December 6, 2012

The Running Event 2012 – Wednesday

They say time flies when you’re having fun; it felt like I only got here. Today was my last day, a busy one again, with many people visiting the Ultra Marathon Caballo Blanco booth. We were very pleased to welcome running legend Bart Yasso and to share Canyons stories and images with him. Mr. Yasso knew about Micah True’s work and dream for the Sierra Madre and spoke very highly of the Raramuri runners.

We also spent some time with Caleb Simpson from The Bearded Brothers, a company that creates healthy, tasty runner treats and bars. Their products are vegan, gluten-free and made from organic ingredients. He brought us 4 different flavours to try out and I was quite impressed with the blueberry and the mango.

We had a quick encounter with Scott Jurek, who was as busy as always, greeting fans and presenting the running vest he created for Ultimate Direction. This thing is ultra-light and built from a material that feels like paper, but that’s virtually unbreakable. It can hold a bladder in the back and two bottles in the front, so that you can carry different types of liquids or a mix of liquids and snacks.

Caleb Simpson, of the Bearded Brothers
 Our friendly neighbor Eric Orton took some time to show us his prototype B2R trail shoe and let us take the road version for a quick spin around the show floor. The shoe is light and feels sturdy; the separate big toe compartment didn’t seem to be too much in the way and the interior is smooth and well-conceived enough to be worn without socks. When B2R finishes the touch-ups on its trail shoe design, we will feature a more in-depth analysis.

I was sad to leave my friends Scott and Tom from Luna Sandals, Maria, Josue, Paula and Amanda, but smiling at the promise that, the next time I’ll see them, we will be in Urique :)

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