Reach the Beach Run with New Balance

Who Are We?

This past weekend our store’s shoe buyer, Mecque, was invited to join New Balance on a trip to the East Coast where she visited New Balance headquarters in Boston and ran a race in New Hampshire! The race was the New Balance Reach the Beach Relay that wIMG_1914as a 200 mile relay race from Bretton Woods to Hampton Beach. Reach the beach is the oldest and longest running relay in the United States. Her team consisted of 12 people packed in to two vans that ran for 24 hours!

How was the Reach the Beach Relay?

My legs were 3.3 miles, 9.1 miles, and 4.1 miles. The 9.1 mile leg had 702 ft of climbing, and was definitely the most challenging, but most reIMG_1917warding leg of the race. I had 15 kills (runners passed) and conquered every single hill (no walking up). My right foot fell asleep around mile
3, but my team met up with me, gave me water, and that solved my problem. My biggest victory was averaging a 9:02″ pace the entire time.

What was the route for the race?

Our race started in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire near Mount Washington in the White Mountains. From there it wound down through Carrol, Laconia, Tamworth, and a bunch of other small towns. We slept in a campground for 2 hours under the stars and started up again at 4:45 am on Saturday morning. Our first runner had 20 minutes to wake up and get ready to run.
Day 2, we ran through Candia, Danville, Kingston and finally ended at Hampton Beach around 12:30 pm. We were the first New Balance team to finish and placed 21st overall.
What was New Balance headquarters like?
We toured the new Corp headquarters in Brighton, MA. It had a museum of all the shoes release by NB and the history of the brand. Afterwards, we headed to the New Balance and took a tour of the innovation lab and fIMG_1916actory floor. It takes 9 minutes for the entire floor to make a case of shoes and the process is crazy fast! Each day they focus on a different shoe.

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