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AMBASSADORS - Keith Levasseur

Born in Massachusetts and active in a number of sports my whole childhood, it was the running sports such as cross country and track that became the focus in high school. Though I often wasn’t competitive, but I did enjoy the competitiveness and always strove to improve. Upon graduation and enlisting in the Marine Corps, my running took on a non-competitive role and became just one of many aspects of maintaining physical fitness. After nine years of service, I left active duty and focused on things other than running.

In 2008, I decided it was time to get into shape to avoid continuing to buy bigger sized clothes. The first mile was painful, but with persistence it wasn't long until I was able to run a few miles. Having never participated in a road race before, I happened into the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler when an extra bib became available. Not only was it my first race, but my first run longer than 5 miles. Instantly I was hooked on the race atmosphere and competition! I decided to see how far I could push it, so I signed up to run the Marine Corps Marathon later that year.

Since then, I have continued to see how far I can push my body in both speed and endurance. I’ve run well over a hundred races spanning all distances, from 1 mile (4:58) to 100 miles and I’ve even run long distance races on back-to-back weekends, such as running 3 marathons in October 2010 and competing in marathon or longer distance races over 5 consecutive weeks (MAR, 50M, 50K, 50M, MAR). The marathon and ultra distances are my passion, though I do enjoy trying to compete in shorter distances.

What I have found is that the human body is an amazing machine that is capable of far more than most realize. This is one of the main things that led me to minimalist footwear. It was a gradual movement over time, searching for lighter shoes that would impede me less and simply let my body do what was natural – to Run Real.