Nike Victory Tour-research/guesses

hello blog-it’s been awhile, and i owe so many posts, but of course, what always brings me to update it is when it comes to speculating Nike races.

I did quite a lot of research last year on this ever since the news of no more DC. I was excited about Toronto, but i wasn’t able to make it happen due summer school and weddings. I thought about SF, but since I knew I was doing the Chicago Marathon, and that race happens a week beforehand, I decided to be nice to my body and not do it, thinking there’s always next year!

Boy, was I wrong. I should of just done SF when I had the chance.

After news came out that SF wasn’t happening anymore, the possible locations guesses were up for grabs again. of course, I always hope for Chicago or somewhere in the midwest.

I had an idea that they wouldn’t announce anything again until mid January like last year, and i was right-on 1/19, on the Nike Women’s (clothing line) fb page, the new tour would be called the “Victory Tour” <-nice Olympic tie in there. The Run Nike Women Series shared this on there page on 1/22. According to the press release, registration for most cities would open on 1/29. The week leading up to the 29th, some cities had a Victory Tour Prep (I’m not sure which ones had it, could be possible clues?). The two locations that are happening in the US (Atlanta and LA) were only given the choice of signing up to be notified when more details are released.

I’m excited to see what they are doing on this tour, and if I can make it to an event that’s cool, and if not, that’s ok. I feel lucky that I was able to do the DC one before they stopped doing it.

What are my thoughts? From the information from the press release and this video:

The Tour runs from March-September, kicking off in Nagoya. The tour will include 10k-marathon, and NTC fitness events. From the video, I think LA is last, which makes since since that there is Joan Benoit (the inspiration for these Nike Women Events) made history with her victory in 1984 when the women’s marathon was part of the Olympics.

Of course we want to know out of the US locations: are they races/events? and what are the dates? So far, we still don’t know, but I wouldn’t be surprised if LA is the marathon event happening in September. Atlanta appears to happen after the half way mark of the listing of the cities, so who knows.

Some people have speculated on the dates from reading the web source code for these events (ATL: 7/5, LA: 8/27), and looking at the special events pages of these cities (ATL:5k on 6/11-12 weekend, nothing on LA yet) but i don’t know. It’s Nike. I have such a hectic year coming up (I’m invited to 6 weddings, and I’m standing in 3 of them) so I’m not even sure if I can do them. If anything, if the Atlanta one seems possible since it’s closer to me.

Some other questions I still have for them: of course, is there Tiffany’s? The Nagoya event happened yesterday, and it was a marathon and had Tiffany’s for their finishers.

Another question I have-I remember last year I found the SF date by looking at the Team in Training, the non-profit Nike often paired up with for their races if you didn’t get in via lottery-is that still happening? Is there a student entry option also?

As of today, this is what each city says:
-Athens: Sign up to be notified
-Atlanta: Sign up to be notified
-Barcelona: Fitness event, sign up to be notified
-Beijing: Fitness event, sign up to be notified *also a fitness event last year
-Buenos Aires: Race: 21k on 6/5/16
-Guangzhou: Fitness event, sign up to be notified *also a fitness event last year, and a race
-Hong Kong: Race: 10k on 4/2/16 *fitness event last year, and a race. check out this youtube video of last year’s event:

-Istanbul: Sign up to be notified *fitness event last year, and a race
-Jakarta: Fitness event, 4/16/16 *fitness event last year
-LA: Sign up to be notified *fitness event last year happened 04/2015, see pics here
and check out this youtube video Nike uploaded: 

-London: Sign up to be notified, event happening 09/2016 *race last year
-Manila: Race: Half marathon, 5/5/16 *race last year
-Mexico City: Race: Half marathon, 4/24/16 *fitness event last year
-Nagoya: Race: Marathon, 3/13/16 *race last year, also important to note that it also kick off the tour last year
-Rio De Janerio: Race: Half marathon AND Fitness event, 4/10/16 **I’m guessing this city is special since they’re hosting the Olympics this year** Check out more about this here.
-Seoul: Race: Half marathon, 5/22/16 *also a race last year 
-Shanghai: Fitness event, sign up to be notified *also a fitness event last year
-Sydney: Fitness event, 3/19/16 *also a fitness event last year
-Taipei: I need a code to see this website? *fitness event last year, and a race
-Tokyo:Fitness event, 5/15/16

Hm. interesting. I never did look at each website for the events last year, maybe I should and compare the two.   <-I completely forgot that last year when they announced the cities last year, they also indicated which ones were a race and which one was a fitness event. Therefore, I bolded the cities that appeared last year ago, and made note what type of race/event it was. If anything, I wish I knew the dates each event ended up happening on, but it run from March-October 2015 (Nagoya Race and Shanghai Fitness event) This doesn’t help much since LA was a fitness event last year and Atlanta is a new city to host Nike.

Cities that didn’t come back from Nike Women’s Event Series 2015 (Fitness events or a Race: 5k-half marathon):
-Amsterdam (Race)
-Berlin (Race)
-Lima (Race)
-Medellin (Race)
-Milan (Race)
-Moscow  (Fitness event and Race)
-Paris (Race)
-Quito (Race)
-San Francisco (Race) *Half marathon was held 2003-2015, marathon option was available 2003-2013. The race was always in October.
-Stockholm (Fitness event and Race)
Nike uploaded youtube videos for both the fitness event and the race:

-Toronto (Race) *This 15k race happened in June 2015

DC Half marathon only happened 2013-2014, happening in April each year.

Who knows what to make of all of this information, maybe both US events are just fitness events.