One of the things that I do during road races is to see what the person is wearing as his/her running shoes. Sometimes, I mentally make some judgment or opinion about a runner by the running shoes he/she is wearing. However, my post now will not deal about my opinion on these people whom I always see in road races.
Instead, I’ll be relating my observation to most of the road races I’ve joined for the past months. I had observed that there are young runners and old runners (masters/seniors) who are wearing old, tattered, dilapidated, and worn-out sole running shoes. I know these runners are more comfortable running with their old shoes in 10K and longer distance races but I saw most of them walking & limping on the side of the road because they are wearing old running shoes.
During the awarding of trophies and medals in Sunday morning’s 7th DND-AFP Gintong Pangarap Half-Marathon at Villamor Air Base Grandstand, I saw young, as well as, old runners wearing old and tattered shoes who received their medals and I hope to meet them again and maybe give them my old, but still reliable, running shoes.
As of now, I have 1 New Balance 716; my newly-bought New Balance 902 four months ago; and 1 Nike runing shoes which I am not using. I intend to donote these old shoes to the younger runners and to the senior runners who could not afford to buy a better or more serviceable running shoes. But priority goes to those runners who are using old and tattered running shoes.
If you happen to know somebody who runs with an old & tattered running shoe, please refer them to me and I’ll make arrangements to meet them during weekend road races and give them my old or shoes that I am not using.
How about you, do you have any old or shoes that you are not using but still serviceable to donate to the less fortunate runners?
Let us share our blessings.
New Balance 716; Made in USA; Size: 8 1/2 (US); Width: D; Bought in the USA
Nike Air Max (Trail Running Shoes); Made in Vietnam; Size: 9 (US); Width: D; Bought in the USA
New Balance 902; Made in China; Size: 9 (US); Width: EE; Bought at “Athlete’s Foot” Store, Glorietta