Spisak to Run at World Half-Marathon Championship

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Send off organized for the NE Distance star:
Tuesday, March 22, 1:15 p.m.
DelSesto Middle School, 152 Springfield Street, Providence

New England (NE) Distance, a Rhode Island based athlete-in-residence fellowship program, is hosting a send-off student assembly at Delsesto Middle School on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, to celebrate Jim Spisak’s being selected to Team USA for the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Half-Marathon Championship in Cardiff Wales. Spisak serves as the coach of the DelSesto Middle School Cross Country team after running at Duquesne University.

The assembly is scheduled for 1:15 pm at DelSesto Middle School at 152 Springfield Street, Providence. Short speeches from several of Spisak’s DelSesto runners and other guests will be presented. Students, fans and the media are invited to celebrate Spisak’s achievements.

Spisak ran a qualifying time for the world championships with his fourth place finish at the 2016 Chevron Houston Half-Marathon (1:02.26). Spisak had three podium finishes at USATF National road races in 2015 including placing fourth at the 2015 US National 12-kilometer Championships, finishing behind multiple NCAA-champion in Sam Chelanga and 2014 US Marathon Champion Tyler Pennel. Spisak is planning on competing for a spot on the USA Olympic team at the Olympic Trials in July.

He will be running the IAAF Half-Marathon World Championships in Cardiff, Great Britain on March 26 at 10:10 am (EDT). Spisak is one of five male athletes from the United States who were selected to compete at this event.

A little more about Jim

  • Graduated from Duquesne University in 2014
    • 2012 NCAA All-Region Honors (Mid-Atlantic) in Cross Country
    • School records: 1,500 meters (3:48.01), 5,000 meters (13:50.44) & 10,000 meters (29.33.29)
  • National Championship Participation
2015 USA Cross Country (12 km) Championships o   17th Place (38:28)
2015 USATF 20K Championships o   7th Place (1:00.12)
2015 USATF 10 Mile Championships o   4th Place (46:59)
2015 USATF 12K Championships o   4th Place (34:37)

About NE Distance
NE Distance, Inc. is a New England based non-profit organization with a unique dual mission to promote health and wellbeing among children while providing support to post-collegiate athletes on a training path to top-level competition. In 2012, NE Distance established their athlete-in-residence fellowship program in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. The not-for-profit organization recruits top-level post-collegiate track athletes and provides them with housing, travel stipends, gear, and physical therapy and places to train. When they are not training to represent New England at top level meets, each NE Distance athlete fellow works 16-20 hours per week in after-school programs, providing mentorship, coaching, and tutoring for the youth while living within community to model good habits for health including physical activity and smart eating habits.

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