Post-college, many of our most talented American runners are faced with a difficult decision. Do they continue to run at the highest level, and attempt a professional career? It may be a dream they’ve held since childhood. But without support from a team, sponsor or family, the fiscal realities of chasing that dream can be daunting.
Over the last decade, a number of small elite distance support programs have sprung up around the United States. They bring together top runners who want to continue to run at the highest levels, and ultimately achieve Olympic and international success.
The Allan Steinfeld Development Award is a $25,000 training group development award was named after Allan Steinfeld, a long-time leader in the sport, who jump-started the U.S. distance running resurgence as head of the New York Road Runners. Past recipients of the award: