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Off to New York City – Merrell Roundtable and NYC Barefoot Run

I’m sitting in the airport in NH waiting to board my delayed flight to Newark, with hopes of making it into Manhattan at some point tonight. Figured this was a good time to play around with the Blogpress app for iPad for the first time!

I was invited to New York by Merrell, and will be joined by a whole bunch of other folks to participate in a Roundtable discussion on the future of barefoot-style footwear. I’ll be joined by fellow bloggers, journalists, medical professionals, and others with an interest in the minimalist running movement. I’ll also be getting a sneak peak at some of the Merrell Barefoot 2012 shoe lineup, and possibly taking a few advance pairs home to try out 🙂

On Sunday I’ll be heading to the NYC Barefoot Run on Governor’s Island – should be another interesting experience. Not sure how many barefoot miles I’ll attempt, but my goal is at least one 2-mile loop.

I’m going to try something new here and do a little live blogging. Will try to update this post with anything interesting that happens this weekend!

Update – ran 3+ miles through the streets of NYC to Battery Park. Merrell Road Glove on foot, fantastic shoe! Fixes all complaints I had about running on roads in the Trail Glove. Here’s a lousy photo:

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  1. Majo Tinoco says:

    Have fun! Governor’s Island is a lovely place to run. I hope the weather cooperates.

  2. Justin Owings @BirthdayShoes says:

    Hope you get here soon — and I’ll be right there with you going for the 2(.1) mile barefoot loop 😉  See you soon.

  3. As I learned from a quick web-search: The Native Americans of the Manhattan region referred to Governor’s island as Pagganck (“Nut Island”) after the Island’s plentiful hickory, oak, and chestnut trees.

    How apt! “Nut Island” as the location for the NYC Barefoot Run!  😉

    Just kidding! Hope you have a great time and as usual share your experience.

  4. Awesome that you’re going to be there. It’s gonna be my first time going all out barefoot. Seems to be shaping up to be a fun event.

  5. Lucky SOB. Have fun and keep us minions posted.

  6. you ran through my old neighborhood.  I lived right by the Seaport and the Battery was were I started almost all of my runs.  (sniff)

    • Pete Larson says:

      I was definitely a fish out of water in the city, felt like a different world! Would like to visit again with more free time to explore.

  7. Who are some of the other bloggers that are there?  What are there blogs?  I love your blog, but I am always on the lookout for more viewpoints on barefoot and minimalist running (I’ve been a VFF runner for about 1 year with hopes of running a Half Marathon in them in January, and I am interested in adding Newtons or Merrell Gloves to my rotation)

    • Pete Larson says:

      Tuck from Yelling Stop, Jason Robillard from Barefoot Running University, Justin Owings from Birthday Shoes, Chris from Maple Grove Barefoot Guy, Nick Pang from Minimalist Running shoes and the Natural Running Center. Several more in addition. If you want to see the blogs I read most often, I have a sidebar widget on the bottom left column of Runblogger that updates the latest posts from my Google Reader list

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