Adam Solinsky served in the United States Marine Corps for eight years as a Heavy Equipment Operator with two tours of duty overseas.
Solinsky attended the University of Wisconsin and quickly made an impression, winning Big Ten team titles in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track as well as multiple individual national championships.
Early Life and Education
Adam Michael Solinsky was born September 1st 1987 in Kirtland, Ohio and attended Kirtland High School until graduating in 2006. While attending ITT he earned an Associate’s Degree in Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. Additionally he served his country proudly in the Marine Corps before retiring with distinction as a veteran.
Throughout his college career, he competed in multiple NCAA cross-country and track championships and made invaluable contributions to the University of Colorado running program.
Adam Solinsky will be remembered by his wife Elizabeth Paul and son Oakley Kaeden Solinsky; mother Cindy Solinsky; sisters Kara Solinsky, Tonya Holtsclaw and Ora Solinsky as well as nieces and nephews Chuck Van Horn (Jaime), Vanessa Winkler and Abigail Money-Waldo; A memorial service will be held later; then private burial at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon Township will follow.
Adam Solinsky has amassed numerous national championships during his storied running career and represented his home country at both Olympic Games. Adam began professional running after graduating from University of Colorado.
At Colorado, he won NCAA titles in indoor 3k, outdoor 5k, cross country, and all three events were considered top recruits; earning All American accolades on multiple occasions.
Kara Goucher and Solinsky shared similar collegiate resumes before both were recruited by Nike at roughly the same time. Goucher recently suggested she might part ways with Alberto Salazar after he accused her of taking thyroid medication (Goucher had won two Olympic medals that year, while Solinsky had broken 27:00 for 10,000 meters).
He is married to Elizabeth Paul and the two have one child: Oakley Kaeden Solinsky residing in League City, Texas.
Achievement and Honors
At North Hunterdon High School, Solinsky earned all-conference and all-area accolades in both cross country and track & field, finishing as 2015 indoor Group 4 3200m runner-up as well as being named four times to varsity all-state teams.
Solinsky attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was mentored by Jerry Schumacher. Under Jerry’s tutelage, Solinsky earned two Big Ten team championships (cross country 2003 and 2007; indoor track 2007); three national runner-up finishes in cross country 2005-2007 (2005-6&7&7) as well as multiple individual national runner-up finishes (cross country 2005-6 & 7).
After graduating from Wisconsin with bachelor’s degrees in history and sociology, Solinsky signed professional running contracts with Nike and KIMbia Athletics. He currently resides in League City, Texas with his wife Elizabeth Paul and their son Oakley Kaeden Solinsky; he is the son of Frederick and Constance Solinsky as well as Joseph & Rebecca Solinsky as well as John & Abigail Money (his grandparents).
Adam Solinsky is not only an accomplished runner but is also a superb husband, father, brother son and friend. He hopes that through sharing his experiences he can help others. Currently attending Western State University (WSU), Adam participates in multiple clubs such as canine/feline radiology/internal medicine etc.
He became only the second athlete in Wisconsin state history to capture three consecutive 3200-meter state championships and is an unbeaten winner of Big Ten cross country, indoor and outdoor track titles.
He is the beloved spouse of Elizabeth Paul and father to Oakley Kaeden Solinsky. Additionally, he is the beloved son of Cindy Solinsky and Frederick Solinsky (deceased), as well as being the dear brother to Kara Solinsky, Tonya Holtsclaw, Ora Solinsky and Meghan Teaney.