Group shot before the fun run (source: Fleet Feet Chicago)
After returning to Fleet Feet, they offered up some…thing in a beaker (alcoholic perhaps?), as well as beer, Gatorade, water … and a mashed potato bar. (My stomach wasn’t up for any of it, unfortunately.)
You could tweet your questions to New Balance using #FreshFoam. I was curious what they do with the shoes used for fun runs (answer: they are eventually donated). Other things I learned via the Twitter Q&A: These are neutral shoes, it took about two years from concept to market to develop, they’ll launch a trail version later this year, and if you previously ran in New Balance Minimus, these shoes should work well for you.
There was also a foam pit. I was up for the foam pit.
So far, I’m a fan of the Fresh Foam 980s. They are a pretty plush ride, but also feel supportive. I plan on breaking them in this spring while I train for the Shamrock Shuffle (promise I’ll do speedwork!) and the Soldier Field 10. Oh … and Ragnar. Unless we literally want to be the Wurst Ragnar Team Ever.