Dec. 12, 2010
Some 300 barefoot runners completed a half-marathon in Mumbai on Sunday in an event organized by the Barefoot Runners of India Foundation (BRIF), a feat that is on its way to being recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for the world's first barefoot half-marathon.
Marathon organizer Vijay Garg plans to conduct such marathons elsewhere in the near future.
2010 has seen numerous events involving bare feet and a lot of participants. In September, a group of 1,141 barefoot walkers in China set the record in an event coordinated for the Infinitus 2010 World Walking Day when they all walked more than 1,000 meters (roughly 6/10ths of a mile).
After that event, participant Harry Yeung said, “As far as traditional Chinese medical science is concerned there are hundreds of acupuncture points on the sole of foot. Walking barefoot can stimulate the nerve system and endocrine system which helps with blood circulation.”
In the United States, 265 people registered for the very first New York City Barefoot Run, held on Governor’s Island – an event that was originally conceived less than three months before it was held.
Moreover, “The Complete Idiot’s” series recently announced that “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Barefoot Running” will be published in February of 2011.
Earlier in December, a German health official recommended regular barefoot walking on natural surfaces as a means of maintaining postural health as well as boosting the immune system and improving circulation.
Golden State Touch will begin offering “Barefoot Energetics” workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area beginning in the spring of 2011. Details will be posted at www.gstouch.com as plans and locations are finalized.
Largest barefoot walk, Guiness Book of World Records blog.
Around 300 runners take part in Mumbai half-marathon, Dec. 12, 2010
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