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Barefoot Running Mentors and Coaches

 The following is a list of people located throughout the world that either coach barefoot and minimalist shoe runners or have volunteered to serve as mentors.  If you need specific personal instruction, contact a coach in your area.  If you have simple questions or are looking for the opportunity to meet other barefoot runners in your area, contact the mentors.

None of the individuals listed are employees of the Barefoot Running University, nor is the Barefoot Running University responsible for their actions.

If you are interested in being listed as a coach, please contact us using the link to the left.  If you are interested in being a mentor, you should meet the following requirements:

  • Have been successfully running barefoot or minimalist running for at least six months

  • Willing to answer questions,

  • Be willing to help people that are only interested in BFR/MR part-time (many newbies just want some of the benefits and aren't willing to fully commit),

  • Friendly (we need good ambassadors),

  • Have a website or blog where you can occasionally write about your BFR/MR experiences.  The sharing of what you are learning is a critical component of this idea.  If you don't have a blog, they are very easy to set up.

Coaches- The teachers

Michigan

Grand Rapids and West Michigan- Jason Robillard (contact here) founder of the Barefoot Running University, Cofounder of the Barefoot Runners Society; aka Last Place Jason, Barefoot Jason; Jason's website; Jason's blog

 

Mentors- The barefoot ambassadors

British Columbia

Vancouver- Kate Kift (kittyk1973@gmail.com)- aka KittyK; Kate's Blog

California

San Diego- Robert (rshackelford@illumina.com); aka Shoeless Shacky; Shacky's Blog

Delaware

Milford- Dave Vezmar (ramzev@comcast.net) aka Ramzev; Dave's Blog

Georgia

Savannah- Hsu-Jen Huang

Sharpsburg- Tamara Gerken (soupie@numail.org) founder of the Runner's World Barefoot Running Forum, Co-founder of the Barefoot Runners Society; aka Barefoot TJ

Kentucky

Louisville- Jude Vanderhoff (vanderhoff@pire.org)

Maryland

Germantown- Scott "Scooter" Schnieder (scooter@kona-aloha.com) aka LavaRunner; Scott's blog; Scott's website

Massachusetts

Gloucester- Preston Curtis; aka Barefoot Runner; Boston Area Barefoot Runners

Michigan

Grand Rapids and West Michigan- Jason Robillard (contact here) founder of the Barefoot Running University, Co-founder of the Barefoot Runners Society; aka Last Place Jason, Barefoot Jason; Jason's website; Jason's blog

Muskegon and Kalamazoo- Jesse Scott (jesse.m.scott@wmich.edu); aka jscott87

Missouri

St. Louis- Barefoot Bill

New Jersey

Ray

New York

Rochester- Shelley Viggiano (shelley@mtd12hour.org) aka Shellerz; Race director for Mind The Ducks 12 Hour Ultramarathon; Shelley's Blog; Mind the Ducks Home

North Carolina

Cary- Karen- aka PeaceKaren

NE North Carolina- Tom Huntley (tom.huntley@gmail.com)

Rockingham County- Barefoot Josh; Josh's Blog; Mad Mayo Running Club

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia- Orlin Howell (orlin03@gmail.com); Orlin's Blog

South Dakota

Tea- Nick Vaernhoej (nick@vaernhoej.com); aka- UrbanSage; Nick's Blog; Nick's Website

Texas

Dallas- Matt (matt@thereichensteins.net); aka notquitethere; Matt's Blog

Virginia

Hampton Roads- Wendy; aka BFWendyBird; Wendy's Blog

Washington

Redmond- Seret; Seret's Blog

Outside North America

Australia

Richard Garnett (richardgjm@gmail.com); The Barefoot Runner website

Bribie Island- Russell James (watzzupsport@gmail.com); Russell's Blog; Russell's YouTube Channel

England

London- Joanne Ashton (joanneashton@macace.net); aka Jonix

Japan

Tokyo- Richard Knobbs (editor@storm-from-the-east.com); aka Tokyo Dad