Marathoner’s Nike Shoes Blow Apart, He Wins Anyway (But Misses World Record)
Rick Chandler 09:08 pm, September 28th, 2015
Two paragraphs you will never see in a Nike ad:
Kipchoge ran the vast majority of the race with his insoles hanging loose from his shoes, a footwear malfunction that caused considerable pain and distraction through the latter part of the race.
“It was not easy,” he said. “There are blisters on the left foot and my big toe is cut, with lots of blood.”
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge won the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, running the fastest time of the year, 2:04:00, but missing out on the world record because he blew both tires. Kipchoge's Nike running shoes both 'sploded early in the race -- the insoles coming loose, but still staying attached to the shoes, flapping on the outside. He ran the rest of the race that way, afraid to stop and try to fix them lest he be passed by other runners.