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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: http://www.twitter.com/eddieizzard  Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/eddieizzard