Would you travel to London for a run cloaked in darkness?

Would you travel to London for a run cloaked in darkness?


Text: Janice Sim

Somewhere in London, a mindful physical experiment is underway

Imagine a running track engulfed in darkness, stripped of music, technology, scenery and no finish line. How would you fare?

Any average runner would typically have one of the above variables when it comes to clocking in their daily sprint. But not here, in what Asics calls the Blackout Track. Pegged as the world's first running track to train the mind with only spotlights guiding the way, it is a custom-build 150-metre course in South London that was developed by leading sports scientists and coaches. The track is inspired by a technique long practised by distance runners who train the mind by running on loops of a mile or two without any technology. It has been used successfully by runners all over the world, including Japanese distance runners. 

Asics Blackout Track

This movement (as part of their campaign launch for the Asics Gel-Kayano 25 runner) is positioned to build up physical as well as mental stamina within the participants. The all-new Gel Kayano 25 kicks has been designed to be the only support that the runner would need while conquering the Blackout Track — boasting technologies that offer superior protection and enhanced stability. 

The first-of-its-kind track in Printwork, London, will host a series of events to prove that mindfulness plays an equally important role when it comes to attaining physical milestones. One of which, includes a 10k 'mental marathon' — a scientific experiment that sees athletes and running enthusiasts from all over the world coming together to participate. 

No cheers from the crowd, no visible end in sight — sounds like the ultimate test of your hidden abilities. Booking your flights yet?

Find out more about the Asics Blackout Track in London here.