Thursday, October 8, 2009

More Chicago Marathon-Specific Shopping

Running Sunday's Chicago Marathon and need a few items to add to your wardrobe? Even if you don't need any wardrobe refreshers, you might find Nike's Chicago specific items too hard to pass up (at least I did). With a call-out to the Windy City and highlighting some of its famous landmarks, these items are perfect for boasting a marathon accomplishment or shoving Chicago in the face of Olympic officials if you're still shocked and disappointed over the 2016 Olympics announcement that went to Rio instead.

Men's and women's items vary slightly in design and style but contain many of the same elements when it comes to shout-outs to the Chicago flag, the Bean in Millennium Park, Willis Tower (or Sears for all those who still aren't used to the name change, me included) and the city skyline. Plus you'll notice a mosaic theme that runs throughout many of the pieces detailing the city's famous phrases, el stops, key dates, nicknames, sports legends and more. The collection features everything from short-sleeve tees to warm fleeces--perfect to cuddle up on post-race since the latest weather reports are predicting a chill in the air. These goods are available at Niketown at 669 N. Michigan Ave., the Expo at McCormick Place, and the Hilton Chicago at 720 N. Michigan Ave. where the host hotel annually sets up a marathon gear store in its lobby. And a tent full of gear, including the exclusive finisher items, are available beginning at 6 a.m. race day and throughout the Post Race Festival. Or check it all out at

Some highlights to watch for include the Poster Women's Tee at $28 (pictured above) and Men's Long Sleeve Poster Tee at $32. Or dress your feet in a Chicago exclusive LunarGlide+ shoe at $100 (pictured)--no joke, this shoe is specifically designed for Chicago and includes an insole with elements from the city's flag and a tongue labeled CHI, plus the bright blue bottom is simply sharp (especially if blue is your favorite color like me). You'd also want to score these shoes if you're a shoe collector or crazy marathon runner--city-specific LunarGlide+ models will be available at a number of other well-known marathons over the course of the next year.

A few women's items to also watch for and their prices:
Women's Mass Runner Tee: $28
Women's Grey Sweatshirt with Yellow City Swirl: $55
Women's Heart Tee: $28
Women's Silver Bean Tee: $35
Finisher Women's Half Zip: $65 (I'm a fan of this one because the finisher label is subtle)
Finisher Women's Long-Sleeve Coral Tee: $32

Time to get shopping! Photos courtesy of Nike. Posted by Kate


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