The Team USA Arizona athlete is ready for top performance.

From: Running USA

A 2:11 marathoner, Nick Arciniaga prepares to take on the world's best marathoners in Daegu, South Korea this weekend. Photo:

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Team USA Arizona’s Nick Arciniaga will represent the United States at the IAAF World Championships Marathon in Daegu, Korea, on Sunday, Sept. 4.

Arciniaga, 28, sponsored by adidas, earned a spot on the U.S. marathon team with his runner-up finish (2 hours, 11 minutes, 30 seconds, a personal record) at the Chevron Houston Marathon in January 2010.

Greg McMillan, head coach of the club team adidas-McMillanElite, expects a stellar performance from his breakout marathoner, as long as he’s not overcome by the heat and humidity. The temperature in Daegu is expected to reach 100 degrees on the morning of the race – certainly not ideal conditions for a marathon McMillan noted.

“Nick is the fittest he’s ever been going into a marathon. The hardest part for him is that he’s never run a marathon in such arduous conditions before,” said McMillan. “But one thing is certain: Nick will do his best on marathon day – no matter what – and if he feels good and is near the top 10 at 15 miles, he’s got a shot at placing high and even medaling.”

Also representing the USA at the World Championships Marathon are Jeffrey Eggleston of Flagstaff; Sergio Reyes (Palmdale, Calif.); Mike Sayenko(Bellevue, Wash.) and Mike Morgan (Rochester Hills, Mich.).

For a full schedule of World Championships events and results, visit To follow Arciniaga’s progress and thoughts leading up to the race, check out his blog at

About Team USA Arizona
Team USA Arizona, a nonprofit organization, provides support services to post-collegiate runners pursuing championship titles at the national and international levels. The Flagstaff-based organization is one of only a handful of training locations across the country to receive the “Official Distance Training Center” designation from USA Track & Field. In February 2011, Team USA Arizona received the Allan Steinfeld Development Award from Running USA.

In addition to aspiring to the highest levels of athletic performance, athletes supported by Team USA Arizona work with the organization and its community partners to promote physical activity and good health among children, youth and families.

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