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VIDEO: ZAP Endurance trio preparing for Chicago Marathon

By David Rogers. BLOWING ROCK, N.C. — Former App State distance running star Tristin Van Ord lets the proverbial cat out of the bag in this video of preparations for the October running of the Chicago Marathon, flashing her hand and revealing to the world that she and teammate Andrew Colley are engaged to be married.

That is one of the “fun” and endearing things about this video that speaks to the hard work and preparation that Van Ord, Colley and ZAP teammate Annemarie Tuxbury are going through as they train for upcoming Chicago Marathon on Oct. 8.

Six ZAP team members have already qualified to compete in the Feb. 3, 2024, U.S. Olympic Trials in Orlando, Fla., hoping to make the U.S. Olympic Team in the marathon. The six include Tuxbury, Van Ord, and Colley, as well as Tyler Pennel, Josh Izewski, and Whitney Macon. A seventh teammate, Ryan Ford, is more of a 10,000-meter specialist but, according to head coach Pete Rea, will attempt to meet the qualifying standard for the Orlando Trials in a half marathon later this fall. If he meets the standard in the shorter, 13-mile event, the Olympic Trials will be his marathon debut since he has not competed at the 26.2 mile distance, previously.

Watch and listen to the video, enjoying the stories and perspectives of Van Ord, Colley and Tuxbury.


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