Team USA Minnesota News

Octane Fitness and Twin Cities Orthopedics Sponsor Team USA Minnesota and Performance Training

Minneapolis/St. Paul - Feb. 26, 2015 - Committed to delivering the best performance training products and programs for exercise and athletics, Octane Fitness and Twin Cities Orthopedics (TCO) have partnered as a silver level sponsor of Team USA Minnesota.  Founded in 2001, Team USA Minnesota is dedicated to training post-collegiate distance runners to compete at elite levels, including Olympic participation, from distances of 800/1500 meters to the marathon.


"We are very excited to welcome Twin Cities Orthopedics and Octane Fitness as a silver level sponsor of Team USA Minnesota," said Pat Goodwin, Team USA Minnesota president and founder.  "This unique partnership provides our athletes with a wide range of health, preventative and training support, along with innovative equipment like the Zero Runner, at TCO's new state-of-the-art facility in Eden Prairie."

Using Octane Fitness' unique Zero Runner, the physicians and phys8ical therapists at TCO will provide complimentary gait analysis and performance-enhancing regimens to Team USA Minnesota athletes at the new TCO Sports Medicine Center in Eden Prairie.

"Octane's mission is to fuel athletes and exercisers with the absolute best products that deliver results," said Tim Porth, the EVP of product development and marketing.  "As a Minnesota-based company, we are proud that our Zero Runner plays a role in boosting the performance of Team USA Minnesota athletes and the clients of TCO."

"Having leaders in health care and training equipment collaborating and discovering new ways to reduce and prevent injuries in our best athletes will carry over into how we care for the everyday athlete, the prospective college athlete, and the people trying to prioritize their health and wellness," said Chris Bailey, director of therapy at TCO.

To kick off the relationship, Team USA Minnesota athletes will share tips to run like the pros at the grand opening of TCO at 12982 Valley View Road in Eden Prairie, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28.  The athletes will be available from 12-2 p.m.  The event also includes performance demos for golf, hockey throwing and weightlifting; presentations from TCO clinicians on nutrition, injuries and sports medicine; and prizes and giveaways.

Zero-Impact Running

Unlike any other training machine, the Zero Runner has mechanical hip and knee joints that precisely replicate human biomechanics in running, with independent pedals that allow runners to utilize their natural running gait, just like outside.  Users completely control their stride and pace, and the Zero Runner follows the runner's movement through the initiate, pull-through, life and extension phases.  For athletes, as well as recreational runners, the Zero Runner offers multiple benefits:

. Run without impact - runners can add mileage without risking overuse and injury

. Race preparation - longer runs can combine miles outside with Zero Runner workouts to maximize stamina, maintain form and reduce impact

. Active recovery - the Zero Runner enhances conditioning but eliminates joint stress and "junk miles"

. Cross Training - CROSS CIRCUIT, which blends running with strength training and flexibility intervals enables runners to address weak links

. Longer career - the Zero Runner removes the harmful pounding that can limit longevity

Octane Fitness Background

Relentlessly fueled to reinvent zero-impact cardiovascular exercise, Octane Fitness has perfected the elliptical machine, introduced a new category with the xRide recumbent elliptical, designed strength-infused cardio with the unique CROSS CIRCUIT, created exercise in a new direction with the LateralX, reinvented running with the Zero Runner and is leading smarter training with SmartLink.  Defined by standout innovations, and driven to deliver more effective, efficient and rewarding workouts, Octane is engineering elliptical domination.  For more information, go to

About Twin Cities Orthopedics

Twin Cities Orthopedics is an all-inclusive orthopedic, sports medicine and wellness provider.  Its integrated team of more than 85 orthopedic physicians, 90 therapists and 55 athletic trainers work with athletes of all levels of skill and experience to provide super quality care.  TCO's world-class services and state-of-the-art facilities provide support ranging from injury prevention, to rehabilitation and recovery, to immediate care.  Additional services span from outpatient care imaging, orthotics and prosthetics to custom research based sports performance programs.  With clinics located throughout the Twin Cities, visiting one of the 25+ TCO locations is extremely convenient.  Visit to learn more.

About Team USA Minnesota

Team USA Minnesota is based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Founded in 2001, the purpose of the training center is to improve the competitiveness of post-collegiate American distance running and to develop Olympians.  The athletes are coached by Dennis Barker.  Team USA Minnesota's major sponsor is Twin Cities In Motion (  Its silver sponsors are the Houston Marathon Foundation (, the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon (, and the New York Road Runners (  For more information, visit the team's web site at


Contact:  Pat Goodwin, 952-454-8876,