Barefoot running for children: Winnipeger joins new marathons for a cause - Filipino Journal

Barefoot running for children: Winnipeger joins new marathons for a cause

Barefoot running for children: Winnipeger joins new marathons for a cause

With a fit body and a big heart for helping others, barefoot runner Norman Garcia gears up to once again run for a cause in a series of marathons scheduled this year.

Norman is a Filipino triathlete based in Canada, and the first-known Filipino to finish the Manitoba Marathon barefooted.

In 2017, he successfully raised more than Php180,000 while running barefoot for World Vision-supported children. The proceeds of the fundraiser were used to build a Community Learning Hub in Antique, Philippines, where children can learn and play.

This year, Norman will be competing in four different races in Canada: the WPS Half-marathon (21K) on May 6, the Manitoba Marathon (42K) on June 17, the Hecla Long Distance Triathlon (2K swim, 90K bike, 21K run) on July 21, and Winnipeg 10&10 (30K) on September 9. His goal is to provide 160 children with new school supplies.

“I run barefoot so they don’t have to,” explained Norman, who started to run barefoot after being inspired with minimalism or the “art of living with less.”
This year, Norman will be competing in four different races in Canada: the WPS Half-marathon (21K) on May 6, the Manitoba Marathon (42K) on June 17, the Hecla Long Distance Triathlon (2K swim, 90K bike, 21K run) on July 21, and Winnipeg 10&10 (30K) on September 9. His goal is to provide 160 children with new school supplies.

“I run barefoot so they don’t have to,” explained Norman, who started to run barefoot after being inspired with minimalism or the “art of living with less.”