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Born in 2017, Tinman Elite has high goals for our future. We plan to represent one another, our nations, and our sport at the highest levels—from World Championships to Olympic Games. Your support will allow us to maximize our ability to compete hard, inspire other runners, and push the sport of running forward.

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Connor Winter is an easy runner to root for. After a decorated career at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Connor was sidelined with injury and decided to step away from the sport. A couple years later, his mind and legs started to pull him back towards running. Now, just a year into his post-collegiate career, Connor is running with more passion than ever before. Your support will allow Connor to reach his goal of qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Trials.

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From high school phenom to one of the the brightest stars, Drew’s trajectory has been a historic one. Drew took a chance on himself, leaving the familiarity of home behind to move to Boulder and form Tinman Elite. That gamble has paid off in a huge way. Since arriving in Colorado, Drew won his first US Championship and set substantial PRs in the 1,500m and 5,000m. Drew brings a ferocity and work ethic that empowers the team to achieve individual and collective goals. Your support will allow Drew to reach his goal of representing the United States at the 2019 World Championships in Doha.

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Perhaps one of Coach Tom Schwartz’s greatest success stories, Sam has blossomed from a 0-time All-American into a 13:22 5,000m runner, primed to represent Germany at the World Championships this year. Sam’s fearless and unrelenting approach to racing and training has made him a recognizable name in the running world. Sam brings a fun-loving, yet compassionate leadership to the team. Your support will allow Sam to reach his goal of representing Germany at the 2019 World Championships in Doha.

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Reed’s story is one of consistency. His even-keeled approach to life and training has led to a development rarely seen in our sport: from a 4:30 miler, to a 62:06 half marathon in just five years. Reed serves as an example to younger runners of what patience, faith, and persistence can lead to in our sport. Now asserting himself as a top contender on the roads, Reed is eager to move up in distance. Reed brings a "no bad days" attitude and an analytical, uplifting presence to the team. Your support will allow Reed to reach his goal of representing the United States in the marathon at the 2020 Olympic Games.

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Jordan came to Tinman Elite by way of Australia. Sam and Reed were immediately drawn in by his headstrong race tactics and self-confidence. That confidence was cultivated, mile after mile, as an up-and-comer, training hard on a road loop outside of his childhood home. Jordan’s rise through the ranks tells the story of a runner whose hometown didn’t even have a track, but now competes on some of the biggest global competitions in our sport. Your support will allow Goose to reach his goal of representing Malta at the 2019 World Championships.

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Kyle is perhaps most recognizable for his smooth stride—but life hasn’t always effortless for Kyle. Spending his formative years living on the road with his mother and sister, running offered a positive outlet for Kyle. Running offered stability and progress to him, and he turned that progress into a decorated career at Chico State, before moving to Boulder to become Tinman Elite’s resident steeplechase specialist. Kyle brings an unmatched loyalty, humility, and drive to Tinman Elite. Your support will allow Kyle to reach his goal of qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Trials.

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After a broken foot sidelined Jeff for his senior season at Portland, Jeff’s strong collegiate career left him feeling shorted. Like many before him, Jeff moved to Boulder in an effort to align the PRs to his name with his own expectations. In his first year as a post-collegiate, Jeff’s shown a knack for competing with some of the top Americans on the track. Jeff brings an ambitious spirit and an uncompromising hunger for excellence to the team. Your support will allow Jeff to reach his goal of qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Trials.

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An optimist to his core, Joey arrived in Boulder knowing he was in a bit over his head, but eager to prove himself. That optimism has served him well, leading to big personal bests from the 1,500m to the 5,000m, and his first appearance at a US Championship. His attitude and work ethic, along with his steady improvement, make him an exciting runner to keep an eye on. Your support will allow Joey to reach his goal of qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Trials.

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Patrick is fast. Like ‘be an inspiration to Drew Hunter’ fast. His natural speed has led him to multiple All-American honors and an NCAA title in the DMR. After college, Drew kept tabs on his old role model, ultimately encouraging him to move to Boulder and bet on himself. Now, as he transitions into the world of post-collegiate running, he’s ready to display that speed against the nation’s best. Your support will allow Patrick to reach his goal of qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Trials.

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A true mid-distance specialist in college, Henry came to Boulder in search of strength, stamina, and a squad. He’s found all three with Tinman Elite, and has been racing well as a result. Despite never qualifying for an NCAA Championship, Henry earned a spot on the line of his first US Championship this year. He’s looking to carry that momentum forward into the Olympic year. Your support will allow Henry to reach his goal of qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Trials.

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“Fear the wrath of a patient man,” as the saying goes. Tyler is the embodiment of patience in running. He’s spent the past few years bouncing around training groups, from Madison to Boulder, before finding his home with the Tinmen. Despite injury setbacks and frustration, Tyler remains patient—ready to make the most of his moment. And his moment is coming, as he returns to health and fitness. As the oldest member of the team, Tyler is the mentor and running encyclopedia of the squad. Your support will allow Tyler to reach his goal of qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials.

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Tinman Elite is a 501(c)3 non-profit—all financial support from individuals or businesses will be fully tax deductible.
We can assure you that any support will be managed properly, with the best interest of the team and donors at heart.


PARTNERS:

Tinman Elite is looking for partners that are excited about supporting potential Olympians and allowing us to pursue our goals. We want to align ourselves with brands that make product and technology that helps us to reach our potential and are synonymous with who we are as people. We believe that in order to have a successful partnership, it is paramount that potential sponsors align with our team values and overall mission. Drop us a line below to get a conversation started:

 

A special thanks to Jordan Chavez, Ryan Faulkner, & Benjamin Weingart for providing the photography featured throughout this site.