2018 Too Much Fun Tour

2018 Too Much Fun Tour

Formerly: The 2018 Spring-Summer Barefoot Running, Walking, Vegan, Yoga, and Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Tour (which is a mouth full, and the reason we’re calling it simply the “Too Much Fun Tour”)

We are tentatively planning a road trip for 2018 Spring-Summer to Michigan (to visit family) and beyond.

Ken Bob will provide a Barefoot Running and Walking Play-Fun-Shop and Cathy will teach Yoga (in American Sign Language – but hearing folks are welcome too 🙂 at each location, as long as someone shows up.

Time, location, and availability of paddle-boards, a body of water, etc., permitting, Cathy might also teaches Stand-Up Paddle-board (SUP) and SUP Yoga.

Alternatively, if you hold Yoga classes or session and would like Cathy to be a guest instructor (so you can get more deaf people in your community interested), let us know and we’ll try to schedule your stop along our way

Likewise, for Barefoot Running classes, clinics, workshops, etc., you may want to invite Barefoot Ken Bob as a special guest to your existing sessions or fun runs.


We will not be charging attendees and fees (if we have been invited as guests at another event, there may be fees for attending that event).

Donations will be accepted, but we suggest you wait until after the session, and decide then how much you believe our influence was worth to you.

To encourage us stop in your area, consider hosting a Play-Fun-Shop.

Consider inviting us as special guest speakers/instructors at an existing event in your area.

Even if we  have a host in your area, you might be able to help that host with organization, locating a venue, etc. So let us know and we’ll put you in contact with our primary hosts.


Traveling with us will be Cathy, our new puppy, Psycho Kay, and perhaps part of the way, Ken’s 80-year old (soon to be 81) Uncle Dave.

We are only in the preliminary planning phase right now. There are some events Cathy and/or I will be involved in during May, June, or July, so our schedule will be worked around those events, after they have been set.

Due to the amount of content and fun we hope to have at each meeting, we will limit the meetings to Saturdays, or Sundays, or Holidays (there’s just too much fun to have in a short evening session on a weekday)

Stops (tentative)

April-May through July-August

The locations and order are not yet determined. Order will depend whether we head east via the southern route in early April circling back through the mid-west and northwest on the way home in late spring and summer.

or maybe northeast toward Michigan in Late April – Early May, then do a figure-8 through Florida, back to Seattle, and home again.

  • California, Los Angeles area
  • California, San Francisco
  • California, San Louis Obispo
  • Colorado
  • Florida, Ft Lauderdale
  • Georgia (have host)
  • Kentucky
  • Nebraska/Iowa
  • Massachusetts, Boston
  • Missouri, Kansas City
  • Michigan (have hosts in Grand Ledge and Traverse City)
  • New York, upstate
  • North Carolina
  • Oregon, Portland
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas, Austin
  • Utah, Cedar City (have host)
  • Utah, Salt Lake City
  • Washington, Seattle
  • West Virginia

Vegan dinners: One of the events we are hoping to attend in Salt Lake City (SLC), is a friend of Cathy’s who is a Vegan chef and works on Friday evenings in various restaurants in SLC. We, of course will announce this, once a date, location, and time is set, so more people can come out and support Vegan cooking (keep in mind, some restaurants may require footwear – I usually just slip on some flip-flops in such places). We’ll try to do something similar at other stops, so those who want to expand their horizons can experience a nice Vegan dinner at a local restaurant.

During the week Cathy and I will be traveling between locations, relaxing, hiking with our new dog, Kay, or just enjoying the hospitality of our hosts.

Accommodations and Venue Requirements

In case you or someone you know is interested in hosting us along the way:

Link to Ken Bob’s Accommodation and Venue Requirements



Supporters of the 2018 Too Much Fun Tour

Other similar teaching methods, in case we can’t make it to your area, or you don’t want to make donations to us:


Contact Barefoot Ken Bob if you would like to help organize or host a get-together in your area.


3 comments on “2018 Too Much Fun Tour

  1. Points to be discussed and practiced which are often misconceived or not stressed enough by other coaches and media articles:
    1. the myth that barefoot running puts more stress on the Achilles tendon and can lead to stress fractures – mostly true only of minimalist footwear runners, or barefoot runners running strictly on “barefoot friendly” terrain. True barefoot runners relax the calves and after the initial forefoot landing (gentle, not striking) allow the entire sole to support the bodies weight, thus reducing or, as Dr. Lieberman stresses, ELIMINATING, impact. The landing becomes a gentle loading, rather than a “punch” to the ground.
    2. The myth that shod runners who are not experiencing injuries should probably not bother to try barefoot running. I have seen so many shod runners, my age, who had experienced no injuries … until they reached later years (40s, 50s, and up). No warnings (at least not that they heeded) that they were blowing out their knees, etc..

  2. The Myth that one must force the forefoot to strike the ground, in order to run barefoot.

    Just like the idea that one must force the tires on their car to rotate in order to move the car is looking at the idea of driving from the wrong perspective, one does not “force” the forefoot to “strike” the ground. We’re looking for a gentle landing, something that would be comfortable even while barefoot (truly, honestly and actually barefoot) on most terrain, and at least not horribly uncomfortable even on some of the roughest terrain. A proper forefoot FIRST landing (followed immediately by the remainder of the sole touching the ground) comes from how the rest of the body is moving, rather than “simply” striking the ground with the forefoot!.

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