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Shoes of Kona: World Champions Jan Frodeno and Daniela Ryf’s custom Asics racing shoes

2016 Ironman World Championship

What shoes do triathlon champions wear to carry them to victory?

While the repeat-world champions Jan Frodeno and Daniela Ryf race in different models, both athletes train and race in Asics, which also happened to have the largest shoe count at Kona this year according to Lava Magazine’s official breakdown (17% of shoes worn in the race).

Frodeno has been spotted racing in a pair of red and white custom-built shoes similar to the Asics Super J33-2 stability-oriented racing flats mostly all season this year. These were also the shoes he ran in at Saurday’s world championship, running a 2:45:34 marathon split on the way to his 8:06:30 win.

2016 Ironman World Championship

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Ryf has mixed up her racing flats a few times this year (at Ironman 70.3 World Championships she wore Asics Gel-Hyper Tri 2s, as seen above). On Saturday she wore a pair of custom blue and white pair of shoes she refers to as the “Tarter” on social media, which isn’t available in Canada but is very comparable to the Asics DS-Trainer 20 stability trainer and DS Racer 11 models. She ran a 2:56:51 marathon on her way to the Kona course record — her run split was also the fastest in the women’s field this year.