The Future of Nike+

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An exciting new patent filing from Apple gives us a peek into the future of Nike+.  From AppleInsider:

“. . . the system aims to more precisely track a runners performance over a period of time by factoring in various physical characteristics of the runner, such as age, weight, and gender, which could then be used to evaluate the runner’s performance against a reference performance typical of a person having similar physical characteristics.”

The upside is better run data and GPS features.  The downside?  It appears that you must purchase a special pair of GPS enabled Nike shoes.  That sounds expensive.

More info available at AppleInsider, Macworld, and MacDailyNews.

Nike+ Built In to New iPod Touch

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There’s still no support for Nike+ on the iPhone, but if you’ve got a 2nd generation iPod Touch, you’re in luck.  The new device comes with plenty of upgrades, including built in support for Nike+.  That means you can hit the streets running with just the iPod and your chip, no dongle required.  One important note: Nike+ is only supported on the new, 2nd gen Touch.  iPhone, iPhone 3G, and 1st gen iPod Touch users are still without Nike+ functionality.

Follow the links below for more info on the new iPod Touch.

August Challenge Winners - New Challenges for September

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Congratulations to our challenge winners for the month of August!

  • Most Miles: A-P earns top honors here with 100.68 miles, killing lasabur’s hopes of a three-peat.
  • Fastest 1 Mile: mdoug earns fastest mile honors with a time of 4′48”
  • Fastest 3K: mdoug again, with a time of 9′34”
  • Fastest 5K: mdoug takes the prize with a time of 16′33”
  • Fastest 10K: mdoug again sweeps the monthly “Fastest” challenges with a time of 34′58”

This is the second month in a row that mdoug has run away with top honors in every “fastest” challenge.  Is there anybody out there who can knock him off?
Congrats to both of August’s winners, and best of luck to September’s challengers. If you’re not already running with us this month, head over to the Challenges page, join in, and get running!