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HOKA BONDI X REVIEW

HOKA Bondi X Review

THE BUZZ

A maximally cushioned neutral-oriented training shoe designed for long-distance running on the roads, the HOKA Bondi X is a soft but energetic model built with a propulsive carbon-fiber plate embedded in its midsole.

Styled off the soft, comfortable and extra-cushy ride of the original Bondi, the new Bondi X features an extended rocker design for efficient heel-to-toe transitions and the firm plate for a boost of energy in every stride.

HOKA Bondi X Review

WHAT’S NEW

This is a brand new shoe in the HOKA line-up, one that combines the soft, plush feeling of previous Bondi models with the lively snap similar to HOKA’s Carbon X s racing shoes.

A new engineered mesh upper, a curvy carbon-fiber plate, a soft but resilient compression-molded EVA midsole and a shapely, swallowtail heel design for zonal energy disbursement and more fluid transitions all contribute to making the Bondi X what it is.

Like most HOKA running shoes, the midsole/outsole chassis has a pronounced rocker or convex shape that creates a rolling sensation to help guide your feet from touchdown to toe-off. It has an extended rocker design that took cues from the lengthy outsole that HOKA developed for its Clifton Edge shoe.

The addition of a carbon-fiber plate to a max-cushioned training shoe is designed to provide a stiffer, more energy-efficient movement through each stride. It’s not a nimble speedster, but it’s still a performance upgrade to the Bondi 7, which retains a softer step-through sensation for a different form of support and comfort.

The Bondi X has more cushion and a softer foam compound than the dual-density midsole of the Carbon X 2, which is more performance-oriented than the comfort-meets-performance combination of the Bondi X.

HOKA Bondi X Review

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The Bondi X fits true to size with a snug feeling in the heel and a slightly more roomy volume in the midfoot and forefoot. These comfy cruisers feel luxuriously soft and reliably secure the moment you lace them up, thanks to a cushy heel collar, a slim, secure tongue and a premium footbed.

But this shoe is all about a best-in-class maximally cushioned ride, and what gives this shoe considerable juice is the newfangled combination of its thick midsole and the carbon-fiber plate that serves up stabilizing structure and a spring-loaded ride.

While it’s not as light as the Bondi 7 or as race-day sharp at the Carbon X 2, it’s an idyllic combination that creates a lively, long-lasting vibe from the first mile to the last.

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners who appreciate maximally cushioned shoes with a smooth, spirited vibe will relish in the fit, the feel and the ride of the Bondi X on long training runs. It is unfathomably soft in the heel and midfoot but relatively light and snappy as it rolls through to the toe-off phase of a new stride.

It’s an innovative combination designed to make the propulsive, efficient ride of carbon-fiber plate technology accessible for all athletes, not just competitive runners. It’s built for comfort and performance on long runs, but it’s not agile or fast enough to be marathon racing shoe (unless the finishing goal is more about comfort than speed).

HOKA Bondi X Pros

HOKA BONDI X PROS

The overall footprint of this shoe is extremely wide — one of the widest available in 2021. Combined with the structure of created by the carbon-fiber plate, it provides a feeling of inherent stability for most runners, especially on the latter miles of long runs.

Although it’s not a featherweight shoe, it’s very hard to believe a shoe with this much cushioning is as light as it is. The midsole foam is dense, but the carbon-fiber plate serves up a good amount of responsiveness so it’s a shoe that feels and runs lighter than you’d expect it to, given its considerable girth.

The low-profile engineered mesh upper offers a bit of foot hold from 3D hot-melt yarn overlays that’s designed for minimal weight and maximal breathability and durability.

It features a segmented outsole with sections of durable rubber in high-wear areas interspersed with exposed foam. The rubber provides exceptional grip on wet and dry surfaces, and the foam is durable enough that it won’t wear down significantly after months of high-mileage running.

While $200 is a relatively high price tag for a training shoe, our wear-testers believe the durability of this shoe will justify the investment. Based on the materials and how it is built, you can expect to get several hundred miles of quality training before you begin to see any wear and tear.

HOKA Bondi X Cons

HOKA BONDI X CONS

The Bondi X is an exceptionally high-off-the-ground shoe and thus is not especially nimble. If you like feel-for-the-ground proprioception or shoe with notable agility, this might not be your favorite shoe.

HOKA BONDI X TECH SPECS

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HOKA ONE ONE ANACAPA MID GORE-TEX REVIEW

HOKA Anacapa Shoe Review

THE BUZZ

Cushion, comfort and SO much support – the new Hoka One One Anacapa is the hiking boot we’ve all been waiting for. It’s super lightweight, durable, waterproof and comes with that famous HOKA cushioning we all know and love, but now in hiker form!

WHAT’S NEW

The Hoka Anacapa GTX is an entirely new shoe from the brand and our testers believe HOKA really hit the mark with this one — it’s your gateway to the great outdoors! With great ankle support and a Vibram Megagrip outsole, this form-fitting hiker is great for a weekend day hike or full-on backpacking adventure.

Let’s not forget to mention the SUSTAINABILITY factor here! HOKA Anacapa Mid and Low GTX are both made with recycled materials including GORE-TEX fabric with leaf bootie, which is 45% recycled content by weight and has 71% recycled material in the face fabric.

Molded PU sockliners are derived from 50% soybean oil and the upper is made with Leather Working Group (LWG) Gold-rated waterproof nubuck leather. Additionally, there is recycled polyester materials in the collar, mesh and laces.

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

When lacing up the Anacapa Mid GTX to hit the trails, the shoe checks all the boxes. Not only are they supremely waterproof (thanks, Gore-Tex!), but there was no “break in” time needed at all, which is fairly unheard of when it comes to good hiking boots.

They really do feel like a sneaker (with better ankle support!) but works more like a boot. Anacapa takes the lightweight, cushioned support and smooth ride you know from HOKA and turns it into a form-fitting, do-it-all hiking boot. Any distance, any weather, no problem.

HOKA Anacapa

THE NITTY-GRITTY

Upper: 

  • Protected with PFC-Free water repellency treatment
  • Leather Working Group Gold-rated waterproof nubuck leather
  • Quick lace hook hardware
  • Gusseted tongue to mitigate trail debris
  • Recycled polyester content in collar, mesh and laces
  • GORE-TEX footwear fabric with recycled textile designed to keep feet dry and comfortable
  • Molded PU sockliner derived from 50% soybean oil

Midsole:

  • Compression molded EVA midsole for a balanced, cushioned ride
  • Extended heel designed for smoother impact

Outsole:

  • Vibram®️ Megagrip rubber with 5mm lugs
  • Late stage Meta-Rocker

HOKA ANACAPA MID GORE-TEX TECH SPECS

HOKA Anacapa tech specs

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HOKA ONE ONE RINCON 3 REVIEW

Hoka One One Rincon 3 Review

THE BUZZ

Light, cushy and fast, the Hoka One One Rincon 3 is a lively and versatile neutral-oriented shoe at a budget-friendly price. It has an exceptional cushion-to-weight ratio and serves up an easy-rolling ride.

The Rincon 3 is a great shoe for long runs, speedier workouts and recovery jogs. It can be an everyday training shoe or your shoe of choice for up-tempo running.

Hoka Rincon 3 Review

WHAT’S NEW

Although the updates to the Rincon 3 seem minor, small changes to the midsole, outsole and upper have made a noticeable impact.

The best aspect about those changes is that it’s made the Rincon 3 nearly a half-ounce lighter than the previous version, which is pleasantly surprising given the how light and agile the Rincon 2 felt.

The single-layer compression molded EVA midsole offers excellent shock absorption, ample softness and a touch of responsiveness. While the midsole/outsole geometry is the same as the previous edition, the chassis has been tweaked with some new midsole foam sculpting for more consistent compression and a notch off the back of the heel for lateral decoupling.

The Rincon features a thin, smooth a very lightly padded tongue with an asymmetrical design that allows for optimal fit on each foot. It’s not gusseted but it does promote a snug, comfortable fit over the top of the foot.

The new upper is only slightly different than the previous edition, but its sleeker and provides a more secure fit than that of the Rincon 2 and is similarly ventilated. The biggest change to the upper is the heel pull tab, which is now made from a thin, sturdy cord instead of a wide fabric band.

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The Rincon 3 fits true to size and similar to last year’s edition, with a medium volume from heel to toe. There’s a snug and secure feeling in the heel and at the arch/saddle area, but it’s slightly roomier in the forefoot for the toes to wiggle and splay.

The interior is comfortable but not overly padded or plush, just some extra padding in the rear foot and around the heel collar. The first thing you notice when you lace up a pair of Rincon 3 is how well-cushioned they are, but also how impossibly light and nimble they feel.

The midsole is squishy soft, but the ride is very lively and agile. It doesn’t produce a bouncy sensation, but more of a fluid, rolling motion that comes from the rockered geometry of the outsole-midsole undercarriage.

It is exquisitely soft and smooth from heel to toe, with a mildly responsive feeling in every stride.

Hoka Rincon 3 Review

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners who appreciate featherweight training shoes with a lot of cushioning will love the Rincon 3. It has the rare combination of near-maximal cushioning and a light and zesty vibe that inspires quick-cadence running.

It’s comfortable for long runs and quick and agile enough for any type of faster workout, from tempo runs to short intervals, or even short races.

Hoka Rincon 3 Review

HOKA RINCON 3 PROS

It’s hard to believe a shoe with this much cushioning can be this light. HOKA somehow made this shoe a tad lighter than last year, and that’s great news because lighter is always better. The weight savings came from more aggressive midsole sculpting and cutouts to reduce the amount of material, the new outsole rubber configuration and a more streamlined upper.

HOKA has continued to revise its early-state rocker geometry for quicker heel-toe transitions, giving the Rincon 3 edition a slightly quicker and faster feeling. It doesn’t have the energy return as some of its contemporaries with carbon-fiber plates or advanced foams, but few shoes are as effortlessly smooth as this one.

The outsole of the Rincon 3 actually has a similar amount of durable rubber as the previous editions, but it is spread out over a new zonal pattern for greater durability and more effective traction. Like the previous versions of the shoe, there is a lot of exposed foam under the foot, but it’s not located in high-impact areas so excessive wear shouldn’t impact the ride or performance of the shoe.

At just $115, the Rincon 3 offers a lot of bang for the buck. It’s high on value and long on comfort and performance for a fraction of the price of some of its contemporaries. It doesn’t skimp on quality, but instead benefits from a stripped-down design ethos that eliminates unnecessary materials to ensure the Rincon 3 has a lightweight and lithe demeanor.

Hoka Rincon 3 Review

HOKA RINCON 3 CONS

There aren’t any major drawbacks to the Rincon 3, but it’s important to note that it doesn’t offer much in the way of structure or support, so it’s only recommended for runners with a neutral gait who are light on their feet.

Also, if it’s used as a daily trainer, the long-term durability will likely be shortened as is common with most lightweight shoes.

HOKA RINCON 3 TECH SPECS

Hoka Rincon 3 Tech Specs

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BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS: AN INTERVIEW WITH LATOYA SNELL

Interview with Latoya Snell

We recently sat down with HOKA athlete Latoya Snell. We talked sport, the importance of authenticity, and breaking down the barriers of stereotyping and online criticism in the running space.

WHO IS LATOYA

Interview with Latoya Snell

First and foremost, Latoya is an artist. Through the lens of art, she has been able to achieve recognition in a multitude of spaces. She is a trained chef, journalist, speaker, plus-size-athletes advocate, LGBTQIA community member, podcast host, ultrarunner, content creator, and multi-sport athlete.

Those spaces might seem very different from each other, but Latoya believes they all have one thing in common.

“All of this is just artistry. When I look at running…that’s all this is. When I look at food, that’s artistry. When I talk to people and I listen to their stories, that’s artistry. It doesn’t matter what space I tap into. I’m always looking for the art.”

Art requires authenticity. Latoya understands the hard truth that authenticity requires vulnerability, which opens the door to criticism. In order to be true to herself, she has had to accept that criticism no matter the space she is in.

BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS: CRITICISM

What makes Latoya such a dynamic, interesting, colorful, successful person is her daily choice to wade her way through all the criticism and stay true to her authentic self. She recognizes the value of the powerful connections you can make when you are your most authentic. And her ever-growing number of supporters are proof that her authenticity is powerful and valued by her community.

BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS: STEREOTYPING

Latoya is no stranger to having to fight stereotyping. Since her emergence into the spotlight of the running world, she has had to deal with comments about her size. She has had to listen to comments about how her size does not conform to the stereotypical runners body. Comments like “It’s just not healthy being that size” & “It’s just not possible to be a runner when you are that size.” It is important to note that she has raced well over 200 races in her career, consisting of a large range of distances, and raced 35 of them in the year of 2019 alone.

Interview with Latoya Snell

BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS: FALSE FRIENDS

Even though she has won international recognition in the running space, Latoya still understands the importance of providing authentic support to the online running community on even the smallest level. She has been approached by fans mid-race who have asked for her help getting them to the finish line.

“Listen, we will hold hands together if we have to. We are going to make it across the finish line” she told one athlete who approached her during a marathon.

She even offered up her own race fuel to the athlete. Those types of connections matter so much more than the online trolling she receives every week. All too often, she has experienced an array of praise from folks who are too quick to turn their backs on her as soon as she breaks the mold of who they think she needs to be.

ADVICE FOR READERS

There are still too many athletes out there who do not feel comfortable or accepted in the running space, whether it be due to their size, shape, sexual orientation, background, race, or anything else. To those who struggle with online criticism, the commentary is something you cannot control. You cannot control what people say about you, but you CAN control the narrative that it creates.

“People think that in order to be body positive you have to smile through all of the criticism. No. I think that people should be allowed to sit with that and think about it for a minute and recognize being hurt. And that is a part of the process. Be okay with being hurt and acknowledge how that made you feel. Think to yourself, is any of what they said true? I think we need that moment of honesty with ourselves. We grow up in America to be taught to brush it off and move on. When you do that you lose honesty with yourself and the ability to be vulnerable.” 

The more vulnerable you are, the more meaningful your connections with others will be. That is how you will find your community and sense of belonging in the running space–or any space for that matter.

RAPID FIRE – I SAY, YOU SAY

Favorite Shoe — Hoka Arahi 5 and the Clifton Edge

Road or Trail — Road

Favorite Distance — Ultra’s

Favorite season — Fall

Next career goal — Triathlons

Book You’re Reading Right Now‘The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food: A Cookbook’ by Marcus Samuelsson

Favorite book‘The Color of Water’ by James McBride

Favorite Seasoning — Garlic

Current food obsession — Salmon

WHAT’S LATOYA CURRENTLY RUNNING IN?

HOKA Clifton 8

ARAHI 5

CLIFTON EDGE

 

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HOKA CLIFTON 8 VIDEO REVIEW

Hoka Clifton 8 Video Review

The HOKA Clifton 8 is a fast, cushy and comfortable maximally cushioned everyday trainer. The Clifton is the running shoe that kicked off the max-cushion revolution a decade ago.

A perennial bestseller, the Clifton 8 serves up smoothness for long runs and every day training.

Pro Triathlete Nick Chase takes a run in the Clifton 8, serving up his thoughts in his latest video.

PRO TRIATHLETE NICK CHASE ON THE HOKA CLIFTON 8

 

Interested in learning more about the tech aspects of the Clifton 8? Head over to read the full tech review from running journalist Brian Metzler.

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HOTTEST RUNNING SHOES OF SPRING 2021

Hottest Running Shoes of Spring 2021

In the blink of an eye, spring has come and gone! With summer quickly approaching, we wanted to make a list of the hottest running shoes of spring 2021!

Spring brought us some of the best updates of running shoe classics we’ve seen in years, from brands like HOKA, ASICS, New Balance, Saucony and more!

Highlights of the spring include the do-it-all Saucony Ride 14, the always-smooth HOKA One One Mach 4, the 23rd iteration of the always reliable ASICS GEL-Cumulus and much more!

See which shoes made the list below:

SAUCONY RIDE 14

Saucony Ride 14 Review

“It’s a comfortable, smooth-riding workhorse with an accommodating fit and capable of high-mileage weekly volume and running at a variety of paces.” Read more…

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ASICS GEL-CUMULUS 23

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 23 Review

“One of the classic legacy shoes in the ASICS line, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 23 is a neutral everyday trainer with sufficient cushioning, a comfortable ride and a versatile, do-everything vibe.” Read more…

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HOKA MACH 4

HOKA Mach 4 Review

“The HOKA Mach 4 is lightweight, smooth-riding, neutral-oriented everyday training shoe that gives off a soft, lively vibe. It has enough comfort, versatility and giddy-up to handle the rigors of all types of workouts.” Read more…

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NEW BALANCE FUELCELL REBEL V2

New Balance Fuelcell Rebel v2

“The New Balance FuelCell Rebel v2 is a lightweight and responsive, neutral-oriented everyday training shoe. It’s a versatile shoe with an elite midsole foam and enough cushioning and bounciness to make it amenable to both running longer or faster.” Read more…

REEBOK NANO X1

Reebok Nano X1 Review

“In its 11th version of the training shoe, the Reebok Nano X1 is back and better than ever! This year Reebok took a step away from its cross-training roots to create the new – Shoe of Fitness. We tested the Nano X1 during strength and cardio workouts to see how it measured up.” Read more…

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NIKE ZOOMX VAPORFLY NEXT% 2

This 2nd edition of this record-breaking shoe from Nike just landed last week and has already begun flying off the shelves. With a revamped upper, this shoe will set you up to tackle your next PR!

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HOKA ONE ONE CLIFTON 8 REVIEW

THE BUZZ

The HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 8 is a fast, cushy and comfortable maximally cushioned everyday trainer. The Clifton is the shoe that really started the max-cushion shoe revolution a decade ago and now the eighth version raises the bar to new levels.

Our wear-testers believe the HOKA Clifton 8 is the best version of the Clifton yet.

HOKA Clifton 8 Review

WHAT’S NEW

The Clifton 8 continues upon its past success, delivering an even softer, smoother ride than its predecessor.

A new, ultralight midsole foam, an updated engineered mesh upper, a revised outsole and a refined heel pull tab are some of the other highlights of this exceptional update.

The slightly updated engineered mesh upper is even more comfortable and secure than last year’s and equally as breathable. Plus, it provides better hold for a wider range of foot shapes and gait patterns.

The flat-waisted outsole is slightly wider than last year’s version, giving it a touch more inherent stability. There is a new hollowed out heel for a decoupling effect to smooth  the impacts of heel striking and there are new flex grooves that allow easier flexing during the second half of a stride.

Segments of rubber under the forefoot and heel for traction interspersed with exposed foam in between to keep the weight down.

The new midsole material is made from a new EVA foam compound that’s 15 percent lighter than the previous Clifton midsole.

It has a bit more pop than previous version, but it’s not exceptional springy or bouncy.

FIT, FEEL, RIDE

The fit of the Clifton 8 is true to size with a medium to slightly narrow interior volume and a new curled design at the heel tab that reduces pressure against the Achilles tendon. (The Clifton is also available in a secondary width for men and women, too.)

The step-in feel is plush and luxurious — a soft sensation feeling and smooth and comfortable wrapping sensation from the upper. That’s similar to the previous two editions of the Clifton, so if you liked those appreciate this edition as well.

What sets this version of the Clifton apart are the ride and the vibe. The softer, lighter midsole foam make this shoe feel faster and more nimble for all types of running.

It feels slightly more energetic than the previous versions of the Clifton, but the ride is all about soft, shock-absorbing comfort. 

Hoka Clifton 8 Wall Picture

 

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

C’mon, who wouldn’t like the Clifton 8? Just as HOKA changed the game with the original Clifton, the eighth edition can be a game-changer for just about any runner.

It’s light and soft enough to run fast and long, but cushy enough to run slower over any distance. New runners, runners who appreciate soft cushioning or light shoes and competitive runners should all like this shoe for the comfort and agility it provides.

It could definitely be a race-day shoe for 10K to the half marathon (and maybe the marathon for runners who are strong and stable), but it really excels as an everyday trainer.

HOKA Clifton 8 Review Pros

PROS: HOKA CLIFTON 8

As with all HOKA shoes, the Clifton 8 features the brand’s early stage Meta-Rocker profile design. That feature produces a rolling sensation in every stride that both reduces the ground force impact and eases the foot’s transition to the toe-off phase.

The Clifton 8 is a vegan-certified shoe, which means it is made from 100 percent vegan materials.  The lightweight combination of softness, liveliness and comfort allow the Clifton to be a stunning everyday trainer.

It feels good running shorter or slower, but it feels exceptional when you bump up the pace for tempo runs or intervals. And most runners will enjoy this for longer runs between 10 and 20 miles.

HOKA Clifton 8 Review Cons

CONS: HOKA CLIFTON 8

There aren’t many knocks against the Clifton 8, but neutral runners who prefer or need more stability for longer runs might find it slightly less stable than they’d like.

TECH SPECS

HOKA Clifton 8 tech specs

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HOKA ONE ONE MACH 4 VIDEO REVIEW

Hoka Mach 4 Video Review

Pro Triathlete Nick Chase takes a deep dive on the HOKA Mach 4. Watch his video review showcasing his experience with the Mach 4 (spoiler alert, it’s good!) and why he considers it to be a great new edition to add into the rotation for training.

PRO TRIATHLETE NICK CHASE ON THE HOKA MACH 4

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HOKA ATHLETE INTERVIEW: CE’AIRA BROWN

Former NCAA All-American and 2016 Olympic trials qualifier, Ce’Aira Brown joins Ali on the Run to talk about her running journey and her career.

From the Podcast: Ce’Aira Brown wants you to know that she’s still running. She’s still training (alongside Ajeé Wilson), and she’s still staying true to her “talk less, grind more” mentality. (And when she’s not on the run training for the 800m or 1500m, she’s on the runway, modeling.)

HOKA Ce'aira Brown | Ali on the Run

So why don’t people think she’s running? Because you’re pretty unlikely to see a lot of running “content” on her Instagram feed. But Ce’Aira promises, she’s more in it than ever.

In honor of International Women’s Day, she talks about the women who inspire her, and she talks about being a role model herself. She explains why, after running a 2:02 season opener in Austin two weeks ago, she’s “not satisfied, but hungry,” talks about the power of positivity and hard work, and talks about how she’s built mental strength and confidence.

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ABOUT ALI : Ali is the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. Ali is also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia!

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: WOMEN WHO LEAD

International Women's Day 2021 - Women Who Lead

In observance of International Women’s Day 2021 the United Nations is celebrating with the theme ‘Women In Leadership’.

With that in mind, we’re honored to showcase some of the bold female founders and leaders in the running industry and the thriving companies they lead.

WOMEN-LED BRANDS AT JACKRABBIT

The companies these amazing women have founded, the organizations created and the activism they champion, all contribute to adding gender equity to an industry where everyone has the right to lace up, show up and run equally.

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RABBIT RUNNING APPAREL

With a name like Rabbit, we knew we had to be BFFs with a brand that shares our name and our philosophy of serving up runners the best.

Let’s meet Monica Devreese and Jill Deering, the founders of Rabbit running apparel. Monica has been in the running business for 20 years and as experienced and, let’s admit it, badass runners, they had some experience to bring to the table.  As lifelong competitive runners they came to the apparel business like others before them; they never found anything they really loved.

Monica and Jill considered their own needs as well as those of other runners when it came down to the most complex of running garments, the running short. Having added up the pros and cons of every short they could get their hands on, they believed they could create something better.  And so they did.

Check out Rabbit running apparel at JackRabbit and try them for yourselves.

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MOBOT WATER BOTTLES

Founder and CEO of MOBOT Nation, Lani Cooper patented the first combined foam roller and environmentally sustainable water bottle. With a call for society to be more conscious and sustainable, MOBOT has delivered an innovative product that teaches us to constantly reimagine our perspectives.

Each foam roller water bottle is made from 100% recycled stainless steel and non-toxic, high density EVA foam. Since their inception in 2013, they have already saved over 180MM+ single use plastic water bottles from landfills and waterways. 

Two of the most necessary practices for health and wellbeing, hydration and massage, are actually sometimes the most neglected (by everybody). So check out MOBOT at JackRabbit to get your body back on track.

BALEGA RUNNING SOCKS

Tanya Pictor is co-founder of Balega Running Socks. In a recent interview, she championed the power that running has to bring us together.  ‘Running is a sport that does not see gender, color, it is all inclusive, forgiving and keeps us grounded.’

Balega stands out in the sock world for its commitment to giving back. Since the beginning, Balega has sought meaningful ways to pay tribute to organizations via their company culture and commitment to quality in everything that they do.

Learn more about the ways Balega gives back. 

Tanya’s advice for women considering following a career path similar to that of hers? “Be yourself, be authentic, and respectfully unapologetic about who you are and what you bring. Follow your passion and remain true to your calling.”

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Wendy Yang HOKA

HOKA ONE ONE

President of Performance Lifestyle at HOKA ONE ONE, Wendy Yang has set the running world on fire with supporting innovative performance lifestyle campaigns that have helped to shape the running world as we know it – beyond the shoes. 

“I’m most proud of the teams I’ve built and the work those teams have done, which have made a lasting impact across the multiple companies and brands I’ve had the good fortune to steward over the course of my career.” – Wendy Yang, Footwearnews 2019

From working with Reebok, New Balance, Timberland and more, Wendy has found her place to grow with HOKA. Beyond the sale numbers, Wendy has placed a special focus on equality in the workplace. Starting the first Deckers Women’s Leadership Summit in 2018, to having hired 75% of current employees, Wendy keeps equality and equity at the forefront.

HOKA continues to be a brand that empowers movement for everyone, everywhere, any kind.

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BRITT OLSEN: ON RUNNING

Britt Olsen is the GMM at On Running North America. A brand that has shaken up the industry, On is leading the way with innovative cushioning and a sleek look that has been a hit with runners and street walkers alike. Britt joined On in the US as employee number six and now she is leading a team approaching 200. 

Of the experience of leading the North American team of this entrepreneurial company she comments, “I know that we can help influence and shape sport culture in a very positive and impactful way. That feels really good.”

A brand that is smart and dialed in having recently founded the On Running Group hoping to launch and support the Olympic careers for their members as well as a new technical tennis-inspired sneaker with Roger Federer.

On Running continues to challenge the norm, supporting professional runners and inspiring the rest of us to be a little bit better every day.

Discover the full selection of On running shoes at JackRabbit.

Melissa Worth - New Balance

MELISSA WORTH: NEW BALANCE

Senior Vice President of New Balance Athletics for North America, Melissa Worth is a savvy and respected leader. During 2020 New Balance navigated the unknown by calling up on their commitment to civic duty and serving others. They seamlessly pivoted production to create personal protective equipment for front line workers via the New Balance Foundation.

Talking about the challenges of 2020, Melissa told Footwear News “We have been able to rethink the way we use our inventory, how we drive our digital business internally as well as with key partners and how we communicate and connect with each other.”

Melissa has committed to a culture of empathetic leadership amid the pandemic and supporting diverse leadership. 

“As leaders we need to commit to diversity and inclusion goals to change the face of the industry and hold ourselves, and each other accountable to achieve positive systematic change. We need to get comfortable talking about the problem, and we need to give a platform to associates of color, listen to what they have to say and act on it.”

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Anne Cavassa - Saucony

ANNE CAVASSA: SAUCONY

Anne Cavassa is the President of Saucony. A brand with an unapologetic focus on empowering Her and inviting slogan of “Run for Good,” Anne has worked alongside many others in the company to have these words and meaning brought to life.

Most recently, through the Saucony x Prinkshop collaboration this past Fall. With the goal of helping to encourage women to run – however that may be – Anne, prinkshop founder and creative director Pamela Bell, along with Saucony marketing director Jessica Newton and director of apparel Sarah Clark created a line dedicated to the cause.

“With this collaboration, we are taking a stand to further support gender parity and encourage women everywhere to find their personal pathway to leadership. We invite everyone to join us as we rally behind the women who are committed to the race with their eye on the finish line. When women run, we all win.” – Anne, Running Insight

Along with of-the-time campaigns and company follow-through, Saucony continues to be a great leader in the running space through continued footwear innovation across road running, carbon fiber plates and trail running shoes as well as inclusive marketing and partnerships.

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WOMEN AND MEDIA BEING BOLD

In the world of running how we act, support, challenge and how we speak are powerful tools. We are privileged to have bold women creating organizations and support systems as well as media committed to reporting on women’s running news. 

JORDAN MARIE DANIEL: RISING HEARTS FOUNDATION

A grassroots, Indigenous-led foundation by Altra runner Jordan Marie Brings Three Horses Daniel that works to “dismantle white supremacy and racism, rebuild a better future and elevating Indigenous, Black, Brown, Asian, Immigrant, Muslim, Jewish, Two Spirits, LGBTQ+, & Non-binary voices and relatives with disabilities.”

The Rising Hearts Foundation has also worked hard to provide resources for the community regarding wellness, COVID-19 relief, running with purpose and has been a leader in providing education for external communities about what it means to run on Native Lands. 

Jordan is an Olympic Trials Marathon qualifier, Project Manager and TIN Liaison, outdoor enthusiast. Jordan is also well-known for her Prayer Runs and bringing light to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Find ways to support and participate with the Rising Hearts Foundation here.

MARIA SOLIS: LATINOS RUN

Based in New York City, Latinos Run is a running group focused around serving the Latino population through fitness and providing access to running information, education and community. Founder, Maria Solís, has created this in-person and online community to meet needs and create space that was not initially there. Taking it one step further – she expanded Latinos run to create a more specific group for women called Latinas Run. 

“Latinos Run and Latinas Run are two running platforms that promote running as a way to improve physical and mental health within Latino community.  I created these groups as a safe space for runners to feel welcome in the running community.” – Maria Solís, Your Sole

Now in 2021, Maria has developed an audience of 25,000 people – newbies to running all the way to elites. She provides for an online community and uses her visibility to partner with others to provide things like her all women’s trail running summit. 

WOMEN’S RUNNING MAGAZINE

Women’s Running Magazine has come into its own in the media space covering women’s running. They have matured into a leading voice focused on reporting on the talent and breadth of women’s running. 

They cover everything from the latest news from pro athletes to training techniques, advice from female athletes who have navigated path particular to female athletes. The publication is an advocate for a healthy approach to running. They tap into professional athletes, science and experiences of others to further a positive future for the next generation.

They have an annual Power Women of the Year showcasing women who are reshaping the landscape of running. Check out this year’s honorees.

ALYSIA MONTAÑO: ATHLETE AND ACTIVIST

Alysia Montaño is an Olympian, national champion, activist, author, and mother of three. In 2014 she famously ran an 800m race while 8 months pregnant

Alysia is the founder of the non-profit &Mother.org the organization dedicated to breaking the barriers that limit a woman’s choice to pursue and thrive in both career and motherhood.  She also hosts the podcast ‘Keeping Track’ alongside Molly Huddle and Roisin McGettigan with the mission of giving more media coverage of women’s sport. 

Not only an activist, Alysia brings her A-game to social media and well worth the follow.

MECHELLE FREEMAN: TRACKGIRLZ

Mechelle Freeman is 2007 World Track and Field champion, and a 2008 Olympian in the 4×200-meter relay. She founded the organization TrackGirlz in 2015 as a way to provide exposure and access for girls to the track and field world that so often gets left behind after college.

JackRabbit is so proud to be working directly with TrackGirlz in 2021 offering financial support for their grant program to grow the sport of track and field for female athletes. 

“I want to get more Black, Indigenous and people of color involved to expand the conversation,” she says about the future of the organization. “I want to bridge the gap between track and the rest of the running community. I want to bring out all different body types to show just how inclusive this sport is.”

Follow TrackGirlz and help spread the word about their mission. Learn more about Mechelle and their grant programs here.