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April 23, 2021 Newsletter – Eco-Friendly Running Shoes

April 23, 2021

EDITOR’S PICKS

Sales in the Americas fuels Thule’s 46% net sales gain in Q1, which was helped by sales in the Americas that jumped 83% after currency adjustment. Sport and cargo carriers drove the Region Americas growth with bike product demand leading the way. Bicycle Retailer

A number of brands have introduced eco-friendly running shoes to the market. These plant-based and recycled-material running shoes are stylish, comfortable — but they are not ready to be your daily trainers according to Podium Runner

Race director of 2022 Cyclo-cross Worlds resigns. Brook Watts will be stepping aside as the race director for the 2022 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, as well as the 2021 World Cup, in Fayetteville, Arkansas in opposition of a statewide bill banning transgender girls and women from school sports teams which aligned with their gender identity. Cycling News

Nike names new assistant coach in Portland, Oregon. Sonia O’Sullivan will join former assistant coach of the Nike Oregon Project Pete Julian as the group prepares for the Olympics. Canadian Running Magazine

IOC makes biggest esports statement yet with launch of Olympic Virtual Series. Five sports – baseball, cycling, rowing, sailing and motorsport – have signed-up for the mass participation initiative which will begin on May 13 ahead of the rearranged Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Inside the Games


PRESS RELEASES

CONFERENCES AND WEBINARS

Endurance Legends Shalane Flanagan, Dean Karnazes, Rebecca Rusch Talk Longevity, Performance in Live Panel Discussion Presented by InsideTracker – InsideTracker, an ultra-personalized performance system, presents the endurance greats as they come together for “In It for the Long Haul,” a Live Zoom Event on April 29. InsideTracker

EVENTS

Gran Fondo World Tour® ROUVY Challenge – Race #2 on Coll de Beixalis on Apr 27th – As part of the 2021 Gran Fondo World Tour, the Virtual World Championship will hold its 2nd Round race on April 27 on the ROUVY racing platform. This virtual event will be live-streamed and will offer ‘series points’ that count towards the 2021 Gran Fondo Virtual World Championships for riders to collect. ROUVY

Hartford Marathon Foundation Opens Registration for 2021 RiMaConn Relay, presented by Webster Bank – The RiMaConn relay race will be held along the East Coast Greenway on Aug. 28, spanning 21 communities in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Continued support from Webster Bank will enable Hartford Marathon Foundation to execute extensive modifications to ensure social distancing and safe road race practices. Hartford Marathon Foundation

IRONMAN VR Team Challenge Enters Final Week on Showcasing the EMEA Region on IRONMAN NOW Facebook Watch Page with Teams Taking on a Half-Distance Duathlon Simulation – A champion will be crowned in the EMEA IRONMAN VR Team Challenge as the final week takes place on April 22. Three teams from EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) face-off in a Half-Distance virtual duathlon to close out the three-week competition cycle. IRONMAN

Light of Life’s Annual Yinzer 5K to Take on a New Course, Becoming the Yinzer 4.12K in Partnership with P3R – The Yinzer 5K is changing course as it wraps around the Northside of Pittsburgh with a 4.12K distance that honors the Steel City. Originated by Light of Life Rescue Mission in partnership with P3R, the event takes place on Aug. 14, 2021. P3R

GIVING

Swiftwick® Partners with The Urban Nature Program and Oasis Bike Shop to Help Local Youth Adventure Outside – Nashville’s Urban Nature Program enables underprivileged youth to connect with outdoor spaces through after-school programs and camps, and Oasis Bike Shop offers free bike workshops to young people in Nashville. Swiftwick will provide gear, financial support, and dedicated staff volunteering hours to both orgs. Swiftwick

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