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!

Philippines Vibram Five Fingers Fan Club

Philippines Vibram Five Fingers Fan Club
Philippines Vibram Five Fingers Fan Club

JB, from the Minila, sent us an update on the Philippines Five Fingers running club that has grown quickly over the last year as Vibrams have become more readily available there. Here is what he shared with us:

Hi I'm JB! I'm from Manila, Philippines. I've been following this site ever since I started using Vibram Five Fingers last year. I have about 6 pairs now. I just bought the Sport Treks and I'm eagerly waiting for the 2011 VFFs to arrive!

I wrote so I could share the local Vibram Five Fingers scene here in my country. Last September 5, some 30+ VFFers from here came together at one of the favorite running spots in the city to have a get-together morning run and to mingle and share experiences and stories about our VFFs. Just last year Five Fingers were a very rare thing around here, with one or two other people I found having them; and we had to buy them over there in the US. Early this year as we found one another, we started runs together. Last April 2010 there were only 3 of us on our first run, the second one in July we were about 10 runners, and this September there were more than 30 of us! A local store that carries Vibram Five Fingers opened this year which helped tremendously to spread the word on the shoes. :) With our growth in numbers, it's pretty evident that a lot of people are learning about the benefits of running in Five Fingers, or even just wearing them casually.

A shout out from Pinoy VFFers! We'll chime back soon :)

Thanks, JB, that is a cool pic! Please keep us up to date on the group.

Orlando Area Barefoot Run to Benefit Cancer Center

Orlando Area Barefoot Run to Benefit Cancer Center

Top Online Retailer of Vibram Five Fingers, TravelCountry.com, will be sponsoring the first annual TravelCountry.com Barefoot Fun Run in Altamonte Springs, FL. It will take place on Saturday, November 13, 2010, at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, FL. The proceeds from the event will be going to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Orlando, Florida.

You can sign up for the race at www.barefootfunrun.com.

Click here (PDF) to read the press release about the event.

Clean Sweep for the 30 Somethings in Bikilas

Clean Sweep for the 30 Somethings in Bikilas
Andy, his brothers and friend at the Walla Walla Crush 5K

Andy and company recently ran in the Walla Walla Crush 5K in their recently acquired Vibram Five Fingers Bikilas. Here is what Andy had to say about their effort:

Several weeks ago I purchased a pair of Bikilas and have enjoyed doing recreational running in them. During the last couple months both of my brothers and one of my friends have also been focused on transitioning over to minimalist running in VFFs. None of us had run in an organized event in our VFFs until this past weekend when all four of us decided to run in the Walla Walla Crush 5K in our Bikilas. I was pleased to place first in my age bracket, winning a bottle of wine from one of the wineries that helped sponsor the race. Finishing right behind me were my friend and one of my brothers, placing second and third in our age bracket. Not a bad performance for a group of novice Five Fingers runners during their first organized race in Bikilas! Included are photos of the four of us in our Bikilas after the race and of me with my prize bottle of wine. Next weekend I am running a 10K in my Bikilas...

Andy

Great performance, congratulations on all of your successes in making the transition to Five Fingers and doing so well in the race!

Dr. Jawa Runs his First Marathon

Dr. Jawa and his wife
Dr. Jawa and his wife running the St. George Marathon.

Dr. Jawa, is a long time reader and contributor to our blog. You may remember Dr. Jawa doing headstands, teaching in black KSO VFFs, running a half marathon in Las Vegas, or on vacation in Jamaica. Dr. Jawa recently continued his adventures in Vibram Five Fingers by completing his first marathon at the St. George marathon wearing his Vibram Five Fingers Bikilas. Read about this and his other recent escapades after the jump!

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Support Bob Ewing in his D.C. Barefoot Marine Corp Marathon Run

Bob Ewing is once again running the Marine Corps Marathon this year, but unlike his previous MCM last year which he ran in Five Fingers and raised money for St. Judes, this year's marathon is being run in honor of Bob's mother, who is fighting cancer, and Bob's goal is two fold:

  • Raise $5,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
  • Encourage people to join the bone marrow registry.

As part of Bob's efforts, he tapped Chris McDougall, Dan Lieberman, Jason Robillard, Barefoot Ted, and others to help him create a video about his mission. Check it out after the jump!

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New Balance MT100 and MT101 Zeroed Out and Reviewed

Side view, 101 on top
Side view, 101 on top

What follows is best described as a minimalist running enthusiast's quest for foot-friendly "barefoot running shoes" — alternatives to Vibram Five Fingers. Anyone whose had VFFs long enough will tell you that, unfortunately, they don't always cut the mustard — such as in particularly cold weather or when you have a broken toe. Tuck, who you might remember from his custom Russell Moccasins based off the Munson Last, is now blogging regularly over at Yelling Stop. Recently, Tuck shared his attempts to improve upon the New Balance MT100 by zeroing them out back in November 2009. He talks about how they worked post-mod, how he used them, and how he ultimately switched to his custom Russell Mocs in December 2009. Fast forward to now and Tuck has taken another stab at zeroing out New Balance shoes — this time, the new New Balance MT101s.

More after the jump

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