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You know those people running around in funny-looking rubber foot gloves? Yeah, the Naked Foot 5K isn’t about that. Rather, organizers say, it’s about running any way you want, whether in the fanciest shock-absorbing sneakers or no shoes at all. (But if it gets you into “minimalist running,” so much the better.) Today at Hudson Trail Outfitters in Tenleytown, naturopathic physician Robyn Hughes leads a discussion about minimalist and barefoot running, followed by a “Learn to Run” clinic sponsored by shoe company Altra Footwear. Then on Sunday, runners converge at Chevy Chase’s Meadowbrook Park for the adult 5K (and a free 1K for the kids). The fainter of foot can ease into the whole idea with a “Bare Life” expo that includes organic foods, holistic medical products, running clinics, foot painting and massages, and Parkour. It seems the point is to inculcate kids with the values of an active lifestyle, since hardly any kids run around barefoot in parks anymore.
The Naked Foot education day begins at 1 p.m. at Hudson Trail Outfitters, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. The 5K begins at 9 a.m. Sunday at Meadowbrook Park, 7901 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase. Registration $40. The free kids 1k begins at 8:30 a.m.; Bare Life Expo at 10 a.m. thenakedfoot5k.com.