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April 12, 2012

Get Out the Vote! Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon LS Finalists

You know what we haven’t done for a while? An audience participation post! Which is a shame, because I have to say that my audience is pretty darn awesome.

Case in point is today’s contest, with a new pair of Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon LS on the line. I put out the call for photo entries featuring barefoot or Vibram-shod adventurers, figuring I could pick three or five standouts as finalists before turning it over to the voters. The problem, predictably, is that I couldn’t narrow the options down to just five – and since I also happen to be the one who makes the rules around here, I figured that there was no reason why I couldn’t expand the field just a bit. As in, more than 100%.

So here are your 10 finalists, plus one more bonus picture that I can’t honestly determine whether or not it’s a legitimate entry. (You’ll understand once you get there.) The rules are simple: vote in the comments section below for your favorite – one vote per commenter – and the one with the highest number of votes by Saturday at 12PM PST wins the Vibrams. If you’re a contestant, it’s definitely fair game to recruit your family, friends, and fellow Starbucks free Wi-fi patrons to vote for you, just as long as they all have a different username.

Good luck to everyone. Here we go!

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Entrant #1: Chris S.


Sure, it looks like your run-of-the-mill ocean vista shot, but here’s the cool part: That ocean in the distance is the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans above Cape Town, South Africa.

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Entrant #2: Chris M.


Another entry from the “exotic locales I’ll probably never see” category: this one comes from Ile Renote in northwest France, with the Château de Costaérès in the background. Tres belle.

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Entrant #3: Dave


I’m partial to this one, because it’s taken above the Big Sur coastline, and I happen to know the guy who submitted it – as in, in real life. I know ... weird, huh?

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Entrant #4: Rodger


This one seemed compelling for no other reason than Rodger is running across what can only be described as an enormous butt. So in the space of two entries, we’ve gone from chateaus to rear ends; have I mentioned how interesting my readers are?

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Entrant #5: Sean


Back to the exotic: Apparently this is someplace called Sud Tirol in Italy. It suddenly occurs to me that I’ve seen remarkably little of the world; this contest is starting to bum me out.

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Entrant #6: Dylan


Kind of a cool repose, above a cliff-jumping spot called Tar Creek in Fillmore, CA. I suspect Dylan might be friends with the next entrant …

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Entrant #7: Cody


… who is also perched on a high precipice (next to a waterfall, no less) above the very same Tar Creek.

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Entrant #8: Jen


Hey - where are all the female entrants? Sadly, I only received a few from the ladies, but this was one of the coolest, with Jen getting her barefoot yoga on at the top of a mountain. Extra points for the hat, too.

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Entrant #9: Jeff


The Manitou Springs Incline is legendary among Colorado trail runners. This is the view about halfway up. Sheesh. Extra points to Jeff here for getting the photographer to wear Vibrams, too.

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Entrant #10: Orlin


I had to include one snow entry just to remind myself how much I don’t like winter. Plus, there’s a dog, and some famous Philadelphia thing in the background, so there you go.

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Speaking of dogs, it’s time for our bonus entrant, who I believe goes by the name of Harry:


I’m not sure the FiveFingers would fit him, but perhaps his owner would like a pair.

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And there you have it – now it’s time to vote! Remember, one vote per commenter, but feel free to campaign as much as you like to stuff the ballot. The winner will be announced on Saturday afternoon. Thanks very much to everyone who entered, and good luck to all the finalists!



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254 comments:

Guigou,  4/12/12, 8:08 PM  

Rodger! #4

shedan,  4/12/12, 8:13 PM  

rodger #4

Jenny,  4/12/12, 8:23 PM  

Rodger #4!!! woo!

Dana,  4/12/12, 8:28 PM  

Rodger #4

Alex,  4/12/12, 8:34 PM  

Rodger #4

Cynt,  4/12/12, 8:37 PM  

Rodger #4!

Erin,  4/12/12, 8:40 PM  

RODGER!!! #4

Sarah,  4/12/12, 8:40 PM  

Rodger #4 yaaay

Doggtipps,  4/12/12, 8:41 PM  

Who's that guy running on the butt? Entry #4: Rodger? He gets my vote!

Anonymous,  4/12/12, 8:54 PM  

Hands down....HARRY!!! Look at that face.....and those VIBRAM's!!!

CJ,  4/12/12, 8:56 PM  

RODGER!!! #4!! YEAHHH Buddy!

cody r.,  4/12/12, 8:56 PM  

dylan!! #6!!

yes, dylan and cody are friends....and that's not the same cody i am...i am a friend who is also cody...who unfortunately didn't have a photo to enter :(

elisha,  4/12/12, 9:00 PM  

Dylan#6

Anonymous,  4/12/12, 9:01 PM  

HARRY!!!!

Max,  4/12/12, 9:03 PM  

My vote is for Harry :)

Anonymous,  4/12/12, 9:04 PM  

Dylan #6!! Whoo go Dylan! :)

Emily,  4/12/12, 9:06 PM  

go harry!! you have my vote!
-emily

Doug,  4/12/12, 9:11 PM  

Harry!!!

Miranda,  4/12/12, 9:14 PM  

Harry!!

Becky p.,  4/12/12, 9:24 PM  

Harry.....what a cutie....

Chalo,  4/12/12, 9:29 PM  

Harry!! :)

Michelle,  4/12/12, 9:35 PM  

Harry! He looks like he's done the mileage!!

Betty,  4/12/12, 9:40 PM  

Harry ....he's so cute!

Chanda,  4/12/12, 9:51 PM  

Harry all the way!!!

Bob 4/12/12, 9:58 PM  

Just can't pass up running over a butt, Rodger #4

Linda,  4/12/12, 10:31 PM  

#2 Go Chris!

Anonymous,  4/12/12, 10:58 PM  

Harry! what more is thre to say.

Anonymous,  4/12/12, 11:21 PM  

Dylan #6
Almost every other one is exactly the same and totally uncreative. Cody did well too.

Madeleine,  4/13/12, 12:24 AM  

Chris #2

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 1:04 AM  

dylan (sorry cody!) oxo Love, Laura

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 1:57 AM  

Chris #2!!

Great contrast of colors on the pink stones ;-)

Dorothée

Sam 4/13/12, 1:59 AM  

Jeff #9, has to be!

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 2:18 AM  

Chris #2

:-)

jonnyb 4/13/12, 2:41 AM  

AssI vote for Sean in Sud Tirol and would like to provide a reason: the other folks have some beautiful shots that probably had already taken. Sean has the best shot in the shoes. I'd like to think he just went up there for this shot, and that you and this contest inspired that. Of course, maybe it's just the view from his backyard and it wasn't that big of a deal for him ;- 0

sarah 4/13/12, 3:17 AM  

#9 JEFF IS AWESOME!

Root Root,  4/13/12, 3:39 AM  

Rodger#4! He's a beast!

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 4:15 AM  

Harry has to win...hands down!

Mr. Responsible 4/13/12, 4:48 AM  

Sean #5

Gets bonus points for the ankle abrasion that proves he is a "barefoot" warrior.

WOW,  4/13/12, 4:57 AM  

Rodger #4!! He needs some new shoes!

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 5:12 AM  

CHRIS #2

Incline Fanatic,  4/13/12, 5:15 AM  

#9 Jeff--Barefoot Inclined, crazy cool.

Ford4x460 4/13/12, 5:16 AM  

I vote for #5. Beautiful and makes me want to be there.

hunter,  4/13/12, 5:25 AM  

Rodger yo, all da way dawg

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 5:27 AM  

1 vote for Jen.
Awesome picture with pretty cool barefoot moves on top of the mountain.

le mike,  4/13/12, 5:29 AM  

Rodger #4!!!

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 5:39 AM  

Jeff #9, Incline baby!!!

Caroline 4/13/12, 5:52 AM  

Jeff #9 is a rockstar!

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 5:53 AM  

Rodger ftw woot woot

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 6:10 AM  

Harry should win, no question!

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 6:21 AM  

Rodger #4

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 6:52 AM  

#2, Chris

Jeff Gallup 4/13/12, 7:00 AM  

Jeff #9! I "need" those VFF's.. lol :-)

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 7:13 AM  

Rodger #4

Flying Dutchman,  4/13/12, 7:13 AM  

Rodger!!!! #4

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 7:13 AM  

Rodger #4

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 7:15 AM  

Rodger #4!! Nice butt.

Ms. Pickles,  4/13/12, 7:15 AM  

#4 Rodger

professor hayes,  4/13/12, 7:15 AM  

RODGER LIKES BIG BUTTS AND HE CANNOT LIE

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 7:16 AM  

Rodger #4!! Nice butt.

Steven,  4/13/12, 7:16 AM  

Roger #4

Nick Baum,  4/13/12, 7:16 AM  

Rodger #4

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 7:17 AM  

Rodger #4!

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 7:17 AM  

roger #4

Ally,  4/13/12, 7:36 AM  

Harry!!!!

fitz1j 4/13/12, 7:43 AM  

Jeff! Those stairs are for real.

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 7:59 AM  

Lets go Dave #3

AJ Rackl,  4/13/12, 8:14 AM  

LET'S GO ROGER!!! ENTRY #4

hicky,  4/13/12, 8:17 AM  

Big butts! #4!!

Laura @ LauraLivesLife 4/13/12, 8:21 AM  

I vote for the amazing and awesome (Sweat Pink Ambassador) Jen (#8)

Bella 4/13/12, 8:31 AM  

I'm absolutely voting for Jen, my fellow #SweatPink Amabassador!

Harry gets a big nod, too, though. That face is priceless!

crista 4/13/12, 8:32 AM  

Jen #8!!!! She's fierce doing her barefoot yoga!!

Drew,  4/13/12, 8:33 AM  

#11 - most creative for sure!

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 8:37 AM  

#9 - Jeff!!

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 8:41 AM  

dylan #6!<3

Alyse 4/13/12, 8:51 AM  

#8 Jen! Barefoot mountaintop yoga? Now that's hardcore.

Kristofer Zanardelli,  4/13/12, 8:53 AM  

Harry!

Kristofer Zanardelli,  4/13/12, 8:53 AM  

Harry!

Don,  4/13/12, 9:02 AM  

Harry looks like he could use a new pair of VFF's! Great pic:)

Shahmaila 4/13/12, 9:05 AM  

Harry is adorable!

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 9:05 AM  

Harry!

Blair W.,  4/13/12, 9:06 AM  

#1 Chris S. As Cape Aghulas/Cape Town are beautiful places.

CJ 4/13/12, 9:06 AM  

I would like to vote for Jen :-)

CJ 4/13/12, 9:06 AM  

I would like to vote for Jen :-)

Chris Owen,  4/13/12, 9:06 AM  

Harry is the man!

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 9:12 AM  

I'm just glad #4 isn't hairy.

Ken H.,  4/13/12, 9:14 AM  

I Vote for Harry!

SP 4/13/12, 9:15 AM  

Go Harry - Go Harry - Go Harry (woop woop)

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 9:15 AM  

See Harry. See Harry run. See Harry run in his new VIBRAMS!

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 9:16 AM  

Jeff #9

Kristin 4/13/12, 9:18 AM  

Jen #8! Awesome picture - girl power!

Carden,  4/13/12, 9:20 AM  

I'm voting for Harry even though his "loving" gaurdian put him in Charger throw back powder blues!

Linda N.,  4/13/12, 9:33 AM  

Harry gets my vote!

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 9:39 AM  

Harry!

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 9:42 AM  

Go Harry #4

susette 4/13/12, 10:00 AM  

#8 Jen has the absolute best photo, hands down!! (or feet down-ha ha)

Alexia,  4/13/12, 10:05 AM  

Rodger #4!

David,  4/13/12, 10:07 AM  

RODGER! Number 4!

Nancy,  4/13/12, 10:09 AM  

Dave #3 !!!

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 10:12 AM  

Rodger!!!! #4

Richie Cunningham,  4/13/12, 10:18 AM  

Rodger! #4

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 10:19 AM  

Harry the Dog is the winner...hands (paws) down!

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 10:23 AM  

Jen #8!

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 10:28 AM  

Harry!

Melissa 4/13/12, 10:39 AM  

Let's go Jen! #sweatpink :)

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 10:41 AM  

Dave, #3!

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 10:47 AM  

I'm voting for Dylan numba 6
-EdwardBatman

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 10:59 AM  

#9- Jeff!!!

Scott,  4/13/12, 11:00 AM  

Harry looks like a true minimalist! Gets my vote!

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 11:04 AM  

#4 Rodger

Brenda,  4/13/12, 11:15 AM  

Dylan #6

misszippy 4/13/12, 11:17 AM  

Jen, #8, all the way!!

Tom,  4/13/12, 11:28 AM  

#4 Rodger, who knows the difference between tonicization and modulation.

Ben,  4/13/12, 11:31 AM  

#9 Jeff, he's a great guy!

hedgee 4/13/12, 11:54 AM  

Dylan#6 Inspiring!!!!

Tim M.,  4/13/12, 11:56 AM  

Harry gets my vote!

qrtrmiler 4/13/12, 11:58 AM  

Harry! Harry! Harry!

pensive pumpkin 4/13/12, 12:15 PM  

number nine. number nine. send the word, send the word, number nine.

you are welcome for getting that song stuck in your head. very welcome.

Jessica,  4/13/12, 12:18 PM  

Rodger numero 4

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 12:31 PM  

#9 Jeff!

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 12:31 PM  

Harry!

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 12:35 PM  

Rodger #4 !!

Gretchen 4/13/12, 12:37 PM  

Harry, of course. Probably has more barefoot running experience than everyone else combined. Plus, he's the cutest.

Yes 4/13/12, 12:46 PM  

#4 Rodger and the butt :)

Hue,  4/13/12, 12:47 PM  

Chris M. #2!

Hue,  4/13/12, 12:48 PM  

Chris M. #2!

Tang 4/13/12, 12:56 PM  

Chris M. #2. Love the yellow shirt!

InigoMontoya,  4/13/12, 1:05 PM  

rodger number 4 [something crazy]

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 1:07 PM  

Rodger!

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 1:40 PM  

Rodger #4

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 1:44 PM  

Sean #5

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 1:51 PM  

Sean #5, awesome!

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 1:59 PM  

% Sean

Batgirl,  4/13/12, 2:02 PM  

SEAN #5

Jerry,  4/13/12, 2:24 PM  

Go Harry! #11

Jeff S.,  4/13/12, 3:05 PM  

Chris M, #2, should get the shoes.

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 3:32 PM  

Dave #3 has my vote!

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 3:55 PM  

#5 Sean! Best of luck :)

Renee 4/13/12, 4:08 PM  

#11 - go Harry!!!!!

Tanya,  4/13/12, 4:12 PM  

Harry!

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 4:23 PM  

#9 jeff is awesome

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 4:31 PM  

#5 Sean good luck

Danny,  4/13/12, 4:33 PM  

Fairy Godmother is right---another vote for Harry!

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 4:36 PM  

Sean #5 good luck!!

Michael,  4/13/12, 4:38 PM  

That's a good looking runner--GO HARRY the dog! #11

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 4:48 PM  

HARRY!!

mattreardon,  4/13/12, 4:58 PM  

#4 Rodger

Sue,  4/13/12, 5:19 PM  

Harry :o)

steve,  4/13/12, 5:22 PM  

Harry!

Regina 4/13/12, 5:22 PM  

#8, Jen, my Sweat Pink sister!

Heather Bell 4/13/12, 5:24 PM  

#8 Jen Love the Photo!!

Regina 4/13/12, 5:24 PM  

#8, Jen, my Sweat Pink sister!

Michael 4/13/12, 5:25 PM  

JEN.. hands down!

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 6:00 PM  

Go Harry

Carol,  4/13/12, 6:01 PM  

Rodger at the NCMA with the butts.

Seth M,  4/13/12, 6:06 PM  

Rodger #4

Sammy,  4/13/12, 6:16 PM  

#11 Harry fo-sho!

Amy,  4/13/12, 6:40 PM  

You gotta love Harry...I vote for Harry !!!

Peter,  4/13/12, 6:54 PM  

My vote is for HARRY. How can someone win who's NOT WEARING Vibrams?????

Connie & Jerry,  4/13/12, 7:13 PM  

Jeff #9 Great pic in one of your favorite places!

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 7:20 PM  

Shoeless Shull #4

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 7:21 PM  

#5 go Sean!

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 7:25 PM  

Sean #5

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 7:25 PM  

#5

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 7:26 PM  

number 5 sean thanks

Anonymous,  4/13/12, 7:28 PM  

Sean, hands down the best...

Ashley L.,  4/13/12, 7:43 PM  

GO GO GO Jeff!!!!!!

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