Montana native Zach Perrin joins Idaho Distance Project
The Idaho Distance Project is stoked to welcome Zach Perrin to the team’s elite roster. Perrin graduated from the University of Colorado in 2018 where he got his B.S. in Environmental Studies with a minor in geography. Perrin was the 2017 PAC-12 outdoor 5,000m champion while at Colorado. He also ran a personal best of 13:37.06 at the Cardinal Classic last year which qualified him for the 2018 USATF Outdoor Championships.
In high school Perrin won four Montana state titles, and placed top-10 at Foot Locker Nationals. He has two younger brothers, who run for Gonzaga and Montana State University.
“I’m excited to start working with Zach, he brings a lot of energy to the table,” stated Coach Kameron Ulmer. “With his mile/5k PBs, I think he will find it easy to transition to the roads, and he’s ready for that.”
The transition has already started. After taking a year off from competition, Perrin came out of ‘retirement’ for the Missoula half marathon, where he clocked a 1:07 off of minimal training.
“Honestly, just starting to run again has made me excited about training. I took about four months completely off this winter and I think I needed the time away from the sport to realize that running is something I love to do,” said Perrin. “I went on some runs with Kameron and Emma and some other members of IDP when I was in Boise finishing up an EMT class, and I left feeling more excited about running than I had in years.”
Perrin will continue to live and train in Boulder for the near future, but is excited to look at relocating to the 208 soon.
“Kameron’s energy for running is infectious and I like his training style,” said Perrin.
Perrin’s immediate goals are to reestablish his relative fitness, and will potentially aim for a fall half marathon to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Trials in the marathon.
Insta — @zach_perrin
800 — 1:49.85
Mile — 3:59.00 (3:57.19aa)
3,000m — 7:55.68
5,000 — 13:37.06
The Idaho Distance Project was established in 2018 as a post collegiate and professional team dedicated to helping athletes achieve their goals and qualify for national teams. The program has qualified four athletes for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials marathon in Atlanta and includes the reigning U.S. and Canadian women’s marathon champions. IDP is made possible by the support of track fans across the country and especially Rock and Armor Physical Therapy, and is a USATF member club.