Ted McDonald

Independent Athlete

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Barefoot Ted McDonald is an independent athlete committed to re-discovering fundamental natural human capacities and encouraging others to do the same. Having spent the last 7 years focused on mastering barefoot long distance running, his personal journey is outlined in the best selling book “Born to Run”, a book he likes to call his quirky PhD thesis that he didn’t have to write. Ted has been featured in numerous articles focused on the benefits of barefoot running. He also has played a major role in popularizing minimalist footwear including Vibram FiveFingers and huarache sandals. Ted’s research and adventures have been regularly shared on his popular personal blog, Barefoot Ted’s Adventures. He also manages an online forum dedicated to minimalist/barefoot running. These days Ted enjoys coaching and speaking. His Introduction to Barefoot Running clinics are designed to communicate his personal discoveries about barefoot running to individuals and groups.