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The Barefoot Runners Society Celebrated Its First Anniversary

Date: 
12/27/2010 - 10:56

By TAMARA GERKEN
brs logo.jpgThe Barefoot Runners Society (BRS) turned one year old Nov. 1, 2010. With 1,454 members in chapter clubs in every state and many countries worldwide, it is possibly the largest barefoot running club in the world. It is still growing quickly with a slogan of “Changing the running world one odd look at a time.”

The BRS was formed to enable barefoot and minimalist runners to connect with one another, share experiences, and learn from one another. The club functions as a community where all are encouraged to contribute to its operations and growth.

Shortly after its formation, Barefoot Ken Bob Saxton, considered the “master” in barefoot running circles for mentoring barefoot runners for the past 20 years or so and running 78 marathons, 77 of them barefoot, plus two ultras, joined as senior advisor to the board and resident guru.

Barefoot Rick Roeber, also well-known in the barefoot running community for running 70 marathons, 52 of them barefoot, and two ultras, is also an advisor to the members, and Michael Nirenberg, DPM, a barefoot-friendly podiatrists has joined as resident podiatrist.

The future is truly bright for the BRS and for barefoot and minimalist runners everywhere. More and more people are getting interested in running barefoot everyday, and the sport has really begun to grow, more so than at any other time. Barefoot running events and divisions are popping up around the country. The Barefoot Runners Society plans to be there to support them and runners taking part in them.
The organization has many resources to offer through its website BarefootRunners.org at no charge. The BRS invites you to join and take part in this exciting movement.
Mission:

-- To offer resources that unite barefoot and minimalist runners from around the country.
-- To promote barefoot running around the country and at race events as a competitive sport.
-- To educate the running public on the health benefits of barefoot and minimalist running.
-- To dispel the myths associated with barefoot running that negatively impact the sport.

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