Gwen Jorgensen Wore Custom Nike Vaporly 4% Spike at USATF Nationals

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:

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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.

Image from Gwen Jorgensen's media team

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