Author Archives: Ken Bob Saxton


Desert Solstice Ultra Runs

Found; water bottle jug - does this belong to you?

Found; water bottle jug – does this belong to you?

2017-12-09 and 10 Desert Solstice 24-hour and 100 mile barefoot runs, Phoenix Arizona

No new barefoot running world records this year…. wait a minute – Teague O’Connor’s 100-mile split may be a new Barefoot Running World Record. I’ve never seen anyone else make running a hundred miles in one day look so easy and fun. In any case, Teague was the first runner overall at this event to complete 100 miles!

When Barefoot Jake invited me to come to Phoenix to support his, and 2 other barefoot runners attempts at word records (primarily for the 24-hour event), I jumped on my computer, used my credit card miles, and reserved a room at the Hilton Garden hotel in Phoenix (just over 1 mile from the event), and reserved a room. I retired from California State University, Long Beach at the end of August this year, so I did not even need to ask the department chair for the time off. However, I did ask my wife. Well actually, I even offered to bring her, and our new dog (might have had to find a dog-friendly hotel). But she had had a few trips this past year for yoga retreats, etc., without me (especially while I was still working), so she said she would stay home with Kay, our new puppy (now 14 months).

As usual, I overpacked, tried to include anything that any of the barefoot runners (and if necessary, even some shod runners) might need while running so many miles in 24 hours. I thought for a while that it was a mistake to bring the 2 zero gravity chairs – but they were welcomed much during the 2nd 12 hours of the event.

Anyway, I will write up a bit more report, and hopefully get reports from the barefoot runners soon. In the meantime, I will start uploading some of the more than 1300 photos and videos I took at the event (I had the camera set to “continuous” so when I shot a photo, I actually was taking a series of still photos for as long as the button was held down). Anyway, it’s going to take a bit of time to sort and upload, but I’ll get started and publish this right now…

As usual, I am including not only photos of barefoot runners, but also interesting runners (Like Ed Ettinghausen – Run Jester Run)

Barefoot Runners

Barefoot Runners competing at 2017 Desert Solstice

Barefoot Jake Brown via Facebook

Desert Solstice was a success! No record, but I worked my way through a major hurt locker to finish the 100 mile event just before the 24hr mark.

Thanks to my sponsor Ox wear for their support and confidence, also to Ken Bob’s Original for providing aid and sending me home with a ton of athletic foods. More gratitude and the full story to come. 👣🏃🙏🏻 #heartofanox #barefootrunning

    • Jake Brown 100 miles in just under 24 hours
    • Teague O’Connor 100 miles @ 14:22 (Barefoot Running Record and Overall win at the Desert Solstice Race)- Teague’s Race Report
    • Andrew Snope – 85 miles (still the 24-hour barefoot running record holder set 2016 at The Summer Solstice 24-hour Race) – Race Report on Facebook (see below)

Race Info

Race Schedule:
7:00am Sat – Packet/Bib Pickup
8:00am Sat – 24 Hour & 100 Mile Start
8:00am Sun – 24 Hour & 100 Mile End

Central High School track is located at:
4500 N 7th St
Phoenix, AZ 85014

Race website:


IBRD Los Angeles

two boys in stroller, Alan, Ken Bob, Mr. Bill (hanging from Kay's leash, and Kay playing Tug 'O' war with leash

Alan, his two sons,, Mr. Bill, and myself ran, walked, rolled, and dangled about 4K on the Bolsa Chica State Beach multi-use path, that’s about 7 pairs of bare feet (being a dog, Kay has two pairs of feet). … read more

The Autonomous Body

my little neighbor and great master, showing me the autonomous, natural, efficient, and healthy running style : relaxed posture, vertical torso, bent knee while landing the foot, and ball of the foot touching the ground before the heel.

The Autonomous Body By Sylvain Griot originally published by February 28, 2017 There has been a loss of autonomy among societies and individuals, who have become dependent upon a system which is destructive not only to the planet but … read more

Barefoot Autism Challenge

image of Barefoot Autism Challenge logo

The inaugural, international Barefoot Autism Challenge will take place from April 1, 2017, through April 30, 2017. We hope this will be a virtual, annual event where everyone is invited to take part, not just those affected by autism. Human … read more

Global Barefoot Awards 2016

Global Barefoot Awards 2016

Welcome to the Global Barefoot Awards, hosted by Primal Lifestyle. This is a free, fun and gratitude-oriented awards ceremony to celebrate the efforts of many people, from many fields, who have worked hard to bring a greater truth to the … read more