Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Future American Olympians, Continued

"Tonganoxie senior Patrick Rachford ditched his normal running shoes for the Atchison County meet. It didn’t seem to bother him either, as he finished in first place and the boys won the team title.

"Instead of a traditional shoe, Rachford wore a pair of Vibram Fivefingers, which kind of look like padded gloves for feet.

"Rachford said he ran in them some this summer but had never worn them for official competition. The unique shoes gave him some blisters on the tops of his toes but were a welcome relief from the wear his running shoes had been putting on a huge blister on the back of one of his heels.

"“I felt different running,” he said. “There’s no spring in my step.”

"Rachford hopes to return to his normal running shoes when his large blister heals."

Don't mess with success, kid. 

Hopefully he'll stick with the toe shoes...