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Posted by on Sep 22, 2011 | 5 Comments

Merrell Bareform clinic and group run at Ramsey Outdoor in Succsunna, NJ, Merrell Barefoot Jam in NYC, NYC Barefoot Run, the trip to the Pacific NW, Born to Run, and a free ebook dedicated to homemade gym equipment!

Merrell Bareform Clinic and Group Run

Let’s start with this one:  this Friday (September 23rd) we’ll be at Ramsey Outdoor in the Roxbury Mall, located at 281 State Route 10.  The group run will be at Horseshoe Lake.  Some of us will be meeting at the store at 5, then running to the lake.  The clinic will begin at 6:30 at the store.  I’ll be talking about the ABC’s of barefoot running, then answering questions.

Each participant will receive a free gift from Merrell!

Please RSVP or call with questions 973-584-7798

Merrell Barefoot Jam

Merrell is hosting a roundtable discussion regarding the state of barefoot running.  I’m pumped because I will have a chance to see some cool folks (Jesse Scott, Christian Peterson, Tucker Goodrich, Curt Munson) and meet a ton of long-time Interweb friends for the first time (Kate Kift, Pete Larson, Mark Cucuzzella, Justin Owings, Josh Sutcliffe, Pablo Paster) and meet some people for the first time (Jay DiCharry, Nick Pang, folks from Runners World and Running Times,.  Finally, I’ll get to hang out with a lot of friends from Merrell.

This event is the precise reason I decided to work with Merrell- they take education seriously.  They organized this summit to learn as much as possible about the current state of barefoot running. I’m pumped!

2nd Annul NYC Barefoot Run

John and Maggie Durant have went above and beyond for this years’ NYC Barefoot Run.  There’s more clinics, more barefoot running folks, and more fun!  Aside from all the superstars listed above, the BF Run will also feature Chris McDougall, Dan Lieberman, Ted MacDonald, Lee Saxby, Erwan LeCorre, Ken Bob Saxton, Michael Sandler, and Daniel Howell.  I’m still a little overwhelmed to be included in this group… I hope the rest aren’t embarrassed when I ask for autographs.  🙂

I’ll also get a chance to see other friends like Angie Hotz and Larry Gibbons… hopefully a lot more!

I’ll be holding a few clinics in Battery Park Saturday morning, then attending the Merrell party later Saturday evening.  On Sunday, Shelly and I will be running in the race on Governor’s Island.  I hope to see many of you out there!

OutdoorsFest in Seattle

Okay, this is old news… but I didn’t have time to write about it before hitting the road again.  The trip was awesome!  Shelly and I stayed with Seret and Joe Rafferty.  Seret was one of the original posters on the Runners World Barefoot Running Forum, so we’ve known each other virtually for a few years.  Seret took us on two runs through gorgeous trails.  We even encountered a few other minimalist runners and had a lengthy shoe conversation.

The OutdoorsFest event was really cool.  We hung out at the Born to Run tent most of the day.  They had opened a store in Settle that very day, so store co-owners Dan Fairbanks and Ted MacDonald weren’t in attendance.  I’ll be posting more about Born to Run very soon!

One negative we took away from the trip- the Pacific NW was even more dreary than Michigan.  The lush greenery was spectacular and the trails were great, but I could feel a case of seasonal affective disorder setting in after only a few days without sunlight.  I think the Pacific NW slipped in our “places we’d like to live someday.”

We did take away some real positives, though.  Seret and Joe were good representatives of the awesomeness of the people we met.  The laid-back outdoors vibe people gave out was great!  Also, Seret and Joe motivated Shelly and I to go back to a more healthy eating schedule, which includes significantly cutting alcohol.  So far, so good.  🙂  The trails were cool, too.  The thick greenery was slightly eerie in a very good way.

Free “Homemade Gym Equipment” ebook!

My good friend and functional fitness guru and ownder of Kemme Fitness Pete Kemme wrote a new ebook- THE LOW COST GYM.  I’ve marveled at Pete’s ingenuity for years now, and he finally decided to share his cretions (and accompanying workouts) with the masses.  Thanks Pete!









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  1. Jim Brehove
    September 24, 2011

    Jason, great talk last night at Ramsey Outdoor Store. I am the chi runner and your talk validated this type of running. Thanks to you Ramsey and Merrell for a nice evening.

  2. Steve Lo
    September 24, 2011

    Great clinic with Jason last night in NJ. Having been to several clinics by various speakers I really liked the talk by Jason as gave very simple, practical tips on running that are easy to follow without having to overthink. He is a very down to earth “regular guy” Thanks Jason…

  3. Bob (Downtown Runner)
    September 23, 2011

    I guess its just a terminology thing. The “Jam” must be what John Durant calls the “Party”.


  4. KittyK
    September 22, 2011

    Can’t wait to meet you guys. So looking forward to it. All packed ready to meet you guys!

  5. Angie Bee
    September 22, 2011

    I will miss getting to see everyone but it just isn’t in the cards to go to the run this year!

    Have a great time and send everyone my love!!

    Good on ya for cutting down on the alcohol too. Smart move 🙂