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Friday, November 25, 2016


Freedom ISO Combines One-Two Punch Of Brand’s Award-Winning Tag-Team Technologies, Resulting In Running Experience That Starts Amazing, Stays Amazing

WALTHAM, MA (November 21, 2016) – Have you ever run and felt like you could run forever? The road unwinds effortlessly, the air is crisp and the sunrise perfect.  As the miles click by, you’re brimming with boundless energy, euphoria, and a sense of runaway freedom. Some refer to the feeling as “runner’s high,” others a “second wind.” At Saucony it’s called the Freedom ISO™ and it delivers a running experience that not only starts amazing−it stays amazing−no matter how long your run.
Launching December 1, 2016, the Freedom ISO is the first-ever performance running shoe with a full-length EVERUN midsole. Combined with Saucony’s dynamic ISOFIT™ fit system, the Freedom ISO delivers the one-two punch of Saucony’s award-winning tag-team technologies. The result is the brand’s most technologically advanced shoe ever created.
“Finding a new way to liberate and expand the running experience−free of boundaries, full of freedom−reflects our relentless commitment to both the runner and innovation,” said Tom Hartge, senior vice president of global footwear for Saucony. “The Freedom ISO sets the course for Saucony to create a whole new running experience that’s unlike anything before. It’s EVERUN unleashed, designed to make you want to run, while fully enjoying the feeling that you could actually run forever.”

The Freedom ISO’s full-length EVERUN foam midsole maintains cushioning properties three times longer than standard EVAs while returning 83% of the energy absorbed. Adding to the extraordinary durability and flexibility of the Freedom ISO’s EVERUN midsole material, Saucony is pairing a TRI-FLEX™ crystal rubber outsole that also displays exceptional resistance to wear. Besides being resilient, the crystal rubber compound matches the considerable flexibility of the EVERUN foam, allowing for greater adaptation to different foot proportions and freedom of motion underfoot. In addition to the full-length EVERUN midsole, the Freedom ISO also incorporates EVERUN Topsole construction for even greater energy return and continuous, fluid cushioning with every stride.

Weighing in at 9 ounces for men and 8.1 ounces for women, the 4mm-offset Freedom ISO’s lightweight, racing-inspired ISOFIT sleeve creates a dynamic fit system while the breathable engineered stretch mesh upper and streamlined heel support frame add to the shoe’s impressive fit and lightweight performance.
“Our engagement with runners informs our execution,” said Hartge. “Our intent is to bring purpose and thought to every design element. The Freedom ISO, with its full-length EVERUN platform, moves the focus from equipment to experience. The true significance of the Freedom ISO is that all the elements come together in perfect harmony.”

Freedom ISO Marketing: Starts Amazing, Stays Amazing
The Saucony Freedom ISO will be supported by a global, multichannel marketing campaign−Starts Amazing, Stays Amazing−to debut December 1. Marketing support includes a double-page spread in the December and January issues of Runner’s World; a dedicated Saucony Freedom ISO landing page; social media; digital activation; and in-store elements at select running specialty retailers, including window, point-of-purchase and dynamic product displays. Preorders of the Freedom ISO became available at on November 18−designated as Saucony “Freedom Friday.” 
A Freedom ISO sneak peek is currently available.
The Freedom ISO will be available at select specialty run retailers and at beginning December 1, 2016 in men’s sizes 7-13, 14 and 15, and women’s sizes 5-12. The suggested retail price of the Freedom ISO is $160.00.

To find a retailer near you, call 800-365-4933 or visit

For more information on the Saucony Freedom ISO, contact Sharon Barbano at

About Saucony: Saucony, a division of Wolverine Worldwide, Inc.(NYSE: WWW), is a leading global running lifestyle brand that fuses performance, innovation and style to create compelling footwear and apparel with its widely recognized brands Saucony and Saucony Originals.  Founded in 1898, Saucony continues to inspire runners everywhere with its award winning innovations, including EVERUN™, ISOFIT™, Geometry of Strong™, PWRGRID+™, and the Total Run System™ apparel line. At Saucony, a good day is when we get to run. A great day is when we inspire someone else to run. For more information, go to


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Thursday, November 24, 2016


Triumph ISO’s Proven Track Record Earns Itself Industry’s Top Performer Of The Year Recognition

WALTHAM,  MA (November 22, 2016) – Sauconyrelentlessly committed to elevating the running experience through performance innovation, is excited to announce that the Triumph ISO2, featuring Saucony’s EVERUN™ continuous cushioning technology, has been named by Runner’s World as the International Editors’ Choice for “Best Shoe in the World” for 2016. The prestigious award, selected by the editors of 20 editions of Runner’s Worldaround the globe, was presented to Saucony at the Runner’s World 50th Anniversary Celebration in New York City in early November. All of the International Editors’ Choice Awards are now officially acknowledged in the publication’s December 2016 issue. Click here for the Runner’s World video review of the Triumph ISO2.

The Saucony Triumph ISO has a proven track record in the running community as demonstrated by its ongoing recognition from Runner’s World, the world’s largest media brand in running. Prior to the Triumph ISO2’s International Editors’ Choice Award, the standout neutral trainer was named Editor’s Choice in the publication’s 2015 Winter Shoe Guide. The inaugural Triumph ISO was also recognized with an Editor’s Choice Award in the 2015 Spring Shoe Guide.

“We’re so honored that Runners World and the global running community continue to put Saucony on top of the podium,” said Doug Smiley, business unit manager for Saucony footwear. “The Triumph ISO allows us to demonstrate what is possible when you innovate to elevate the running experience. Our ongoing product philosophy focused on every aspect of the runner’s stride continues to drive us, resulting in game-changing technologies like the Triumph ISO’s EVERUN Topsole™ construction. We can’t wait for runners to now try the all-new Triumph ISO3; we’ve taken the EVERUN experience to yet another impressive level.”

The Runner’s World International Editors’ Choice award for “Best Shoe in the World” is part of Runner’s World’s global initiative to find, test and designate the best shoes on earth for its readers in the countries where it currently publishes: Argentina, Australia/New Zealand, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States.

The Saucony Triumph ISO3, with an increased EVERUN landing zone for maximum energy return, is now available at select specialty run retailers in men’s sizes 7-13, 14 and 15, and women’s sizes 5-12. 

About Saucony: Saucony, a division of Wolverine Worldwide, is a leading global running lifestyle brand that fuses performance, innovation and style to create compelling footwear and apparel with its widely recognized brands Saucony and Saucony Originals.  Founded in 1898, Saucony continues to inspire runners everywhere with its award winning innovations, including EVERUN™, ISOFIT™, Geometry of Strong™, PWRGRID+™, and the Total Run System™ apparel line. At Saucony, a good day is when we get to run. A great day is when we inspire someone else to run. For more information, go to


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Monday, November 21, 2016

Toyo Tires Putrajaya 100 Miles Race Review

With my less than stellar 78km outing in the recently concluded Toyo Tires Putrajaya 100 Miles resulting in a 'Did Not Finish' status, I wasn't even intending to write anything about it. I didn't want to be reminded of the disappointment and pain I went through. To be even more honest, I was more embarrassed about the DNF status than anything else. I felt ashamed that I couldn't finish. I felt not good enough compared to the rest. I felt like a total failure.

But after a somewhat decent (an achy) night of sleep, I came to a realization that heck, shit happens. Yes, I 'Did Not Finish'. It's not like I cheated, swindled or killed anyone. I 'Did Not Finish' because I made a judgement call based on my condition at that current time and I think it was the absolute right decision. I'm not ashamed nor embarrassed of it anymore. I did the best I could given the circumstances and I'm proud of it. So I've decided to push my self pity aside and tell my story anyway.

Depending on who you ask, they will tell you #itsallnicksfault but I really don't know why I signed up for this particular Putrajaya ultra year after year even though at the end of each and everyone of those races, I swear to never do it again. Guess I'm a sucker for punishment or a perennial liar. Once again, that will depend on who you ask.

Anyways, this year, I opted for the 78km category instead of the usual 52km that I've done since the inception of this event. This year, just like last year, my wife and me decided to book a hotel again cos she wanted to be there to support me. We got an extremely great deal from Dorsett Putrajaya and booked for two nights since I was taking the Monday off after the race and give us the chance to experience the many hidden gems of Putrajaya which we never take the time to really look at. All my time at Putrajaya is normally spent running.

Putrajaya can be a beautiful place to visit ...

With all that done, it was time to train. I write the word 'train' very loosely. I've been battling with my meniscus tear injury comeback and it took a long while to finally be completely healed. My runs for the past 3-4 months have been nothing but short distance runs to slowly get back into the game. The longest mileage I've done prior to the race was 16km! Yes, a whole bloody 16km worth of long run and I mean one run. That's how I trained for this. How bloody awesome... NOT!

I've run an 84km ultra in Penang before and even with proper training done for that, I suffered throughout that race. To say I was going to suffer for this race is putting it extremely mildly. Genuine thoughts of not running this crept up a lot in the months prior to the race. But since a few close friends signed up for this as well, I opted to just go on with the race. At least I'll have company to share the pain with.

Fast forward to race day. After picking up my race kit, my wife and me check in to the hotel and I tried to grab as much sleep as I could before race start cos it would be a long night and I knew from past experiences, sleepiness would factor into the race. But try as I might, sleep just wouldn't come and this from a guy who loves to sleep. I re-check my gear instead.

I've been running the past few editions very minimal, with just a small pouch, narrowly flouting the mandatory gear check. In fact, I'm a very minimal runner. I hate having to carry or strap on anything and would be extremely happy if I could just run in a vest and shorts. But being an ultra and upping the distance this time round, I knew I couldn't get away with just a pouch, So I opted my very seldom used Salomon 12L hydration vest.

I tried to keep it as light as I possibly could but after stuffing it with all the mandatory items, like food, battery pack, cell phone, maps, rain jacket, thermal blanket, sweets, etc, it felt like I was carrying a whole load of bricks on my shoulders. I knew this was going to be a bother later in the race. For apparel, I opted for a Saucony tee I printed myself and a Saucony Hydralite shorts and my trusty Kinvara 7. Up to race day though, it was a toss between the K7 and the Ride 9 but the reliable and amply cushioned yet lightweight K7 made the choice easy.

So at 9.00pm sharp, the Race Director flagged off the 78km category and the suffering would start. The expected rains never turned up which was both good and bad. The initial stages of the race was pretty straightforward. Frank, Jamie, Jeanie, Lum and me kept to a very manageable pace using the run/walk method. The plan was to keep the legs fresh (or as fresh as one can be in an ultra) for the later stages of the race. The first 26km was incident free. The route was familiar and the pace was decent. My wife was waiting for us outside Dorsett as the route passed right outside the hotel. I was happy to see her and after a quick hug, it was back to work. Yeehoo also joined us for the first leg of the journey until CP1.

Jamie was a bit too fast to be seen ...

The rest of our support group consisting of Choon Yuen, Richi, Zijill and Julia turned up from around the 15km mark in their bikes to accompany us till CP3. We really appreciated all their company as they kept our minds off the race itself with their jokes throughout. Frank was keeping Jeanie and Cherly company while Jamie and me were on our own. The status quo was that way until CP3. After a slightly longer rest at CP3 where we bid our support crew farewell, Jamie and me headed off to tackle, what would to me be the most toughest and mental part of the route.

This was a long 13km stretch along the highway that led to CP4, littered with ups and downs along some oftentimes dark motorbike lane. I was glad to have Jamie's company. But unfortunately this was also where things started to go south for me. My left knee started acting up and though I was concerned, I kept going. The pain got a lot more noticeable by the 32km mark, which was also where Frank caught up with us.

I told the two of them to head out on their own cos both of them were fired up and I would only slow them down considerably if they stayed with me. I was already very worried about the knee and I could feel the onset of swelling. Both were adamant and said they would stay with me till CP4 where I could reevaluate my condition. I felt really bad and tried to move as fast as I could so I wouldn't hold them back too much. They really had a good shot at this and I was holding them back.

Once we finally reached CP4, we rested somewhat longer. After one of our longest stops, I told the two of them to head out on their own cos I wanted to rest up a bit longer and decide if I was going to DNF here. Off they went and I contemplated quitting. I decided that I'd try to head to CP3 cos I'm not one to give up so easily. By this a lot more runners were checking in and once they rested and headed out, I followed them. I didn't feel like running alone.

I had 13k to get through and this was really going to be a stretch. But strangely, I managed to actually run and found it less painful to run than walk. So I employed this longer running stretches and shorter walks and was surprised to see that I had left a lot of the runners I set out with way behind. I was happy. Hope begin to flood my depleted spirits again. I kept moving and could even muster paces of up to 6:30-6:45, albeit with a little effort. But when I stopped for walk breaks was when I knew things would not last for long. Nevertheless, I kept moving. I just needed to get to CP3 again to re-evaluate my situation.

I knew that Yan Leng and Piew were going to start their support from CP3 onwards but also knew that I wouldn't get to see them cos they would head out with Jamie and Frank who were a ways ahead. After what seemed like an eternity, I finally made it to CP3, which was by now almost deserted. I sat there and instantly felt the throbbing inflammation in my knee. I knew there and then a decision had to be made.

Should I continue or quit? I can keep on going, hobbling along slowly but at what cost? Was this what I really wanted? To push on for glory and pride, screw my knee beyond hope or to think of the bigger picture? Did I want to spend a lot of downtime recovering from another injury when I just recovered from one? My mind was at war with itself.

'But Nick, if you quit now, you're a failure, a loser, a disappointment!', it screamed. 'Don't be a wimp', it sneered! 'What would people say?', it mocked. I didn't know what to do. I wanted to go on, I'm not a quitter. I messaged the wife that I'm in pain but will keep going. She immediately called me and asked me how bad my condition was and to not push it. Go as far as I could and quit immediately if I had to. I told her I don't want to disappoint her but she replied that she wasn't disappointed and would rather I live to fight again another day.

After nearly 30 minutes of battling with my decision, I opted to go on but would called it a day if I thought it would get worse. CP3 saw me at the 52km mark and by the 54km mark, I knew that if I didn't want to be spending months on recovery, I would have to opt for a 'Did Not Finish' immediately. It pained me to admit defeat. I was devastated, honestly I was. I felt like a loser, a quitter and absolutely hopeless as I made my way back slowly to the race start location which was about a kilometer away and told the crew that I quit. When they cut my bib, it tore my heart to pieces!

I quickly made my way out of the race location cos I didn't want to be reminded of my failure. I said a silent prayer for my friends who were still running and urged them on. I knew they'd make it (and they did, superbly even) but I was unwilling to stay back and face any of them. I'd just share their joy from a distance. I was feeling so small.

I reached the hotel and my wife greeted me with a hug like I won the race itself! She told me she was proud and that I did the right thing to DNF though my mind wasn't accepting reason at that moment. I kept questioning my decision constantly while showering and stowing my gear away. Did I do the right thing? Was I a failure? Could I have done it? What would people say? Lots of questions were running through my mind. I couldn't sort them out.

I was feeling that way the whole day and even words of encouragement from my wife and friends failed to really calm my pain and disappointment. But after a good night's sleep, I woke up feeling and KNOWING that I made the right decision to DNF. Had I continued in the condition I was in, I am absolutely certain that I would have ended up throwing my future goals down the drain and I simply wasn't willing to do that.

The support crew ...

Looking back, I am glad that I made the decision I did. There really was nothing shameful or lowly in opting to DNF. It doesn't make me a lesser runner. It was a decision, tough as it may have been at that time, that had to be done and I would gladly make that call again if I had to. This incident has made me realize that if I fail again in the future, I just have to pick myself up, work even harder and move on!

That said, I have nothing but the utmost respect to each and everyone of you who finished the Toyo Tires Putrajaya 100 Miles, be it the 52k, 78km, 100km and 160km category. You guys are simply outstanding. And to those that didn't make it for whatever reason, a hell of a job trying!

Before I sign off, a huge congrats to Jamie, Frank, Jeanie, Lum and Cherly! Please don't blame me anymore, ya!

Contemplating what next!

Note: All pictures belong to the respective photographers. 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Saucony® Launches The Saucony Stride Lab™ App

Saucony’s Human Performance & Innovation Lab Now Puts The Power Of A Personal Biomechanics Lab In The Palm Of Every Runner’s Hand

WALTHAM, MA (November 3, 2016) – “To keep runners running, it’s not enough to get them in the right shoe; we need to help them build better running bodies,” says Spencer White, head of the Saucony Human Performance & Innovation Lab, the brand’s state-of-the-art running research center focused on empowering runners through performance innovation. Today, the Saucony Lab figuratively opened its doors to runners everywhere with the launch of the Saucony Stride Lab app, the first interactive tool that puts the power of a cutting-edge biomechanics lab in the palm of every runner’s hand.
The Saucony Stride Lab app, developed in partnership with Jay Dicharry, MPT, SCS, author of Anatomy for Runners, empowers the individual runner to build a better running body right from their personal mobile device. The Stride Lab’s innovative interface first guides the individual runner through a multi-step personal evaluation that includes their stance, mobility, stability and stride−all from their iPhone. The Stride Lab then instantly interprets the data, prioritizes the results and delivers to the runner a customized and ever-evolving plan of running-specific exercises and dynamic drills to optimize their running experience. The Saucony Stride Lab app is now available as a free download at iTunes.
“With the launch of the Stride Lab app we’re throwing open the doors of the Saucony Human Performance & Innovation Lab, sharing decades of expertise and research in stride analysis and biomechanics to help runners perform and feel better,” said White. “That information, in combination with Jay Dicharry’s world-renowned expertise in biomechanical analysis and sports athletic performance, has allowed us to create a personal running lab experience, customized for each individual runner and accessible from their mobile device at their convenience.”
“Working with tens of thousands of runners, from the novice to the Olympic level, has shown us that people are different, that they can and should run in a manner that complements their body structure,” said Dicharry. “It’s critical that runners first assess their stance, mobility, stability and stride to determine the best way for them to run. The Saucony Stride Lab app allows runners do just that, and then determines a running-specific plan of BodyWork exercises and running drills that they can follow to maximize their running performance. While other apps track the quantity of your run, the Stride Lab app will improve the quality of your run.”
The Saucony Stride Lab app will be launched to the running community at the Saucony booth at the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon Health and Wellness Expo taking place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City from Thursday, November 3rd through Saturday, November 5th.
 How Does The Saucony Stride Lab App Work?
1. Get Evaluated: From your iPhone, the Stride Lab app will guide you through a 7-point assessment where we can benchmark your body and identify limiters that stand in the way of your running goals.
2. Get Your Plan: Receive a customized plan of running-specific exercises and drills that address your unique issues to improve your running experience for the long term. The Stride Lab app will give you up to five BodyWork exercises at a time to perform three-times a week. You can go through them all at once or fit them in at your convenience.
3. Get Running: Check in with the Stride Lab app before every run for a series of dynamic running drills to incorporate into your daily run.
4. Get Points: Just like a personal coach, the Stride Lab app keeps track of all the great work you’re doing. See your BodyWorks score rise as you complete your tasks.
5. Get Progress: Every few weeks the Stride Lab app will ask you to re-evaluate yourself to see how you’re improving and whether you are ready to focus on the next challenge.
For more information on the Saucony Stride Lab app, please contact Sharon Barbano at
About Saucony: Saucony, a division of Wolverine Worldwide, Inc.(NYSE: WWW), is a leading global running lifestyle brand that fuses performance, innovation and style to create compelling footwear and apparel with its widely recognized brands Saucony and Saucony Originals. Founded in 1898, Saucony continues to inspire runners everywhere with its award winning innovations, including EVERUN™, ISOFIT™, Geometry of Strong™, PWRGRID+™, and the Total Run System™ apparel line. At Saucony, a good day is when we get to run. A great day is when we inspire someone else to run. For more information, go to
About Jay Dicharry, MPT, SCS: Dicharry is a physical therapist, board-certified sports clinical specialist, researcher, author, and coach. He built his international reputation as an expert in biomechanical analysis as Director of the SPEED Clinic at the University of Virginia. Through this innovative venture, Dicharry was able to blur the lines of clinical practice and sports engineering to better understand and eliminate the cause of overuse injuries in endurance athletes. His unique approach goes outside the traditional model of therapy and aims to correct imbalances before they affect your performance. Dicharry literally wrote the book on running gait assessments: he is author of “Anatomy for Runners,” has published over 30 professional journal articles, co-directs the annual University of Virginia Running Medicine Conference, and consults for the US Air Force and USA Track and Field. His research focus on footwear and the causative factors driving overuse injury helps provide his patients with an unmatched level of innovation and success. Having taught in the Sports Medicine program at UVA, he brings a strong bias towards patient education, and continues to teach nationally to elevate the standard of care for Therapists, Physicians, and Coaches. He currently directs the REP Lab in Bend, OR.
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