Barefoot Runners Society

I’m really happy to say that I’m now the co-president of the Canada chapter of the Barefoot Runners Society. The BRS has only been around for a year or so, and its Canada chapter for only two or three weeks. Helping to develop the barefoot running community here will be very exciting. I’m responsible for organizing BRS meetups and other events in the eastern part of the country, while the other co-president handles things on the left coast and as far east as the Manitoba/Ontario border.

The BRS motto is “changing the running world one odd look at a time.” Its declared mission is:

  • to offer resources that unite barefoot and minimalist runners from around the country
  • to promote barefoot running around the country and at race events as a competitive sport
  • to educate the running public on the health benefits of barefoot and minimalist running
  • to dispel the myths associated with barefoot running that negatively impact the sport
  • We’ve already organized the first BRS Canada meetup. Four BRS members – from Ottawa, Peterborough, Toronto, and Mississauga – will run the Tannenbaum 10K in Toronto on December 12. One member is actually planning to run the race barefoot!

    As it happens, I ordered my BRS long-sleeved technical shirt last Wednesday. If there’s any justice in the world, two things will happen: 1/ the shirt will arrive before December 12; and 2/ the weather on race day will be pleasant, i.e., dry, sunny, and not too cold.

    Stay tuned for a full race report and some good photos. This is going to be fun!


    1. Alan:

      Keep up the great work! I’m very happy you’ve taken on this endeavor and wish you all the luck in the world!


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