Us On Zap Endurance

The non-profit turning post-collegiate athletes into Olympians

On ZAP Endurance is a non-profit training center for post-collegiate, Olympic hopeful distance runners. ZAP athletes live and train together in Boone, a small town in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains – perfect for endurance athletes looking to train at high altitude year-round. 


The On ZAP Endurance founders, the late Andy Palmer and his wife Zika, developed the program as a way to give back to distance running – a sport that played a significant role in both their lives. The team's goal is to develop World Class American distance runners by providing them with support that allows them to train like Olympians.


Since 2002, ZAP athletes have seen success on every level and in every event from the 1,500m to the Marathon including:

- 28 Olympic Trials Qualifiers

- 5 World Cross-Country Team Members

- 2 World Track and Field Championship Qualifiers in the Marathon

- 3 Club Cross Country National Team Titles

In December 2018, ZAP brought five athletes to the USATF Marathon Championships. All five qualified for the 2020 Olympic Trials, and two of the team were in the front pack, securing 3rd and 4th place.


On ZAP Endurance, formally known as Zap Fitness, partnered with On in 2019.  “All of us here in Blowing Rock are excited and grateful for this unique partnership between ZAP and On,” said On ZAP Endurance Head Coach Pete Rea.


“As we begin our 18th year supporting both our resident professional team as well as running education for all ages, we do so with the fastest growing brand in global running. On has a passion for all runners and a vision for the performance side which made this a great fit for ZAP.”

February 2020

29th - 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials

Andrew Colley, Tristin Van Ord, Tyler Pennel, Joanna Thompson, Josh Izewski, Matt Mclintock, Nicole DiMercurio, Joe Stilin, Johnny Crain