In Wellington, New Zealand, Primary Sport Wellington is “the organisation responsible for overseeing sport for its 64 member primary schools within Wellington City.” Their Interzone Athletics is held every year, and they just had one a few days ago.
The interesting thing is that they don’t have any sort of artificial footwear rules, so the kids run in what they want to. And for many of them, that means bare feet.
I found these on Flickr, on Jojo Ez’s photostream.
First up, “Waiting Lines”:
Who says bare feet are slower? (Girls’ edition):
Who says bare feet are slower? (Boys’ edition):
You know, I doubt there are very many places in the United States where schools would allow this. Those in authority would always manage to think up some irrational rationalization why not.
Well, well, Wellington. Very well indeed.