June 27, 2018
Olympic triathlon gold medallist Gwen Jorgensen has posted a YouTube video on her account today, confirming that she ran the USATF nationals 10,000m in a Nike Vaporfly 4% that was modified with a custom spike plate. Video below:
The Nike Vaporfly 4% is a revolutionary, popular, and controversial shoe with its carbon fiber plate that is intended to provide more energy return or bounce to the runner. Running Magazine Canada published a report that Galen Rupp ran an indoor track race with what appeared to be a spiked version of the 4% this past January, but until now we don’t believe there had been any confirmation from an athlete saying they had worn a spiked version of the 4%.
In March of this year, Jorgensen, who finished 7th at nationals, ran and won a 10,000 at Stanford wearing the regular Vaporfly 4% shoes that don’t have spikes. She posted a YouTube video at the time, explaining she wore them instead of a traditional spike because she preferred their feel and comfort over the extra traction of a spike.
The custom spike she wore last week at nationals was intended to give her the feel and bounce she desires with the extra traction of a spike.
Jorgensen also announced today she will be running the USATF 10k Champs at the AJC Peachtree Road Race on July 4th.
I am excited to announce I will be celebrating our Independence day racing the USA Track & Field 10k Road Championship at the AJC Peachtree Road Race #ajcprr Share this video or tag a friend if you're racing as well. Video by Hunter Smith
Thanks for having me @ajcprr pic.twitter.com/CpsY69jGZg
— gwen jorgensen (@gwenjorgensen) June 27, 2018