Mizuno Signs Endorsement Deal With Runner Antonio Vega
Top American Finisher at Peachtree Road Race Joins Mizuno Race Team
Norcross, GA (December 16, 2008) - Mizuno USA, Inc. has announced today the company has signed a two-year endorsement deal with runner Antonio Vega. Vega’s partnership agreement with Mizuno comes on the heels of an endorsement deal with fellow Olympic hopeful, Megan Hepp. Both athletes will help the company build upon its leadership position in the specialty running category. Mizuno has a complete line of high performance running and track & field footwear and apparel.
Vega, born in Oakdale, Minnesota, ran in college for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, where he was an All-American in cross country and competed in three NCAA Cross Country Championships. Vega was the 2005 Midwest Regional cross country champion, and was later recognized as the Midwest Runner of the Year in 2006. Vega joined Team USA Minnesota in August of 2007, a non-profit training center in Minneapolis/St. Paul, a team dedicated to improving post-collegiate American distance running and developing Olympic athletes.
“Antonio Vega is an extremely gifted young runner with a bright career in front of him,” said Ron Wayne, Running Promotions Manager Mizuno USA. “He is hopeful of competing for the United States in the 2012 London Olympics, and we believe that Mizuno can help him attain this goal with our award winning footwear and apparel.” In 2008, Vega set a personal best in the 10,000m, running an impressive 29:00.47. At the Peachtree Road Race 10K in Atlanta, Georgia, the largest road race in the United States, Vega was the first American finisher, at 29:41. He ran 1:04:26 at the 2008 NYC Half Marathon, finishing 11th overall and second for American runners.
Mizuno USA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mizuno Corporation, one of the largest specialty sporting goods manufacturers in the world. Mizuno USA, Inc. manufacturers and distributes baseball, golf, softball, running, track & field, and volleyball equipment, apparel, and footwear for North America. Mizuno USA, Inc. is based in Norcross, Georgia.