Runway to Race Day: GATE River Run 15K
Hey Sports Fans, big race coming up - with no less than EIGHT of our fast flyers headed out to run it!
This gave us an idea! With eight of our gals headed out to lay down some smokin' fast times, why not get them in our latest, greatest Spring 15 styles? The basic idea is this: with NYC Fashion Week (2013, 2014) we brought race apparel to the runway...but now, what if we used this 15K champs to bring the runway to the race?
With that simple goal, we started putting looks together, talking to the athletes, and drafting our "collection."
So when race day comes on March 14th in Jacksonville, FL, each of the Oiselle athletes will be wearing a unique look from our Spring 15 line. From new tanks and mini stride shorts to sports bras and buns, we're excited to see our newest styles put to the ultimate test.
Saturday, March 14th!
- GATE River Run 15K, Jacksonville, Florida
- Largest 15K race in the United States
- Once again, it will serve as the USA 15K Championship with America's top Olympic athletes competing
- $85,000 in prize money
- 24,000 runners and walkers
Our own Kristin Metcalf and Jacquelyn Komen will be flying East to bring you the racing action. Follow along with us on @oiselle (Twitter and Instagram) and #RUNway15k as we share first looks of the runway styles out on the course!
MEET THE RUNNERS
Caitlin Comfort | Verona, WI
Spent the last year working through a couple injuries and getting stronger from them. After a couple trips to Flagstaff to train with coaches Steph and Ben Bruce, Caitlin brushed off the racing shoes in early february with her first 10k of the season in San Diego. After two great road champs appearances in 2013 at USATF 20k Champs and 12k Champs, Caitlin is pumped to race her first GATE River Champs!
Kara Foster | State College, PA
Starting off the 2014-2015 season Kara went to the roads with her debut half marathon at Big Sur finishing 2nd overall and the 1st American across the line. In her second half marathon Kara finished 14th in January at the US Half Marathon Champs. Traditionally a 10k specialist, Kara is debuting in the 15k at GATE River Run!
Kara Foster is wearing the Keyhole Tank and Mac Roga Shorts.
Heidi Greenwood | Cleveland, OH
Her first time at GATE River Champs, Heidi is coming off of two solid personal records for herself this year - last spring a 1:17:37 at the Gary Bjorklund Half and this fall a marathon PR at Chicago. After several months training at altitude in Boulder, Heidi is strong, healthy and excited to drop down to the 15k.
Heidi Greenwood is wearing the Stripped Tank and Stride Short Mini.
Allison Maxson | Sacramento, CA
Her first time at GATE River 15k Champs as well. Of the last five races that Allison has run this year, she has PR’d in 4 of them! Her most recent the US Half Marathon Champs in January with a 28th place finish in a time of 1:15. Before that this fall she PR’d at the Chicago Marathon along side Haute Volée marathon runner Andrea Duke. She is ready to rock and roll.
Allison Maxson is wearing the Suspension Shimmel and Embossed Mac Roga Shorts.
Andie Cozzarelli | Raleigh, NC
Talk about a break out Fall, Andie is coming off of two great half marathon performances. Her debut at the Rock n' Roll Half Marathon in September with a 1:16:30 and then a three minute improvement in November at Monumental Half with a 1:13:49 for 2nd place. So excited to see what she is capable at for her first road 15k.
Andie Cozzarelli is wearing the Farrow Tank and Flyte Shorts
Melissa Gacek | White Bear Lake, MN
A seasoned marathon runner and fabulous Oiselle team member for years, Melissa has always had GATE River Champs on her bucket list of races. Finishing 49th at the 2013 US Half Marathon Champs and just recently trying to break the World Record Treadmill Half Marathon time, Melissa is proven that she is a fierce competitor. She will bring a vast amount of racing experience to our group next weekend.
Melissa Gacek is wearing the Suspension Shimmel and Stride Short Mini.
Asher Henry | Savannah, GA
Her first time at GATE River Champs, Asher in the midst of finishing her PHD in Physical Therapy at Armstrong Atlantic University in Georgia. Asher is not only taking a full load of classes but she is training full time as well. She debuted at the 20k distance in September in New Haven, CT and is now excited to get after it at the 15k distance as well. Spending a lot of time focusing on trail racing, Asher has been building strength and is ready to attack the road with her Oiselle teammates.
Asher Henry is wearing the Keyhole Tank and Stride Short Mini.
Kelsey Markham | Morgantown, WV
This is Kelsey's first GATE River Champs. Kelsey is working full time as a Pediatric Dietician, she trains in the early morning hours with her good friend and Oiselle teammate Aubrey. Kelsey broke 3 hours at the Chicago Marathon this last October racing alongside 11 other Oiselle women. Training with the US Marathon Trials Project under coach Mark Hadley, Kelsey has definite goals for the next year!
Kelsey Markham is wearing the Gwen Tank and Distance Shorts.