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Chi Running Survey: Request from Mark Cucuzzella and Danny Dreyer

My friend Mark Cucuzzella is conducting a survey about Chi Running in conjunction with Chi Running founder Danny Dreyer. I had the opportunity to meet Danny at the recent running injury conference I attended in Shepherdstown, WV, and was able to participate in a short, one hour Chi Running workshop with him. I was impressed by Danny’s patient and thoughtful approach to teaching running form, and had the opportunity to talk with a number of runners who have benefitted greatly by adopting Chi. Mark asked me if I would be willing to post a short message introducing and linking to their survey – if you have experience with Chi Running, please consider filling it out.

Here is the message from Mark and Danny:

Chi Running

Dear Friends,

As the interest in natural and barefoot running grows, forward-thinking doctors, scientists and physical therapists want information about best practices for injury-prevention and recovery.

Please help us and the scientific community determine the effectiveness of the Chi Running and Chi Walking techniques by taking this short survey.

You can help us gauge the effectiveness of our programs which will, in turn, offer incentive to the scientific community to embark on further studies which will add substantiation to the natural running movement. Please help us bridge the current gap between practice and science.

The University of West Virginia Institutional Review Board has approved this survey.  it will take about 3 to 5 minutes.

Thank you for all your support.


Danny Dreyer, Founder of Chi Running

Mark Cucuzzella MD, Associate Professor West Virginia School of Medicine

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  1. Thornstein says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for about 6 months now and really enjoy it. I took up running after having a heart attack at only 42 and receiving three stents. Running is one of the few activities where I can get my heart rate up in a short time. I knew that I would be doing this for the rest of my life and was looking for a way to avoid injury. I read the Chirunning book and adapted to it quickly. After reading your blog and many other articles on running, I’m not sure that anything new to the running world is adressed in the book. I’m thankful for having read the book and changing to a midfoot strike. By adding “chi” to the word running, Mr. Dreyer seems to have no problem taking credit for changes in running form that have been around for a long time. But he has marketed himself well and reached a large audience. He got me and I’m thankful for it.

    Good luck in Boston!

  2. PaulDavisTheFirst says:

    it didn’t become clear till several pages into the survey that it made no sense to answer it if you were not involved in chi running.

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