Ready, Set, Run!

All geared up to hit the roads with Nike Running Clinics

By Radhika Vyas

Not only did students learn the tips and tricks of keeping fit with Nike’s running clinics held at NTU and SMU. With the help of Nike’s latest innovation, Lunar Glide 4 running shoes and the affable fitness instructors present, students got the opportunity to enjoy a run around the respective universities and keep check of the vitals.

The Nike We Run race that kicked off on September 1 in Prague, Czech Republic, will arrive in Singapore, on 21 October 2012.  The 10K race will be flagged off in the morning on the Esplanade Bridge and will end at the Waterfront Promenade @ Marina Bay. Singapore is one of the 32 countries that have taken part in this series that will finally conclude on 15 December 2012 in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.

Prior to the race, Nike organized a running clinic at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) that took place on the 26th of September at the Student’s Recreation Centre. The clinic which was also held at SMU was open to both participants and non-participants of the Nike We Run 10K. The aim of the clinic was to help students to increase their fitness, teach them running tips and even take part in a run around the 200-hectare campus.

The event kick-started by 1900 hrs and all of the 71 attendees for the event had to take part in a mass warm-up session led by an instructor.  The common thing amongst all the students who took part in the event was the Nike Lunar glide 4 running shoe that they were wearing. As part of the event, Nike allowed everyone to try out these shoes and experience the comfort. This shoe was first launched in Fall 2012 and is now equipped with the shield pack, that makes it water resistant, and reflective.

Soon after, the runners were divided into 3 groups and were led by committee members from NTU runner’s club for a run around the 6.75 KM Circumference of NTU. With pacers running between the attendees to guide and motivate, the whole group managed to complete the race within 45 minutes, a feat of its own! Next, there was a cool down session and a lucky draw that allowed 5 winners to walk away with Nike Merchandise. The participants were even provided with a wide array of food and drinks to re-energize themselves.

This event definitely helped the students who took part by to understand their running strengths and learn about the importance of keeping fit and healthy. The trial of the Nike shoes and various tips shared by the instructors were definitely something that would invite the participants to take part in the Nike running clinic again!