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Very Tentative 2012 Schedule of Clinics, Races, and Events

Posted by on Jan 31, 2012 | 14 Comments

We’ve been working on our schedule for about a month.  It looks like we have a pretty good grasp on the tentative schedule.  The exact , time, and location of clinics will be announced here, on Facebook, and on Twitter.  Additional clinics will be added as we get closer to the events or races.  This is what it looks like as of right now:

  • Series of clinics in Southern California, Northern California, Seattle, Boise, and Portland (tentative, will have exact details soon)
  • March 10: Way Too Cool 50k, Cool, CA
  • April 15th: Down and Dirty Los Angeles
  • Late April- Series of clinics in TX, OK, KS
  • May 10: McNaughton 100, Pittsfield, VT
  • May 20th: Down and Dirty Chicago
  • May 26th-27th: Pineland Farms Trail Running Festival, New Gloucester, ME
  • June 3rd- Down and Dirty Dallas
  • June ???- The Naked Foot 5k Denver (tentative)
  • June 17-18: Bighorn 100, Dayton, Wyoming
  • June 23rd and 24th: Black Hills 100, Sturgis, SD
  • July 21 and 22: Tahoe Rim Trail, Lake Tahoe, NV
  • July 28-29: Grand Mesa 100: Cedaredge, CO
  • August ???: The naked Foot 5k Minneapolis and/or Grand Rapids (tentative)
  • August 26th: Down and Dirty Detroit
  • September 7,8,9: Run Woodstock, Pinckney, MI
  • Late September: NYC Barefoot Run, NYC
  • September 30: Down and Dirty NYC
  • October 5th: Grindstone 100, Swoope, VA
  • October 14th: Down and Dirty Atlanta
  • October 28th: Down and Dirty Sacramento
  • December 29th: Across the Years, Phoenix, AZ

We would love to hold clinics in these areas!  If you would like us to hold a clinic in your area, contact your local Merrell retailer.  They will be able to set it up through their sales representatives.  If you do not have a local Merrell retailer, we may hold a handful of clinics at running stores, outdoor stores, or other venues like Crossfit gyms, schools, or running clubs for a small fee to pay expenses.  We’re open to pretty much any ideas.  If you are interested, contact Shelly at shllyrobillard “at” gmail “dot” com.



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  1. Bryan
    February 1, 2012

    Hey Jason,

    Also glad to see you’re planning on coming to NorCal. I live in a buddhist temple called Green Gulch Farm north of the bay. It also acts as an organic farm and retreat center for the purposes of income. I can have guests in our guest house, so if you’re interested and need or could use a place to stay you and your family would be welcome to spend a night or two here. Just let me know.

  2. Bob
    January 31, 2012

    Jason, who do we need to talk too, to get a Merrell rep to go talk to our local running store. So far he has had no one approach him about carrying Merrells in his store. Currently he is the largest minimalist retailer in the city and province (Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada)and Merrells would compliment his current lineup. Plus that way you could possibly arrange to do a clinic up here. Summers are awesome for barefoot running here.

  3. Shane D.
    January 31, 2012

    Any chance for a Canadian tour down the road?Up here in the great white north we like to barefoot too!

  4. Ramzev
    January 31, 2012

    I have a Merrell Outlet store about 20 miles from me in Rehoboth Beach. There is actually has a great trail right behind it, it’s gravel but that’s why we have shoes as tools, right? Maybe late Sept. on your way from NYC to VA, you could swing through DE?
    Sept. 30th is the Dogfish Dash 10k/5k. At the Brewery. Free beer.

  5. Erik
    January 31, 2012

    Won’t know our August schedule for some time to come, but it would be great to see you in Mpls.!

  6. Tim
    January 31, 2012

    Portland! That would be awesome.

  7. James
    January 31, 2012

    It’s good to see that you will be back in Northern California again this year. I will be volunteering at Way Too Cool. Maybe I’ll see you there. I also host a Halloween Beermile event. This year it will be on October 27th. It would be awesome if you Shelly could participate. Here is the ling to last year’s event:

  8. Mike M.
    January 31, 2012

    I hope you do come to Minneapolis. I’ll let my local running store that sells Merrels to try and schedule a clinic.

  9. David Goulette
    January 31, 2012

    I hope you will be to come to tha San Fransisco bay area sometime. How about Zombie Runner in palo alto? (I live near there.) I’m sure you know them. The owners are awesome people. They are ultra runners. I bought my merrells and your book there.

    • Jason
      January 31, 2012

      Hey David, I actually have a meeting today to set up a few clinics in CA… ZombieRunner being my top destination. I’ve been a HUGE ZR fan for years based on their ultrarunning support. I’ll hopefully have dates and times within a week.

      • John White
        January 31, 2012

        That would be wonderful, I’d be able to get down there as well!

        Did I count 5 100 mile races?! Amazing.

        • Jason
          January 31, 2012

          We’re crewing/pacing for two of the 100s John. 🙂

          • John White
            February 1, 2012

            Oh man, thank you for saying that! I’d speculating on your hidden superhero past… 🙂

  10. Matthew
    January 31, 2012

    I used to live out by Sturgis SD & had a friend that ran the Black Hills 100. That was years ago though, I don’t know many people there yet.