A runner named Benjamin Pachev ran 5,000m in 14:47.62 while wearing a pair of Crocs.
Pachev finished in 12th place and although he didn't win, his performance gained a lot of attraction for his choice of footwear.
Proving you don't need carbon-fibre plates or foam to run a fast time, Pachev turned up to the race in Portland wearing a pair of foam Crocs.
This is not the first time Pachev has chosen to race wearing Crocs. In 2017, he ran a half marathon in Indianapolis with his after, both of them wearing Crocs. Benjamin Pachev crossed the line in a staggering time of 1:11:53, finishing in 16th place. His father crossed the line a few minutes later, with a finish time of 1:17:26.
More recently, Benjamin put in an impressive performance at the Utah Valley Half Marathon. He came an impressive fourth at last Saturday's race, finishing with a time of 01:06:33, just 1:25 behind the winner, Sean O'Connor. Benjamin's family posted a video of the last stage of his run to YouTube.
While Crocs are not designed to run in, they are an extremely lightweight shoe, with a heel strap for a secure fit. They are also a lot cheaper than the Next%'s many runners opt to wear on race day.
Speaking to Indy Star after his half marathon, Benjamin's father, Sasha, explained why he chose to race in Crocs. 'I was trying to figure out if there was a better way to run than in regular running shoes,' he said. When watching his children run wearing Crocs, Sasha noticed how natural their form was, telling the publication, 'And they ran, at fast speeds, and I could tell their form was better in Crocs. It looks more natural. I said maybe there's something to it.'
'They’re really not that much different, speed-wise, from racing flats', Sasha claims.
His children are clearly following in his speedy footsteps, opting to wear the clogs for runs and races. Serious kudos to the Croc-loving family.
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