Eight 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.
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 eight founding athletes have been training hard ahead of the Olympic qualifiers.
This is their journey. These are their origins. Follow along as we see what can be with the OAC.
On was born with world-beating blood coursing through its veins. Our Co-founder, Olivier Bernhard, is a former world champion and it was his innovation that got On started. From a world champion came a shoe like no other. From a revolutionary shoe came a company that’s all about performance. From a company came a team dedicated to becoming champions. In Episode 1, we go back to the beginning and find out what it took to create the OAC from scratch.
After setting up base in Boulder, Coach Ritz establishes the goals for the OAC – as individuals and as a team. Making Olympic teams, breaking national records, performing on the world stage – Dathan has high hopes for his young team. In Episode 2, he outlines what he feels each member brings to the team.
After shovelling the snow-covered tracks of Colorado for a few weeks, the team head south for training camp. The athletes work closely with our footwear development team to take our shoes from prototype to pure performance. But when training camp ends, will hard work be enough? Episode 3 takes us behind the scenes as the team ups the ante ahead of their first major test.
Los Angeles, New York and Austin – the good news comes flying in from all over as the OAC hits its stride right out of the starting blocks, going from training camp right into a series of impressive competition wins. But which of our eight team members will make it to the Olympic trials? And who might have a shot at being on the plane to Tokyo? Find out in Episode 4.
Watch this space.
Scroll down for a look at our all-star team, and find out from Coach Ritz himself why he recruited our eight founding athletes for the OAC.
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.