American Distance Project Moves Forward After Successful Inaugural Year

Press Release
July 18, 2012

(Colorado Springs, CO) - With the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials passed, the
American Distance Project reflects on its inaugural year and looks to
the future. Established in Colorado Springs in the summer of 2011,
founders Renato Canova and Scott Simmons initially embarked on a
project to coach willing American distance runners to qualify for the
2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon. After having nine athletes meet the
Trials standard and after having impressive results at the Trials,
including the Olympic A Standard debuts of Wendy Thomas (adidas/BRC)
and Alisha Williams (adidas/BRC), the American Distance Project (ADP)
was established as a permanent project and sought non-profit status.

After the marathon trials, the ADP saw growth in its roster and saw
continued success on both the track and on the roads. Individual
accomplishments for the first year of the ADP's operations in Colorado
Springs include:

- Joseph Chirlee's (US Army) 10k Olympic A standard of 27:43.96
- Alisha Williams' 5th and 9th place finishes in the Olympic Trials
10k and 5k, respectively
- Wendy Thomas' and Williams' 12th- and 14th-place finishes at the US
Olympic Trials Marathon with Olympic A standards (2:34:25 and 2:35:09)
- Chirlee's US 25k National Championship title
- Williams' and Thomas' selection to Team USA for the Chiba Ekiden
Relay in Japan
- Williams' runner-up finish at the US Road Mile Championships
- Williams' selection to Team USA for the BUPA Great Edinburgh XC
- Kenny Foster's (US Army) 10k debut with a Penn Relays win
- Thirteen top 10 US Championship finishes: Williams, 6th-US20k; Chris
Barnicle, 7th-US10M; Williams, 6th-US10k; Thomas, 7th-US10k; Williams,
4th-USClubXC; Chirlee, 5th-US15k; Williams, 6th-US15k; Chirlee,
1st-US25k; Williams, 2nd-USMile; Edwin Sang,7th-USMile; Thomas,
7th-US1/2; Williams, 5th-USOT10k; Williams, 9th-USOT5k

The American Distance Project is a non-profit organization whose
primary goal is the development of American distance runners to be
internationally competitive. The ADP is located on the front range of
the Rocky Mountains, taking advantage of incredible training resources
in and around Colorado Springs and Woodland Park. The ADP is coached
by Renato Canova and Scott Simmons. For more information, visit


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