive Hill Climb.” The top six
men and four women win a spot on the U.S. Mountain Running Team that will
travel to the world championships in Italy this summer.
Wherever his travels take him, and
to whatever heights, Gray says Spenco products will help him achieve his
"My advice to other athletes is
take care of your feet,” Gray said. "They take the brunt of the impact. If you
take care of your feet, usually your body will fall in line.”
Watch a documentary clip profiling Joseph Gray, courtesy of Ian
View a photo of Joseph Gray (more photos available upon request).
Spenco Medical Corporation
Spenco, a leading producer of high quality insoles and foot care products,
helps people everywhere achieve its motto of Love Your FeetTM. Based
in Waco, Texas,
Spenco provides the most advanced sports medicine and first aid products
available, as well as a line of premium shoes for men and women. Founded in
1967 by renowned foot care specialist Dr. Wayman Spence, Spenco earns consumer
trust in its products by focusing on superior customer service to distinguish
itself in the outdoor, sports, foot care and medical markets. Spenco Total
SupportTM Insoles carry the American Podiatric Medical
Association seal of acceptance. Learn more about Spenco products by visiting spenco.com or calling 800-877-3626.
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