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On Monday, 27,000 registered runners will race in America's oldest marathon. That means 54,000 (probably expensive) running shoes pounding the pavement all the way from Hopkinton to Copley Square.

Actually, make that 53,998 shoes. Pediatrician Bruce Kalow, of Newton, is planning to run all 26.2 miles completely barefoot.

Barefoot running is a rapidly growing trend. Scientists say that when done properly, running barefoot can minimize or even reverse many of the injuries associated with traditional running, like shin splints and knee pain.

That's why local barefoot running enthusiast Preston Curtis is organizing the first Boston Barefoot Running Festival this weekend in advance of the marathon. Two days of how-to seminars, discussions with researchers and a barefoot 5K along the Charles River.


  • Preston Curtis, barefoot running enthusiast
  • Dr. Irene Davis, director of the Spaulding National Running Center at Harvard Medical School

This segment aired on April 13, 2012.

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