Highgear Sponsors Team Pearl Izumi - Smith

Highgear has signed on as a 2011 sponsor of Team Pearl Izumi – Smith, an elite group of endurance runners who compete in over 60 of the country’s top long distance races throughout the year.

Asheville, NC – Outdoor electronics brand Highgear announced today they have signed on as a 2011 sponsor of Team Pearl Izumi – Smith, an elite group of endurance runners who compete in over 60 of the country's top long distance races throughout the year. Races include various marathons to the Hardrock 100 race and everything in between.

Team Pearl Izumi – Smith athletes include 2010 Wasatch 100 winners Nick Clark and Darcy Africa, Ashley Nordell, Scott Jaime, Nick Lewis, Josh Brimhall, Matt Lonergan and Aric Manning. Planning has already begun for the 2011 season, with the goal of adding a few new athletes to the roster and increasing the amount of races in which the team will compete.

“By far next year will be a year we turn even more heads in the ultra running world and we are excited to have Highgear on board as a sponsor for the team, says Aric Manning, Team PI-Smith Race Manager. “Their altimeter timing pieces are so important for monitoring progress while training and competing and the team looks forward to a great relationship with the company in 2011.”

The current team has been testing out various Highgear timing products this year and plans to train and compete with those products that are suitable to them individually in 2011. The most popular product amongst the team so far is the latest altimeter watch the Axio Max that is equipped with an 100-hour chronograph and 10-run data log memory that stores valuable training information including starting altitude, accumulated altitude and max altitude.

“We are excited to sponsor and supply Highgear products to the team, which consists of a highly accomplished group of athletes that have each reached a level of achievement that is simply insurmountable to the average person,” says Mike Hosey, VP of Highgear. “We look forward to working with them to help them achieve even bigger goals in the years to come.”

For more information on Team Pearl Izumi – Smith visit www.teampearlizumi-smith.com

About Highgear
Highgear, a division of Implus, was founded in 1999 with the commitment to provide outdoor and fitness enthusiasts with innovative solutions needed to conquer any adventure, big or small. One of the fastest growing companies in the outdoor industry, Highgear is known for incorporating highly accurate and user-friendly designs along with competitive prices in all of their products. From altimeters and pedometers to compasses and heart rate monitors, Highgear products have always been and continue to be at the forefront of gear technology and design. www.highgear.com.