As a result of the ever increasing popularity of barefoot running, the first ever barefoot road race in Ireland has been organised. Hartnett Physical Therapy is delighted to announce a 5km & 10km barefoot road race in Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo, on 11th March 2012 at 12pm.
Ireland is witnessing a surge in the number of runners removing their traditional shoes and taking to the roads in their bare feet. Barefoot running by its very nature is a more natural way to run. Without shoes we are required to use our feet and legs correctly, resulting in a more efficient, injury-free way to move.
Angie Hartnett from Hartnett Physical Therapy explains:
“Barefoot running strengthens the muscles in our feet, which are numerous and underused, legs and arches. We use our calves to help propel us forward, our Achilles tendon as our natural shock absorber and we bend our knees more and use less energy per stride. We also reduce the amount of impact per foot strike than when wearing a conventional shoe. Most importantly, however, is that we run naturally.
Since Vibram FiveFingers were introduced into the Irish market an increasing number of runners are using barefoot techniques for strength and conditioning, running form correction and increasing efficiency. Vibram FiveFingers have an ultra-thin sole and separate toe pockets allowing the foot to function as it was designed.
Owen Loughrey, from Barefoot.ie, points out the 5 reasons someone would wear or train in Vibram FiveFingers:
1. Strengthens muscles in the feet and lower limbs.
2. Improves range of motion in ankles, feet and toes.
3. Stimulates neural function, important for balance
4. Eliminates heel lift to align the spine and improve posture.
5. Allows the foot and body to move naturally, which just feels good.
Back 2 Barefoot is the first fully barefoot race in Ireland and will allow barefoot runners of all abilities to take part. Back 2 Barefoot will be a family event with many running with their kids. There will be water along the routes and refreshments at the end with a technical t-shirt for all participants.
It is an AAI approved race and ALL athletes are welcome, irrespective of footwear.
For more information on the race contact Angie on [email protected]
Registration is required and can be done through Angie directly, at www.Barefoot.ie (shop) or at www.runireland.com (https://www.runireland.com/events/back-2-barefoot-5km10km)