When it comes to running, Continental has plenty of know-how and experience to offer: In cooperation with sports goods manufacturer Adidas, the technology company has developed high-grip soles for running and outdoor and hiking shoes. The rubber compound from the Continental labs in Hanover (Germany) gives the running shoes up to 30 percent more grip. Shoes with these soles provide optimum contact with the ground and outstanding power transmission – the same characteristics that distinguish Continental tires. “The performance of shoes with our soles can be compared with that of ultra-high-performance tires for sports cars”, says graduate chemist Konstantin Efimov, who is responsible for material development for tires and running shoe soles at Continental. “They have measurable, objective advantages. Slippage, for example, is much lower in comparison with conventional soles. Runners slip one to two millimeters less per stride.” This gives a runner a 35- to 70-meter advantage over the course of a full marathon − just over 42 kilometers. Competitive marathons may be out of the question right now, but a good running shoe is also an important factor in making your evening jog around the park a healthy sporting experience.
In close consultation with leading sport physicians, running coaches and professional athletes, in what follows, Continental answers some of the most important questions about running in times of coronavirus.