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Popular Fitness App Runkeeper Acquired by Sportswear Maker ASICS

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Athletic apparel company ASICS today acquired popular running app Runkeeper for an undisclosed amount of money. Runkeeper founder Jason Jacobs announced the news in a blog post on Medium, in which he promised that the merger of a "digital fitness platform and world class physical products" will be one that should benefit fans of both companies.

Partnering with ASICS to fulfill this vision together makes a ton of sense. We both have deep roots in and focus on running as a core component of the fitness experience. There is strong alignment between our brands and core values. And from people using our Shoe Tracker feature in the app, we know that ASICS shoes are by far the ones that Runkeeper users run in the most!
Jacobs promised that Runkeeper users won't see many changes to the core app experience due to the acquisition, but thanks to ASICS' resources, the app should be able to expand and grow at a faster rate. The specifics of the integration into physical products for the two companies has not yet been disclosed, but an automatic run-tracking shoe seems to be in the cards with Runkeeper's mentioning of the popularity of ASICS shoes among its users.

Runkeeper offers a free experience, but power users can spend $9.95 on a more premium version of the service. Last summer, Runkeeper announced that it cut 30 percent of its staff to shift focus "from purely attracting lots of users to wringing more revenue from those users," which ASICS' acquisition should help contribute to as well.

Fitness clothing companies have been making acquisitions in the digital space for a while now, in the last year alone Under Armour purchased MyFitnessPal and Adidas purchased Runtastic. One of the first technical integrations of digital fitness into a wearable was the Nike+ step counter, which you could insert into a tennis shoe to sync with the company's running app.

Runkeeper is available to download from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Article Link: Popular Fitness App Runkeeper Acquired by Sportswear Maker ASICS
 

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I like ASICS (which I found out was a Japanese company).

I switched to them from New Balance. I had been getting New Balance 1123... until they discontinued it. The "replacement" shoe New Balance introduced just didn't feel the same, so I looked elsewhere.

I found an equivalent with ASICS (Gel-Venture 5), and it was just half the price of New Balance 1123.

It's good that they are branching out like this.
 
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ep2002

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Funny I've been a long time user of Runkeeper (since the beginning of 2011). Tried other apps and love this one the best. I'm also guilty of running with ASICS.
BTW, the features on the  Watch are improving. Still got some minor bugs to work out syncing in real time with the phone, but over all a wonderful experience.
Congrats to Jason and his team!
 
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T5BRICK

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ASICS makes my favorite running shoes. Last year I bought a pair of GT-2000 and ended up liking them so much that I bought a second pair for when the first wears out.

I'll keep using RunKeeper, it's a pretty great app. Hopefully with the extra resources ASICS can bring, some of the paid features become free.
 
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Athletic apparel company ASICS today acquired popular running app Runkeeper for an undisclosed amount of money. Runkeeper founder Jason Jacobs announced the news in a blog post on Medium, in which he promised that the merger of a "digital fitness platform and world class physical products" will be one that should benefit fans of both companies.

Jacobs promised that Runkeeper users won't see many changes to the core app experience due to the acquisition, but thanks to ASICS' resources, the app should be able to expand and grow at a faster rate. The specifics of the integration into physical products for the two companies has not yet been disclosed, but an automatic run-tracking shoe seems to be in the cards with Runkeeper's mentioning of the popularity of ASICS shoes among its users.

Runkeeper offers a free experience, but power users can spend $9.95 on a more premium version of the service. Last summer, Runkeeper announced that it cut 30 percent of its staff to shift focus "from purely attracting lots of users to wringing more revenue from those users," which ASICS' acquisition should help contribute to as well.

Fitness clothing companies have been making acquisitions in the digital space for a while now, in the last year alone Under Armour purchased MyFitnessPal and Adidas purchased Runtastic. One of the first technical integrations of digital fitness into a wearable was the Nike+ step counter, which you could insert into a tennis shoe to sync with the company's running app.

Runkeeper is available to download from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Article Link: Popular Fitness App Runkeeper Acquired by Sportswear Maker ASICS
I’m used to seeing ASICS spelled with that weird ‘a’. When I see it spelled with a normal ‘a’, I think of Application Specific Integrated Circuits.
 
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Seems like many of the indy health apps are being bought up - which I think is smart for them. If Apple has any sense, and I believe they do, the Activity app will see a large upgrade very soon. GPS mapping is an obvious and easy upgrade, but I think many of the "Pro" benefits of other apps will be standard in Activity (or Health) very soon.

How great a selling point would Apple's Activity app be is all you had to do was buy the phone, and suddenly you have the same "Pro" benefits of Runkeeper etc. without a monthly subscription. "Buy the iPhone and we will create a personalized running or weightlifting plan for you." It isn't even that unrealistic - Garageband had music lessons, and how much more of a revenue maker would personalized workout plans be?

I've been using Runkeeper for a long time, and actually started using the Asics app about a year ago, (in tandem with Runkeeper) because they offer free personalized running plans. But, the day Apple makes Activity a true workout app - I'll happily migrate - I'm tired of starting Activity, starting Runkeeper, and then manually logging my run in Asics.
 
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Chupa Chupa

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I settled on iSmoothRun after testing out all of the bigger names and still quite happy with it. Funny how all of the shoe companies have bought up other running apps but iSmoothRun remains one of the few with a shoe diary so you know which shoes you wore during a run and also to keep track of how many miles you have on a given pair.
 
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