Forget the socks and shoes. It’s time to start toughening up your feet because Merrell is giving people a taste of what minimalist running is all about. This summer will be the first national barefoot race series and will be held in 7 cities including two in Colorado! The race directors Scott and Lauren Jones started the race to give people the chance to have fun and feel free! If a 5K run is not your idea of fun there will be other activities to participate in, for example. . . – “All grass” 1-miler – Kids 1K fun run – How tough are your feet obstacle course – Foot painting for the kids The Naked Foot 5K has also partnered with Soles4Souls. This Nashville based charity will collect your gently used shoes and deliver them to people in need around the world. For full details about the race and a blog with tips and training advice on barefoot running, visit their site www.thenakedfoot5k.com. If your still nervous about running barefoot they will allow participants to wear minimalist footware.