Ryan Vail Re-Signed by Brooks Running, from Derek Lactaoen, Brooks

We always like to see young, American athletes supported by sponsors, so we post this note from Derek Lactaoen, consumer marketing for Brooks Running, as he wrote on Ryan Vail being re-signed by Brooks Running. 

Good luck to Ryan, who recently won the RNR San Jose Half Marathon on October 6, 2013, as part of his build up! 

As we note almost daily, the shoe companies are still the largest supporters of elite athlete worldwide. We need to change that paradigm. Races like Chicago, New York, Houston, and clubs like Brooks Beasts, Nike OTC, Nike Oregon Project and Team Minnesota and the new Boston elite project are some of the paradigm changing ways that our athletes can be supported. 

Ryan Vail winning RNR San Jose, photo by PhotoRun.net 

We want to let you know that Brooks will continue running happy with Ryan Vail now that the distance running standout re-signed as one of our sponsored athletes. As he toes the line for the New York Marathon, we couldn't be happier!


Vail joined Brooks after graduating from the national-championship winning Oklahoma State team in 2009 and has been a highlight of our professional team ever since. Vail ran 2:12 in the marathon at the 2012 Olympic Trials, his first-ever attempt at that distance, lowered his 10K personal record to 27:44 earlier this year and his marathon training to date sets him up for success in New York on Sunday.


Ryan Vail embodies the Run Happy spirit and is an example for runners of all levels and ages; we're excited to keep him in the Brooks family and look forward to continued results as we deepen our dedication to the sport of running.


Run, Ryan, run!


Derek Lactaoen
Consumer Marketing Coordinator


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