Terra Plana’s very own barefoot running expert, Lee Saxby, headed to ZombieRunner in Palo Alto.
On Saturday, October 2, 2010, 400 children are expected to participate in Freedom’s Run, a free Kid’s Fun Run through the historic streets of Shepherdstown, West Virginia. This non-competitive event is open to all ages with children encouraged to run, walk, or stroll a fun filled mile through the scenic streets. The event, which is the first of its kind in the country, is being looked to as a model of what the National Parks can do for public health through an initiative called America’s Great Outdoors.
Freedom’s Run is part of a larger initiative to benefit Wild and Wonderful Trails for Every Child, which builds fitness trails and create “learning” gardens in schools. The first community trail and garden was completed this summer at a rural elementary school as a direct outcome of the inaugural Freedom’s Run event. Children will be running with and without shoes through the school year and families are invited to use the trail after school hours.
2010, which is the second year of the race, also marks a new partnership with Vivobarefoot Kids, a line of shoes that offer all the health benefits of being barefoot with protection. Race Director Mark Cucuzzella MD explains, “We not only want to promote natural outdoor physical activity, but we want to instill in parents the importance of letting children’s feet develop in their natural way. This of course is to spend as much time as possible barefoot and when you need to wear shoes, wear those that compliment normal foot function.”
Complimentary Vivobarefoot Kids shoes will be gifted to children on a first-come basis to complete the race in. In addition, to reinforce the overriding mission of the event, they will also be asked to take their family on a hike in each of the regions National Parks- Antietam National Battlefield, the C&O Canal, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and the Potomac Heritage Trail. Children will do a simple log of where they went and one thing they discovered on each hike.
Galahad Clark, owner of Terra Plana Vivobarefoot states:
“We are thrilled to be included in this event as it demonstrates not only the importance of child foot health, but get kids engaged in the outdoors. A healthy lifestyle should be fun and accessible to all kids. The race sends an important message while helping to fund the Wild and Wonderful Trails, which is making this a reality.”
About Freedom’s Run:
Freedom’s Run makes up five events for runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. The events explore the land in a challenging and scenic marathon connecting Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, The C&O Canal, The Potomac Heritage Trail, and Antietam National Battlefield; a half marathon through Antietam and the C&O; a 5k and 10k crossing the Potomac and running out and back on the C&O; and a free kids fun run touring historic Shepherdstown.
Time: 11:30 AM
Start/Finish: Sara Cree Hall- Shepherd University
To register online and for more information go to www.freedomsrun.org or call the Freedom’s Run Headquarters at Two Rivers Treads at 304-876-1100. For information on receiving a complimentary pair of Vivobarefoot Kids shoes see the HQ website www.trtreads.org for details.
Barefoot Runners NYC (NYCBR) has today announced that registration is open for the first annual New York City Barefoot Run. Sponsored by Vivobarefoot, the original barefoot shoe, and Tip Top Shoes, the leading independent family footwear store in New York City, the largest-ever official barefoot and minimalist shoe run will take place Sunday, October 10th, 2010 on Governors Island, NYC at 8:30am.
The first-of-its-kind event is more than just a run – it is a weekend of educational, social, and athletic happenings to support the growing recognition that going barefoot, or as close to it as possible, is the healthiest way to be.
Event founder John Durant said, “This grassroots movement is part of a larger trend that is seeing people edging toward a more natural way of life. Vivobarefoot supports education on the benefits of barefoot and believes in building community, which is why they saw the promise in this new event.”
This year, both the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Harvard University released studies to support that barefoot running encourages a forefoot or mid-foot strike that reduces impact with the ground and is more efficient. Increasing numbers of runners are trying for themselves by “freeing their feet” of traditional running shoes (and conventional wisdom).
Galahad Clark, owner of Terra Plana and creator of Vivobarefoot, states, “This is a growing community of people who are questioning conventions and are passionate about rediscovering the right way to run. We are proud to support a weekend of events based around education and building the movement.”
Lester Wasserman, co-owner of Tip Top Shoes, comments, “Tip Top Shoes was the first store in New York City to carry minimalist shoes, which is why we want to be the first to support this distinctive event in its inaugural year.”
The format of the run, “Run Your Distance,” is completely unique relative to traditional “fixed distance” run formats. Barefoot, minimalist and even shod runners are invited to start together and run 2.1 mile loops around Governors Island. Aligned with healthy running principles, each runner will be responsible for listening to their body and feet and deciding when to stop. There is no emphasis on required distance or time; all participants are simply required to practice healthy, safe, and fun running.
In addition to the run, weekend events include a Q&A with Dr. Dan Lieberman, Harvard Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology and leading barefoot running researcher, along with other notable guest speakers in the minimalist running movement. For full details visit www.nycbarefootrun.com or contact Maggie Durant.
Learn the skill of barefoot walking and running at “The Barefoot Experience” Terra Plana, 36 Kings Road, London SW3.
Spearheaded by new research and the international bestseller “Born to Run” the ‘barefoot movement’ is gathering pace. London’s first Barefoot Experience is dedicated to helping people rediscover natural movement, and better health, from the feet up.
In January 2010 Professor Dan Lieberman of Harvard University released his seminal research on the benefits of barefoot and the dangers of normal padded running shoes (Nature Magazine, “Tread Softly”) adding to a number of other scientific studies showing how underfoot shoe technologies are doing more harm than good.
Terra Plana are creators of Vivobarefoot, the original barefoot shoe, with a patented ultra thin puncture resistant sole that gives all the benefits of being barefoot with protection.
Now Terra Plana are proud to announce our first public workshops, to learn the key to injury free barefoot running & walking. These sessions are available on a “first come, first served” basis and are free of charge.
Classes last for 1.5 hours, 6 places are available at each session; participants will be filmed on the instore treadmill (allowing each person to see improvements in technique).
Walking classes are available on Monday August 16th & Wednesday August 18th.
Running classes are available on Wednesday August 25th & Saturday August 28th.
Classes will run at the following times on each day: 10 – 11.30am, 11.30 – 1.00pm, 2 – 3.30pm, 3.30 – 5.00pm, 5.00 – 6.30pm.
Classes will be conducted by Tony Riddle. Tony is a highly respected international running coach and numbers premier league footballers amongst his clients. Tony was trained by and works closely with, leading barefoot running expert, Lee Saxby; he is a qualified POSE level 2 instructor.
Come and enjoy the “Barefoot Experience”, kick off your shoes, release your feet, stimulate your soles and rediscover the joy of natural movement…
Where: 36 Kings Road, London SW3 / nearest tube: Sloane Square
For bookings please call: 0207 581 5764. Limited places available.