It all started back in June when Asics’ elite marathoner Ryan Hall traveled to the company’s training and research center in Kobe, Japan to undergo testing and evaluation to construct a custom pair of running for the ING New York City Marathon on November 1. Seven experts were involved in the measurement and evaluation of Hall’s feet, legs, strength, flexibility, speed and impact.
Asics unveiled its first U.S. retail location today at 51 West 42nd Street in New York. Company chairman Kiyomi Wada was on hand to cut the ribbon along with other executives, including Rich Bourne, president and CFO of Irvine, Calif.-based Asics America, and Gary Muhrcke, owner of nine Super Runners Shop stores, who will run the Asics flagship.
As New York City prepared to host runners from all over the world last weekend, Asics hosted a pre-marathon run through Central Park on Friday, led by Olympian marathoner and U.S. record-holder Deena Kastor and her coach Terrence Mahon. After a light three-mile loop around the park, runners were treated to a breakfast pep talk with Mahon and Kastor, along with fellow Olympian Ryan Hall, who opted to stay off his feet that morning to rest up for Sunday’s 26.2 miles.
Runner’s World Magazine, the worldwide authority on running information, has awarded the Asics Gel-Kayano 18 “Best Update” of 2012. The award was presented at a special ceremony at The Running Event in Austin, TX, on Dec. 4.
In celebration of its first year as title sponsor of the Los Angeles Marathon, which happens to fall on St. Patrick’s Day, Asics has released a limited edition version of the Gel-Lyte33 running shoe. The sneaker ($90) has a Paddy’s Day-themed color scheme and highlights LA landmarks along the marathon course.
Asics has taken a leaf out of the Hollywood handbook for its limited-edition Gel-Lyte33 3 in celebration of the athletic brand’s sponsorship of the 2014 Los Angeles Marathon on Mar. 9, which has sold out for the second consecutive year and the third time in its 29 year history. Just like the city takes a liking to skinny celebs, the running shoes weigh a mere 6.8 oz., while the uppers are inspired by the palm trees that line Sunset Boulevard.