Barefoot running continues to grow in popularity throughout the world as more runners shun their supportive running shoes. The benefits and advantages of barefoot running are now being celebrated in India by the Barefoot Runners Of India Foundation (BRIF), which is holding its first Barefoot Half Marathon on December 12 at Kharghar, near Mumbai. BRIF will host 300 completely barefoot young runners, with no FiveFingers or other minimalist shoes in sight. Most of these habitual Indian runners are convinced that they can run faster barefoot and shun shoes altogether!
The Idea Came From The Barefoot Statue Of Pheidippides
Event organizer Anand Anantharaman says that he got the idea for the half marathon when he was running from Marathon to Athens and noticed that the statue of the ancient Greek marathon running hero Pheidippides was in bare feet!
The Event Is Supported By Marathon Luminaries
BRIF’s Barefoot Half Marathon is attracting authoritative plaudits from all over the world, including Enrico Castrucci, the president of the Rome Marathon; Dave McGillivray, the race director of the Boston Marathon; and sport personalities Barefoot Rick and Barefoot Ted.
The World Record Attempt Will Be Expanded Further Next Year
BRIF is also registering the event with the Guinness Book Of World Records as the largest barefoot half marathon ever held, and expects to expand the scope next year to take in runners from many other districts across the subcontinent.
You Can Support The Organization’s Goals
BRIF will not be charging any running fees to the participants in order to nurture the talent of low income runners, and will be facing considerable expenses in cash prizes and transportation, as well as room and board for the young runners. To help meet these expenses, the organization has launched a retail support program where runners can be sponsored by a very affordable donation of $50 at Yes I Want To Help BRIF . The organization’s Facebook presence at Barefoot Runners India contains up to the minute news and covers the preparations for the event in detail, as does their Facebook Fan Page which has already tallied over 1,500 participants.
BRIF’s dedication and commitment to the sport of barefoot running certainly deserves your support. After all… you have nothing to lose but your shoes!