About the Author

Michael Sandler barefoot running on sandstone slickrock in Moab, Utah.

Michael Sandler is Co-Founder of RunBare along with his wife Jessica .  He is a former professional cyclist and skater and has coached both cycling and professional running teams. His most notable achievement was cycling across the US, 5000 miles in 40 days, solo and unsupported in order to raise awareness for ADD / ADHD.  In 2006, Michael suffered a near death accident, which left him with a titanium femur and hip and a 10mm leg length discrepency. By spending time barefoot, Michael gradually coached himself back into running again. Today, he runs barefoot up to 20 miles a day and has inspired and coached thousands back into the activities they love doing.

Michael Sandler’s Athletic Accomplishments
& Coaching Experience:

  • 1988-1992: Trained at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for both speed skating & cycling.
  • 1990-1993: Competed as a professional level cyclist in Europe.
  • 2000: Harvest Moon Half-IronmanCompleted last 10K in 35 minutes.
  • 2000-2001: Competed in the Ironman and other long-distance tri-events.
  • 2001 & 2002: Cycling Track Colorado State Champion; Beat the National Team in the Olympic Sprints competition.
  • 2002: 7th in Master’s Nationals Cycling Sprints; 10th in Points Race.
  • 2003-2004: Sponsored by Rollerblade.
  • 2004: Biked across the country, 5000 miles in 40 days, solo, unsupported to raise awareness for children and adults with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). He was interviewed by 40 different television stations, including CNN and the CBS Early Morning Show, before being invited to meet members of the House and Senate on Capital Hill.
  • 2006: Coached professional Japanese running teams residing in Boulder, CO (Including cross-training: Pilates, Strength-Training, Ball & Balance work, Stretching, Visualization Exercises).
  • April 2, 2006: Shattered femur, broke hip, broke arm; Told by doctors he would never run again and may never walk again.
  • 2006-present: Studied the mechanics behind barefoot running and now runs 10-20 miles/day barefoot.
  • 2009-present: Coaches the Barefoot Running Club in Boulder, CO. (150 members)


Michael Sandler leads stretches after a barefoot running clinic.

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