Ultra-marathoner and barefoot runner Jason Robillard will conduct an in-store clinic Friday at Backwoods in Oklahoma City from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.
The event will be hands-on and customers will have the opportunity to try Merrell’s line of barefoot shoes.
Participants will have a chance to go on a short run with Robillard and staff.
Backwoods’ Oklahoma City store is located at 12315 N. May Avenue, Suite 103.
“We have seen the level of interest in barefoot and minimalist running grow over the past few years and wanted to offer our customers the chance to meet the expert, as well as hear how to make a safe transition to barefoot running,” Jennifer Mull, Backwoods’ chief executive officer, said.
Barefoot running consists of running with nothing on the runner’s feet while minimalist running means running in shoes that provide limited or no support, only minimal protection.
Robillard, who has over 20 years experience as a barefoot runner, logs nearly 100 miles per week training.
He is the founder and director of Barefoot Running University. As a barefoot runner, he has competed 5k, 10k, 15k, half-marathon, 25k, marathon, 50 mile and 100 mile distances barefoot.
He is also the author of “The Barefoot Running Book: The Art and Science of Barefoot &
Minimalist Shoe Running,” a book that outlines how anyone can transition to this style of running.