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RunBlogRun opines: Cregg Weinmann, Footwear and Apparel Review editor for the RunningNetwork ran in this embargoed shoe (until 24 January 2018) from Nike. We thought that you would like to see the review, so we will post across our sites today. The shoe will be available on February 22, 2018 on a global basis. We saw the shoe in August 2018 at a special event, but had to keep our thoughts to ourselves until the launch. So, here is Cregg's thoughts on running in the shoe and his comments on the new Nike technology. You can see reviews daily at www.runningproductreviews.com.
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Nike Epic React Flyknit $150
The Epic React Flyknit is Nike's latest running shoe, and may point to a new range of performance shoes. Replacing the Lunar Epic Flyknit, the Epic React Flyknit advances overall performance with a focus on a new midsole technology. The upper is a monosock design, a new version of Flyknit which is quite thin with no additional ankle collar padding, welded overlays reinforce the eye stay, and a TPU heel counter adds a little structure. The stretch of the Flyknit, as well as the laces, do an excellent job of securing the foot, with no pressure, slippage, or discomfort. The React midsole material is a proprietary foam developed specifically by Nike, dialed in after hundreds of chemical combinations. The ride has a resilient bounce to it, is durable, as well as protective. The outersole features crystal rubber at heel and toe, with the rest a tough skinned foam. The weight of the shoe is quite light, noticeably lighter than the Lunarlon foam that it replaces. While the price tag has placed the shoe in the premium range, the performance matches it, and the promise of more to come may well point to something for everybody.

Skechers Performance sponsors the Chevron Houston Marathon and the City of Los Angeles Marathon. At Houston, Skechers Performance is providing a limited edition GoRun6. Like the colors and the look!

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The Skechers Performance GoRun6 Houston Marathon Limited Edition

The 40,000 runners involved in the 5k, Half Marathon and Marathon in Houston have come to expect a fun weekend of activities. The Houston Marathon committee and their sponsors provide them with activities Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

How do sponsors make a deeper relationship with events? Sponsors like Skechers Performance have to make their team, their ambassadors and their product tie ins work a bit harder than brands that are more well established. What is nice about Skechers Performance is that they do not take this business for granted. Last year, they had a very fun and well used Message board around much of their booth. Their use of a graffiti artist added to the use of the message boards, and the activation with runners and their families was impressive.

The hype around the fields, especially in the half marathon will keep media involved and bring up the value of the event. It is one of the ways that the 2018 Chevron Houston Marathon will begin the season of 2018.

Skechers Performance uses their ambassadors (Meb Keflezighi, Kara Goucher, and now Ed Cheserek) well, tying them into their major events and reaching out with social media.

The new GoRun6 will be available at the Skechers Performance booth at the Chevron Houston Marathon as a limited edition. Don't miss it!

Originally posted February 2017

Reposted December 31, 2017

This is my best moment of February 2017. I have always loved the Reggie Lewis, and the event. There is something about the fans, the city, the indoor excitement.

Welcome to my world! This is my preview for the 2017 New Balance Indoor GP, done about one hour prior to the meet. Enjoy, watch the meet on NBC Sports Network and follow us on twitter, FB and instagram at RunBlogRun! Special thanks to New Balance and Global Athletics & Marketing for their support!

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Larry Eder, photo by Adam Johnson Eder/The Shoe Addicts

Usain Bolt and PUMA

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Usain Bolt is one of the most well known athletes and sports personalities in the world. From 2007 to 2017, we had the fortune to watch Usain put his spin on the world of athletics. What was his secret?

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Usain Bolt, August 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Usain Bolt, in my mind, made running fun again. His amazing wins in Beijing and London captured fans and the sport. His celebrations captured the fun of sport, and his patience with the fans, especially the young ones, captured many hearts.

Usain Bolt understood, sooner than many of us, that he had something there. He realized the strength of his fans and support.In the photo below, we show Usain Bolt with PUMA running's Jose Van Der Ween, at the launch party for PUMA NetFit product, back in May 2018. PUMA has been Usain Bolt's sponsor for his entire career.

I remember publishing a poster for PUMA in 2009. We published 250,000 posters, and sent them to high schools across the U.S. We had such a response, that we reprinted the poster, and in the end printed and distribute 500,000 posters. We could have distributed 1 million on problem. I am not sure that anyone knew how popular Usain Bolt would become.

Who are the next stars of the sport? We have a next generation of athletic stars, with the promise, personality and enthusiasm to excite the sport. They can not be manufactered, and that will be interesting to see who the next superstar becomes in our sport.

Molly Huddle is one of the finest distance runners of her generation. She is tough, meticulous and focused. I have watched her race from the mile to the marathon. What she has done with her coach, Ray Treacy, is fascinating to watch. How will she do in Boston? It will be exciting to see, with Shalane Flanagan, Desi Lindan and Jordan Hasay battling Molly in Boston in April 2018.

Each runner is so different and so fascinating.

Molly Huddle has a near perfect stride and gait. She is the female version of Garry Bjorklund, (check him out on You Tube). Garry had a near perfect stride.

Molly Huddle to race @bostonmarathon. Molly Huddle has completed her move from track to marathon! It was August 2010, and the Birmingham DL meeting had finished. I was with Mark Bossardet, then VP of Sports Marketing at Saucony, and Molly Huddle. Molly had not been happy with her race and was going to stay in Europe another ten days, get in couple of races, including the 5,000 meters, hopefully, in Memorial Van Damme Meeting in Brussels. Molly knew she was fit, she just needed some more racing to get a fast 5000 meters. Finishing ninth, Molly ran 14:44.76, the AR for 5,000 meters. Molly would set the 5,000m record once again, in 2014, this time in Monte Carlo and the Herculis Meeting, battling fellow American Shannon Rowbury to the very finish, running a 14:42.46 on July 18, 2014. In 2016, Molly Huddle took the 10,000m AR with a fine 30:13.72 at the Rio Olympics, after having won the 5000m and 10,000m in the US Olympic Trials. She finished off 2016 with a 2:28:13 third place in NYC Marathon. 2017 was about fast half marathon, doubling in London World Champs and winning the Abbott 5k Dash in early November. Now, Molly Huddle will be part of the finest field assembled, of American woman marathoners, with Shalane Flanagan, winner of 2017 NYC Marathon, second placer from Boston Desi Linden, and Molly Huddle. I am already calling this a race for the ages. Molly Huddle's perfect distance is the marathon, and while she is much earlier in her career than Shalane, Desi, or Jordan Hasay, watch out! April 2018 will be amazing! #bostonmarathon, #baa, #abbottwmm, #saucony, #runyourworld,

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Des Linden is a runner of immense focus, determination, talent and humor. This writer has intereviewed her at least a half dozen times, and it is always fascinating to learn something more about one of America's finest marathoners.

Here's the thing. Coming back from injuries, and reaching or suprassing your previous level of fitness is the exception and not the rule. Des Linden has taken second in the Boston Marathon, and her continued return to that level of fitness where one is in the front of the pack is, well, exciting.

The 2018 Boston Marathon may be the toughest field ever assembled for American women marathoners. There is Shalane Flanagan, Deena Kastor, Molly Huddle, Des Linden and Jordan Hasay.

Des Linden is a long time member of the Hansons-Brooks ODP. She came to them as a 34 minute 10k runner and her development, nurtured by Hansons brothers Keith and Kevin, juggles high mileage, strong tempo and interval work with recovery, rest and racing. Des has lots of self knowledge from spending hours and hours on the road. Run 100 mile plus weeks year after year and you develop skills.

Not one of the athletes (Deena Kastor is a masters athlete, but Deena still holds American marathon record, won the bronze Olympic medal in 2004, and ran a 2:27 as a masters), should be discounted. As I mentioned to BAA's Jack Fleming, the 2018 Boston marathon will be a race for the ages!


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The Brooks Levitate is a new running shoe from Brooks. The DNA AMP technology is about to be introduced into several other shoes in the Brooks line. What is cool about DNA AMP? It is about bringing new customers to the Brooks brand. Here is the second video that our digital partners, The Shoe Addicts did on the Levitate. We hope you like it!

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Original post December 7, 2017

As Brooks is one of the sponsors of this blog, and our network, we encourage you to give the Brooks Levitate a test run! To find the place near you to check it out, just go to the next section of this post and find your local Brooks dealer!

Each year, in early October, The Shoe Addicts and RunBlogRun visit the Windy City prior to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The Shoe Addicts wanted to capture the excitement around the week of the Chicago Marathon in all things Nike. Nike is the official apparel and footwear sponsor of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. During the week prior to the marathon, NIke Chicago has special events around marathon, to encourage not only the runners, but the families of runners and fans of the marathon to attend. Nike Chicago is a sanctuary of sport, celebrating sports in general, but, also, and most importantly, celebrating the sporting events of Chicago.

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is like no other marathon in North America. The Windy City celebrates the citizen runner, and the elite race up front.

The Nike Chicago store is worth a visit. Enjoy the video from The Shoe Addicts.

This was a fun way to open The Running Event in 2017! Watch for our video on the event as well. A fascinating cooperative effort between Brooks, HP and Superfeet!

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In their offices in Austin, Texas, Under Armour's Senior VP of Global Running & Training, Topher Gaylord spoke on the history of UA in running and, as they enter their tenth year in the channel, how their new launch in February 2018 will change the perception of UA in running. This is a fascinatinge presentation, on both product and the marketing of the product. The key for UA is to convince the specialty retail running channel that UA is serious about the channel and running.

Topher Gaylord is the former President of Mountain Hardware. His new responsibilities at Under Armour have him overseeing nearly all UA footwear product. Thoughtful, positive and focused, Taylor spoke to the assembled media and running store owners for fifteen minutes, and was then followed by Under Armour's Global Marketing VP Running, Jasmine Maietta, on how UA will promote the February 2018 launch of the two new launches from UA.

There was a good turn out for one of the first parties at the 2017 Running Event. RunBlogRun will be visiting the various booths to provide you an update on the 2017 season and what 2018 portends in running.

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