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Family of barefoot marathoner sues company over use of name -- Who didn't see this coming?
Family of barefoot marathoner sues company over use of name
Who didn't see this coming? Seems it's not just the use of his name they are upset about, but the fact that they used his name incorrectly...after all...Bikila didn't run in shoes. Oh, and maybe my computer is biased (not me), but when I search for "Bikila" in Google, I get three Vibram FiveFinger links just after their advertisement. The true Bikila doesn't show up until 5th. -TJ
"He won the Rome marathon with bare feet, and nobody did it before then or since then," Bikila, 45, said in a phone interview Tuesday. "It's important that his legacy be respected."
The family is seeking at least $15 million in damages, said their attorney, Alex Trauman.
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2014 Mileage Club (Updated)
All certificates of achievement for 2014 have now been issued.
The updated list of club members is here: http://thebarefootrunners.org/library-articles/mileage-club.23/?page=1
Well done to all new members of the 500, 1,000, 1,500 & 2,500 mile clubs!
From Ken Bob's mailbox:
Are minimalist footwear just like barefoot?
"I bought the Vibram Five-Fingers running shoes and was wondering if they cause injuries like running shoes or if it is just like barefoot? -Matthew"
This is an old question, but it still comes up frequently, and does reflect an issue that can lead to dangerous situations...
Any kind of shoe deceives us by making bad running technique more comfortable so that instead of changing our running technique so that it is more safe, gentle, and efficient, we might run in a way that could cause ourselves injury in the long term....
Running Technique: Fundamental and Incidental Actions
By Barefoot Ken Bob Saxton
When we look at running technique, it's often easy to focus too much on specific actions that are incidental to other more fundamental actions. Then when we try to imitate those incidental actions, all hell breaks loose.
For example, if we move our body forward, our feet will move quickly to catch up. This fast cadence is observed by a student of running, and that student might jump to the conclusion that she/he needs to move his/her feet quickly to match the technique of that runner. But, from that runner's point of view, she/he simply tried to move forward, and her/his feet moved quickly in response to get back under their body.
Another example is "leaping". Running, by definition, means that both feet are off the ground at some point in each step. So the observer may conclude...
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