Sprinter Trayvon Bromell’s shoe uses the same plate as the new SD 200, validating its performance oriented design. The upper is a thin minimesh supported by no-sew overlays on the medial side as well as the heel, ankle collar, and eyestay. Only the tongue and heel are anchored by stitching.
The 2 QW-K is Brooks’ high-end spike for sprinters, and this is its first update. The synthetic leather upper has a bit of stretch to help with the fit, while holding the foot securely over the plate. There’s no midsole to the shoe (except the thin innersole), in keeping with its purpose: the shortest running events.
ASICS is thoroughly invested in competitive running, and the CosmoRacer LD is its latest entry for the track. The upper is a closed mesh that’s supported by thin, no-sew overlays in the heel and midfoot, and thin linings shape the toe. The midsole is a molded layer of EVA that’s got a good bounce, making it effective for longer races.
The adidas’ new DistanceStar provides performance on a budget, and it’s surprisingly well done for the price. The upper is a breathable mesh, both light and sturdy. It offers adequate drainage for the steeplechase, with an interior that’s well finished enough to be comfortable during the longer track races.
The Hurricane has undergone more change in two generations than it has in most of the previous 16 combined. It starts with an update to the ISO fit saddle (aptly named ISO 2). Minimesh and fused overlays complete the forefoot, and an external thermoplastic heel counter secures the foot over the sole. But it’s in the midsole where the magic begins.
The Ravenna is the most versatile shoe in the Brooks lineup, neatly splitting the difference between cushioning and stability. The upper features only no-sew overlays to smooth the upper more than Round 6, simplifying the design in the process.
The 2000 series is well known for its decades-long reputation for smooth cushioning and stability. This update, Round 4 since its numerical reset to 2000, continues to provide the expected performance. The upper is now a slightly stretchy mesh with small openings instead of the closed mesh of its predecessor.
Largest U.S. Races: 2015
In this year's State of the Sport: Largest Road Races, a number of the largest races in the United States retain their top ten positions, including the largest in the AJC Peachtree Road Race, but there are a number of races climbing the ranks, along with seven races moving into the top 50.
Third Annual Spring Hydration Campaign to educate runners on the importance of hydration before, during, and after a run Fountain Valley, Calif. (April 20, 2016) – NATHAN, the Running Essentials™ leader, announced today the launch of the brand’s 2016 spring hydration campaign, Run Like Water.
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