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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The Right Tights

 

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Different athletic activities affect different muscle groups. For example, a distance run optimizes the quads, hamstrings and calves; whereas a high intensity workout demands core activation.  In addition to muscle groups, another factor amongst athletes is the desire to achieve the best workout, every time, and they look to products to help them gain the advantage.

“Efficiency is always a key factor for our athletes — they want to get the most out of every workout,” explains Helen Boucher, VP of Women’s Training Apparel Product. “Tights are a huge part of any athlete’s uniform and we analyzed every design and fit detail to ensure key parts of the body are compressed for the right sport.”

With that in mind, Nike’s newest Zonal Strength Tights feature compression zones built directly into the base fabric, targeting key muscle groups to reduce muscle vibration for an efficient workout, without restricting mobility.

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Are you a runner?

Nike Zonal Strength Running Tights target thighs and calves to reduce muscle vibration where runners need it most. Flyvent waistband provides breathability and four-way stretch fabric enhances mobility, especially in the hips and knees.

Do you hit the gym?

Nike Zonal Strength Training Tights provide enhanced support and muscle awareness in the core, glutes, quads and hamstrings. A high-rise waistband provides additional core awareness, which is integral for all training activities, from low impact like yoga to high impact cross training. Flat seams allow for zero distractions.

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Nike’s Zonal Strength Tights for both men and women are available in retail stores and nike.com starting January 12 at the following prices:

Running Zonal Strength Tights for Women – P5,795

Running Zonal Strength Tights for Men – P 6,295

Training Zonal Strength Tights for Women Capri – P 5,295

Training Zonal Strength Tights for Women – P5,795

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World No. 1 Jason Day Joins the Nike Family

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Nike Golf has signed world No. 1 Jason Day to a multi-year contract. The agreement covers footwear, apparel, headwear and gloves. Day will first wear Nike this week at the Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii.

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“Joining Nike is a dream come true,” Day said. “The brand is synonymous with the world’s best athletes. I’m honored and can’t wait to be part of the team and working closely with Nike to take my game, and the sport of golf, to even higher levels.”

The partnership comes on the heels of back to back stellar years for Day. The 28-year-old Australian closed 2015 with four wins in his final seven starts, including his first major title with a record-breaking 20-under-par performance at the PGA Championship. That momentum carried over into 2016, with Day notching three wins — including coveted titles at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the WGC-Dell Match Play and THE PLAYERS Championship.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Jason to the Nike Golf team and our family of athletes,” Daric Ashford, President of Nike Golf said. “He’s an incredible player who has demonstrated tremendous work ethic and amazing resilience over the course of his career. We’re excited to help him chase more championships in the coming years.”

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Since turning pro in 2006, Day has secured ten PGA Tour titles and 57 top-ten finishes.

When he’s not on the course, Day enjoys spending time at home with his family in Ohio, where he and his wife Ellie have established the Brighter Days Foundation which benefits local charities.

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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 Meets Demands of all Athletes with Expanded Metcon Family

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Three years after the introduction of the original Nike Metcon trainer — known for its strength and providing stability — the Metcon franchise is expanding with the new Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit and Nike Metcon 3.

However, recognizing diversity in routines, the Metcon family’s extension delivers targeted solutions for a variety of needs.

On one hand, the all-new Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit is designed for athletes like Kyrie Irving, Skylar Diggins and others who balance strength drills and cardio. On the other, the Nike Metcon 3 supports the high intensity training of champion competitors like Mat Fraser and Sara Sigmundsdóttir.

To meet the demands of all athletes, the entire Metcon family shares some crucial characteristics:

  • Firm rubber and external heel counter for stability
  • Sticky rubber in the forefoot for traction
  • Outsole rope wrap for abrasion protection and rope climbs
  • Molded flex grooves in the forefoot for natural flexibility
  • Low-profile heel clip to minimize drag during wall exercises and handstand pushups

Ready for Murph?

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Run a mile then knock out 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups and 300 air squats; round out with another swift mile. That is “Murph,” in memory of Lieutenant Michael Murphy.

The new Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit is designed to cover the details of the demanding “Murph” circuit, debuting an ultra-durable Flyknit, which provides a lighter, more flexible one-to-one fit. It also has cushioning for the running and support for the plyometrics, as well as other cardio-focused routines like the “Helen” (a three-round cycle encompassing a 400-meter run, 21 kettleball swings and 12 pull-ups), Mat Fraser and Sara Sigmundsdóttir’s NTC “Row Down” workout and the NTC “The Big Four” workout.

Integrated Flywire and Flyknit at the mid-foot provide a dynamic fit that helps lock the foot in place for running, cutting, jumping and lifting. This, combined with a new dual density outsole, an elevated 6mm offset and a drop-in articulated cushioning system provide more cushioning and comfort for more miles and reps (i.e. crushing those WODs noted above). 

Fran Anyone?

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Do 21 barbell thrusters followed by 21 pull-ups. Then do 15 barbell thrusters followed by 15 pull-ups. Finally, complete 9 barbell thrusters followed by 9 pull-ups. Do it all as fast as possible. That is “Fran.”’

Workouts like “Fran” and others incorporating burpees, rope climbs and squat cleans (including NTC‘s “Double Down” routine) require a shoe with a unique blend of durability and stability.

To that end, the Nike Metcon 3 is designed with a flat and strong platform, delivering stability for squats, box jumps and explosive lifts. The 4mm offset means it’s the lowest Metcon, which equates to more support for more weight under load. The new upper, made out of ballistic mesh and embroidered TPU, is more lightweight, flexible and breathable. It is designed to be firm enough in the heel to handle the rigors of lifting yet softer and more flexible in the forefoot to provide greater cushioning — allowing smooth sailing through the toughest power circuits.

The Nike Metcon 3 releases via NIKEiD on December 19, and inline from January 6 at nike.com. The Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit OG colorway is available January 2 at nike.com. 

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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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