Did Abebe Bikila manage to run a marathon barefoot?

Abebe Bikila was an Ethiopian runner who won the Rome Olympics marathon on 10 September 1960 running without athletic shoes. He was a last minute addition to the marathon team and the teams footwear provider, Adidas, didn't have ample time to get running footwear for him to use. Adidas just had two pairs of running shoes left, of which neither fitted him. Abebe made the decision he would then do the the marathon barefoot. For the following Olympic games in Tokyo, Japan in 1964, he again got the gold medal in the marathon race, but achieved it this time running in running footwear and ran it quicker. Abebe passed on in 1973 at the age of 41 from complications after a motor vehicle accident. He is respected and admired in Ethiopia having a stadium bearing his name.

Abebe Bikila carries a unique place in the background of marathon running, in particular with those who endorse and publicize barefoot running since they hold Abebe up as evidence that the race could be run without shoes. Inside that community Abebe Bikila is worshiped by having an almost god like standing. There has been a fad quite some time back for taking away running shoes and running barefoot. This was pushed by way of a lots of web sites, forums, books as well as social media comments as something that was advantageous and much better for runners. A great deal of unsubstantiated promises was created for barefoot running, none of which stood up to succeeding analysis. This craze lasted a few years, quite possibly peaking around 2013-14 with possibly about 25 percent of athletes attempting barefoot running or having a go at it in one way or another. The novelty quickly disappeared following the majority of athletes whom tried it got an overuse injury or noticed that it didn't meet all the assertions that got made for it. Barefoot running has now ended up consigned to the history books, with only a handful of serious barefoot running devotees still running that way.

There is a great deal of science carried out on barefoot running that those who like to promote and recommend barefoot running held this research up as evidence that barefoot running is better for you. However, the research by no means really indicated that at all and it was frequently misinterpreted. All the science proved was that without shoes running was different to running in running shoes which was all it showed.