NZ Boy, 10, disqualified from race for running barefoot

Boy, 10, disqualified from race for running barefoot

Henry Patterson, 10, was disqualified from an inter-zone race in Lower Hutt for running barefoot. Photo/ Jo Murray

Henry Patterson, 10, was disqualified from an inter-zone race in Lower Hutt for running barefoot. Photo/ Jo Murray

After winning his opening heat in a track meet that included other barefoot sports, a 10 year old boy was retroactively disqualified from running the race final, because he had run his heat barefoot.  The reason given was a rule not normally enforced, but which was being enforced at that time to “protect his toes from spiked shoes”, meaning, we must presume, other people’s shoes.

Always the excuse of “safety”, belied, of course, by the uneven enforcement.  His mother was rightfully outraged that her son was robbed of competing.

 

One Comment

  1. I always enjoyed running, playing, and riding my bicycle barefoot and never understood what the fuss was all about going barefoot.
    And yes, otherwise intelligent people would turn irrational and tell me to put my shoes on in the name of safety or appearance.
    Last year I was in a Market 32 shopping for groceries barefoot and kilted in Sutton MA, and some manager wanna be stopped me and said that they had a “No Bare Feet” sign allowed outside. I asked him nicely to allow me to finish shopping and he said ok.
    It’s a constant battle to be barefoot and people will try to shame you into thinking that your not looking presentable or that you will have dirty feet.
    Honestly I don’t care.

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