The dynamic duo of George Pierce, CEO and Founder of Pierce Footwear, and Randall Barna, President and Founder of Footform Orthotics, divided and conquered the 41st annual U.S. Bank Pole Pedal Paddle (PPP) race in Bend, Oregon on Saturday, May 20.
With Barna handling the skiing and paddling events and Pierce tackling the biking and running phases, “The Shoe Dogs” covered the six events in just 2 hours, 17 minutes and 55 seconds, which was good enough to win their Men’s 60-64 Tandem Division and finish in 91st place overall.
Barna’s skills as a former skate ski instructor and current stand-up paddleboard racer were the perfect complement to Pierce’s strengths as a former world champion duathlete. After Pierce flew down Century Drive to Bend, hitting speeds of over 55 mph on his bike, he got to show off the time-saving technology of his revolutionary lace-less, tongue-less T1 performance shoes. Within seconds of unclipping from his pedals, he was ready to hit the running trail in unparalleled comfort.
A Veteran and a Rookie make the perfect fit for Pole Pedal Paddle
For Barna, a PPP competitor since the very first race more than 40 years ago, it was exciting to have a new partner.
“It’s been great to partner with George,” he said, “first in selling his extraordinary shoes at Footform Orthotics and now as a Pole Pedal Paddle teammate.”
For Pierce, a new Bend resident competing in his very first PPP, it was a thrill to experience Bend’s signature outdoor event both as a competitor and a sponsor.
“It’s amazing to live in a place that can put on such a diverse event,” said George. “I really enjoyed meeting so many athletes and competitors who could appreciate my Pierce T1 shoes that are tailor-made for a transition event like this. My goal is to help everyone shave several minutes off their Pole Pedal Paddle time next year.”
In addition to seeing Pierce’s incredible shoes at Footform and at other upcoming Bend events, you can learn more about them at www.piercefootwear.com.