Sunday, April 6th marked the 106th annual marathon in the Manchester region, but it was the first race that promoted the use of headphones thanks to a partnership with AfterShokz! Because our open ear sports headphones for running permit listeners to hear the outside world as well as the music, AfterShokz bone conduction headphones were deemed safe and approved for use on the course of the Greater Manchester Marathon.
In the words of Race Director Simon Hill:
“I am pleased to confirm that AfterShokz is the Official Sport Headphone Partner for the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon. With AfterShokz delivering a safe, open ear listening experience, I am happy to say that AfterShokz sport headphones have got our stamp of approval for runners to wear during the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon in Trafford next April.”
Andi Jones and Emily Wicks won the male and female races, respectively. His time was 2:16:59 and hers was 2:38:26. Both times broke records. Also, the first four men to finish the race all broke the 2:20:00 mark!
Here’s a recap video.
Here’s what one of the Greater Manchester Marathon runners had to say about AfterShokz:
“I have already tested them in the gym & on the road & I am absolutely thrilled with them! Finally, finally, finally, I have some headphones which work, don’t fall out of my ears, no messing around, great music to run to! I was chuffed with them, that I even ran in the pouring rain with them yesterday for over an hour!”
The Greater Manchester Marathon touts itself as the “flattest, fastest, and friendliest marathon in the UK.” We were very excited to take part in something as meaningful and emotional as this 7,000+ person race. A marathon can be a life-defining experience. It’s something on many of our bucket lists that few of us ever cross off.
We’d like to thank the Greater Manchester Marathon for letting us participate! We’re excited to see the new applications for our bone conduction technology as they develop. If you’re interested in marathon running, yourself, check our marathon tips. For now, don’t stop. You’re almost there!