This runner has just run a 5000m of 14:47, in Crocs!

  • A runner named Benjamin Pachev ran the 5,000m in 14: 47.62 wearing a pair of Crocs.
  • Pachev finished in 12th place and although he did not win, his performance attracted a lot of attention for his choice of shoes.

    Proving that you don’t need carbon fiber plates or foam to run a fast time, Pachev showed up to the race in Portland with a pair of foam Crocs.

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    This is not the first time Pachev has chosen to run with Crocs. In 2017, he ran a half marathon in Indianapolis with his after, both wearing Crocs. Benjamin Pachev crossed the finish line in a stunning 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.

    Most recently, Benjamin put in an impressive performance in the Utah Valley Half Marathon. He finished an impressive fourth place in last Saturday’s race, finishing with a time of 1:06:33, just 1:25 behind the winner, Sean O’Connor. Benjamin’s family posted a video of the last leg of his race on YouTube.

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    While the Crocs aren’t designed to work, they are extremely lightweight shoes, with a heel strap for a secure fit. They’re also a lot cheaper than the many Next% runners choose to wear on race day.

    Talk to Indy star after his half marathon, Benjamin’s father, Sasha, explained why he chose to run at Crocs. “I was trying to determine if there was a better way to run than with regular running shoes,” he said. Watching her kids run with Crocs, Sasha noticed how natural their shape was, telling the post, “And they ran, at fast speeds, and I could tell their shape was better in Crocs. It looks more natural. I said maybe there was something there.

    “They’re really not that much different in speed from flat races,” says Sasha.

    His children clearly follow in his swift footsteps, choosing to wear the clogs for runs and runs. Well done to the family who love the Crocs.

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