Riding the Wind with Anton Krupicka

You say Marathon was hard ? what about Ultra Marathon? those that goes beyond 100km, Call em Crazy, but what about UltraMiler? not sure if they are the same but I guess not cause once they call it mile its not in the km anymore you gotta x 1.6 to it and so you call yourself a Ultramiler,

“It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners.

Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit”

– George Sheehan

So who is Anton you say ? he is the

Winner of Leadville 100, but I am no professional to tell you about the course technical aspect .. let me get WikiPedia to do it for me. LOL

Leadville Trail 100 Ultramarathon (aka The Race Across The Sky or the LT100) is an ultramarathon held annually on trails and dirt roads near Leadville, Colorado, through the heart of the Rocky Mountains. First run in 1983, runners in the race climb and descend 15,600 feet (4,800 m), with elevations ranging between 9,200-12,620 feet. It is common for less than half the starters to complete the race within the 30 hour time limit.

Ok so here is the deal, Anton Krupicka not only won this once, but TWICE ! insane speed, strength and patience to go through the whole 160km in blistering speed and not to mention the elevation which makes all breathing harder. Respected in every angle I see.

Why this post ? cause I get to run with him recently in Macrithcie Reservoir, This invite came through my eMail asking me if I would wanna run with Anton, FOR SURE I WOULD !! I was first to reach site and I didnt see anyone around, I thought they have started without me, so as I walked in I could see familiar faces… two infact, Mohan the Marathon man and David HappyFeet Ong, as we were talking more runners came, Dennis, Zell and Edmund from New Balance, Shanmugam from Runners Gait, Lady Salomon Jeri and not forgetting Nabil M. from Whywerunn, As we were all talking amongst ourselves, DA MAN ANTON came from the sides,

Check out his cool New Balance Minimus, he helped designed it if you wanna know ..

Anton was so accommodating and so humble, everyone was like Anton can I have a picture, Anton can I have your autograph, guess what he signed and photo’ed with everyone ! how cool is that.

Didn’t bring my cammy up for the run because first of all it aint waterproof (sky was dark) , so I had no running shots of Anton, sorry. .

The organizers New Balance and PR company “Crowd” had everyone gathered and was talking about the Minimus Zero shoe, Lemme show you some pictures of the shoes. How can we have a running event without shoe porn.

Shown here are the New Balance Minimus Zero Road (White) and the New Balance MTOO which stands for Minimus Trail Zero Zero. (Green) The shoes feels weightless, infact they weight about 6.4oz, yeah I know crazy right, They have silky smooth interior with no soles, yes NO SOLES its a one piece, what I find awkward is that there was no tongue for the shoe, I guess NB was trying to cut down some weight in that sense. but I was using the MROO for the trail run, I would be testing them more on the ground as I used those for the run on with Anton.

If only I could show you the flexiblility of this shoe I would, but I didn’t take any pictures of how it could flex and bend

For all I know this shoe is worth looking into, I am heading out to get myself a pair of MTOO, cause it just looks darn good and it runs even better.

Here are more pictures for you guys to drool at..

So where to get this gorgeous shoes you ask me ? well do visit any of the New Balance store. I know I sure am, even if you are not a runner, HELL YEAH it sure looks good on a casual Sunday.

New Balance Concept Store

Velocity at Novena Square
238 Thomson Road #01-39/42
Singapore 307683
Tel/Fax: +65 6352 1826
Operating Hrs: 11am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)

Tampines Mall
4 Tampines Central 5 #02-18
Singapore 529510
Tel/Fax: +65 6260 8063
Operating Hrs: 11am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)

*SCAPE
2 Orchard Link #02-15
Singapore 237978
Tel/Fax: +65 6634 9738
Operating Hrs: 11am – 9.30pm (Mon – Sun)

112 Katong
112 East Coast Road #02-25
Singapore 428802
Tel/Fax: +65 6636 3077
Operating Hrs: 11am – 9.30pm (Mon – Sun)

More pictures after the run

Mohan the Marathon Man

The Gorgeous Lady Jeri

The beautiful Merli

DA Man Anton and Nabil M.

Last but not least

Awesome Group shot ! I would kill to do this event again.

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4 responses

  1. Mohan

    thanks bro! did not know you were a blogger – well written!
    congratulations!

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    30/03/2012 at 10:53 pm

    • well now you know, thanks for visiting.. hope to run with you guys more often.

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      30/03/2012 at 10:59 pm

  2. charlo

    Hi,

    I was on my search for minimus zero shoe after looking at Anton video. I am so happy having you a blogger residing in Singapore. Just wondering where can we find minimus zero shoes nowadays? I went to NB Store in IMM but could not find it there. Staff there mentioned that it is not produced anymore.

    Need your help on this. Many thanks.

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    23/03/2016 at 1:04 pm

    • Hi Charlo, yes they dont produce that shoe anymore, their current line is all Fresh Foam, I do like the Minimus Zero as well. You can try online stores such as Amazon or Ebay, they have old stocks

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      28/03/2016 at 2:18 pm

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