GladSoles CEO Comes Within Inches of the Win in 5K Race

For the 3rd straight year, Rich Gladstone, owner of GladSoles Sandals, showed up and tried his best to win the Newstead 5K Race. “I’ve been running barefoot or minimalist for about 5 years now, and I typically run anywhere from 25 to 50 miles a week, depending on the terrain,” he said.Gladsoles-running-ad

The Newstead 5K Race benefits the local public school system and this year hopes to raise $15,000 dollars for this wonderful cause. GladSoles is a local mom-and-pop business, that has been producing custom-made, minimalist sandals since 2011.

A record 430 racers turned up and finished the race course, which winds through the leafy streets of the Newstead in South Orange. “The conditions were pretty good for a fast time, although maybe it was a bit humid for this time of year.” Gladstone, wearing his trademark sandals sporting orange laces and white locks, looked determined. “I was running a little late this morning, and only got to the race about 8 minutes before the start.” “I noticed some pretty impressive looking runners at the start line and knew that the winning time would be fast this year.”

The race ended with Gladstone finishing 2nd in his age group. It marked the 3rd year in a row that he finished in the top 10 overall, including first in his age category back in 2011. “I tried my best, but there were a lot of good runners out here today. Next time, I will definitely use the port-o-potty before the race, I was bursting by the end!”

Now that’s good advice for all runners.

GladSoles Running Sandals Support Peace in Newark

GladSoles Running Sandals Returning to Newark for the 7th Annual Global Mala Peace Event

Get Ready for the 7th Annual Global Mala Peace Event this Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 from 9am – 3:30pm (doors open 8:15am) at the Newark School Stadium in Newark, NJ.

After sponsoring Yoga Festival by the Sea’s beautiful sand mandala last year in Asbury Park, GladSoles (

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) is returning to the Newark location for this year’s peace event. This is the 3rd year in a row that we will be supporting the mission of the Global Mala Project to raise both funds and consciousness for some of the most pressing issues facing the world today.


Since its inception, this annual event has helped so many wonderful causes around the world from AIDS, War, Poverty, Environment, Children, Education and more. This year, 70% of proceeds from the event go to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund NJ! Global Mala NJ has become the largest Global Mala event in the world.

The purpose of the Global Mala is to unite the global yoga community from every continent, school or yoga approach to form a “mala around the earth” through collective practices upon the sacred cycle of 108.

Global Mala coincides with UN’s International Day of PEACE as well as the Fall Equinox. If each of us imagines and believes in peace and if we each do our part, no matter how big or small, we will all see meaningful differences and together we will manifest peace. Peace is Powerful!

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” –Mahatma Gandhi

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