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Barefoot Running on the Playa - A Barefoot Runner’s Dream Come True


Brattleboro, VT - The Burning Man event, held in “Black Rock City” Nevada each year, is known for many things including its bonfire ritual, visionary art, and radical self-reliance.

At this year’s Burning Man event, one participant, Tellman Knudson discovered the joys of running barefoot on the playa; an experience all of its own.
“While I was at Burning Man I got a chance to run on the playa barefoot several times. I have to say it’s a barefoot runner’s dream come true”, says Tellman, a barefoot running enthusiast and expert.

What makes running on the playa so unique? A playa is a unique geographical feature of depressed land where water collects with no visible outlet, thus the water is either absorbed into the ground or evaporated, similar to a dry lakebed.

This creates a unique soft, but firm surface material; ideal for running barefoot.

Knudson explains, “It’s like a super soft power like sand, that’s totally flat. When running there is no sweat because your sweat is instantly evaporated off your body. It’s an amazing experience.”
One of the principles of the Burning Man event is to “Leave No Trace”, where participants are encouraged to leave the area around them in better condition than before their arrival, which Knudson adheres to with one exception, “I think the only trace I’ve left behind are my footprints in the sand.” teaches people how to reduce, eliminate, and even prevent pain when running barefoot. You can download the Barefoot Runner’s Running on Fire and Ice Special Report at:


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