June 8, 2011

Norcross, GA (June 8, 2011) – Mizuno USA, Inc., a leader in high-performance running footwear and apparel, announced today that they have signed an endorsement deal with runner Clara Grandt through 2013. Grandt adds yet another elite name to the Mizuno Racing Team, which also includes 2010 USATF Long Distance Runner of The Year and 2010 US Half Marathon Champion, Antonio Vega, and Serena Burla, 2nd Place finisher in the 2011 US Half Marathon Championships.

Grandt graduated from West Virginia University in 2010 where she was a four-time NCAA All-American (1 cross country, 1 indoor track, and 2 outdoor track). She ended her college career with a fourth place finish in the NCAA 10,000m. As a professional in her first 4 USA Road Championships, Grandt finished 4 th in the US 20K, 5 th in the US 10K, 6 th in the US Half Marathon Championships and 4 th in the US 15K Championship. This past April in Boston, Grandt debuted at the marathon distance, finishing in a time of 2:29:54 (3 rd American) which was the second fastest US debut for her age.

“Clara Grandt is an extremely gifted young runner with an incredibly bright career ahead of her, and Mizuno is excited to support her and to be a part of her ongoing evolution as a professional runner,” said Ron Wayne, Running Promotions Manager Mizuno USA.

“Mizuno has shown a strong interest to their athletes needs and is continually looking for ways to provide an advantage to their athletes,” said Grandt. “I am a huge fan of their footwear and apparel because it provides the best quality and comfort, and I am honored to be running for the Mizuno brand.”

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.

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