Friday, October 20, 2006

Schwag + Shoes

Tonight was meeting no.3 for the Nike Women's Marathon. Three entities are involved in making this happen, there's of course Nike, then there's Tri-California and an entertainment company who's name escapes me at the moment. Tri-California is race directing and responsible for bringing the majority of volunteers. Our tri-club has a tight relationship with Tri-Cal, providing volunteers for a couple of their races. Tonight was more details, more discussions about duties and responsibilities. So far I've been impressed with the level of enthusiam and organization by the organizers. This is going to be a good race. It's only on it's third year but it's quite popular. This year's race sold out in a month, if that.

At the end of the evening we got our crew tags as well as a big ol'bag of schwag from Nike; cap, long sleeve shirt, track jacket, and shoes. Sometimes you get schwag for volunteering. I didn't need the clothes but the shoes... I need new shoes. I wore out 5 pairs this year including my last two pairs of Montrail Leona Divides (rip). Need to replenish that quiver for next year. Why several pairs? I like rotating through different types. Makes me wonder how many pairs the pros go through....I wonder how many pairs Dean goes through or Scott, good thing they are sponsored. Hmmm....

7 comments:

  1. nice schwag.....have fun this weekend volunteering....

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  2. J I found out last night the shoes are $130. Who spends $130 on shoes? Well okay me, when I first got into marathons and I found out a I pronated, so I went out and bought the top of the line shoe - Kayanos. But no more, nothing over $90

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  3. Nice schwag! I'm currently rotating through 5 pairs (3 road, 2 trail) with one new pair waiting in the wings. What did you (or will you) replace the Leona Divides with? Those are my trail shoes and I need to find something new. : (

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  4. Rick,Thanks for all the advise. Hey, I know you're not into walking, but perhaps you could jog/walk/run with me in the city, one of these days this fall.
    I like doing the Ferry building to the GG bridge and back ( 10 miles exactly). On a good day I can keep up with a slow jogger , on a bad day..well.



    I'm generally a loner on the longer walk, but I'd love to hook up with you sometime. I like learning from the pros.

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  5. I usually rotate 3 pairs regularly with a 4th that I try to squeeze extra miles on once a week or so. It's nice to get free shoes.

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  6. Sarah,I've swithed to the Vasque Velocity's. Longer break in period but otherwise a great shoe. I found to be better on technical trails.

    Steve, walks are just too long and drawn out for me. I go crazy. I almost broke into a run today on a hike with
    my friend Sydney. Maybe a much shorter walk or just keep asking me questions. Besides you give me too much credit, I'm no pro.

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  7. I am thinking of trying Salomon at some point, not sure why, may be because it is only company I never wore before:) I like trying new shoes.

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