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Help! Wanted: Passionate Volunteers

It may be the middle of winter (in the northern hemisphere), but with the new year our advisory committee is looking for help in advocating for bare feet when nicer weather approaches.

Do you love going barefoot? Are you social media savvy? Do you have experience and an oddly-elevated interest in Web development, graphic design, media production, database programming, finance, retail, community building, or research? Do you have a general passion for advocating for people who go barefoot? If you answered "yes" to these questions, consider joining our movement!

"Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net"If we're going to continue growing our advocacy of barefoot living, we must grow and our programs and exposure must grow.

We are seeking dedicated volunteers to coordinate and lead various programs of The Barefoot Alliance in 2014 and beyond.

These volunteers would also serve on our Advisory Committee, assisting founder Michael Buttgen in organizational decision making. 

We're looking for barefooters -- or those who have a passion for helping us out -- to fill the following needs:

  • Message Managers - These people consider themselves social media "power users." They think in hashtags when online. They know the ins and outs of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other platforms. When's the best time to post a tweet for maximum exposure? These folks can tell you. What blog subjects will pull in the greatest exposure? They know.
  • Multimedia Mavens - They have that "eye" for artistry and design. Well versed in still photography and videography, these people also have a passion for all things "cool" and creative. They want to make a statement with what they make and are willing to go that extra mile to put a polish on their work.
  • Data Developers - Simply comfortable with code. These people LOVE getting the nitty gritty of database creation and management, and can troubleshoot a finnicky Website without breaking a sweat. Want to set up a database of members and/or groups throughout the world and map where they're located? (hint, hint) They reply with "Challenge accepted!"
  • Community Coordinators - These are the "people people." They'd love to bring people together for a common cause, and they love planning events and outings for those groups. Experienced in keeping calendars, working with vendors, sending out reminders, and running activities, they are comfortable in both online chat rooms and coffee shops.
  • Research Rats - If "studies have shown" something, we want to know about it, verify its validity, and be able to cite it. These people love to look up this stuff AND analyze study methodology. If there's a policy, law, or lack of a policy or law about going barefoot, we want to know that, too. Furthermore, they might find it "fun" to dig through court cases that have to do with bare feet.
  • Financial Fundraisers - Money may not buy happiness, but it can sure solve a lot of problems and pay for really great stuff. These people have experience and are good at finding ways to raise money and do an amazing job of helping keeping track of it. (It may seem strange to think funding is necessary to advocate for bare feet, but many programs that could be very effective would never work without funding.)

We don't have the ability to pay anyone for their help right now, but that may be a possibility in the future. Hopefully, making positive strides toward a more barefoot-tolerant culture can be reward enough right now.

If you think you "fit" with one of the categories above and would be interested in helping The Barefoot Alliance, please fill out our volunteer application form at the following link and let's talk.

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Bosilevac Sets Women's Barefoot Running Record

Debbie Bosilevac, Primalfoot Alliance advisory board member and experienced ultra marathon runner, recently set what is believed to be a women's record by running barefoot for 76.62 miles (123.31 km) in 24 hours. No other woman is known to have run as far in a single event while barefoot. Bosilevac completed the effort on an approximately three-mile out-and-back course of concrete sidewalks and grass in Olathe, Kansas, on Saturday, May 12.

Bosilevac runs past a field on her way to 76.62 total barefoot miles.Several factors motivated her to do the run. It was this year's iteration of her tradition to run an ultra on Mother's Day weekend. More importantly, though, she did it to prove something to her three daughters - and to some extent, herself.

"We're all stronger than we think we are," she said at about the 70-mile mark, while wiping tears from her eyes, "and I want my kids to know that."

Her tears were from the emotions she was feeling, not from her feet - which were, admittedly, hurting quite a bit by that distance.

"We all have hard times, and I think that there's a difference between people who give up and who don't. And I think that you need to know that about yourself - that you don't have to give up. You have more left."

Her run began at 12:26 p.m. on Friday and concluded exactly one day later. While the first four or five hours were "fun," according to her, she did struggle with bouts of nausea and exhaustion. The drive chain for her spotter's bicycle jammed up at one point as well, but was eventually fixed. Despite those setbacks, Bosilevac holds an unofficial record for barefoot running by a woman.

"This has been an interesting experience," she said. "It's an experiment of wanting to conquer the least likely way that man was intended to go barefoot - on a sidewalk. On a crusty, textured sidewalk - with gravel. My feet have held up well. It's just been interesting to sort of tackle that."

Two days later, she shared how her feet were recovering very well, "I have never had this few problems when running distance before. Ever. I think it was the lack of shoes." On her blog post about the experience, she elaborated. "Most of the foot issues I have had in ultras are due to friction from shoes."

When asked what she'd say to those who claim people aren't meant to go barefoot on sidewalks or other hard man-made surfaces, she said, "Yes, if you wear shoes every day and never exercise those muscles, you certainly weren't, but you can be. It's easy to do. I routinely walk my dogs and run the sidewalks barefoot. And that's just fine."

Bosilevac rests inside during a refueling/evaluation stop.She relayed a story about an experience had by one of the ladies on her crew during the event.

"She swears by her heels - swears by them - and she's had a lot of foot pain lately. She came out to run the dogs earlier and decided not to put her shoes back on. And she had no pain running, which was a first for her in a long time."

Bosilevac shared what she believes is the bigger picture of going barefoot.

"It's very child-like. I think that one of the problems in the world today is that we try so hard not to be child-like anymore. That's really sad that we've lost that, because that's one of the great joys in life - is to retain that childhood joy."

She will be sharing about her 24-hour barefoot ultra marathon on Saturday, May 26, at the local event for Your Day Without Shoes 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. More information about that event and other YDWS topics can be found at YourDayWithoutShoes.com.


Alliance Founder Interviewed on Denver-area Radio

Michael Buttgen, founder and chief primalfoot officer of The Primalfoot Alliance, was recently interviewed by Roger Wendell of KGNU radio in the Denver, Colorado, area. The lengthy interview covered a wide range of topics including the mission of the alliance, myths about bare feet, society's views about shoes, concerns about cleanliness while going barefoot and more.

To listen to KGNU's mp3 version of the interview, click the link below or right-click to save the file to your computer.
(NOTE: The interview begins at approximately 35 minutes into the file)

Listen to KGNU's "Morning Magazine" from Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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