Eliud Kipchoge, Wilson Kipsang to duel once again! photo by PhotoRun.net
The 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon was one of the best marathons that I have ever viewed! The battle between Eliud Kipchoge and Wilson Kipsang was epic: down to the final couple miles, two of the best male marathoners in the world dueling until the final mile!
Well, sports fans, they are BAAAAACK!
An amazing field on the women's side, and last week, the announcement on the men's side showed that, as elite coordinator Mr. Bedford said for years, and now, Hugh Brasher proudly notes, the London Marathon is the best marathon in the world.
They will prove it once again, on April 24, 2016. Be there ! RunBlogRun will be there, covering the event live as we have for nearly a decade!
Adidas AG appointed Kasper Rorsted as chief executive officer to succeed Herbert Hainer,charging the head of Dial soap maker Henkel AG & Co. with restoring growth to the German sportswear company.
Rorsted, 53, will join the Adidas board on Aug. 1 and take over as CEO two months later, the Herzogenaurach, Germany-based company said Monday. Like Hainer, he is stepping down early from his role, sending Adidas shares soaring and Henkel slumping.
"This is a significant positive for Adidas and the investment case," Graham Renwick, an analyst at Exane BNP Paribas, said in a note, describing Rorsted as "a perfect fit."
Pat O'Malley is the new brand president of Saucony, it was announced today. Mr. O'Malley succeeds Richie Woodworth, long time president of the brand, who has now taken over a group of Lifestyle brands owned by the parent company, Wolverine.
Pat O'Malley has risen through the ranks of several footwear brands, first starting at Nike, then moving to Reebok, and then, Saucony. While at Saucony, O'Malley has develop a fine team of running developers and designers, with a strong management team. The results? Some of the finest product in running. Saucony is in the thick of the battle for second position in the Running Specialty channel of running footwear, a sweet spot at the top of the $9 billion running footwear business, comprising of nearly $1.5 billion in footwear sales in North America, averaging over $100 in sales. Saucony continues to battle ASICS for number two with five brands battling for the top four positions.
Pat comes into his new position at a fascinating time in the industry. While some brands are looking to apps and technology to increase their presence in running, Saucony, like the other leaders, has focused on developing consistently great product and following that up with strong customer service.
We wish Pat O'Malley best wishes in his new endeavor. He has the best wishes of his friends in the industry, a close knit and competitive group.
LONDON (GBR): Women's marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe is opposed to the proposal made by UK Athletics for the world records to be reset, report PA Sport. "Without doubt you are going to punish innocent athletes, so why do it again when they have already had to compete against cheats during their career?" questioned Radcliffe. "I'll never agree with the records being wiped because I know 100 per cent that at least one of those records was achieved clean and that means more were too." Radcliffe said that she would prefer to see the entire competitive records, of athletes found guilty of doping, be cleared.
Editor's note:Paula Radcliffe's feelings would not be unusual for a record holder. UK Athletics is trying to not only start a dialogue, but, in my mind, to challenge Seb Coe to reach beyond his daily battling over IAAF failings over the past decade and a half.
Some reports credit Seb Coe with interest in deleting selected records. Among those are the records of Florence Griffith Joyer, Randy Barners and Marita Koch.
It makes sense to delete selected records, but who makes those decisions?
Jim Monahan, President, 361, photo & video below by The Shoe Addicts
Updated January 8, 2016 with logo, new photograph, updated video
In this video from TRE15, Jim Monahan, president of 361 Brand, opines about their newest running creation, the Strata!
The team at the 361 Brand provides the runner with insights on the sport from a veteran team of shoe professionals. From design, to production, to marketing, the brand, new to the United States, but one of the largest brands in China, is devleoping product in running, training and trail for the American market.
Jim Monahan, a long time sneakerologist, noted that the 361 Brand should be a nice addition to the wall space at running retail. Why? The price point, the quality and the tech message are easy to digest, notes Monahan.
To learn more about the 361 Brand, and the Strata, please go to www.361USA.com
This is my first column on the Winter Outdoor Retailer, which, I believe, is entirely too early in 2016. I have not really recovered from the holidays, and normally, I am in Las Vegas, enjoying French food with my sister and French brother-in-law, visiting CES and watching TV 4 France via satellite.
C'est la vie.
My out of focus selfie, no medicinals were used in taking this picture.
Chris Hillyer spoke to the Shoe Addicts, the digital partners of RunBlogRun, and the Running Network, at the 2015 TRE. The Running Event is the largest and most important running specialty trade show in our sport.
HOKA ONE ONE has been on the rise since it was first purchased by Deckers in 2012. The innovative product, the quality of the relationships between HOKA ONE ONE team and retail and the interest from the consumer has given the company a winner.
But, with 48 brands that the Running Network observes in our channel, HOKA ONE ONE rises above the competition because of their thoughtful and detailed approach to the channel. In this video, Chris Hillyer provides the viewer some insights in their 2016 product line.
On behalf of Fortius Media, which represents The Running Network, RunBlogRun and the Shoe Addicts, I wanted to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah and or a Happy Holiday season. We will be slowing down for a few days (December 24-Dec 27), to spend time with our families, friends and to just be thankful for 2015.
So, on behalf of our 44 partners: Run, Walk, Jump, Throw, Love!
The history of HOKA ONE ONE is fascinating. Nico Mermoud, co-founder of HOKA ONE ONE, did this interview at TRE15, the most important trade show of the year for specialty running, with the SHOE ADDICTS, for RunBlogRun Interviews.
The lesson from HOKA ONE ONE? If one can create a fine product, find the support from an established brand, and remember that running shoes continue to be sold, one pair at a time, one may have a chance of success.
HOKA ONE ONE produces consistently fine product, and with the support of an enthusiastic staff, and supports the industry. From grass roots running events, such as the HOKA ONE ONE National Postals, to the Northern Arizona Elite, to having established the finest week of events around the NCAA and the USA Outdoors at the Wild Duck Cafe in Eugene, Oregon, HOKA ONE ONE gets it.
Why do running retailers support them? Running retailers support product that they can sell. They also see that HOKA ONE ONE provides a multi platform support, from social media, digital media, video support and consistent print in core running publications, both regional and national. HOKA ONE ONE has built on the product that gave it the intitial interest, and shows the specialty running culture that it means business.
The funny thing is, many brands have started like this, but most screw it up, trying to complicate a business that, quite frankly, comes down to selling consistently strong product, servicing specialty running retail, and investing in a culture (running) where the consumers are highly educated, and see advertising in social, digital and yes, print as reinforcement of the messaging. Miss one of those pieces, and one looses market share. Miss too many of those pieces, and someone fills the vacuum.