Naked Foot 5k Sheds More Light on Barefoot & Minimalist Running

One of the more striking features of the demographic that makes up this year's Naked Foot 5k run in Maryland's Meadowbrook Park is the presence of runners who have since given up running because of injuries. However, because of the emergence (and attention) being brought on by barefoot and minimalist runners - and the growing evidence that it does in fact help you become a stronger runner - more runners are showing up at these barefoot running events wearing nothing on their feet at all, or wearing a pair of minimalist running shoes. According to racing officials, over 450 runners joined in the Naked Foot 5k to experience the fun and joy of running barefoot, or gaining the same experience with barefoot running shoes. And as amazing as it is, these runners showed up because most of them have been unable to battle through injuries they incurred 10 or 20 years ago. Here are some comments made by those [...]