Boston in April brings two certainties: elite marathoners and unpredictable weather. If the runners enduring powerful winds and a frigid downpour during last year’s Boston Marathon can attest to anything, it’s that the gear you wear on race day needs to handle it all. But with spectators lining the course from its start in Hopkinton to its finish, 26.2 miles later, in downtown Boston at Copley Square, it also has to look good. What most people don’t know — unless you’re an avid fan — is that running brands release limited edition Boston Marathon-specific models that the pros wear on race day and that consumers can purchase right around now. Everything from shoes to singlets to regionally-inspired nutrition items crop into view.
Here’s the Boston Marathon gear we’re most excited about as race day (April 15th) approaches.
Adidas Adizero Boston 7
Adidas recruited famed Japanese shoemaker Omori, formerly of Asics, to design these tidy, minimalist milers. Omori is known for designing gear for pro baseball players and Olympian marathoners. The clean uppers have minimal logo-ing — there’s a sole Boston Athletic Association unicorn across the heel cup and a modest ‘Boston Marathon’ along the side. Underneath is standard Boost foam midsole and Continental Tire soles — both things for which the Ultraboost is beloved. Something to note: Adidas recommends ordering a half size up due to the shoes deliberately tight fit, unless you prefer your toes to have more breathing room. Some people don’t like to wear socks on race day, so they might want the fit to be a bit tighter, but for the rest of us, we’ll take the size up.
Asics GEL-Cumulus 20 Boston
Turning the volume down after their loud 2018 Boston Marathon editions (bright blue with Boston written across the exterior), Asics delivers a clever homage to the most famous route turns in running: “right on Hereford, left on Boylston” — the final steps in the Boston marathon. Asics adorned the right and left shoes with Hereford and Boylston street signs, respectively. The Cumulus 20 is known for its bouncy and cushioned ride, perfect for marathoning. These limited edition sneakers come in a green upper with white accents — the same colors as the Boston Celtics to honor the team’s Northeastern roots.
Brooks Boston “T” Launch 6
The Brooks 6 introduces a new mono-piece mesh upper body and DNA MoGo midsole to help runners pound the pavement for miles and still revel in lightweight comfort. The design celebrates the city’s iconic rail system (called “The T”) with a colorful map splayed across the heel. In a nod to previous Boston editions, the Launch 6 also sports several ‘lobstahs’ across the upper and tongue.
Saucony Kinarva 10 Dunkin’
“America Runs On Dunkin'” took on a new and literal meaning at the 2018 Marathon after Saucony dropped its first pair of Dunkin’ Donuts running shoes in partnership with Dunkin’. Saucony keeps the Dunkin’ theme for its second straight year. The Kinarvas are one of Saucony’s most popular and best-performing shoes year in and year out, and, in past years, the Dunkin’ colorway has sold out quickly due to the cult-like following of arguably Massachusetts’ most iconic brand. It was no surprise when the 2019 edition promptly sold out in less than a week when it launched in late March, complete with a Dunkin’s Dozen box and white, pink and orange laces. If you really need running shoes with a coffee cup on the tongue, enter online to win a pair.
Tracksmith BOS singlet
Massachusetts-based Tracksmith always rolls out a very-retro-but-high-performing BOS line with the caveat that it’s for qualifiers only (you have to run a qualifying time to run the Boston Marathon). The ultra-lightweight 2019 edition sports a navy background with a slick yellow and white sash across the chest. This year’s is already sold out, but you can stop by the Tracksmith Trackhouse on Newbury Street, just around the corner from the finish line, to see what’s available come race day.
Clif Bar Clif Shots Boston Cream Pie
Just in time for marathon season, Clif, best known for its energy gels and gummies, launched an apt new flavor — Boston Cream Pie. You can expect something sweet to help you refuel during long runs or on the big day.
Woolmark x Adidas Merino Tee
For the second year in a row, Adidas and Woolmark have partnered with the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) to offer a merino top for finishers. The catch is the shirt is not for sale online, nor is it available to all competitors. This tee is only for the top 20 finishers per age group. The blend of Australian merino wool and nylon comes in bright blue — a nod to the official colors of the B.A.A. Thanks to the mix of fabrics, the tee is breathable, comfy and odor-resistant, meaning it’s a keepsake from an epic performance.
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