Monthly Archives: October 2010

Superhero 5K

Falling on Halloween, the Superhero 5K is not so much a race as it is a costume party that stretches the length of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

I’m running barefoot today, as I have in more than a dozen races since Labor Day. Often this attracts attention…but today I don’t draw a second glance as I run past witches and warlocks, men and women from Krypton, and…amazingly…a large fish!

I went to college and worked for many years in Cambridge. During that time I bicycled hundreds of times from MIT to Harvard. But never did I enjoy those few miles as much as I do now, running in my bare feet alongside a talented guy who is juggling–

Yes! Juggling!

as he runs.

Come! Run with me now…



(I took this photo, and the others below, while running.)









Go, Joggler!

All right! Let’s get to the good stuff–an HD video that puts you right in the middle of this race. Go ahead! Click the ‘Play’ button below. (And be sure to view the video in Full-Screen, so you’ll see the race in panoramic, high-resolution.)

Were you at this race–and if so, what did you like best about it? What could be improved?

(If you weren’t there, I hope these photos and HD video gave you a taste of the race…and I hope I’ll see you at a race next week.)

210_x_10_transparent.gif © 2010 by Ken Skier. All rights reserved.

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Witch Way to the 5K

The “Witch Way to the 5K” is a Halloween-themed race at the Lurgio Middle School in Bedford, NH. Kids and adults race while dressed as witches and superheros. Their capes flow gracefully behind them as they run.

It’s got a good-sized hill so no one is likely to set a PR (Personal Record)…but it’s a fun race, followed by a great buffet and a very good raffle.

Come! Run with me now…

(I took this photo, and the others below, while running.)







All right! Let’s get to the good stuff–an HD video that puts you right in the middle of this race. Go ahead! Click the ‘Play’ button below. (And be sure to view the video in Full-Screen, so you’ll see the race in panoramic, high-resolution.)

Were you at this race–and if so, what did you like best about it? What could be improved?

(If you weren’t there, I hope these photos and HD video gave you a taste of the race…and I hope I’ll see you at a race next week.)

210_x_10_transparent.gif © 2010 by Ken Skier. All rights reserved.

Will I keep running barefoot in November?

A lot of people have been asking me: will I be able to keep running barefoot in the winter?

I want to–but it might not be practical (or pleasant! :-)

Brrrr!  I get cold just thinking about running barefoot in December… January… February… March…!  Even the thought of November makes me want to crawl back under the covers.

What do you think?  Please weigh in with your prediction!

Groton Town Forest Trail Race

The Groton Town Forest Trail Race is deceptively challenging. There are no mountains in Groton, Massachusetts…so you are lulled into anticipating a flat, easy romp through the woods.

Wrong! There are no mountains on this course–but many steep climbs and descents, most of them on singletrack that is carpeted in brown leaves and just slippery enough to require attention.

Visually, it is a real treat. The forest is mostly brown: brown tree trunks, brown leaves on the trail and overhead…

…but the runners are a rainbow! Garbed in bright blue and brilliant yellow and red, we flow in a river of color over the contours of the land.

Come! Run with me now…

(I took this photo, and the others below, while running.)







All right! Let’s get to the good stuff–an HD video that puts you right in the middle of this race. Go ahead! Click the ‘Play’ button below. (And be sure to view the video in Full-Screen, so you’ll see the race in panoramic, high-resolution.)

Were you at this race–and if so, what did you like best about it? What could be improved?

(If you weren’t there, I hope these photos and HD video gave you a taste of the race…and I hope I’ll see you at a race next week.)

210_x_10_transparent.gif © 2010 by Ken Skier. All rights reserved.

Great Bay 5K

The Great Bay 5K is popular race on the rolling roads of Stratham, NH.  A beautiful course–especially today, with the fall foliage on display

But this morning doesn’t feel like fall. It feels like the first day of winter. Temp is just 36 degrees, and there’s a strong breeze with occasional gusts…so the wind chill is down in the 20’s.  Almost everyone is wearing long sleeves, and most runners are sporting multiple layers.  I see a lot of hats and gloves…even some mittens.

But when I run, I throw off heat like a furnace–so I’ve learned to wear very little.  (Don’t want to overheat during a race!)  The problem is that it is cold waiting for the race to start.

Especially my feet!  (I’m running barefoot today. This will be my 15th barefoot race.)   I think my feet will be fine when I start running, but I made a big mistake and walked through wet grass to get to the starting line, and now my feet are cold, wet, and not at all happy.

Oh!  The race is about to start.  Come!  Run with me now…

(I took this photo, and the others below, while running.)







All right! Let’s get to the good stuff–an HD video that puts you right in the middle of this race. Go ahead! Click the ‘Play’ button below. (And be sure to view the video in Full-Screen, so you’ll see the race in panoramic, high-resolution.)

Were you at this race–and if so, what did you like best about it? What could be improved?

(If you weren’t there, I hope these photos and HD video gave you a taste of the race…and I hope I’ll see you at a race next week.)

210_x_10_transparent.gif © 2010 by Ken Skier. All rights reserved.

Fall Frolic 5K

In its inaugural run, the Fall Frolic 5K drew 350 runners to the rolling, tree-lined roads of Beverly, MA. The race raises money for the PTO of the Cove Elementary School and four other elementary schools in Beverly, so it’s not surprising that many of the runners are kids and their proud parents.

No one crosses the finish line with more intensity or joy than a little kid!

Incidentally, this is my 14th race that I’m running barefoot–bringing me to 50 miles of barefoot races.

Come! Run with me now…



(I took this photo, and the others below, while running.)







All right! Let’s get to the good stuff–an HD video that puts you right in the middle of this race. Go ahead! Click the ‘Play’ button below. (And be sure to view the video in Full-Screen, so you’ll see the race in panoramic, high-resolution.)

Were you at this race–and if so, what did you like best about it? What could be improved?

(If you weren’t there, I hope these photos and HD video gave you a taste of the race…and I hope I’ll see you at a race next week.)

210_x_10_transparent.gif © 2010 by Ken Skier. All rights reserved.

Baystate Memorial 5K

The Baystate Memorial 5K is new race that takes you on a tour of the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in North America. The course is flat but winding…giving you many opportunities to view the powerful engine that launched this country into the industral age: the mighty Merrimack River.

Come! Run with me now…



(I took this photo, and the others below, while running.)









All right! Let’s get to the good stuff–an HD video that puts you right in the middle of this race. Go ahead! Click the ‘Play’ button below. (And be sure to view the video in Full-Screen, so you’ll see the race in panoramic, high-resolution.)

Were you at this race–and if so, what did you like best about it? What could be improved?

(If you weren’t there, I hope these photos and HD video gave you a taste of the race…and I hope I’ll see you at a race next week.)

210_x_10_transparent.gif © 2010 by Ken Skier. All rights reserved.