Extreme Barefoot: Ice, Snow, and Rocks

It’s not about the pursuit of fame or the performance of the latest craze in the world of athletics: to Karim Elhayani It is usual to run barefoot. Whatever the surface, generous says without wrinklingThe body is wise and adapts to the environment“.An environment in a new country and a new language to which he adapted after risking his life for a better future. Cross-country and mountain races gave him the perfect environment to develop his skills.”

up to the age of 13, generous I have never worn slippers. He was running and playing barefoot with his friends Tangierswhere he was born in 1994. He wore at most slippers since his feet were adapted to stones and sand.

Karim Al-Hayani does not shrink from any terrain, no matter how complex

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risking life

Like many boys, he looked for a way out far from his country. He got under the truck that was on its way Morocco, West, sunset Until the green Island Hoping to make the future. When he set foot on Spanish soil, he slipped onto a bus bound for Madrid. The police caught him, put him in a juvenile center and he ended up in the end Children’s Villages in El Escorial. He says he was happy there. He only has words of thanks for the people who helped him but he admits that he misses his family. He fondly remembers the coaches at nearby sports centers unloading Where he began to mold himself as an athlete. He debuted in a cross at the age of 14 and continued racing until the age of 18 taking competition seriously. He obtained Spanish citizenship in 2015 and, at the same time, has taken up various jobs to pay for what he is most passionate about: running barefoot in all possible terrains.

Karim Elhayani lives in Canada where he can walk barefoot close to home.  Image courtesy of Instagram Karim Elhayani

Karim Elhayani lives in Canada where he can walk barefoot close to home.

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In the Arizona desert

Alhayani was a hero Spain Cup Junior mountain racing in 2013. Not only did he participate in the races in the country, he heard that a test is considered one of the most difficult: Javelina Jundred in the desert Arizona. There are two types of distances available to runners: 160 km or 100 km. generous He fully prepared for the 100 km race and achieved victory in 2015 with a time of 9 hours 29 minutes, and he was the youngest to achieve this with sandals. In the summer of 2016, he set a new record for running barefoot for a distance of 100 km Santander Leave time at 8h 37m. And improve the previous mark by five minutes. His time was beaten after a year Tig O’Connor.

Karim Elhayani says that the body is wise and adapts to the environment

Karim Elhayani says that the body is wise and adapts to the environment

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adapting to the environment

The normal thing for him is to run barefoot. It connects you to the earth and you feel its strength. That’s why I moved to live lake, louiseApproximately CalgaryAnd Canada, where you can run outdoors a short distance from your home. In addition to the technical preparation required for running barefoot, this technique implies a gradual mental preparation. as you reckon generousNot only the feet, but the whole body must get used to the new environment. First, the different terrains are gradually combined on flat ground such as pebbles, grass, small branches, large stones and finally rocks.

His work in the hotel chain Chateau Fairmount Lake Louise It allows you to devote yourself to training and competition freely. He packs many hours of work into weeks to make up for the others he needs to prepare for the test.


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world record

After trying several high mountain races, last March he completed a half marathon in 1 hour 37d and 54sec on a frozen lake. Beaufort With bare feet and a thermal sensation of -13°C. Two days before the test, it rained heavily and the snow froze. Use some skaters as bunnies and check that the feet on the ice stay a little stuck and don’t slip. He is barefoot extreme.

This is how Karim Elhayani took care of running a half-marathon on a frozen lake.

This is how Karim Elhayani took care of running a half-marathon on a frozen lake.

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Running barefoot is prohibited

Alhayani planned to run polar bear marathon In the Gulf Hudson In November of this year, but although the organizer was fine with him running barefoot, the doctors forbade him. a generous They will not take away the dream of running a marathon on snow and ice and next year he plans to introduce himself in sandals.

Next Challenge

Like many children, when they are young generous He wanted to be a footballer and feel the colors Barcelona Since before he steps Spain. The goal he has in mind will take him to the desert on March 25, 2022: he wants to travel 250 kilometers in several stages guided by the Global Positioning System (GPS). and do not forget Sables MarathonWho wants to run someday. It is clear that “human feet, once they get used to running barefoot, I think it is impossible for them to run in sneakers again.”

Karim El Hayani is a huge fan of Barcelona and dreamed of becoming a footballer when he was young

Karim El Hayani is a huge fan of Barcelona and dreamed of becoming a footballer when he was young

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