Teen Runs Half Marathon Wearing Crocs, Finishes 10th

Crocs are an odd footwear choice for a race, but not for one New Zealand teenager. Photo: www.shutterstock.com

The 17-year-old finishes in 1:23:03 wearing the rubber clogs.

A New Zealand teenager lost his running shoes before a recent half marathon, so he opted for a slightly different style of footwear for the race: Crocs.

Turns out it was a good move, as 17-year-old Callum Robertson-Barnes finished the Kerikeri Half Marathon in 1 hour, 23 minutes, 3 seconds to place 10th in a field of more than 1,200 runners, reports The New Zealand Herald.

Robertson-Barnes told the paper he couldn’t find his actual running shoes the night before the race and thinks he left them on a school bus during a recent field trip. That was three weeks before the race, and he admits he did not put in a lot of training for the 13.1-miler.

“I did a few smaller runs, and two longer distance runs, but that was a while ago,” he said.

The decision to run in a pair of Crocs Classics, which are essentially rubber clogs with some holes in them and a strap that keeps the heel in place, wasn’t hard because he had worn them during a hike this year.

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Robertson-Barnes even wore socks to prevent blisters. The socks did their job, but he still got a blister on one foot. He blamed it on the timing device, which would normally loop through shoelaces. Without laces on his choice of footwear, the high schooler stuffed the device into his sock.

Still, Robertson-Barnes—who stays fit through cross-training, mountain biking, surfing and hiking—lowered his time from last year’s race by 30 minutes. He said he would consider wearing Crocs for another race.

“Definitely, just watch out for the transponder, and wear some socks,” he said.

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