Jul
08
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Member Profile of the Week -
Rod (Pudknocker) Pannek
A Poet

James Roderick Pannek, goes by Pudknocker on the forums, but is better known by his stage name, J. Rod Pannek. His friends call him Rod, but only his late-mother called him James and only when she was, as Rod says, “pissed at him.” He is 49 years old and was born in San Diego, California, but has resided in Dallas, Texas his whole life. Rod is married to Courtney and they havean 18 month old baby. Rod has two adult children as well, 27 and 26 “Yeah, do the math!” Rod says. He adds, “My main motivation in reigniting my running is that I need to be here for a while, and I better have some energy since my wife is 28, and [my youngest] will be 16 when I am 65....pray for me.”

Rod is an actor, primarily a stage actor with a few TV and commercial credits. “I often get cast as the heavy or the military type.” He mostly considers himself a writer though and has published over 100 pieces from short...
Jul
03
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BRS Member, Leif Rustvold, Completes
Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run in VFFs
BRS member and Oregon Chapter President Leif Rustvold, better known as Zeke in the barefoot running community, is no stranger to the 100 mile ultramarathon. Last weekend, June 27, he completed yet another 100 mile ultra...and minimalist to boot. He finished the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run wearing a pair of VFFs in 28:44:22 and placed 250th out of 423 starters and 328 finishers.
The Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run is the trail ultramarathon that, according to Leif, “defined the modern event.” It originated with Gordon Ainsleigh's solo run of the Tevis Cup horse race on the same trail in 1974. Leif began applying to get into the race in 2006. With thousands of runners applying to get in every year, the odds are low each year of making it through the lottery.
Leif is 35 and has been married to his “wonderful wife for 13 fabulous years.” They live in Portland,...
Jun
30
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BRS Member Profile of the Week - Robin (Norm, a.k.a., Deplume) RobinsonA Sense of Humor to Boot
BRS Member, Robin Robinson, but you know her as Norm, Norm Deplume, Mrs. Deplume, Mrs. Davie Deplume, is 37, and for the past 4-1/2 years has lived in Eureka, Illinois, with her husband Chris and their two children. Now how did a girl named Robin find a guy with the last name Robinson? That’s what I want to know. She lists her pets as “our cat Penny and her cat Yoda.” Too funny.
Robin admits, “I am pretty unable to be serious for more than about 20 minutes at a stretch. Even in the darkest of times, I have an intense need to crack a joke to lighten the mood.”Robin has attended Illinois Central College and Illinois Wesleyan University and has earned a BS in Religion. She likes to knit and crochet and work on fixing up “our fixer-upper of a house.” Robin works for a small newspaper company as a Proofreader of...
Jun
21
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MemberBlog of the Week -
Boston Bound
ByBarefoot Glen

"Ouch, that looks painful" went through my mind as I paced in back of a barefoot runner for several minutes at the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon last year. He was one of several barefoot runners I saw during the race. I was curious enough to Google the topic that evening, and after my research I was surprised to find myself thinking, "this totally makes sense." A couple weeks later, while scouting a trail for a future backpack trip I was going to lead for a hiking organization I founded called Perfect Pace, I ran into a backpacker who was hiking from the Mexican border to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail barefooted. Stopped in awe, I watched him continue over the hills overlooking Anza Borrego Desert.I then looked down at my feet which were stricken in pain. Not only were they throbbing in my trail runners, but both feet and legs were encased in expensive, black, plastic, custom, orthotic braces that...