On Sunday, May 21, an energetic team of 11-year-olds known as Marley’s Angels took on the US Bank Kids Mini Pole Pedal Paddle (PPP) challenge in their new Pierce shoes. And loved every minute of it.
The team’s namesake is Marley Foster-Wexler, a 5th grader at Juniper Elementary School. His “Angels” were comprised of a quartet of athletic classmates: ?Annika Nissen, Emily Lehto, Rosie Renton and Kaelyn Medina from Juniper. The sixth member of the team was Geneva Grube, another 5th grader who attends Highland Elementary.
The six were chosen out of several dozen PPP teams to be fitted with a free pair of Pierce T2 shoes for the race. Upon meeting with Pierce Footwear Founder and CEO, George Pierce, they were tickled pink (or should we say, “tickled orange”) to be given a high-performance shoe that has no laces or tongues.
A Winning Combination
“We had never seen anything like them,” said Annika Nissen. “The T2’s are super light and the latching system makes them really comfortable. So we knew we could compete with anybody on the obstacle course. Not only that, the bright orange design really made us stand out as a team.”
Marley and his angels got off to a slow start trying to work out the puzzle at the beginning of the competition. But their unique shoes gave them the agility and the confidence to make up time on the labyrinth of rafts, the tire ladder, and the climbing wall. By the end of the race, they had moved up from 5th to a satisfying 3rd place.
“Since this was our last year competing in the Mini Pole Pedal Paddle, we wanted to have a blast together,” said Nissen. “And we did it in style.”
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