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Champion Mountain Runner Joseph Gray Signs Sponsorship Deal with Spenco


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Joseph Gray says Spenco products aid his careers ascent.

Waco, Texas (PRWEB) June 30, 2014

Running up Pikes Peak, a 14,115-foot mountain in Colorado, is all in a days work for elite mountain runner Joseph Gray.

A lot of people who run up take the gondola back down, but I like to just run down, Gray says of the nearly 13 mile descent.

Gray says running down the mountain used to lead to excruciating blisters. But this last time, he had a new defense in his arsenal: The Spenco 2nd Skin® Blister Kit.

If youd have taken a picture of my feet after that run, youd have thought I just had a pedicure, Gray jokes. The kit left me completely blister-free. Blisters may sound like a minor thing, but they can sideline athletes from their training.

Gray is the newest member of Team Spenco, recently signing a sponsorship agreement with the company whose name is synonymous with foot care.

Ive used some of Spencos products for years, so I really wanted the company as a sponsor, Gray said. I search for the highest quality products to support my running career, and Spenco is the best in orthotic support and medical foot care.

Grays professional accomplishments include:

  •     Six-time North American Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Champion
  •     Eight-time USA National Champion
  •     15-Time USA National Team Member
  •     Four-time Mountain Runner of the Year, USA Track & Field (USATF)
  •     First African-American to win the USA National Mountain Running Championship
  •     First athlete to win NACAC titles in Cross Country and Mountain Running

Joseph's dedication and discipline to mountain running makes him one of the best in the world, said Bill Reifsnyder, two-time U.S. National Marathon Champion and Spenco marketing consultant. But Joseph looks for a competitive edge that will allow him to train harder, recover faster and race better. Spencos innovative products provide that advantage.

Gray, who lives and trains in Colorado Springs, Colo., recently began using the companys IRONMAN® Race insoles for enhanced arch support. When hes not racing, youll often find him recovering in Spencos line of supportive, fashionable shoes and sandals.

Spenco insoles protect my body and preserve my energy and health while running, Gray said. And Spencos orthotic shoes teach my body proper mechanics when Im recovering.

Most recently, Gray dominated the 7.6-mile Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race, all uphill to the highest peak in the Northeast, located in New Hampshire.

On July 6, Gray will defend his title in the USATF Mountain Running Championship. The race takes place on Loon Mountain in New Hampshire, a race Runners World named Most Competitive Hill Climb. The top six men and four women win a spot on the U.S. Mountain Running Team that will travel to the world championships in Italy this summer.

Wherever his travels take him, and to whatever heights, Gray says Spenco products will help him achieve his athletic feats.

My advice to other athletes is take care of your feet, Gray said. They take the brunt of the impact. If you take care of your feet, usually your body will fall in line.

Spenco Medical Corporation
Spenco, a leading producer of high quality insoles and foot care products, helps people everywhere achieve its motto of Love Your FeetTM. Based in Waco, Texas, Spenco provides the most advanced sports medicine and first aid products available, as well as a line of premium shoes for men and women. Founded in 1967 by renowned foot care specialist Dr. Wayman Spence, Spenco earns consumer trust in its products by focusing on superior customer service to distinguish itself in the outdoor, sports, foot care and medical markets. Spenco Total SupportTM Insoles carry the American Podiatric Medical Association seal of acceptance. Learn more about Spenco products by visiting or calling 800-877-3626.

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