She's desperate to maintain relevance in the sport and keep up her athletic image and Puma is desperate for a name athlete to promote given how crappy their NC project is going plus how much Molly Seidel has fallen off the map in the past year. Seems like a perfect match. It won't nudge me any closer to trying Puma gear, which is probably just fine, but I can see it bringing some soccer mom types into their customer base.
And the rest of us STILL can't buy Puma shoes.
Crappy? Fiona O'Keeffe has become one of the best road runners in the US. She ran a 67:xx half (US #5 all-time), 51:xx for ten miles (US #2 all-time), and even a 15:05 on the track (a 30-second improvement from college). Just because Werner has been mediocre doesn't mean the group is a failure.
Says she is going to give road racing a try. More power to her. She had a great career on the track. Will be interesting to see how she fares at the longer distances on the roads. She's still under 40, so Puma is a good brand choice (although I am not sure if Jason is younger than her).
I'm sure that's a huge boost to Puma's US market. It surely is heartening that they have a runner seeing decent success, but placing zero group members on a US team in the past couple years is the current group report. If the shoe-buying public can't see your athletes in high profile situations, they're going to remain just as unaware of your brand and product.
She took 2nd to Nell Rojas in the 2021 Cherry Blossom 10-miler, beating Caroline Rotich and Sara Hall.
Ouch. New Balance is hurting. If anyone would be a lifetime ambassador for NB, it would be Jenny Simpson.. they must be running out of money.
I wonder if she sees Sara Vaughn's marathon success and believes she can do better.
Wow, shocking. Would have assumed she was NB for life.
Wonder how this will affect all the work she does with NYRR?
My first thought was "this reminds me of when Kara Goucher signed with Skechers." 🤷♂️
I do hope she finds success on the roads. And the shoes in the picture look amazing. 😎
Don't be a jerk.
Have you heard of the Olympian and medalist Jenna Prandini?
Plus Abbie Steiner signed with Puma too
Her and Huddle both had great careers. Maybe Simpson can extend it a couple of more years on longer road races.
I think it is incredible more brands are starting to dip their feet into the running market. On, Puma, and NB could help grow the sport significantly. NB and On clearly doing a lot for the sport already but our sport has for so long been dominated by Nike and Adidas.
Yes!!! Get that Puma money, Jenny! 💵 🏃♀️ Simpson is a 3x Olympian, bronze medalist, world champion! She’s a living legend. She has done so much for the sport and deserves respect. So pumped to see what she can do at this stage in her career!
Brilliant career. Just retire and have children. Why slug it out on the roads?
Puma actually has many of the very biggest stars in track and field: Duplantis, Warholm, Emmanuel Korir, Barshim and Tamberi, Thompson-Herah, Shericka Jackson, Mahuchikh. Americans Sandi Morris and JuVaughn Harrison. Also, Bolt may be retired, but he has a lifetime contract with Puma. Yesh, short on distance runners though.