The 2022 Skopje Marathon
Country # 97 and Barefoot Country # 55
Date: October 2, 2022
My Time: 4:13:42
The Human Body Is Designed for Barefoot Running
By Dr. Sidy Diallo
I ran in North Macedonia my third barefoot marathon in 15 days. I previously ran in Norway and Kosovo. I like the motto of the Skopje Marathon: “Running will change you!” I’d add: “and you can run, but you’d better do it on your bare feet to prevent pain, injury and fatigue.”
Barefoot Olympic champion Abebe Bikila switched to running with shoes, which terminated his running career in 1968 in Mexico City. Those who call me Bikila seem to ignore that.
Successive human species have run barefoot long distances for 3 million years to catch quadrupedal animals for food. Homo sapiens did the same for nearly 200,000 years, which means doing a marathon is just reconnecting with the vital human activity, this time to prevent obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, stress, depression, dementia, breast cancer, infertility, erectile dysfunction, etc.
Plus, as I explain in the book Running Barefoot for Human Survival, running barefoot not only turns a marathon into a pleasant and easy walk in the park, but also boosts our intelligence.
Media: Модерниот Абебе Бикила трчаше бос на Скопскиот маратон (English: Modern Abebe Bikila ran barefoot the Skopje Marathon).
My book Running Barefoot for Human Survival is available on Amazon in paperback and e-book format (French edition: Courir pieds nus pour sauver les humains).