London Marathon Turns Up the Heat with Hottest Weather On Record

London Marathon Turns Up the Heat with Hottest Weather On Record

You train for months. You plan your kit, your nutrition, your hydration plan. Then Mother Nature has other ideas and the weather turns ugly, testing all your preparation. This happened recently with the Boston Marathon. Runners bravely fought temperatures barely getting out of the 30◦’s F and heavy rain.

Conversely, the London Marathon recorded one of the hottest marathons with a predicted 24◦C (75◦ F). These sudden changes in weather can prove dangerous for the athletes, sending many to medic tents for treatment and dehydration. Having the proper gear and contingency plan is necessary to turn a possibly dangerous (and miserable) race into a success at the finish line.

One such issue that typically arises from increased heat is chafe and blisters. 2Toms® attended the London Marathon Expo and helped hundreds of runners find the best protection. SportShield® and BlisterShield® are top rated to protect skin from chafe and blisters before they start.

Sportshield is a roll-on liquid that creates a smooth, silky barrier between your skin and friction. It is waterproof, sweat proof and lasts 24 hrs! Long enough to get you through any race chafe-free.

BlisterShield is a powder formula that protects skin by preventing moisture from contacting the skin and reducing the friction that causes hot spots and blisters. It allows the skin to breathe and is comfortable for all 26.2 miles.

One runner saw the benefits of SportShield protection first hand:

Hello! I bought some of your anti chafe wipes on Saturday at the ExCel for the marathon on Sunday. I’ve always suffered horrendously with my inner thighs (I’m not ‘big’ by any means) destroying themselves and have spent a small fortune on various products claiming to work…all crap! On Sunday I ran 26.2miles without a single thought to any kind of chafing, it was incredible, absolutely incredible! Will be buying loads more in bulk for future runs now I know I can do it without the fear of destroying my thighs! So just a thank you really! Awesome awesome product! Kindest regards, Chris

2Toms will protect you during the most grueling of race conditions and help you get across the finish line chafe and blister free!

The London Marathon has additional tips on racing in the heat. Read their full article HERE.

Check out SportShield and BlisterShield for yourself!


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2Toms FootShield: The Reviews are in!

2Toms FootShield: The Reviews are in!

photo: Amy, livinglifetruth.com

2Toms FootShield:

Real World Athletes Put It To The Test

“Go Longer, Finish Stronger”, “Shield Yourself”,  “Products that keep people moving”. Medi-Dyne and 2Toms have had many mission statements when it comes to creating products for athletes. But none of these phrases are as important as what real life athletes are saying about our newest product, 2Toms FootShield. We partnered with BibRave and it’s team of BibRave Pros to see what runners, yogis, dancers, dads, moms and people just like you had to say. Read their rave reviews below!

” I’m extremely impressed with this product. My feet and toes are very impressed and are much happier with this experience. For someone who has struggled with blisters, excessive sweating/moisture in my feet, strong foot odor (the odor of effort) and athlete’s foot, to be able to prevent and keep all that away is remarkable. I think the product gives me more confidence when running/walking, makes me more surefooted, and helps me thrive better in my very active athletic lifestyle.” – Jeremy runninggrooveshark.com

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” I have put 2Toms FootShield to the test over the past month and this roll-on works as a perspiration barrier for my feet and helps keep them dry and odor free! FootShield has replaced my “baby powder therapy” by using a blend of natural antifungal, ingredients and moisturizers reduce and prevent sweaty feet, the growth of bacteria, athlete’s foot, blisters, and smelly shoes.” – Amy livinglifetruth.com

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“I had some athletes foot going on my feet prior to starting out with 2Toms FootShield. I have started to use FootShield before every run, and the athletes foot had cleared up.  At one point, I forgot to apply my FootShield on for a couple of days in a row, and it came back.  Can’t let that happen again.  I got back to my routine right away after I realized it was coming back.” – Mark daddydidyouwin.wordpress.com


“I learned from trying it out that it’s great for applying before a run or workout, as well as after. I like rolling it onto my feet before I put on my flip flops. It keeps my feet drier in the crazy Florida humidity. I toss FootShield into my post-run recovery bag so that I can put some on my feet when I take off my running shoes. It feels refreshing on my tired feet. Bottom line is, FootShield is a product you will want to check out for yourself. 2Toms makes the highest quality products for endurance athletes and it shows.” – Shannon girlsgotsole.com

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We’re thrilled to hear so many runners are loving drier feet, fresh fragrance, natural oils and antifungal treatment of FootShield! Happy feet make for happy runners! Give FootShield a try today.

Tony Rich, to attempt a Guinness World Record for Fastest Indoor Ironman

All of us at 2Toms are very proud and honored to have sponsored Tony Rich, a 2Toms endurance athlete, in his attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the fastest indoor Ironman.

Tony’s 2nd indoor Ironman and first Guinness World Record attempt took place on August 3, 2013 at the Oak Square YMCA in Brighton, Massachusetts to benefit the 2013 Oak Square YMCA Reach Out Campaign. In 2015, Tony Rich attempted to break the Guinness World Record time for the fastest time to complete an Ironman triathlon indoors; A 2.4 mile swim in the pool, 112 mile indoor bike ride, and a 26.2 treadmill marathon without stopping. The record is 8 hours fat. Tony came close, and completed it in 8:19:11. Thus the record still stands. This year on Sunday, September 18, Tony will be back to try to make in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest time for a male to complete the indoor Ironman, and raise $5,000 in support of the Oak Square YMCA’s 2016 Annual Fund and our adaptive wellness programs

Tony started his career as an endurance athlete over 10 years ago. He has completed over 100 long course endurance events including numerous 70.3 races, over 30 Marathons (PR 3:14:46) of which, 10 are consecutive Boston Marathon Finishes.

In July 2011, Tony completed his first indoor Ironman and raised $6,000 for the Oak Square YMCA Reach Out Campaign. He swam 169 pool lengths, biked 112 miles on a computrainer and did a treadmill marathon in 10 hours and 13 minutes. This year, in order to set a Guinness World Record for the fastest indoor Ironman, Tony must complete the event in 8 hours, shaving 2 hours off his 2011 time. His new fundraising goal is $10,000.

When asked why he continues to do indoor Ironman, Rich stated, “Helping the people in need in my own community is a cause very important to me.” He added, “Completing an Ironman in 8 hours is a monumental task, but I’m confident I will do it.”

To support Tony and the 2013 Reach Out Campaign visit the Oak Square YMCA fundraising page, www.IronTony.com.  More Info can be found here: http://ppmworks.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Iron-Tony-2016.pdf 

 

Ways to Donate to Boston Marathon Victims

Looking for ways to help the victims of April 15th Boston Marathon tragedy?

Here is a list of donation sites and/or companies donating proceeds to the victims.  Please help in any way you can!

 

Donate to Boston Marathon Victims

OneFund Boston

– organized by MA Governor Patrick and Boston Mayor Menino, this fund is set up to help the families most affected.  To learn more, read the press release.

GoFundMe

– These are personal online fundraising campaigns set up by friends and families of each victim. Learn more at the Believe in Boston site.

American Red Cross

– Blood donation is one of the simplest ways to help victims in any tragedy. Find your local blood drive campaign and sign up today. Your donation will save the life of someone.  Learn how the Red Cross has already helped Boston.

  New England Patriots

– The Kraft Family, owners of the New England Patriots, is pledging to match donations up to $100,000.   To donate

 

 

Local Communities

Boston Strong

– Many communities are putting together local runs anywhere from 1 mile to 3 miles. These runs are in honor of the victims of the 4/15 attack. All proceeds from these local runs will be sent to a charity supporting Boston Victims. Please look at your local newspapers, FaceBook groups and running stores for events happening in your area.

Here is a list of some that we know about so far:

1. Boston Strong Orlando 22. Boston Strong Colchester, VT 43. Boston Strong London, Ontario 64. Boston Strong San Diego (at all 3 Movin Shoes)
2. Boston Strong Greenville SC >>IMPORTANT UPDATE<< 23. Boston Strong London 44. Boston Strong Missoula 65. #Boston Strong Fort Smith
3. Boston Strong Huntington Beach 24. Boston Strong IE – Rancho Cucamonga 45. Boston Strong Tampa 66. Boston Strong DEN – Denver/Littleton
4. Boston Strong Columbus 25. #Boston Strong Toronto: West End Edition 46. Southern Arizona Roadrunners 67. Road Runner Sport San Carlos
5. #Boston Strong NSB – New Smyrna Beach 26. #Boston Strong Rexford 47. Boston Strong Milwaukee 68. Boston Strong Monmouth
6. Boston Strong Baltimore 27. # Boston Strong LI – Long Island 48. Boston Strong Duluth, MN 69. Boston Strong Thumb of Michigan
7. Boston Strong Goffstown NH 28. Boston Strong CHI (TBA) 49. Boston Strong El Paso 70. Boston Strong Buffalo, NY
8. Boston Strong Lake Placid 29. Boston Strong SI – Staten Island 50. A Run For Boston at Road Runner Sports Tempe 71. Boston Strong BOSTON
9. Boston Strong San Diego, CA 30. Boston Strong Runners Edge (NY) 51. #Boston Strong Gardiner 72. Boston Strong Madison, WI
10. Boston Strong Seattle 31. #Boston Strong HOUSTON 52. #Boston Strong Syracuse 73. Boston Strong Westlake
11. Boston Strong RKE 32. Boston Strong Minneapolis 53. #Boston Strong Fort Collins 74. Boston Strong Jersey City
12. Boston Strong Des Moines 33. Boston Strong ATH: Athens, GA 54. Boston Strong Yuma, AZ 75. St. Louis Unity Run for Boston #BostonStrong
13. #Boston Strong LA 34. Boston Strong AZ – Glendale 55. Boston Strong Duvall, WA 76. Boston Strong Sacramento
14. #BostonStrongDC 35. Boston Strong- North Houston MRTT 56. Boston Strong Milford NH 77. Boston Strong, Brasilia, Brasil (pinterest image only)
15. Boston Strong NYC 36. Boston Strong Tryon, North Carolina 57. Boston Strong SoundRUNNER – Branford, CT 78. Boston Strong FTL – Fort Lauderdale
16. Boston Strong PGH 37. Boston Strong LB and Boston Strong OC 58. Boston Strong Monroe 79. Boston Strong Muntinlupa City – Philippines
17. Boston Strong PHX 38. Boston Strong Lake Placid 59. #Boston Strong Cincinnati 80. #BostonStrongColumbiaCity
18. Boston Strong Burlington 39. Boston Strong Little Rock 60. #Boston Strong Long Valley NJ 81. Boston Strong Sammamish WA
19. Boston Strong Atlanta 40. Boston Strong, “Runners for Boston”, JAX, FL 61. Boston Strong San Jose 82. Boston Strong Wilmington, DE
20. #Boston Strong Hendersonville 41. Boston Strong Nashville 62. #Boston Strong West Seattle 83. #BostonStrong Bellingham, WA
21. Boston Strong Paris 42. Boston Strong West Sacramento, CA 63. Boston Strong Calgary 84. Countryside YMCA, Lebanon, OH

Monday, 4/22 – 6:30pm –

Saturday, 5/11

 

If you know of more races taking place or other ways to donate, please add to our list.

Virtual Run for Sherry Arnold on Saturday

Me (red skirt) and a group of running buddies during 2012’s Virtual Run for Sherry.

On January 7, 2012, Sherry Arnold–a mother, wife, teacher, runner and so much more to many, many people–was on a regular early morning run when she was grabbed and then killed. Her cousin author of the Shut Up and Run blog, Beth Risdon, held a virtual run in her honor in February while authorities and volunteers searched for Sherry. (Her body wasn’t found until March 21, 2012.) Two men have been charged in her murder and, if convicted, may face the death penalty.

This year, the 2nd Annual Virtual Run for Sherry will be on Saturday, February 8, 2013. Run, walk, skip, bike in her memory. Races2Remember created a bib again this year. Click the link to print out the Run for Sherry bib and wear in her honor, and for other runners who have been brutally attacked.

“The run symbolizes our promise to run as SAFELY as we can, but to not fearfully scramble inside to treadmills or to stop doing something we love due to fear,” says Beth on her blog. She also has a great post on tips to run safely and she has set up a Facebook page for Saturday’s virtual run.

Check it out and get out there on Saturday.

What Do You Think of Race Registration Insurance?

I fractured my shin while training for my first marathon in 2010. Like most races, that one did not have a refund policy. Not wanting to  “waste” my money, I downgraded to the half and walked it. Okay, fine. I did run the last 3 miles or so. I hadn’t been diagnosed with a fracture yet, so this was not smart on my part. In fact, it could’ve contributed to the fracture.

I might have saved myself an injury if I would have been able to get my $100+ back.

Recently, ACTIVE Network, the leader in cloud-based Activity and Participant Management™, and Allianz Global Assistance USA, a leader in consumer specialty insurance, announced they are partnering to bring road runners race registration insurance.

A press release announcing the partnership claims nearly 15 percent of racers never actually make it to the start line. The fear of injury, and of not getting your race fee back, can sometimes stop someone from signing up for a race.

“Registering for an event in advance may seem more appealing to a participant if they know that a sprained ankle won’t jeopardize their registration fee,” Eric McCue, general manager of sports at ACTIVE Network, states in the press release. “For event organizers, Registration Protector solves an important customer service issue by making refunds available to participants without the need for organizers to manage or pay those refunds. Allianz Global Assistance was an obvious partner for us to help roll out this robust insurance plan to our customers because of their technical sophistication and impeccable reputation.”

All ACTIVE.com customers who sign up for events online will have the option of race registration insurance. During the registration process, racers can choose to buy Registration Protector. A Runner’s World article says that the insurance will cost $7 per event.

The ACTIVE press release says that with Registration Protector, a participant who misses an event for a covered reason such as an injury, illness, job loss, transportation delays, military/family/legal obligations, and more can get their registration fees reimbursed. Click the link for the complete list of covered reasons on the Allianz website. Of course, there are conditions, limitations and exclusions.

But ACTIVE says that Registration Protector will refund 100 percent of insured registration costs, subject to these certain conditions and limitations, including fees and other related costs up to the maximum coverage amount of $10,000. Allianz Global Assistance will manage all of the customer service and claims activity.

The Registration Protector is only available for races that use ACTIVE.com’s event organization services. Will more race directors use ACTIVE? Will ACTIVE force other event organizers to develop their own race registration insurance programs?

I am not sure what to make of this, yet. As a racer, it sounds like a pretty good deal. I’d like to konw what the conditions, limitations and exclusions are, though. What do you think?