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Barefoot Runner at the Irish Road Rover 5K in Portland, ME

Barefoot Runner at the Irish Road Rover 5K in Portland, ME

This barefoot runner passed me at the Irish Road Rover 5K in Portland, ME

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AGN Turkey Tune-Up 5K

The AGN Turkey Tune-up is a scenic 5K around the “Great Neck”–a quiet peninsula jutting into the Atlantic from Ipswich, MA. There are many hills…but each time we reach a summit, we get a new view of the ocean.

“Go, Barefoot guy!” I hear from other runners and a few hardy spectators. They seem to be impressed that I’m running barefoot. This is my 21st barefoot race, all but four of them since Labor Day, so running barefoot is no big deal for me…but the cold temps and brisk wind have driven the wind chill down to the 30’s, making this a bit tough. Not tough on my feet! It’s just tough to be out here in this cold wind wearing only a singlet and shorts.

Brrrrr!

Fortunately, there’s hot chocolate after the race, and awards for some of my friends. Another beautiful day in Ipswich!

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.

Lisa’s Lung Cancer Awareness (LCA) 5K

Lisa’s Lung Cancer Awareness 5K (“Lisa’s LCA 5K”) in Lowell, MA has a fast course, burgers and beer after the race, and a great raffle…but what sets it apart is the warmth of the people who make this race happen. They make you feel special the moment you arrive.

This race and its cast of terrific volunteers touched my heart the first time I ran it, two years ago…yet somehow it gets better each year!

Barefoot running:

This is the 20th race that I’ve run barefoot–all but four of them since Labor Day. The roads are smooth and I feel as if my feet never touch the ground.

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.

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.

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.