Building Footwear from the Ground Up – Salomon Creates Trail Running Shoes for Young Ultrarunning Great Kilian Jornet
Kílian Jornet Burgada, 23, a Spanish long-distance runner and mountain biker, keeps setting the ultrarunning world ablaze with his astonishing times. Maybe it has something to do with the fire-engine red color of his Salomon S-Lab 3 Trail running shoes. (They retail for $159.95). He recently set a new speed record on 19,340 feet-Mount Kilimanjaro, running from base camp to Uhuru Peak and back in 7 hours, 14 minutes, shattering the previous record by over an hour. Most hikers need several days to make the ascent. Here in the U.S., he scorched the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail that circumnavigates Lake Tahoe in 38 hours and 32 minutes; his time eclipsed Western States 100 legendary champion Tim Tweitmeyer's record by seven and a half hours. Surprisingly, Kilian only came in third at the 2010 Western States 100. For the first two-thirds of the race, he pretty much shared the lead with Anton Krupicka before cramping and finishing in 16:04:49. He later told the press that he had been dehydrated and hadn't done enough heat training. He plans to be back in 2011. Meanwhile, the video here was shot at Salomon's design HQ. It shows a pair of custom-made Salomon S-Lab trail running shoes being made for the swift Spaniard. Pay close attention in the video to the color of some of Kllian's toenails. The shoes might be bright-red; but the toenails are ominously black.