Chances are you’re a runner of the world, even if you do not realize it.
Perhaps your passport doesn’t reflect your international tastes, but your running shoes, T-shirts and shorts likely do. Not only is the apparel from U.S. brands often made in far-flung locations, but companies like Lululemon, ASICS, Reebok and Adidas, to name a few, were all founded outside the U.S., and remain headquartered and manufactured abroad to this day.
Regional running-gear needs are rather specific, and they become even more defined in countries like England, known for its damp and blustery weather. For runners all over the world, the upside is having more choices that work for different climates and conditions.
Plus, if you’re anything like us, you’ll tune in to watch Rio for the sport (obviously)— but the fashion is fun to see too. The international runner essentials on these pages will give you a leg up when it’s time to play “name that brand!”
Allison played field hockey and golf while growing up, but always ran “just for the fun of it.” She completed and won her age group in her very first race, a 5K, when she was 26 so that she would at least know how to pin on her number before running her first marathon a month later. Those two races turned into dozens, from mile long sprints to ultras, running to triathlon with some ski and snowshoe racing mixed in as well. After earning a Boston qualifier and completing her first IRONMAN 140.6, this mother of two is now focused on seeing how much she can better her 3:48 PB marathon time, running the World Marathon Majors (Boston and Tokyo are in the books!) and tackling a 50-miler.