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Join Barefoot Rick On The Yellow Brick Road At The Garmin Marathon As He
Approaches A Milestone In Barefoot Running!
Join "Barefoot Rick" Roeber in Olathe Kansas at the Garmin Marathon in the
Land of Oz on April 21 2012 to celebrate his 20,000th barefoot running
mile. Barefoot Rick will run barefoot 26.2 miles that day and cross the
finish line at exactly 20,000 barefoot miles since taking up barefoot
running in 2003. During this time, Rick has logged his barefoot running
miles with three Garmin GPS devices. On race day, he will be wearing his
Garmin 305 with only a marathon distance between him and 20,000 barefoot
To mark this achievement, Barefoot Rick has partnered with Samaritan's Feet
who provide new shoes globally to children who cannot afford them
samaritansfeet.org. The following is from their website:
Not just a non-profit, nor just a humanitarian aid organization - but a
community of more than 70,000 volunteers who have joined together to make a
difference in the lives of children in need in every corner of the world.
From a dream to the reality of an estimated 3.5 million impoverished
children and adults in over 60 nations being served by having their feet
washed, receiving a new pair of shoes, and hearing a message of hope.
Help spread the word about Barefoot Rick's endeavor to provide shoes for
those most needy. Please consider a gift of $20 or more for 20,000 barefoot
running miles. Samaritan's Feet can put a pair of shoes on a person
anywhere in the world for $10, so a $20 contribution will result in 2
people getting a new pair of shoes/socks, getting their feet washed and
hearing a message of hope. His goal is $20,000 for 20,000 miles! That's
2,000 pairs of shoes/socks for children who need them most. (Note: If the
$20,000 goal is reached, there will be a shoe distribution in the Kansas
City area in late summer as part of Samaritan's Feet's national Back To
The 2012 Garmin Marathon will be Barefoot Rick's 56th barefoot marathon (18
previous to 2003 for a total of 74 marathons). In addition, he has
completed various other distances including two 40 mile barefoot runs and
one of over 60 miles. Rick has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America,
ESPN, FOX News, and various local news outlets.
More About Barefoot Rick Roeber
About Samaritans Feet
Samaritan's Feet is a 501(c)(3), humanitarian aid organization that shares
a message of hope and love by distributing new shoes and washing the feet
of under-served individuals around the world. Samaritan's Feet
International was founded in 2003 by Nigerian born Manny Ohonme and his
wife Tracie for the purpose of sharing hope with the under-served and
hurting people of the world by washing their feet, giving them a new pair
of shoes, and empowering them to believe that their dreams can come true.
Manny received his first pair of shoes at the age of nine from a
missionary. Those shoes allowed him to learn and play basketball, which
ultimately earned him a scholarship to the University of North Dakota (Lake
Region). Manny went on to receive his bachelor's and master's degrees and
pursued a successful career in supply chain software industries. A simple
pair of shoes and the kindness and compassion shared by this missionary
changed the course of Manny's life.
The people of Samaritan's Feet believe that shoes are so much more than
status symbols and fashion accessories. A new pair of shoes can be a symbol
of hope and the source of life to a person in need. Samaritan's Feet shoe
distributions are designed to both meet physical needs and inspire young
people to believe in the value of life and service. These distributions are
the outpouring of the Samaritan's Feet dedication to changing hearts and
Our goal is to provide 10 million pairs of shoes in the next 10 years, and
since 2003, Samaritan's Feet and our team of ambassadors have served an
estimated 3.5 million individuals in over 60 countries.