Outdoor brand Merrell has named top American mountain runner Joseph Gray to its Merrell Ambassador Team as a global trail runner. Gray, an all-star athlete, was most recently awarded the 2015 USA Mountain Runner of The Year Award, making him a 6-time recipient of the award.
Together with Gray, Merrell hopes to break down the barriers to trail running, both physical and mental, allowing more people to enjoy outdoor adventures. “Discovering running literally saved my life and spun me in a positive direction,” said Gray.
“Collaborating with Merrell to develop quality products that will empower recreational activity and athletes across the globe to reach their personal goals is my goal. I’d like to inspire more African-American athletes to try trail running and experience the freedom the mountains undoubtedly provide.”
As part of the partnership, Gray will begin testing and collaborating with Merrell’s product development team to help develop future trail running footwear and apparel. “Versatility has always been important to me,” he said. “I love competing on any and every terrain, whether flat or straight to the sky on a steep grind.”
According to Linda Brunzell, chief marketing officer at Merrell, “For Joseph Gray, trail running isn’t a challenge, it’s a passion and a choice and we’re honored to welcome such an inspirational elite athlete to our Ambassador Team. We look forward to cheering him on in the Olympic trails this February.”