A few years ago, I was your typical office-worker: stressed out, uneven energy, overweight, and inconsistent complexion. Now I'm just your typical 28-year old urban hunter-gatherer on a quest to be healthy, and having a few adventures along the way. See my full bio.
Well, he just sold the movie rights to his crime spree. The haul? A shade over a $1M. Not bad for a guy without arch support. All the proceeds will go to compensate his victims. The LA Times reports:
"Rosen said Harris-Moore was determined not to sign any deal that wasn't large enough to compensate his victims, an amount federal authorities have estimated at $1.4 million.
"The negotiations went on for a long time, for many, many months, but Fox was terrific in understanding the situation and understanding Colton's requests, and understanding that if the purchase price was so low in terms of being insignificant in terms of enabling restitution, there would be no deal," he said.
With Born to Run being turned into a movie, and now The Barefoot Bandit, barefoot is taking Hollywood by storm.
Note: The crimes committed by The Barefoot Bandit hurt real people, and should not be romanticized or repeated -- shod or unshod.
Thanks to some philanthropic generosity, loyal readers, a few free tickets are available for a talk next week by Born to Run author Christopher McDougall. The event is a benefit for Buildon, a non-profit that empowers primarily urban U.S. high school students through in-class and intensive after-school programs.
Enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres as Chris signs books and answers questions about his experiences researching and writing Born to Run and what he has learned about inspiration and finding happiness.
buildOn Founder & CEO Jim Ziolkowski will be on hand to share the story of how buildOn is changing lives locally and globally, followed by a touching testimony from a student member of buildOn's after-school program.
When: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 from 6pm-8pm
Where: The Core Club - 66 E 55th St. - New York, NY
Tickets: $100 per person (100 tickets available)
All proceeds benefit buildOn
Tickets are $100. But if you move fast, you can score one for free. The offer ends Friday, Feb 4. To request a free ticket, email Jasbeena Layman at email@example.com.
Don't have much time for a post, since I'm working on my talk for tonight's Cabaret with Christopher McDougall. I'll be talking about my Halloween costume: a Chilean miner. It's a great story, and provides some awesome lessons for health. This thing should be videotaped, so I'll post the talk eventually.
The train has left the station, and the brakes don't work. Our "Wild Barefoot Running Event Series" started back in August with our Harlem-to-Brooklyn run with Christopher McDougall, built up to the New York City Barefoot Run in October, and now we have McDougall back in town for the New York City Marathon and the biggest Born to Run event ever. Sponsored and organized by Paragon Sports and Vibram. This is the 3rd Act. If you made the other events, you know it's been a blast. If you haven't, here's a chance to redeem yourself. This is one you don't want to miss.
On Friday, Nov. 5, we’ll be staging a TED-like theater of the mind devoted to “Reinventing Running: The Thrill is Back.” I’ll be hosting an evening of guest speakers who will re-examine our first fine art — distance running — and discuss how to re-discover the adventure without fear, spongy footwear, or false limitations. We’re modeling the night after the wildly successful TED conferences, with an added twist: the speakers will condense their talks to 15 intense, fast-moving minutes, but for a finale, all the speakers will gather on stage for a wide-open audience Q&A panel. Chance of a lifetime: if you’ve ever wanted to ask Barefoot Ted about The Urine Incident, or Prof. Lieberman about chatting old bones with Alan Alda, opportunity is knocking.
Guests speakers so far include:
Dr. Daniel Lieberman, Harvard’s “Barefoot Professor” and co-creator of the “Running Man” theory of human evolution.
Coach Eric Orton, the wizard from Born to Run who rebuilt me in time for the epic race against the Tarahumara.
Barefoot Ted McDonald: is any introduction necessary? For the first time ever on stage, BFT will be simultaneously demonstrating how to craft your own pair of Tarahumara-style racing sandals while describing his years-long exploration of indigenous footwear in search of the perfect minimalist running shoe.
John Durant: fresh from his star-turn on The Colbert Report and a national leader of hunter-gatherer athleticism. John was at least half the brains behind that wild moving street party of the Harlem run and recently staged the gigantic First Annual New York Barefoot Run on Governors island.
Fast and Female will be making a special presentation
Plus a special mystery guest will be on hand with exciting Born to Run news (more on this soon. Really soon).
AND hula dancers! Vibram FiveFingers giveaways! Personalized book signings! A raffle for a special event: Saturday In The Park With McDougall and Barefoot Ted. Raffle winners will be personally fitted and presented with a pair of Vibram FiveFingers, then join Barefoot Ted and I for a run in Central Park followed by muffins and coffee.
Also, I am seriously honored to be one of the speakers at this kick-ass event. Chris McDougall? Barefoot Ted? These guys have run marathons and ultra-marathons through extreme heat and high altitude. My high school cross country coach must be rolling on the ground laughing. Dan Lieberman? He does more real science in one night's sleep than I'll do in my entire life. I think McDougall invited me so he can steal my leather jacket. I'M JUST A GLORIFIED EVENT PLANNER. I'll just have to come up with something.
The New York Post and CBS local news picked up our Born to Run NYC event. See the two videos below, with the CBS article here. Good treatment -- and thank you to the reporters for taking the time to learn why we run the way we do. Though I have to say, CBS ends the piece by saying a possible benefit of barefoot running is...get this...burning more calories. So idiotic, all you can do is laugh. (Benefits of laughing: burning more calories.)
We had a blast. See my recap and photos. I've posted below the feedback that we received from people who ran the event -- pretty cool. We have a free beginner's session on Sunday at 4:30pm in Central Park.
“ Can't stop smiling about Wednesday, thanks again everyone. ”
“ Nothing but fun. Thanks to John and Maggie for organizing, Word book for hosting, the runners who volunteered to be sweepers, whoever thought to buy the Coors light, and, finally, Chris for writing the book that brought us together. ”
“ I had the best time ever! I'm still glowing over it. So much so that I had to get out there and run again tonight barefeet up the West Side Highway. I loved meeting so many wonderful people. I second on the Coors Light. ”
“ Had a great time. Well-organized and no one was left behind. It was great meeting other runners like me and I just loved being able to meet Chris, without whom, I wouldn't be running in the first place. ”
“ I haven't ran in a group in over a decade, to cadence as an Army infantryman, and this run was really interesting in how it was both similar and different to that kind of experience. There was the same powerful self-sustaining energy, but channeled in a different way. I look forward to joining the next human-millipede y'all organize! Thanks to everyone -- and I mean that literally -- for making this run what it was...and still is. ”
“ Congrats and well done to all the runners, and huge thanks to John and Maggie, organizers extraordinaire, and our tireless (literally) sweepers Chris and Melissa, and of course many many thanks to Christopher McDougall for being up for anything and turning a great run into an amazing one-of-a-kind experience, and so much fun! ”
“ simply perfect. Running with an army of my people, Barefoot savages!! You are all great!! ”
“ This was an amazing experience. Communal non-competitive running is a great joy! ”
“ John and Maggie, Thanks for organizing such a fun run with Christopher. The run had a great vibe, and I enjoyed chatting with so many nice folks. What's not to like about a run that ends with donuts? Even Christopher admitted that the Tarahumara would swap their Chia seeds for a Red-Velvet Cake Donut... I hope to be able to join in the next "event"
“ Very inspiring. Chris McDougall was very kind and gave full attention to each person who asked him a question or asked for his book to be signed. He is a true kind of "spiritual" leader of a movement that is very positive in running. The fact that he ran with everyone before the event deepened the experience of meeting an author, and produced a sense of connection that was better than other type meetings of authors. I liked that the event was non-competitive and welcoming to all. I like how powerful it was despite being simple. ”
“ This was, without a doubt, the most fun I have ever had running. Everyone was so friendly and supportive, and though most of us began the run complete strangers, I think it's safe to say that by the end we were a group of friends, bound by a love for running. My greatest thanks and respect to Chris, John, Maggie, and of course, Word Bookstore, for putting together such a fantastic event, however last-minute. Long live barefoot running! ”
“ Great run with great people. I had a blast. ”
“ WOW! What an awesome experience flowing through the streets and over the bridges of NYC with Chris and so many barefoot/near barefoot runners! Thanks John and Chris for making this happen! ”
“ Great group! Great run! Fantastic fun! Lets do it again SOON ”
“ this run was awesome! so much fun and cool to meet Chris. good job John and Maggie!! ”
“ Awesome run, great people. I had a blast and definitely want to find time to run with this group again. Thanks for putting this together! ”
“ What an awesome experience! Thank you John and Maggie for organizing an opportunity to come together in such an exhilarating and and satisfying way. My friend who I got to come the day of the event also had an awesome time and can't wait to do it again! Chris who was already an inspiration to me, was a beast on the streets, and so super nice and down to earth, It was an honor and a privilege to run with him. I talked to and ran with a few different people, and it was awesome, good people enjoying our bodies in space together. I also had some stretches running on my own, but I never felt like I was running alone. I always felt like a part of a tribe. It was a very cool feeling that I haven't really had since coming home to NYC. Thanks everyone for an awesome time and a great experience. I look forward to many more runs! ”
“ I only found out about your book this past Sunday and it was like reading some forgotten letter found in the attic or basement. It was pure serendipity that I then found out about this run, too! I haven't ran in a group in well over a decade -- almost two, now -- and it was so interesting just comparing this run with the many I did in the Army. There was the same sense of togetherness, though differently channeled, kind of like a male-female difference, so to speak. Then there was your talk, which was the first time I'd ever attended one by the author, and it was so great to have been able to be acquainted with you intellectually through the talk and on a much deeper level -- first -- through the run! Anyway, thank you for helping to bring out some of the best parts of myself by connecting me with a much greater whole, so to speak. My friend Amy, whom you helped encourage up a hill in Central Park, was equally affected by you. She also thanks you from the bottom of her heart! ”
“ Great Experience, beautifully prepared with stops and water and a scenic route to run. ”
“ Unbelievably perfect. Was without hitch--very impressive. Bravo to the organizers! Looking forward to the encore! ”
“ This was a great "First Event" for me, and it included running with many friendly people. I only feel badly that I didn't partake in the after-run party and lecture. ”
“ This was such an awesome time!! Great run everyone! ”
“ Great Event ”
“ Thanks John and Maggie for organizing. I had a great time meeting and talking with so many other runners. Chris is truly a class act and I'm sorry I couldn't stay for his talk. ”
“ It was really an awesome experience! It was great to meet Chris and connect with other barefoot runners. Hope to see all of you on future runs! ”
Wow, what an awesome event. I really want to thank Chris McDougall for making all this possible. Totally unreasonable to expect 60+ people to show up during the middle of a work day on one week's notice -- and for many people, they only heard about it yesterday. And yet, there we all were.
We gathered in Harlem. We did a few drills, chilled to some next level beats (African drummers), and talked tips and tricks. Everybody has a story. You can just say: "So, what's your story?" And they tell you. A injured knee, a new challenge, a fun time. So much appreciation.
Ran through Central Park, even picking up a few people along the way. This time, we were the big group. And people jogging by might momentarily feel as if they're the odd ones who are running experiments on their feet.
Swarming down 60th St., across a packed Park Avenue, with gawking drivers. Up the Queensboro and into Brooklyn. Definitely more debris on the sidewalk in Brooklyn -- pebbles and glass. Can someone sweep Brooklyn please?
Arriving at Word to water, watermelon, and donuts courtesy of Word Bookstore. Beers in the park. A packed book talk and signing. McDougall spreading the love.
Running should be fun. This was fun.
And a special announcement: Save the weekend of October 9th and 10th for the first annual New York City Barefoot Run. Details to come -- just lining up the last of our permits. Get excited, spread the word.
I AM SO PSYCHED FOR TOMORROW. We've got over 65 people on a Wednesday afternoon at 3pm with barely a week's notice. Tip of the iceberg, baby. Even if you're not running, below are some updates just to make you jealous.
But first, why are we running? Universal Sports picked up the event and interviewed Chris. See his explanation here.
- At 3pm, follow the sounds of the African drummers in the park. Yes, that's right -- our own little drum section to set the rhythm. They will be playing from 3pm to 4pm.
A race, a tough guy contest, or a trial by fiery sidewalk (although it’s supposed to be pretty stinking hot on Wednesday).
What it is:
A fun run. That, plus a celebration that the dismal days of being afraid of running are coming to an end. Fast, light-footed running has nothing to do with gimmicky shoes, as even Nike elite coach Alberto Salazar agrees. Learn to trust the equipment you were born with, and rediscover what a blast running can be.
What it lacks:
Rules. Of any kind. Run as far as you want, as slow or fast as you feel like. Start with us at Marcus Garvey Park, catch us along the way, or set a collision course from Brooklyn and double-back when we meet. Wear whatever you like, above the ankles or below. The goal is to encourage natural running, not demand it. If you feel like wearing running shoes, be my guest. Chances are I’ll sling on something myself, maybe socks or Fivefingers, if it’s as scorching as the forecast predicts.
So why Marcus Garvey Park?
Because it’s right around the corner from the Clinton Foundation. Bill Clinton has more influence on human health now than he did as President, and it’s impossible not to applaud a guy who pulls off moves likethis:
Two years ago, at Nelson Mandela’s 85th-birthday party—a 1,600-person extravaganza whose guest list included everyone from Bono to F. W. de Klerk—Clinton and Thabo Mbeki, the current president of South Africa, got up in the middle of the festivities, trailed by Magaziner. “They just . . . walked out,” recalls Richard Holbrooke, the former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. “And went into a private room.” They returned half an hour later. It was after that meeting that Mbeki, famously reluctant to even acknowledge that HIV caused AIDS, agreed to allow the Clinton Foundation to assist his government in preparing an AIDS-treatment plan. (It was adopted by the Cabinet the following November).
I was also struck bythe answer Clinton gave recentlywhen asked what he’d still like to accomplish before he dies. Summit Kilimanjaro, he said, see my grandkids and run a marathon. And there you have it, three of humankind’s healthiest instincts and the ones that constantly appear in tales of heroism and virtue: Live long. Climb high. And run far.
So when we set off on Wednesday afternoon, we’ll loop by Clinton headquarters to not only salute his achievements for others, but encourage him to get running and notch one for himself.
Word Bookstore announced that everyone who makes the run will be admitted to the reading that night for free, waiving the $25 charge. That’s right: your sweat-funk just acquired a dollar value, and for one day only, one store in New York will be shoes-optional. Live it up.
Read the best-selling book Born to Run? Want to go for a run with Christopher McDougall? And then shoot the breeze with him? Yes, of course you do. So mark down Wednesday, August 11th and arrange to get out of work a little early. This is going to be so much fun. Details below and at Barefoot NYC.
And spread the word.
Join Christopher McDougall, author of “Born to Run,” and John Durant, founder of Barefoot Runners NYC, in an epic barefoot run from Harlem to Brooklyn. Run barefoot, near-barefoot, or fully shod but barefoot curious. Rediscover the fun of running barefoot, and tap into the natural quickness and strength buried in your soles. We’ll party in the park before and after, and every step of the way. The full run is 8 miles, but feel free to join for any part of the run — see course map for meeting points. Chris will be giving a book talk at Word Bookstore, just near the finish, at 7:30pm. The cost is $25 (and includes the book), but there is no obligation for runners to attend.
Start: Marcus Garvey Park (NW corner at 124th and Mt. Morris Park) Time: Run begins at 4pm. Runners will begin gathering at 3pm. Route: Join us anywhere along the way. We’ll be entering Central Park at Malcom X and 110th. We’ll be running on East Drive all the way down through Central Park. We’ll be exiting Central Park at 60th St. and 5th Avenue. Then crossing the Queensboro Bridge to Brooklyn Finish: American Playground, near Word Bookstore at 126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn (Franklin and Milton) RSVP: To sign up for the run, please RSVP at Barefoot Runners NYC Media Inquiries: Please contact Christopher McDougall or John Durant