Professional Ultrarunner and 5th Place Finisher at Western States 100 2016, Paul Giblin, Signs With Topo Athletic

April 4, 2017 | Kristine David, Public Relations

Professional Ultrarunner and 5th Place Finisher at Western States 100 2016, Paul Giblin, Signs With Topo Athletic

"Urban-dwelling hill seeker" partners with Topo for the 2017 race season and another crack at the most competitive 100-mile race in the U.S.

Following Paul Giblin on social media is like being transported to a magical place – one can easily see why the mountains are his calling. But despite the fact that Paul has won the West Highland Way race (the UK’s equivalent to the Western States) three times in a row – breaking the course record each time – and the Javelina 100 in 2015, running didn’t come into his life until about 10 years ago. In fact, this former mountain bike racer only ran three 10K races before his first ultra!

Despite his “late start,” Paul is one of the most competitive professional ultrarunners on the trail running scene today and we’re thrilled to be partnering with him to make 2017 another great year as he focuses on an even stronger performance at the Western States 100. 

“I had a strong result in my first outing there last year, and feel that I can run a better time. It should be an interesting one this year with the huge snowpack at the Squaw side. I suspect it’ll be just as hot in the canyons though!”

Paul raced in the MT-2’s during last year’s Western States 100 after discovering Topo shoes:

Photo Credit: Compressport

“Developing an efficient running style was always a focus for me when I first started running longer. It took me a long time to transition from a ‘normal’ running shoe to something more minimal and natural. I found this made me a much better runner, but it then became a challenge to find a shoe that would support a more natural running style, but also offer some protection for those 100-mile races. So far I’ve found that Topo have the most natural fit of any running shoe I’ve tried: they’re lightweight, but give my feet a level of protection on rocky trails whilst still giving me the ground feel and feedback I need. I’m genuinely excited to see where it might go and the partnership approach feels really good - working directly with Tony Post and his team means I get to understand the ethos and direction of Topo, and they get honest real-world feedback from me - from the day-to-day training runs to the gym work and the big races.”

Check back here for regular guest posts from Paul as he counts down to his big race day on June 24. Welcome to the team Paul!

 

Paul is an elite trail runner and professional running coach that has tackled more than 30 ultras. He also turned vegan more than 5 years ago and has never looked back. Follow Paul’s adventures and tasty vegan recipes online at pylonultra.com or on social: @pyllon on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
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BRAD COX

Brad Cox Lic.Ac. is a Movement Specialist, ACU-Running Coach and Licensed Acupuncturist specializing in Orthopedic Acupuncture and Sports Medicine.  He is the co-Founder and CEO of ACU-Mobility and ACU-Running.  ACU-Mobility is an educational and mobility products company, dedicated to the development of unique sport specific corrective exercise programs and innovative product design.  Brad has treated hundreds of athletes including: Olympic and world class Runners, Triathletes, Power Lifters, Elite Crossfitters and Professional Strong Men.  He is a consultant and running mechanics expert for TOPO Athletic.  He teaches workshops and seminars on running mechanics, mobility and movement analysis around the U.S.

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Dr. Sonia Pasquale D.C., Lic.Ac. is a Chiropractor, Sports Physician, Licensed Acupuncturist, Movement Specialist, Nutrition Counselor and Co-Founder of ACU-Mobility and ACU-Running systems.  She has specialties in Orthopedics, Functional Movement Analysis, Functional Medicine and Women's Health.  She incorporates advanced Chiropractic and Acupuncture manual techniques to create a unique integrative approach to treatment.  She works with both Elite and Novice athletes to help them achieve their individual physical goals.  She is the Director and co-Owner of Wakefield Wellness Center outside of Boston MA.

CHRIS LEHMAN

Chris Lehman , Lic.Ac., MAOM, Dipl. OM is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist, Movement Specialist and ACU-Running Coach.  Chris Specializes in Orthopedic Acupuncture and functional movement analysis working with all kinds of Athletes.  He focuses on balancing the body through Acupuncture and manual therapies to enhance proper biomechanics with an emphasis in sports medicine and injury prevention.

KAITLIN ALLEN

Kaitlin graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  After graduation she worked for a short time in the Med/Neuro ICU at Moore County Regional Hospital in NC.  Kaitlin has been an avid runner for many years, having completed several road races at both the half marathon and marathon distance, before switching to trail running.  Her love for trail running came from the many long distance hiking trails she has completed, such as the Continental Divide Trail and Appalachian Trail.  She is excited to share her love for running by being part of the ACU-Mobility team!

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