Happy Halloween!

 

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We love an excuse to celebrate our favorite color… ORANGE! Stand out in the crowd this Halloween in these jumping jack-o-lantern colored kicks, ski helmets, sweatshirts, gloves, watches, loafers, sunglasses, backpacks and parkas. It’s all fun and games with this sporty collection orange gear and apparel!

ROW 1: PHARRELL WILLIAMS X ADIDAS $150. On sale today it’s the Pharrell x Adidas Originals Stan Smith ‘Tennis’ Pack.” This eye popping orange crush on the original features a felt-like tennis ball exterior. ELECTRIC MASHMAN SKI HELMET $170. Go moto style on the slopes with this pearly tangerine and white striped ski helmet.

ROW 2: NIKE RPM BACKPACK $100. This tough and colorful backpack is made to hold it all, from a laptop to a skateboard, and all essentials in between. HERMES IRVING DRIVING MOCASSINS $920. It’s Hermes perfection with the 2 “Clous Pyramides” hardware on a driving shoe. ATHLETA FUSE SWEATSHIRT $100. A modern take on the classic gray crewneck sweatshirt features structured FUSE fabric with pops of orange color blocks.

ROW 3: AUTHIER NEW FIT JACKET $1325. Founded in Switzerland in 1910, this chic Italian sport brand is coveted by ski enthusiasts and fashion aficionados alike and most recognized for it’s distinctive oversized metal zippers. This fab orange down jacket is available at J.Crew. SLATER ZORN RIBBED TIPPED SCARF $185. Made from 100% super fine New Zealand Merino wool, this sporty scarf is also available in a host of other great color combos. OAKLEY POLARIZED RADAR PATH $260. In the heat of training and competition, the frame geometry of the Radar Path creates a unobstructed vision and a cooling flow of air, while Pure Plutonite lenses filter out 100% of all UV rays. ARC’TERYX VENTA LT GLOVE $60. These lightweight, windproof and breathable gloves feature light insulation and are perfect for aerobic activities in cooler conditions.

ROW 3: NIXON MINI BLASTER $100. Big sound booms from this colorful little wireless speaker. Water, shock and sand resistant, the Mini is Bluetooth enabled for fun on the go!  SHINOLA “THE RUNWELL” $2950. Inspired by the enduring French Porteur bicycles, The Runwell delivers a classic blend of urban chic and practicality. With its American made lugged steel frame and fork, high-end Shimano Alfine 11-speed internal hub, and disc brakes, The Runwell smoothly handles city streets with ease and style.

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Grete Waitz “A Game”

 
1983 GRETE WAITZ CROSSING THE FINISH LINE OF THE NYC MARATHON. (AP PHOTO/FILE)

 
This Sunday marks the 45th running of the NYC Marathon. Grete Waitz is one of the most accomplished marathoners of all time and arguably the best woman to ever run this race. Her first victory, which was her first marathon, was in 1978 and she won it with a world-record time of 2:32:30. She would ultimately win the NYC Marathon a record nine times.

In 2005, Grete was diagnosed with cancer yet continued to run during her treatment for both mental and physical solace. She would go on to co-found ACTIV Against Cancer in 2007 with the goal of funding research to prove that physical activity can aid in prevention and recovery of cancer. Two years later, she partnered with Adidas, her lifelong sponsor, to form ACTIV, a line of running shoes and apparel, that donates a portion of each sale back to her foundation.

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Adidas is celebrating its five year anniversary as an AKTIV Against Cancer partner with a special collection of shoes and apparel, and is donating 100 percent of its in-booth AKTIV apparel sales at the NYC Marathon Health & Fitness Expo to the foundation. The Adidas AKTIV collection features performance apparel and running shoes, including the Grete 30 Boost, which marks 30 years since the launch of Waitz’s adidas Originals running shoe and also honors the 30th anniversary of her silver medal at the 1984 Olympics.

To further funds for cancer research, Adidas and AKTIV Against Cancer are asking runners, fans and visitors at the Javits Center Expo to show their “A Game.” For every tweet, Instagram or Facebook post that includes #mystepmatters with an image of a hand symbol in the shape of an “A,” adidas will donate $1 to AKTIV.

The NYC Marathon Health & Fitness Expo is open to the public at the Jacob Javits Center this thurs-sat. Since 2009, adidas has donated more than $3.3 million to AKTIV Against Cancer through apparel sales.

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The Perfect Parka

 

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It’s the must have coat of the season. The fur trimmed parka is everywhere from outdoor and designer brands alike. Warm and rugged, with the added chic and functional flair of a fur trimmed collar and hood, these jackets are made to take on the cold with style. Available in bomber and longer cuts, in great fall colors like military greens, earthy browns, vibrant oranges and even city blacks, check out our favorites for the season!

ROW 1: BURTON SNOWBOARD BARGE JACKET $219.95. Mountain ready but street smart, this long quilted parka is water-repellent and warm, featuring full length breathable insulation and faux fur trim at the hood. High hand warmer pockets, water-resistant zippers, brushed tricot lining are added bonuses along with an internal media pocket and headphone cable port. CANADA GOOSE CHILLIWACK BOMBER $595. Developed as a nod to post-war bush pilots in Canada’s north, the Chilliwack Bomber provides the durability, warmth and mobility these pilots needed working on Arctic runways. The Chilliwack is one of hot brand Canada Goose’s most popular jackets and is available in host of colors for both men and women. FJALLRAVEN SAREK WINTER JACKET $425. This lightly insulated jacket has that classic long cut trekking style for rural or urban excursions. It features tough G-1000 coating for reliable protection against water, wind, and snow and is torso lined with a high-loft mesh for breathable warmth.

ROW 2: MONCLER ARRIOUS FUR TRIMMED PARKA $2065. This season, Moncler takes on the classic parka with the Arrious. Made with lightweight khaki-green twill, it features a quilted down lining, detachable racoon-fur hood trim, and chic pleated back. ALPHA INDUSTRIES N-3B W PARKA $180. The original snorkel jacket, the N-3B was first produced in the early 1950′s for USAF air crews assigned to transport troops in extremely cold climates. Now available for women too, the N-3B features a water resistant nylon shell with a warm poly-filled orange lining, full-length storm flap and adjustable fur lined hood. JOE FRESH LIMITED EDITION EXPEDITION PARKA $349. Joe Fresh has created a special collection of premium, down filled parkas this season ready to take winter on. Water-resistant with a detachable interior faux fur lining and hood, this parka provides protection from the elements with a whole lot of style.

ROW 3: WOOLRICH WHITE COLLECTION PATROL DOWN SHORT PARKA $395. The White Collection is a more modern interpretation of this iconic American brand. This arctic parka is fully insulated with premium warmth-trapping goose down and features a two-way concealed zipper and storm flap to keep the cold out. The shell is waterproof and breathable, and the hood features a Woolrich Mill wool lining and adjustable drawcord with a removable real coyote fur ruff. SAM CABIN PARKA $695. Tough enough for the woods, but with chic city style, this fab parka is just one of many we love from SAM! Crafted from a fine Egyptian cotton twill, it is wax coated with a triple layer wind and water repellent, and features a raccoon trimmed hood, buffalo plaid lining, 3M thinsulate padding, and adjustable drawstring waist and hem. RALPH LAUREN RLX HOODED DOWN PARKA $695. This super-warm hunter orange parka features an oversized hood with detachable faux-fur trim, cinch drawcord waist, and mockneck with a soft interior fleece lining. Details also include multiple oversized fleece-lined zip and snap-flap pockets for functional style.

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Air Guitar

 
DANNY DAVIS ON THE NEW BURTON EASY LIVIN X MARTIN GUITAR SNOWBOARD

 
Burton Snowboards, Martin Guitar and Burton Pro Snowboarder Danny Davis are jamming together this snowboard season on the collaborative 2015 Easy Livin Snowboard. Top half-pipe competitor Davis, who competed in Sochi in 2014 as a member of the US Olympic Snowboarding team, following a gold medal win in the Superpipe at the X-Games, is as passionate about music as he is snowboarding. As an avid guitar player and also an ambassador for Martin Guitar, Davis gets to ride his guitar, not just play it, and now we do too.
 

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To create the iconic design of the Easy Livin snowboard, Davis first created a custom guitar with the master craftsmen at Martin. Established in 1833, C.F Martin & Co. has been one of the world’s leading acoustic instrument makers for over 175 years, producing hand-made instruments and strings for musicians around the world. Once the guitar was built, Burton’s design team replicated it for the base graphic of the Easy Livin snowboard, showcasing the Martin fretboard, legendary headstock, strings and body. The top of the board features a guitar-shaped wood inlay that replicates the wood on the back of Davis’s Martin, complete with two Mother Of Pearl foil inlays, inspired by those on his guitar. Read More

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Rub Yourself

 

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In between massage appointments, on the road, or as part of your daily fitness regimen, every athlete and active person needs at least one self massage tool in their training tool box. Designed for warming muscles up pre-workout and relieving muscle tension and soreness post-workout, there are a wide array from which to choose, ranging from a very inexpensive ball to a foam roller to a fancier motorized sports massager. A foam roller or stick is great on big muscle groups, while a ball can work in between muscles and is ideal for trigger point release. Available in all sorts of fun colors, most are easily packable which make them ideal for travel too.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: BABYBELLE BODYBUFFER $295. Marketed as a cellulite reducer, this pretty little massager packs a lot of power in it’s oscillating motion! Using the babyBelle Bodybuffer before a workout is a great way to kick-start circulation and warm up muscles. After training, it enhances blood flow to the muscles, flushes out lactic acid, and relieves soreness. It is also available in a larger two handed size for a more vigorous, deep-tissue massage.

GRID 2.0 $64.99. A foam roller is an absolute must and probably the most versatile of all the self massage tools. The longer 26″ GRID 2.0 and smaller 13″ GRID, are our favorites for their multi-dimensional surface, that roll through the nooks and crannies of tight muscles, knots and kinks.  The GRID provides a more realistic massage experience: low and flat feels like the forearm or palm
; high and firm feels like the finger tips. The GRID is also available on a stick, GRID STK. Read More

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Favorite Fall Carry-All

 

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Tote, Messenger, and Backpack, there are so many great sporty bags to choose from this fall! Rugged but chic, our favorites are inspired by classic heritage designs, constructed with durable canvas and full grain leather, and pumped up with a pop of color for extra fun and style. For the gym, work, or a weekend getaway, we’ve got the ideal carry-all for all your daily extras, perfect for both guys and girls.

ROW 1: HERSCHEL STRAND DUFFLE PLUS $69.99. Fully padded and fleece lined, with a 15″ laptop and iPad Sleeve, this small duffle also features a mesh organizer with a phone sized pocket. JACK SPADE DIPPED INDUSTRIAL CANVAS SQUARE MESSENGER BAG $198. This orange rubber bottomed canvas messenger bag features an exterior slip pocket, interior organizing pockets and iPad sleeve. JUNYA WATANABE SEIL MARSCHALL LEATHER-TRIMMED QUILTED BACKPACK $625. A collaboration between Japanese designer Junya Watanabe and German heritage brand Seil Marschall, this backpack is as stylish as it is practical.

ROW 2: CHESTER WALLACE DRIVER $210. Natural canvas with a waxed grey canvas bottom, this super durable and stylish carry all features two large pockets inside and three outside, with bridle leather handles riveted for strength. DULUTH LAPTOP SCOUT PACK $140. Now with a padded laptop sleeve, this simple canvas backpack features roller buckle closures, cotton web shoulder straps, grab handle and interior zippered pocket. Available in a host of different colors too. L.L.BEAN EVERYDAY LIGHTWEIGHT TOTE $24.95. Made from durable, lightweight nylon, this camo tote is big enough to haul as much as you can carry and packs down to nothing. Makes a great weekend bag too!

ROW 3: FJALLRAVEN KANKEN BACKPACK $75-120. Originally designed in 1978 for Swedish school children, the Kånken has become a Swedish classic and a bestseller with kids and adults around the world. It is constructed with a durable moisture repellent fabric, and available in vast color palette and variety of different sizes. PORTER-YOSHIDA & CO. BEAT LEATHER-TRIMMED CANVAS TOTE BAG $345. With expert hand-construction and acute attention to detail, this minimalist red cotton-canvas tote is trimmed with flexible, rip-resistant elk leather and features a zipped exterior pouch and waterproof pocket to organize and stow your essentials.  PENFIELD® FOR J.CREW SWEETWATER BACKPACK $80. In this collaboration with heritage brand Penfield, J.Crew took their everyday backpack, added a resurrected vintage label and released it in exclusive colors for a new take on a classic bag. Read More

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Running for a Cause

 
 THE AUTHOR, MILE 12-ISH NYC MARATHON 2011

 
In 2011, I ran the NYC Marathon for UNICEF and raised $27,973. Over 150 friends and colleagues made donations ranging from $10-$1,000, which all added up to a pretty big total for one runner. Because of this amount, I was invited to a breakfast hosted by New York Road Runners the morning after the race, the theme of which was charity running programs for the NYC Marathon. It was there I was amazed to learn that the NYC Marathon had raised about $28 million dollars that year by thousands of marathoners like myself running for a cause.

The 2014 NYC Marathon is on November 2, and, according to Michael Rodgers, VP of Development and Philanthropy at New York Road Runners, it is on track to raise to raise between $25-30 million dollars for charity. About 7,000 runners are running for charity and there are almost 300 official charity partners. For runners, pledging to raise money for a cause is a way to get a coveted spot in the NYC Marathon, which this year had 134,000 entries for between 47,000-50,000 spots. For charities, the NYRR Official Charity Partner Program creates a fantastic opportunity to raise funds and awareness to support their missions and services.

Participating charities essentially buy a spot in the race for $450 to $995. The gold, silver and bronze levels that correspond to these amounts entitle the charities and runners to perks like race day transportation and tents in the starting area. The minimum amount a runner must raise may vary, but NYRR generally requires between $2500-3500 depending of the level of the charity. Read More

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Sporty Camo-Kaze!

 

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Fall Camo style has gone multi-sport crazy and is all over everything from bikes to helmets, goggles to sunglasses, sleeping bags to leggings and more. Designed to blend in, it’s hard not to stand out in this ultra cool sporty gear and apparel. Check out this mega collection of our fall favorites!

LEFT COLUMN: BURTON RAMPANT MENS SNOWBOARD BOOT $199.95. This lightweight performance boot boasts breathable warmth, a precise fit, and improved cushioning for a broken-in feel right out of the box. Thinsulate™ insulation retains warmth even when wet to keep you out on the hill styling’ no matter the conditions. NLST CAMOUFLAGE HAND-KNIT SWEATER $1395. This cozy cashmere wool blend sweater features a rolled turtle neck, ribbed hem and cuffs, and an oversized fit. POLER STUFF NAPSACK $130. Sleeping bag meets parka! Hike it, cinch it, and wear it like a puffy then crawl inside when it’s time to rest. BIRKENSTOCK ARIZONA $109.95. Work the Birkenstock all year round with this fall camo sandal. Pair with chunky socks for extra layer of warmth.

CENTER COLUMN: ALTERNATIVE APPAREL CAMO LEGGINGS $50. Working out or cruising around, these stretch jersey leggings have great all day camo style. CONVERSE CHUCK TAYLOR ALL-STAR HIGH TOPS $90. The classic 70′s All Star high top has been transformed with this cool camouflage print. SCOTT OFF-GRID GOGGLE $119. Designed for maximum field of vision with an increased lens and frame size, the Off-Grid also features a patent pending custom fit system for the nose and face. OptiView Spherical Double Lens, ACS Air Flow Control System and NoFogTreatment provide undistorted clear vision in all weather conditions. CIPOLLINI RB1K $10,000+Built for speed and competition, this sexy carbon fiber sculpture is work of art camouflaged as a bicycle. The namesake of the famed champion cyclist, Mario Cipollini, known for his flamboyant style, Cipollini bicycles are all Italian from start to finish.  ITALIA INDEPENDENT I-SPORT $147. Keeping it Italian, these acid camo large aviators are made for those looking for a technical sunglass with big fashion style. Made of Superflex®, the frames are thin and lightweight but strong, and can tolerate bending up to 180°.

RIGHT COLUMN: GIRO PNEUMO BIKE HELMET now $75. Lightweight, tough, and well ventilated, the camo skinned Pneumo is perfect for road, trail, or city. It features a Micro Dial fit adjustment and top of the line safety technology with a molded polycarbonate shell designed to absorb impact and resistant abrasion in case of a spill. GRID FOAM ROLLER $39.99. Our favorite foam roller, the GRID, features a 3-dimensional surface that allows tissue to aerate while you roll through tight muscles, knots and kinks, promoting the flow of blood and oxygen for muscle repair. The hard hollow core is wrapped in EVA foam, making it firmer than traditional foam rollers. THE NORTH FACE OH-SNAP VEST $180. Perfect for crisp fall days or winter layering, this new 550-fill insulated hooded vest has a contemporary fit and urban style with a stretch hem, hood and asymmetrical front zip. The sleek taffeta exterior of this camo vest is finished with subtle metallic sheen for a luxe touch.

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