The long days and hot temps of summer are at their peak—it’s time to soak up the sun and get after it. Whether you’re getting up early to hit the streets or taking the trails and heading for higher ground, we know you’re out there taking advantage.

1ST PLACE / $1,770 VALUE

1. Jaybird

RUN True Wireless Headphones

2. Suunto

Suunto 9

3. Naawk

Assorted sunscreen products

4. Ruhn

1/4 Zip Jacket
6” Compression Short
9” Compression Short
Full-length Compression Legging

5. Altra

Superior 3.5 + Solstice shoes

6. Goodr

4 pairs sunglasses

7. Skratch Labs

Assorted hydration
Nutrition products

8. Mighty

Music player

9. Cotopaxi

Veloz 6L

2ND PLACE / $784 VALUE

1. Jaybird

X3 Wireless Sport Headphones

2. Naawk

Assorted sunscreen products

3. Ruhn

1/4 Zip Jacket
6” Compression Short
9” Compression Short

4. Altra

Superior 3.5 Shoes

5. Goodr

2 pairs sunglasses

6. Skratch Labs

Assorted hydration
Nutrition products

7. Mighty

Music player

8. Cotopaxi

Veloz 3L

3RD PLACE / $558 VALUE

1. Jaybird

X3 Wireless Sport Headphones

2. Naawk

Assorted sunscreen products

3. Ruhn

1/4 Zip Jacket
6” Compression Short

4. Altra

$50 giftcard

5. Goodr

1 pair sunglasses

6. Skratch Labs

Assorted hydration
Nutrition products

7. Mighty

Music player

8. Cotopaxi

Veloz waist belt

JAYBIRD

Jamie Parker, General Manager

“As a father of two and a leader of a global brand, sometimes it can be tough to find the time to get my runs in. I’ve found that one of the best ways to squeeze a few extra miles in is to think about running as a commute alternative. Whether I am headed to and from the office, or simply meeting my family for brunch on Saturday, getting myself there on my feet always makes me enjoy the moment just a little bit more and helps get that extra workout in.“

SUUNTO

Josiah Middaugh, Brand Ambassador

“One of the biggest indicators of success is consistency. Create a training and race schedule that is realistic for you to complete. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to get in workouts that are impossible because of intensity or volume. Don’t create a schedule based on the best case scenario. If you start out on the conservative side it will help ensure that you are able to get your training in. Once you successfully execute a few months you can always revisit your training volume.”

NAAWK

Ben Altenes, Ambassador & Ultrarunner

“Summer is upon us and I can't stress it enough to protect yourself out there against the elements. Stay hydrated and remember to protect your skin. I prefer to protect myself with natural ingredients that won't sting my eyes or even make me itch. NAAWK has been my go to skin product for 2 years now, and I don’t see that changing.

 

Don’t forget to REST. Many runners out there have the notion of active recovery, which includes the short, easy runs to promote circulation and tissue mobility following hard races. Don’t risk it. Stop running and allow your body to heal. I choose to hike so I can still get my nature fix. If you are truly looking to recover during your training, take it easy every once in a while. Let those tissues recover and let those muscles relax so you can get a good stretch and let your body properly recover. There are many ways to achieve active recovery, nearly all of which avoid the primary mechanical stressor of running: impact. Impact forces from running produce the primary mechanical stress, and optimal recovery includes avoiding impact as much as possible.”

MIGHTY

Anthony Pu, VP Business Development

“Breaking free with my music. That’s what fuels my runs. For me, living in Santa Monica, there are no shortage of stunning places to run. Whether it’s along the SM boardwalk, or up in the hiking trails, you can always find settings that make you forget you’re working out. More importantly, I have my music with me, like a personal soundtrack for my runs. I leave my phone at home and grab my Mighty and during that hour or so a day, it's just me and my 90's hip hop.”

ALTRA

Brian Beckstead, Co-founder & Ultrarunner

"Summer running is really a balance of enjoying the moment and fine tuning for races. With open trails and mountains, flowers in bloom, and summer heat it’s about taking advantage of loving the trails without getting burned out or unfocused for race day. Run smart but have fun!"

SKRATCH LABS

Jason Donald & Abby Levene, Ambassadors

“Don't give an eff. Practice the shameless art of not giving an eff. Let go of your (potential) OCD need to run a certain pace or distance. Rocks and roots, twists and turns, and ups and downs render both of these metrics irrelevant. Shift your mindset from striving to reach these arbitrary goals to aiming for tangible ones, like accomplishing a certain loop or scaling a specific mountain.”

RUHN CO. APPAREL

Brad Sween, Product Development & Testing

“Slow it down. Yes, summer is race season for many of us, but it's also the season when our favorite trails explode with new life: the smell of new wildflowers, the sounds of rushing waterfalls, the sights of mind blowing sunrises coming up earlier in the morning. Taking time to slow down a training run and allow your senses to absorb these fleeting moments will stay with you longer than blowing past them with your head down trying for that faster minutes per mile pace. Races are no exception- some of the toughest races are also some of the most beautiful. The explosion of wildflowers at 11,000' on the Speedgoat 50k course is something I can't wait to experience when I run it again this summer.”

COTOPAXI

Conrad Tallackson, Account Coordinator

"My first summer running tip is to get onto some new trails and run through some new neighborhoods. I've found that switching up where I run keeps me excited about getting out and offers a great opportunity to be present in new places. Make sure to bring along plenty of water and do some research on the route.

My other running tip is to track down some friends to run with! I've got a great crew of friends with similar running goals who have helped keep me consistent and have pushed me when I needed it. If you're the odd person out and don't have many friends who run, check out your local running shops. A lot of them have nightly/weekly run groups where you can meet fellow runners and hangout!"

GOODR

Carl the Flamingo, CEO

“It’s important to look good while running in the summer heat, which will make the entire experience more enjoyable. The general rule of thumb is that you should dress as if the outside temperature is 20 degrees hotter than it actually is. In California, that means you’ll have to run naked. If you don’t want to get arrested though, you should probably put on at least one article of clothing, perhaps a loincloth of sorts. Please just make sure it’s not cotton, unless you like chaffing (hey - I don't judge you for your kinks). Wear a moisture-wicking loincloth (might I recommend ethically-sourced flamingo feathers), lighter socks, a hat, sunscreen and of course, a pair of shades. If it gets too hot, you should stop running, go to the nearest coconut stand, and get a piña colada instead.”

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