This year marks the 48th time runners have gathered together on the first weekend in November to run 26.2 miles across all five boroughs of New York City. From Staten Island to Manhattan, thousands of people don their best running gear and take off on a journey that might take them two hours or ten. The race is exhausting, physically and mentally, yet it’s one of the most rewarding experiences a runner can have. The crowds in NYC are truly unlike any other, no matter the weather. After crossing the finish line, you’re going to want to tell everyone you know (even beyond your Instagram fans) that you ran all those miles in one morning. The easiest way to do so is to don TCS New York City Marathon gear — it’s a badge of honor that anyone who dabbles in running can respect, plus you won’t have to explain why you’re not able to take the stairs for the entire week after the race.
The one piece you’ll likely see all over the streets after November 4th, 2018 is the Windcheater Jacket. New Balance is the official apparel and sneaker sponsor of the TCS New York City Marathon, so all of the branded gear is designed and created by the New England-based brand. The jacket is a technical piece with a lifestyle edge that’s rich in running history. In 1978, New Balance created its first apparel collection featuring the Windcheater. With wind and water-resistant fabric, the jacket is built to withstand 40 miles per hour winds (Remember the 2014 race? It was brutal). Touches of reflectivity on the chest and sleeve keep you visible if you decide you still want to run after the marathon. Alternatively, wearing it strictly in a lifestyle setting works, too. And if the weather continues to be this beastly hot, the eyelets under the arms will help keep you cool.
If you ran NYC or London last year, you might recognize this jacket — it was specifically re-designed for those two marathons — and was a top seller for the 2017 run. As part of the World Marathon Majors, NYC and London are some of the most prestigious races out there. As with most huge accomplishments, celebrating your win includes gear and apparel that reflects everything you did. It’s way more than just 26.2 miles. New Balance, a brand that’s rich with running history, recognizes that.
Originally, “the jacket was created both as a functional running jacket, but also a commemorative piece for runners and spectators alike to buy and wear to remember their unique 2018 TCS New York City Marathon story; whatever that may be,” Jeffrey Garabedian, New Balance head of performance running apparel, says. New Balance is one of the few running brands to manufacture gear in the US, creating products that are American-born and influenced. Whether this is your first race or twelfth, this jacket will help you remember November 4, forever.
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