Win Mizuno Running Shoes in The Mezamashii Project

Mizuno Mezamashii Project, Mizuno running shoes

The quest for a brilliant run.

It’s finally time—time for Run, Karla, Run’s first ever giveaway. And it’s a good one.

Not long ago, I opened up my mail to find an invitation—an actual paper invitation—from Mizuno for The Mezamashii Project. It was marked as invitation number 69 of 600. Inside, the card read:

CONGRATULATIONS. You have been chosen as a founding member of the Mezamashii Project.

In Japanese, the word means ‘brilliant.’

We are on a quest to deliver more mezamashii—more ecstatic, electric, wind-in-your heart running. More brilliant running.

So instead of spending millions of dollars on advertising to talk about our shoes, we’re putting our money where your feet are—by giving you a free pair.

As a founding member of the Mezamashii Project, you will be able to select other worthy runners to join the project and receive their own free pair of shoes.

Welcome to the quest for a brilliant run.

Who wouldn’t want their running to be more brilliant? But can a pair of shoes really do that? Having struggled through ill-fitting shoes and blister-laden runs when I was starting out as a newbie, I know what a world of difference the right pair of shoes can make. Obviously no one pair, or even brand, is right for everyone. But when you find that perfect ride, you know it.

Mizuno chose well when naming their project; they say mezamashii captures the feeling of a euphoric run. I’ve felt that euphoria many times when I trepidatiously bought a new pair of shoes and found they supported my foot in just the right way, protected my toenails, and saved my pedicured feet from blisters. Ahhhhh. One of my greatest comforts as a runner is knowing my feet will make it through a marathon unscathed. It really is pure joy.

Mizuno Mezamashii Project, Mizuno running shoes

Mizuno Women’s Wave Creation 13 Running Shoes

Already a confirmed Mizuno running shoes wearer—they have been helping me run ecstatically for over two years—I was intrigued. So I logged onto the website written on the invitation and entered the code they gave me. Low and behold, all I had to do was call a number to order my free pair of shoes, which I promptly did: Mizuno Wave Creation is my ride of choice.

The operator on hand was knowledgeable, polite and helpful. If you’re not already a Mizuno wearer, just tell them the brand, model and size of the shoes you wear now and they can suggest the right pair of Mizunos for you.

So here goes. I’m thrilled that I get to give away four—count ‘em 1-2-3-4—pairs of Mizuno running shoes to other lucky runners. You can be one of them. Here’s how:

1) Leave a comment below explaining what a brilliant run means to you. I’ll pick two winners from the comments below—one at random and one based on the merit of the comment.

2) Tweet me @KBruning and @MizunoRunning stating why you want a pair of Mizunos. I’ll pick two winners from Twitter—one at random and one based of the merit of the tweet.

So if you leave a comment and tweet, you double your chances to win. Only two entries per person will be counted—one via comments and one via Twitter. No matter what, there will be four different winners—no one can win twice. And I must apologize to my non-stateside readers. Mizuno’s rules state that you must reside in the U.S. to win.

You have until Sunday, July 8 at 10 pm EST. I’ll announce the winners on Monday and they’ll have until July 15 to claim their shoes. Winners will need to supply their e-mail address.

In addition to a free pair of shoes, members of The Mezamashii Project will continue to receive early access to product launches and other Mizuno events.

Good luck and have some brilliant runs this weekend!

Find out who won here.

Karla Bruning is a veteran journalist and running nerd. She has completed four marathons, two triathlons, trains with the New York Harriers and is a member of New York Road Runners. Follow Karla’s “Notes From a Running Nerd” at RunKarlaRun.com, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning.

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