Press Release

Nathan Fires up Run Specialty with New Fall Visibility Initiative

Campaign kicks off with one week of in-store events at select retailers nationwide

NATHAN Sports, the Running Essentials leader is partnering with select run specialty retailers across North America to support the launch of its new light-projecting products and the brand’s new 2014 visibility education initiative, Fire Up Your Run, with one week of in-store events aligning with the Fall Equinox.

The program marks NATHAN’s foray into the next generation of active lighting – light-projecting products – designed to help athletes see the roads and trails ahead of them. New additions include run-specific 100 and 300 lumen Zephyr Fire handheld flashlights that feature an integrated 24-degree downward projection and adjustable hand strap for easy use. Also joining the line is the Orion Strobe that combines a 30 lumen path light and a powerful strobe for a 2-in-1, see and be seen solution. The Zephyr Fire flashlights and the Orion are water-resistant and rechargeable.

In addition to the light-projecting products, NATHAN is also expanding its traditional active lighting offerings with two new strobes that join the ranks of the trusted StrobeLight, LightBender and LightSpur. The HyperBrite Strobe is a small, but powerful 16-lumen strobe that provides a high-degree of visibility with a small footprint. Next up, the Pulsar Strobe is the most lightweight 6-lumen strobe available and is ideal for all activities. Both the HyperBrite and the Pulsar have a burn time of up to 30+ hours, are powered by easily-replaceable batteries and are water-resistant.

“As the days get shorter, athletes are forced to run at times with low or no light. It’s crucial that we make sure motorists can see us and that we can see where we’re running. It starts with bright clothing and reflective hits on areas where movement occurs, like your feet, arms or chest, and an effective visibility plan means you have 360-degree visibility,” says Brent Hollowell, VP of Marketing for NATHAN. “You should have multiple points of visibility that can be seen from the front, sides and back so drivers can recognize your human form. Having the right visibility gear means you can focus on the run instead of dodging traffic.”

Fire Up Your Run comes on the heels of NATHAN’s successful What’s Your Hydration Plan? hydration initiative that launched on the first day of Spring this year. The new campaign will blaze into over 100 select run specialty retailers with a full week of in-store events Sept. 21 – 28 and will continue to roll out to as many as 300 stores throughout the Fall 2014 season.

During the launch week, retailers will host fun runs, in-store clinics, demo NATHAN products, and create an official start to the season with Fire Up Your Run-themed assets and merchandising. Retailers will utilize a NATHAN custom matchbox-shaped toolkit with over $300 worth of demo products, t-shirts, posters, brochures and stickers for in-store ambassadors, referred to as Firestarters, who will lead the Fire Up Your Run initiative.

“The Firestarter program was developed to train, empower, and reward in-store employees for engaging with customers on the importance to see and be seen and encouraging them to have a 360-degree visibility plan in place,” said Hollowell. “During our last campaign our H2O Pro in-store ambassadors had such a positive impact on conversion rates for hydration in the spring, it only made sense to help enable more on-the-floor experts for visibility during the fall.”


Allison Showalter
Phone: 919.277.1158

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