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November 5, 2012

Barefoot Running - The Movie: Review and Giveaway Contest

As far as I can tell, there probably aren’t any barefoot runners enjoying themselves quite as much as Michael Sandler has been lately.

You may recall that Sandler is the author of Barefoot Running: How to Run Light and Free by Getting in Touch with the Earth - see my book review here - and is also a huge proponent of grounding theory, which enables us to fully connect and be at one with the Earth beneath our feet.  You may also recall that I don’t fully subscribe to his entire doctrine, but in all my communication with Sandler (we’ve e-mailed and phoned several times), I haven’t encountered anyone more passionate about the multiple and literally life-altering benefits of being barefoot.

Much of his belief comes from personal experience – more on that soon.  For today’s purposes, I’m happy to help promote Sandler’s latest project: Barefoot Running - The Movie, filmed completely on location in Hawaii.  He and his wife (and fellow barefoot advocate) Jessica Lee spent the majority of the year filming and producing the documentary, and his most recent e-mail to me read, “We're on the road in Colorado right now, but looking forward to getting back to warmer Hawaii shortly.  We'll be holding winter clinics there so others can enjoy the scenery with us.  Perhaps you'd like to come on out?”  It's hard to think of a place in the world that's better for a guy to enjoy being barefoot.

Unfortunately, I don’t have Hawaii in my future this winter, but I certainly had an eyeful of it in Barefoot Running - The Movie, which is essentially a visual companion to his excellent book.  Much of the same material is covered, but in video format it is significantly more compelling.  You get a better understanding of the exercises and form drills prescribed, a keener sense of the entire running sequence compared to seeing still photos – and most of all, you get a huge dose of mojo from the stunning scenery, which practically pulls you into the screen to invite you along.

One other noteworthy point is that Sandler’s back story is much better appreciated in video format.  I knew that his discovery of barefoot running was born from the wreckage of a traumatic accident, but reading this on a page doesn’t have nearly the impact of actually seeing Sandler’s mangled body and watching him repeatedly struggle to pull himself upright from a hospital bed.  Whether or not you believe everything Sandler says about the health benefits of being barefoot, you’ll never doubt his sincerity about the healing power it’s had on his own life.  And however much fun Sandler is having nowadays, it’s entirely well-deserved.

Barefoot Running - The Movie is now available for purchase from Sandler’s RunBare website, and would make a great early holiday gift for the minimalist runner on your list.  Sandler also gave me an additional copy of the movie to give away to one reader, so we’ll go ahead and make this the jumping off point for our contest.  Leave a comment in the box below to enter, and I’ll announce the winner this weekend.  In the meantime, check out the following trailer for a sampling of what’s up for grabs.

“Barefoot Running – The Movie” by RunBare (click to play):

Special thanks to Michael Sandler for providing this contest opportunity, and good luck to everybody!

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altorresusc 11/5/12, 9:49 PM  

Love the feeling of my foot completely stretching out while running barefoot...

Nell at njschout 11/5/12, 9:56 PM  

Would love to watch the movie!

Viktor 11/6/12, 1:04 AM  

i`d like to watch the film

M. Louise Cunningham 11/6/12, 2:15 AM  

I would love to have this ! Great giveaway!

Ian 11/6/12, 4:28 AM  

Looks interesting!

JimDog 11/6/12, 4:29 AM  

Count me in! Thanks!

PB Junkie 11/6/12, 4:37 AM  

I'd like to see the movie!

Louisiana Leah,  11/6/12, 6:03 AM  

Barefoot Running has literally changed my life as well!! I would love to OWN the movie that goes along with the book.. Please, I want to win, I want to win!!! Louisiana LEAH

Leah 11/6/12, 6:22 AM  

I LOVE barefoot running...It has literally changed my running and my injury rate!! I would LOVE to won the movie that goes along with the book I already have...mememememe, please!!

BE 11/6/12, 6:29 AM  

I'm just an old heel-striker, learning how to mid-foot it, but I be happy to have the movie - thanks much

Tammy 11/6/12, 6:32 AM  

its simple.. I have bruised metatarsal heads, sitting here grounded in pain.. NEED this movie to watch, and learn from for when I get the OK to run again...


RD Jim 11/6/12, 6:42 AM  

As someone who's been forced into "normal" shoes for the past few months, I'd like to hear what he has to show.

Shad Mika 11/6/12, 7:02 AM  

Throw my name it the hat. I have ran with him a few times here in Boulder, he is an interesting cat.

Michael Shane Helton 11/6/12, 7:10 AM  

I would like to watch this, so me plz.

Chad 11/6/12, 7:44 AM  

Movie looks interesting

Kent Bugg 11/6/12, 10:18 AM  

Would like to learn more.

Cherylrunner 11/6/12, 10:54 AM  

Cool! It's never been about the shoes!! would love a copy

Scott 11/6/12, 12:10 PM  

Looks good. Thanks for the chance to win and your blog. Very nice.

Cody R.,  11/6/12, 3:15 PM  

i love these kinds of things, count me in!

ChrisSuter,  11/6/12, 4:20 PM  

Been meaning to get this movie since it came out. Free would be fantastic.

Kelly 11/7/12, 3:52 AM  

Please count me in. I would watch it and share it with friends.

Go Gators 11/7/12, 8:01 AM  

Sounds very interesting. In!

Running In Boise 11/7/12, 2:20 PM  

This sounds like something interesting.

Guigou,  11/7/12, 6:06 PM  


Rory dela Paz 11/7/12, 7:45 PM  

I would love to watch it!

OZman,  11/7/12, 8:34 PM  

Bare my sole.

TheRunningNobody 11/7/12, 9:12 PM  

nice, i can always use some inspiration ...

Stephen 11/8/12, 12:24 AM  

i can wait until it comes out on redbox! =p jk! ME! ME! ME PLEASE!

Benjammin' 11/8/12, 9:38 AM  

I picked up his book after your review and found it very interesting. The video would be great. I might even be able to get my wife to watch it, who runs with pain and very heavy shoes.

Jerry R,  11/8/12, 10:00 PM  

I had the opportunity to meet Michael Sandler whien Michael was going around the country talking about barefoot running. I purchased Michael's book at the time, now I just need the movie to complement my autographed book.

Lucid Moon Studio 11/9/12, 1:50 PM  

Sounds interesting - include me please :)

Ray 11/10/12, 7:53 AM  

Looks like a great movie!

♡♥♬ Carolsue ♡♥♬ 11/10/12, 9:46 PM  

I'd really like to learn more about his theory. Thanks for the chance to win.
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