ASICS Brings A Marathon State Of Mind To New York City
True Sports Performance Brand Continues Its Commitment to the ING New York
City Marathon with Exciting Activations in Every Borough
IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 25, 2013
IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- An official sponsor of one of
New York's most iconic events for over 20 years, ASICS America will bring the
city together as one community of marathoners for this year's ING New York
City Marathon. With upwards of 43,000 runners and more than 2 million expected
spectators, New Yorkers will put the hustle and bustle aside on November 3 to
show their commitment and resiliency of a city that hosts the country's
largest marathon. Leading up to race day, ASICS will bring the marathon
spirit to every corner of the city with its "We Are Marathoners" campaign
which features a traveling treadmill activation set at the pace of one of
America's fastest male marathoners, a limited edition ING New York City
Marathon commemorative footwear and apparel collection, and the award-winning
virtual cheer section, "Support Your Marathoner."
"The energy that comes to the streets of New York on race day is palpable.
This year, perhaps more than ever, the pride and passion of the city and the
running community will be felt across the world," said ASICS America CEO Kevin
Wulff. "This same energy is at the core of ASICS pursuit of competition,
camaraderie and continuous improvement. We are honored to have been a sponsor
of the ING New York City Marathon for more than 20 years and look forward to
bringing the community together again this year for one of New York's finest
Can You Keep Up?
Race fans will get the chance to experience what it feels like to run at the
same pace as the fastest American male marathoner through the ASICS' Ryan Hall
Treadmill Challenge. ASICS America's custom-built, high performance treadmill
is set to replicate Hall's record setting marathon pace. Every New Yorker can
get in on the marathon action by hopping on the treadmill and challenging
themselves to see how long they can keep Ryan's incredible speed of 4:46
miles. Leading up to race day, the treadmill will tour the city's five
boroughs, bringing the marathon experience to life with a real-time leader
board and ASICS America prizes for those who can "Run with Ryan."
As a tribute to each of the 26.2 miles of the marathon, ASICS America will
donate $5 for every minute logged on the treadmill at Ryan's pace up to
$26,200, to The Mayor's Fund to advance New York City, a not-for-profit
organization that facilitates innovative public-private partnerships
throughout New York City. Proceeds will benefit FirstStepNYC, an innovative
early childhood education program.
ASICS Brings Back Support Your Marathoner
Back for a fourth year, ASICS will help spread the marathon love over 26.2
miles with its award-winning "Support Your Marathoner" program. Support Your
Marathoner allows friends and family from near and far to be a part of the New
York community on race day. Supporters can virtually motivate runners with
personalized video and text messages delivered directly to competitors on
screens throughout the course.
Runners will also be able to keep supporters updated on their victories along
the way with pre-written posts sent out in real time from various points on
the course. SupportYourMarathoner.com is now live and available for family
and friends to share messages of love and encouragement.
ASICS Celebrates the GEL-Kayano 20^th Anniversary with NYC Marathon Shoe
To give runners an extra spring in their step, ASICS has given its bestselling
long distance shoe, the GEL-Kayano® 20, a big city makeover as part of the
ASICS NYC Marathon Collection. Released in limited edition, this 20^th
Anniversary GEL-Kayano features a unique vibrant colorway as well as marathon
branding throughout the shoe to commemorate the 2013 ING New York City
Marathon. The industry-leading neutral running shoe, GEL-Nimbus®15, is also
available with similar custom schemes and marathon markings in celebration of
In addition to the signature shoes, ASICS has developed a head-to-toe limited
edition apparel and accessories collection for this year's marathon. The
apparel line features a variety of cold weather outerwear along with tech tees
and shorts all bearing the ING New York City Marathon logo. The line will also
feature a fun collection of graphic tees to help commemorate the city and the
race. To complement its marathon apparel, ASICS' accessories line features
everything from visors to gloves, performance socks and bags.
The ASICS Limited Edition NYC Marathon Collection will be available for sale
at select retailers in New York City, at the ING New York City Marathon Health
and Fitness Expo, and is currently available online at ASICSAmerica.com/nycm.
ASICS' 2013 ING New York City Marathon activities kicked off this week with
the Ryan Hall Treadmill premiere in New York City's Meatpacking District.
Additionally, the brand will spread the "We Are Marathoners" message across
city buses and at activations at the Time Warner Center. Please visit
ASICSAmerica.com or SupportYourMarathoner.com for further information on all
the activities surrounding race day.
Anima Sana In Corpore Sano, meaning "A Sound Mind in a Sound Body," is an old
Latin phrase from which ASICS is derived and the fundamental platform on which
the brand still stands. The company was founded more than 60 years ago by
Kihachiro Onitsuka and is now a leading designer and manufacturer of running
shoes, as well as, other athletic footwear, apparel and accessories. For more
information, visit www.asics.com.
SOURCE ASICS America
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