The TCS New York City Marathon

Brooks Running’s Matt Weiss & Jena Winger On Run Happy

It’s no secret if you are a regular Marni on the Move listener that I am a huge fan of Brooks Running and a devout Ghost wearer for all endurance running events. I’m super excited to connect you with today’s guests, Brooks Running Director of Marketing, Retail, Events and Sports Marketing, Matt Weiss and Senior Footwear Product Line Manager Jena Winger.  Both Matt and Jena have been deeply immersed in the brand, product and culture at Brooks Running for years and,of course, they are both runners,  passionate about running. We are talking all things running from 70’s and 80’s running culture and today’s global running scene to mid-sole technology, drops and quivers.

Matt and I sync up about Brooks Running company history and the philosophy behind the brands motto, Run Happy. We also talk about Brooks role in the return of American Distance Running, their famous running club-Brooks Beasts Track Club, the companies partnership with The Hanson’s and the 2020 Olympic Trials.

Jena and I get technical and do a deep dive into Brooks Running’s shoe design and the spectrum of shoe styles that fuel the Run Signature concept. We talk float vs feel, cushion and speed, shoes for all runners and  terrain, mileage, and drops. Jena also shares the origins of the Minimalist Running Movement and how you can determine your Naturally Habitual Motion Path to find the perfect shoes for your next run.

Brooks Running Company sells its performance footwear, apparel, sports bras and accessories in more than 50 countries worldwide. Brooks’ purpose is to inspire everyone to run and be active by creating innovative gear designed to keep runners running longer, farther and faster. Founded 1914, Brooks is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and is headquartered in Seattle.

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Michael Capiraso, President + CEO, New York Road Runners, On Building Community, Inspiring + Empowering People Through Running

When today’s guest signed up for his first New York City marathon in 1991, Michael Capiraso had no idea that he would run another 26 New York City marathons, nor did he know he would be President and CEO of New York Road Runners, the company that organizes this world famous marathon, The TCS New York City Marathon.  This is the magic of running!  You never know where it will take you but you can trust you will go places. All it takes is putting one foot in front of the other!

NYRR’s mission is to help and inspire people through running. Since 1958, New York Road Runners has grown from a local running club to the world’s premier community running organization. NYRR’s commitment to New York City’s five boroughs features races, community events, free youth running initiatives and school programs, the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, and training resources that provide hundreds of thousands of people each year, from children to seniors, with the motivation, know-how, and opportunity to Run for Life. NYRR’s premier event, and the largest marathon in the world, is the TCS New York City Marathon. Held annually on the first Sunday in November, the race features 50,000 runners, from the world’s top professional athletes to a vast range of competitive, recreational, and charity runners.

On this epiode of Marni on the Move, Michael and Marni sync up about where his journey with running began and where it has taken him. They talk about some of the amazing initiatives he is working on at New York Road Runners from the NYRR Virtual Racing Series powered by Strava which launched in 2018, to the organizations senior Striders program, the NYRR Youth Program, and The TCS New York City Marathon!

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