The first ever Scottish Barefoot Run will take place in Edinburgh on Saturday (15 September) at 12pm and is open to barefoot and minimalist runners. The event is based on the New York Barefoot Run and aims to "gather a bunch of like-minded runners together and help promote the natural running movement".
The run is about 6.5 miles and starts at Bruntsfield Links, taking in views of Edinburgh Castle as well as going past Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament before finishing back at the Links. Faster and more experienced runners will be encouraged to do a second lap with the aim of helping slower runners to achieve the goal when they catch them up.
After the event, there will be a presentation from Matt Walden of Primal Lifestyle - the UK distributor of minimalist shoe Vibram Five Fingers. Heather Hall, one of the leading barefoot coaches in the country, will also be on hand to offer tips and advice. There will be a chance for people to sample barefoot shoes as Inov8 will bring their range of 3mm and zero drop products.
The event is organised by Colin McPhail from local Edinburgh shop Footworks, a specialist running store with a large range of barefoot and minimalist gear. For more information visit the Facebook page.