Emily McGuire

Barefoot Runner Makes a Stop in Zanesville

by Emily McGuire on September 29, 2015 at 6:50 am

Today Jake Brown, who is running across the U.S barefoot, made a stop here in Zanesville and visited the students at National Road Elementary.

His journey started March 5th in Huntington Beach, California and will end just outside of Brooklyn New York. So far he’s run over 2,700 miles, and along the way has made efforts to speak to students about his mission.

“These kids hear me talk about these miles that I’m running and the number of people I’m meeting and the variety of people I’m meeting and it seems to really sink home in their minds. They’re what’s next so that’s why I think it’s so important to be able to chat with them and share it and get their feedback too because their feedback is so much more fresh than my own” Brown said.

His favorite part of this whole thing is the people he’s met along the way, and when we asked him why he does all of this barefoot, he responded:

“It’s how we’re meant to be, naked. We’re designed to be fully functional naked outdoors. It’s an uncomfortable topic and is totally foreign to most of us so that’s one reason. Just to remind people that it’s an option. It’s not that I’m trying to get people to change their lifestyles, just to remember that they’re making choices. They’re empowering themselves by using these tools. That might be the biggest message that could come out of running around barefoot. Use the tools, don’t be the tool.”

To find out more about Barefoot Jake and his journey, you can visit his website www.thebaresoleproject.com