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Flat Out: 12 Racing Flats Reviewed: The fastest racing shoes for any distance.

Flat Out: 12 Racing Flats Reviewed: The fastest racing shoes for any distance.

Craig Alexander broke the Ironman Hawaii course record last October while wearing a pair of Newtons that are heavier than many racing shoes. He even used a plastic orthotic that further weighed down the shoe. The open marathon world record—2:03:38, held by Kenyan Patrick Makau—was also set in a pair of fairly sturdy shoes: the Adidas Adios 2.0 found on page 28. Alexander, Makau and many other long-distance runners have proven there’s more to race shoe selection than weight, and a recent lab experiment from the University of Colorado, Boulder, showed the same thing by demonstrating that a cushioned shoe saves energy compared to barefoot running. We tested the full spectrum of race shoes, from the New Balance RC 5000, which is one-third the weight of this magazine, to Mizuno’s sturdy yet responsive Wave Precision 12, to help you find the pair that best matches your stride an...

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