Win a pair of UA HOVR Machina 2!

INTRODUCING THE NEW, FUTURE FORWARD UA HOVR™ MACHINA 2

Under Armour in South Africa, recently introduced its new, high tech UA HOVR™ Machina 2 in South Africa.  Following the success of the original UA HOVR™ Machina launched in 2020, the new and improved Machina 2 takes run coaching to the next level and comes complete with an embedded chip that allows runners to connect with the UA MapMyRun app to access a bevy of features. These features include Form Coaching, cadence and gait tracking, audio-coaching, interval training and tracking, and more.

Whether you’re looking to knock off a few seconds on your personal best or aiming to attempt your first 5k, the Machina 2 is the perfect running shoe to help you peak your performance. The UA HOVR Machina 2 mixes the speed of a racing shoe with the comfort of a long-distance trainer. Combine that with real-time Form Coaching and you’re equipped with the tools you need to reach your fitness goals for 2021.

The original Machina was designed to be a high-end trainer or entry-level racing shoe and is UA’s first plated shoe. The NEW Machina 2 is Under Armour’s highest cushioned shoe to date. It is a neutral shoe designed for runners who need a balance of flexibility & cushioning. The shoe provides a soft, energy efficient ride with a propulsion plate built in for added springiness.

TOP 3 FACTS ABOUT THE MACHINA 2: 

  1. Excellent Energy Return : Cushioning is known to improve running energy, a factor that can make a difference of several minutes when it comes to marathon racing UA HOVR™ foam + mesh Energy Web has been uncaged with more cushioning allowing you get more energy back in every step to help make the last mile your fastest.

  2. Fast function, Soft Feel, Light Weight : What gives the UA HOVR Machina 2 its fast-feeling speed is its propulsion plate, designed to keep the pace quick no matterwhat distance. The 2-pronged carbon-filled Pebax® spring plate helps runners get up on their toes to keep their turnover quick and their transition snappy.

  3. Data Driven Coaching: All of the footwear in Under Armour’s run suite, including the UA HOVR Machina 2, come digitally connected, allowing runners not only to track and analyse their runs, but also to gain unprecedented insight into their running form. All of these features are available with a seamless, easy-to-use connection to MapMyRun, part of the world’s largest digital health and fitness community of 270 million users, all working to make the sport and athlete better.  Connect seamlessly with UA Map My Run for personalised coaching based on your pace, cadence, stride length and distance with or without your phone.

The UA HOVR Machina 2 was launched globally in 2021 and is currently available in Under Armour Brand Houses around South Africa at a retail price of R3299.

PRODUCT DNA:

  • Connects to UA MAPMYRUN™: tracks & analyzes your running metrics to help make you a better runner
  • UA HOVR™ technology provides ‘zero gravity feel’ to maintain energy return that helps eliminate impact
  • Compression mesh Energy Web contains & molds UA HOVR™ foam to give back the energy you put in
  • Ultralight 3D spacer mesh upper for increased breathability & ultimate speed
  • As your body emits energy, the mineral-infused UA RUSH™ lining absorbs & reflects it back, improving endurance
  • External heel counter for added stability & a locked-in feel
  • Sprint spike-inspired Pebax® speed plate for increased return & more powerful push-offs
  • Carbon rubber pods under the heel deliver greater traction & durability at high-impact strike zones

Your Chance To Win

Exclusive to Modern Athlete we will be giving a pair of these amazing UA HOVR™ Machina shoes to one lucky reader weekly for simply joining the UA All Out Mile simply follow the steps below and not only will you improve your running, you can win amazing prizes too!

STEP ONE

First things first, you start by registering for the challenge, by clicking the image on the right or the “Register Now” button below!

Step Two

Then, automatically track all of your runs by linking your UA MapMyRun™ account on FitRankings. If you don’t have the UA MapMyRun™ it can be downloaded by simply scanning the QR code below! You can link your app to Garmin, Suunto, and Apple.

Step Three

Set your benchmark mile and train from AUGUST 30 TO SEPTEMBER 30. Take advantage of the weekly training plans and video tips directly from UA’s professional athletes, coaches and Human Performance experts.

Need Help Training?

Everything you need is in the UA MapMyRun™ app, see below what you can look forward to!

Step Four

During the UA All Out Mile competition period, go all out and crush your PR from October 1 through October 11. 

After completing your UA All Out Mile (you can try more than once), your results will automatically be pulled from UA MapMyRun™ and appear on the FitRankings leader board.

See how you stack up versus runners from around the world.

WIN BIG!

What’s great about bagging your Mile results is that you can compare with your running buddies and everyone else all over the world.  And because we are all about rewarding you, we are offering local SA prizes exclusive to Modern Athlete! 

Every week we will be drawing one lucky winner that will win a pair of Connected Under Armour running shoes valued at R3500!  

Adding to that one lucky runner that enters the All Out Mile Challenge before the 31st of September will win a full kit experience, Under Armour will kit out the winning runner from head to toe in everything you need to smash that mile!

The Magic of the Enduring Mile

Under Armour launches the UA All Out Mile Campaign in South Africa

No running distance or field event has the historic and enduring appeal as the Mile. The Mile, much like the 100 meters and the marathon is still widely considered as one of the most iconic distances and the pinnacle of athletic excellence.

The first sub-4-minute mile was smashed in 1954 by Roger Bannister. His time of 3:59.4 has since been broken by over 1400 athletes worldwide.

Two unmatched records stand today in the ladies and men’s categories. The men’s world record stands at 3:43.13, set by Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco in 1999 while the women’s record sits at 4:12.33 held by Olympic sensation Sifan Hassan, set in July 2019.

However, the mile isn’t only for a considered ‘pro’ or Olympic athlete, it’s the ideal fitness distance for runners looking to test their speed endurance and pace up their tempo, regardless of age or ability.

With the continued popularity of the distance, Under Armour recently announced the launch of its popular Global Under Armour All Out Mile Campaign in SA.

UA will be challenging pro and novice runners across SA to go all out for 30 days to break their personal record over 1600m and benchmark themselves against competitors from around the world and at the same time stand a chance to win a host of exciting prizes.

“We are thrilled to be bringing this fierce campaign to South Africa. SA plays host to some of the most popular running events in the world and we have an ardent running community here. The Under Armour ‘All Out Mile’ has been created to challenge runners and encourage them to reach their best. We are excited to see it all unfold over the next few weeks” says Lorrianne Cloete Head of Marketing, at Under Armour SA.

Smashing the Mile

Training with the fast tempo of the mile is a great benefit to all distance runners. If you’ve never tried it before, this is a great opportunity to follow the challenge and surprise yourself with your abilities to improve from your initial benchmark time in Aug to your fastest All Out Mile attempt in Oct. The tech is all simple and free to use from UA. The hard part is the fun part, giving your everything over 1.6km.

I want to sign up!

STEP ONE

First things first, you start by registering for the challenge, by clicking the image on the right or the “Register Now” button below!

Step Two

Then, automatically track all of your runs by linking your UA MapMyRun™ account on FitRankings. If you don’t have the UA MapMyRun™ it can be downloaded by simply scanning the QR code below! You can link your app to Garmin, Suunto, and Apple.

Step Three

Set your benchmark mile and train from AUGUST 30 TO SEPTEMBER 30. Take advantage of the weekly training plans and video tips directly from UA’s professional athletes, coaches and Human Performance experts.

Need Help Training?

Everything you need is in the UA MapMyRun™ app, see below what you can look forward to!

Step Four

During the UA All Out Mile competition period, go all out and crush your PR from October 1 through October 11. 

After completing your UA All Out Mile (you can try more than once), your results will automatically be pulled from UA MapMyRun™ and appear on the FitRankings leader board.

See how you stack up versus runners from around the world.

WIN BIG!

What’s great about bagging your Mile results is that you can compare with your running buddies and everyone else all over the world.  And because we are all about rewarding you, we are offering local SA prizes exclusive to Modern Athlete! 

Every week we will be drawing one lucky winner that will win a pair of Connected Under Armour running shoes valued at R3500!  

Adding to that one lucky runner that enters the All Out Mile Challenge before the 31st of September will win a full kit experience, Under Armour will kit out the winning runner from head to toe in everything you need to smash that mile!

Last Week to Take it Forward!

It’s the last week that you can join thousands of others worldwide by joining the Take It Forward challenge in the adidas Running app! A lot of you will be well on the way to reaching your 30km target. But those just starting you can see the running programme here 

adidas wants to reward you for taking on this journey so for simply downloading the app and joining the challenge you can win your very own 4DFWD shoes and a R1000 voucher to spend in store!

 

How do I Join?

To mark the shoe’s release, adidas is launching the Take It Forward Challenge where runners or walkers of all abilities are challenged to complete 30km in three weeks in the adidas Running app!

(download on 
Apple/Android).

Weekly Schedule!

adidas Runners Cape Town
adidas Runners Durban
adidas Runners Joburg

Sign Up to the Take it Forward Challenge in the free adidas Running App

Enter to Win!

How do I Join?

Law Firm Lodges Challenge for Spar Virtual

As the entry deadline draws near, BLC Attorneys have placed on record an official challenge to the Eastern Cape corporate world to throw its weight behind the SPAR Virtual Women’s Challenge on September 4.

The Gqeberha lawyers have a long association with the Women’s Challenge and director Laurika von Alleman said they would again be out in force to support the event, even in its virtual form.

Entries for the run, which will be held in six regions countrywide, have a strict deadline of August 15 and no latecomers will be accepted.

SPAR Eastern Cape are encouraging companies, schools and other organisations to join thousands of runners and walkers on the day.

“With just a few days before entries close, whatever role you play in society, we would love to have you on board,” said SPAR EC promotions and events manager Alan Stapleton.

“Whether it be on your own, with your family and friends, or challenging your staff, sports friends or colleagues, let’s use this opportunity to reunite and reignite that South African passion of togetherness.”

BLC Attorneys have embraced that call and Von Allemann said they challenged others “in the commercial space to also get involved”.

“We have been entering the challenge for at least 15 years, always running as a group and there is no reason why we shouldn’t do it in this virtual format.

“We have 17 participants at this stage and have an internal challenge on the go, but we also encourage other corporates to enter in numbers and to let us know how they do.”

Besides the camaraderie the day creates, Von Allemann said they were also aware of the significant impact the event made to society, with charity organisations benefitting from donations and sanitary pads being made available for schoolgirls around the region.

Stapleton confirmed the difference the run could make after three regional events in Tshwane, Johannesburg and the Lowveld combined last year to donate over 30 000 food parcels to survivors of gender-based violence and people living in challenging circumstances.

“This year we’re going even bigger, collaborating with six SPAR regions to create the country’s biggest virtual challenge to date,” he added.

“Our theme is #LiveLimitless as we plan to inspire women to answer the call to adventure, to aspire to their highest excitement and to live their best, limitless lives. With this theme there is an underlying universal message of coming together, supporting each other to shatter any glass ceilings, facing our fears and redefining our own limits.”

Through the #LiveLimitless theme and initiatives, he said there were several objectives:

“First is to help people less fortunate than ourselves. For every single person that enters, a pack of sanitary pads will be donated to help keep a girl in school. We also want to highlight the many great South Africans who have achieved extraordinary things and lived limitless lives, despite their circumstances, to inspire and uplift others. And we want to encourage all participants to #LiveLimitless, embrace optimism and positive perspectives and fulfil their best potential.”

Win Your Very Own 4DFWD adidas Shoes!

Join thousands of others worldwide by joining the Take It Forward challenge in the adidas Running app! Completing the challenge is crucial to making the most of your running plan since it will help keep you accountable to your goals through a community of supporters.

adidas wants to reward you for taking on this journey so for simply downloading the app and joining the challenge you can win your very own 4DFWD shoes and a R1000 voucher to spend in store!

 

How do I Join?

To mark the shoe’s release, adidas is launching the Take It Forward Challenge where runners or walkers of all abilities are challenged to complete 30km in three weeks in the adidas Running app!

(download on 
Apple/Android).

Sign Up to the Take it Forward Challenge in the free adidas Running App

Enter to Win!

How do I Join?

Join the Take It Forward Challenge

Join thousands of others worldwide by joining the Take It Forward challenge in the adidas Running app! Completing the challenge is crucial to making the most of your running plan since it will help keep you accountable to your goals through a community of supporters.

CHALLENGE DETAILS

Join the global challenge starting August 5, 2021. Run 30 kilometers between August 10 – 31 to complete the challenge! Running, treadmill, virtual running and walking all count!

How do I Join?

To mark the shoe’s release, adidas is launching the Take It Forward Challenge where runners or walkers of all abilities are challenged to complete 30km in three weeks in the adidas Running app!

(download on 
Apple/Android).

Week One Schedule

adidas Runners Cape Town
adidas Runners Durban
adidas Runners Joburg

Sign Up to the Take it Forward Challenge in the free adidas Running App

Take it Forward with adidas 4DFWD

The Latest Data-Driven 3D Printed Performance Technology

Today, adidas Running introduces the latest iteration of adidas 4DFWD – the next step in data-driven 3D printed midsole technology, designed to move you forward.

Combining years of athlete data with the unique technology of 3D printing, adidas 4DFWD is created to provide runners with an all-new running experience.

For over four years, adidas has developed 4D lattice midsole technology in partnership with Carbon. Combining athlete data and Carbon’s Digital Light SynthesisTM technology to produce precision-tuned 3D printed midsoles.

adidas 4D footwear is amongst the first in the world to use this cutting-edge technology, which offers the ability to fine-tune midsoles to specific patterns of movement so that athletes get precision performance with every step.

Identified from one of five million possible lattice structures, the 4DFWD is made with nature. The midsole consists of 40% natural and renewable materials with the intent to help end plastic waste.

The unique 4DFWD cell geometry is coded to compress in one direction only: forward.  When a foot impacts the ground, it applies braking forces. 4DFWD reduces these forces by redirecting the impact into forward motion. With every step the 4DFWD midsole shears forward, providing a smooth transition and gliding experience.

The Challenge Awaits!

To mark the shoe’s release, adidas is launching the Take It Forward Challenge where runners or walkers of all abilities are challenged to complete 30km in three weeks in the adidas Running app!

(download on 
Apple/Android).

Sign up for the Take It Forward Challenge between 05-09 August and then run or walk outdoors or on a treadmill between 10-31 August. And if you’re looking for a holistic training plan to help you get to that total of 30km, adidas Runners has you covered with a free virtual programme comprising of training, running, and nutrition sessions.

These will be on your local group channels within the app, you can join adidas Runners in Cape TownJoburg or Durban and follow their holistic training plan to help you achieve this goal. We have created an easy to follow guide below!

Sign Up to the Take it Forward Challenge in the free adidas Running App

Get holistic support by joining your nearest adidas Running Community

Find adidas Runners events taking place during the Take it Forward Challenge

adidas 4DFWD will be available on adidas.co.za, in adidas concept stores and select sports retailers from 12 August. Follow the Instagram conversation on @adidasZA using #adidas4DFWD or visit adidas.co.za for more information.

New Dates for SPAR Grand Prix 10km Races!

The opening race in this year’s Grand Prix series – the Durban SPAR Grand Prix – had to be postponed at the eleventh hour because of a spike in Covid-19 cases and subsequent lockdown restrictions. The Durban race will now take place at North Beach in Durban on September 11.

The series will kick off on Sunday August 22, with the Pietermaritzburg SPAR Grand Prix at Alexandra Park.  SPAR decided to keep the original date in a bid to create some positive energy in the one of the cities worst hit by the recent looting and unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.  The Cape Town SPAR Grand Prix will take place at the Greenpoint Stadium on Saturday September 4, followed by the Durban race a week later. The Tshwane Grand Prix, which normally takes place at Supersport Park in August, has been moved to the Agricultural Research Council farm in Irene and will be run on Friday September 24, National Heritage Day.

The SPAR Grand Prix series normally ends in Johannesburg, but things are slightly different this year.  The Joburg race will take place at Marks Park on Sunday October 3 and the series will end at the Nelson Mandela University campus in Gqeberha on Saturday October 9.

Each race will be by invitation only, and will be limited to 250 runners.  Because there were no races in 2020, this year there will be no time incentive bonus points. However, Grand Prix points will be awarded to the first 25 runners home in the open category, and not the first 20, as in previous years.  There will also be an additional age group category, namely for runners over 70.

There is substantial prize money on offer, amounting to a total of two million Rand. The winner of the SPAR Grand Prix after the six races will take home a cheque for R185 000.

One of the benefits of the revised calendar is that the SPAR Grand Prix Series starts two weeks after the end of the 2020 Olympics. This means that runners who competed in Tokyo can return in time to compete in Pietermaritzburg and the remaining of the SPAR Grand Prix races.

Strict Covid-19 protocols will be followed at all the races, and no spectators will be allowed. However, the races will be live-streamed  and runners can be tracked live using the SPORTSPLITS App.

2021 SPAR GRAND PRIX CALENDAR

Sunday, 22 August – Pietermaritzburg

Saturday, 4 September – Cape Town

Saturday, 11 September – Durban

Friday, 24 September – Tshwane

Sunday, 3 October – Johannesburg

Saturday, 9 October – Gqeberha

 

Let the Games Begin – Finally!

We’ve had to wait an extra year for the Tokyo Olympics to finally happen, but now that they’re here, we’ve got so much great action to look forward to on the track and road. Team SA may not look as strong as it did going into the Rio Olympics in 2016, but we still have some great medal contenders amongst our athletes, and a number of young prospects raring to make their mark on the global athletics stage. – by Manfred Seidler