Thursday, March 8
Did you know that more records have been set on The Armory’s track than any other track in the world?
A historic venue, a beautiful city, the most talented high school runners in the world — what more could you ask for? The stage is set for another historic weekend here in New York as The 2018 New Balance Nationals Indoor gets underway.
With athletes like Arria Minor, a top overall sprinter who will be competing in the 200m and 400m, Lanae-Tava Thomas, the number one female long jump athlete, and Brendon Stewart, the top ranked male in the 60m — the battle to be named an All-American will be intense and plenty of new records will be set.
Make sure to follow along with this blog and on our social channels all weekend long for up-to-date content and photo slideshows.
And if you’re at The Armory competing or cheering racers on this weekend, stop by our Eastbay Experience near the awards area to learn more about us, check out some great New Balance gear, and pick up some Eastbay swag. Best of luck to all competing this weekend!
Friday, March 9
As our team arrived at The Armory this morning and made our way to the Eastbay Experience to set up for the day ahead, you could feel the excitement in the air.
NSAF and New Balance staff members made the final touches to the track and the set-up surrounding it as the early arrivers for the morning events began to check in on the first floor. By 9 AM, all systems were a go in the historic Armory building, signified by the firing of the starting pistol and the thunderous noise of runners on the track.
Check out our slideshow of Friday’s action below:
After an exciting ALDS and NLDS, we look forward to the Championship Series. With two great matchups, you baseball lovers are in for a serious treat. Last night we saw Game 1 of the ALCS go to Kansas City after an incredible defensive performance by the Royals. By Oct. 25, at the latest, we’ll know who’s going to be facing off in the World Series. Here’s what each team has to do to make it there:
ALCS: Toronto Blue Jays v. Kansas City Royals
What The Blue Jays Have To Do To Win
Well, they’re already trailing one game after a great all-around performance by the Royals. The good news? David Price is on the mound next. He didn’t have a great ALDS performance, but the best players show up in the biggest moments, so look for Price to bounce back. On offense, it’s all up to the veterans: José Bautista, Troy Tulowitzki, and the hopefully-available duo of Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion. There’s a lot of experience and power there.
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What The Royals Have To Do To Win
Easy, keep playing the way they want to — small ball, inside pitching, and big-time hits. The big key for Kansas City will be the performance of the bullpen. The Royals have arguably the best defense of the remaining four teams, and if their deep bench of relief pitchers throw the way they did in the Game 1 shutout, KC will be looking at a second straight World Series appearance.
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NLCS: Chicago Cubs v. New York Mets
What The Cubs Have To Do To Win
This recipe doesn’t change. Two things must continue to dominate: the power hitting, and the pieced-together bullpen. Chicago’s lineup is littered with potential home runs, so Kris Bryant and company will have to continue terrorizing pitchers, but that may not be so easy against the Mets’ rotation. On the flip side, Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, and the endless combination of relief pitchers have to come up big in clutch situations. The Cubs are 7-0 against the Mets this season, but it’s a clean slate now.
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What The Mets Have To Do To Win
It all starts with Matt Harvey. He’ll set the tone for the whole series in Game 1. Will the Mets place any restrictions on him? Will we see him again if the series is extended? Who knows. For New York, this comes down to whether or not the likes of Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, and Jacob deGrom can tame the young Chicago sluggers. There’s one big difference between this Mets team and the one that lost to Chicago seven times this season. Yoenis Cespedes. A monsterous bat like his could make all the difference, so he’ll have to be locked in.
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This weekend, one of the most watched events in long-distance running took place in New York City. While Maree’s Journey is a testament to the challenges facing every competitor, everyone faces unique challenges as well. This year’s event featured one of the most unique and challenging stories of all time.
Although the winners were Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia (2:08:14) and Edna Kiplagat of Kenya (2:28:20), who finished first in the men’s and women’s categories respectively, it was Edison Peña a few hours later that stole the spotlight on Sunday. Edison’s journey to New York City was one that nobody could have anticipated.
Edison was one of the 33 Chilean miners that became trapped a few months ago after a cave in. The miners spent 64 days trapped underground, including the first 17 days without being discovered. After they were discovered, nutrition gels, water and medicines were passed through to them until solid food could be passed through to them.
While being trapped in an underground tunnel some 2,300 feet below ground for over two months, Edison trained. He ran in his work boots after cutting down the ankles to something more appropriate for running. Additional exercise came from doing core training exercises by tying a rope around his waist and attaching the other end to a wooden pallet. Peña became known amongst those trapped underground as “the runner” and was invited to watch the New York City Marathon by organizers.
Just when you thought surviving for over two months trapped underground was inspiring, Peña, an amateur runner, decided to run in the marathon.
With his goal set at six hours, Peña pushed through the mental and physical challenges, walking some and icing his knees along the way, to cross the finish line in just over five hours and 40 minutes.
Waiting for him were thousands of fans cheering as if he’d just won the race.
Edna Kiplagat of Kenya wins the Women’s 2010 NYC Marathon.
Gebre Gebremariam wins the Men’s 2010 NYC Marathon.
Golden Hoops initially launched in 1985 to help shine a light on some of New York City’s top youth basketball players. The name and concept was created to model another youth program that had found success in the sport of boxing, Golden Gloves. Over the next 10 years, it became a stepping stone of sorts for many players that would move on to play in college and in the NBA. For those 10 years it took place in Harlem along with the annual Harlem Week festivities. Until its eventual final year in 1995, Golden Hoops saw countless talented basketball players wear the Golden Hoops name across their chest, including Kenny Anderson, Stephon Marbury, Roderick Rhodes, Bobby Hurley, Lamar Odom and Ron Artest.
For the first time in 15 years, the Golden Hoops event returned to New York City this year. This time the event took place in the borough of Brooklyn at Edmond’s Playground. To help reintroduce the festivities former Golden Hoops participant and retired NBA star-turned TV personality Kenny Smith was on hand to host the event. Along with “The Jet” was legendary New York radio personality Ed Lover to entertain the crowds between games.
In a continuing effort to further establish themselves in the USA footwear market, Li-Ning took on one of the main sponsorships of this event. Players were outfitted with the Li-Ning BD Doom and provided with Golden Hoops uniforms.
Check out the photos from the event below.
Earlier this month we introduced the Be True Collection, a collaborative effort between Nike Sportswear and legendary artist Futura that pays homage to the New York Yankees. With paying tribute to last year’s 27th World Championship for the Yankees in mind, Futura and Nike Sportswear created a collection of Yankees inspired shirts, jerseys, jackets, and now one of the most popular sneakers of all time, the Air Force 1.
Considering that the Nike Air Force 1 is arguably the most popular sneaker of all time in New York City, it makes sense that Futura and Nike would choose it to be a part of the Be True Collection. In all, three colorways of the Air Force 1 were created, fittingly in the Bronx Bombers colors of white and navy blue. Each of the colorways feature Futura’s graphics including his Bronx Bomber caricature seen on the Be True Collection tees, jerseys, and jackets, as well as some other creative details that include baseball bats on the heel and his signature on the tongue tag.
Available now: Futura x Nike Be True Air Force 1 Collection