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!

Tyler's First Half-Marathon in KSO Five Fingers

Tyler's First Half-Marathon in KSO Five Fingers
Tyler walks through a sneaker-shod crowd after completing his first half-marathon in Vibram Five Fingers.
Tyler's First Half-Marathon in KSO Five Fingers
Tyler stands before the San Antonio Rock'n'Roll Marathon & 1/2 sign post-race.

Tyler sent in the above photos taken after he completed his first half marathon in his KSO FiveFingers — the San Antonio Rock'n'Roll half:

I have been running since June in my Black KSOs. The pics were taken at the after race party in San Antonio at the Alamo Dome / Finishing Line of the San Antonio Half Marathon 2009.

I had people / runners talking to me throughout the run about my "crazy cool shoes". I overheard a couple of people saying, "Gosh, that guy is hard core running in those" which of course, is a perfect ego boost before taking on a quick 13.1 mile run.

I finished in 2:07 which wasn't great but not bad for my first.

I'm planning on doing another half in December, Dallas White Rock 1/2 Marathon as part of my training for a Marathon in my VFFs in early 2010.

Great website!

Nice times! And congrats on completing your first half-marathon "VFF-shod."

Flow Five Fingers "Lonely" at the Starting Line

Flow Five Fingers "Lonely" at the Starting Line
Robby's Flows were the only VFFs present at the starting line. Look at all those poor feet in overly cushioned high heeled sneakers!

Robby sent in a photo taken by his wife at the starting line of a recent 5K race. It seems Robby's Flow Five Fingers were the only VFFs accounted for at the race:

Hey, I ran a 5k a few weeks ago in my Flows and my wife took this picture as everyone was lining up at the starting line. I was the only one in VFFs so I was a little lonely but I am used to it. Living in South Alabama I don't see many people in them. Either way, I love my Flows!

Thanks for running a fun and informative website!

Glad to be of assistance — and if Five Fingers keep growing as they have been over the past three years, you might not be lonely for much longer!

Alika's Classic Vibram Five Fingers in Oahu, Hawaii

Alika's VFF-view from the Lanikai ridge in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii.  Who wants to go to Hawaii?!
Alika's VFF-view from the Lanikai ridge in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii. Who wants to go to Hawaii?!

Alika sent in the above photo taken overlooking the ocean in Vibram Five Fingers-view. Alika noted that this was his Classics first trek through dirt and rocks.

Looks beautiful! Just one more tantalizing photo of Hawaii. Gotta get out there at some point!

Thanks, Alika!

Sergey Brin, Billionaire, Innovator, Five Fingers Model

Who'd have thought that Google's up-and-coming operating system would be less exciting than Sergey's five-toed shoes? Well, some people around here might have guessed it. Yesterday Google made a big announcement about their Chrome OS and Sergey decided to sport his blue camouflage VFF KSOs!

This marks the second time Brin has been spotted sporting his blue camouflage KSO Five Fingers, the first time was when Brin was interviewed by John Batelle.

Yesterday's VFF modeling was first chronicled in the live Engadget Chrome OS Announcement post yesterday:

11:15AM Sergey Brin has stopped by. No rollerskates this time, but whatever he's got on it's feet, it's something else.

Of course they were referring to his VFF KSOs. Since then, we've seen VFF-centric posts about Brin's monkey shoes over at Gizmodo and Crunchgear.

Who cares about Chrome OS, anyway? Sergey Brin, Co-Founder of Google and one of the richest guys on the planet, wears Vibram Five Fingers!

Can you say, "Trendsetter?"

H/T to Michael, Bob, Steven, and Mike!

Maria Climbs to the South Arete Summit in her KSOs

Maria Coryell-Martin sits atop South Arete Summit, 7,807 ft, wearing her black KSO FiveFingers, which she used to climb to the top! Photo credit: Joel Reid
Maria Coryell-Martin sits atop South Arete Summit, 7,807 ft, wearing her black KSO FiveFingers, which she used to climb to the top! Photo credit: Joel Reid

Maria, an artist and VFF-fan who we've seen previously here on birthdayshoes, alerted me to a recent post on her site, Expeditionary Art, about her doing some technical climbing in her KSO Five Fingers with Injinji socks.

Here's what she had to say about the climb from her blog:

Last month I enjoyed a beautiful climb up the South Arete of the Early Winter Spires in the North Cascades. Though I love strolling in the high country, I don’t often do technical climbing. Thanks to my brother-in-law and climber extraordinaire Joel Reid for leading the adventure! Our climb was in mid-October and there was already a dusting of snow on the ground. While considering the 1.5 mile+ approach and climb, I opted to wear my KSO Vibram Five Fingers with a pair of Injinji socks. The shoes gave great traction and I was impressed how great my feet and knees felt at the end of the long day. As for the cold, as long I kept moving, I had no problems.

Quite am amazing view from the top. You can see Maria's black KSO VFFs up close here! Maria added that though the VFFs weren't "super sticky" on the technical climbs, she liked having her toes free!

Thanks for sharing, Maria!

Kim Tours the Southwest U.S. in KSO Five Fingers

Kim Tours the Southwest U.S. in KSO Five Fingers
Kim was able to manage her bus trip through the Southwest despite being on crutches thanks to the ground-feel provided by her KSO Five Fingers!

In the mailbag came the above photos from Kim who recently toured the Southwestern part of the United States. The photos show off Kim's KSO Five Fingers, which despite Kim being on crutches, enabled Kim to maintain stability and traction on her tour. Here's what she had to say:

I had a bus trip thru the American Southwest scheduled with my Mom for October, but ended up on crutches for the trip.

I wore my KSO's anyplace that I felt I needed enhanced traction and stability - Canyon de Chelly, Monument Valley, and the Grand Canyon. Couldn't call it hiking - but they made the difference for being able to participate/get off the bus or not.

Wore wool Injinji's because it was COLD ... my feet stayed pretty warm while I was moving.

All of the Native American guides thought that the shoes were a complete hoot! One of the guys in Canyon de Chelly said that there was a [fellow VFFer] there the week before me that had really large feet—he was in brown KSO's or Treks. They said that when the park rangers came to check the canyon in the evening they saw the footprints and went, "What is THAT from!?!?" ... the Natives told him that there had been a verifiable 'Big Foot' sighting in the canyon that day.

There's something strangely satisfying about leaving recognizable footprints despite being "shod" in Five Fingers. I've seen some of the larger sizes of VFFs (M48 for example) and they are truly monstrous!

Thanks for sharing, Kim!