Physics of running bared

Running without shoes softens the blow

By Stephen Ornes, 13:41 PM February 15, 2010

To complete a recent study, a team of scientists left Boston and went halfway around the world, to the middle of Kenya. They wanted to find out more about barefoot running.

Sure, people can run barefoot anywhere. But the Rift Valley Province in Kenya has produced some of the most famous long-distance runners in history, and many of these athletes grew up not wearing shoes. With a video camera in hand, scientist Daniel Lieberman and his colleagues visited some of these runners to fi...

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