Postgame – Keith Levasseur ran Saturday’s Baltimore Marathon in 2:46:58 while wearing flip flops. Levasseur will file paperwork with the Guinness Book of World Records to have the feat acknowledged as a world record for a marathon in flip flops.
“I had every intention of sticking to the race plan of finishing a little under 3:00, so my initial pace starting out was 6:40-6:50 [per mile],” Levasseur told Runner’s World Newswire. “After a few miles, I decided I go with whatever pace I could comfortably run, even if it was faster than my target pace. I know there are some decent hills later in the race and I didn’t know how I would be doing from a time perspective at that point, so I gave myself some wiggle room by letting go on the downhills and cruising in the low 6:00′s.” Levasseur, who placed 29th overall among 3,024 finishers, said that fellow racers as well as spectators noticed his footwear. Runners, he said, “were supportive of the effort and after a ‘you’re crazy’ comment or two, they wished me luck. I heard a number of spectators saying, ‘Hey, that’s the flip flop guy!’ as I passed.” A little past halfway, Levasseur started to get a hot spot on the top of his right foot. (The farthest he had gone in training in flip flops was 14 miles.) “I knew that what would normally result in a blister wasn’t happening because there wasn’t any room due to the snugness of the strap,” Levasseur said. “Instead I figured it would just rub away the skin, which is what it essentially did.” Levasseur said that focusing on his form was key. “I knew it was all about maintaining a very efficient and balanced stride,” he said. “There were times when I my feet and ankles would get tired from maintaining a more rigid stride than I might otherwise have and I would start landing more on the outside of the my foot and cause my heel to slip off the sandal. It only happened a few times and when it did, it would refocus my concentration on my stride and posture.” “They never fell off,” Levasseur said. “There were times I would have to drive the front of my foot into the ground to re-secure the fit if they started to slide off. There were also a few times my heel would slip to the side, though they never touched the ground.”"Many friends have asked if I’ll do it again and my answer has been a resounding ‘no,’” Levasseur said. “If someone breaks the record, I will simply congratulate them.”
Of all the dickhead marathoners we’ve ever featured on the Stool this guy has to be the worst. It’s not just that he ran this thing in flip flops. It’s how serious and important he thinks he is because of it. Just ranting and raving about his technique. How it all came down to being efficient, balancing his stride and focusing on his form, blah, blah, blah. Hey bro you ran a marathon in flip flops you dickhead. Get over yourself. Nobody fucking gives a fuck. You ain’t that cool. You want people to pay attention to you and say how awesome you are? Here is a novel concept. How about you win the race? Just get from the start to the finish the fastest. I don’t care how you do it. I don’t care what you wear on your feet. Just get from Point A to Point B the fastest and then I’ll blog about how talented you are. Until then take your flip flops, take your Guinness book of world records and go crawl back into whatever marathon hole you crawled out of.