Welcome to Running Warehouse’s first-ever week in review. We are excited to implement a new tradition here at the House and we hope it assists you in staying up on the latest running news. If you are unfamiliar with how this works, essentially, we provide an overview of notable happenings in the running world over the last week. We can’t promise the review will be comprehensive but content will be running specific and hopefully, informative. Don’t get me wrong, we love the latest LOLcats photos or trending hashtags, but this blog is dedicated to running and nothing else. So with no further delay, let’s begin.
The 60 year anniversary of Sir Roger Bannister breaking the 4-minute mile barrier
In an interview with the Guardian, Mr. Bannister stated “more people have climbed Everest than have run a four-minute mile.” Although both achievements are incredibly impressive, it’s like comparing apples and oranges. However, even for the avid runner, breaking 4 minutes is noteworthy. Since Mr. Bannister’s day, this standard still holds weight in measuring the prowess of runners. Sir Roger, we pay you homage for your victory and forever changing the sport of running.
Kara Goucher Signs with Skechers
On the heels of a riveting Boston Marathon victory by Meb Keflezighi, Skechers brought in another premiere athlete to bolster their sponsorship acumen. Former University of Colorado athlete, Kara Goucher may be best known for receiving a bronze medal in the 2007 World Championships in the 10,000 meter event, competing on back-to-back U.S. teams in 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, and a first-place finish in the 2012 USA Half Marathon Championships. In addition to an impressive running resume, Kara has become a recent blogger in order to share her stories with the online community. Kara’s success in the sport will surely bring further notoriety to the Skechers brand and many fans will be eager to watch as Kara moves forward in the next phase of her career. Running Warehouse is excited to see Kara compete again and our eyes will be glued to the marathon race in Rio, 2016.
Vibram Settles Class Action Lawsuit
The Vibram footwear brand has decided to settle a class action lawsuit started in March 2012 over the advertisement of the popular FiveFingers running shoes. Due to escalating legal feels, Vibram has decided to settle and will be setting aside between 3-5 million dollars to be used towards reimbursing eligible candidates up to $94 per pair of shoes purchased between March 2009 and a yet-to-be determined notice date. Secondly, Vibram has agreed to drop all advertising language stating that the FiveFingers will help strengthen feet and reduce chances of injury while running. For the detailed report, check out this article from Runner’s World. Wherever you find yourself on the minimal footwear vs traditional offset spectrum, this situation is sure to raise some eyebrows. The barefoot vs shod debate rages on!
Stay tuned for more reviews. See you next week!