Monday, June 6, 2011

Valley Trail Run Winner Wears Vibram FiveFingers

Always good to see:

"The fastest man in the 20th annual Whistler Valley Trail Run didn't even wear running shoes, completing the hilly 10 km course wearing Vibram FiveFingers shoes.

"Robin Poirier finished the course in 39:01 after leading for most of the race. With a cyclist pacing him and Seamus Frew on his tail for most of the run, he said it was easy to keep his head down and run.

"'It's a fun run, but this is a really hard course,' said Poirier, who is new to Whistler.

"'For a while it was just me and Seamus, and the cyclist, so I didn't have to think about anything other than running.'

"Poirier switched to the 'Barefoot' running shoes a few years ago as a result of various knee and foot problems, and hasn't looked back. Although he had some issues with his achilles tendon, he says it taught him to run differently."