Adidas Gives Marathoners a ‘Boost’ By Using Their Own Energy to Motivate Them

Adidas’ new Boost shoe has a special quality: it gives back energy during your run, with a special mid-sole that uses what you put into your workout to benefit you later. So to communicate this, brand created a Chilean marathon campaign that converted footfalls into energy into messages of support.

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At the expo where runners had to go to register for the race, special mats took the energy from the footfalls. That energy was then used to help them run — as it powered to display motivational messages during the last (and hardest) leg of the race.

Why Am I Curious?

It is a long-winded way to make a point, but I think with the increasingly nebulous claims athletic brands make, it is a great way to bring the technology to life in a way that forges an emotional connection and hopefully makes Adidas more top of mind when it comes to running shoes. I believe this can be particularly impactful for the ‘lay man’ runner who may not want to decipher the plethora technological promises that different shoes offer.


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