U.S. runners Dathan Ritzenhein, Adam Goucher and Alan Webb recreate a famous scene from Chariots of Fire
in the latest commercial for Nike, which debuted Tuesday night during American Idol
. The spot, directed by Biscuit's Noam Murro, encourages runners to run barefoot, or at least in a pair of Nike FREE shoes, which are designed to simulate the experience of running with no shoes at all. In the commercial, the trio race down the beach in a perfect replica of a scene from the 1981 movie, until they start passing mailboxes and parking meters. Eventually the scene resolves to a single runner, jogging through the city in a pair of Nikes.