OGDEN, Utah (Sept. 17, 2020) – Today, Salomon announces the release of TransAmericana, a feature-length film that follows ultrarunner Rickey Gates on his 2017 journey to run across the Continental United States. Available online and at select live events in September, TransAmericana documents Gates on his 3,700-mile journey from South Carolina to California on the heels of the divisive 2016 U.S. presidential election, which inspired the athlete to seek connection with his country.

Although the film delivers unparalleled insights into the extreme athletic and mental challenges demanded by this five-month journey, running is not the focus. Instead, the story is of the remarkable people across the United States, told through rich visual imagery, personal narratives and Rickey’s experience.

“It just occurred to me that I don’t know my country at all. I wanted to experience and see and feel what this is all about. For me, running is the perfect vehicle for learning about people and how the places they live shape who they are. This journey was a way to put that belief to the test,” says Rickey Gates. “It’s becoming so easy to live in separate bubbles. How can we have a discussion if we don’t even know the person on the other side of the argument?”

TransAmericana is a feature-length film produced by Salomon and the Wandering Fever and follows the Spring 2020 release of Gates’s debut book, Cross Country, a coffee table book of photography and stories from the TransAmericana project. The film will be available to stream on September 29 on Salomon TV.

“This year has been one of intense challenge for so many of us, and this film’s themes of compassion, open-mindedness and light-hearted adventure have never felt more important. Despite all of our differences, we are all connected in this life, and Rickey does an incredibly inspiring job of exploring unity through his story,” says Erin Cooper, run marketing manager for Salomon in North America. “Running across the country is an impressive feat on its own, and doing it in this way really shines a light on Rickey’s talent not only as an athlete, but as a storyteller and community leader, too.”

Gates will host several in-person, drive-in screenings for TransAmericana, following local safety guidelines.


Location: Aspen, Colorado

Date: 8:00pm ­– 10:00pm, Saturday, September 26, 2020

Event Details: www.salomon.com/en-us/blog/running/transamericana-aspen-co

Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Date: 7:30pm ­– 10:00pm, Sunday, October 4, 2020

Event Details: https://www.salomon.com/en-us/blog/running/transamericana-santa-fe-nm

For more information on TransAmericana, please visit: http://tv.salomon.com.

To watch the trailer for Transamericana, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLxFP56sc7U


About Salomon: Born in the French Alps in 1947, Salomon is committed to pushing the boundaries of mountain sports through the creation of innovative equipment that allows people to play, progress and challenge themselves in their chosen outdoor sports. The company produces and sells premium footwear, winter sports and mountaineering equipment, hiking equipment, and apparel specifically designed for all of those disciplines. Products are developed in the company’s Annecy Design Center, where engineers, designers and athletes collaborate to create innovative solutions that continually improve the outdoor experiences of those who see nature as a vast playground.

Contact: Emily Banks
970-924-0704 ext. 103   



Salomon TV Debuts Every Single Street

OGDEN, Utah (March 5, 2019) –Salomon athlete Rickey Gates set out to run every single street in San Francisco in order to get to know the city on a more personal level, after having lived there on and off for much of his life. For Gates, running is the perfect vehicle for ...read more

REI Book Club - ALL

Salomon and REI Partner to Deliver Athlete Book Club Series

OGDEN, Utah (Sept. 16, 2020) – Today, Salomon and REI announce a new series of virtual book club events with Salomon athletes and authors Jessie Diggins, Rickey Gates, Emelie Forsberg and Meredith Erickson. Once a month, consumers will be invited to read the monthly book and ...read more


Salomon Launches #BeautyBag Instagram Contest

OGDEN, Utah (Aug. 26, 2020) — Today, Salomon announces the launch of the #BeautyBag campaign, the brand’s second Beauty Box Instagram contest for active women, as the latest step in its ongoing initiative to support the growing community of women in the outdoors. To participate, ...read more

Salomon Partners with Continental Divide Trail Coalition to Support Trail Community

OGDEN, Utah (May 27, 2020) ­–Today, Salomon announces a partnership with the Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) in which the outdoor brand will donate a portion of sales to the cause to support the trail community. As part of the giveback program, Salomon will donate $5 ...read more

Salomon Introduces its First Recyclable Performance Running Shoe, Index.01

ANNECY, France (Sept. 3, 2020) — Salomon, the global leader in trail running and winter sports equipment, unveils the Index.01, a ready-to-recycle performance road running shoe. The shoe is the result of three years of research and development at Salomon’s Annecy Design Center in ...read more


Salomon Annecy Design Center Pivots to Develop Face Masks

OGDEN, Utah (April 20, 2020) — Today, Salomon, the four-season mountain brand, announces that it will shift from prototyping gear in its Annecy, France headquarters to developing reusable, non-medical grade face masks to fight the spread of COVID-19. The Annecy Design Center ...read more

Salomon’s New Stance All-Mountain Ski Collection Delivers Performance, Stability and Versatility

OGDEN, Utah (Jan. 22, 2020) – Salomon unveils the new, all-mountain Stance ski collection, built to provide skiers with an ideal blend of performance, stability and versatility for the 2020/21 season. The Stance ski collection—which includes the Stance 90, Stance 96 and Stance ...read more

Rickey Gates Salomon

This guy ran every single street in San Francisco

Think about how you map your runs. Maybe it's down the street, to the park, around the park, and back. But it's doubtful your route includes running every single street in your city. After living in San Francisco on and off for his whole life, Salomon athlete Rickey Gates wanted ...read more

Salomon Hosts WMN Virtual Half Marathon

OGDEN, Utah (May 26, 2020) – Today, Salomon announces the WMN Virtual Half, in partnership with Strava, which will take place during the May 29th weekend. This virtual event replaces the inaugural Salomon WMN Trail ½ Marathon, which was cancelled like many spring races. In light ...read more