University of Kentucky speedster Chloe Abbott is a 400m specialist and a four-time First Team All-American. She’s a B1G Champion and a NCAA runner-up. She’s also never had the chance to try trail running.
So the opportunity to give it a go with David Kilgore and Runner’s World wasn’t one she was about to pass up. “I was pretty nervous – I had practice the next day so I knew that I had to be careful, but I was excited to give it a try!”
A true connoisseur of the off-road, David Kilgore was the perfect choice to show Chloe the ins and outs of trail life. He’s competed for Team USA at the Trail and Ultra Running World Championships, has a mind-boggling 50K PR of 3:01 and has run the Rio de Janeiro Marathon twice – back to back.
“I love being outdoors. It’s very simplistic and really peaceful. Being out on the trail is a bit like adult recess – I get to enjoy everything the world has to offer.” - David Kilgore
The varied terrain of David’s chosen playground is nothing like the track Chloe normally calls home, but this turned out to be a positive for Chloe. “It was so cool seeing the different flowers compared to smelling IcyHot! And hearing the dirt under my feet was so peaceful. It was something I’ve never experienced before.”
“It was such a nice contrast from running in circles on a track.” - Chloe Abbott
And while it might have been a little out of her comfort zone initially, it wasn’t long before Chloe’s natural love of running (and competition) came sprinting through: “I didn’t like running downhill – I won’t be doing that again – but I did beat David uphill a couple of times!”
In fact, her enjoyment of her new surroundings was clear for all to see. “Chloe’s excitement and energy really got me so amped up,” David told us. “It was great to have her out there. She was super strong, super powerful and really brought a different element to things. I think we might have a trail runner in the making.”
The key to outdoor adventures
To make sure Chloe’s first time out on the trail was all about fun (and safety), she needed a shoe that was going to give her all the help and support she could possibly ask for. Which is what the new Cloudvista is all about.
Built with the first-time trail runner in mind, it’s lightweight, agile and cushioned. With CloudTec®, Helion™ superfoam and Missiongrip™, it's ready for pretty much everything – from hard-packed tracks to twisty forest forays, lakeside loops to park pathways.
It was the first trail shoe she’d ever laced up, and Chloe instantly felt at home in them. “I tried the shoe on and it felt great. This was my first time even walking on a trail, but I felt very safe. I felt like I could trust the shoe going up the hills and mountains – whatever we did.”
“I felt like I could trust the shoe. And I loved the fabric of the upper – I really enjoyed them from a fashion point of view too.” - Chloe Abbott
As someone with more than a few years of trail experience tucked into his dust covered shorts, how did the Cloudvista stack up for David? “It was a ton of fun. I’ve worn many different trail shoes throughout my career and the Cloudvista is one of the most versatile. It’s the perfect shoe for high-volume trail training and the perfect introductory shoe to trails at the same time. Chloe and I discussed how well the shoe fit both of us, the comfort of it underfoot, and how easy it transitioned over different surfaces.“
“It’s a very welcoming shoe, but it can go the distance if desired.” - David Kilgore