On Athletics Club

Eleven athletes, one goal: to shake up the world of competitive running. This is the On Athletics Club, our first-ever track team made up of elite runners from all over the globe.

 

Origin. The point at which something begins or rises.

 

No matter where you start – everyone is on a journey. We scoured the globe to recruit the best and brightest talent around and now our first-ever track team, made up of a diverse group of middle distance runners, is on a quest to become champions.

 

The On Athletics Club, or OAC for short, is based at a full-time training facility located in Boulder, Colorado. They eat, sleep and breath running. Led by three-time US Olympian and running legend Dathan Ritzenhein, our eleven athletes are training hard ahead of a new season of challenges, races and achieving their dreams. 

 

This is their journey. These are their origins. 

 

 

Scroll down to meet our all-star team and hear why Coach Ritz recruited each of these eleven talented athletes to the OAC.

   

The Man in Charge
Dathan Ritzenhein is something of an American running legend. He won the prestigious Footlocker Cross Country Championships as a junior and won the NCAA Cross Country title for the University of Colorado. A three-time Olympian and five-time National Champion, he also ran an American record in the 5000 m. Having recently retired from competition, he's been working on building his coaching portfolio – making him the perfect man to lead our exciting new team.

 

     

Joe Klecker
A bona fide All-American athlete and the first signing for the OAC, Joe ran track and field during his time at the University of Colorado. PAC-12 Champion. 9 x All-American. 2 x NCAA Runner-Up.
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"I wanted Joe on the team because he is an example of determination and hard work. He has a burning sense of confidence that lets you know nothing will stand in his way."

      

  

Alicia Monson
Coffee, dog and morning enthusiast, Alicia applies her cool-and-collected life approach to training but knows when it's time to bring the heat. 5000m NCAA Champion. 3000m Millrose Games Champion. NCAA Cross Country Runner-Up.
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"Alicia has the potential to be one of the greats in distance running. She has the calmness it takes to navigate the highs and lows of professional distance running, but the intrinsic fire needed to be a champion." 

 

        

Carlos Villarreal
Originally from Mexico, Carlos moved with his family to the US at seven, where he discovered his passion for running and his furious finishing kick on the race track. 1500m Gold Medalist at the 2019 Pan American Games. U23 Mexican National Record Holder in the 1500 m. 8th Mexican in history to run under the 4-minute mile.
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"Carlos is a closer. If he is in the race when the kicking starts he has one of the best finishing gears I’ve seen. He also brings a sense of humor to the team which helps everyone get through the daily grind and enjoy the process."

 

 

Alicja Konieczek
Polish steeplechaser Alicja has moved across the Atlantic Ocean in pursuit of her Olympic dreams. 3000m Steeplechase Winner of the World University Games. 9 x NCAA D2 Champion. 2019 IAAF World Championships Competitor.
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"Alicja has an energy that is infectious combined with a competitive instinct. She qualified for the World Championships in her first year as a professional, but I’m excited to see how high she can soar now that she is surrounded by an incredible training group."

 

      

Oliver “Olli” Hoare
Olli started out his sporting career as a competitive swimmer. Soon realizing he was more suited for the track, he switched discipline and landed a spot on the track team for the University of Wisconsin. 2018 1500m NCAA Champion. 8 x All-American. 9 x Big Ten Champion.
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"Olli is the perfect combination of speed and strength. He brings together the speed of an 800m runner with the strength of a 10k runner. While he does add comedy to the team, when it’s time to work he is all business."

  

    

Leah Falland (O'Connor)
Born into a big sporting family, Leah’s always had a competitive spirit. Her talent earned her a scholarship to run at Michigan State University. Two NCAA titles. Captain of the 2014 NCAA Cross Country Championship team. Over a dozen Big Ten Championship titles.
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 "Leah was someone I wanted to bring with me to the OAC because we are just getting started with her. She has world class talent and I’ve watched her fight back through physical and emotional pain. Like a phoenix, she rises from the ashes each time."

 

         

George "Geordie" Beamish
Middle distance New Zealand champion and Northern Arizona University graduate, Geordie’s speed and determination make him hard to beat. 6 x NCAA All-American. 3 x NCAA XC Champion. 2019 Mile National Champion.
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"Geordie is someone who will make you think outside the box. I see something special in him. He has the engine of a formula one car and with some fine tuning, he’ll be able to handle the training load. The sky is the limit for him."

 

  

Emily Oren
Emily was the girl in high school who hated to run, but thanks to some great coaches and mentors, she found her passion for the sport. 9 x NCAA D2 Champion. 3000m Steeplechase in 9:40.65. Honda Woman’s Collegiate Sports Award Recipient.
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"Emily is a steeplechase specialist but she can train hard with anyone from 1500m to the marathon. She has strength and speed and is an incredible teammate, helping to elevate the other women daily in training."

 

       

Sage Hurta
Sage is a star in the making. The indoor NCAA mile, 4x All-American and PAC-12 800m champion, was born in Buffalo, N.Y. to running parents. Her passion for running became clear when a young Sage begged her parents to let her race. While her path to success hasn’t been easy, Sage’s greatest strength is her determination to use every setback as a chance to grow.
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“I wanted to find the right middle distance runner who would fit with our team. An athlete who could train with our distance women on the strength side but also be our 800m / 1500m star. Sage is an NCAA Champion and 2:00 800m runner and a great addition to the team.”

 

 

Morgan McDonald
Distance runner and Olympian, Morgan started running when he was 8 and quickly feel in love with racing and competing. Originally from Sydney, Australia, he’s already got an impressive list of achievements including four NCAA titles, 2018 Australian 5000m champion and competing at the Tokyo Olympics. And now, his sights are set on becoming the world’s best runner.
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“Morgan is an incredibly talented and tough athlete that just needs a very structured and well-supported team to succeed as a professional. The potential he has on the world stage is enormous and I can’t wait to see what he does in these next few years.”

 

 

Carmela Cardama Báez
Carmela’s passion for running began in middle school in Spain when she fell in love with the community around the sport. Her skill and enthusiasm for running quickly grew and soon she was picking up medals at regional, national and European championships before moving to the US to compete for the University of Oregon and winning their first title since 1984. NCAA 10k champion. PAC-12 champion. 5k indoors School Record Holder.
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“Adding Carmela to the team roster is exactly what we were looking for. She’s already an NCAA Champion at 10,000m but we see huge potential to work on. Coming from Spain, she adds another country to our multinational team. I can’t wait to see her continue to develop on the track and eventually the marathon distance.”

 

 

We couldn't be more excited to support this team on their journey to becoming champions. Be sure to follow us on our social media channels and check back here for all the latest updates on the team. 

            

More stats and facts about the team available over at FloTrack.

  

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