The Duniway track is small and situated just off of the main driving route coming out of Portland. It makes it so that the flow of traffic is heavy and a steadily, wearily drags past the perimeter of the rubbery chip seal surface. Scott starts his workout by telling us a little bit about the track. He laughs when he tells us that it's 440 meters, a traditional 400 meter track. Then, he laughs again when he tells us that Under Amour recently bought the building situated directly behind him. Apparently this is going to be their home base in Portland.
Why is that funny? You might be asking yourself. The answer, when we turn around is more obvious than we thought. The tall Nike time keeper clock is what's really making him laugh. The track itself is made out of recycled footwear that the Portland based company donated back in 1995 when they took over ownership of the track. Funny.
What isn't funny is that this is Scott's first track workout back after his impressive 4th place finish at the Portland Marathon earlier this month. "I'll just be doing some 400's. Nothing too intense, maybe 10 of them, just to shake it out." Sure, Scott, ten of them. No big deal. You just shake things out.
When he gets going he looks positively like a stallion on the loose, limbs all flowing in motion like they were meant to.
But, we aren't here to judge his form. We are here to get some shots of our new running kits on he and his friend Jaime. The Ekiden returns and the newest addition to the family, the Rhino Running kit is something that we have been working on for a long time. Long enough to be relieved and stoked at the same time, just to see them in action.
Rhino Running Collection: Both Men's and Women's available
Socks - (COMING SOON)
Bidons - Rhino Skin Bidons
The entirety of the running collection, in all its glory » The Athletic Online Shop
The light is failing and we realize that we've run out of time pawing over Scott and that precious form. So, we resort to some static shots of her and she impresses with a series of pull ups that would make any cross fit gym (box?) jealous. Although, word on the street is that that she's a more than proficient runner herself. But, this should also go to show that we did indeed make both of these kits in men's and women's cut. There is no "just size down" with these kits.
With this collection we tried to expand our offerings just a little bit. We've never done bottles before, at least not with the Ekiden series. So, yes, we've got a couple new socks and yes they are incredibly bright. The yellow's are even brighter than the running clothing and that's because we know you use these socks for more than just running. Riding, trail hiking, prancing, anything that happens in the failing light.
Mt. Fuji Ekiden V2 Collection: Both Men's and Women's available
Socks - Winter White & Highlighter Yellow
Bidons - Mt. Fuji Ekiden Bidons
The entirety of the running collection can be seen here » the Athletic Online Shop.
Next up, we take these kits to the trails...