From left to right: Clare Gallagher, Paddy O’Leary, and Cody Reed
The North Face, the global leader in outdoor apparel, equipment and footwear, is announcing the addition of three ultramarathon athletes to their performance team. The three will be competing December 3, 2016 at The North Face Endurance Challenge Series Championship in San Francisco, California.
I couldn't be more stoked to join a team of mountain people who exude passion, hard work, curiosity, respect for nature, and world class endurance. Whether they're running, climbing, or skiing - this team represents who I strive to be: not just an elite endurance mountain runner, but an environmentalist and explorer. - Clare Gallagher
“Each of these talented athletes brings something unique to The North Face Athlete team. We are excited to support them as they pursue their individual goals and push the limits of this fast growing sport of endurance running,” said The North Face Director of Sports Marketing Katie Ramage.
Since 1966, The North Face has been challenging athletes to push their boundaries and commit to a life of exploration. These athletes stand at the forefront of the companies pledge to “Never Stop Exploring”. Joining an already extremely accomplished roster with the likes of Rory Bosio, Dean Karnazes and Rob Krar – The North Face Performance team is ever-growing with new talent.
“I am excited to make my mark and push the limits of myself and the sport of endurance running with The North Face supporting me” said Cody Reed. “Growing up, I looked up to some of the people on The North Face team, and to now find myself alongside them is something I never could have seen happening.”
About the Athletes:
- Clare Gallagher – In her first 100-mile race, not only did Gallagher win the Leadville 100 run this year, she also set second-fastest women's time ever with 19 hours, 0 minutes, 27 seconds. After four years of collegiate cross-country and track at Princeton University, she is hitting the trails hard in 2017. In the offseason, Gallagher’s winter running recovery remedy is ski-mountaineering.
- Paddy O’Leary – O’ Leary joins The North Face from the brands partner, The November Project, where he serves as the San Francisco Tribe Leader. Coming from a lacrosse background where he played for the University College in Dublin, O’Leary hit the trail scene hard in 2015 competing in the Tamalpa Headlands 50K, The North Face Endurance Challenge San Francisco, and placing 3rd in the Way Too Cool 50K in 2016.
- Cody Reed – Being a San Francisco Bay Area native, Reed has mastered the Northern California trails with wins in the Ultra Race of Champions 100k, Miwok 100K, and Tamalpa Headlands 50K in 2016.
About The North Face® The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1966 with the goal of preparing outdoor athletes for the rigors of their next adventure. Today we are the world’s leading outdoor brand, creating athlete-tested, expedition-proven products that help people explore and test the limits of human potential. We protect our outdoor playgrounds and minimize our impact on the planet through programs that encourage sustainability. The North Face products are available at premium and specialty retail sporting goods stores globally and we are headquartered in California on a LEED Platinum-certified campus. For more information, please visit www.thenorthface.com.