Barefoot report

   May 8, 2013 5:17 am

 

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Last Sunday (May 6) was the third annual International Barefoot Running Day (IBRD), sponsored by the Barefoot Runners Society.

According to the official website, "IBRD is a grassroots, inclusive effort to promote barefoot running as a healthy and viable way to run. It’s also about having fun and delighting in the idea of running barefoot with thousands of people worldwide on the same day."

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Bare feet make you smile! Notice Tom's awesome official IBRD T-shirt!

We got the following report from Erie’s original barefoot runner, Tom Madura, who invited Erie runners to join him (sans shoes) for a barefoot run at PISP on Sunday.

About the having fun part - mission accomplished.

This year Erie had five participants! Mike Lawrence joined me for an easy 3 barefoot miles. This was Mike's second IBRD run, having eagerly participated last year. Mike is a definite convert to barefoot running - he races mainly in minimal shoes but has been doing a lot of barefoot training for several years. It is apparently paying off, because Mike came in second place overall in this year's ERC Winter Series with a total 28K time of 1:57:44. Woo-hoo!

Also joining us for this year's IBRD were long-time ERC member Dale Werner, his godson Cody Martinez, and Cody's girlfriend Alexis Lyons. Dale walked a mile barefoot, and Cody and Alexis walked/ran a little over 3 miles. All were enthusiastic and enjoyed the benefits of barefoot running and walking on such a beautiful spring day. I hope Cody and Alexis will be up-and-coming barefoot runners and we'll see them at some future ERC events!

Congratulations and thanks to all the participants! Mark your calendars for next year - the first Saturday in May, 2014 for the Fourth Annual IBRD! Hopefully our group of barefoot runners will continue to grow!

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Cody, Alexis, Mike, Tom, and Dale

 

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