No. 10 – Ted McDonald
Years Active: 2004 – Present
Longest Recorded Run: 100 miles
Crazy because… Mr. McDonald is one of those guys, the sandaled runner.
Ted McDonald, may not have the most storied distance career, though he is well regarded in the community. What he has really done for distance running is introduce and reinforce the idea that long distance high-logging maniacs don’t need to blow so much money on fancy shoes; that the mechanics for a healthy running stride are already built in. Of course, he was not the first person to have this idea, and it is in many ways just a version of the Tarahumara Indians humble running tradition, but he was able to pass on the injury reducing technique and lack of heel running that has really advanced people’s skillset in the past few years. He’s been a huge proponent in the movement of running shoes away from heel cushion platforms, to minimal unhindering slippers. Ted’s been running ultra’s in sandals for almost 20 years, and while he doesn’t shatter speed barriers, that’s still enough of a feat right there.