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Original post, January 15, 2014

Repost, January 16, 2019

This is a story from the wayback machine. We go back to 2014. We hope you enjoy!

The New Balance Indoor GP has been around for 24 years now. One of the finest events on the circuit, NB Indoor GP will be held January 26, 2019, at the Reggie Lewis Center, in Roxbury, MA near Boston, MA. This is the ONLY stop of the IAAF Indoor World Circuit in US, and you should not miss it! Tickets for the event on January 26, which forms part of the IAAF World Indoor Tour, are now on sale at www.nbindoorgrandprix.com or by calling 1-877-849-8722.

The Reggie Lewis Center is one of the two top sites in North America for indoor track & field. One of the main reasons for that success is Keith McDermott, who has looked over the facility with thoughtful concern, and lots of elbow grease, since 1998. A former sprinter and long jumper, Keith gets track and field and appreciates what a life changing experience the sport can be for the boys and girls of the Boston metro area.

Rich Kenah, 1997 World Champ bronze medalist at 800 meters, and partner in Global Athletics & Marketing, the group that has produced and managed the New Balance Indoor GP since its inception, goes even farther in his praise of Mr. McDermott: Keith McDermott's "support of the meet since the 90s is one of the reasons that the New Balance Grand Prix continues to thrive."
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Keith McDermott, photo courtesy of NBIGP

Cregg Weinmann has reviewed footwear and apparel for California Track & Running News since the mid 1990s, and for the RunningNetwork since 1998. If you would like to see this review on Running Product Reviews, please go to: Salomon Sonic RA Pro, $130. At RunBlogRun, our goal is help you find the perfect shoe for you. Our suggestions: always visit your local running stores at end of day, take a clean pair of running socks, and try on five to six different brands, and jog around in them. Real running stores allow you to check the right show for you. For more reviews, please go to www.runningproductreviews.com.

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Salomon Sonic RA Pro For review, link in bio.

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Cregg Weinmann has reviewed footwear and apparel for California Track & Running News since the mid 1990s, and for the RunningNetwork since 1998. If you would like to see this review on Running Product Reviews, please go to: New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon, $120. At RunBlogRun, our goal is help you find the perfect shoe for you. Our suggestions: always visit your local running stores at end of day, take a clean pair of running socks, and try on five to six different brands, and jog around in them. Real running stores allow you to check the right show for you. For more reviews, please go to www.runningproductreviews.com.

Cregg Weinmann has reviewed footwear and apparel for California Track & Running News since the mid 1990s, and for the RunningNetwork since 1998. If you would like to see this review on Running Product Reviews, please go to: Brooks Ghost 11, $120. At RunBlogRun, our goal is help you find the perfect shoe for you. Our suggestions: always visit your local running stores at end of day, take a clean pair of running socks, and try on five to six different brands, and jog around in them. Real running stores allow you to check the right show for you. For more reviews, please go to www.runningproductreviews.com.

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New round of test shoes arriving daily...

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The running event 2018 was held in Austin, Texas from November 27-30, 2018. It is a meeting place of the local running stores and the retailers who cater to this running channel.

DSC05016.jpgThe 361 Retail Cup trophy, photo by The Shoe Addicts

The Formula 4 Media team was considered a bit, well, nuts, when they began the show just over a decade ago. The decade has seen amazing changes in our business channel. There was amazing growth and many thought it would not end. It did, and the channel has new success, but also requires new business skills.

The Diversified Communications team has purchased The running event, and did a superb job in their first management of the show.

I did this video (thanks to The Shoe Addicts), to reinforce the need for this important show and human gathering. To be successful, running retailers need to be more alert and more focused.

DSC05019.jpg361 USA brand, photo by The Shoe Addicts

We use the example of the 361 USA brand, to show how brands must be nimble and creative to stand out in our business. Watch for more on this brand!

This is the one of shoes that Cregg Weinmann is reviewing for RunBlogRun for Fall 2018. The SKECHERS company came into running about eight years ago.Their relationship with Meb Keflezighi helped them learn about the running chanel, which is a unique business. This is the SKECHERS GoRun Forza 3.

SkechersForza3.jpgSkechers GoRun Forza 3, $120

Cregg Weinmann has reviewed footwear and apparel for California Track & Running News since the mid 1990s, and for the RunningNetwork since 1998. If you would like to see this review on Running Product Reviews, please go to: SKECHERS GoRun Forza 3. At RunBlogRun, our goal is help you find the perfect shoe for you. Our suggestions: always visit your local running stores at end of day, take a clean pair of running socks, and try on five to six different brands, and jog around in them. Real running stores allow you to check the right show for you. For more reviews, please go to www.runningproductreviews.com.

This is the one of shoes that Cregg Weinmann is reviewing for RunBlogRun for Fall 2018. The HOKA ONE ONE company has been a player in performance running shoes since 2010. In 2012, they were purchased by Deckers Corporation, and their innovative design and old school running approach continues to help themm grow. This is the HOKA ONE ONE Cavu.

HokaCavu.jpgHoka Cavu $110

Cregg Weinmann has reviewed footwear and apparel for California Track & Running News since the mid 1990s, and for the RunningNetwork since 1998. If you would like to see this review on Running Product Reviews, please go to: HOKA ONE ONE Cavu . At RunBlogRun, our goal is help you find the perfect shoe for you. Our suggestions: always visit your local running stores at end of day, take a clean pair of running socks, and try on five to six different brands, and jog around in them. Real running stores allow you to check the right show for you. For more reviews, please go to www.runningproductreviews.com.

Div comm.jpgAs many of you know, DIVERSIFIED COMMUNICATIONS purchased The RUNNING EVENT and THE 50 BEST STORES IN AMERICA, among other assets, from Formula 4 media, the founders of TRE, and THE 50 BEST STORES IN AMERICA. Both events changed the trade and running channel. Here's the official press release.

We are posting new reviews of this season's top cross country racing shoes, as the coming weeks are huge for cross country sales. The four shoes that we are posting today are great shoes for the 580,000 high school boys and girls about to race this coming 2018-19 season.
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New Balance XC 7 Spikeless $65

This is the review of the New Balance XC 7 Spikeless, fine cross country shoes from New Balance , a company that has a long tradtion in making fine cross country acing shoes. Cregg Weinmann has reviewed footwear and apparel for California Track & Running News since the mid 1990s, and for the RunningNetwork since 1998. If you would like to see this review on Running Product Reviews, please go to: New Balance XC 7. At RunBlogRun, our goal is help you find the perfect shoe for you. Our suggestions: always visit your local running stores at end of day, take a clean pair of running socks, and try on five to six different brands, and jog around in them. Real running stores allow you to check the right show for you. For more reviews, please go to www.runningproductreviews.com.

IMG_7416.jpgThe Sports Training Center that includes a basketball and volleyball court, fitness center, batting cage, showers and locker rooms, photo by Jeff Benjamin

IMG_7417.jpgRyan Hall photo, photo by Jeff Benjamin

IMG_7418.jpgLoLo Jones photo, photos by Jeff Benjamin

ASICS is one of the oldest and finest companies in the performance running business. It is also the birthplace of Nike as Onitsuka (now ASICS) distributor in Western US was Blue Ribbon Sports, which became Nike. Jeff Benjamin visited their former US HQ, now a marketing center. Here's his story:

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