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Barefoot Running Step by Step (2011)

Always Remember…

  1. Running Barefoot should be comfortable (on almost any terrain)
  2. Running Barefoot should be easy
  3. Running Barefoot should be FUN!
If any of these are not true for you right now, then play with how you are running until it is more comfortable, easy, and joyful.

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About Barefoot Ken Bob Saxton

Barefoot Ken Bob

Barefoot Ken Bob

Ken Bob Saxton is the leading instructor of barefoot running in the country, featured on ABC World News (2005), NPR, Runner’s World magazine, The New York Times, and many other newspapers, magazines, radio, and television appearances/mentions locally and around the world, as well as being acknowledged as the “great bearded sage” of barefoot running in the bestseller Born to Run, by Chris McDougall, who calls Ken Bob “The Master of Barefoot Running.”

Ken Bob has completed more than 400 races barefoot, including 79 marathons barefoot (and one marathon in shoes), and one ultra-marathon (50+ kilometers). Ken Bob has qualified for the Boston Marathon several times and “run” it twice. He enjoyed completing an astounding marathon-a-month challenge in 2004 (totalling 13 marathons), which he topped with 14 marathons in 2006, including 4 marathons in a 15-day period–all barefoot.

Ken Bob has run tens of thousands of miles barefoot, just for fun, over the past 50+ years  (no precise data, since most of the running was just for fun, and Ken Bob kept a running log for only 10 of those 50+ years).

“Barefoot” Ken Bob, as he is popularly known, has trained thousands of people across the country in person at his “Play-Fun-Shops” (clinics/workshops) and educated thousands of new barefoot runners throughout the world, from Mumbai to Oslo, via his popular website at – which is the original Running Barefoot website (founded by Barefoot Ken Bob in 1997). Also, many folks from around the world enjoy going to Southern California for one (or more) of Ken Bob’s Regular Runs and Play-Fun-Shops (because workshop sounds too much like work, and clinic is too clinical). Shoes are optional – but most people are easily convinced they won’t need shoes by Ken Bob’s reasoning.


Sound Bites:


  • (1955) Born in Traverse City MI
  • (1957?) Running Barefoot since childhood (at least occasionally)
  • (1980) Moved to Southern California
  • (1985) Began working at CSULB
  • (1987) Ran a marathon in shoes, feet were blistered (except soles) and toenails turned black and fell off
  • (1987) Began running nearly exclusively barefoot
  • (1990) Began commuting to and from work (occasionally) by running/walking barefoot
  • (1996) Began barefooting at work (equipment and computer technician)
  • (1996) Began running long distance (16-22 miles) on hilly trails
  • (1997) Ran first official barefoot race 10-miles on rocky trails
  • (1997) Founded The Running Barefoot website
  • (1998) Last long run (18 miles) in shoes – feet were bleeding afterwards
  • (1999 October 23) 5-Kilometer Personal Record: 17:43 Newport Beach CA
  • (1999 June 17) 5-Mile Personal Record: 30:18 Long Beach CA
  • (1999 April 17) 10-Kilometer Personal Record: 37:02Seal Beach CA
  • (1999 August 14) 10-Mile Personal Record: 1:02:11 Huntington Beach CA
  • (1998 November 15) Half Marathon Personal Record: 1:22:14 Irvine CA
  • (2000 January 30) Marathon Personal Record: 3:18:50 Huntington Beach CA
  • (2005) short runs (less than 1 mile each) in Nike Free 5.0s to evaluate Nike’s attempt at a “Barefoot Shoe”
  • (2011) Co-authored “Barefoot Running Step by Step” with Roy M. Wallack


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