JACKRABBITS SHARE THEIR FAVORITE ALTRA RUNNING STYLES

Melanie Mitchell | December 20, 2018
 

ALTRA RUNNING - JACKRABBIT FANS!

by MELANIE MITCHELL  | January 2019

 
 

JACKRABBITS SHARE THEIR FAVORITE ALTRA RUNNING STYLES

Altra Running burst onto the running scene and started to rack up fans, accolades, reviews and thumbs up on their completely innovative approach to what a running shoe would be.  As runners at JackRabbit, our team is always game to try a new running innovation. Now we're a few years into showcasing the Altra zero-drop running philosophy in our stores, we have a whole bevy of Altra fans, bffs and aficionados.

We asked our JackRabbit stores for their die-hard Altra fans and they shouted loud!  Trail runners, road runners and even boxers added in their 10 cents of praise. 

The words speak for themselves - Altra Running fans are effusive.  Common fan raves are the signature wider toe-box with a heel that still locks you in and the consistent zero drop making transitioning between Altra styles easy and painless.  Add to that the accolades for the 'claw-like' soles of the trail shoes, and we're talking uber-fans out there! 

Read on to learn who is running in which Altra shoe and why and where and how!

PS: Want to learn more about zero-drop?  Read more about the concept and how to embrace zero-drop running shoes here. 

 

MEET THE JACKRABBITS WHO LOVE RUNNING IN ALTRA SHOES

NAME: Tristan Chandler

LOCATION: Boulder Running Company, Colorado Springs, Colorado (@brccosprings on Instagram)

TRAIL OR ROAD RUNNER?: I’m a road runner/ track runner.

FAVORITE ALTRA STYLE?: My go-to favorite Altra style would be the Escalante.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RUNNING IN ALTRAS?: I've run in Altra on and off for the past year or so.

WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO RUN?: I run in Altra anywhere I go. But primarily, I mostly run on roads or the track.  

WHAT IS AN ALTRA GEM YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE? The zero drop is the best feeling ever, the naturalistic feel when running or weight lifting is better for strength building and power in the range of motion.

WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT IN 2019?: In 2019 I’m looking forward to all the different group runs, races, events, products...everything! 

NAME: Kurt Steege

LOCATION: Princeton Running Company by JackRabbit - Lawrenceville, New Jersey (@princetonrunco on Instagram)

TRAIL OR ROAD RUNNER?: Both!  I love them all! I run in Altra for trail runs. 

FAVORITE ALTRA STYLE?: My go-to favorite Altra style would be the Altra Lone Peak 4, but I am also a fan runner of the Timp as well!

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RUNNING IN ALTRAS?: I've run in Altra for a year. 

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT ALTRA SHOES?: I like the roominess, comfort as well as confidence on muddy terrain.

FAVORITE PLACE TO RUN IN YOUR ALTRAS?: Bald Pate Hill - Race: Ireland!

WHAT IS AN ALTRA GEM YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE? The new Lone Peaks are just amazing!  Give them a try!

WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT IN 2019?: Hopefully completing a 50 mile race (third-time is a charm right?)
 

NAME: Lauren Salge

LOCATION: Princeton Running Company by JackRabbit - Robbinsville, New Jersey. (@princetonrunco on Instagram)

TRAIL OR ROAD RUNNER?: Yes! Both, prefer trails, but I run more road.

FAVORITE ALTRA STYLE?: I run in the Altra Escalante Racers for fast road races and Altra Superiors for trails...But definitely rely on the Altra Lone Peaks for the later miles of Ultras.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RUNNING IN ALTRAS?: I've run in Altra for over two years. 

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT ALTRA SHOES?: They make my body happy. I got crippling Achilles tendinitis after breaking my ankle in a 50k. I’m not saying the Altras cured my tendinitis, but they definitely helped!! Altras also make my body happy while running, and and I feel more stable on the trials in Altras.

FAVORITE PLACE TO RUN IN YOUR ALTRAS?: Tahoe Rim Trail, California Side (Northstar to Tahoe City). East coast wise the streets of Princeton in the Escalates.

WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT IN 2019?: Going to watch the Boston Marathon, and running both the Chicago and NYC Marathons in 2019.

NAME: Brandon Carreno

LOCATION: Princeton Running Company by JackRabbit - Princeton, New Jersey. (@princetonrunco on Instagram)

TRAIL OR ROAD RUNNER?: Yes! Both.  Love them both.

FAVORITE ALTRA STYLE?: I run in the Altra Escalante and the Altra Lone Peaks

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RUNNING IN ALTRAS?: Two lovely years. 

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT ALTRA SHOES?: I especially like the super-roomy toe box, the zero drop. Both of these add up to help encourage good form habits, and keep blisters away! 

FAVORITE PLACE TO RUN IN YOUR ALTRAS?: My happy place is running in Southern Utah.

WHAT IS AN ALTRA GEM YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE? My first exposure to Altra was getting to run with Golden Harper when he visited our shop for a group run/info/form training session back in 2016. He leaped over a near-chest height gate from a light jog. I was super impressed. 10/10 from the East German judge.

WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT IN 2019?: Logging tons of base mileage, and staying healthy!
 

NAME: Erika Meling

LOCATION: Princeton Running Company by JackRabbit - Princeton, New Jersey. (@princetonrunco on Instagram)

TRAIL OR ROAD RUNNER?: Road mostly, trail occasionally!

FAVORITE ALTRA STYLE?: I run in the Altra Torin and Altra Lone Peak

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RUNNING IN ALTRAS?: Two years! 

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT ALTRA SHOES?: Wearing this brand has helped my running form improve for the better. I used to be a heel striker, which gave me a lot of hip and IT band issues. I started rotating the Altra Torins with another shoe during my training. I started to run more on my midfoot, which translated to how I ran in other brands and I noticed my form and times improved significantly over time.

FAVORITE PLACE TO RUN IN YOUR ALTRAS?: Delaware Raritan Canal Path or Belmar beach boardwalk.

WHAT IS AN ALTRA GEM YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE? I wear the Escalantes while working because of the wide toe box and it's the only shoe that doesn't hurt my arch standing for 8-9 hours. 

WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT IN 2019?: The Boston Marathon and the New Jersey half marathon both in April, and USATF Cross Country Club Nationals at Lehigh in December.
 

NAME: Alex Bralower

LOCATION: New York Running Company by JackRabbit, New York, New York. (@nyrunningco on Instagram)

TRAIL OR ROAD RUNNER?: Trail runner!

FAVORITE ALTRA STYLE?: The Altra Lone Peak 4

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RUNNING IN ALTRAS?:  Early convert, 4.5 years, no approaching five!

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT ALTRA SHOES?: The overall philosophy of the company and their shoes.  I love how well the shoes accommodate the feet. They have helped significantly in my running journey, improving my form and keeping me injury free.

FAVORITE PLACE TO RUN IN YOUR ALTRAS?: The Appalachian Trail in New York.

WHAT IS AN ALTRA GEM YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE? 2019 is a year to keep your eyes out for some killer releases.  

WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT IN 2019?: Big races , exciting adventures and amazing new footwear.

NAME: Brandi Canann

LOCATION: JackRabbit - Loveland, Ohio (@jackrabbit_loveland on Instagram)

TRAIL OR ROAD RUNNER?: Both! The trails have my heart though. 

FAVORITE ALTRA STYLE?: For trail running I love the Altra Lone Peak 4. For hitting the road, I choose the Altra Escalante 1.5

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RUNNING IN ALTRAS?: Since I've discovered Altras, I've been running in them for almost a year. 

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT ALTRA SHOES?: The zero heel drop of the shoes and wide toe box fit my feet beautifully!

FAVORITE PLACE TO RUN IN YOUR ALTRAS?: Any and all trails! Took a weekend trip recently to Frozen Head State Park in Tennessee to try out the LonePeak 4s in the mountains. It was an epic experience!

WHAT IS AN ALTRA GEM YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE?  The Altra Paradigm is a fantastic shoe to transition into to Altras. Hoka was the love of my life until I met Altra. I went from the Hoka Bondi to the Altra Paradigm, then also added the the Altra Escalante and Altra Solstice to my collection. The Escalante is a surprisingly cushy road ride and the solstice I love working in and wearing as an everyday shoe. The Lone Peak is my favorite trail shoe followed by the Altra Olympus trail shoe for runs that exceed 15 miles.

WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT IN 2019?: I have an upcoming six race trail series starting this winter and running through February I'm pretty amped about. I'm also going to be a pacer for fellow co-worker and friend at a 50 miler trail race in June, but my heart is most looking forward to running the Barkley Fall Classic 50k at Frozen Head State Park in TN this upcoming September!!
 

NAME: Lisa Knoppe-Reed

LOCATION: JackRabbit - Providence, Rhode Island (@jackrabbit_providence on Instagram) 

TRAIL OR ROAD RUNNER?: Both. But I love the trails!

FAVORITE ALTRA STYLE?: I love the Altra King Mountain.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RUNNING IN ALTRAS?: I've been logging miles in Altras for a year. 

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT ALTRA SHOES?: Wide toe box, great cushion, next best thing to running barefoot!

FAVORITE PLACE TO RUN IN YOUR ALTRAS?: In my own back yard at Webb State Park, Weymouth, MA. 

WHAT IS AN ALTRA GEM YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE? I ran trails on Mt Baker, Washington, in July with my soccer team.  My team mates were in awe of my King Mountains!

WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT IN 2019?: Running more trail races in 2019.  That's my goal!
 

NAME: Chaundi Walker

LOCATION: Striders Running - Ogden, Utah (@striders_running on Instagram)

TRAIL OR ROAD RUNNER?: I like to change it up!  So, a mixture of both. 

FAVORITE ALTRA STYLE?: For the road I absolutely LOVE the Altra Torins! For the Trails I prefer the Altra Timp.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RUNNING IN ALTRAS?: About two years and going strong!

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT ALTRA SHOES?: Altra shoes not only have the best toe box around, their zero drop seems to work the best for my back. I landed wrong on a tube that was being pulled by our family boat about two years ago. My back has been giving me problems ever since. It's hard to feel motivated sometimes when you have back issues, but I love that I have found a shoe that I know won’t aggravate it during a run.

FAVORITE PLACE TO RUN IN YOUR ALTRAS?: We have this awesome path way that runs along the Ogden river that I like to take my Torins. We also have such gorgeous mountains here, so I'm usually up there in the warmer months.

WHAT IS AN ALTRA GEM YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE? Funny story...I won a trip with Altra to the Bethlehem Half Marathon and was able to bring along my now 17 year old sister. My sister the whole trip swore up and down that she wouldn't ever like the Altras based on the way they look. Altra actually seeded her a pair of Torins after she finished the race. A year later and she now will not wear anything else to run in! She even tried a ton of other shoes on, and still came back to the Torins. We now have my whole family convinced that these are definitely a shoe they need to try for themselves.

WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT IN 2019?: New Altra Torins obviously! I'm also excited to see all the new apparel that Altra is coming out with!

NAME: Staci Rogge

LOCATION: Road Runner Running Store Powered by JackRabbit - Richmond, Virginia. (@roadrunnerrva on Instagram)

TRAIL OR ROAD RUNNER?: Both!  Trail and road. I run ultramarathons, hike, bike and live a full on active lifestyle!

FAVORITE ALTRA STYLE?: I run in the Altra Lone Peaks for trails and the Altra Torin for roads.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RUNNING IN ALTRAS?: I've been running in Altra for three years!

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT ALTRA SHOES?: Wide toe box, zero drop across the brand makes it easy to switch between styles
FAVORITE PLACE TO 'RUN' IN YOUR ALTRAS?:I love to run the James River Park trails in Richmond

WHAT IS AN ALTRA GEM YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE?  I probably have way too many pairs of Altras grin 

WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT IN 2019?: I am looking forward having a good mix of road and trail events. Each one makes me appreciate the other.

NAME: Brandon Croft   

LOCATION: Road Runner Running Store Powered by JackRabbit - Richmond, Virginia. (@roadrunnerrva on Instagram)

TRAIL OR ROAD RUNNER?: Both! Trail and road. Plus, I also train for boxing and HIIT for which I use Altra shoes. 

FAVORITE ALTRA STYLE?: I train in the Altra Solstice

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RUNNING IN ALTRAS?: I've been training in Altra for a year. 

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT ALTRA SHOES?: I only have positive thing to say about Altra!  I like the wide toe box, it allows me to open up my toes and use them for balance.  I also like the flat bottom surface, it allows for more ground contact and easy pivoting when performing HIIT / Boxing.  The weight is nice too, very light weight for quick agility movements.

FAVORITE PLACE TO 'RUN' IN YOUR ALTRAS?:I love to train at the Title Boxing Gym

WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT IN 2019?: I am looking for to new updates to the shoes! And of course, new races and events to be introduced to.

 
 

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