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!

Blood Sucking Leeches attach themselves to Vibram Five Fingers KSOs on Mt. Makiling

Joey at the Summit
Joey and his fellow hikers at the Summit of Mt. Makiling. Those other shoes sure do look heavy.

Vibram Five Fingers Fan, Joey, wore his Vibram Five Fingers KSOs on a 12 mile hike to the summit of Mt. Makiling, a potentially active volcano on the island of Luzon, Philippines.. He encountered all types of terrain and ground conditions. He even had to fend off some pesky blood leeches. Luckily, his KSOs protected him from the little buggers and there was no blood loss.

Read Joey's description of his hike.

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X-Rayed Vibram Five Fingers KSO Treks

X-Rayed Vibram Five Fingers KSO Treks

Vibram Five Fingers Fan, Tyson, recently went in to have his foot checked and left with an x-ray of his foot. Oh, his foot was still in his KSO Treks! Tyson gives us the run down:

I went in because I've had pain on the outside of my right foot for some time from an old injury that may have involved parkour amongst other things. I've noticed since I've been using my KSO Treks that the pain has subsided and I wanted to see what was going on there. My main foot man, Rich said, "Well let's take a look with an x-ray". That was the point when he noticed them. He didn't know what to think of the "gloves on my feet". So, I asked if I could get an x-ray with my Five Fingers on. He said, "Sure, I'll just burn it to a CD for you". Whatever that is, lol. So, when he looked the x-ray, he noticed that the pain was from a small extra bone I have just right there. He thought it was maybe an on going fracture. but now it maybe tendinitis from this extra bone. I can't help but give some credit to these shoes.

Glad to hear you are finding some relief in your KSO Treks and thanks for the cool pic!

Runner Gets Back on Track with Vibram Five Fingers KSOs and Pose Running

Graig in the 5 Miler
Graig puts his best foot forward while running in the Spring Lake 5 Miler.

Vibram Five Fingers Fan, Graig, recently wore his newly acquired KSOs in a 5 mile race in Spring Lake, New Jersey and had this to say:

So enjoy the site and check it almost everyday! I had been experimenting with barefooting over the past few years (Pose Method got me back to running again after some knee issues) and mixing it into some of my running. In 2010 I decided to take the plunge and go the whole way, ordering my KSOs and beginning to break them (and my feet/body) in. The Spring Lake 5 miler in Spring Lake New Jersey on May 29, 2010 was my first race in them and my first 5 miler in them as well. I was actually disappointed to only see one other pair of Vibrams at the race (and trust me I got passed by most of the field!). And of course I was asked many questions, both during the race and following about whether I liked them and overhead many conversations being had about my feet as I ran and waited around for my friends following the race. Finished in 51 minutes and change, which was great considering I was really just out there to enjoy the day. Calves were sore for the day but that was about it. For recovery, I used my new pair of VFF Classics that are SO SO comfortable.

Thanks for a great site!

Pose running is a technique created by Dr. Nicholas Romanov back in 1977. See our guest post, The Pose Method of Running - An Introduction, by Ben of Barefoot Benny Personal Fitness.

Thanks for submitting your story Graig! Perhaps, with the release of the Bikila, we will see more and more Five Fingers popping up in races.

Weekend Link Love 6/6/10

BirthdayShoes News

During the past week, we featured Vibram Five Fingers fan, Joe, enjoying his VFFs on a cruise to Bermuda where they came in handy during his rock climbing adventure.

While vacationing in Costa Rica, Glen used his KSO Vibram Five Fingers for rappelling, horseback riding, and hiking.

Fisherman and sailor, Jonathan, has found that Vibram Five Fingers make great boat shoes.

After the jump, see links and videos related to barefoot running and Vibram Five Fingers!

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