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Blue Ridge Relay 2024

ZAP 2023 Team

ZAP History and Mission

ZAP Endurance was founded in Blowing Rock, NC in 2001 by Zika Rea and her late husband Andy Palmer. ZAP was created out of a vision to support and develop American post collegiate long distance runners as well as educate the running community through summer retreats. ZAP educates runners of all ages and abilities in Blowing Rock each summer, using the proceeds of the retreats to help support ZAP's professional team. The ZAP Endurance Foundation provides athletes in the program with all the tools to train full time toward their Olympic dreams, providing the team with living stipends, travel, coaching, physiotherapy, equipment and training camps. 

ZAP Funding

The majority of ZAP's funding comes through individual donations. As the team prepares for this upcoming Olympic year, the goal of the ZAP Endurance Foundation (a registered 501c3 organization) is to provide the team with all the resources and opportunities they need to be their best for the 2024 Olympic Trials.

2024 Olympics!

ZAP has 6 runners who've qualified for the upcoming 2024 Olympic Marathon Trials on February 3rd in Orlando, FL including:
Andrew Colley (2:11.22)
Tristin Van Ord (2:25.58)
Josh Izewski (2:11.26)
Annmarie Tuxbury (2:31.29)
Tyler Pennel (2:12.16)
Whitney Macon (2:32.35)

Past Success

Having supported 67 athletes since 2002, the ZAP team averages a 10 athlete roster, focusing on events 1500m to the marathon. ZAP has qualified 55 athletes for US Olympic Trials (track & marathon), 12 to Senior World Championship Teams (7 World XC, 3 World Half Marathon / Road, 2 World Marathon) and 77 to additional U.S. Teams.
ZAP has placed 5 athletes in the top 10 at World Marathon Majors (NYC, Boston, Chicago) since 2016 and an additional 3 in the top 10 at Gold Label Marathons (Rotterdam, NED and Gold Coast, AUS). 

Your Support

We would be grateful for your support of the ZAP Endurance Foundation, a registered 501c3 organization. Thank you!  In addition, we invite you to explore more about ZAP and their Summer Running Vacations.

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If your organization would like to be considered as the 2025 Charitable Partner, please reach out via the Blue Ridge Relay Contact page.
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