- Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm, Huntington Beach CA
- Saturdays at 10am, Huntington Beach CA
Because “workshop” sounds too much like work, and “Clinic” sounds too clinical.
FREE! And it’s FUN to run for fun without shoes (but shoes are optional) with friends, and new friends we haven’t met yet. And Ken Bob, with all his years, and years, and years of running barefoot may be able to help you learn how to teach yourself how to run more gracefully (so maybe you won’t need those “cheaters” after all?)
Be sure to RSVP if you’re interested in the Play-Fun-Shop, and if I have time, we can meet up a bit earlier before the actual run.
If my Play-Fun-Shop helps you in anyway, then thank me by buying Barefoot Running Step by Step and telling all your friends (and enemies) to do the same.
- The Old Same Place
- Meet by the restroom
- at Bolsa Chica State Beach
- behind the Warner-Pacific Coast Hwy Bus Stop
- by Warner and Pacific Coast Highway
- Huntington Beach, CA 92649
We’re meeting here all year round. Parking may be a bit more difficult in the summer on Saturdays. But, since we’re at the beach show up early and enjoy the beach until it’s time for the run (or Play-Fun-Shop).
- FREE Parking in Sunset Beach behind the Travelodge Ocean Front, Sunset Beach
- FREE Parking on Pacific Coast Highway
- PAID parking in Bolsa Chica State Beach parking lot – requires California State Park pass (daily or annual)
- Répondez S’il Vous Plaît
- Respond if you please
AT LEAST 24 hours prior if you want confirmation that Barefoot Ken Bob will be there.
If nobody RSVPs, don’t expect anyone to be waiting for you! Ken Bob is generally on time, or a few minutes before, and we tend to start running right on schedule, or even a minute early.
If nobody RSVPs Ken Bob may stay home and read a book, enjoy an early dinner, or watch television. So, plan to arrive a few minutes early.
If you expect to be a few minutes late, contact Ken Bob. He does check his E-mail and text messages (NOT FACEBOOK) while waiting for to start the run.
This contact form is for publicity contacts (journalists, etc.), invites for barefoot running guest speakers, offers of sponsorship, RSVPs to events, etc..
If you have questions, comments, or stories for and about running barefoot, want to reach out to the community of barefoot runners, or are curious why you got injured by running in "barefoot shoes", please post these publicly to benefit from and add to our global knowledge base about barefoot running. This idea of sharing our stories, questions, comments, etc. is the reason Barefoot Ken Bob Saxton established the original Running Barefoot website in 1997. You can find and read most, if not all, of those answers in some or all of the following places;
- The Running Barefoot Website
- My book, Barefoot Running Step by Step
- F.A.Q. pages
- The Running Barefoot Forum
- Running Barefoot Forum @ Yahoo!
- The Barefoot Runners Society
- Runner's World Barefoot Running Forum
- Google your question
If your question hasn't been answered yet on any of the above forums, all the more reason to post your question publicly so your question and the resulting answers can be shared and help others as well as yourself.
We have several choices of where we run, and we usually wait until we meet as a group to decide on the day of each run:
- Dirt (and some gravel) trails in the Bolsa Chica Wetlands
- Asphalt path or beach sand or hard-pack (at low-tide) at Bolsa Chica State Beach
- Beach sand or hard-pack (at low-tide) at Sunset Beach California
- Grass or concrete sidewalks on the greenbelt in Sunset Beach California
I’ve always enjoyed storytelling, in many forms; books, movies, radio, comic books, the internet, campfire stories, even television. Anyone with a television, or a friend with a television, can watch programs broadcast over the air for free! True, there are commercials on the telly, but I’m not opposed to sponsorship. We should be learning to think critically and make decisions based on our own real desires and needs, and realize that commercials, while serving a purpose, do not obligate us to blindly follow their advice. We simply need to not be as stupid as Homer Simpson, who feels obligated to purchase everything he sees in advertisements. Then we can enjoy the free programming!
Likewise, Ken Bob’s Running Barefoot Play-Fun-Shops are usually FREE! Like broadcast television, advertising, which also supports this website, allows these Play-Fun-Shops to be free.
So if/when you’re in the mood for some online shopping, be sure to follow links from this website … BUT ONLY to purchase products and services you actually want or need!
Just because my Play-Fun-Shops are free, doesn’t mean they’re worthless. It just means I really care about you, not just those of you who have a lot of money (I like you too, but not exclusively). I’ve seen too many people, both who can afford coaching, advice, and my book, Barefoot Running Step by Step , start out, especially in “barefoot shoes,” trying to run the way they BELIEVE we are supposed to run while barefoot, rather than figuring out how they should be running, in such as way as to avoid injurious stress!
I’m sick and tired of hearing about people suffering injuries when attempting to run “barefoot”, especially when they were told “Barefoot Shoes” are “just like barefoot, only better!”
When you’ve finished thanking anyone who told you that, come talk with me!
Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced
Just starting out barefoot, or running? Afraid to take your shoes off, but want to reap some of the benefits of Barefoot Running? Having some problems getting the concepts of barefoot running technique? Want to run with Barefoot Ken Bob and see how long he can run while rambling on and on about barefoot running, the beauty of nature, etc.? It’s a run, or a play-fun-shop (workshop/clinic/lesson) or whatever.
So here I am, you have no excuse for not seeking advice before beginning to run barefoot, or trying to avoid it!
And if you feel guilty about taking advantage of my “charity”, BUY MY BOOK!
For other Barefoot Running Events see the Running Barefoot Calendar
View Ken Bob’s Regular Runs and Running Barefoot Fun-Play-Shops in a larger map
Where is Ken Bob
You have arrived at the above location, or nearby, or are supposed to meet up with Ken Bob early, but can’t find him anywhere?
Ken Bob’s current location on a map (when he last ran the app)
Barefoot Ken Bob will “usually” be there (but not always depending on other commitments). A couple of locals sometimes show up, and frequently guests visiting from out of state, or from around the world.
All are welcome, wheelchairs are easily accommodated on the State Beach multi-use path and Ken Bob knows (some) American Sign Language (ASL) as well as finger-spelling (slowly).
We even welcome people who are impaired with footwear – but please try to run quietly, or you’ll be a bother to us silent barefoot runners!
Just some fun running, conversations, fun tips, fun hints, fun “coaching”, and mostly FUN RUNNING/WALKING, etc. Distances are what you will. Mostly we do about 30 minutes (3 miles more or less) on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and an hour, more or less (4-6 miles) on Saturday mornings. These are public paths, trails, and beaches, so you’re welcome to run all day if you like!
If you’re not ready for those distances barefoot, bring along some cheaters, socks, minimalist footwear, dancing shoes, and, if you happen to be one of the few who can run without injury in modern running shoes, bring your running shoes, etc.. You can wear them the whole time, or just when you feel you need them. The choice and responsibility is always yours.
Hanging with Ken Bob after running
On Saturdays, if Ken Bob isn’t too busy, or if Ken Bob IS too busy, but needs a break, you might be able to hand out with him after the run for:
- a swim in the pool
- a soak in the hot tub
- a dip in the ocean (on a hot day)
- soaking your feet in the ocean (if it’s too cold for a full dip)
- a Vegan lunch
- Walking with Psycho Herman (Ken Bob’s dog)
Let Ken Bob know, when you RSVP, if you are interested in hanging out