Skechers has ‘upped the speed quotient of its elite runner roster’ by signing two-time Olympian and six-time US Champion Anthony Famiglietti to its team of athletes who race wearing Skechers GOrun performance footwear.
‘Fam’, as he’s known in the running world, is working on being the fourth man in history to break a four-minute mile on the track after age 40. He got closer to that goal at The Running Event (TRE) in Austin in December by setting a treadmill mile global benchmark of 3:55 wearing the Skechers GOrun Razor 3 Hyper. And in January at the Endurance Exchange conference in Tempe, he established a two-mile treadmill global benchmark of 8:24 wearing the same shoes.
“It’s exciting to be joining Skechers, as that now means I’m on the same team as iconic runners Meb and Edward Cheserek, two of the greatest distance runners in history,” said Anthony Famiglietti. “The new line of innovative Skechers performance products have afforded me a second life as an elite competitor.
“Their ground-breaking new Hyper Burst foam offers me a racing sneaker that is incredibly lightweight, yet radically durable enough to protect my battle-worn feet from decades of elite racing. I’ve been a long-time fan of their running shoes and of all the branded sneakers offered to me for my record attempt, I specifically sought out the Skechers GOrun Razor 3 Hyper.”
He continued, “I knew it would get me to my goal as it did in my world’s fastest dog/human mile run of 3:59 earlier in 2019. Matching my track mile PR of 3:55 in shoes I hadn’t even broken in was insane. These shoes are a big part of what helped me get my fast back in 2019 and I want to use the story of my regained speed to help others either find or regain theirs too with Skechers”
Michael Greenberg, President of Skechers, added “Anthony’s story of endurance and triumph at any age is inspirational. He illustrates a core value of our running collection – no matter what your experience or ability, it’s easy to find a perfect fit in our Skechers GOrun range. We love the guts, attitude, and fortitude that he showed running a sub-four-minute treadmill mile.”
Born in New York, Anthony Famiglietti’s collegiate career began at Appalachian State, where he was the 1996 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year in Cross Country, 1997 Southern Conference XC Runner of the Year runner-up, and 1998 Southern Conference Champion in both the steeplechase and the 5000m.
In 1998, he transferred to University of Tennessee and in 2000 placed second at the SEC Championships. Post-college, Fam represented the United States in the 3000m steeplechase at Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008. He’s a three-time US World Team member and a six-time US champion in road and track, including 5K, 8K, 15K, and steeplechase.
In 2009, Fam was also the subject of the independent documentary Run Reckless, which followed him and his various friends through journeys of perseverance. He describes his philosophy in sport as ‘being centred on setting aside the day-to-day burdens that entrap us and running with pure reckless abandon.’