Doing the Ultimate Hike in FiveFingers - Help Alejandra Out!

Doing the Ultimate Hike in FiveFingers - Help Alejandra Out!

The following is a guest post by Alejandra Aldana

On May 4, 2013, I will be participating in Ultimate Hike, a 28.3 mile hike benefiting CureSearch for Children's Cancer. My goal is to not only complete this very long hike in one day, but also help raise awareness and $2500 in funds for CureSearch.

CureSearch for Children's Cancer, a National Childhood Cancer Foundation, funds and supports targeted and innovative children's cancer research with measurable results, and is the authoritative source of information and resources for all those affected by children's cancer. CureSearch funds both local and national research, ensuring that a cure will be found as quickly as possible.

I have decided to take this challenge for a number of reasons. I want the opportunity to help give back to those affected by cancer as well as improve my life and fitness. Part of what I hope to accomplish other than raising funds for children in need is becoming part of a community and pushing my boundaries.

I plan on completing the 28.3 miles completely in my Vibram Five Fingers and while many people are advising me against it, I just don't see myself doing it without them. It is going to take a lot of building my feet up, but I am more than confident I will be able to do so. If you are able to donate to my fundraising that would be great. If not that will be fine, too. What I would love to get out of this, is the opportunity to share my journey with others. There is nothing more powerful and exhilarating than a sense of community for a great cause. If you are interested in joining me on my minimalist journey please let me know as soon as possible (we have already started our first training session). If you would like to help follow and share me and my cause you can do so at 10littlepiggies.tumblr.com.

You can also donate directly by following this link.

Thanks again for your support and encouragement!

Josh and Barrett Hike Ransom Canyon

Josh and Barrett hiked Ransom Canyon in Texas in their KSO Vibram Five Fingers.
Josh and Barrett hiked Ransom Canyon in Texas in their KSO Vibram Five Fingers.
Having conquered the canyon, Josh and Barret raise their VFF-shod feet into the air!
Having conquered the canyon, Josh and Barret raise their VFF-shod feet into the air!

Josh submitted the above photos of a recent hike at Ransom Canyon, which is near Lubbock, Texas. Josh hiked with his friend Barrett — they were sporting their Vibram Five Fingers KSO (Grey and Palm and Black, respectively).

No doubt the VFF-shod feet were loving such a gnarly terrain!

Matt Runs a Thanksgiving 5K in his Flow VFFs

Matt gets ready to race a 5K in his black Flow Five Fingers on Thanksgiving morning.
Matt gets ready to race a 5K in his black Flow Five Fingers on Thanksgiving morning.
Matt Runs a Thanksgiving 5K in his Flow VFFs
Looks like it was a foggy morning in Shelby, North Carolina!
Looks like it was a foggy morning in Shelby, North Carolina!

Matt emailed in the above photos taken this past Thursday morning: he ran a 5K in his Flow Five Fingers. Here's Matt:

Hey!!!

I ran a 5K in my VFF Flows on Thanksgiving morning in Shelby, North Carolina. Out of over 600 participants, I was the only one in VFFs! These pictures were taken by my mom and sister at the race. Finished with a decent time and had a great time running with everyone else in their sneakers!! Love these shoes for cold-weather running and I have a pair of Sprints for warmer running.

Thanks for having such a great site! I look at it all the time and it's great to have a website like this where all of us VFFers can see others with the same awesome shoes!

Sounds like you've got a nice one-two punch for year-round VFF running! It's not often we see Flows, so thanks for sharing!

And glad to be of assistance to the Five Fingers fan community!

Update: Matt sent in a couple few more photos from a hike he took earlier this year in his VFF Sprints:

Matt poses on a hike in the Appalachian Mountains near Boone, North Carolina!

I went on a day of hiking in the Appalachian Mountains up near Boone, NC (where i go to college.... Go App!!) with my family earlier this semester and enjoyed all of the beautiful scenery and great views in my VFF Sprints. I sure got some weird looks by people passing by and lots of questions about what the heck i had on my feet and why i would ever hike in them, including people from my own family!! It was a lot of fun and i can't wait for warmer weather to do it again soon!!
Enjoying the VFF-view!

Two sisters take a Vibram Five Fingers Road Trip

Ellyn and her sister took a "VFF Road Trip" to the Six Flags Great Adventure park in New Jersey!
Ellyn and her sister took a "VFF Road Trip" to the Six Flags Great Adventure park in New Jersey!
I wonder if you can press those Garmin GPS device buttons with your VFF-shod toes!
I wonder if you can press those Garmin GPS device buttons with your VFF-shod toes!
Getting your rubber toes wet in Classic Five Fingers.
Getting your rubber toes wet in Classic Five Fingers.
Look closely and you'll see two different pairs of VFF Classics at the Hersey Park.
Look closely and you'll see two different pairs of VFF Classics at the Hersey Park.
Ellyn and her sister also went to the Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio!
Ellyn and her sister also went to the Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio!

Ellyn (Who has previously been seen mini-golfin' here) sent in the above photos taken on a "VFF Road Trip" with her sister. Ellyn wrote:

This summer my sister and I took a Roller Coaster Road Trip from Wisconsin to Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, Hershey Park in Pennsylvania, and Cedar Point in Ohio. We also spent an evening in Atlantic City to stroll down by the beach. We wore our VFF Classics at the parks each day and ended up with some pretty awesome VFF tan lines! We got so many comments and questions about our shoes that we created a little business card with information that we could hand out to people in the future. They come in very handy and have helped to make a few VFF converts!

Ellyn sent in an image of the aforementioned card:

Many folks in the Five Fingers fan community have considered making a card to pass on to inquiring minds.  Looks like Ellyn actually put one together!
Many folks in the Five Fingers fan community have considered making a card to pass on to inquiring minds. Looks like Ellyn actually put one together!

Looks like you two had a good time on the road!

Shawn's 25 pairs of Vibram Five Fingers: Collect the Whole Set!

Shawn's 25 pairs of Vibram Five Fingers: Collect the Whole Set!
Shawn shows off his pile of Vibram Five Fingers — 25 pairs in total.
Shawn's 25 pairs of Vibram Five Fingers: Collect the Whole Set!
A huge collection of Vibram Five Fingers — 25 pairs in total, covering virtually every model ever produced.

Shawn is quite possibly the biggest Vibram Five Fingers fan I've encountered so far. Shawn got his 25th pair of VFFs, the black and orange KSOs, on Friday (Shawn tweeted it here or you could have seen his photo via VFF Now!).

Shawn's collection has grown large in an attempt to color coordinate outfits with his VFFs. His first pair was the orange/vapor Sprints, which he got off eBay back in early 2007 — unfortunately, in the wrong size, which is why he has two pairs in that color.

Here are some collection stats:

  • 7 pairs of Classics
  • 7 pairs of Sprints
  • 5 pairs of KSOs
  • 2 pairs of Flows
  • 2 pairs of Mocs
  • 1 pair of KSO Treks
  • 1 pair of Surges

Shawn's current favorite VFF style is the Moc, which Shawn finds "Perfect for bumming around the house." His least favorite? The Flows, which he finds too constricting on his toes: "[Flow Five Fingers] are very tight around the toes to the point where you can never 'forget you have them on.' But they are good for the winter months." And as for the Treks, "The jury's still out although they performed extremely well on my last hike of the season."

Incidentally, Shawn was one of the first VFF-fans to submit photos to BirthdayShoes way back in early May of this year.

With so many pairs of Five Fingers, it's got to be hard to decide on which ones to wear!