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The road to the 2012 Olympic Games in London runs through Eugene, Oregon. From June 22nd through July 1st, America’s best athletes will compete for the three coveted Olympic berths in each track & field event. The Bay Area Track Club’s four experienced Olympians, and ten aspiring Olympians, seek your support to become part of Team USA in London!
The vision behind the Bay Area Track Club was born on the run. In the Fall of 2009, a group of elite athletes and coaches residing in the Bay Area joined forces to create the Bay Area Track Club (BATC). Since our inception, BATC athletes have represented Team USA on the world stage on numerous occasions, including medal podium performances by Shannon Rowbury and Alysia Johnson (Montano). There is no stage greater than the Olympic Games, however, and it is here that BATC athletes most fervently seek to represent their country, community, and club.
Bay Area Track Club already boasts of three Olympians, from Games prior to the club’s formation - Magda Lewy-Boulet (2008), Shannon Rowbury (2008), Bolota Asmerom (2000, 2004) – who seek to make the team once again. Strong candidates to also earn Olympic credentials include Alysia Johnson, World Indoor bronze medalist and two-time defending US champion, as well as David Torrence, ranked #1 in the world for 2012 at the outset of this campaign! The additional eleven BATC elites also have their sights set on Eugene, and their chance to reach Olympic heights.
There is no secret on what it takes to get to the Olympic Games: hard work and talent. BATC athletes, with nearly a hundred All-American certificates between them, undoubtedly have the talent. The hard work has been put in day after day, week after week, and month after month, stretching all the way back to the day after the 2008 Beijing Olympics came to a close. Your contribution to this campaign directly affects the ability of Bay Area Track Athletes to work even harder and increase their chances of making Team USA and going to London.
What We Need & What You Get.
The scarcity of oxygen at elevations of 6,000 feet or above dramatically increases the difficulty of training. Anyone who has schlepped up the side of a mountain with skis has experienced this. In more scientific studies, altitude training has been shown to improve oxygen-carrying capacity of muscles. In other words, you can run faster and harder without fatiguing as quickly after training at altitude than you could if you only trained at sea level. The Bay Area Track Club asks your support for the BATC Tahoe Training Camp, from May 14-27, one month prior to the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, “Where Dreams Come True,…or Don’t” (an actual billboard on the highway entering Eugene!).
Behind every Olympian is a story that includes a great cast of supporters: family, coaches, teammates, friends, and people like you. When Team USA marches into the Olympic Stadium in London, you will be a part of it!
The cost of BATC Tahoe Training camp will be $6,000 for the two weeks. This covers housing, food, travel, coaching, gym access, injury rehab and prevention, and hopefully an ice cream cone from the parlor at Camp Richardson. A $200 donation will sponsor an aspiring Olympian for a week of the best training in the country, and you will be rewarded with an Olympic-class one-on-one training session of your own from BATC elites (see "Perks" tab above).
Other Ways You Can Help.
If you feel this campaign is worth supporting, please spread the word by emailing and sharing the Bay Area Track Club iSupportSport link to someone who may also share in BATC’s dreams!