Welcome Sydney Gidabuday!

Our Newest Altra Elite Athlete.


Altra Running is excited to introduce our newest Altra Elite Athlete, Sydney Gidabuday. 

Sydney is a professional runner who competes in events ranging from the 3,000-meter to the half-marathon. Both his birth parents were born in Tanzania, but Sydney was raised in Orange, California by his adoptive family.

He found his passion for running in high school and received a scholarship to attend DII college Adams State University, where he studied Business and Sports Management. As a student, he became a seven-time NCAA champion and the second-fastest 5,000-meter runner in DII history with a time of 13:29:31.

Currently, Sydney runs with Roots Running Project, a professional running team based in Boulder, Colorado. He placed third in the 2021 USA 5K Road Championships, qualified at the Olympic Track and Field Trials, and has run an impressive 61:09 half marathon.

We sat down with Sydney to find out what makes him tick and to learn about the goals he has his eye on in the future. (Hint: the sky is the limit!)





Sydney Headshot

Where are you from?

I was born in Southern California, but I was raised in Arusha, Tanzania, and Orange County, California

Where do you spend most of your time training?

I have lived in Colorado since 2014 and now spend most of my time training in Boulder after graduating from college in 2019.

Sydney leaning again a fence

How did you get into running?

Both my adoptive father and my biological father ran competitively in their own rights, so I always looked up to them and naturally found myself in the same world!

Why Altra?

Altra is an up-and-coming brand on the roads! I appreciate the work Altra has done to place itself amongst the top brands in the world. I believe the people involved are invested in my success and I hope I can continue to help the brand grow and become an undeniable competitor.

Sydneyh running in the Vanish T

Any exciting races coming up?

I will be racing a couple of track races to finish out my season after some training setbacks. But after that, I will be gearing up for a great road season with my team, The Roots Running Project!

Any projects on the horizon?

I have a quiet summer, but I hope to be joining Altra at some events and meeting as many people as I can.

When Sydney hits the road, he laces up the Vanish Tempo. With our most energy-efficient midsole foam and a secure fit, this speed shoe is always ready for fast training and chasing PRs.

Vanish Tempo product image