Jan | 22
Brooks Athletes

Brooks Celebrates Newest Group of Pro Athletes

Today we’re welcoming a new group of elites to our professional running teams. Let’s hear it for Michele Lee joining the Hansons-Brooks Original Distance Project (ODP) and Marta Pen Freitas to the Brooks Beasts Track Club!


These awesome athletes deepen their teams’ growing rosters and showcase our ongoing commitment to supporting the sport of running and its athletes.


“We’re incredibly excited to welcome these new athletes to their Brooks teams,” said Brooks Sports Marketing Manager Steve DeKoker. “Michele and Marta have successful records in their events, and we know they’ll continue to grow with Brooks. The Brooks Beasts Track Club and Hansons-Brooks ODP are pinnacle training groups for some of the world’s best athletes, and we continue to invest into both teams to inspire runners everywhere and to support the athletes in our sport.”


Michele competed for the University of Wisconsin and recently ran 2 hours, 30 minutes, 32 seconds at the 2018 U.S. Marathon Championships at the California International Marathon! Her first marathon with the Hansons team will be Boston this April.


“I can’t wait to start the next step of my running career with Kevin, Keith, and the rest of the Hansons-Brooks ODP. I never thought I would have the ability to join a team of this caliber! I trust their approach in long term development and I look forward to help carry on their tradition of great results from training smart.”


Read: Three Women Discuss Running the Boston Marathon and What it Means


Marta competed for Portugal in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in the 1,500-meter run, the same year she won the NCAA title in the 1,500 competing for Mississippi State University. Marta is a 5-time Portuguese national champion!


“Joining the Brooks Beasts is an honor to me. When visiting for the first time I really felt a big connection to Brooks’ values and mission, so being able to represent that means a lot to me,” said Pen Freitas. “I’m very excited to be a part of a group of such talented and ambitious people. I truly believe that to grow, you have to challenge yourself and be surrounded by equally motivated people. When you put those people in such a prolific environment, the probability of achieving great things is really big.”


Be sure to look for these athletes and their new teammates on the track and on the roads this spring. Visit brooksrunning.com to learn more about the rest of our athletes and other ways Brooks is supporting the sport of running.

About Derek
I’m a runner, a writer, and a shoe lover who enjoys morning coffee, travel, singing in the car, and getting legitimately lost on trail runs. Three things I can’t live without: bubble tea, Fridays, and my Brooks PureFlow’s.

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