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Monday, May 10, 2010

Ahhh... finally get to relax and just run...

This last weekends' festivities proved to be one of the best running-related experiences of my life.  Our gathering of 140+ barefoot runners to set a Guinness World Record for the largest barefoot race was a huge success!  The feeling of being surrounded by 140+ people either running barefoot or having an interest in barefoot running was amazing. 

Despite the near-freezing temperatures coupled with 30mph winds and occasional rain, the Fifth Third Riverbank run was also a success.  Between the 5k, 10k, and 25k distances, we had a lot of people wearing minimalist shoes.  There weren't many of us running barefoot due to the harsh conditions, but we were still able to do some good PR work.

The post-race gathering at HopCats in downtown Grand Rapids was the highlight of the weekend for me.  It gave me a chance to talk to several friends from the Runners World Barefoot Forum.  I only wish we had more time to talk.  It left me jonesing for the next meetup!  


I'll spend the rest of this week sifting through the Guinness information to prepare the packet that will allow Guinness to certify our record.  I'll also be in full taper mode for Mind the Ducks this Saturday.  After weeks of stress-filled planning, I'm elated to have the opportunity for down-time.  I can finally get back to running and writing.  Whew!

This will be an exciting year!  Here are just a few of the highlights:
It's going to be an exciting year!  Anyone else planning to be at any of these events?


  1. Congrats on the successful weekend!

  2. *sniff sniff* look at you... you've made it big. and i knew you back when you were a little old nobody shoeless kook without an audience. yer all grown up proud :-)

  3. Here's to a wonderful week of rest!

  4. Congratulations on a successful event! Dedicated folks to get out barefoot in that kind of weather.

  5. Sounds amazing to be running with so many other natural runners. If you come to Glasgow, Scotland let me know. -BB

  6. This is way cool! Too bad the weather did not cooperate.
    Congrats on a successful barefoot race.