At first glance, the shoes pictured in Gwen Jorgensen’s race day Instagram look like any other Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%. But upon further examination, you can notice the 5mm spikes and jagged plate toward the front of the outsole.
Nike made a specialty race shoe for the triathlete-turned-runner that she wore at the USATF Championships on Thursday during the 10,000m. Jorgensen has dealt with achilles tendon issues, and was looking for spikes with a higher heel drop and a little more support.
The Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% pairs a ZoomX midsole with a full length carbon plate. Together these features can make a runner up to 4% more efficient than Nike’s previous fastest marathon shoe.
Jorgensen shot onto the running scene in 2016 after a phenomenal triathlon career. She finished the 2016 New York City Marathon, her first marathon ever, in 2:41:01. Jorgensen trains with the Bowerman Track Club.
7th place in 32:24 You never come into a race hoping for 7th, but that’s where I finished tonight in the @usatf championship. I loved the experience and opportunity to race. Thank you so much to everyone who watched. I am disappointed with my result today but will continue to keep pounding the rock. Special shoutout to @mollyhuddle for leading from start to finish, @mariellehalll for her amazing 2nd place and fellow Mom @stephrothstein in 3rd. So excited to watch the rest of the @bowermantc over the weekend. 📸 @talbotcox
Jorgensen finished seventh in the 10,000m on Thursday in a time of 32:24.
She posted on Instagram post-race saying, “You never come into a race hoping for seventh, but that’s where I finished tonight at the USATF Championships. I was disappointed with my result today, but I will continue to keep pounding the track.”
Molly Huddle was the winner of the 10,000m. Huddle ran an extremely impressive race, leading start to finish and closing in a 4:38 mile.