ASICS to launch the new METASPEED + running shoes in Malaga this weekend

The ASICS META : Time : Trials launch event will be attended by top athletes incl. Eilish McColgan, Yeshi Kalayu, Boniface Kibiwott, Koen Naert and more

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The best Nike running shoes, such as the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%, might have dominated long distances races in the last few years, but those times are gone. As Adidas proved at the Boston Marathon just yesterday, other brands are just as capable of producing winning running shoes! Not to mention ASICS and its METASPEED, the carbon-enhanced shoes that won plenty of races recently, and I wore so much they compromised my leg health.

Speaking of the METASPEED and ASICS: the brand has just announced the launch of the ASICS META : Time : Trials, which is said to be a "pinnacle event" that will combine "ground-breaking new product and optimum race conditions to enable athletes to beat their Personal Best (PBs)." Yes, we'll see the new METASPEED + this weekend!

As ASICS explains, on 24 April in the Spanish city of Málaga, ASICS elite athletes from around the world will come together to take part in a "high-octane series of races inspired by the Tour de France, as they push each other to achieve their own fastest times ever."

There are some big names attached to the event: three-times Olympian Eilish McColgan, Yeshi Kalayu, Boniface Kibiwott, Koen Naert, Vicoty Chepngeno, and Mohamed Katir will compete in World Athletics certified races of either five kilometres, 10 kilometres or a half marathon.

Needless to say, all elite athletes will wear the all-new METASPEED + shoes which will be revealed to the public for the first time at the event. Building on the METASPEED series introduced in 2021, the ASICS Institute of Sports Science (ISS) has utilised data "accumulated through elite athletes in competitions to refine the product design and make runners even faster."

The races will start at 6.45 am BST and will be available to follow via ASICS live stream on the ASICS Hub, and YouTube channel as of 6.30 am BST. Keep your eyes peeled, people!

Matt Kollat
Section Editor | Active

Matt Kollat is a journalist and content creator who works for and its magazine counterpart as an Active Editor. His areas of expertise include wearables, drones, fitness equipment, nutrition and outdoor gear. He joined T3 in 2019. His byline appears in several publications, including Techradar and Fit&Well, and more. Matt also collaborated with other content creators (e.g. Garage Gym Reviews) and judged many awards, such as the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance's ESSNawards. When he isn't working out, running or cycling, you'll find him roaming the countryside and trying out new podcasting and content creation equipment.