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Monday, March 12, 2007

Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon in Huaraches

Crossing the bridge at mile 10

My huaraches after the race

Successfully completed the race in 9:44, an hour better than last year. The entire race covers between 47 and 49 miles. Wore my hand-made, Vibram-soled huaraches for the entire race. They worked perfectly. My feet were fine after the race...only a little dirty!

I learned more secrets about the huaraches on this trip. For on thing, the name in Raramuri is akarache or akahuarache. Secondly, I learned a better, simpler way to tie them. Finally, I learned that most of the Indians use their huaraches in daily life as workboots etc. They are not particularly interested in a thinner sole. The Vibram soles on my sandals are only 4mm thick. You can still FEEL plenty and they are extremely flexible.

I like to put myself as first place in the division of gringos who ran the race with shoes that they made themselves!

BFT

PS. Photos by Chris and Andrew Labbe

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3 Comments:

Blogger Vision 360 Wholistic Organizational Consulting said...

Ted, where can you get the materials to make your huarche sandals?

Thanks,

Michael Carroll
New barefoot runner (Training to run St George Utah Marathon in Oct 2007)
michael.vision360@gmail.com

Thursday, March 22, 2007

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

Howdy Michael

Well, I have been getting supplies from Vibram, but that has been a special arrangement and may not last forever.

On the other hand, I plan on doing some more research into other material including old tires, yucca, hemp, etc.

Others have talked about using leather.

As long as the material is fairly durable and thin, I think that it is worth a try.

BFT

Thursday, March 22, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Ted,
i've seen the sandals on the Discovery channel a while back, and i've even tried to get a friend to look for them in Mexico, but had no luck.
You make your own?
Where would you sujust i start?

Thanks,
Stephen.
Stephen_besaw@hotmail.com

Monday, March 03, 2008

 

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