Barefoot 5 km

Best Barefoot Event -- Runner's World Magazine

2012 Best Barefoot Event — Runner’s World Magazine

SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2013

Start Time: 11:10am

ENTRY FEE : $20 before 4/28/13, $25 after
Click to view the ENTRY LIST of pre-registered runners and team names.


All 5km finishers will receive a very nice Pineland aluminum water bottle pre-filled with cold water when they cross the finish line.


The race course is a 5 kilometer off-road roller coaster on well-maintained XC trails that twist, turn, and roll their way through forests and past pastoral, working farmland. The trails are level, wide (12′), and non-technical with no roots or rocks, but very hilly. Although there are no major climbs the rolling terrain is unrelenting. The surface of the trails is mainly grass and dirt sprinkled with pine needles, pine cones, twigs, and small stones.

View 5km Course Map

Video of the 2010 Barefoot 5k race by Jamie Anderson


We’re no longer allowing any kind of footwear to be worn in the Barefoot 5k. In the past we allowed some minimal shoes along with barefoot runners — but not any more. If you would like to run with minimal shoes (such as Merrell Trail Gloves) please be sure to register for 5k race starting at 11:00 (or any of the other events), but if you want a real barefoot race then this is the one for you.


Runners will pass by an aid station twice on the course. The aid station will be stocked with cold water and an electrolyte-replacement drink. Please dispose of all cups and wrappers in the garbage barrels supplied at the aid station. Anyone caught littering by throwing anything in a field or on the trail away from an aid station will be disqualified from the race!


There will be portable toilets on the course near the aid station and at the start/finish line.


Example: 2012 Shirts

Race shirts are not included in the entry fee. This allows us to keep the entry fee low and gives people the freedom to choose. We take a great deal of pride in the quality and design of our shirts. Our short sleeve technical race shirts are made by Merrell. We offer both men’s and women’s sizes. There are 4 different designs associated with different races: 1) 5k & 10k races, 2) 5k Canicross, 3) Barefoot 5k, and 4) 25k, 50k, and 50mile races. If you order a shirt you will receive one with the design associated with your race. If you register for more than one race you may order more than one shirt. You must order your shirts by 5/5/13 to be guaranteed a specific size. At registration you will be given the size that you ordered. Substitutes will only be allowed after the race starts if there are extra shirts available. You will forfeit your shirt if you do not claim it by the time the race starts. Shirts will not be mailed after the race.

Shirts will be distributed at registration during the following times:

Friday, May24th 2:00pm to 6:00pm at the Maine Running Company Store located at 563 Forest Ave in Portland, Maine

Saturday May 25th 8:30am to 5:00pm at Pineland Farms

Sunday May 26th 5:00am to 10:00am at Pineland Farms


Hand-crafted awards will be given to the top three overall male and female finishers.

Each Award winner will also receive a gift certificate from Merrell worth $110! These gift certificates can be redeemed on their website for a pair of shoes from their Barefoot Collection or any other item.


The awards ceremony for the Barefoot 5km race will begin at 12:30 pm.


A disposable timing chip will be attached to the back of each person’s race bib. Please do not remove or fold the timing chip. The timing company will send out text messages as well as emails a few hours after the race with runners times. When you register please be sure to include your cell phone number and email address.


Barefoot 5km male: Chris Bernier 17:37 – 2012 (previous record 17:58 – 2011)
Barefoot 5km female: Daniela Marquez 21:58 – 2011


No dogs are allowed on Pineland Farms property except for those participating in the canicross. If you are not registered in the canicross please do not bring your dog or leave them in a vehicle.