ASICS Target 26.2: Apply now!

ASICS TARGET 26.2 - the Runner's World Marathon Challenge


Runner's World and ASICS challenge you to run your best ever marathon, with our VIP training and racing package for the 2012 Paris Marathon.

Paris Marathon ASICS Target 26.2 is an unmissable opportunity to discover your running potential at one of Europe's most memorable races the Paris Marathon.

With just five spots in the team, it's a truly elite marathon training and racing experience. You'll have one-to-one advice from top coaches Steve Smythe and Sam Murphy, the combined expertise of the ASICS PRO Team and the support of Runner's World, ASICS and the runnersworld.co.uk forumites. You'll also be kitted out with ASICS gear, race entry, travel and post-race hospitality for one of Europe's finest races – the Paris Marathon. What's not to like?

Check out the ASICS/Runner's World team at the 2011 Paris Marathon:
WHAT'S ON OFFER
  • Entry to the Paris Marathon on April 15, 2012
  • One-to-one coaching and support throughout your training from one of the ASICS Target 26.2 coaches - Steve Smythe or Sam Murphy
  • Personalised dietary, physio and sports psychology support from the ASICS PRO Team
  • Admission to two training days with Steve Smythe, Sam Murphy and the PRO Team in Birmingham
  • Entry to one of a selection of ASICS UK half-marathons in the build up to your marathon
  • Travel to Paris and accommodation in an exclusive central Paris hotel the night before the race
  • VIP post-race hospitality to help you recover in style
  • Three sets of ASICS Target 26.2 kit, comprising head-to-toe ASICS running kit, trainers and a Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS watch
  • Pre-training trip to London (complete with accommodation the night before) for Bupa Fitness Assessment and to visit to the ASICS London store for gait analysis and kit
  • A year's subscription to Runner's World magazine
What's on offer
WHO WE'RE LOOKING FOR
Five keen runners (of all abilities) prepared to give 100%. In selecting the ASICS Target 26.2 team, we'll be paying as much attention to your motivation as your PBs: we want to know your marathon dream, whether that's nailing a new PB, achieving a Good for Age qualifying time or just completing your first ever marathon.

You'll either already be a registered member of runnersworld.co.uk or happy to get stuck in on our forums, which will be a second home for the Target 26.2 team.

You should be available Friday December 2 to attend a Boot Camp selection day in Birmingham with the Target 26.2 coaches, PRO Team experts, ASICS and Runner's World staff, as well as a day in London on Saturday December 17 - and then ready to start training the following week. You'll also have to keep January 28 and March 3 free for training days in Birmingham and choose one of a selection of ASICS half-marathons.
TESTIMONIALS
Here's what some of the 2011 ASICS Super Six had to say about their 2011 Paris Marathon experience:

"A truly life-changing experience. Steve's coaching has been invaluable and he has gone the extra mile, responding to queries straight away and making the forums what they were. I think the time I achieved shows that the schedules and coaching really do work. Without Steve's guidance and the structure and support of the whole experience I may well be sat here having missed out at 3 hours in London, so thank you! It really has been an amazing experience and I would do it all again in a shot."
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"The weekend was the most amazing time. The team from RW and ASICS looked after us really well and managed to provide just the right level of moral support. I think the fact that we went to Paris made it much more special as an experience."
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"What made the process enjoyable wasn't just achieving an unprecedented level of fitness, or new shoes, or a trip to Paris, but the people. I found firm friends in the Super Six, Steve has been absolutely dedicated and essential to helping me achieve an enjoyable Paris (and first) marathon, Ruth taught me moderation in nutrition, Sarah fixed my ITB with a single exercise, the Runner's World and ASICS team provided laughs and encouragement, and the forum members were (and continue to be) supportive, interested and content to indulge my waxing lyrical about running and baking."
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THE EXPERTS
STEVE SMYTHE SAM MURPHY
Steve Smythe Sam Murphy
Former RW staffer Steve writes the runnersworld.co.uk marathon schedules.

He has run more than 60 marathons with a PB of 2:29. Steve has also won a British age group marathon title and has run a sub-3 marathon in five different decades.

As a coach, he's helped marathon runners to British senior international level, British age group records and London Marathon age group wins.
Sam is a keen runner and one of the UK's leading fitness experts. She has completed 15 marathons (with a PB of 3:22) and the Himalayan 100 Mile Race among numerous other races.

In addition to her first class degree in Sport and Exercise Science, Sam is a level 2 UKA running coach and a tutor for England Athletics.

Sam has written seven books including Run for Life: The Real Woman's Guide to Running, and Marathon and Half Marathon: From Start to Finish.
THE ASICS PRO TEAM
Along with top coaching from Sam and Steve, the ASICS Target 26.2 team have a secret weapon on their journey to Paris Marathon success. Providing our Target 26.2 runners with the kind of all-round support usually only enjoyed by elite athletes, the ASICS PRO Team are a group of running specialists. Each member of the team has their own area of expertise, and between them the PRO Team has decades of experience at the highest level in endurance sport.

Whether you're having your nutrition strategy reviewed by dietician Ruth McKean, your cross-training cross-examined by Nicki Waterman, receiving hands-on physio support from Sarah Connors or learning mind-over-matter techniques from new PRO Team member, sports psychologist Dr Victor Thompson, the ASICS PRO Team will be there with expert advice every step of the way.
The ASICS Pro Team
HOW TO APPLY
Applications for ASICS Target 26.2 are NOW OPEN. To apply, simply complete the online application form (NB: to avoid losing your work you may find it helpful to write the longer answers offline and paste them in to the form).

As well as some basic personal details, we'll be looking for a brief synopsis of your running background, your target marathon time and your reasons for wanting to join our team. Please submit your application before midday on Friday, November 11 2011. You will only be able to make one submission of the form, so make sure you've got it right before you press submit!

L'Arc de TriumpheWe'll whittle down the entries to a longlist of 30-50 runners with a variety of marathon targets (whether that's a qualifying time, a PB or another goal). If you are selected, we'll contact you by telephone or email after the entry closing date.

There will then be two further stages of selection. The first is the Boot Camp selection day in Birmingham on December 2 2011, where you will meet the ASICS Target 26.2 coaches, PRO Team experts and Runner's World and ASICS staff to assess your health, fitness and injury history.

Shortly after the selection day, we will choose a final shortlist of 18-24 runners. Information about the shortlisted runners will be published on runnersworld.co.uk and the RW community invited to vote for the final line-up. The votes will be taken into consideration along with the views of the ASICS and Runner's World team, the PRO Team and coaches. The final result will be announced in mid-December before the training schedules start on December 26.

All shortlisted candidates will receive an ASICS goody bag (packed with kit perfect for your marathon training) and a copy of the Runner's World Complete Guide to Running (RRP £9.99). The 18-24 shortlisted candidates will also receive a place in an ASICS UK spring half-marathon.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Entries close midday, Friday November 11. Longlisted candidates will be notified no later than Wednesday November 30.

For further information on the competition terms and conditions (including the dates you will need to be available), please visit www.runnersworld.co.uk/asicstarget262termsandconditions. Only entries from persons aged 18 and over will be accepted.
ASICS Runner's World