Skechers Go Race: Meb’s Olympic Marathon Shoe

Go Meb Skechers Go RaceA few days ago Brian Metzler of Competitor.com published an article showing off the shoes that will be worn by some of the US Olympic Marathon runners in London. Among them was the shoe to be worn by Meb Keflezghi– the Skechers Go Race. Here’s what Metzler wrote about Meb’s shoe:

“When Skechers signed Keflezighi in the wake of Nike dropping him, the running world freaked out a bit. Skechers? Many people thought Keflezighi, then 36, was just taking a paycheck with a shoe brand desperate to get into the running market. Even if he was (and we’re not saying he did), Keflezighi and Skechers are the ones getting the last laugh, given that he’s lowered his personal best twice in the two marathons he’s run since signing with Skechers and running in the brand’s lightweight GORun model. Keflezighi won the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in January in a PB 2:09:08, which came about 10 weeks after a solid sixth-place showing in the New York City Marathon (where he’d set his previous best of 2:09:13). He’s 37 now, but few are counting him out anymore. Anyway, here’s a look at his custom Olympic model. A men’s size 9.0 weighs in at about 6.9 oz.”

Skechers Go Race

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been in regular contact with the team at Skechers that developed this shoe, and have been wear testing prototypes of various shoes they are working on for quite awhile now. I was lucky enough last week to receive a wear test pair of Meb’s Go Race, and have run a 12 miler and a 7 miler in them. Feels great, kind of like a lower drop, better fitting (at least on my feet) version of the Adidas Adios 2, which will surely be a shoe on the feet of many of Meb’s competitors in London.

Can’t say any more than that right now since I’m on an NDA (I’m not receiving any payment from Skechers, but can’t talk about pre-production models in detail – standard practice for this type of thing), but it’s been a lot of fun to work with a team that has essentially been given free reign to design and experiment with shoes as they see fit.

About Peter Larson

This post was authored by Peter Larson. Pete is a recovering academic who currently works as an exercise physiologist, running coach, and writer. He's also a father of three and a fanatical runner with a bit of a shoe obsession. In addition to writing and editing this site, he is co-author of the book Tread Lightly, and writes a personal blog called The Blogologist. Follow Pete on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and via email.



Comments

  1. George Lin says:

    Looks like a fun shoe. I hope something like that comes on the market.

  2. I want your job!

  3. Blake Mitchell says:

    Was Meb really “dropped” by Nike? Seems like the most plausible scenario is that he asked for more money than they were willing to pay, and they called his bluff, forcing him to go elsewhere. It just seems hard to believe that they would turn their backs on such a high profile runner, when they are keeping other, less accomplished athletes.

  4. Hi Pete,
    I just received my GoRun Rides’ today! Very comfortable, no bump like the GoRuns. Anyway, a flyer that was included in the box has a picture on the back of three shoes. One looks like the “Meb” shoe. It looks like it will be called the GoRUn Speed. Any other info on this shoe? When do the Go Bionics come out? Great website and great book!

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