Eddie Izzard to run 27 Barefoot Marathons in Africa

Posted by | Posted in Barefoot Running | Posted on 11-05-2012

Eddie Izzard to run 27 marathons in 27 days in AfricaYou may know him as COMEDIAN Eddie Izzard, or ACTOR Eddie Izzard.

But Eddie is also an impressive ultra-runner.

Eddie previously ran at least 27 miles a day, 6 days a week, for 7 weeks to raise money for Sport Relief.

Eddie Izzard running marathonsNow, Eddie is planning to run 27 marathons in 27 days in Africa to honor Nelson Mandela’s 27 years in jail. And he plans to run them barefoot or in minimalist shoes!

They’ll be making a documentary about this and, not surprisingly, I think he should be wearing Invisible Shoes… but not just because I’d like the PR, or because I’d love to hang out with Eddie (both of which are true).

I think they’re the perfect shoe for him, of course, since they are:

  • The lightest footwear he’ll find
  • Can handle water better than any other
  • Don’t smell
  • Have our 5,000 mile warranty
  • Can be repaired, if necessary (but unlikely), with easy to find local tools and products
  • Have the best barefoot feel

But, more importantly, Invisible Shoes are based on an OLD idea… one that you see in Africa. And, ironically, Africa is one place in the world that’s suffering from diseases that people pick up from walking barefoot.

So, my fantasy is that Eddie can supply Invisible Shoes to the villages he runs through. And more than just give away shoes, show them how they can use them and… hey, get creative and come up with other uses, beyond footwear!

I can imagine a number of ways that a high-tech rubber sole could have other purposes… and some comedic ones as well (can you say bra and jockstrap?).

If you think Eddie should be using Invisible Shoes in Africa, let him know — Twitter:  Facebook:

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There are (7) Comments for the Eddie Izzard to run 27 Barefoot Marathons in Africa

  1. You may do well to restyle that warranty because a “5k” is 5 kilometers, and may be mistaken for the distance your 5,000 mile warranty covers instead of 5,000 miles…


  2. And I guess 5k miles would be confusing ;-)

    I’ll change it.

  3. It’s so funny that he’ll be running in minimalist shoes. I saw him in a comedy show and he was wearing the chunkiest high heeled over the top boots you could imagine. They probably weighed 50 times as much as a pair of invisible shoes… each.

    The claim that 5k on a warranty means 5 kilometers is invalid, because for one thing that’s an unreasonably short distance, but also “k” is not the standard symbol for kilometer, it’s km. 5k just means 5000, so it can refer to the number of miles. 5000 km could be written as such, or 5k km, or 5 million meters, or 5Mm or 5 x 10^6 m.

  4. JC, yes I know but think about the fact that when someone says that they are running a 5k, you know that it’s 5km race. I know it’s not the proper way to state it, but that’s what comes to mind.


  5. I believe he’s currently running in Vivobarefoot Aqualites.

  6. I wasn’t sure where to post my new youtube links. Both feature huaraches throughout. This was obviously inspired by Steve’s “Sh*t Barefoot Runners Say” type videos.

    Since this is a comedy linked thread and I attempted to use some humor in this video (Part 1 & 2), well here they are:

    “Sh*t A Barefoot Vegan Endurance Runner Says (Part 1 & 2)

    I was thinking of editing a new one more focused on huaraches…

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