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Ethembeni School Interview with Headmaster Braam Mouton

For the past 15 years, Balega has been a proud partner of the Ethembeni School as a way to honor the culture and country that is so much a part of the Balega identity. Through Balega’s Lesedi Project, Balega has supported the Ethembeni School by raising money for student scholarships, aiding in the funding of a therapy playground and swimming pool, and purchasing a wheelchair accessible school bus

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Impi Team 2019

We are very excited to announce our global ambassador team for 2019! Affectionately called our ‘Impi Warriors’ after the honored class of South African fighters and protectors known for operating with the utmost integrity, the 2019 team ranges from running newbies to national champions. Each member truly embodies the brand’s Ubuntu spirit - and we look forward to a great year!

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Nutrition Tips: A Look Inside Diets and Nutrition

It’s March and in our world, that means two things – training has officially started for summer and fall race season and it’s National Nutrition Month! We sat down with a few of our Impi team members to offer up some of their nutrition advice for the diets they choose to follow, and the benefits they see as it relates to their running performance.

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Consistency and Commitment

Want to get better at running, figure out your nutrition, and run a PB?

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Checking in with Molly Cuevas - the woman who will run across America

We checked in with Molly Cuevas - the 24-year-old runner who is planning to tackle the biggest athletic challenge of her life so far - running across America. Cuevas has been training for this monumental run since March 2018 with the help of her support system, including personal trainer, Bree Sanders*. Her journey from Santa Monica, California to Montauk, New York will support the Challenged Athlete Foundation (CAF). 

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How to Skimo

Suffering + soaring: skimo is an endurance athlete’s winter dream. Once you figure out what it is, what you need, and how to do it, that is. Let us help you out with that.

 
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Winter Running

It’s that time of year when we find ourselves reflecting on the past 365 days and having high hopes for approaching January with a fresh perspective. However, it’s important that we set realistic goals as we fill our 2019 planner with a list of resolutions for the upcoming year. According to the Huffington Post, only 8% of people follow through with their New Year's resolutions each year. Additionally, exercising, staying fit and being healthier remain on the top of everyone’s ...

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Balega Gives Back

As the days grow shorter, darker, and colder, we tend to grow more introspective and -- perhaps ironically -- grateful. Our team at Balega would like to use this season of giving thanks to reflect and thank several of the core people and organizations who help to make our world a little brighter. Balega’s ‘sole’ and foundation is built on community, a core pillar of Zulu culture. It’s as central to who we are as making high quality performance socks. In 2004, we formed th...

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Horror Stories from the Trail

Get comfortable being uncomfortable. That is the crux to success in running. The more you can visualize and practice dealing with adversity, the better armed you will be to gracefully overcome it when calamity inevitably strikes. To help you equip yourself (and also to take solace in the fact that you’re not alone in the struggle), we’ve rounded up some running horror stories from four tenacious women. Jade Eaton, Boulder-based trail runner and Balega team member An avid trail runner...

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Balega Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Limited Edition Grit and Grace Collection

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, empower yourself and help prevent breast cancer with this year’s limited edition Grit and Grace socks. For the fifth year in a row, we are proud to announce our continued support of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP) through this special collection. One dollar from every pair...

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The Best Fall Trail Runs

Few things fill the soul more than soaking up the last of the year’s gold while working up a sweat. From Maine to Oregon, easy outings to mountain escapes, we’ve scoured the trails around the country to round up our favorite places to lace up your sneakers this fall. Check out this national foliage map crafted by the team at SmokyMountains.com to ensure you hit the trails during prime time. Cadillac Mountain, Bar Harbor, Maine Climb to the highest point along the eastern seaboard and...

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Summer Camp For Big Kids: A TransRockies Recap

 I’m a fairly seasoned runner — I’ve completed several half marathons, marathons, and even a few trail races — but my most recent challenge, the TransRockies Run, was unlike any event I’ve ever been a part of. A six-day, 120-mile trail race through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, TransRockies is truly “summer camp for big kids,” with over 300 athletes running, camping, and playing along the thin air of the Continental Divide.  Though the who...

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Introducing the New Balega Enduro Socks

 Move over, Vendetta. V is for Balega’s V-Tech arch support system that defines our beloved Enduro socks. We’re delighted to say we’ve made these iconic and all around go-to socks even better! “The V-tech arch support is my favorite thing about the Enduros,” Balega Impi team member Amy Schlotthauer says. “The support system boasts a contoured fit around the mid arch which keeps the sock on my foot and it never moves around!!” Amy explains. “N...

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Meet Molly: The 24-Year Old Planning to Run Across America

Meet Molly, a 24-year-old California go-getter training to run across America next year! We are thrilled to be part of Molly’s journey from all-star field collegiate field hockey player to long (long!) distance runner. We will be checking in with her throughout the next year as she prepares to run (in her Balega socks!) from Santa Monica, California to Montauk, New York to support the Challenged Athlete Foundation (CAF). We sat down with Molly to get to know her, learn about why she is ins...

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#BalegasWithAView Contest & Travel Advice

  Summer may be winding down, but we know that doesn’t mean you’re slowing down! We want to give you the chance to show off the amazing places where you run, bike and hike in your Balega socks with the #BalegasWithAView photo contest. Starting August 25th, tag your photos (or videos) on Instagram with #BalegasWithAView as well as @Balega_International. We’re looking for beautiful imagery, colorful scenes, and epic landscapes that also feature your Balega socks (see photo...

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Why Good Socks Matter - Part 2

Editor’s note: this is part two in our mini series Why “good” socks matter. We rounded up the horror (and success!) stories from our Impi team to give the top five reasons why good socks matter over in part 1. Here’s the science behind how good socks are “good,” and how to choose the perfect sock for you. Why “good” socks are good So how exactly do good socks prevent blisters, toenail loss, heel slipping, and keep your feet happy? Designed to snug...

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Why Good Socks Matter - Part 1

It matters what you put on your feet. This tennant is so ingrained in our soul sole that we take it for granted. And it’s not just shoes.  “Your shoe can only provide so much comfort,” explains Impi Leslie Horowitz. “They’re primarily meant to assist with stability, with some cushion. Socks are the first barrier and it doesn’t matter how long you’re on your feet, comfort is key! I realized this when I was wearing horrible socks! They wore down in ...

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How and Why to Build a Killer Core

Your core is your (literal) backbone and key to fitness. Not only will honing your core-- the muscles around your trunk and pelvis, including your back and glutes-- enhance your athletic performance, it will decrease injury risk and ease everyday life. Not to mention make you look strong, assertive, and beach season ready ;) We talked with certified strength and conditioning specialist, corrective exercise specialist, functional movement systems (FMS) specialist and elite endurance athlete Chri...

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Impis Unlock Secrets to Success at Boston

You’ve probably heard by now: this year’s running of the Boston Marathon boasted the worst conditions in the historic race’s 122-year history. According to race officials, at least. But despite what Balega’s Impi Kathy described as “pouring rain that came down in torrential bursts, freezing at times and mixed with sleet, 35-50 mph headwinds, real feel temps of 28 degrees, numb hands and toes and bodies soaked to the bone,” over 95-percent of runners who crosse...

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Journey to Comrades: No Turning Back

This year, over 23,000 people are entered to run the Comrades Marathon, the world’s largest and oldest ultramarathon. One of those people is Balega’s very own Rebecca Laird, Sales and Marketing Manager, based in Cape Town, South Africa. Her story goes something like this:  Comrades was never on my bucket list of races – when I moved to South Africa 15 years ago and watched my first Comrades (and every subsequent race each year) my thoughts were always “there are 15,...

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