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Hundreds Of Barefoot Runners Race Through Mumbai

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 13, 2010

Apparently, the world’s first barefoot marathon occurred over the weekend.

Approximately 300 barefoot runners took to the crowded streets of India’s largest city, Mumbai, on Sunday. The race, a half-marathon, was organized by the Barefoot Runners of India Foundation (BRIF). One person taking part, Anantraman, indicated that it comes naturally for Indians to race barefoot.

“In USA if one or two persons run barefoot, he becomes a hero. But here, there are so many heroes. So, we thought that we would organise this (barefoot) marathon and three hundred boys [participants] would show to the world that in our country many people can run barefoot,” he said.

BRIF asserts the race on Sunday was the first barefoot half marathon in the world.

Organizer Vijay Garg has indicated that he’s like to host this race in other areas of India in the future.

“This is the first time in the world that a barefoot marathon is happening and already the Guinness World Records has taken note of this and this feat will go into the Guinness Book of World Records,” he said.

For More: One India News

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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