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Barefoot Running Takes Off

(Flickr/Karri O.)

(Flickr/Karri O.)

On Monday, 27,000 registered runners will race in America’s oldest marathon. That means 54,000 (probably expensive) running shoes pounding the pavement all the way from Hopkinton to Copley Square.

Actually, make that 53,998 shoes. Pediatrician Bruce Kalow, of Newton, is planning to run all 26.2 miles completely barefoot.

Barefoot running is a rapidly growing trend. Scientists say that when done properly, running barefoot can minimize or even reverse many of the injuries associated with traditional running, like shin splints and knee pain.

That’s why local barefoot running enthusiast Preston Curtis is organizing the first Boston Barefoot Running Festival this weekend in advance of the marathon. Two days of how-to seminars, discussions with researchers and a barefoot 5K along the Charles River.


  • Preston Curtis, barefoot running enthusiast
  • Dr. Irene Davis, director of the Spaulding National Running Center at Harvard Medical School

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  • Guest

    Go to REI and buy some climbing shoes, so you can run nearly barefoot. My heels do not touch the ground but this is the only way an American Indian runs.  What have you people been watching for 500 years ? This is SUCH OLD NEWS. My gosh !

    • Lou Renner

       Better than climbing shoes (which you’ll rip through in no time, and are more narrow than your foot) are Invisible Shoes sandals (www.invisibleshoe.com). THey’re inexpensive (about $25), have a 5,000 mile warranty, and are as close to barefoot as you’ll get.

  • Robert Redding

    Or just can the shoes.  Barefoot is better!

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