“MORE ODD LOOKS” 2011 Fundraiser Support Your Club Dear Friends, Has the BRS made a difference in your life? Do you wish to make a difference in the lives of others? The Barefoot Runners Society needs your support. The BRS is managed and run by volunteers. A modest income from advertising barely covers the monthly costs for running and maintaining the site. Larger repairs and improvements are impossible without additional help. We are delighted to report that member activity is growing rapidly, and the BRS is the most visited barefoot running site around. Alas, this growth is straining our infrastructure. To maintain (and improve) current performance levels, we need to move to a virtual server system soon, which will incur both migration costs and higher monthly costs. In short, we’ve gotten too big for “off the shelf” hosting. In addition, we have a long list of improvement ideas, many suggested by members. Some we can do ourselves, but others require professional assistance, which of course incurs further expenses. We hope that you are enjoying the BRS and that the resources offered to you have done well to help you along your barefoot or minimalist path. We are committed to keeping the site free. We don’t want to boast, but we do think we offer our members quite a range of services and content: Forums: The most active forums going on barefoot and minimalist talk. Learn and grow with other members, new and veteran alike, as you transition to healthy running. We have forums for Barefoot & Minimalist Running; Ask the Docs; Gear & Footwear; Health, Nutrition, Injuries & Medical Conditions, Mileage Reporting, New Member Introductions, Races & Events, the Barefoot Pub, and state/country forums as well. Chapter Clubs: Join in on group runs and races with other members in your area or head up a chapter in your area and arrange meetups. Calendar of Events: Stay informed on the barefoot and minimalist running, racing, and meetup events taking place around the country, in your area, and where you may be traveling to. Ask the Docs Forum: Get answers from medical professionals about your barefoot or minimalist living and running health. Each of our three doctors (MD, Podiatrist, and Chiropractor) is a barefoot runner! Member Map (Coming Soon): Put yourself on the map, and locate friends and mentors in your area to run with. Map of Barefoot-Friendly Doctors & Specialists: Find a doctor or specialist near you who won't treat you like an outcast for your running-style, or you can share those barefoot-friendly docs you learn of with the rest of us. Map of Barefoot Running Instructors: For those who need an extra bit of help and some one-on-one instruction. Product Reviews: Share your experiences and rate a product you may have tested--gear & footwear--and read what others are saying about products you may be interested in buying; footwear can be rated by Weight, Flexibility, Zero Drop, Toe Box Width, etc., etc. Course Reviews: Rate a course, trail, or race on barefoot-friendliness you have experienced, so others will know what to expect should they want to run it too. Home Page News: Stay informed on the latest in barefoot and minimalist running and the news that impacts our sport. Blogging: Share your experiences with others or learn more about your friends’ personal triumphs and trials in an all-inclusive place. Library: Review our Library, fast becoming THE go-to source for academic research and info on the benefits of barefoot and minimalist running, review how-to instructionals, and learn safe transitioning through Barefoot Running 101. Mileage Clubs & Mileage Reporting: Be inspired and motivated by logging your barefoot and/or minimalist running miles and inspire and motivate others along the way. Earn a merit award at the end of the year to display proudly or keep as a memento of your hard work and efforts. International Barefoot Running Day: Annually, barefoot runners get together all over the world to share camaraderie, express unity, and share with the world an alternative, viable way to run. Stomp of Approval Program: The BRS’s Stomp of Approval is given to those individuals, organizations, and running events that show support for barefoot and minimalist running to display on their sites. Communication: Communicate with other members through private messaging. For those who donate monetarily to the BRS, we will add you to our list of donors page (or you can remain anonymous), and we will have a special donor medal that you can add to your profile's signature, which will appear under your posts, so everyone who visits the site will know that you are a contributor to the BRS. To learn more, please visit our Donor's List. The BRS is a supportive, international community of barefoot and minimally-shod runners. We would thus like to ask for a donation to our More Odd Looks 2011 fundraiser. Our goal for this campaign is $5,000, which we would like to achieve by the end of the year (to cover upcoming expenses), but all donation amounts are truly appeciated. Consider the cost of a pair of shoes that you no longer have to buy. Consider the amount you give to your favorite magazine for a subscription. If you feel the Barefoot Runners Society has enhanced your life and your running experience, please donate by clicking the Donate button below. It's for a good cause, and with your help, we are changing the running world one odd look at a time! Support Your Club See the donor list and monitor the campaign’s progress by clicking --> Donor's List FILING STATUS: The Barefoot Runners Society is a running club registered in Georgia as an LLC. We are no longer a non-profit corporation registered in Florida because we no longer have a registered agent living in Florida (which is required to file an Annual Report); the cost to file for federal 501c3 non-profit status at this time is too expensive; and filing corporate taxes were too high. Once we have the funds and the time is right, we will work toward filing for federal 501c3 status. Click here for the --> Financial Summary. OPERATIONS: No one at the Barefoot Runners Society receives a wage and all efforts are voluntary; many of our members volunteer their time in some way or another to support our running club. Some have stepped up to lead a chapter club in their area, some have taken on roles from administering the site, moderating the forums, writing articles, creating artwork, managing the Library, etc., while others have made monetary donations. Every little bit helps to keep our club going and growing. We all must do our part. If the BRS has made an impact in your life and if you believe in what we are doing here and can contribute in some way, we would more than appreciate it. Please locate the Donate Button on the site or email Site Fixes[/b].