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Are Racing Flats The Right Choice For You?

  • By Jeff Gaudette
  • Published Nov. 19, 2012
  • Updated Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:03 AM UTC
Racing flats have been shown to promote shorter contact time with the ground.

We help you weigh the risks versus the rewards before making your decision.

When you’re vying for a top-10 finish at a major marathon or your most recent results determine if you can put food on the table, it’s easy to understand why wearing racing flats is a no-brainer. But can wearing racing flats help you, the average runner, even if you’re not running world-class times?

The short answer is yes, absolutely.

First, we’ll break down the scientific advantages and disadvantages of wearing racing flats, then provide specific instructions on when and what type of racing flat to wear–regardless of what pace you’re running or distance you’ll be racing.

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Jeff Gaudette

Jeff Gaudette

Jeff has been running for 13 years, at all levels of the sport. He was a two time Division-I All-American in Cross Country while at Brown University and competed professionally for 4 years after college for the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project. Jeff's writing has been featured in Running Times magazine, Endurance Magazine, as well as numerous local magazine fitness columns.

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