If you made it to the epic Barefoot Harlem-Brooklyn Run in August or the Woodstock of Wild Human Animal Mayhem on Governor’s Island, you’ve got an idea what to expect.
If you didn’t, grab a ticket while they last and don’t miss out again.
On Friday, Nov. 5, we’ll be staging a TED-like theater of the mind devoted to “Reinventing Running: The Thrill is Back.” I’ll be hosting an evening of guest speakers who will re-examine our first fine art — distance running — and discuss how to re-discover the adventure without fear, spongy footwear, or false limitations. We’re modeling the night after the wildly successful TED conferences, with an added twist: the speakers will condense their talks to 15 intense, fast-moving minutes, but for a finale, all the speakers will gather on stage for a wide-open audience Q&A panel. So if you’ve ever wanted to ask Barefoot Ted face-to-face about The Urine Incident, or quiz Prof. Lieberman about chatting old bones with Alan Alda, opportunity is knocking.
Guests speakers so far include:
*Dr. Daniel Lieberman, Harvard’s “Barefoot Professor” and co-creator of the “Running Man” theory of human evolution.
*Coach Eric Orton, the wizard from Born to Run who rebuilt me in time for the epic race against the Tarahumara.
*Barefoot Ted McDonald: is any introduction necessary? For the first time ever on stage, BFT will be simultaneously demonstrating how to craft your own pair of Tarahumara-style racing sandals while describing his years-long exploration of indigenous footwear in search of the perfect minimalist running shoe.
*John Durant: fresh from his star-turn on The Colbert Report and a national leader of hunter-gatherer athleticism. John was at least half the brains behind that wild moving street party of the Harlem run and recently staged the gigantic First Annual New York Barefoot Run on Governor’s island.
*Fast and Female will be making a special presentation
* Plus a special mystery guest will be on hand with exciting Born to Run news (more on this soon. Really soon).
*AND hula dancers! Vibram FiveFingers giveaways! Personalized book signings! A raffle for a special event: Saturday In The Park With McDougall and Barefoot Ted. Raffle winners will be personally fitted and presented with a pair of Vibram FiveFingers, then join Barefoot Ted and I for a run in Central Park followed by muffins and coffee.
Check back here or here, because we’ll be updating with new speakers and info every day.
NEW YORK SOCIETY FOR ETHICAL CULTURE
2 West 64 Street
New York, NY
The time: doors open at 6pm
The price: 10 bucks.
Tickets are seriously limited, so I’d suggest you move fast. You can buy them online thru Eventbrite, or in person at Paragon Sports.
To see who could be sitting next to you, RSVP on John Durant’s meetup site: