Nike+ Run Club Manila (NRC) Celebrates Its First Anniversary

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Nike+ Run Club (NRC) Manila, part of Nike’s largest and fastest growing global services platform for athletes, celebrates its first anniversary of bringing the best of Nike+ Running services and programs to athletes and runners of all levels.

“NRC connects runners of all levels to expert NRC coaches, pacers, training plans and NRC community members,” said Patrick Reyes, Country Marketing Manager, Nike Philippines. “The Nike+ Run Club Manila inspires and enables more runners to join the global running community, and is designed for first time runners, daily runners as well as race-day competitors.”

With over 13,000 runners who registered in its twice-weekly sessions, the NRC community continues to grow significantly. Led by NRC Coaches Ian Banzon, Rio dela Cruz, and Ico Ejercito, and supported by NRC Pacers, NRC sessions take place every Tuesday and Thursday, 7:34 PM, in front of the Nike Park store in BGC.

Runners must register for NRC Manila sessions prior to each running session as there are capacity limitations. NRC Manila is open to both men and women. Runners can register online for NRC sessions at nike.com/manila.

The Nike+ Run Club Philosophy

  1. We are all meant to be runners. Running doesn’t turn away anyone at the door. If we want to bring out the runner inside us, we just have to lace up and get out
  2. We are not just runners. We are athletes. It takes more than a pair of legs to be fast. It takes our entire body, mind, and unbreakable spirit.
  3. Every run has a purpose. Some days we’ll feel pushed. Some days we’ll push back. Find the meaning in every mile.
  4. Respect every workout. Fear no workout. It’s going to be hard. That’s why we love it. Respect is earned from doing the work. So get out and get after it.
  5. Embrace your weaknesses. Then erase them. With regular and consistent work, our weaknesses can become our strengths.
  6. Measure success in as many ways as you can. Not every run will be our farthest or fastest, but every run is an achievement and should be seen as such.
  7. We believe in you, even if you don’t. On days when we feel less than our best, we can always seek motivation from our community. Nike+ Run Club is here to remind us that our best is always within our reach.
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Nike Introduces Breaking2 – The quest to break the two-hour marathon barrier.

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Today Nike unveils Breaking2, an innovation moonshot designed to unlock human potential.

Like all daring dreams, Breaking2 has an audacious goal: Enable a sub two-hour marathon time.

Many consider this feat impossible. It requires reducing the current men’s world record time of 2:02:57 by three percent. However, that challenge is exactly what drives Nike; the impossible is an opportunity to envision the future of sport.

To help achieve a sub two-hour marathon, Nike is working with a diverse team of leaders across several fields of science and sport with a holistic approach to athletes, product, training, nutrition and environment.

Breaking2 provides an opportunity to explore whether the impossible is within reach. It is the ultimate embodiment of Nike’s mission: To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete on the planet.

THE MISSION

In 1954, Sir Roger Bannister ran the first four-minute mile. Bannister didn’t just break a record; he redefined what athletes were capable of and inspired confidence in others to do the same.

This great story reminds us that inspiration — complete belief in an impossible goal — is at the core of human potential. After all, as Bill Bowerman, Nike’s co-founder and legendary track coach, once said, “The real purpose of running isn’t to win a race, it’s to test the limits of the human heart.”

At its core, Breaking2 is about more than a marathon.

Attempting to break the sub two-hour marathon challenges the perception of what is possible in sport, resets the expectations of product and enables Nike to gather incredible athlete insight. These lessons can be applied across everything Nike does, including products and services, to ultimately serve all runners. The only real failure would be to not attempt such an audacious goal.

THE ATHLETES

Reaching a sub two-hour marathon requires shaving seven seconds off each of the 26.2 miles of the marathon. Even for the world’s best runners this is a massive leap.

Nike spent significant time identifying three elite athletes who are perfectly equipped for (and bold enough to take on) the challenge.

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya, Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea are all lined up to attempt the impossible and run a sub two-hour marathon. These runners are not afraid of the unknown — they attack it.

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ELIUD KIPCHOGE

Eliud Kipchoge, 32 years old, was born November 5 in Kapsisiywa, Nandi District and has won medals at both the Olympic and World level. Eliud began running after high school following years of observing his coach and mentor, Patrick Sang, who is still his coach to date.

In 2003, Eliud made his debut in distance running after setting a world junior record in the 5000 meters at the IAAF World Cross Country Championship. Later that year, Eliud became World Champion at the World Championships in Athletics. In 2012, Eliud set a half-marathon best with a time of 59:25.

Eliud won a bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics in 5000 meters, a silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 5000 meters and most recently, a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the men’s marathon.

He improved his personal best marathon time by 5 seconds after winning the Berlin Marathon with a time of 2:04:00. In 2016, he improved upon that time even further when he set a new course record in the London Marathon achieving a winning time of 2:03:05.

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ZERSENAY TADESE

Zersenay Tadese, 34 years old, was born February 8 in Adi Bana, Eritrea. His bronze medal in the 10,000 meters at the 2004 Athens Olympics made him the first ever Eritrea Olympic medalist. He was also Eritrea’s first athlete to win a World Championship event when he took the 20-kilometer title in the 2006 IAAF World Road Running Championships.

Zersenay has four consecutive victories in the World Half Marathon Championships from 2006-2009 and won the title again in 2012. He set a world record in the 2010 Lisbon Half Marathon and has won gold, silver and two bronze medals at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships. Zersenay is a four-time Olympian competing at the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.

In 2009, Zersenay became the second man to win three World Championship medals over three different surfaces in the same year. Zersenay currently holds the men’s half marathon world record with a time of 58:23. His brother, Kidane Tadese, is also a professional distance runner.

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LELISA DESISA

Lelisa Desisa, 26 years old, was born January 14 in Shewa, Ethiopia. Early in his running career, Lelisa focused on road racing. He made his breakthrough in 2010 after running sub-60 minutes placing third at the Zayed International Half Marathon. He has won many high-profile races such as Boilermaker 15K, Cherry Blossom 10-miler, Bolder Boulder 10K and Delhi Half Marathon.

Lelisa made his marathon debut by running 2:04:45 hours in the 2013 Dubai Marathon. Lelisa won the 2013 Boston Marathon and with the event of the bombings, he gave his medal back to the city of Boston to honor all the bombing victims. In 2015, he won the Boston Marathon again with a time of 2:09:17, and took second in 2016.

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Nike Beautiful X Powerful Collection

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Nike has been saluting all women around the world, ever since the sporting brand made it big in the industry. Today, Nike launches the first footwear collection inspired by female athletes and their boundary-breaking accomplishments, the Nike Beautiful X Powerful Collection. The collection rethinks four Nike footwear icons and imbues each with that aforementioned trademark “There is no finish line” declaration.

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Nike’s first footwear collection inspired by female athletes and their boundary breaking accomplishments, the Nike Beautiful X Powerful Collection rethinks four Nike footwear icons and imbues each with that aforementioned trademark.  “There is no finish line” declaration.  It also showcases a speed-stripe, jacquard-woven material that is inspired by the winning lap and iconography of Samuelson’s race.

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In two hours, 24 minutes and 52 seconds, Joan Benoit Samuelson ignited a revolution. The year was 1984, the location: Los Angeles, the event: the first women’s marathon in the history of the Games.

The victory definitively decimated obsolete notions that had previously limited women’s running to 1,500 meters: the belief that women weren’t physically capable of enduring such distances. The race itself paid off years of campaigning for the inclusion by the IRC: the International Runners Committee, created by a group of female runners who were supported by Nike.

Samuelson’s Los Angeles performance, coupled with the slogan she lives by: “There is no finish line,” also inspired the company to continuously evolve its efforts to support and celebrate female athletes across all sports. Over the years, Nike’s dedication to these athletes has constantly grown, from the creation of the Nike Women’s runs, then an international race series that expanded the movement worldwide, evolving into the Nike Women community – more than four million global athletes who run and train together, motivated by a shared mindset and commitment to pushing their limits.

The Nike Beautiful X Powerful Collection Premium Leather is available October 6 via the SNKRS App and majority of Nike retail stores.

The collection is available in majority of Nike retail stores with the following SRP:
  • Nike Air Max Thea – 6745 php
  • Nike Air Presto – 6745 php
  • Nike Air Huarache – 6745 php
  • Nike Cortez – 4795 php

The Nike Beautiful X Powerful Collection Jacquard is available December 1.

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Nike Structure 20: A Timeline

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As the United States running boom (initiated in the ’70s) advanced, athletes’ footwear needs evolved and diversified. These realities paired with a greater understanding of over-pronation (the foot rolling inward upon ground strike) led Nike to answer a call for a running shoe with greater stability. The Nike Air Structure, Nike’s most stable silhouette, debuted in 1991.

Since its introduction, the Nike Structure line has earned legions of fans ranging from elite athletes — like long-distance champion Galen Rupp, who has worn iterations of the shoe for the past 16 years — to everyday runners to off-duty athletes who are drawn to the silhouette’s distinctive style. With the dawn of its 20th iteration, the Nike Air Zoom Structure 20 compiles insights from past

The Nike Air Structure (1991)

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The Nike Air Structure Triax 9 (2006)

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The Nike Air Structure Triax 13 (2009)

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The Nike Zoom Structure 16 (2013)

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The Nike Air Zoom Structure 20 (2016)

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The Nike Air Zoom Structure 20 arrives for men and women on September 29 at Nike.com and on retail stores at PHP 6,295 SRP.

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Nike Hyperadapt 1.0 Manifests the Unimaginable

“Innovation at Nike is not about dreaming of tomorrow. It’s about accelerating toward it,” says Tinker Hatfield. “We’re able to anticipate the needs of athletes because we know them better than anybody. Sometimes, we deliver a reality before others have even begun to imagine it.”

Welcome the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, the first performance vehicle for Nike’s latest platform breakthrough, adaptive lacing. The shoe translates deep research in digital, electrical and mechanical engineering into a product designed for movement. It challenges traditional understanding of fit, proposing an ultimate solution to individual idiosyncrasies in lacing and tension preference.

Functional simplicity reduces a typical athlete concern, distraction. “When you step in, your heel will hit a sensor and the system will automatically tighten,” explains Tiffany Beers, Senior Innovator, NIKE, Inc., and the project’s technical lead. “Then there are two buttons on the side to tighten and loosen. You can adjust it until it’s perfect.”

For Hatfield, the innovation solves another enduring athlete-equipment quandary: the ability to make swift micro-adjustments. Undue pressure caused by tight tying and slippage resulting from loose laces are now relics of the past. Precise, consistent, personalized lockdown can now be manually adjusted on the fly. “That’s an important step, because feet undergo an incredible amount of stress during competition,” he says.

Beers began pondering the mechanics shortly after meeting Hatfield, who dreamed of making adaptive lacing a reality. He asked if she wanted to figure it out — not a replication of a preexisting idea but as “the first baby step to get to a more sophisticated place.” The project caught the attention of a third collaborator, NIKE, Inc. President & CEO Mark Parker, who helped guide the design.

The process saw Beers brainstorming with a group of engineers intent on testing her theories. They first came up with a snowboard boot featuring an external generator. While far from the ideal, it was the first of a series of strides toward Beers and Hatfield’s original goal: to embed the technical components into such a small space that the design moves with the body and absorbs the same force the athlete is facing.

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Through 2013, Hatfield and Beers spearheaded a number of new systems, a pool of prototypes and several trials, arriving at an underfoot-lacing mechanism. In April 2015, Beers was tasked with making a self-lacing Nike Mag to celebrate the icon’s true fictional release date of October 21. The final product quietly debuted Nike’s new adaptive technology. Shortly after, the completion of the more technical, sport version they’d originally conceived, the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, confirmed the strength of the apparatus.

“It’s a platform,” Beers says, “something that helps envision a world in which product changes as the athlete changes.”

The potential of adaptive lacing for the athlete is huge, Hatfield adds, as it would provide tailored-to-the-moment custom fit. “It is amazing to consider a shoe that senses what the body needs in real-time. That eliminates a multitude of distractions, including mental attrition, and thus truly benefits performance.”

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He concludes, “Wouldn’t it be great if a shoe, in the future, could sense when you needed to have it tighter or looser? Could it take you even tighter than you’d normally go if it senses you really need extra snugness in a quick maneuver? That’s where we’re headed. In the future, product will come alive.”

In short, the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 is the first step into the future of adaptive performance. It’s currently manual (i.e., athlete controlled) but it makes feasible the once-fantastic concept of an automated, nearly symbiotic relationship between the foot and shoe.

The first generation of the HyperAdapt 1.0 will be available in the U.S. at select Nike retail locations. Appointments to experience and purchase the product begin November 28. Details on how to make an appointment will be announced in the coming weeks.

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NIKE LAUNCHES THE UNLIMITED STADIUM TO UNLOCK THE POTENTIAL OF FILIPINOS

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Nike’s Unlimited campaign continues with the launch of the video ‘Unlimited You’ and the Unlimited Stadium last August 4, 2016.  The Stadium is a space in the heart of Bonifacio Global City, Metro Manila’s iconic running hub.  It’s open for all runners from August 5 to 21, the Unlimited Stadium features a digitally-enabled running track and challenges Filipinos to unlock their potential through running events and services for the next 17 days. It will be open from 4 PM to 10 PM, daily.

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THE UNLIMITED STADIUM

Nike reimagined the running track and created the Unlimited Stadium, a space in the shape of a 100-foot sole print of the Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit, one of Nike Running’s latest footwear innovations. It is a digital and physical experience, featuring a 200-meter running track lined with LED screens, and bringing Nike experiences, products and services together to inspire and enable runners to go beyond their limits.

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Runners are invited every day to race against their digital avatars of themselves that grows in size based on the speed and distance they run, motivating runners to push and do more than they thought possible. Runners will be rewarded as they complete each challenge, with an epic run experience by Nike as the ultimate reward.

“The Unlimited Stadium is designed to encourage people to push beyond their limits, and to celebrate the spirit of doing more than what you thought was ever possible. Especially in the next 17 days when the world watches the best athletes on the planet defy expectations, Nike enables Filipinos with the opportunity to do the same through the Unlimited Stadium, innovations and the Nike+ community,” said Bulbul Khera, Senior Director for Marketing, Nike Southeast Asia.

My Unlimited Experience

I am one of those first lucky people who was given the chance to experience the fun and excitement at the Unlimited Stadium.  We were given the privilege run with Nike LunarEpic Flyknit.  This time, I am wearing the high-cut version.

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We were grouped into 3 runners per wave and I was placed at the last wave with my blogger friend Dennis.  We were instructed to run for 4 laps, the first laps is a warm-up and at the last 3 laps, our avatar run with us and as the run progresses, the avatar increases its speed making you to push more.  You have to beat your avatar 3 times to receive a Nike pin.  It’s so cool seeing my avatar running with me and seeing how am I doing but at the same time, I am persuaded to beat it.  As we are chatting and enjoying the route, I got confused with our number of laps as our avatars are behind us already (huh, yabang… hehehe), I was just directed by the marshals to run towards the finish line.  We just realized that exceeded our laps when we saw our result; and yes, we beat our avatars (yabang again… pagbiyan nyo na ako… minsan lang ito.. hehehe).

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The place was so enticing (all runners know what I mean).  The place was well-conceptualized; the uphill and downhill approach that gives the runner a little bit speed workout aside from the avatar pushing you, the digital wall where you can see your avatar and race with them.

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Join and discover your unlimited potential through Nike+ challenges, powered by the Nike+ Running and Training Club apps, available for download at the Apple and Android store. For more information on the challenges and schedule of events at the Unlimited Stadium, go to www.nike.com/manila on 5 August, or call the hotline at 02- 463-4814.

UNLIMITED MANILA MEDIA LAUNCH

Also on that same day – August 4, 2016, before the launch of the Unlimited Stadium, Unlimited Manila media launch was held at the WhiteSpace Manila where in Nike ambassadors, athletes and pacers were introduced along with the introduction of Unlimited Colorway.

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UNLIMITED COLORWAY

Nike released its Unlimited Colorway collection, with selected styles available in the Philippines. The colors used in the collection represent not only the unlimited athletic abilities of each individual, but also the way in which Nike views the world: bursting with unlimited inspiration and design possibilities.

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The Unlimited Colorway collection will be available in selected Nike stores and will be offered across the Running, Training, Basketball, and Nike Sportswear categories.

The following selection of styles from the Unlimited Colorway collection is available at the Nike Park BGC and Nike Stadium Glorietta 2:

Running

  • Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit (P8,095)
  • Nike LunarGlide 8 (P6,295)
  • Nike Free RN (P5,295)
  • Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 (P6,295)
  • Nike Zoom Streak 6 (P5,795)

Basketball

  • Nike Air Zoom KD9 (P7,645)
  • Nike Hyperdunk Flyknit 2016 (P9,895)

Women’s Training

  • Nike Metcon 2 (P6,745) 

Nike Sportswear

  • Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Flyknit (P8,995)

To access Nike’s latest innovations, consumers are encouraged to sign up as a Nike+ member and receive the best of Nike’s services at www.nike.com/manila on 5 August. Share your experience with #JustDoIt and #UnlimitedManila.

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Breaking in the Nike LunarEpic Flyknit at the Nike Epic Run

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Last July 16, 2016, I was invited to test the Nike LunarEpic Flyknit in a more longer distance – 10K at Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna.  We arrived around 4pm in Nuvali Park and then there I readily change my shoe gear into Nike LunarEpic Flyknit.  So many runners are very excited to try the new running shoes, excited taking photos, and excited to run with them.

 

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And off we go

I told my blogger friend Dennis to join the 7:00 min/km pace group as I was sick 2 weeks ago and wasn’t able to run due to weakness, and I want to really feel the shoes.

I was right with my decision. as we are traversing the Nuvali Park, we were surprised to be directed to make a left turn, away from the main road.  OMG!  I was not informed! It was a trail run!.. hahaha…

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It was my first time to run at the trails of Nuvali.  The route is not that challenging but we had hard time traversing it as it was a bit slippery as there as been some periodic rain showers at that time; but nonetheless, the view is amazingly beautiful.

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loving these photos, thank you Nike 

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With the whole NRC gang

My verdict

When I ran the Nike LunarEpic Flyknit first in a 5K run at NRC in BGC, I find the shoe lightweight and comfortable but a little bit bouncy which is good for me.  The uppers are soft and breathable.  It has enough ankle support.  The feeling is also the same when I ran for a 10-km trail route, though a bit slippery.  I think the sole was not made for trail running; moreover, it was conceptualized for a secure and a smooth ride along the road.   Nonetheless, my usual concerns in trying out new running shoes like – am I experiencing arch pain, heel pain or numbness in my 4th and 5th toes?  Happily, I didn’t feel anything off.  The Nike LunarEpic Flyknit jive with my feet, but I still have to try it in a longer distance as I usually join longer races.  I still have to test it under the rain; do they soak and feel heavy if they get wet and got blisters?  Do they still feel lightweight and cushiony at 32-km and above running?  Nonetheless, I enjoy running with them.  I will update you for my next running adventure with the new Nike Lunar Epic Flyknit running shoes.

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For details regarding the Nike Lunar Epic Flyknit running shoes, read here.

For Nike+ Run Club Manila details, you can read it here.