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2013 Boston Barefoot Running Festival

Thank you for your interest in the 2nd Annual Boston Barefoot Running Festival (BBRF) and professionally timed BBRF 5K Race along the Charles River (safe and smooth flat course). The Boston Barefoot Running Festival is the only 2 day barefoot running event in the country celebrating barefoot running and the natural running style. Open to all near and far (barefoot and minimalist), the BBRF offers barefoot running clinics, the only professionally timed barefoot/minimalist 5K Road race in New England, a Saturday afternoon catered cookout (new), an early Saturday evening Speakers Presentation at MIT, a Sunday barefoot running clinic on the beach (new), a Sunday 5 mile beach run (new) and a Sunday New England clambake by the beach (new). Last year’s inaugral BBRF was a success with over 100 people. This year’s BBRF is going to be even better. Both events are by the water: Saturday’s event is by the Charles River in Boston/Cambridge and Sunday’s Beach location is at the private section of Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, on the Atlantic Ocean.

**AS of July 31, 2013, the Sunday (September 15th) event location has been changed to the private section of Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, MA to reduce parking feess from $9.00 to Free and to accomodate those that want to run in the USATF Grand Prix Lone Gull 10K which will occur before the Sunday event. In addition, the distance to Boston is 15 minutes quicker.**

Where and When

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Optional Presentation: Shoes – The Silent Killer

Presented by Stephanie Welch, LMT and Ken Bob Saxton

Shoes: The Silent Killer: Why going barefoot is not just about running, and not just about our feet, but about whole body health, including maintaining physical conditioning and pain-free movement and activity throughout our entire lives!

For more information and registration, please sign up here: https://bbrfshoes.eventbrite.com/

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

The Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Artesani Park, Boston, MA
1234 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA 02135
Saturday September 14th, 2013 | MIT, Cambridge, MA

04PM – 06PM Speakers Presentation at MIT Auditorium and a tour of the MIT Robotics lab
Hosted by Emcee Ken Bob Saxton
1) Tyler Silverman (Barefoot Running Podiatrist)
2) Russ Tedrake (Barefoot Running Robot Engineer at MIT)

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

The private section of Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, MA
1 Salt Island Road, Gloucester, MA 01930

About the Festival

This is the 2nd year, offered ONLY in this area once a year!!

Sponsored by the New England Barefoot Runners, the 2nd annual Boston Barefoot Running Festival and BBRF 5K Road Race along the Charles River on day 1 and at the private section of Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester on day 2 have been created to educate, inform and bring together those interested in natural running form and an alternative running technique. The event encourages barefoot and minimalist runners and strives to provide a social and educational platform to meet barefoot legends and fellow barefoot runners in a positive, fun and learning atmosphere.

So join us!

Meet fellow barefoot runners through the two-day event, which includes a Saturday morning barefoot running clinic with Ken Bob Saxton, a professionally timed barefoot/minimalist 5K Road Race along the Charles River and a catered cookout at the DCR’s Artesani Park after the race and awards ceremony. There will be an early Saturday evening Speakers Presentation at MIT hosted by Ken Bob Saxton featuring Tyler Silverman, a Barefoot Running Podiatrist and Barefoot Runner Russ Tedrake, co-Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab Center for Robotics at MIT immediately after the cookout. Sunday’s event at Good Harbor Beach private section includes a barefoot running clinic, a beach run and a catered New England Clambake by the beach. There will be a 10K race starting at 9AM that all are encouraged to sign up as a team. It is the Lone Gull 10K. Last year we had 12 barefoot runners run this race and it was a blast. Please register at Lone Gull 10K to for a team under New England Barefoot Runners. This will be a Grand Prix Race featuring teams from all over tghe state and what a good time to represent barefoot runners.

T-shirts are included in the registration, but ONLY to the first 100 participants. Don’t lose out, register now!!

Barefoot Optional

Although this Festival focuses on barefoot running, anyone who wants to register is welcome! While we will certainly encourage you to run barefoot (and to learn all about this terrific way of running), you can wear whatever you like in the workshops, fun runs, and the BBRF 5K race.

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Good Harbor Beach