Skechers signs another top US distance runner

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Skechers has signed another top American distance runner after Meb Keflezighi won the Boston Marathon in its sneakers.

The company said Monday that it would sponsor Kara Goucher.

A former Nike runner, Goucher became the first American woman to medal in the 10,000 meters at the world championships when she won bronze in 2007. The following year, she became the first U.S. woman in 14 years to finish on the podium at the New York City Marathon, taking third in her debut at the distance with the fastest time ever in the race by an American woman. Five months later, she made another podium with a third-place showing in Boston.

The 35-year-old Goucher hasn't been able to match those successes in recent years, but she gives Skechers another big name in American running.