TCS New York City Marathon 2016 By The Numbers

TCS New York City Marathon 2016 By The Numbers

TCS New York City Marathon 2016 race day (Courtesy NYRR)

The TCS New York City Marathon 2016 was the largest 26.2-miler in history with 51,388 runners crossing the finish line on Sunday, November 6. The final finisher count won’t be ready until a full review of all the results, but it will likely top 2014’s final number of 50,530. And it takes a village to put on an event of that magnitude.

I spent nine days emceeing marathon events (I’m a race announcer for New York Road Runners, the organization that puts on the marathon), and in the process learned a lot of trivia about the race. Here’s a look at the TCS New York City Marathon 2016 through some of its glorious stats.

TCS New York City Marathon 2016 By The Numbers

35,000 Marathon ponchos were on hand at the finish. (Courtesy NYRR)

TCS New York City Marathon 2016 By The Numbers

Finishers

55 finishers in 1970, the first New York City Marathon
51,388 finishers (initial count) in 2016, the largest marathon in history
50,530 finishers in 2014, previously the largest marathon in history
51,995 starters in 2016
1,107,717 starters from 1970 through 2016
1,125,770 finishers from 1970 through 2016 (initial count)
4:38:27 average finish time in 2015

Demographics

76% runners tackling the New York City Marathon for the first time
58% men
42% women
1,108 runners who completed more than 15 New York City Marathons leading into race day
256 runners celebrating their birthday on marathon day
88 oldest runner
40.6 average age
18 youngest runner
34 miles the average TCS New York City Marathoner runs per week in training Read the rest of this entry →

08

Nov 2016

Disney Wine and Dine Half 2016 By The Numbers

Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon 2016 By The Numbers

Jason Simpson set a race record at the 2016 Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon. (runDisney)

The Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon 2016 presented by MISFIT from November 3 to 6 at Walt Disney World in Florida hosted 31,000 runners tackling food-themed races.

The three-day extravaganza featured the new Disney Wine & Dine 10K along with the inaugural Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge, which had runners feasting on the 10K and half-marathon on back-to-back days. The weekend also included Mickey’s Holiday 5K, runDisney Kids Races, the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo, and the weekend’s signature post-race party where Epcot and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival stayed open into the wee hours for runners and ticket-holders.

Take a look at the numbers behind Disney’s tastiest race weekend.

Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon 2016 By The Numbers

Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon 2016 By The Numbers

For the first time, the half marathon took place in the morning. (runDisney)

225 million—dishes will served during the 62-day 2016 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

266,000—cups of water given to runners during race weekend

250,000—runners who take part in runDisney events each year

31,000—registered runners for the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon 2016 Weekend 

14,000—runners registered for the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon

12,651—finishers at the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon

10,000—runners registered for the Disney Wine & Dine 10K 

9,260—finishers at the Disney Wine & Dine 10K

6,000—runners registered for the Disney Wine & Dine 5K Read the rest of this entry →

#OwnTheRun To Win GORE-TEX Running Shoes

Own The Run with GORE-TEX Running Shoes

Running DC’s Lincoln Park in my GORE-TEX Saucony Ride 9 GTX shoes (RunKarlaRun.com)

This post is sponsored by GORE-TEX. Why? I love their running shoe liner and want everyone to have the chance to win a pair of GORE-TEX lined running shoes.

What does it mean to you to “Own The Run?” For me, it means enjoying the day, no matter what my run brings. Sometimes I feel great and crush it, sometimes I’m sluggish and struggle to get through three miles checking my watch every minute, sometimes the weather is perfect, and sometimes it’s too hot, too cold, too wet, too humid, like I’m the Goldilocks of running.

Own The Run With GORE-TEX Running Shoes

Washington DC’s Rock Creek Park (RunKarlaRun.com)

But when I #OwnTheRun, I embrace whatever the day throws at me, happy that I get to run, that I can slog it out, rain or shine, good or bad. It’s my run and I own it, no matter what happens out there.

How do you #OwnTheRun? Between now and November 8, 2017, you can enter to win GORE-TEX shoes and gear at gore-tex.com/owntherun. In addition to weekly GORE-TEX lined shoe giveaways, one winner will receive head-to-toe gear—shoes, running shorts, running pants, a jacket, headphones, and more—to help them #OwnTheRun in any weather. Enter at gore-tex.com/owntherun.

Own The Run With GORE-TEX Running Shoes

Running NYC’s East River path in Saucony Ride 9 GTX shoes (RunKarlaRun.com)

GORE-TEX lined shoes have been a staple of my running closet since I first tried them in 2014. I’m on my third pair with the Saucony Ride 9 GTX, given to me by GORE-TEX. Read the rest of this entry →

04

Nov 2016

How To Watch TCS New York City Marathon 2016

How To Watch The TCS New York City Marathon 2016

TCS New York City Marathon 2016 is Nov 6! (Courtesy NYRR)

The TCS New York City Marathon 2016 is almost here! Marathon Sunday is my favorite day of the year; I love it more than my own birthday. I have the privilege of being a finish line announcer on race day, emceeing events in the Marathon Pavilion during the week, and making a cameo on ABC’s pre-race coverage.

If you want to catch all the action from the world’s largest marathon, here’s how to join in the fun race week and tune-in on TV and online on race day.

TCS New York City Marathon 2016 Race Week

TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion
Yours truly is master of ceremonies for the week! Located near the finish line at 67th St. in Central Park next to Tavern on The Green, the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion is the official visitor center for the TCS New York City Marathon. It’s free and open to the public all week with a full schedule of interactive experiences, including daily yoga and barre classes hosted by Exhale, athlete appearances, shakeout runs, giveaways, course strategy sessions, live music, and more.

You can also buy official TCS New York City Marathon merchandise, store your gear in an Airbnb locker while you run Central Park, or grab a bite and sip some wine at the cafe & bar. If you’re running the 2016 race, find your name of the name wall with all 50,000 runners or check out the Virtual Reality Race Course or Augmented Reality Course Map powered by Tata Consultancy Services. Come on down and say hi!

Sunday, October 30—Thursday, November 3
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday, November 4
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Check out the full schedule at tcsnycmarathon.org.

TCS New York City Marathon Opening Ceremony Presented by United Airlines 
The TCS New York City Marathon Opening Ceremony presented by United Airlines is the official kick-off celebration at the finish line of the world’s largest marathon. The festivities are free and open to all. Tickets are available at the TCS New York City Marathon Health and Wellness Expo and the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion throughout race week, as well as on site.

Friday, November 4
4:45 p.m. Pre-show, hosted by yours truly
5:30 p.m. Parade of Nations

Watch It:
5:30 p.m. on ABC-TV Channel 7 in the New York-metro area
5:25 p.m. at 7online.com everywhere

Countdown to the Starting Line
Get pumped for race day with “Countdown to the Starting Line,” a preview the TCS New York City Marathon. I (yes, me!) pop-by to give a rundown on the top runners to watch.

Saturday, November 5
7:30 p.m. on ABC-TV Channel 7 in the New York-metro area
Also streaming on ABC7NY.com

How To Watch The TCS New York City Marathon 2016

2015 TCS New York City Marathon (Courtesy NYRR)

TCS New York City Marathon 2016 Race Day

NYC Metro Area

Watch on ABC-TV, Channel 7, Sunday, November 6

Pre-Race Features
7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

Live Race Broadcast
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Live streaming will also be available on ABC7NY.com and via the WatchABC app from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Nationally

Watch on ESPN2 and WatchESPN, Sunday, November 6

Live Race Broadcast
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET

Pre-Race Coverage
Watch ESPN3 from 7:00 to 9:00a.m. ET
Available on WatchESPN platforms Read the rest of this entry →

30

Oct 2016

Disneyland Paris Half Marathon By The Numbers

Disneyland Paris Half Marathon By The Numbers

Paula Radcliffe joins Mickey Mouse at Disneyland Paris Half Marathon (Disneyland Paris)

The inaugural Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Weekend is finally here! From Friday, September 23 to Sunday, September 25, I’m here to catch all the action as a media guest of runDisney.

The Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Weekend, runDisney’s first event outside the U.S., includes the title half-marathon, Disneyland 5K, runDisney Kids Races, and ticketed parties the night before each event.

Disneyand Paris Half Marathon Medals Revealed

The Castle to Chateau Challenge medal (Disney)

The courses tour runners through Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park, Disney Village and environs, including jaunts down Main Street, U.S.A. and through Sleeping Beauty Castle. And like all runDisney races, runners will find Disney characters and entertainment all along the way.

In true runDisney fashion, the race will be part of the new Castle to Chateau Race Challenge. Runners who complete the half-marathon at Disneyland Paris and a half or marathon at either Disneyland Resort in California or Walt Disney World Resort in Florida in the same calendar year will earn a special medal for the occasion.

What else? Here’s a look at just some of the stats behind the first Disneyland Paris Half Marathon.

Disneyland Paris Half Marathon By The Numbers

230,000—people participate in runDisney events each year

13,000—runners registered for the inaugural Disneyland Paris Half Marathon

5,000—runners registered for the Disneyland Paris 5K

2,300—participants in the Castle to Chateau Race Challenge, who will complete the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon and a half-marathon or longer at Walt Disney World or Disneyland in the U.S.

Read the rest of this entry →

24

Sep 2016

Running Through Life’s Biggest Moments

Running Through Life's Biggest Moments

Running through life’s smallest and biggest moments (RunKarlaRun.com)

My husband, Phil, and I keep a mental list of the best things we’ve done as a couple. Some of our running exploits are definitely Top 10. Running through life has definitely been fun.

But the Top 3 are (and we’re in complete agreement on these):

1) Adopt Cinderella

Our beloved doghter easily takes the top spot. She brings so much joy to our lives. All I have to do after a bad day is simply look at Cinderella and I feel instantly better. She is the furry love of our lives.

2) Move In Together

This was the big commitment. We tackled the tough life decisions before that point because we didn’t want to move forward unless we both thought this was it. Thankfully, it was.

3) Get Married

Some people told us, “You’ll see, it’s so different once you’re married.” Meh, not really. It was so different once we moved in together. That was the really big step for us. I was never the girl who dreamed about her wedding. But throwing a wedding was pretty darn fun.

Running Through Life's Biggest Moments

15 weeks preggers in Quebec (RunKarlaRun.com)

Of course, we ran through it all.

Now, we’ve got another potential list-topper in the hopper.

Yep, I’m pregnant. I’m 20 weeks—almost 5 months along—and half-way to my due date. Cinderella 2 is due in early February. It’s a girl! I’m running through life’s next challenge. Read the rest of this entry →

21

Sep 2016

Tinker Bell Half Marathon 2017 Registration Opens

Tinker Bell Half Marathon 2017 Registration Opens

Tinker Bell Half Marathon 2017 registration opens soon. (Disney)

Registration for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon 2017 Weekend presented by PANDORA Jewelry opens Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 12 p.m. Eastern. The women-focused race weekend takes place from May 11-14, 2017 at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. The race is the third largest women’s running event in the U.S. with 11,435 finishers in 2015.

In addition to the title half marathon, the Tinker Bell Half Marathon 2017 Weekend also includes the Pixie Dust Challenge presented by PANDORA Jewelry, Tinker Bell 10K presented by PANDORA Jewelry, Never Land 5K presented by PANDORA Jewelry, and runDisney Kids Races.

The runDisney Health and Fitness Expo is free and open to the public Thursday, May 11 through Saturday, May 13. That’s where runners pick-up their bibs and race gear, find official runDisney merchandise, along with the coveted runDisney New Balance shoes, other retailers showcasing running apparel and products, and more. Read the rest of this entry →

Disneyland Half Marathon 2016 By The Numbers

Disneyland Half Marathon 2016 By The Numbers

Donald Duck cheers on runners. (Disney)

The Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna celebrates its 11th anniversary over Labor Day Weekend with more than 32,000 runners. From Sept. 1 through Sept. 4, 2016 in Anaheim, Calif., runners will take on everything from a Diaper Dash for the littlest among them to 13.1 miles in the main event on Sunday.

The weekend’s races include the Disneyland 5K, Disneyland 10K, Dumbo Double Dare, runDisney Kids Races, and the Disneyland Half Marathon with a flat and fast course through Disney California Adventure theme park, Disneyland theme park, the streets of Anaheim, and Angel Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Angels.

Here’s a look at the 2016 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend by the numbers.

Disneyland Half Marathon 2016 By The Numbers

Runners at Sleeping Beauty Castle (Disney)

2016 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend By The Numbers

96,000—safety pins that will be used to pin runners’ bibs

32,400—total race registrations for the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, including runners participating in multiple events

16,000—runners from California, the most represented state

14,900—runners in the Disneyland Half Marathon

10,000—participants in the Disneyland 10K

6,000—entrants in the Disneyland 5K

6,000—challengers in the Dumbo Double Dare, who run the 10K on Saturday and half marathon on Sunday

1,500—children in the runDisney Kids Races

Read the rest of this entry →

02

Sep 2016

Race Report: Wild Dog Triathlon 2016

Race Report: Wild Dog Triathlon 2016

Wild Dog Triathlon ready! (RunKarlaRun.com)

The Wild Dog Triathlon in Bristol, Rhode Island was my first time participating in a triathlon on a relay instead of on my own. The takeaway? Being part of a team is so much fun!

I participated in the Wild Dog Triathlon in 2013, and loved the event. (You can read my Race Report here.) The course was gorgeous, it was well-organized, and low-key at the same time. Perfect for a summer tri on vacation.

Race Report: Wild Dog Triathlon

Coming out of the water at the Wild Dog Triathlon in 2013. (Phil Hospod)

I debated doing the race on my own, but I honestly wasn’t even remotely trained. I’ve been on a bike exactly once this year—a solid 26 miles, but still—and have swum just a handful of times. Throw in the fact that race week was my first week back to exercising after being sick for three full weeks, thanks to the flu and bronchitis. Sure, I could have “jogged” it. But I know myself; I’m totally able to do that during a half-marathon where I’m taking in the scenery or having fun. But during triathlons and shorter races, I get too competitive.

It just so happened that my husband, Phil, and I were spending the weekend with a friend who’s done a few triathlons, so I recruited them to join a team with me. Enter team KAP’n Crunch—aka Karla, Adam, and Phil. It was a last-minute affair. We registered just two days before the race.

Race Report: Wild Dog Triathlon 2016

Yay team! (RunKarlaRun.com)

Sorting out who would do which leg was pretty easy. Phil is hands down the fastest runner among us, with his 18:37 5K PR. That’s a 5:59 pace, folks. A ringer on the run? You, bet!

Adam and I are both strong swimmers—and faster than Phil—but Adam is a much better cyclist than me. He can knock out 20 mph in his sleep, whereas my fastest overall racing speed was 17.2 mph at the 2015 Boston Triathlon. So biking it was for him.

That meant I would swim. We managed to cobble together a team where each of us was competing in a strong leg for us. A recipe for success. Read the rest of this entry →

17

Aug 2016

The Dark Side Star Wars Half Registration Opens

The Dark Side Star Wars Half Registration Opens

R2D2 greets runners at The Dark Side Star Wars Half Marathon. (runDisney)

Registration for The Dark Side Star Wars Half Marathon 2017 Weekend at Walt Disney World opens at 12 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, August 9, 2016. The Disney half marathon race weekend themed to The “Dark Side” will take place April 20-23, 2017 in a galaxy far, far away. OK, it’s really in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, but you get the idea. I ran the inaugural race in 2016, courtesy of runDisney, and had a blast(er)!

More than 18,180 runners finished The Dark Side Star Wars Half Marathon and another 12,173 flew through the Star Wars 10K in 2016. Among them all, 6,795 runners completed the Star Wars Dark Side Challenge by finishing the 10K and half-marathon on consecutive days. All those races will be back for 2017, along with the Star Wars 5K, runDisney Kids Races, and free runDisney Health and Fitness Expo—the only place where you can buy shoes in the coveted New Balance runDisney Collection.

The Dark Side Star Wars Half Registration Opens

Star Wars Half—The Light Side runs at Disneyland (runDisney)

The Walt Disney World race weekend also has a companion event at Disneyland. The Light Side Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend will take place January 12-15, 2017 in California. Runners who complete both Star Wars Half Marathons receive an extra medal for completing the Kessel Run Challenge in this special edition of the Coast to Coast Race Challenge. Registration for The Light Side Star Wars Half Marathon is open.

I ran the The Dark Side Star Wars Half Marathon at Walt Disney World in 2016 as a media guest of runDisney, and absolutely loved the race. You can read about my experience at Shape.com and RunKarlaRun.com: Read the rest of this entry →

09

Aug 2016

A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic cruises from New York City. (Disney Cruise Line/Matt Stroshane)

Happy Anniversary to my favorite runner, Phil! It’s been four + four years of running love (dating + married). On another anniversary, I shared photos from our 1930s and 1940s themed wedding. This year, I thought I’d share highlights from my bachelorette weekend…on a Disney cruise!

A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

Gathering on deck (RunKarlaRun.com)

That’s right. I love running Disney races and Phil and I got engaged at Walt Disney World. So I thought it fitting to take a Disney cruise with 10 of my BFFs in lieu of a traditional bridal shower and bachelorette party. We wrapped it up into one fun-filled weekend on the high seas. A Disney cruise proved to be a surprisingly perfect getaway for a group of nerdy gal pals that just wanted to have good, clean fun.

A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

With my girls at dinner. (RunKarlaRun.com)

Disney Cruise Line’s “Cruise To Nowhere”

On Friday afternoon, we boarded the Disney Magic for a two-night “cruise to nowhere” leaving from New York City. Read the rest of this entry →

04

Aug 2016

Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Medals Revealed

Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Medals Revealed

Disneyland Paris Half Marathon medals (Disney)

In nine weeks, runners will storm Disneyland Paris in Val d’Europe, France for the first time: the inaugural Disneyland Paris Half Marathon takes off on Sunday, September 25, 2016. I’ll be among them as a media guest of runDisney. Now, we’ve got a glimpse of the medals we’ll earn.

Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Medal

For the main 13.1-mile event, Mickey Mouse is, of course, the main man. He runs around Sleeping Beauty Castle, the iconic heart of Disneyland Paris, just like runners will. Flourished with the French fleur-de-lis, the gold medal hangs from a blue lanyard. It’s the official color of Disneyland Paris.

Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Medals Revealed

Disneyland Paris Half Marathon medal (Disney)

Disneyland Paris 5K & runDisney Kids Races Medallions

The runDisney Kids Races medallion also features Mickey Mouse in living color, while the Disneyland Paris 5K medallion stars another rodent—Remy of Ratatouille fame. Both hang from blue and gold ribbons. Read the rest of this entry →

17 Ways To Prevent Knee & Running Injuries

17 Ways To Prevent Knee, Foot & Running Injuries

Prevent running injuries with these 17 tips. (RunKarlaRun.com)

Running injuries are public enemy no. 1. Unfortunately, they happen to most of us. After 10 years as a mythical injury-free runner, I spent a chunk of 2015 sidelined by two different running injuries in the same foot—a stress fracture (that was later downgraded to a bone bruise) and persistent plantar fasciitis.

Now that I’m back on the road and running well—I ran a 10-mile PR in April and my second fastest half-marathon in May—I’m more motivated than ever to keep running injuries away. How? Strength training is key, along with tools like ye olde foam roller, KT Tape, and stretching. I got specific advice from top experts about the most common running injuries and the sneaky ways we injure our knees for Shape.com.

17 Ways To Prevent Knee, Foot & Running Injuries

Running Central Park in NYC (RunKarlaRun.com)

5 Beginner Running Injuries & How to Dodge ‘Em

From plantar fasciitis to runner’s knee and iliotibial band syndrome to tendonitis, don’t let these common discomforts sideline you.

The five running injuries included here are among the most common that physical therapists see. And no, they’re not just for beginners. I got one after 10 years of running.

Here’s how to avoid and relieve them once they strike. Read the entire story at Shape.com

17 Ways To Prevent Knee, Foot & Running Injuries

Running Rhode Island (RunKarlaRun.com)

7 Things You Don’t Realize Are Killing Your Knees

Guess what? Running doesn’t ruin knees! Numerous studies and top docs agree.

What will do your knees in? Injuries from running hills, yoga, boot camp style classes, and even simple lunges—lunges!—where you might get sloppy with your form. Proper technique is key, and so is—you guessed it—strength training.

Avoid these seven common training pitfalls with doctor-approved tips on how to avoid injury for each. Check out more at Shape.com

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Disney Princess Half Marathon 2017 Registration

Disney Princess Half Marathon 2017 Registration

Disney Princess Half Marathon 2017 Registration opens July 12. (Walt Disney World)

Registration for the 2017 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals opens Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 12 p.m. ET. The women-focused race weekend will take place at Walt Disney World in Florida from February 23-26, 2017. The race is the second largest women’s running event in the U.S. with 20,138 finishers in 2016.

Disney Princess Half Marathon Registration Opens

(runDisney)

The Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend includes the titular Disney Princess Half Marathon, Disney Princess Enchanted 10K, Disney Princess 5K, runDisney Kids Races, and Disney Glass Slipper Challenge.

The Challenge asks runners to complete both the 10K on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday for a total of 19.3 miles. They’ll earn three medals total: one for each race and one for the Challenge. To qualify, runners must register for the Challenge, not each race individually.

The free runDisney Health & Fitness Expo at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex also takes place from Thursday through Saturday. The Expo is the only place runners can find shoes in the New Balance runDisney Collection.

During race registration, runners can also purchase the VIP Race Retreat Package with access to a suite of pre- and post-race amenities.

The Disney Princess Half Marathon takes runners from Epcot to Magic Kingdom and back, including a run through Cinderella Castle. The 10K and 5K courses traditionally run through Epcot and the Disney BoardWalk area. Read the rest of this entry →

Ampla Fly Carbon Fiber Running Shoes Review

Ampla Fly Running Shoe Review

The Ampla Fly carbon fiber running shoe. (AMPLA)

AMPLA compensated me for the time it took me to test their product, write about it, and share it on this blog. Compensation I receive from any company is not compensation for my good opinion. I only share products I think readers might find interesting.

Ampla Fly, the first shoes from nascent running company AMPLA, are so far outside the proverbial (shoe)box that I had to try them for myself. I put them to the test on the road and the treadmill.

When I first heard of the new Ampla Fly carbon fiber soled shoes, I assumed they were cycling shoes. Carbon fiber soles are de rigueur in the cycling and triathlon world. Simply, the stiffness of the soles helps transfer more force from your legs to your pedals than a softer material that loses energy when it flexes. The result? You pedal farther and faster with the same amount of effort.

But au contraire mon frère. The Ampla Fly are not cycling shoes. They’re running shoes. Yes, you read that right: carbon fiber running shoes. Predicated on the idea that “Force is your friend,” Ampla Fly aims to use force to train you to become a more efficient runner. They sell for $120 in men’s and women’s sizing and in two colors, red and black. If you want to try a pair, use code RunKarlaRun for 10 percent off at AmplaSport.com.

Ampla Fly Running Shoe Review

The Ampla Fly running shoe collection (AMPLA)

Ampla Fly Design

Why carbon fiber? “When a runner lands on the ground the force can equal upwards of 8x their body weight; we needed a material that could handle that weight, absorb that force and return the energy. Carbon fiber was our only choice.”

Folks not familiar with carbon fiber cycling shoes might worry that a “plate” in the midsole might make them heavy. Worry not. Carbon is both stiff and lightweight. Weighing in at 10.1 oz. in the men’s shoe and 9.8 oz. in the women’s shoe, the Ampla Fly are comparable to the Asics Gel-Nimbus or Brooks Glycerin weight wise.

This isn’t a minimalist shoe; it isn’t a maximalist shoe, but something wholly different. The 4 mm drop might lend itself more toward the minimalist end of the spectrum. But when you consider that drop comes from a 20 mm heel to a 16 mm forefoot, you realize this is an elevated shoe.

The seamless mesh and micro-suede upper are pretty standard. The Ortholite sockliner, EVA sub-sockliner, and EVA Lite top midsole provide a nice, but not overly soft, amount of cushioning.

Ampla Fly Running Shoe Review

Ampla Fly’s design (AMPLA)

The Amply Fly midsole, however, is what makes this shoe unique. The carbon fiber plate stretches the full length of the shoe, sandwiched between the single piece top midsole and EVA foam bottom midsole. But it’s not just a uniform piece. The plate includes a tab or tongue that moves with each footfall—effectively, a spring.

The EVA foam bottom midsole is then split into two pieces to cover the plate. The foam heel is fixed in place to cover the rear of the plate. The foam forefoot covers the toe off and tab of the plate.

What does it all add up to? The design promotes a midfoot strike, gathering the force of your step, and then channeling the energy into your forefoot at push off, AMPLA says.

No, heel striking itself isn’t bad. But studies show that overstriding—often a result of heel striking—might lead to more injuries. That midfoot strike encourages runners to shorten their strides and land with their feet beneath, not way in front of, their bodies.

Does the Ampla Fly work? I slipped them on to find out.

Ampla Fly Running Shoes Review

Karla tries Ampla Fly (RunKarlaRun.com)

Ampla Fly Performance

Wearing the women’s size 9, I took the Amply Fly on the road and treadmill.

Fit & Feel

First, the toe box is on the snug side. This is a common complaint of mine about many of the running shoes I try, and the Ampla Fly is no exception. Overall, I’d call this a close-to-the-foot fit. The heel is locked in place and ball hugged, even if the toes are a bit squished. Sizing is comparable to Nike or ASICS. Read the rest of this entry →