Sep
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Burin Peninsula hiker completes barefoot walk of East Coast Trail for mental health supports
By CBC.ca

After 12 days of hiking the East Coast Trail from Cape St. Francis to Cappahayden, Donovan Byrd can finally put his feet up.

The 24-year-old began his journey down the eastern coast of Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula in August in an effort to raise money for mental health initiatives in the province.

But Byrd's trek came with a twist — walking over 260 kilometres barefoot.

"It feels pretty unbelievable that I've even gotten that far," Byrd told CBC News on Saturday.

"Two-hundred-sixty kilometres, it's rough with bare feet on asphalt, but when you're on the trail it's even harder. So It's just unbelievable that I've done it."

Byrd said part of the inspiration to walk barefoot came from a hike in Quebec earlier this summer, when he forgot to bring his hiking boots and decided to hike...
Sep
23
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Barefoot Dutchman's World Record Walk Arrives In Nambucca Valley
By News Of The Area

T’s been a simple matter of putting one foot in front of the other.

It’s just that Dutchman Anton Nootenboom has been putting one bare foot in front of the next all the way from Cairns.

He left Cairns on foot in May, and in the next few days he will reach the Nambucca Valley, on his way to Sydney in a world record barefoot trek.

Anton has already beaten the world record for a barefoot walk when he passed through the Gold Coast but the full trip from Cairns to Sydney will set a record that will be very hard to beat for anyone brave enough to follow in his footsteps.

With feet worn down by concrete like sandpaper and bruised by stones, this epic journey is no race, rather a slow and steady effort that sees Anton walking with no set stops other than the final destination, his adopted hometown of Sydney, 2,600 km’s from...
Sep
23
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Beavercreek cancer survivor runs 100+ miles to raise money – Here's how he did it | WDTN.com
By WDTN.com


EAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – In 2004, Beavercreek father, Randy Kreill, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of thyroid cancer. He was 42-years old at the time and was determined to take his health into his own hands.

“Instead of being fearful of something I didn’t want, I flipped to complete focus of something I did want, which was positive,” he explained.

Kreill discovered and read “Born to Run” a book detailing how the Tarahumara Indians used a plant-based diet and barefoot running-based lifestyle to stay healthy and whole.

Over the last decade, Kreill has changed his lifestyle and started...
Sep
23
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NI dad Chris Brannigan to trek another 1200 miles barefoot to fund gene therapy for daughter
By Belfast Telegraph


British Army Maj. Chris Brannigan said he will take any step necessary to raise awareness about the relatively unknown genetic condition, Cornelia de Lange syndrome, from which his 9-year-old daughter Hasti suffers.

Even if that means taking some 2.5 million steps barefoot, in what he calls “a race against time” to develop therapies for the disease. He plans to walk the equivalent of a marathon every day, passing through York County, Maine, and Seacoast New Hampshire along the way.

Brannigan recently started his 1,200-mile charity walk barefoot from Maine to North Carolina carrying 55 pounds of his army gear, including his tent and food, to raise awareness and money to support clinical trials for a gene therapy treatment for Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, or CdLS....