website statistics

Welcome to Barefoot Running University.  Instead of boring you with endless drivel, I’ll sum up the purpose of Barefoot Running University by sharing our mission statement:

Barefoot Running University Mission Statement

We teach.  And we have fun.

Yeah, that’s it.  We teach you how to run barefoot or in minimalist shoes.  There’s no filler, no bullshit.  No Kumbaya and hugs, no pious speeches, no “business speak” slogans or jargon.  We’re just a handful of people that love to run barefoot, teach people, and have fun in the process.

About Me

My name is Jason Robillard. I like to consider myself an expert on barefoot running education for both novice and experienced runners.  Of course, I also consider myself an expert on kicking footballs, wasting time on the interwebs, and doing the chicken dance… so take that with a grain of salt.  I’m the author of “The Barefoot Running Book” and primary writer for this site.  I am one of the founding members of the Barefoot Runners Society, a national non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for the acceptance of barefoot running.

I have written articles for Ultrarunning Magazine, Natural Awakenings Magazine, Birthdayshoes.com, and Competitor.com, appeared on NPR, the Run Barefoot Girl show, and the “Living Barefoot” show, and has been interviewed for Competitor Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, Denver Post, Treehugger, Grand Rapids Press, Muskegon Chronicle, Holland Sentinel, and several other leading newspapers.

When it comes to teaching barefoot and minimalist shoe running, I like to utilize my experience as a professional educator (teaching high school) my Master’s Degree in education, and my experiences as a barefoot/minimalist shoe ultramarathon runner. I use the skills I’ve honed from those experiences to lead dynamic, hands-on barefoot running workshops and clinics.  I also like to sprinkle them with my corny sense of humor.  Recently, I have been collaborating with many experts in this field, from fellow runners, to researchers, to medical professionals to help advance the art and science of barefoot running.

Barefoot running experience:

  • Recreational barefoot runner since 1992
  • Began serious barefoot running in 2005
  • Have run races at the 5k, 10k, 15k, half-marathon, 25k, marathon, 50 mile, and 100 mile distances
  • Training that peaks around 100 miles per week

Teaching and coaching experience:

  • Certified professional educator since 1999 (psychology and history)
  • Experience coaching runners, football, wrestling, and bowling.  Yeah, bowling.

Memberships:

  • Co-founder of the Barefoot Runners Society
  • Founder of the Michigan Chapter of the Barefoot Runners Society
  • Member of the Society for Barefoot Living

Education:

  • B.S.- Secondary education, psychology, history- Northern Michigan University (1999)
    M.A. – Educational technology- Grand Valley State University (2006)

The ugly stuff:

  • I hate talking on the phone and will avoid it at all costs
  • I have little tolerance for meetings and other time-wasters… unless they are social in nature (i.e.- involve beer)
  • I am not a fan of road running, though I tolerate it on occasion to fuel my inner-competitiveness
  • I am a Detroit Lions fan
Be Sociable, Share!
Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

Related Posts:

  • No Related Posts
?

5 Comments

  1. StrongerFeet » The Barefoot Running Book Is Now Free!!!
    August 14, 2012

    [...] Jason Robbilard, founder of the Barefoot Running University is releasing the PDF version of his The Running Barefoot Book 2nd Edition for free.  Not for 24 hours like last time, but free with no time limit. So if you missed it last time and would like to get a copy of this great resource then click over to Robbilard Adventures where he and his wife Shelly are chronicling their journey across the country with their three kids. This was just a short post to help get the word out for a great barefoot runner who is helping spread the word on proper running form. facebook Twitter del.icio.us digg stumbleupon /* [...]

  2. BOOK REVIEW: The Barefoot Running Book by Jason Robillard « Vanessa Runs
    September 6, 2011

    [...] AUTHOR: Jason Robillard [...]

  3. The Barefoot Running Book Is Now Free!!! | StrongerFeet
    July 7, 2011

    [...] Jason Robbilard, founder of the Barefoot Running University is releasing the PDF version of his The Running Barefoot Book 2nd Edition for free.  Not for 24 hours like last time, but free with no time limit. So if you missed it last time and would like to get a copy of this great resource then click over to Robbilard Adventures where he and his wife Shelly are chronicling their journey across the country with their three kids. This was just a short post to help get the word out for a great barefoot runner who is helping spread the word on proper running form. Share this:Facebook This entry was posted in Reviews, Running. Bookmark the permalink. ← Luna Sandal DIY Kit Review Have You Heard of MovNat? → [...]

  4. The Barefoot Running Book Is Now Free!!! | StrongerFeet
    July 6, 2011

    [...] Jason Robbilard, founder of the Barefoot Running University is releasing the PDF version of his The Running Barefoot Book 2nd Edition for free.  Not for 24 hours like last time, but free with no time limit. So if you missed it last time and would like to get a copy of this great resource then click over to Robbilard Adventures where he and his wife Shelly are chronicling their journey across the country with their three kids. This was just a short post to help get the word out for a great barefoot runner who is helping spread the word on proper running form. This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. ← Luna Sandal DIY Kit Review Have You Heard of MovNat? → [...]