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Running a marathon and need an extra push in your training? If your time is speedy enough, you could win a free pair of sneakers.
Strava, a run tracking app that doubles as a social network, will give a free pair of New Balance sneakers to marathon runners who “negative split” their race, CNET reported. In ultra-runner speak, that means completing the second half of the 26.2-mile race faster than the first.
Easy enough for a good pacer, right? Not quite, according to Strava: Just 4.7% of users reported that they negative-splitted a major marathon in 2017. For long-distance runners who wear regularly down their $100+ shoes in a matter of months, though, going the extra mile — or at least running them faster — could be well worth it.
To enter the challenge, runners must complete a marathon certified by USA Track & Field between October 9 and December 6 and upload the race to the Strava app. They then must fill out a submission form, which also includes providing a link to the official marathon results, on the Strava website. If you qualify, you’ll receive a promo code for your free pair of sneakers.
Interestingly, New Balance is in the minority among athletic apparel companies in that it doesn’t own a fitness app. Under Armour bought MapMyFitness for $150 million in November 2013, while Adidas bought Runtastic in August 2015 and Asics snatched up Runkeeper in February.