Barefoot Runners to Attempt the 100on100 Relay, Stowe to Ludlow, on August 15th

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Ben Ibey and Tim Bourassa join Tellman Knudson in his warm up for a trans-continental, barefoot run.

Starting in September I will be running one marathon a day barefoot, so this event is a good introduction to that distance with some great camaraderie among the three of us.

Tellman Knudson and two running companions will run the 100on100 relay on August 15 barefoot in preparation for the RunTellmanRun trans-continental run.

Ordinarily, the teams on the event have 6 runners. Tellman and his two cohorts will attempt the run with just the three of them, each running approximately 33 miles in different sections. They will be leaving the starting area at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe at 6 a.m. and expect to finish by 10:00 p.m. that evening.

“This is a critical training run for me,” said Tellman. “Starting in September I will be running one marathon a day barefoot, so this event is a good introduction to that distance with some great camaraderie among the three of us.”

Tellman seeks to be the first person to run across America barefoot. About 200 people have made the trek successfully according to unofficial records, but no one has attempted the run barefoot. He begins his 3,000+ mile journey in Battery Park, New York City on September 9 and heads west, running the equivalent of one marathon a day. The route follows historic Route 66 much of the way, with stops in Cleveland, Chicago, St. Louis, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Phoenix and finishing on the pier in Santa Monica, California. For more information on Tellman’s journey, visit http://www.runtellmanrun.com.

About Ben Ibey:
Ben Ibey lives in Portsmouth, NH and was the captain of the cross country running team when Tellman joined in high school. Ben has been running barefoot for just over one year. http://www.thebarefootproject.com

About Tim Bourassa:
“Barefoot Tim” has been running barefoot for 1 ½ years. In May of 2009 Tim ran barefoot 138 miles in 4 days (35 miles per day) across Massachusetts as a personal challenge and also to raise money for the National Down Syndrome Society. To read Tim’s daily blog, visit http://www.barefootrunner.net.

About Tellman Knudson:
Tellman Knudson, 31, is a serial entrepreneur who has had great success in direct response marketing on the internet. He is CEO of OvercomeEverything, ListBuildingClub and several other ventures. Tellman overcame femoral antiversion, a debilitating leg condition, to wage a successful career in cross country running at Mascoma Valley Regional High School in Enfield, N.H., setting several school records and competing for the state title in New Hampshire. Tellman resides in Brattleboro, Vt. with his wife and long-time partner, Jodi Meehan, and toddler son, Torger.

About the 100on100 Relay (from http://www.100on100.org).
This 100-mile running race encompasses runners “handing off” to one another multiple times throughout the day in a relay along Route 100, beginning in Stowe and ending in Ludlow, Vermont. The team members continue to rotate, traveling in a support vehicle when they are not running, meeting their teammate for the “hand-off” in a designated transition zone.

The event starts early in the morning with the first teams leaving at 6 a.m. and finish times from 8:30 -10:30 p.m. This event serves as a charity fundraiser for Vermont-based youth charities that promote active and healthy lifestyles in support of self-esteem development.

Start Area: Von Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, Vt., Saturday August 15, 6 a.m.

Finish Area: Jackson Gore Lodge, Okemo Mountain Resort, Ludlow, Vt., Saturday, August 15, 8-10:30 p.m.

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