by Barefoot TJ at 9:08 PM
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Member Blog of the Week-
Good-Bye Noland Trail
By BFWendyBird

"There comes a pause, for human strength will not endure to dance without cessation; and everyone must reach the point at length of absolute prostration." ~Lewis Carroll

Saturday morning was gray, dripping, and a steamy 80 degrees. I needed to get in a long run, but the thought of 10 miles on wet pavement with bare feet or in soggy VFFs was not inspiring. Running in mud, however, sounded like a great idea, so I headed out to my favorite trail. If you ever find yourself in Newport News, Virginia,and want to see a little nature, this is the place for it.


I arrived at the trail around 7:30 a.m. thinking it would be deserted compliments of the rain, but everyone had the same idea. The...
by gigowiz at 12:22 PM
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Photo by: Kaniksu ~ Smiley faces by: BRS

Running Bare(footed)
By Hank (Gigowiz) Greer

I filled out the registration form and reached the part where it said, “Indicate if you will be running nude. You may change your mind later if you wish.”Oh, I'll be nude, I thought, And then some. I had recently taken up barefoot running, and I thought this would be the consummate race for running with bare feet.I circled “yes”, completed the rest of the form and mailed it in with a check for the registration fee. Then I asked myself, Do I have the cohones to run in the nude? I still had a month and a half to decide—well into the future. For the time being, though, I felt pretty confident about wearing my birthday suit in the 25th...
by BFWendyBird at 10:24 AM
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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...
by BFwillie_g at 4:41 AM
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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,...