Seriously, did Masback just say he wore spikes thinking they would penetrate the road when he ran 5th Ave? A high schooler would know better!
It was 215* that day. Their flats were sticking to the melting pavement. Masback's Princeton education came in handy.
Actually it was before global warming and the temps were 20's with 3/4" compact ice and snow, so he was properly equipped.