Barefoot Runners Society
Run Hard Columbia Marathon - 07 March 2015
Three years ago a local runner started a marathon in Columbia, SC, after a long hiatus from the city hosting one. (Columbia had a marathon in the 1970s into the 1990s, even hosting the US Women's Olympic Marathon Trials in 1996 and 2000.) I'd been running barefoot for over a year and planned to make this my barefoot marathon debut. Alas, I never could build up the foot endurance and dropped to the half-marathon.
The following year, I again signed up for the full, but an 18-mile preview run tenderized my feet so bad I couldn't run for a week, and I dropped from running it. In 2014, the race ownership & directorship changed to the Run Hard group, a local running program for boys similar to Girls On The Run. After my previous failed attempts at the marathon distance, I was going to skip the race, but I...
Black Mountain Marathon
This past Saturday I ran the Black Mountain Marathon in North Carolina. It's known affectionately as the "fun run" companion to the Mt. Mitchell Challenge, which is an approximately 40 mile run from Black Mountain, NC to the summit of Mt Mitchell, the tallest peak in the eastern USA. The race is mostly run on trails/old dirt roads; only the first and last three miles are on paved roads/paths.
After a mostly snow-free winter, Black Mountain experienced an ice storm a week or two before the race and then 6"-10" of snow in the few days before the race. Fortunately, no part of the marathon course had to be cut (which has happened in the past); although, the challenge was cut down to about 36 miles due to upper...
March Toes on Roads Competition
The next Toes on Roads Competition is about to start at 00:00 (12:00 am) UTC, March 1, 2015, and finish at 23:59 (11:59 pm) UTC, March 31, 2015.
Please find the spreadsheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yXX_xQc0Nj9FHdGHhZWkln_5QBykVqLQqQqYqEwUNLg/edit?usp=sharing
The handling of the new sheet and the...
TOES ON ROADS WINNERS - FEBRUARY 2015
It is my pleasure to announce the winners and top-scoring nations of this year's first Toes on Roads Competition.
First, the total distance, 4172 km, of which 2235 km (54%) were run barefoot, is a great performance - especially given the fact that February is usually not regarded a typical barefoot running month in most of the countries participating!
The individual champions are:
- DNEchris from New York, representing the USA, in the category „total distance“ (356.1 km)
- Christian Lemburg from Aachen, representing Germany, in the category „barefoot distance“ (219.5 km)
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