September 2, 2011
Dear Mizuno

I was looking through my closet the other day and decided to pull out all of my running shoes. Guess what? They were all made by you! I fell in love with your line of shoes because of the awesome orange and black Wave Ronin 2’s, and because of their wide foot bed. Loved them so much that I bought another pair, and when those wore out, I bout the Wave Ronin 3’s. Didn’t like the design as much as the 2’s, but they’re still pretty cool; they’re my current road training and racing flat.

I decided on a whim to enter the 2011 StumpJump 50k Trail Race which led me on a search for trail shoes, and Competitor Magazine had a nice review of your Cabraken 3’s. As soon as I saw them, I knew I had to have them. They’s so sharp! And Love the blue and yellow color scheme.

But here’s my confession, and I hope you can help me out: I haven’t bought a stitch of your clothing. I’m typically cheap when it comes to hats, shirts, and shorts and I end up buying stuff on clearance to save a couple bucks. I’ve been able to get away with this for a few years now, but my white technical shirts are starting to go grey (and I won’t mention what it looks like under the arm pits), and some of my shorts are starting to fray.

Of course I’m a hobby jogger, but I’m proud of a few PR’s:

400m in 58.86s in 2008

1600m in 5:33 a few weeks ago

and when I toe the line in Chattanooga next month for my first (that’s right, first) attempt at the 50k distance, sporting your Cabrakan 3’s, I would love to wear your clothing.

You really have nothing to lose. At 6’5”, I literally stand head and shoulders above anyone in a crowd. I’m like a walking billboard. So whadya say? Can you spare an extra hat, a singlet, and a pair of shorts? Socks, too, if you’ve got ‘em!

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