LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Skechers Performance, a division of Skechers USA, Inc. (NYSE:SKX), embarks on three days of excitement surrounding the city’s biggest running event - the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon. The marathon will be held on Sunday, February 14, 2016 with several activities leading up to the race including the Health and Fitness Expo, which is open to the public at the Los Angeles Convention Center, February 12th and 13th.
"This weekend is creating so much excitement across Los Angeles,” said Rick Higgins, SVP, Merchandising/Marketing, Skechers Performance. “We truly wish all the runners, supporters and partners of the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon the very best. What makes this race even more significant is that on Saturday, we will have 27 of our elite athletes competing at the Trials to make the 2016 U.S. Olympic team, and leading the pack is our very own Meb and Kara Goucher. We’ll be supporting them with all the fans, friends and family."
On race day, spectators can join Skechers Performance at mile four and twenty-two, to cheer on the runners and receive giveaways such as noisemakers and t-shirts, while supplies last. During the Health and Fitness Expo, participants, spectators and fans will be able to commemorate the race with a complete collection of official footwear and apparel available at the Skechers Performance booth.
Designed in Los Angeles at Skechers’ headquarters, the official footwear was created in varying shades of deep blue, enamel green and turquoise to mirror the newly designed branding of the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon logo. The line has several models to choose from for men and women including, maximum cushion (GOrun Ultra Road) and neutral running shoes (GOrun Ride 5) and a new stability shoe called the Skechers GOrun Forza, which features an extended medial post for additional support.
Furthermore, a new limited edition Skechers GOrun Forza model will be available to expo visitors only. Building off of one of Los Angeles’ most iconic symbols, this exclusive model features bright, multi-colored palm trees that pop against a black background. This model will only be available at the Skechers Performance expo booth on race weekend and will retail for $140.
In addition to designing the finishers shirts, Skechers Performance will have a full line of official race apparel including tech tees, jackets, running shorts, leggings, hats, and much more. Skechers Performance will also have a selection of casual tee shirts with bright graphics, such as the “LA 26.2” which incorporates the cityscape.
To build excitement for the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon, a new advertising campaign featuring elite runners Meb and Kara Goucher is debuting. The new commercial spot will air leading up to and during race weekend and will coincide with print and outdoor advertising. The campaign features Skechers Performance’s new marketing message - Choose Greatness - which was inspired by Meb and Kara’s commitment to excel not only in their sport, but in everything they do daily.
Rounding out race weekend, Skechers Performance is excited to support world-class athletes and former Olympians, Meb and Kara Goucher, as they compete in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon on Saturday, February 13, 2016 here in Los Angeles. Both will be wearing a custom designed GOmeb Speed 3 – 2016 shoe that features a white and blue knit upper and a noticeable, bright gold outsole.
The Skechers Performance expo booth will be open Friday, February 12, 10am – 7pm and Saturday, February 13, 8am – 5pm. Skechers Performance will also have giveaways race weekend at a promotional space across from the main Skechers Performance booth at the Expo. Attendees can have their photo taken and make cheer signs to support runners.
For more information on the 2016 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon, visit www.lamarathon.com. For additional information on Skechers Performance, visit www.GOskechers.com or follow the brand on Facebook (facebook.com/SkechersPerformance), Twitter (twitter.com/skechersGO) and Instagram (instagram.com/skechersperformance).
About SKECHERS USA, Inc.
SKECHERS USA, Inc., based in Manhattan Beach, California, designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle footwear for men, women and children, as well as performance footwear for men and women. Skechers footwear is available in the United States and over 120 countries and territories worldwide via department and specialty stores, more than 1,050 Skechers retail stores, and Skechers’ e-commerce website. Skechers manages its international business through a network of global distributors, joint venture partners in Asia, and 12 wholly-owned subsidiaries in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Japan and throughout Europe. For more information, please visit skechers.com and follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/SKECHERS) and Twitter (twitter.com/SKECHERSUSA).
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