ASICS America Adds America’s Best Young Female U.S. Marathoner Becky Wade to Elite Athlete Roster

  ASICS America Adds America’s Best Young Female U.S. Marathoner Becky Wade to
  Elite Athlete Roster

- Adventure Seeking, Long Distance Runner Will Join the Ranks of Ryan Hall and
Deena Kastor on Team ASICS in 2014 -

Business Wire

IRVINE, Calif. -- January 30, 2014

ASICS America is kicking off an exciting year with the welcomed addition of
premier female long distance runner, Becky Wade, to the ASICS athlete family.
Full of adventurous spirit and a fearless competitor at heart, Wade was most
recently recognized for her winning debut at the California International
Marathon, making her the fifth fastest female American marathoner of 2013.
Wade joins the company of only two American women who ran faster marathons
before the age of 25.

“ASICS’ unique brand spirit and constant innovation mirrors my ongoing pursuit
of testing my limits in everything I do, especially when competing,” comments
Wade. “In my young career I have already had incredible experiences that have
helped me grow as a competitor, but the real journey begins with this
partnership. I look forward to reaching new milestones in 2014, and feel
confident as ever knowing I have this remarkable support every step of the

A recent graduate of Rice University in Houston, Texas, and one of the two
sets of Wade twins, 24-year-old Becky Wade began running as a sprinter and
hurdler in the fifth grade. Once she hit high school, Becky shifted her focus
to distance running, which was the start of her successful cross-country
career in college. One of Wade’s greatest accomplishments to date was securing
the 2012 Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. Through this award, she received $25,000
for 12 months of world travel and experiential learning to study a topic of
her choice. Wade made running the centerpiece of her fellowship, working to
establish an informally academic perspective of varying running cultures all
over the world. On her journey, Becky visited 72 beds, went through 11 pairs
of running shoes and ran 3,504 miles across 22 countries.

“Becky’s bold personality, natural curiosity and winning spirit on and off the
road perfectly matches the energy of the ASICS brand,” commented ASICS America
Athlete Manager, Annie Adams. “We look forward to supporting Becky through her
training, competitions, and whatever worldly adventures may come her way, and
hope to help her reach new goals and achieve success in 2014.”

Becky will continue to be coached by Jim Bevan, Track & Field head coach at
Rice University and will have the support of the highly acclaimed coach Joe
Vigil who was instrumental in Deena Kastor’s running success.

For more information about Becky Wade or ASICS America roster of elite
athletes, visit


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Latin phrase from which ASICS is derived and the fundamental platform on which
the brand still stands. The company was founded more than 60 years ago by
Kihachiro Onitsuka and is now a leading designer and manufacturer of
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ASICS America Public Relations:
Melinda Hutcheon, 949-266-7029
Noelle Novoa, 949-521-2866
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