Barefoot Runners Society
X-Dog Ole's Assault
Ran X-Dog Ole's Assault trail race.
The whole experience was exactly as X-Dog describes it:
"Long before there were all those foo foo "adventure" runs, with their foam and man-made mud pits, and their one beer per ticket post event "parties" there was the OLE'S ASSAULT. Ole's still sets the ADVENTURE STANDARD. And none of that one beer per ticket crap.
We will not give away too much information about the course. Surprise is a part of the event. The adventure will take place primarily on private property in the Oregon coastal "hills" near Astoria. Aside from the terrain and natural obstacles, there will be no less than 10 challenges created specifically for the event. Most of the course will be extremely well marked and navigation will be simple. You will be on foot, or on some...
Barefoot Walk & Free Music Festival - Wollaton Park, Nottingham
By Paul Beales
Despite severe reservations, I did attend this event last Sunday.
I have to say that I was impressed by the organisation and the turnout of around 500 barefoot walkers!
It was a real shame that its intentions, though so admirably well-intended, were just a little bit misguided, and the event really didn't do enough to encourage people to go barefoot more often
There was a small number of habitual barefooters and a couple of barefoot/minimalist runners that I met there, and I did manage to slip a few people a BRS business card that I had printed, but it was really sad to see how many of the walkers were straight back into their shoes at the end of the walk.
It was a lovely sunny day in a very...
Dr. Lieberman Strikes Again
The barefooters’ friend, Dr. Lieberman of Harvard, is part of a team with a new study out on minimalist shoe running.
The study shows that running in minimalist shoes (and by implication running barefoot) really does strengthen the foot muscles.
The lead researcher is Elizabeth Miller of the University of Cincinnati Department of Anthropology. The study itself is a prospective study looking at changes in the foot muscles for a group of runners who transitioned to minimalist shoes. [In a "prospective" study, you design your study and collect the data as you go, and then analyze it. In a "retrospective" study, you analyze...
Daniel Lieberman, 10 Years After “Born to Run”
By Richard A. Lovett; Alice Reich (for Runner's World)
The Harvard evolutionary biologist whose work helped inspire the barefoot running movement talks about his own marathoning and what runners should take from science.
Harvard professor Daniel Lieberman is an evolutionary biologist whose 2004 study on human evolution, “Endurance running and the evolution of Homo,” caught international attention by arguing that among the animal kingdom, humans are supremely adapted distance runners. The study made the cover of the prestigious journal Nature under the title “Born to Run” and subsequently led to Lieberman’s being a major figure in Christopher McDougall’s bestselling book of the same title. Lieberman, a barefoot running aficionado, has also been strongly...
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