Run Gum introduces Mackey, Leer, Praught and McNamara as the Inaugural Team Run Gum Athletes.

Olympian Nick Symmonds welcomes the first four athletes sponsored by his performance gum brand.

Eugene, OR - March 16, 2014

Run Gum, the leader in performance gum, celebrates its commitment to giving back to the sport that has given its founders so much by adding Katie Mackey, Will Leer, Aisha Praught and Jordan McNamara as the first sponsored athletes for the company.

“It gives me great pride that Run Gum is already in position to sponsor some amazing athletes,” said Symmonds, 2-time Olympian.  “These four are going to be important for Run Gum as we grow in 2015. I am excited to see them have a great year on and off the track as they prepare for this year’s World Championships in Beijing.”

Mackey, the 8-time All American from University of Washington, runs for the Brooks Beasts and trains out of Seattle. With personal bests of 4:04.50 in the 1500m (2013), Mackey became the bronze medalist in the 1500m at the USATF Outdoor Championships in 2014.

Leer is a Nike sponsored middle distance runner based out of Los Angeles. He is the 2013 US Champion 1-mile & 3,000m; 2014 Wanamaker Mile Champion; and 2010, 2012, 2014 Morton Mile Champion.

Praught, the Nike Oregon Track Club Elite member, is one of top steeplechase runners in the U.S.  With a personal best of 9:34.69 in the steeple, Praught just recently placed fifth at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix in the mile with a time of 4:32.

Jordan McNamara, also of Nike Oregon Track Club Elite, is the fastest native Washingtonian to ever run the mile.  He has  a personal best of 3:34 in that distance and in 2014 was the NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile Champion and the Liberty Mile champion.

Run Gum was created by Symmonds, a two time Olympian and biochemist, (B.A. in Chemistry, Willamette University, 2006) to help athletes get the most out of their bodies during training and competition. With two original flavors of Mint and Fruit, Run Gum is available in a variety of running speciality stores nationwide as well as through it’s website,

“We believed in our product from day one and it is very satisfying to see other elite athletes incorporate Run Gum into their daily routine. Run Gum is proud to give this community not only a very useful product, but also financial support to help them chase their dreams,” added Symmonds.


About Run Gum
Run Gum is a sport supplement brand selling functional gum designed with elite athletes in mind, but created for anyone on the run. Run Gum’s mission is to help people enhance their performances in daily training and competition.  Founded in the Fall of 2014, Run Gum is headquartered in Eugene, OR aka TrackTown USA. For more information, visit

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