Monday, January 16, 2012

Running Shoes #3: Was it the shoes?

Sketchers Go Run

Over the weekend the Olympic Marathon Trials were won by Meb Keflezghi. It was a very smart race as Olympic trials go. The boys went out hard to remove any chance of someone taking a flyer. They kept the pace hard to 20 miles to make sure their gap would stick. Then it came down to the four runners and which 3 would be strong enough to finish it off. The winner was the ageless Meb. He was the Silver Medalist in Athens in the Marathon. He won the NYC marathon in 2010 and in 2011 was dropped by Nike. Sketchers stepped in to help Meb out. In November of 2011 Meb went back to NYC and finished 6th running his fastest Marathon ever. Saturday he bettered his time by a few seconds but more importantly he won at the age of 36. He ran in the new Sketchers Go Run. I'm sure there is a party at Sketchers going on today. You believe in an athlete, you work with that athlete, and he delivers with a victory. Fairly crazy that less than a year after Sketchers releases their first ever running shoe, they will have an athlete wearing them in the Olympics. Good for Sketchers and Great for Meb. I'm sure somewhere in the Nike office there is somebody saying "Man, I told you he wasn't finished, he's not too old" 

It's a good life.....
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