It’s not every day you have the opportunity to travel to another country, represent the company you work for, have a great run with individuals from all over the world and experience something new. I was very fortunate to be given this opportunity to represent Cathay Pacific at this year’s World Airline Road Race.
With all the excitement of seeing Dubai I also had a lot of anticipation for the race. Whilst I have been active in events prior, this was my first official Road Race.
This road race sees all the leading Airlines from around the world competing against each other. In September of 1982, the inaugural World Airline Road Race was held in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The event drew in 300 runners who represented 30 airlines. Since then WARR has grown in prestige as well as in numbers each year; they now average more than 3,000 participants at their events.
I was fortunate that I had the PUMA Ignites’ to race in and thank goodness I did. This being my first proper road race, the nerves were already on edge due to concerns over the humidity and heat as well as the hard tar surface. But the shoes made my whole experience so much more enjoyable and I loved the shape, design and colour. The shoes were light and comfortable, making each stride easier and more simplified. By simplified I mean that the weight of the shoes was minimal and allowed for easier movement and strides. They were a comfortable fit and provided all the support I needed in terms of cushioning, flexibility and durability.
A little bit more about these amazing shoes; they have seamless overlays and a streamlined design from the toe which makes them neither to wide nor to narrow. Looks are deceiving because these shoes are much lighter than what they look and feel. They right around a 12 mm heel to toe drop which is fair considering that they have improved on the foam. The shoes are very well padded providing all the cushioning support you need especially in your arches. But they do have a spring like affect which fits road running perfectly with its flexibility, but I would not recommend these for the trail runner. A neat trick on the shoes is the reflective strip on the back of the shoe, ideal for runners who work out in low light conditions.
To sum up my experience Dubai was phenomenal and to meet so many different people from all walks of life was an opportunity one should cherish. It was incredible to see the amount of people that turned out for the race and I am sure that next year when it takes place in Chicago, USA it will be even bigger. As for my gear, one thing I learnt from this race was that it is important to have the right gear for these events and my PUMA Ignites were my lifesavers as my feet were very thankful. They will definitely be getting more tread as I have a few more upcoming races in the next few weeks along with trying a few Trail runs too.
Thank you Puma! I am looking forward to my next races ahead.