Thank you to Altra for sending Ryan and Anthony a few pairs of their shoes and apparel. We cannot thank them enough for the support. Companies like them prove that there are still big companies who believe in regular people like us, who are trying to do something extraordinary. Check them out at www.altrarunning.com or check out their Facebook page here. Here is their story, in their words ::   Since the mid 1990's, runners have come to my family's running store in the Wasatch Mountains complaining of knee pain, shin splints and recurring foot pain. As a competitive runner who ran a world best 2:45 marathon at age 12, I understood their issues. My college research on running injuries, combined with video analysis at our store, made it easy to see that the design of traditional running shoes promoted poor form and excessive impact. For decades, virtually every running shoe has featured pointy toe boxes and heels that were twice as thick and heavy as the forefoot. While shoe companies claimed this design would protect your body from running injuries, the scientific research did not agree. After unsuccessfully lobbying shoe companies for years to change their design, I decided to modify shoes into something that could encourage low impact running technique and prevent injury. Using the research as my guide, I went to work with my trusty toaster oven to try and solve my customer's injury problems. I melted outsoles off of traditional running shoes and removed the excess heel elevation. It was ugly, but it worked! I coined the term "Zero Drop™" to describe how the level cushioning no longer dropped from the heel down to the forefoot. We enlisted our local shoe cobbler to modify our customer's current running shoes to Zero Drop™. This worked so well at reducing injuries that we had nearly 1,000 customers buy and modify their shoes that first year! Luckily, some of the best and most innovative minds in the running shoe industry contacted us. With their expertise and two years of development, we created the world's first cushioned, Zero Drop™ shoes. We built them to be optimal for long distances and to avoid the foot problems that are now common with minimalist shoes. Zero Drop™ was just one of the steps we took to return runners' feet to their natural position. The research made it clear that our shoe needed a toe box that actually mirrored the shape of a healthy foot—imagine that! We built the distinctive FootShape™ toe box specifically to help alleviate foot problems, including bunions, neuromas and plantar fasciitis. It also enhances stability and comfort while providing a more powerful push-off. I want to thank the thousands of runners who have embraced our concept and have made Altra one of the Top 10 running shoe brands in only a couple of years. Our entire team races distances from 5k to 100 miles. We also personally test our shoes to ensure comfort—whether running for 30 minutes or 30 hours. Running is a big part of our lives, and I truly believe that our shoes can help people run better and realize that there are zero limits to what they can accomplish.

Thank you to Altra for sending Ryan and Anthony a few pairs of their shoes and apparel. We cannot thank them enough for the support. Companies like them prove that there are still big companies who believe in regular people like us, who are trying to do something extraordinary. Check them out at www.altrarunning.com or check out their Facebook page here.

Here is their story, in their words ::

 

Since the mid 1990's, runners have come to my family's running store in the Wasatch Mountains complaining of knee pain, shin splints and recurring foot pain. As a competitive runner who ran a world best 2:45 marathon at age 12, I understood their issues. My college research on running injuries, combined with video analysis at our store, made it easy to see that the design of traditional running shoes promoted poor form and excessive impact.

For decades, virtually every running shoe has featured pointy toe boxes and heels that were twice as thick and heavy as the forefoot. While shoe companies claimed this design would protect your body from running injuries, the scientific research did not agree.

After unsuccessfully lobbying shoe companies for years to change their design, I decided to modify shoes into something that could encourage low impact running technique and prevent injury.

Using the research as my guide, I went to work with my trusty toaster oven to try and solve my customer's injury problems. I melted outsoles off of traditional running shoes and removed the excess heel elevation. It was ugly, but it worked! I coined the term "Zero Drop™" to describe how the level cushioning no longer dropped from the heel down to the forefoot. We enlisted our local shoe cobbler to modify our customer's current running shoes to Zero Drop™. This worked so well at reducing injuries that we had nearly 1,000 customers buy and modify their shoes that first year! Luckily, some of the best and most innovative minds in the running shoe industry contacted us. With their expertise and two years of development, we created the world's first cushioned, Zero Drop™ shoes. We built them to be optimal for long distances and to avoid the foot problems that are now common with minimalist shoes.

Zero Drop™ was just one of the steps we took to return runners' feet to their natural position. The research made it clear that our shoe needed a toe box that actually mirrored the shape of a healthy foot—imagine that! We built the distinctive FootShape™ toe box specifically to help alleviate foot problems, including bunions, neuromas and plantar fasciitis. It also enhances stability and comfort while providing a more powerful push-off.

I want to thank the thousands of runners who have embraced our concept and have made Altra one of the Top 10 running shoe brands in only a couple of years. Our entire team races distances from 5k to 100 miles. We also personally test our shoes to ensure comfort—whether running for 30 minutes or 30 hours.

Running is a big part of our lives, and I truly believe that our shoes can help people run better and realize that there are zero limits to what they can accomplish.

Thank You to Nathan Sports for believing in our project. They have been kind enough to provide us with gear to help our training and run be a success as well as making it safer, going above and beyond anything we could have ever asked for. 

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NATHAN’s essential offerings, built for road warriors, ultra runners, triathletes, couch to 5Kers, and every dedicated athlete in between, include industry-leading and best-selling hydration vests, belts, handhelds, bottles, running paks, active visibility and reflective vests, and other gear, all designed to help you run stronger and longer.
 
Used and abused by hundreds of thousands of athletes across the globe, NATHAN Running Essentials™ products are available in specialty running shops, outdoor retailers, and sporting goods stores in 45 countries… and counting. Run stronger and longer at NathanSports.com, tweet them @NathanPerfGear, like them on Facebook Nathan Performance Gear, and share with them on Instagram @NathanSportsInc. #runstronger #runlonger #werunonwater #fireupyourrun 

 

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Thank you to the kind folks (especially Jeff + Brendan) at The Photo Center for providing us with lighting, and other equipment throughout production. They have helped us make this film into something great and have always extended themselves to us. Visit them in Brick, NJ in between Rt. 70 and Rt. 88 and on the web at their Facebook page or their web site here.

Thank you to CalmSupport.com (Ryan's the CEO) for purchasing all of the footwear for Ryan, Anthony and Greg for this run and film. Keep in mind that Ryan and Anthony are not the only one's who need great footwear, Greg is running all over the place and getting dirty to get that perfect shot.

CalmSupport.com is the leading opiate withdrawal aid on the market and something Ryan created to help people get clean from opiates. Ryan is proud of his over 5 1/2 years of clean time and dedicates much of his free time to helping those in need for free. If you know someone in need of help check out their Facebook page and their web site here.

Thank you to Petzl for believing in our project and sending Ryan and Anthony headlamps for their run! This is proof that a big company can see the dream still. They have given us equipment to help keep our guys safe while on their journey and for that we are extremely grateful. Please check them out at their Facebook page and their web site here.