(FILA Brazil) - Known as one of the main and most beautiful street races of the country, the 20th Rio de Janeiro International Half Marathon (organized by Yescom), will take place next Sunday, October 16. FILA, the official sports brand of the race, will have a strong presence and promote simultaneous activations during the week of the event.
Among the elite athletes sponsored by FILA, the highlight in the male category is Kenyan Willian Kibor, who used to run in the city and was the champion of a race in Rio, held in May. He will be followed by his fellow citizen Daniel Kiprotich, as well as Ethiopian Dawit Fikadu Admasu, champion of the São Silvestre in 2014. The female elite athletes will include Kenyan runners Alice Cherotich, Serser Milgo and Leah Jerotich, who is also the champion of an event in Rio. The African team is led by Brazilian coach Moacir Marconi (also known as Coquinho).
The athletes will wear the KR3 - Kenya Racer 3 performance running shoe, the official shoe of the event and one of the lighter models available in the market that provides comfort and ventilation. The footwear won two awards this October: Best Purchase (from Contra Relógio magazine) and Best Cost Benefit (from Go Outside magazine).
In addition to the FILA Running Team, FILA invited 20 opinion leaders in the running market, including 10 from São Paulo and 10 from Rio de Janeiro, to participate in an activation named #FilaRio21K. The initiative was launched by the brand in August 2016, six weeks before the event, to showcase their preparation to the race.
During the Race Kit pick-up (October 12th, 13th and 14th from 10am to 8pm and on October 15th, from 9am to 5pm) at Centauro Full Size Store (Av. das Américas, 900 - Barra da Tijuca), FILA will promote a speed test, where those registered in the event can try the official shoe of the event (KR3 - Kenya Racer 3t).
With a presence in the running world in Brazil for over 10 years, FILA highlights the importance of supporting this category. "Running is one of the strategic principles of FILA brand positioning, and the universe of running has been increasing a lot over the last years. We are monitoring each step, developing high quality products planned to offer the best performance to professional and amateur athletes," said Felipe Rosa, Marketing Manager of FILA Brazil.
FILA is an Italian brand, created in 1911, present in more than 50 countries. In Brazil, it offers performance products for sports such as Running and Tennis, and an exclusive line for functional training called FILA Cross Training (FXT), which gathers performance, technology and style. It also has lines that talk to Lifestyle, inspired in the brand's origins, besides mixing style to sportswear.
The brand sponsors events in their main modalities such as Brazil Open, ATP Challenge Tour Finals, Masters 1000 Indian Wells, Toronto and Montreal Masters 1000 and Orange Bowl in the tennis market and the International São Paulo Marathon and International Rio de Janeiro Half Marathon in the street running segment. Besides FILA Running Team, FILA sponsors the African high performance running team.
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