Ever wanted to race against yourself? The new Nike stadium is your chance

I remember visiting Te Papa when I was a kid. There was a dinosaur exhibition where you could race against a Tyrannosaurus Rex. My competitive nature meant I wouldn’t let my family leave until I beat it, but unfortunately, that time never came. Although I’m sure if I kept trying… well we’ll never know. Anyway, thanks to the ingenious team behind Nike, I now have a more realistic target to race against; myself.

Nike Unlimited Stadium is an interactive pop-up track that has recently taken over an entire city block in Manila, Philippines. Built by global advertising agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty’s, the 200-metre long stadium is the world’s first LED running track, constructed in the shape of a shoe. It works by placing a radio frequency identification sensor on your sneaker and then running a lap on the track. The initial lap time is recorded and then a digital avatar appears on several large LED in a myriad of bright colours, screens placed around the track for you to beat the previous record, with lap-by-lap feedback on pacing and other stats.

We’re unsure how long the installation plans to remain open, but here’s hoping Nike brings this down to New Zealand.

Culture


Your October culture calendar: Auckland comes alive with art, theatre and more this month

Stay informed and entertained with the best documentaries to watch right now

Meet Kate Forsythe, the talented artist behind Studio Ro blending painting and sculpture