A Team and a Sock as Tough as Iron!

Dear Darn Tough Vermont,

It turns out these Vermont-made socks aren’t just Darn Tough, they’re Ironman tough! Vermont’s Green Mountain Multisport team put the socks to the test July 25th, biking 112 miles and running a marathon in the Ironman Lake Placid triathlon (no, they didn’t wear them for the swim). Ironman triathletes are notoriously finicky about gear. You don’t want something going wrong with your footwear in a race that can take 10-plus hours to complete. Not to mention the hundreds of hours of training leading up to the race.

Darn Tough’s lightweight socks were just the ticket – comfortable and light enough for hours on the bike and run, tough enough for miles and miles (and miles) of training. The seven team members who started the race all finished, with two – Mariana Lara and Donna Smyers – earning coveted spots to the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.

Donna Smyers on her way to victory.

Donna, the reigning Ironman World Champion for women age 50-54, has worn Darn Tough socks during three trips to Kona. And, she wore them at Lake Placid this year. “They worked great–no foot discomfort or blisters for the whole event. I finished in 10:40, winning my age group by over an hour and taking 45 minutes off the prior 50-54 age group record,” she said.

Other team members in the race included Stephen Trull, Jamie Harnish, Michael Morgan, Paul Maxted and Steve Donley. Steve knew what socks he was going to wear as a rookie Ironman. “I raced my first Ironman triathlon in Lake Placid this year and went with Darn Tough socks because they worked so well for me during all of my training months. The decision paid off. There was no need for sock adjustments in transition, I finished strong and my feet felt great even after 140.6 miles.”

Paul Maxted with the finish line in his sights.

Thanks for making socks that are up to the Ironman challenge!

-Warren Cornwall

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