It's not the most Boulder-ish thing ever to come out of Boulder, but it comes pretty close: barefoot running, the newest cultural export from our neighbors to the northwest and the whitest thing since unpaid internships. If you're not from a place that can price non-whites into trailer parks while simultaneously pretending to be socially conscious with a no-growth ordinance that accomplishes little but to preserve its own brand of homogeneous eclecticism, you might wonder why one would make the voluntary decision to run in the snow with no shoes on. If you are, the answer is obvious: to connect with the earth, of course.
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Spurred on by a lifelong battle with attention deficit disorder, the trademark affliction of white people everywhere, barefoot runner Michael Sandler is the chief proponent of the practice and the author of a book about it: Barefoot Running: How to Run Light and Free by Getting in Touch with the Earth. Tomorrow, he appears at Road Runner Sports (14600 Town Center Drive, Westminster) to talk about the book and give tips to white people with barefoot running aspirations on how to improve stride, avoid injury and really impress other white people.
The presentation starts at 6 p.m. tomorrow night and is free. Maybe you can use the money you save to upgrade to organic vegetables.