Letter from Dr. Mark NRC Newsletter #149 Aug 21 2021 ................... Take To The Trails Event Sept 5 Be sure to Save the Date for our inaugural Take to the Trails event. This event is a whole day dedicated to all things outdoors. It will be hosted at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship. We'll have a gear swap set up throughout the event, so bring by any older gear you have that isn't getting used. : : Trail Sisters Run! Join us for a 5 mile run to kick things off! A women's only run, open to all abilities, paces & levels! :-: Chris and Caroline will lead you and your tots to their favorite spot in the park. Bring water shoes for a splash in a stream along this 1 mile hike. Best suited for those with kids under 5. OR Leave No Trace workshop led by Witt W. -: : BYOP & S'mores Bring Your Own Picnic and partake in some s'more making! :-: : Hear from AT Ridge Runner, Witt, about his adventures thru hiking the triple crown, running 200+ mile races and setting multiple FKTs. :-: : Opt 1: Scavenger Hunt Opt 2: Altra Demo Hike/Run :- : Healthy Trail Feet workshop: Learn about how to keep your feet happy and healthy for long hikes, running and life! :- : Charissa will talk about the healing power of nature and how it was a catalyst for the founding of the Appalachian Trail 100 years ago. :- : Regina will talk all about trail safety and how to be prepared for what the trail brings your way! , , - , - , , , , ! We encourage you to bring camp chairs or blankets with you as a means to sit throughout the day. In addition to that, if you're interested in the T-shirt Tie Dyeing, bring an old T-shirt with you to tie dye! We will provide everything you need for the tie dyeing process, all you need to bring is a T-shirt! If you plan on attending and are interested in helping out, we are looking for a handful of volunteers to help with the event. If you'd like to volunteer, please email email@example.com! We look forward to seeing you Sept 5th! Podcast of the week w friend and colleague Dr Peter Gorman We Looooove the Barefoot Science Insoles- Truly magical as Peter describes Here is my summer sandal kit with the proprioceptive insoles Today on C&O Canal w Correct Toes also And on a trail run this week in Boulder CO Freedom's Run Registration is OPEN! We are excited to announce the 12th annual Freedom's Run is back and registration is open! Scheduled for October 16, 2021, the historic course will once again be offering the marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K! To ensure safety of our runners, we have decreased the cap this year, so be sure to register early to secure your spot.