The Bare Essentials #4: McDougall Recap, First Annual New York City Barefoot Run

From: John D.
Sent on: Sunday, August 22, 2010 1:58 PM
Hi Runners,

A few big developments this week...

News
-?
Wow, what an awesome run with Christopher McDougall. ?Hanging out in the park in Harlem, the run through Central Park and across the Queensboro, and the book talk in Brooklyn. ?Total blast. ?Recap and links below.

- Barefoot Runners NYC is hosting the first annual New York City Barefoot Run. ?Very exciting.

It will be on Sunday morning, October 10th on beautiful Governor's Island. ?On Saturday, October 9th, we will have pre-registration, along with some clinics. ?We are going to do it a little differently to your typical 5k/10k (booooring....). ?We are going to Run your distance. ?Each lap of Governor's Island is 2.2 miles around, so we will all start together, and then run your distance. ?That might be a mile, 1 loop, 2 loops, 3 loops, and so on. ?This puts the responsibility to know when to stop in your hands. ?You have to know when your body and your feet have had enough...no one is going to tell you. ?This format also accommodates beginners, who may want a short distance, as well as experienced runners, who would like to stretch their limbs. ?More details to come.

- WE NEED VOLUNTEERS. ?Let's make this a first-rate event. ?The first and largest run of its kind. ?20 years from, at the 20th annual New York City Barefoot Run, we are going to reminisce about this first year. ?If you are willing to volunteer in some capacity, please fill out this form. ?There are lots of ways that you can help without missing the run: web development, graphic design, event logistics, race day help, being willing to host out of town barefoot runners (if cost is an issue for some out-of-towners who really want to come), or heck, just anything that needs to be done.

Runs
- Tue 8/24 at 6am. ?West 85th St. at the entrance to Central Park. Note the time is now half an hour earlier, and it's on the UWS. ?RSVP
- Wed 8/25 at 7pm.?
East 90th St. and Central Park, near the steps to the Reservoir.
- Sat 8/28 at 10am. Columbus Circle on the north side of the giant fountain. ?RSVP

Our runs attract all levels of runners. ?Some people run a mile and stop. ?Others continue for 4 or more miles. ?The pace isn't that fast at this point. ?People wear VFFs, racing flats, or other minimal shoes, or they go barefoot.

Links
- Kris Wood put together an awesome video of the McDougall run
- New York Post video story of the McDougall run?(which the WSJ picked up on their video site)
- France's photos and experience (kudos for getting out there and giving it a go)

If anyone else has posts, photos, or media appearances, let me know.

John

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