"LightSpeed" Helps Runners Run Lighter

By KBJR News 1

November 23, 2012 Updated Nov 23, 2012 at 11:20 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- Duluth is known as an active city, with plenty of scenic trails to run through.

Not to mention home of the world renowned Grandma's Marathon.
To cater to runners here in the Northland a Duluth man and his partner invented a system to help people run longer...faster.

And so far, it's paid off for runners here...and just recently, across the nation.

LeAnn Wallace reports.

Between shin splits and knee and ankle pain, most runners know the toll distance running can take on a person's body.

"Runners are just complainers. Nah I'm just kidding."

But sometimes those complaints can take the enjoyment out of running.

That's where the LightSpeed system aims to help out.

The older a person gets and/or the longer a person runs, the body begins to break down faster than it can build back up.

So what's a runner to do when their favorite pastime hurts?

According to Malcolm Macaulay, the answer is take weight off.

"But right now at this angle, I'm about 25 pounds lighter on the treadmill."

"Running on the LightSpeed system allows them to keep training, the motion's exactly the same, but the pressure is probably 20–percent less so their body gets a chance to build back up."

But as an avid runner myself, I hopped on to find out Light Speed isn't just for runners who are injured.

Jessica Rossing, a tri–athlete...found that out too.

"Because I'm taking some of my weight off, it is less impact so my body recovers a lot faster as well."

She has used the system as part of her training.

"I can hop on and I'm running at a 5 minute pace... I'm not going to be able to run that fast on the road... but it defiantly has had a direct correlation to my ability to run faster when it comes to my triathlons, half marathons, 10 k's, and that's specifically what I use it for."

"And all of this a person can do themselves, you don't need a rehab professional with you at all times."

Like many of the people who've used the system...it has come a long way.

"We started 18 years ago with some contraption that came down from the ceiling."

Between the machine shop at Lake Superior College and help with sowing designs and marketing, the Twin Ports has helped the system become what it is today.

"The Duluth community and especially this little Lincoln Park district is kind of a hot bed of entrepreneurial spirit here, which has been fun."

If you want to try out the Light Speed system, the Duluth YMCA has the system installed at some of their treadmills, so does Evolve Duluth.

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