Profeet specialists, , Emma Kirk-Odunubi and Max Willcocks, have set new world records for the fastest 100m while wearing ski boots!
The original record was set in 2015 by German Andre Ortolf who ran the 100m in 17.56 seconds. Max (34) is the new fastest male with his time of 14.09 seconds and Emma (24) now has the first official time for the fastest female over 100m with 16.86 seconds.
The Profeet Ski Lab team selected the Atomic Backland - a super light boot designed for ski touring. The boot features extra flexibility to allow better natural movement which transferred well to sprinting on the track.
Max was delighted set a new world record: “I’d skied and toured in the Backland so I knew the boot, but the only times I had ever run in them before was while running away from lifties when we were night touring!”
Emma was honest about her preparation: “At the time I was doing some speed endurance and strength training ahead of the Amsterdam Marathon, but I didn’t do any specific training for the 100m attempt….It was the initial powerful driving start phase that I found the hardest. Maintaining high leg turnover as the fatigue hit me 80-90m in was really tough.”
Max agreed that it was a demanding challenge: “I don’t think I’ll be running full tilt in ski boots anymore: it’s seriously hard on the hip flexors. The next time I’m in ski boots, I’ll be ski touring!”
Profeet are sports footwear and orthotics specialists, based in Fulham in London. The Ski Lab offers expert ski boot fitting, ski boot modifications and advice on buying the right ski boot.
Read more about the World Record at Profeet
Top photo from Profeet courtesy of Konrad Bartelski