Meet the Kudus
ku·du , noun \’kü-(?)dü\ – A large grayish brown African antelope (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) with large annulated spirally twisted horns. (Merriam-Webster)
On a hot day, the Kalahari Bushmen will run kudus to exhaustion, also called persistence hunting. This is also a good description of how we got these special guests to attend. Meet the 2011 Kudus.
McDougall is the author of the best-seller Born To Run, an epic story that starts with a simple question, “Why does my foot hurt?” Born To Run has led many runners to question the benefits of the modern running shoe and to explore barefoot and minimalist running. McDougall’s adventure takes him to the Copper Canyons in Mexico where an ancient tribe, the Tarahumara Indians, show him the oldest way to run. McDougall lives (and runs) in Amish country in rural Pennsylvania.
Book: Born to Run
Dr. Daniel Lieberman
Dan Lieberman is Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University and leading researcher of running biomechanics. Lieberman’s research, published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature, has demonstrated that runners who run with a forefoot strike experience less force than those who run with a heel strike. Professor Lieberman is also an avid runner, and is pictured running at the inaugural NYCBR.
Barefoot Ted is an independent athlete committed to re-discovering primal human capacities and encouraging others to do the same. Having spent the last 7 years focused on mastering barefoot long distance running, BFT now focuses on sharing his insights through coaching clinics and speaking engagements. Many have come to know about him through the pages of Christopher McDougall’s best-selling book Born to Run, a book BFT likes to call his quirky PhD thesis that he didn’t have to write. Ted’s research and adventures have been regularly shared on his popular blog, Barefoot Ted’s Adventures. He also hosts an online forum dedicated to minimalist/barefoot running and runs a sandal company, Luna Sandals.
Lee Saxby is at the forefront of applied barefoot science. He has spent the last 10 years coaching barefoot technique to help runners overcome injury and increase performance. Lee’s coaching method defies conventional wisdom but is deeply rooted in the scientific principles of biomechanics and evolutionary biology. He is considered by many as one of the best in his field, and has been described as “The World’s Best Running Coach” by Christopher McDougall. Lee is the VIVOBAREFOOT Coaching Program Director.
Jason Robillard is the founder of Barefoot Running University, co-founder of the Barefoot Runners Society, and author of The Barefoot Running Book. Jason has also written barefoot running articles for a variety of magazines and websites. Currently, Jason is working with Merrell to develop educational materials to help people safely transition to barefoot and minimalist shoe running. Throughout 2011, Jason will be traveling around the country in an RV with his wife Shelly and three children to teach others about barefoot running.
Erwan Le Corre
Erwan is the founder of MovNat, a method for training and teaching efficiency in natural movement. A veteran barefoot runner (he started 20 years ago at age 19), he is also a big advocate of moving naturally in a broad way. It includes all natural human locomotive capacities of movement such as walking, running, balancing, jumping, climbing, crawling and swimming, as well as other practical capacities.
Clinics: MovNat Workshops
Barefoot Ken Bob
Barefoot Ken Bob was born in 1955, without shoes. He is convinced that most people are born with shoes. Why else would they constantly ask him, “Where are your shoes?” He founded TheRunningBarefoot.com in 1997 when asked too many questions after his first official barefoot trail race (a 10-miler). Ken Bob continues racing (nearly 400 barefoot races of all distances), running marathons (77 barefoot so far) and rarely, ultra-running (a 50K in 1998 and hopefully a 100-miler this May). He co-authored his first book, Barefoot Running Step by Step due out in May 2011. Barefoot Ken Bob lives in California, and enjoys a nearly 100% barefoot lifestyle.
Michael Sandler is Chief Coaching Officer of RunBare and is the author of Barefoot Running. A former speed skater and professional level cyclist, he began barefoot running after a life-altering accident that left him with a broken arm, broken hip and shattered femur. Doctors told him he may not be able to walk again – and definitely not run again. But Michael used determination, meditation, and the power of nature to walk and run again – though this time, barefoot. Today, Michael is capable of running 50+ miles barefoot, and tours the country teaching barefoot running with his wife and co-founder of Run Bare, Jessica Lee.
Book: Barefoot Running
Dr. Daniel Howell
Daniel Howell, professor of human anatomy at Liberty University, is an advocate of barefoot living, not just running. He has lived mostly barefoot for years and is author of The Barefoot Book. Dr. Howell has been interviewed by The Washington Post, USA Today, Popular Science magazine, ABC news and radio shows from New York to New Zealand; he has appeared on MSNBC and the TODAY Show and was even featured in a Korean documentary on “barefooting.”
Site: The Barefoot Professor
Book: The Barefoot Book
Esther Gokhale is founder of the Gokhale Method, a systematic process of restoring pain-free posture and movement. She founded her center 20 years ago in Palo Alto, California and has helped thousands of people get free of pain. Esther studied biochemistry at Harvard and Princeton and acupuncture at the San Francisco School of Oriental Medicine. After crippling back pain during her first pregnancy and unsuccessful back surgery, she began her lifelong crusade to find a solution to back pain. Her studies at the Aplomb Institute in Paris and years of research in Burkina Faso, India, Portugal, and elsewhere led to her development of the Gokhale Method. She and other trained Gokhale Method instructors routinely offer courses throughout the U.S., Europe, the U.K. and Israel.
A long-time advocate of healthy and unshod running, Mark Cucuzzella, M.D, who is a Professor of Family Medicine at West Virginia University School of Medicine and a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserves, opened the nation’s first minimalist shoe store, Two Rivers Treads, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, in 2010. He is also co-founder and executive director of the Natural Running Center, which has brought together leading health and medical experts in barefoot running, gait, footwear science, and injury prevention. At age 44, Mark ran a 2:37 at the 2011 Boston Marathon.
John Durant is co-founder of the New York City Barefoot Run and founder of Barefoot Runners NYC. He advocates a healthy lifestyle based on our hunter-gatherer heritage: a paleo diet, barefoot running, natural movement, and more. John has been featured in the New York Times, and has appeared on The Colbert Report, CBS Evening News, CBC Radio, and The Today Show. John writes a popular health and fitness blog at Hunter-Gatherer.com. He is writing a book, tentatively titled Live Wild: A Survival Guide to the Modern World, to be published by Crown in 2012.