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Behind the Laces, Shoes & Gear

A Wear Tester’s Success Story

April 2010 - Wear Tester Gordon after setting a half marathon PR

April 2010 - Gordon after setting a half marathon PR

As part of our quest to engineer the best running footwear and apparel in the world, we’re always looking to make improvements. And when we envision the future of running footwear, we look to you. Our research team works with “Lab Rats” who can participate in studies at our biomechanics lab in Bothell as well as wear testers across the U.S.

We recently received a report from one of our wear testers, Gordon Harvey, who feared that perhaps he had made himself ineligible for the program. When he started with us in 2009, he weighed 231 pounds and ran in Motion Control shoes – notably the Brooks Beast.

April 2009: Gordon at 231 pounds

April 2009: Gordon at 231 pounds

Now, 16 months later, he has lost 70 pounds, recently completed his first triathlon, and has changed his running form enough to shift his shoe type from Motion Control (Beast) to Support (Trance 9) and now to Neutral (Ghost 3).

August 2010 - Gordon at 160 pounds

August 2010 - Gordon at 160 pounds

Gordon tells us that his marathon pace was 12:45-minute miles in December 2009, but he will run his “first marathon as a skinny guy” in November 2010 and is looking to finish “much faster” – he’s running his long runs in 8:37-minute miles now.

Now, we can’t say that it’s JUST the shoes… and your results may vary. But Gordon – of course you’ll still be in the program. You’ll just be testing different types of shoes.

Good luck in your upcoming races Gordon – we’re thrilled to help you Run Happy!

Learn more about our wear test program
Read Gordon’s blog, Run to Disney

About Sunny
I'm a runner, writer, and traveler who loves running half marathons. I live in Seattle with my much faster husband and two rescue cats. I also have an inexplicable affection for otters.
8 Comments
  • http://www.corsolameta.blogspot.com JayDub

    What a fantastic story, Gordon is an inspiration!

    I wish we had a great wear testers program like this here in Australia!

  • Brooke Nelson

    Yea Gordon!
    I actually know him, and can attest to his commitment to his personal quest for fitness. I met Gordon when he moved to Alabama and have been impressed ever since with his motivation and desire to not only lose weight but to set and achieve goals that only a few months before might have seemed impossible. He made them happen.

    Gordon is an inspiration to us all!
    Congrats and great story.
    Brooke

  • Douglas Pariseau

    Gordon, just like Brooks, is one of the very best things that’s happened to me, in my personal running story. Both are of great character, great quality, and provide a never ending inspiration for me to get out there and ‘Run Happy’.

    A big thanks to both Brooks & Gordon for providing so much to our running family around the world. It’s companies, and people like this that makes me proud to be a runner, and inspires me to share our love of running with people in my community.

    Keep it up Brooks, and keep it up Gordon.

    Run Happy!

  • http://www.mfwbooks.com Lucy

    Gordon you make those shoes look great. We are all so proud of you.

    Love ya,
    Lucy (sis in-law)

  • Heather

    Keep it up Gordon. Brooks are awesome but, Gordon is the Man

  • http://predawnrunner.com Greg Strosaker

    Gordon is an inspiration to many runners, and his story is outstanding. Brooks is lucky to have runners like him as testers and advocates.

  • http://www.brooksrunning.com Meredith

    Wow, outstanding story. Great work, Gordon!

  • http://zemblog.com Sand Sock Girl

    I so love reading your wonderful stories.. You always inspire me. Thank you so much!