Two stories for today.
Marco was 9 years old. We flew from Germany to NYC for the NYC Marathon and the men's Olympic Marathon Trials. The day of the Trials was cold and windy. Marco was tired from the travel and he really didn't want to be at another race. At that race Ryan Shay collapsed and passed away at the start. He was a young man in his prime and was a favorite to qualify for the Olympics.
Today Marco runs in flats called the Saucony Shay. He has vivid memories of that day. He knows Ryan Hall won, he knows Ryan Shay passed away it's why he runs in the flats.
There is a competition in Southern California about who can have the cooler brand vehicle. I think this one is really cool. 361 is a brand you will hear about very soon. For runners it will start in the next 8 or so months. I love the people behind the brand. I've worked closely with them for many years and I'm really excited to watch them flourish.