Striding with Skyscrapers: Shoes Of The NYC Marathon

Founded in 1970, the New York City Marathon has grown from 55 finishers to well over 50,000. And, like the city it calls home, the race is truly a melting pot, with athletes professional and casual alike traveling from around the world to run through the five boroughs.

In honor of this historic race, the tech running brands you trust have released special New York City Marathon versions of their top running shoes so that athletes can commemorate every step of their 26.2 mile journey. Here’s a breakdown of these very special shoes.


This new ASICS® GEL-Quantum 360 stands out for many reasons. With 360 degrees of visible independent GEL® cushioning units, this shoe is built for ultimate comfort, mile after mile. A seamless FluidFit upper adapts to your foot’s movements for a natural fit that can’t be beat. That upper is also decorated with a bold, bright graffiti pattern that pays tribute to the streets of New York and the culture of each borough. The colors of the graffiti are complemented by the changing colors of the GEL units, coming together to make a strong style statement that sets you apart from the pack.

Featuring the same graffiti-printed upper, the ASICS® GEL-Nimbus 17 is the New York City Marathon shoe built for stability. In addition to GEL cushioning units in the heel and forefoot, this shoe also uses Guidance Line’s Vertical Flex Groove to efficiently stabilize your stride and a Heel Clutching System to hold your foot firmly in place within the shoe.



Brooks is bringing the bright lights of the big city to life in the Adrenaline GTS 16. The moisture-wicking, Element-mesh upper is streaked with color, bringing to mind the neon lights of New York at high speed. If that’s not enough to get your blood pumping, the Adrenaline GTS 16 also features Brooks’ BioMoGo midsole for plush cushioning to keep marathon feet feeling fresh and a Progressive Diagonal Rollbar to correct pronation and keep you feeling strong.


New Balance

With New York City Marathon offerings for both speed and comfort, New Balance has you covered. The Vazee Pace features a no-sew, bootie upper and REVlite midsole cushioning for a lightweight fit that keeps you running fast. The heel features an image of the New York cityscape and motivational tags to encourage runners.


Whichever shoe you choose, the New York City Marathon, taking place Nov. 1, 2015, is truly an event to remember. Good luck to all runners! Be sure to get your marathon training, racing, and recovery gear at eastbay.com.


By Brianna McKichan: Brianna loves to write about all things running. You could probably beat her in a footrace, but there’s no one faster when it comes to witty remarks and sarcastic commentary. She’s a fan of books, perfect grammar, all things Batman, and making fetch happen.

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