Runners come from all walks of life with varying degrees of experience, but it’s the rapid, perpetual motion of one’s legs that ties this community together.

For distance runners like Francisco Balagtas, the sport has helped him maintain a healthy lifestyle and set sky-high goals while juggling a full-time job and semi-competitive running.

Everyday runners like Balagtas depend on cutting edge technology from athletic brands to win the long-run. Brands like ASICS, whose performance footwear has consistently ranked among the best in the world for years, strive to provide that edge.

Balagtas took the ASICS GEL-NIMBUS® 21 from the INNOVATION IN MOTION™ Collection to the streets to test out the ride. The collection is inspired by ASICS’ most technologically-advanced running shoe yet, the METARIDE™, which is designed to make running longer a little easier. The full collection features two other ASICS legends, the GT-2000™ 7 and ROADHAWK FF™ 2, all available in this new fire colorway.

In this marathon-inspired short, Balagtas rocks the ASICS GEL-NIMBUS® 21, designed to propel athletes forward with high-energy return and superior shock absorption—making it the perfect shoe for distance training. “I’ve been wearing them more often because they’re more cushioned and have more stability,” explains Balagatas.


“If you’ve never done a marathon before and you want something to challenge you, the feeling you’ll get when you finish makes it all worth it,” explains Balagtas. Whether you’re looking to shatter a personal record or run longer and easier, the ASICS INNOVATION IN MOTION™ Collection has paved a path for the future of running, setting the bar for technological running innovations to come.

Get a closer look at the all-new collection, and cop your pair now.

Words by Daniel So
Branded Content Editor

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