We are proud to support more than 50 athletes as they chase down their Olympic dreams at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta this Saturday, Feb. 29. Thirteen men and 43 women from the brand‚Äôs extensive Hive ambassador program have qualified to start in the prestigious event.
Hive Platinum team member Jared Ward
, of Provo, Utah, highlights the list of athletes, as one of the top contenders to make the men‚Äôs Olympic team. Ward enters the event with the fourth-fastest Olympic Trials qualifying time, at 2:09:25. Last November, Ward finished 6th
place at the TCS New York City Marathon, and was the top American to cross the line. He also finished as the top American male at the Houston Half Marathon last month, where he clocked a personal best time of 1:01:36. Ward was a member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, and finished 6th
place in the marathon in Rio de Janeiro.
Other notable contenders representing Honey Stinger at the marathon trials event include Neely Spence Gracey
, Nell Rojas
, Andy Wacker
, Ryan Vail and Ashley Brasovan.
‚ÄúWe could not be more excited for the amazing group of athletes representing our Honey Stinger Hive programs at this year‚Äôs Olympic Marathon Trials event,‚Äù said Sarah Glassmeyer, athlete sponsorship coordinator for Honey Stinger. ‚ÄúWe know just how much work all 56 of them have put in to be able to stand on that start line and compete for a spot at the Olympic Games, and we are very proud to help fuel them through their respective journeys.‚Äù
In addition to the marathon, several Hive Gold athletes have qualified to compete in other Olympic Trials events over the next few months. Highlights include Sage Donnelly
in canoe slalom, Jenna Burkert
in women‚Äôs wrestling, Kara Winger
in javelin and Katie Nageotte
in pole vault.