I had the pleasure yesterday of attending a group trail run at a local, in town natural park here in Atlanta — the Lullwater Park Trail, which is adjacent to (or part of) Emory University. The run was organized by the newly founded Barefoot Runners Society (Georgia Chapter) and in attendance was RunnersWorld barefoot running forum founder, President of the BRS, the fantastic T.J. (Tamara)!
Out of the eight of us in our group, three ran full-out barefoot on the trail, which included a bit of gnarly gravel, but was mostly composed of wonderful sandy spots by a rolling creek as well as a run across a suspension bridge (got a bit wavy)! I think the total run was only a bit over two miles though I know the experts in the group could have gone a lot longer. For my newbie running experience, it was a perfect run for a Sunday morning.
I sported the KSO Treks as did one of our groups leaders Jim. Jim has a great post on his Vibram experience at his blog Wisdom of the West titled “Fringe” — it’s worth the read! We also had a couple Vibram KSO wearers and there were a couple Sprints in the group, too.
All in all, it was a beautiful day for a trail run here in Atlanta and it was great to meet local barefooting and minimalist running enthusiasts. If you’re not already plugged into a local group, I highly recommend finding one — even if you’re more of a lone runner you might make some new friends. I find VFFs are typically only the tip of the iceberg as far as having stuff in common with other fans.
Thanks to Scott Lenhart for taking the group photos (as well as to random guy walking the park!). Enjoyed meeting everyone in attendance!