On June 21, 2018, the longest day, the revolutionary new Cloudace will be put to the ultimate test in a run around the globe. 24 hours, 24 time zones, 24 stories. It’s going to be #SeriouslyAce.
Kicking off the world’s longest relay run is race and event director Seti Afoa with runners in the Samoa Islands.
If you’re a runner in Samoa, you likely know Seti. As Director of Samoa events, he has been the man behind building a calendar, and culture, of running events in Samoa. Seti has launched a marathon, an ultra-relay over 104km, four half marathons, a nine-day running festival, a 35 km Trail race and many other events as well. That’s over 2,200 kms of races each year, which also includes a weekly run series in Samoa’s capital Apia, where whole families come every week to run and improve their times. Getting young people into the sport early is a key motivator for Seti:
“The biggest joy is seeing children under 10 put on running shoes and run as fast as they can every week. In this way, my involvement with running in Samoa is establishing a culture and a lifestyle of movement and running for our population.”
As the man to start off so many races for so many people, there’s no one better qualified to fire the starting gun on the world’s longest relay run than Seti, who says Samoa is the perfect location to kick off this epic test of the new Cloudace:
“The best thing about running in Samoa is the challenge and the variety – ours is a challenging environment,” Seti explained.
“Over 50% of running around the islands is on hard road surfaces. For the lovers of running that I have seen over and over again, their experience and joy in running is that much more enhanced with the right footwear. Above all, the safety factor in having a great shoe with added support protects the athlete from being vulnerable to injury.”
I always tell my runners to utilise the tool at their disposal to complement style and strengths. Finding that sweet spot with your shoe makes the love affair of running that much more enjoyable lasting longer and going further. From what I have read about the new Cloudace, the dream will soon be realised.”
You can follow the whole of the world’s longest relay run as it heads around the globe from Samoa to Hawaii on this very page on June 21, and on social media with the hashtag #SeriouslyAce.
Leading the time-zone team in New Zealand is pro Surf Ironman Max Beattie. The sport of Surf Ironman tests the four key skills of surf lifesaving: swimming, board paddling, surf-ski paddling and running.
Max has been testing his limits for as long as he can remember, and running has been at the core of his training.
“Running for me has been the common denominator my entire life,” Max says. “Growing up I played every sport I possibly could. Whether it was swimming, football, surfing, athletics it didn’t matter, because every single sport required running. Even from a young age, I understood how important it was to excel at any sport.“
Now as a professional Surf Ironman, in a sport which is based around skill in the ocean, Max still finds that there is no replacement for running - both for fitness and a sense of accomplishment.
“As an athlete who spends countless hours in the ocean, I love the opportunity to get out and run. Whether as apart of my training or just for some fun the freedom of running is unrivaled. Running for me has been the purest form of physical activity and no matter what sport you do there’s nothing that compares to running.”
In his relay leg, Max is seriously looking forward to testing out the new Cloudace, which is engineered for maximum support and comfort:“I need a shoe with extra support because being comfortable is important. Our body is our vessel to get through life the best we can. So why not treat it in the best possible way?”
Put an ace up your sleeve for achieving your running goals when the new Cloudace launches on June 21. And be sure to get out there for a longest run on the longest day of the year. If you share your run with the hashtag #SeriouslyAce you can be featured in live reporting of the world’s longest relay run right here.
The baton for the world’s longest relay run is in safe hands when it reaches the Solomon Islands. Representing the UTC+11 time zone is Patrick Kam, a track athlete who has represented the Solomon Islands at major international events.
19-year-old Patrick comes from a small village about 40km outside Honiara, he started running when he was nine years old.
Today, he specialises in the 1500m and 5000m events and has represented the Solomon Islands at the Oceania Championship, the Asian Games, the Youth Commonwealth Games and the Commonwealth Games.
“I got into running for fun,” Patrick says.“My village is very small and a long way from the nearest town so running was also a way to get places. And running in Honiara means I get motivation by my close friends.”
“My running goals are to continue improving and hopefully win the National Championships and a gold medal at the Pacific Games.”
Listing “a strong mind and self discipline” as the keys to success, few would bet against Patrick achieving his goals.
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The world’s longest relay run is about activating a global community of runners to celebrate the launch of the new Cloudace. And when it comes to engaging a community, Erica King, our relay captain for UTC+10, knows what it takes.
Erica’s story is anything but boring. She started out as a make-up artist in film and television, before her next challenge saw her live with a remote tribe in the highlands of Papua New Guinea while writing a thesis. She then spent time in the corporate world specializing in organizational psychology.
Erica’s life then took what she describes as“anunexpected detour” with 25 years in the dental profession both managing private clinics and owning her own dental practices with a team of 300 staff.
It was during this high-stress life imbalance that Erica decided to learn to run, literally from scratch, at the age of 38. Erica likes a challenge and the toughest run she could think of at that time was a marathon. And for her, the most exciting city to run a marathon had to be New York.
Crossing the finish line in Central Park was life-changing for Erica. She says she knew for the first time that she could achieve anything.
Fast-forward 16 years and Erica’s whole life is focused around women’s running with her online community Running Divas. An incredible 260,000 women have found one another because of Running Divas. The friendship, camaraderie, support, advice and encouragement shown by the group is incredible. Get inspired right here on June 21 as you follow Erica and the Divas live on their leg of the world’s longest relay run.
A snapshot of Erica’s achievements:
- Completed all World Major Marathons – New York, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, Tokyo
- Completed a total of 30 marathons
- Erica celebrated her 50th birthday in 2014 by running 12 Marathons in 12 Months
- Ran nine marathons in 2017 – one in each State & Territory of Australia and the Boston Marathon for the 50thAnniversary of the first woman to officially run the race
Add to your own list of achievements by joining in the world’s longest relay run. Run at 18:30 in your time zone on June 21 and you’ll be in synch with your time zone team. And as of June 21, if you order the Cloudace by the end of the month and apply the code TryOn18 at checkout, you can test it commitment free for 30 days. Now that’s #SeriouslyAce.
Our Cloudace test runner in the land of the rising sun knows exactly what high performance feels like. Naomi Washizu is a four-time winner of the All-Japan Triathlon Miyakojima(StrongmanMiyako). She was also the winner of Ironman Japan in 2007 and 2008, and the Ironman Korea champion in 2015.
After finishing in 16th place at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii in 2008, Naomi actually retired from professional competition. However, she has returned to elite competition this year.
Like other time-zone representatives on the world’s longest relay run, Naomi’s running journey began as part of another sport.
“I started running as part of training when I was playing tennis in my school days,” Naomi said.
“Today, I still love jogging and chatting with my good friends on my favourite running routes.”
On the relay leg in Tokyo, Naomi will have the Cloudace as the ace up her runner’s sleeve, but when pressed for other tips to run strong, she says there’s no excuse for hard work:“Thereare no shortcutsto running further and faster,” Naomi explains.“Youlearn more efficient movements and technique, and make more effort. That’s all.”
Train hard as Naomi suggests, and in complete comfort, with the new Cloudace. Made with no compromises on support, cushioning or speed, it’s the ideal partner for upping your game.
The time-zone-team leader when the world’s longest relay run hits China is Hui Wang. Hui is running for all those out there who are new to the sport.
“As a runner I have little experience,” Hui admits – “but I do have lots of passion.”
For Hui, running tended to be preparation for other exercise, rather than the main sporting challenge. But in 2016, that changed completely.
“When I moved to Shanghai and met all the encouraging running communities, that’s when I knew that running is more than a warm up, more than a sport… it’s a social movement,” Hui explains.
“I quickly went from 5km to 10km, then more and found myself enjoying many kinds of runs, from running trails and mountains to beaches and paved roads. I did my first half marathon last year in Suzhou among more than 30,000 runners. While it was tough, and my mind was telling me to walk, I took motivation from all the people I had around me – I truly believe that in running we are all equal, we can all succeed if we put our minds to it!”
For Hui, Shanghai is the perfect place to host a leg of the world’s longest relay run. “Running in Shanghai by the Bund riverside is great. Along one side you can run past the old docks and new green parks, on the other side of the river you’ll be amongst the world’s largest skyscrapers in Lujiazui.”
Hui is also looking forward to being among the first to put the new Cloudace, which offers our most supportive ride yet, to the test.
“Shoes with added support help make my run feel easier. I hope this will give me the opportunity to enjoy many kilometers of running, for many years.”
Shoes aside, the most important ingredient for a great run to Hui is company. “Be among great people, and always keep smiling… that’s all you need to go further!”
Experience this community for yourself on the day of seriously, the world’s longest relay run, June 21. All runs take place at 18:30 wherever you are, so lace up, head out and be part of a run around the world!
Our lead runner for the UTC+7 time zone is Pak-boong or Pak, for short. Like so many others, Pak started running to improve her health, but in Pak’s case, discovering running was truly life changing, as she explains in her own words here:
“For the past 10 years, I have been suffering from bulimia, a severe eating disorder that tore me apart for as long as I could remember. It caused numerous sequential body system meltdowns. To name a few, I had anemia – an imbalance between the red and white blood cells. My metabolic system was damaged. I experienced hair loss. I had cysts on both sides of my fallopian tubes. I was basically on the verge of despair – I hated how I was living so much.
“Two years ago I set out with the goal to rebuild my health through fitness. I started going to the gym and working out every day. I began with weight training. I wanted to reboot my metabolic system. I would run on a treadmill at the gym. Then a friend suggested that I should try running in the park. Things progressed until I ran a marathon. And before I knew it, I was taking up triathlon and I never want to stop.
“Change was challenging because bulimia is psychosis. It required a lot of hard work, mentally and physically. Anyone going through the same situation knows that you have to be strong and persistent. My health has improved tremendously. I felt like I was put in a new body. My internal processes are now working as they should. And I couldn’t feel more proud when looking back at how far I have come.”
Tap into Pak’s inspirational journey by following her and the rest of the world’s longest relay run live right here on June 21.
We head to the roof of the world as seriously, the world’s longest relay run reaches UTC+6. Thankfully, our time-zone-team leaders for this leg in the Himalayas are more than used to running in the area’s extreme terrain, which is perhaps the most challenging on earth.
In Nepal, “hills” lie between 600 meters and 4000 meters. The mountain ranges then start from 4000 meters up to the summit of Mount Everest at 8848 meters – the highest point on the planet.
If you trek this breathtaking landscape you might catch a glimpse of young children flying up and down the trails between snow-capped peaks, going from home to school and back again on what the trail racing world considers some of the most technical course profiles possible.
Our running story for UTC+6 is about the girls who grew up on such trails in some of the most remote parts of Nepal. In their home villages they are required to work in fields, go up the hills to look after their goats and sheep. They then descend down to fetch water and carry heavy grass and wood back home for the kitchen fire.
Nepal’s Mira Rai has made a big mark in the ultrarunning world, being named Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic in 2017. Inspired by Mira’s achievements, young women that had been traversing the trails as part of their everyday lives started to take up trail running. Now, with Mira’s support, they have formed a team under the Exchange and Empower Program. It is this team of daredevil females that carry the baton of the world’s longest relay through the Himalayas.
Meet the Trail Running Nepal team:
Rashila Tamang from Dhading relocated to Kathmandu to participate in trail races after she ranked second behind Mira in one of the runs.
Chhechi Sherpa Rai, an unsung hero, is a mother and a determined athlete who will stop at nothing to succeed. Checchi is the first Nepali woman to win the 1600 km Great Himalayan trail race in 2017.
Humi Budhamagar was training for road runs until she found her niche in trail races.
Chhoki Sherpa came second in 300 km Annapurna Mandala Race.
Sunmaya Budha defied the practice of child marriage still prevalent in her village to become a professional trail runner. She is currently the Asian Skyrunning champion and winner of the Mount Goglygong trail race in China.
Watch this space on June 21 for updates as these fearless runners take the world’s longest relay run to the heady heights of the Himalayas. Seriously.
When the world’s longest relay run reaches UTC+5, it’s taken forward by Free to Run - an international organization that uses adventure sports to help women and girls in areas of conflict to build their physical, emotional and social well-being. The goal is to develop them into community leaders so they can bring people together across cultural, ethnic and religious lines.
Free to Run provides them with the tools they need to succeed and support them in transferring those successes to their everyday lives. The end result is that they can become a powerful force for positive change in Afghanistan.
Meet the Free to Run team:
Fatima has been a Free to Run member for the past two years. She completed her first marathon in 2017, and has demonstrated a real enthusiasm for running and commitment to the Free to Run mission. Fatima heads up one of the Community Development teams, where she leads running sessions and teaches our Life Skills through Sports curriculum to a group of high-school girls.
Kubra is one of the organisation’s former ultra marathon team members. She participated in Racing the Planet Sri Lanka 2016–a 250km foot race–and has since completed the past two editions of the Marathon of Afghanistan. Kubra recently graduated from university with a degree in Public Administration and now works as Free to Run’s Program Officer, where she organizes all activities for one of the organization’s provincial programs.
Hasina is currently training to run Racing the Planet’s 250km Gobi Desert March this July. She completed her first marathon in Afghanistan in 2017, and has been a Free to Run member for the past two years. She graduated with a degree in Physical Education, and leads two Community Development Programs.
Tahira has been a Free to Run member for the past year. She was first introduced to the program through a friend, and has hardly missed an activity since. Tahira studies at a local university, and hopes to run the Marathon of Afghanistan later this year.
Inspired by the Free to Run team? The grab your running shoes on June 21 and be part of the world’s longest relay run. Run at 18:30 wherever you are any you’ll be running at the same time as the rest of your time zone team. Follow along and share using the hashtag #SeriouslyAce.
Our UTC+4 time zone frontrunner is Marcus Smith. Marcus is an entrepreneur, a motivational speaker, an extreme athlete and a coach. So it’s fair to say he’s well qualified to skipper the world’s longest relay run through Dubai.
With his vision of making people’s lives better through health, culture and environment Marcus has established two successful businesses, the international performance company, InnerFight; and a Paleo food provider, Smith St Paleo.
Before his entrepreneurial exploits, Marcus played professional rugby, with the highlight being his participation in the 2009 IRB Rugby Sevens World Cup. Retiring from the game in 2010, he remains highly active and now competes in CrossFit, cycling, and running events as well as numerous extreme endurance events and challenges.
Running has been part of Marcus’ routine for as long as he can remember – it literally runs in the family.
“I ran when I was a kid because my parents ran,” Marcus recalls. “We are a product of our environment and as my parents ran a lot it was normal for me to run. At school most other kids didn’t like running because they had not been exposed to it, but I loved it so I ran more and ran faster than the other kids. I started winning races, which motivated me even more.”
Marcus is now looking forward to testing the new Cloudace, which is engineered for ultimate support, and sharing a runner’s perspective on Dubai when he participates in the world’s longest relay run.
“I run short and long distances, and at 90kg and 187cms tall, I am a bigger runner. A supportive shoe protects me and enables me to keep on running.
“Dubai has some awesome places to run, down by the beach on the beach tracks or out in the desert. My favourite place to run is in the desert when it’s super hot, this is where you learn the most about yourself. I love spending a few days in the desert running and sleeping wild. It is seriously awesome.”
And Marcus’s top tip for getting the most out of yourself as a runner?
“Train harder and recover better. Everyone is looking for a magic pill to be able to run better but it doesn’t exist and actually the solution is not complicated, you just need to train hard, which does not always mean all in for every session, and you need to dominate your recovery. I see way too many people expecting to perform in running and life paying zero attention to recovery, it is at least 50% of the equation.”
Tap into Marcus’s motivational outlook by following the UTC+4 leg of our relay round the world right here on June 21. You can also follow on social media using the hashtag #SeriouslyAce.
When the world’s longest relay run reaches UTC+3, the baton goes to the Riyadh Urban Runners (RUR) in Saudi Arabia. This community-based running movement encourages active lifestyles through running outdoors. The are part of the Running Collectives, which was initially established four years ago by Jeddah Running Collective (JRC) in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah. RUR was established in December of 2016 by two JRC members who moved to Riyadh and wanted to continue being part of the emerging running culture.
The Riyadh Urban Runners’ slogan is “Yalla Run” meaning “Let’s Run”! Central to the group is the believe that staying active is important for our physical and mental well being, and can be done anytime and anywhere. As the team themselves put it, “We are limitless!”
“We are required to wear abayas in public, so we run outdoors in our abayas!”
The team is a diverse group, with members of all age groups, fitness levels, nationalities and professions. The Riyadh Urban Runners welcome anyone who wants to explore running at their weekly runs.
One of the members, Areej Sammour credits the group with starting a running habit that will last a lifetime. “My first steps on a running track in public was on the day that Riyadh Urban Runners hosted a women's race for International Women's day,” Areej remembers.
“That was the day I explored what it was like to be participating in a race with only females all jogging, running and walking in an abaya and became part of a wonderful team. The team that captured me on that day showed great enthusiasm and zest to reach the goals a running team desires. Since then I never looked back and have been progressing slowly but surely.
“I have built up my confidence since being involved with the group and we have together started increasing the number of participant's for our weekly runs. I have always been a sport fanatic and it was my dream as a teenager to keep fit and healthy and I can now say I have started on this long journey with the Riyadh Urban Runners.
For one of the group’s original members, Amal, this togetherness is what makes the Riyadh Urban Runners a special crew to be part of: “I always enjoy meeting new Runners or regular runners who will run in Abaya for the first time ! Our group gradually grew from three to sixty four! We have a great team and the energy of the girls and their progress is amazing!”
Another of the RUR Group, Mashael, says that running has given her a huge boost well beyond the training sessions: “Has running effected my life? Definitely! I feel 10 times happier and more energetic after the runs. I go to the gym periodically but I can't seem to feel this specific kind of euphoria. It’s also reflected in my work, has helped reduce my anxiety and generally made me a more effective human being. Today, I cannot imagine my life without running!
It’s this powerful promise of the benefits associated with running regularly that the Riyadh Urban Runners hope to convey when they test the new Cloudace and take the baton in the world’s longest relay race on June 21, 2018. Follow their progress right here via a live ticker on the day, and via the On social media channels. Yalla Run!
When the world’s longest relay run reaches UTC+2 it arrives in On’s home city of Zurich, Switzerland. There, On founder and former pro athlete Olivier Bernhard will lead the time zone team on their test of the new Cloudace.
As the lead for On’s product development team, and therefore involved extensively in the creation of the Cloudace, Olivier is looking forward to seeing this revolutionary new shoe put through its paces on a test run around the globe.
During his athletic career Olivier won the world duathlon title three times and sealed multiple Ironman titles. After retiring from pro sport, he devoted himself to finding a running shoe that would give him the perfect running sensation. In doing so, he came across a like-minded Swiss engineer who was pursing a similar goal. In the years that followed, the perfect symbiosis of running experience and engineering expertise led to the first prototypes for what we now know as running on clouds. Even this early sensation was striking enough to convince fellow co-founders David Allemann and Caspar Coppetti to come on board. Fast-forward some years and refinements later, and the first On shoe hit the shelves in July 2010.
“In my pro years I tried out almost every brand and model that was available on the market to try and get over the chronic inflammation I was suffering in my Achilles tendons,” Olivier explains. “I was convinced that there must be some kind of shoe that would help make this better.”
“I think one key moment was when we realized that the sole cushioning had to be more sophisticated. The soles in use at the time only offered cushioning for the vertical impact of the foot on the ground. But for me as a runner, that was never really right. If you’re running, you’re not just jumping up and down on the spot; you’re moving forward, too. In tennis you have the shale on the court to absorb this horizontal motion. So what we felt we needed for our new shoe was a cushioning system that absorbed both vertical and horizontal forces.
“At the same time, we wanted this cushioning to disappear by the time the runner pushed off again. As a runner, I don’t want a cushion to push off from: I want to feel the ground as much as I can, as if I were running barefoot. That original principle has been maintained ever since.”
That same philosophy still applies for the new Cloudace, though the application of the the Cloudtec(R) outsole in this new model is the most advanced to date. For Olivier and the team, the objective was clear: deliver the ultimate supportive cushioning sensation without slowing you down. The sole of the Cloudace is the result. It offers extreme heel comfort and protection thanks to rear Zero-Gravity Clouds, yet still offers an agile push-off thanks to the rubber landing zone in the forefoot.
Experience the unparalleled support and smooth ride of the Cloudace for yourself, available from June 21.
Expect the UTC+1 stage of seriously, the world’s longest relay run to be seriously fast. That’s because our skipper for the leg in London is Great British running star Andy Vernon. Andy has been an On athlete since 2017.
Like many of our relay runners, Andy got into the sport at an early age. “I won my local fun run when I was 14,” he remembers. “The local club asked if I wanted to join and race more, and the rest is history.”
Since then, and since turning pro, Andy has won national titles ranging from 1500m to half marathon on the road, track, cross country and indoors. He has won four European medals in cross-country, a silver in 2005 as a junior, a bronze in 2007 and a silver in 2008 at Under-23 level, and a bronze in 2013 as a senior. In 2014, Andy won two medals at the European Championships in Zurich, a silver in the 10,000m and a bronze in 5,000m.
Some might assume that a shoe designed for maximum support like the new Cloudace is for those just starting out. As Andy proves, this couldn’t be further from the truth:
“I overpronate a bit, so having a shoe with added support and stability can help me to prevent injuries,” Andy explains. “That’s often half the battle when you're a runner. It’s important to train smarter, not harder.”
See right here how the Cloudace offers maximum support and comfort without slowing things down when Andy runs his leg of the world’s longest relay on June 21, 2018. Want to join him? Then get involved! Wherever you are, run at 6:30 p.m. and share your own personal leg with us using the hashtag #SeriouslyAce.
When we reach UTC, our time zone team captain and chief Cloudace test runner is Tinna Rán Ægisdóttir.
Tinna is 37 years old and comes from Alftanes, Iceland. She is a pharmacist and lives together with her partner Stefan and their two kids, a 10-year-old son and a 5-year-old daughter. Tinna has been running for four years with the local running group in Alftanes.
She enjoys all kinds of running events and training, from 5K to marathon as well as trail running. Running has empowered Tinna in many ways; she says she feels stronger both physically and mentally and has created many new friendships through the sport.
She will be running the relay together with two good friends, Ragnheiður Sverrisdóttir and Hildur Jóna Gylfadóttir. They all started running together on a beginner’s running course with their local running group four years ago. They have developed strong bonds as friends and enjoy running together three times a week all year round, no matter how the Icelandic weather is: snow, rain, storm or sun.
Tinna proves that many perceived barriers to running, such as age and cold weather, can be overcome with the right gear – and the right attitude. As Tinna puts it: “Remember to smile and just keep on going”. Wise words indeed.
Crush your excuses like Tinna and get running with her and teams around the globe for the world’s longest relay run on Jun 21 as we celebrate the launch of the revolutionary new Cloudace. Every time zone will run at 18:30 local time and you can take part wherever you are. Let us know what excuse you’ve ignored to get out there with the hashtag #SeriouslyAce.
Max and Paul are not like any other Cloudace test runners in seriously, the world’s longest relay run. They were selected from hundreds of entrants as winners of our competition to trial the Cloudace among the fjords and fishing huts of Greenland.
These two intrepid Austrians like to combine their loves of travel and running, which is what the world’s longest relay run is all about.
Max started to travel at a young age. From working in slums in Cambodia to climbing the highest mountain in Africa, he is always seeking new experiences and adventures. This wanderlust has taken him to 100 countries so far and he has a goal of becoming the youngest Austrian to visit all 196 countries within the next few years.
Born and raised in Carinthia, Austria, Paul has always been surrounded by stunning landscapes, mountains and lakes. Since moving to the Austrian capital Vienna he has been living a fast life as a bartender or working for major tech companies, but always tries to find a balance between running and focusing on health.
The pair will be reporting for On live from Nuuk as they run their leg of the world’s longest relay on the world’s biggest island. Check back to see how they like running the brand new Cloudace.
Taking the world’s longest relay run to one of its most picturesque destinations is Francisco da Costa in the Fernando de Noronha archipelago off Brazil’s northeast coast.
Here’s Francisco to tell us a little about his story in his own words:
“I am a 37-year-old Argentinian who now lives in Fernando de Noronha, Brazil. I am a scuba-diving instructor and an amateur runner.
“My home of Fernando de Noronha is a paradise, one of the most beautiful islands in the world (this is not just me saying this, but everybody that comes here to visit), so it’s not difficult to enjoy running here. We have the perfect sightseeing routes and I also run with the tourists, making their experience on the island much more pleasant, because they go to places that only a local runner can take them.
“Previously, running was a hobby for me. I used to run up to 8 km weekly, but then it turned into a habit and now I can’t live without running. Through running, I keep myself healthy and live a happier and more balanced life. Nowadays I run half marathons and my results are improving constantly. I finished the Fernando de Noronha 21 km in 7thin 2016 and last year I came 3rd!
“I used to say to my fellow runners that things are difficult, but never impossible. So, whenever somebody tells me that running is impossible, I prove them that it is difficult, but not impossible to run.
“Now I’m 37, having a shoe that offers me added support is very important to protect my knees and ankles. It also offers me extra stability even when I am running in the sand.
“I think the new Cloudace will be a turning point in my running story, because it will be the first time that I will have a running shoe with such technology. The sole of the Cloudace will help me to be stable and at the same time provide me the energy and agility I need in my push-offs.”
Virtually join one of Francisco’s running tours for locals at this stunning destination, right on this very page from 18:00 UTC–2 on the longest day, June 21, 2018.
As we run around the earth to put the new Cloudace to the test, we’re tapping into the truly global family of runners. And keeping it in the family are our test runners and time zone story runners Ligia and Rafael in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Ligia and Rafael met during college and have now been together for 13 years. They started running 11 years ago to keep in shape and never stopped. They got married and now have a baby, they say is their motivation to keep active.
For Ligia, running helps her to be focused and healthy. She loves the possibility of exploring anywhere she goes, just by taking her favorite running shoes and challenging herself. When Ligia was pregnant, the pair kept running. She was able to run until her eight month of pregnancy, which she says helped her to stay happy and calm.
For Rafael, besides being healthy, running is when he organizes his day, thinks about his daily tasks and meets his friends in the morning.
“We started running as a hobby, to keep our bodies active, and it became an addiction,” Ligia says. “In the beginning it was just the two of us, but then we joined a running group. We run mostly in the morning to start the day in an active way.”
“São Paulo is a huge city, full of traffic and noise, so running is a way for us to relax and get out of this routine. We love to run in parks, surrounded by nature and fresh air. The best thing about running in our area is the possibility to live in the biggest city of Brazil and run our businesses but at the same time also have calm and quiet places to re-energize and find our inner peace again.
The pair are now ready to put the maximum support and cushioning of the all-new Cloudace to test on these familiar streets.
“I am trying to get back to my original weight and physical condition after pregnancy, so having a shoe that offers added support will be important,” Ligia explains. Rafael already uses shoes with support, so having one with added support will be “a dream come true.”
“We believe that On is always improving the technology to put the fun back in the run,” Rafael says. “The Cloudace is all we need to go that bit further and faster.”
See how far and fast the pair can go when they take the baton in what’s seriously, the world’s longest relay run. It’s live reported here on June 21.
When the Cloudace relay hits the UTC-4, Kevin Huffman is our time zone Cloudace test run captain ready to inspire the Big Apple and beyond to join in. Kevin’s story is as unique as it is inspiring. Here, he tells it in his own words:
“Hello, my name is Kevin Huffman and I am from Stockton, California. Ten years ago in June I was playing a soccer game for a traveling soccer team and during the game I began to find it extremely hard to breathe. Driving home my legs really began to feel funny. I was taken to our local hospital where they basically told us that they were sorry, but they had no idea what was wrong with me.
“They put me on a helicopter and flew me to the Oakland children's hospital where they began to test me for all kinds of conditions. They eventually came back with the diagnosis that I had a disease called Guillain Barre syndrome. There was good news and bad news in that I had a 99% chance of a full recovery, but there was the risk that my respiratory system could start to shut down.
“Two days later the doctor came in and the said the diagnosis had changed. He told us that I actually had a disease called Transverse Myelitis which, similarly, came with good and bad news. The bad news was that there was now only a 1% chance that I would make a full recovery, though there was some good news in that my respiratory system would not shut down as previously feared.
“On hearing the news I began physical therapy twice a day for the time I was in the hospital, which was 31 days. The doctors told me that if I had not fully recovered within two years that I would be that way for the rest of my life.
“By the time I left the hospital I was able to walk only assisted by a cane and with a limp but the problems didn’t end there. The doctors also told me unfortunately I would no longer be able play competitive soccer or really do anything physical. It wasn't for two years until I felt anywhere close to comfortable enough to do any exercise. What got me running was my family doing an Easter 5k. I was tired of sitting around waiting by the finish line, so I told my mom to sign me up and that day I ran and walked my very first 5k run. It sparked something in me and I gradually began to run - not long distances, but slowly building little by little.
“I moved out to New York from California about a year ago to pursue my passion for cooking. I came here to attend culinary school and found a job working at a restaurant in the city. I am going to be heading off to Florida to work at Disney World, where they have a culinary program that I get to be a part of.
“I tend to run up to three miles at a time. I am definitely just a short distance runner, mainly because my legs tend to give out when I run long distances. I really think the best part about running anywhere is seeing how many people are out there and are enjoying it no matter what.”
If Kevin’s words and story have inspired you to get running, make sure you head out there with us on June 21 and add your own individual leg to what’s seriously, the world’s longest relay run. We promise it will be #SeriouslyAce.
When the time hits 18:30 in the UTC-5 time zone, Marcus Cook will be our lead runner, testing the Cloudace as we get towards the business-end of the world’s longest relay run.
Just over two years ago, Marcus Cook wanted to make a change in his life. He’d actually had many successes in his life. He had been a successful Christian singer. He’d had business success, growing a pipeline supply business into a multi-million dollar operation. He had a wonderful wife and four beautiful children.
But he had also experienced his share of failure and heartbreak. His singing career flamed out. His business failed during an oil bust and the recession. One of his best friends was dying of cancer.
Marcus decided he wanted to lose some weight and get his life together in the process.
But Marcus’s path to wellness was perhaps a bit steeper than for many others. Just over two years ago, Marcus Cook weighed 489 pounds (221.8kg). Just walking to the mailbox was a chore. His son needed to help him to get off the couch.
Marcus Cook made the commitment to make a change in his life. That commitment, that determination to change and the mental discipline to make it happen, helped him lose weight. A lot of weight. But, most importantly, Marcus says it helped him to find himself, to rediscover who he was and what he could be.
While Marcus’s story is about becoming thinner, it’s also about more than that – it’s a story about becoming better: becoming a better spouse, a better parent, a better worker—a better person. It’s a story for all of us, no matter how much we weigh or what area of our life we would like to improve.
We all have extra weight we carry. For some, it might indeed be physical weight. For others, it might be mental things weighing on us, be it worries, bad habits, addictions or just ruts we get ourselves into that prevent us from becoming our best.
To date Marcus has completed three full marathons, six half marathons, four half Ironman triathlons and two full Ironman triathlons, all within two and a half years of being 489 pounds (221.8kg).
Follow Marcus as he continues his journey to better on the world’s longest relay run here on June 21. The event is set to be Seriously Ace. And we’re sure you agree, Marcus’s story is exactly that.
Boulder Colorado is a runner’s paradise, home to many pro athletes. It’s also home to the UTC-6 leg of the world’s longest relay run, the even that seriously celebrates the release of the new Cloudace – On’s most advanced application of the Cloudtec(R) technology yet.
Grabbing the baton in boulder is Erin Carson. As one of the owner’s of RallySport, a multipurpose training facility in Boulder, Erin is a coach, mentor and friend to some of the world’s top athletic performers.
Erin Carson didn’t start out as a “runner” but her athletic story definitely includes running. As a standout basketball player through her teenage years, Erin was lucky enough to score a Division I Basketball Scholarship to the University of Colorado in Boulder and compete on the international basketball scene as a member of the Canadian national team.
It was a bit later in life that Erin embraced the triathlon and running lifestyle and to this day she can relate to the lure of running like so many others around the globe. The sport of triathlon suits her talent a little better than pure running races, in that she is “pretty good” (read “great”) at all three sports. Erin consistently hits the podium in 70.3 races and finished as the top American in her age group at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in 2016.
Erin describes describes her day job as “pretty cool” as well. As one of the owners of RallySport, a multipurpose training facility in Boulder, Colorado, she is the strength coach to some legends of performance in both running and triathlon. Fun fact: The Man with the Halo, Ironman legendTim Don trains at Erin’s gym.
Ready to work up a sweat of your own? Then push the distance with the new Cloudace when it launches on the longest day, June 21. Engineered to make no compromises in support, cushioning or comfort, it offers a Seriously Ace running experience that you have to try.
Of all the runners on seriously, the world’s longest relay run, Sarah Attar’s story is perhaps the one that needs no introduction. Sarah will be the time zone team lead inspiring runners in the UTC-7 leg of our 24-hour run.
A two-time Olympian and a professional runner with the Mammoth Track Club, at the London 2012 Olympic Games she represented Saudi Arabia as one of the nation’s first-ever female Olympians. Since then, she has continued pursuing her passion of running, while sharing it with others, and inspiring many around the globe. She ran at the Rio 2016 Olympics, completing her tenth marathon, and is currently training for Tokyo 2020.
Sarah’s list of other notable achievements include being featured on a Boston Marathon Banner, as well as making the cover of Women's Running Magazine and being highlighted as one of the 10 most powerful women in running. Not only is running Sarah’s vehicle for inspiring others, it's also her creative outlet. Sarah finds inspiration from the landscapes she runs through, and utilizes this to fuel her art. Running is a moving meditation in many forms and she loves tapping into this rhythm out on the roads and trails.
A love affair with running
Sarah’s running story began in high school when she joined the track team. An avid athlete growing up, she switched from her many years of playing soccer to joining the cross country and track team, and fell in love with it. Her high school's summer cross country camp even visited Mammoth Lakes, where Sarah now resides and trains full-time. She ran in college at Pepperdine University, and started running marathons at this time too. It was after her sophomore year at Pepperdine that she ran in the London 2012 Olympic Games. Little did she know where running would take her and all of the ways it would transform her life.
Sarah has spent most of her running career and explorations in California and is moved by what the place has to offer. From running along the Southern California coastline where her running first started, to the canyons of Malibu where she fell in love with long distance running, to the central coast and forests of Big Sur where she ran her first marathon, to the trails of the Marin Headlands where she ran her first ultra marathon, and now where she currently trains, among the ragged peaks of the Eastern Sierra.
So what’s Sarah’s tip for those that want to join her in always pushing to improve?
“One of the things I try to always keep in mind is embracing where running takes me, embracing gratitude, and embracing the rhythm of the land,” Sarah explains. “It becomes very meditative, a synergy between mind, breath, body, and land. I think this is incredibly beautiful and powerful, and practicing gratitude brings it to an even deeper appreciation. It keeps me present and calm, which brings a strength, and helps me channel the landscapes around me, strong and steady like the mountains, fluid like the rivers.”
And remember, follow Sarah in the world’s longest relay run to mark the launch of the new Cloudace here, and using the tag #SeriouslyAce on social.
Taking the baton in the world’s longest relay race as we enter UTC-8 is Tiffany Hall. For Tiffany, running has provided a route out of some tough times, as she explains:
“I’m Tiffany. I’m a dance-party enthusiast, a novice poet and gardener, the youngest of four and proud auntie of eight. I wear costumes as often as possible. I am a recovery warrior – running has been helping me stay sober for over eight years now, and I’m helping plan a community Recovery Run this year with my organization, Recover Alaska.
“My mom ran a 10k when she was extremely pregnant with me (in China!), and my dad ran Mount Marathon every summer I can remember growing up, so running is sort of a family tradition. I never liked running until I started doing it as cross-training for rugby, and I never loved it until I learned to pace myself in the Chugach foothills.
“I love to run in Alaska because I love being outside and getting into the mountains and woods.When I moved back home to Anchorage, my best friends were all trail runners, so it was a fun way to build community. My family is also super athletic, supportive, and competitive – I finally ran a marathon in 2014 just because I was the only family member who hadn’t! Right now I’m training for a triathlon with my siblings and parents; my brothers and I are doing the iron distance while the rest of the family are doing the sprint (they are much smarter…).
“The best thing about running here is the trails. Anchorage has miles of multi-use trails throughout the city, right outside my door, and just a 15-minute drive gets me to the mountains. Running in crisp, clean air, carrying bear spray and an extra layer (we are in Alaska…), eating blueberries picked on the trail, by the light of the midnight sun – there’s nothing better.
“I also enjoy running because it’s like free therapy – it gives me time and space to get out of my head and into my body. As a person in long-term recovery from an alcohol use disorder, I’ll take all the clear-brain time I can get! When I first quit drinking I spent a lot of that extra time at the gym. Running helps relieve my anxiety, which allows me to be more wholehearted in the rest of my life. Plus that runner’s high – it’s the best!”
Take Tiffany’s advice and get out in the fresh air on June 21 as we run our way around the world over 24 hours. Don’t be tied to timings though, run wherever you are, when you can, and tag #SeriouslyAce to be a part of this epic event.
One of the best things about organizing the world’s longest relay run is that it showcases how you can run pretty much anywhere in the world, from the desert city of Dubai to the great mountains of the Himalayas.
It is, however, tricky to run if you’re not on land(!). And the UTC-9 time zone is pretty much all ocean. Undeterred, we tasked our very own Jane Fardell with taking running on clouds into the clouds with a unique Cloudace test on an aeroplane.
Jane is actually no stranger to crossing the UTC-9 time zone. Or any time zone for that matter. Before joining On’s Oceania team, Jane had already built a title-filled career as a pro athlete and has been involved in elite sport of over 20 years. She has represented her native Australia in triathlon and marathon in all corners of the globe.
“I was running as soon as I could walk,” Jane says, “And I haven’t stopped since!”
Jane was World Junior Age Triathlon Champion in 1999 and went on to appear on the podium at Ironman, ETU and World Triathlon events. She twice came third in her age category at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii and recently qualified for the event again at Ironman Australia.
Her marathon and half marathon titles include the Sydney Half Marathon and the Zurich Marathon.
Jane discovered On early in our journey to redefine the sensation of running. She credits Cloudtec® with big leaps in performance. According to Jane, On technology was the key enabler in lowering her marathon time from 2 hours 55 minutes to 2 hours 37 minutes.
Now, having been involved in the launch of the Cloudace, she’s looking forward to taking this revolutionary new shoe to new heights for us on the world’s longest relay run.
“I would like to have a shoe that offers not only maximum support, but comfort as well – and the Cloudace is set to be that shoe,” Jane says.
“Because I travel so much, the best thing about running is exploring different places. And now, with an Ace up my sleeve, life ‘On’ the run just got even easier.”
See how the Cloudace can help your running ambitions take off. Suitable for non-neutral runners, it’s made to provide comfort and support without sacrificing speed. Now that’s what we call Seriously Ace.
Bringing seriously, the world’s longest relay run down the home straight with the final leg is Ben Halpern in Hawaii. As he’ll be running in the revolutionary new Swiss-engineered Cloudace, it’s fitting that his passion for running has its roots in the Swiss alps just like ours.
“My love of running began at age 16 as a foreign exchange student living in Switzerland, “ Ben tells us. “Exploring the cobblestone streets, rolling fields and high Alpine trails helped me connect with my new environment while seeing such beauty by foot.
“Once I returned to the United States, I found myself looking at the historic Hayward Field from my freshman dorm room at the University of Oregon. Friends and I would casually run stairs at Hayward or jump on Pre’s Trail (named after athlete Steve Prefontaine) along the Willamette River before class and that physical release was paramount in balancing life's many challenges.”
After moving to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in 2010, Ben found the joy of competing in local races and quickly became close friends with many athletes in the community. They pushed him to enter marathons and various relay races statewide - Ben is currently training for the Kona Marathon and the Honolulu Marathon in 2018.
And the best thing about running in Hawaii according to Ben? “The weather! Where else can I run shirtless 365? The Big Island also has 8 of 13 different climate zones in the world, so it is easy to find diverse terrain and surfaces. The running community is very supportive and we host the Ironman World Championships every October.”
As the final runner to test the Cloudace on it’s epic test relay run around the globe, it’s good Ben’s specialty is finishing strong:
“I have always loved the quote, "it's not necessarily how you start, but how strong you finish," Ben says. My ace up my sleeve is to always finish my workouts, training runs, or races with a solid kick to the finish line. You never know when you'll be in a dead sprint at the end of a race, so putting in that time throughout the year to mentally and physically prepare for the moment is important.”
We’re glad to hear Ben’s seriously prepared to take seriously, the world’s longest relay run across the finish line. You can follow him as he brings this epic global test run to close here as well as on our social media channels. Trust us, it’s going to be #SeriouslyAce.