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Barefoot Notes from the Road

Posted by on Aug 23, 2011 | 10 Comments

Since we’ve been on the road, it’s been a little difficult to find time to write about our adventures.  Here are some of the highlights from the last few weeks:

  • We crewed and paced for our friend Jeremiah Cataldo at the Burning River 100 miler.  He finished in a blistering  few minutes over 20 hours.
  • Vertical Runner, Ohio’s premiere running store and the place that hosted our local clinic, is offering 20% off all Merrell shoes until August 31st.  Stop in to pick up a pair of the awesome Merrell Barefoot shoes, the same shoes I used to run this year’s Western States 100 miler.
  • Shelly and I ran the Mt. Sneffels Marathon from Ridgway to Ouray (you-RAY) Colorado.  It’s run on gravel roads, but you’re surrounded by the San Juan mountains.  There’s also a half-marathon.  I HIGHLY recommend the race to anyone!
  • I did a clinic in the Apache Mall in Rochester, MN.  Thanks to Jamey Koenck, the store manage of the Tradehome Shoes in the mall.  Jamey has single-handedly turned this Tradehome into one of the best minimalist shoe stores I’ve found.  His staff was absolutely fabulous!  If you need a pair of minimalist shoes and live in Minnesota, Wisconsin, or Iowa, it’s worth the road trip to Jamey’s store.  Tell them Jason sent you!
  • Shelly and I got to meet our Interweb friends Katie Button-Swenson (barefoot.zumba.runner) and Christian Peterson (you may know him as The Maple Grove Barefoot Guy or SayPay45) and his wife Amy.  We did a group run led by Katie (she’s FAST), then hung out with them on several occasions.  Needless to say, we were sad to leave the area.
  • Shelly and I also ran the Minneapolis Naked Foot 5k.  The race series is organized by Scott and Lauren Jones.  We attended the Boulder, Colorado race and had a blast!  The Minneapolis race was even better!  The kid-friendly event welcomes barefoot, minimalist, and even traditionally-shod runners.  The goal is to educate people about barefoot wellness.  Their next event is in Grand Rapids, MI on August 28th.  Shelly and I will be there, we hope to see a lot of our friends!
  • Unrelated to our travels but worth mentioning- our friend and BRU contributor Jesse Scott placed 16th overall and 2nd in his age group in this weekend’s Pike’s Peak marathon!  The race is generally considered to be the world’s most difficult marathon.  It starts at the base of the mountain, runs 13.1 miles to the summit, then 13.1 miles back to the base.

The best part of these events- meeting TONS of super-cool people!  This has been the most satisfying part of our journey so far.  We’ve had the opportunity to teach and learn from a wide variety of runners, from complete novices to seasoned veterans.

Well, that’s what we’ve been doing for the last month or so.  Through September, we’ll be:

Are you planning on attending any of these events?  Leave a comment!



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  1. KittyK
    August 25, 2011

    Jesse, is the event open to anyone? I was thinking of taking a day-trip from Vancouver to the event. Seems like a cool event and I am looking to get my 6 year old into wall climbing.

  2. The Maple Grove Barefoot Guy
    August 24, 2011

    Thanks for coming out to MN for the Naked Foot! It was great to spend time with you and your family. Keep up the good work!

  3. Erik
    August 23, 2011

    I’ll be at the GR Naked Foot…

  4. Mike M
    August 23, 2011

    I will be running the North Country Trail marathon this weekend.

  5. Brandon Mulnix
    August 23, 2011

    Are either of you running any of the North Country Races or are you just visiting? See you all soon.

  6. Jesse
    August 23, 2011

    I might just come to the OutdoorFest to meet you! While I haven’t been a member of the Mountaineers for years now, I’ve been wanting to see their new digs since they finished building. You’ll love their view of the lake!


  7. Troy
    August 23, 2011

    Me and a handful of people from the BRS Michigan are planning to be there, some of us with our kids!

    • Troy
      August 23, 2011

      “there” being the naked foot in GR! 😛

  8. Theresa
    August 23, 2011

    Can’t wait to see you again. I will be in NYC for that event. Have fun crewing and good luck to Shelly. 🙂

  9. Mamarunsbarefoot
    August 23, 2011

    I love, love that you two are doing this! What an incredible journey you are on!!