April 15, 2013, may be most commonly associated with taxes but this year it's also the day of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Vibram is celebrating the marathon this year by hosting famous mountaineer Jim Whittaker at their flagship retail store on Saturday, April 13.
Whittaker was the first American to summit Mount Everest fifty years ago! Whittaker was 34 at the time — talk about an incredible accomplishment. He's also noted as the first employee of REI and he went on to ultimately become REI's CEO and Chairman before retiring.
I've not read Whittaker's autobiography A Life on the Edge, but in reading up on reviews of the book (5 stars on Amazon), I found a quote from Whittaker that lands the book squarely on my list:
From A Life on the Edge:
I heard a phrase not too long ago that pretty well captures my philosophy of life: "If you aren't living on the edge, you're taking up too much space." It has nothing to do with thrill-seeking. It's about makign the most of every moment, about stretching your own boundaries, about being willing to learn constantly, and putting yourself in situations where learnings is possible?sometimes even critcial to your surivival. Being out on the edge, with everything at risk, is where you learn?and grow?the most.
? Jim Whittaker
I won't be able to attend the event, but if you happen to be in Boston, the first 100 visitors to the store will get a free book!
Finally, we're doing a little FiveFingers giveaway compliments of Vibram! To be eligible to win a pair of VFFs of your choosing (anything available on vibramfivefingers.com ? U.S. models only), simply share this post on twitter or facebook using this link sometime between now and Friday, April 12th at noon Eastern Daylight Time:
Congrats to James Martinez (Twitter follower @Jarza_Quinntes) on winning!
The winner will be announced here on the blog at that time and contacted! NOTE: shares on Facebook must be public in order to track them and be eligible! Same for Twitter in case your tweets are private. Good luck!
And finally, anyone out there running the Boston Marathon? What shoes will you be wearing (if any)?
Full press release after the jump!
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