Designed, developed, and tested by our team of elite runners, the Distance Shirt sets the new standard for high-performance running gear. With a relentless focus on lightness, range of motion, comfort, and fit inspired by the wants and needs of our wear testing team, we designed it to give our runners everything they need – but nothing they don’t. Simply, the ultra-lightweight and breathable Distance Shirt is built to meet the demands of the world record holders, ultra-marathoners, and run community icons that built it.
THE DISTANCE SHIRT
THE WEAR TESTERS
Developed with a team of world record holders, ultra-marathoners, and run community icons, every detail of the Distance Shirt was designed, tested, and optimized to meet the needs of the most intense runners. We asked our wear testers about their needs, their likes, their dislikes, and their non-negotiables. We examined the biggest pain points of their current running shirts, and we worked together relentlessly in pursuit of a single goal: creating the world’s best running shirt. These men guided the entirety of this project – from initial concepting to prototype evaluation and wear testing – to ensure we were building a collection worthy of the sport’s top athletes.
A hero in the ultra-running community, Rich Roll is an ultra-endurance athlete, wellness & plant-based nutrition advocate, and notable author and podcaster. A prolific triathlete, he is a two-time top finisher at the 320-mile Ultraman World Championship and has completed five full-ironman distance triathlons in five days on the five islands of Hawaii. He is also a renowned thought leader and icon in the health and wellness space.
“Ten Thousand made the minimalist gear runners of every kind have been waiting for. Cracking the code on fit, durability, style, and performance, you won't find me in anything else - from trail runs to Ultraman."
Ryan Hall is a two-time Olympian and the fastest American to ever run the marathon (2:04:58) and half marathon (59:43) distances. Ryan retired from professional running in January 2016 and now coaches some of the country’s top endurance athletes, including his wife Sara Hall, the second fastest American woman in history.
“When it comes to my run shorts and tanks, there are usually some things I like and some things I would change. Finally, Ten Thousand has created the only running gear I wouldn't change a thing about."
A Kung Fu and Tai Chi master, herbalist, massage therapist, vegan and student and practitioner of Buddhism and Daoism, Hakim Tafari has become a spiritual ambassador to the run community. Having personally found running to be the ultimate means of meditation, he is on a mission to bring mindfulness and spirituality to the Los Angeles run community – and beyond.
“I can honestly say that the Distance Kit was made by runners, for runners - and I was lucky enough to help. From the lightness and quality of the fabric to the perfect fit, I am truly blown away."
Robbie Balenger is a plant-based ultra endurance athlete. In 2019, he completed a transcontinental run from California to New York, in which he averaged 43 miles a day for 75 consecutive days. Additionally, Robbie teamed up with Ten Thousand and successfully set the record for most number of loops completed around Central Park during opening hours, completing 16 loops and running over 100 miles.
“Being an ultra-endurance athlete, my efforts tend to last from many hours to multiple days. Having gear that is light and provides maximum mobility is imperative. The Distance Kit fits my needs perfectly."
A lifelong athlete and Los Angeles native, Erik Valiente is the founder of running club BlacklistLA, which attracts runners of all levels from all over the city. Through everything from marathon training to weekly art tour runs, BlacklistLA – the largest running organization of its kind – has plans to forever change the landscape of running in Los Angeles.
“If you look pro, you run pro, and the Distance Kit gets the job done. As a Los Angeles runner and coach, feeling light and fresh during a run is crucial, and this gear couldn't be better."
Mark Bottenhorn is a professional mountain, ultra, trail and OCR athlete. A Former NPC National Level Physique Competitor, Mark has notched numerous wins and set multiple course records, including landing on the North American 50K distance top performances list with a PR of 3 hours and 29 minutes. In addition to his own racing, Mark coaches dozens of endurance athletes on his platform, Run Strong Coaching.
“I train every single day to be versatile enough to conquer any distance and surface. The Distance Kit is what I trust. This gear is light enough to forget it's there but durable enough to meet the demands of my training."
Justin Lippert is a former NCAA collegiate track and cross country runner turned professional triathlete. He swept the Olympic- and sprint-distance races at the 2018 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships, becoming the first man in the event’s history to do so. He is also the founder of Full Send Triathlon, where he is building the ultimate multisport athlete community and coaching triathletes of all skill levels.
"The Distance Kit is not only top-of-the-line, high-performance run gear, but it also has the sleek details and modern aesthetic that suit my style."
The development of our Distance Shirt was driven by a singular goal: creating the best running top on the market. To do this, we relied on four core principles: lightness, range of motion, comfort, and fit. Every component of the Distance Shirt – from its bonded hems and seams to its anti-odor technology – was carefully thought through to ensure it gave runners the high-performance features they need, but nothing they don’t. The result: a high-performance and ultra-lightweight shirt that has established itself as the ideal top for everybody who puts in the work on the road, the track, the trail, and everywhere in between.
FRESH THROUGH THE
DESIGNED TO DISAPPEAR
Developing the Distance Shirt required a ruthless focus on building the lightest top possible while still incorporating the high-performance features that serious running requires. Our team of world-class runners spent hours on the road, at the track, and on the trail making sure the Distance Shirt delivered on the most important aspect of running gear: fading away as soon as you hit your stride. Our lightest top yet, each individual component was tried, tested, and revised to ensure the Distance Shirt stays out of your way.
- Lightest shirt in the Ten Thousand lineup
- Ultra-lightweight, knit performance fabric
- Bonded hems and seams to minimize bulk and weight
- Ergonomic angled front seam to support range of motion and stay out of the way
WORLD'S BEST FIT
To deliver a truly best-in-class running top, we needed to ensure that the Distance Shirt fit perfectly, allowed for maximum range of motion, prevented chafing, and ensured full coverage. We worked tirelessly with our athlete team and obsessed over every inch, angle, and seam to build the best-fitting running top in the industry.
- Cut to ensure full range of arm motion while running with no chafing or restrictions
- Ergonomic angled front seam design supports range of motion and prevents resistance
- Curved bottom hem provides full coverage throughout without getting in the way or causing friction
- Thoughtfully designed to ensure maximum freedom of movement while always looking sharp
FRESH THROUGH THE
The Distance Shirt was designed to stay fresh through every session. Whether you’re completing an ultramarathon or running intervals on the track, a sweat-drenched shirt takes the focus off of the work. After testing numerous prototype fabrics, we worked with our wear testing team to ensure the Distance Shirt stays dry, lightweight, and stink-free with every stride.
- Quick drying and moisture-wicking so you can stay comfortable no matter how hot or sweaty your run
- Silver ion anti-odor treatment to keep you stench-free and fresh through your long runs
- Lightweight, breathable fabric that feels cool on the skin and helps prevent overheating no matter how hard or far you're going
The Ten Thousand Pro Line is a collection of gear designed to meet the needs of highly-specialized training. The Distance Kit is the latest addition to this collection. Designed, developed, and tested in collaboration with ultra-marathoners, world record holders, and run community icons, it sets the new standard for high-performance running gear.