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Member Blog of the WeekBarefoot Run:Milano, Italy, and the next "Godfather"By Barefoot JakeSo a little while back, I was in Milano, Italy on a two-day business trip. I had just started running barefoot and was a little apprehensive about it, especially in Italy. You see, while Italy is one of the most beautiful places in the world, it's definitely not the cleanest. I've run around or over everything from dead dogs to needles, condoms, and glass. You name it. And the roads are heavily damaged from the summer heat, and maintenance is limited.But on this trip, I ran into a fascinating character. I was barefoot and running through the suburb of San Vittore Olona. Passing one of those quaint little bar/restaurant/pizzerias you see everywhere, the door to the bar opened and out stepped a young man in his early thirties wearing a t-shirt and soiled jeans. Unfortunately, I got a good look at him only because, due to the tight sidewalk right in front of the bar...
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Member Profile of the WeekChris "DNEChris" HawsonYou Can Take the Boy Out of the Country...Chris Hawson, also known as DNEChris on the forums, is 55 and has lived in New York City, New York, for the past 20 years. He admits he is really a “country boy” who has been trapped in Manhattan. Chris is originally from Sheffield, England. He is married to Ruth and they have 2 children. He works as a Sporting Goods Buyer. He enjoys drinking, eating, and XC skiing whenever the opportunity presents itself.He has been running on and off for the past 45 years and is a member of the Barefoot Runners NYC group. He has achieved a 3:45 in the marathon distance, but he enjoys running any distance over 5 miles.His most memorable running experiences were “Running the Snowdon Horseshoe in North Wales – it’s normally a scramble!" And he includes, “I did an accidental barefoot 29 miler recently – that was pretty cool in retrospect.” His...
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Detroit Marathon

By John "StJohnTheGambler" Yohe

I'm exhausted already. I had to get up at four o'clock in order to drive from Jackson to be here in Detroit at six. The race is at seven, and already parking is congested.But I find a good spot close to the finish for a quick get away. The one time I decided to actually get a hotel room the night before, planning way ahead so as to ensure getting a room, the hotel goes out of business a month before. Okay, well, that'll save me a hundred bucks, but man, seeing as how I was nervous the night before, I'm not running on much sleep.
I shouldn't be too nervous really, since I ran this same race, almost the same route, last year (see some of my earlier blog posts) with success, meaning I finished, barefoot. This year, I won't be carrying my VFFs as a back up, no Plan B this time. The one thing I am a little...not nervous about, but concerned perhaps, is the fact that my feet don't exactly have their ideal hobbit feet...
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Featured Meetup for October
Barefoot Runners Society - Minnesota Chapter
By SayPay45

In this photo (from left to right) are BRS - Minnesota members Lyle Lange (who poses the same in every group run picture),LeAnn and Dave Gunderson (the happy barefoot family), Christian Peterson (the freakishly tall one in the back), Skyalmian Alcyone (aka Justin, being darked out by the shadow of his freakishly tall barefoot leader), Katie Button-Swenson (with awesomely supportive Zensah calf sleeves), Mary McPartlin (equip with awesome huaraches), and Dave Pollitt (our new graphic designer, whether he knows it or not).

We had fantastic people, fantastic weather, and fantastic scenery for the October Group Run last Saturday at the Cannon Valley Trail in Cannon Falls. A larger than expectedgroup of eight people gathered for a spirited eight mile run.

As an added bonus, we were joined on this adventure by St. Cloud State Unversity journalism student,and BRS-MN facebook...