Dear Dedicated Members, Today is a big day for the BRS. We are sporting a new look, using new software, with a much more robust and stable hosting infrastructure. Our new URL: www.thebarefootrunners.org (note the addition of “the”) With that, we are going make the BRS more successful than ever, and with the new technology, it will be much easier to maintain. We're still working on some design issues and we may have technical issues to sort out, since none of this could be beta tested sufficiently. So, please bear with us if issues arise over the coming months. As you may have noticed, there is also currently a dispute concerning the copyright over the old website and the ownership of the old URL. One of the original founders, who has been mostly inactive as a member since summer 2010, is claiming ownership over the old design and URL, although all original founders agreed that all efforts would be voluntary, unpaid, and on behalf of the BRS. He also is actively trying to sell them. The Barefoot Runner’s Society LLC disputes this act, in particular because the BRS LLC is a legal entity registered in Georgia and it is not for sale. Given the legal implications, we refrain from publicly presenting more details. But, despite all that, the BRS is back! It is managed centrally by BarefootTJ, KittyK, Paleo and mmoore5553, with help and moral support from Last Place Jason, Barefoot KenBob (Senior Advisor to the Board) and many others in the barefoot running community. Our priority is providing a platform for the wonderful community that the BRS has become over the last two and a half years. We hope that you’ll jump right back in with new forum entries, questions about stubbed toes, blog articles, and posting your calendar events. Be sure to change your bookmarks and links to www.thebarefootrunners.org Thank you for bearing with us during all of the difficulties of the last several weeks. We are most grateful for the warm support expressed on the Facebook pages and in other forums. We hope you enjoy the new site. Cheers, BarefootTJ, mmoore5553, KittyK and Paleo P.S. Please note: the move and the software change have been planned now for a couple of months, as part of our wish to improve the site. The other party initiated the copyright dispute arose in response to our starting the migration process. The two issues are, however, quite separate from each other. Here are some of the basic facts about the BRS and its history. The BRS was founded in November 2009. Six people originally founded and organized the BRS as a non-profit in Florida on March 29, 2010. At that time, all founders agreed that all efforts were voluntary, no one would receive payment or make a profit off the BRS, and only reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses would me made. All founders agreed that all work performed for the BRS on behalf of the BRS would belong to the BRS; this included its website and domain name. Its mission was and is to promote and support barefoot running and provide an internet platform for the barefoot running community. When it came time to file an Annual Report to renew the non-profit organization in Florida, the BRS no longer had a registered agent representing the BRS living in Florida which is required. Since the only founders remaining were TJ and Jason, they agreed to dissolve the Articles of Incorporation in Florida and have TJ reorganize as an LLC in Georgia, as this would be a more affordable alternative as well. (Federal non-profit status would be applied for in the year 2012 when the funds were available.) A notice was sent out to all the founders of the pending dissolution, although absent. The BRS reemerged as an LLC on March 28, 2011. Under the legal entity, BRS LLC, TJ has been managing the BRS website prior to and since, particularly with technical help from TJ, Joe D. and Matt Moore, and help on other things from many members. The BRS's 2011 Financial Statement has long been publicly available on the website. If you have read it, you know that the BRS operates with very modest means, mostly through your donations supplemented by meager advertising revenue.