There was an article on the front page of the Times business section this morning entitled “Wiggling Their Toes at the Shoe Giants” about barefoot running. It’s an interesting read, with comments from across the spectrum, including a number of shoe companies.

Say what you will about modern technology, but it’s been a boon to running fans. The most recent example is the 5000 meter run at the Weltklasse meet in Zurich, Switzerland on Friday. I watched it from my office, and what began as a typical European meet distance race with an American or two as also-rans emerged as something quite exciting.

The coverage, on Universal Sports, was enhanced with the knowledgeable British commentators. All-everything Kenenisa Bekele opened up a lead relatively early, and Dathan Ritzenhein was well off the pace from the gun. Then he started to pick people off and for a moment I wondered whether he could catch Bekele. Surely not, but he kept picking people off. Then with 600+ to go there’s a shot of Bekele and suddenly Ritz appears. Of course the camera made him seem far closer than he was. Anyway, here’s the race (with some early deletions):

His splits: 30.9, 61.8, 61.8, 61.3, 62.7, 62.2, 62.8, 63.9, 62.9, 62.9, 62.5, 60.4, 60.1

There’s a good post-race interview on Flotrack.