FAQ


Background
What is the purpose of the NYCBR?
When and how did the event start?

Registration
Where do I register?
What is the entry fee for the weekend?
What do I receive for the entry fee?

Preparing
What is the best way to prepare for the weekend?
I am a complete beginner to barefoot or minimalist running.  How should I start?

Transportation and Accommodation
When should I arrive and leave?
Which airport should I fly into?
Which area of the city should I stay in?
Do you have any hotel recommendations?
Are there any special discounts for participants?

Event weekend
When and where do the events take place?
What are my dinner options for Saturday night dinner?
Who are the “headliners” for this year’s event?
What is the format for the run?
Do I need to be barefoot to participate in the run?
Will I be able to make it back to my hotel on Sunday in time to check out?
Can I bring my family/friends with me?

Merchandise
Where can I buy NYCBR merchandise?

Contact
I am a vendor.  Whom should I contact about sponsoring or being part of the event?
I’d like to help make this event happen.  How can I sign up to volunteer?
I am a journalist / part of the media.  Whom should I contact to get more info about the event (and attend)
I have a question that is not addressed here.  Whom should I contact with my question?

 

 

 

Answers


Background
What is the purpose of the NYCBR?
It’s pretty simple:
• To make running fun again
• To build community in the minimalist running world
• To educate about minimalist and barefoot running
• To explore human movement in all its forms
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When and how did the event start?
It started last year – October 2010.  How did it start? Read here.
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Registration

Where do I register?
Click here or click on the red “register” button on the upper right corner of the page.
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What is the entry fee for the weekend?

$75.  The entry fee will increase closer to the event, so register now.

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What do I receive for the entry fee?
A pretty awesome weekend.

LEARN
• Attend clinics on barefoot running, walking, posture, and natural movement
• Hear lectures and talks by this year’s Kudus
• Try out the latest minimalist shoes and products

MEET
• Have a beer with the Kudus
• Meet members of the barefoot running community

MOVE
• Run a new type of race (not your traditional 5k/10k)
• Run wild on an island in the middle of New York Harbor

The fee includes access to all NYCBR events (clinics, talks, the run), a tech tee (not just a cotton t-shirt), discounts on sponsor apparel, ferry ride to and from Governors Island, and food and beverage at the Run.
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Preparing

What is the best way to prepare for the weekend?
There is nothing that you have to do.  But, if you’re new to barefoot running, you’ll probably get more out of the weekend if you try it first at home.  Start at a short distance – walking around barefoot and running short distances (e.g., start with just 100 yards)
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I am a complete beginner to barefoot or minimalist running.  How should I start?
Read about why to run barefoot and tips on getting started
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Transportation and Accommodation

When should I arrive and leave?
Official events will start on Saturday morning and finish Sunday around noon.  If you arrive on Friday and leave Sunday afternoon, you’ll make all the events (clinics, talks, run).  You could also arrive Saturday morning and make all the events.

If you arrive Saturday afternoon or early evening – that’s fine too.  You still will be able to make it for the main talk and panel in the evening as well as the run.  Even just attending the run on Sunday will be well worth your while.

Many of us will be staying on the island through Sunday afternoon – enjoying the weather, having a beer with the kudus, checking out sponsors’ products.  We’ll also organize a casual “hydration” party at a bar on Friday night for anyone who has already arrived.  This will be *very* casual, so don’t change your plans just to make it.

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Which airport should I fly into?
LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark are good options. LaGuardia is closest.

LaGuardia Airport transportation site
• Taxi = Approx $40 and ~35 minutes to midtown.
• Bus = $12-15 and approx 1 hr  (after departure.  Laves every 30 min, though check site.

JFK Airport transportation site
• Taxi = Approx $60 and ~45 min to midtown.
• Subway = $10 and approx 1 hr and 15 minutes.  In the terminal, follow signs to the “Air Train” – and take it to Jamaica Center (E train).  Get on the E train inbound for Manhattan.  Then transfer to get to where you need to go.
• Bus = Approx $15 and ~1 hour (after departure). Leaves every 30 min, though check site.

Newark Airport transportation site
• Taxi = Approx $60 and ~45 min to midtown
• Subway = ~$15 and approx 1 hr.  Take the AirTrain to Airport Station.  Take NJ Transit in to Penn Station
• Bus = $15 and ~1 hour (after departure).  Look for bus near taxi station.  Multiple stops in Manhattan
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Which area of the city should I stay in? 

To be closest to events, stay in Lower Manhattan (also called the Financial District/Wall Street).  We have special rates at two hotels.  Rates expire on August 23, 2011.  Rooms are limited (and will sell out), so book now.  Info on hotels and rates can be found at the bottom of the Accomodation page.

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Do you have any hotel recommendations?
Yes.  We secured discounted rates at two hotels (DoubleTree Financial Distrcit and Andaz Wall Street) in Lower Manhattan.  Both are both walking distance to the events on Saturday and Sunday.   Rates expire on August 23, 2011.  Rooms are limited (and will sell out), so book now.  Info on both hotels and rates can be found at the bottom of the Accommodations page.
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Are there any special discounts for participants?
Participants will receive a packet with special discounts on sponsors’ and kudus’ products.
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Event weekend

When and where do the events take place? How do I get there?
The events take place on Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, 2011.  Latest schedule and maps are here.
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What are my dinner options for Saturday night dinner?
A limited variety of “street cart style” food (e.g., BBQ) will be available at the event for very reasonable prices (<$15).

Alternatively, you can eat at the South Street Seaport food court or multiple surrounding restaurants. There are a large number of options, which you can find here (page 1) or here (page 2). The quality is what you would expect in a tourist destination.  The food court and many surrounding restaurants are open until 9pm.

Another option is to get a very early bite to eat outside of Southstreet Seaport – but still in the Lower Manhattan area. Some options (which vary in offering/price range): Alfanoose (Lebanese), Smorgas Chef (higher end Scandanavian), Toloache (inexpensive Mexican), Fraunces Tavern (stepped-up tavern/pub food), and more. Back to top


Who are the “headliners” for this year’s event?
Meet the “kudus” (and learn what a kudu is)
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What is the format for the run?
Bored with the same old 5K/10K format?  So are we.  See the Event Overview.
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Do I need to be barefoot to participate in the run?
No.  All are welcome –whether barefoot, or wearing a minimalist shoe or traditional running shoe (but barefoot-curious)
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Will I be able to make it back to my hotel on Sunday in time to check out?
If you’re planning to check out on Sunday, you may want to check out in advance (and leave your bags with the hotel).  There will be ferries back to the island after the run, but last year many people stayed through the afternoon.  We’re planning to have food, beverages, and opportunities to try out sponsors’ products after the run, so we think you should stay!
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Can I bring my family/friends with me?
Yes.  Family/friends are welcome to join for the VIVOBAREFOOT clinics – and come to the run on Governors Island as spectators (great picnic area with views of the Statue of Liberty, NY Harbor, Brooklyn Bridge, etc).  The Merrell Barefoot Party on Saturday night (with talks, Minimalist Expo, drinks, etc.) is for registered participants only.
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Merchandise

Where can I buy NYCBR merchandise?
NYCBR tech tee will be sold at the Merrell Barefoot Party on Saturday night.  It’s pretty much the best barefoot running shirt out there.  (So you know…the tech tee for sale here is different from the one you will receive for participating in the run)
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Contact

I am a vendor.  Whom should I contact about sponsoring or being part of the event? Here
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I’d like to help make this event happen.  How can I sign up to volunteer? Here
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I am a journalist / part of the media.  Whom should I contact to get more info about the event (and attend)? Here
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I have a question that is not addressed here.  Whom should I contact with my question?
No problem.  Just email us at: info@nycbarefootrun.com
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