Parents should encourage our kids to wear them. And we should set the example of helmeting up ourselves.
There was a time when I ran a 10K race with the Mayor of Yelapa, Cuba. As we headed uphill on the only asphalt road going into and out of town, we were passed by a group of teenage girls running barefoot.
The day after the lawsuit I was approached by a woman who said: "I heard those were actually bad for you." I explained that misusing anything can be bad for you.
Vibram, the company behind the barefoot-style shoes, just settled a multi-million dollar class-action lawsuit alleging the company misrepresented health research in its advertising.
Only elite runners have a shot of winning, but all 36,000 entrants can dream, can't they? By this Walter Mitty standard, each entrant is more than five times more likely to win the Boston Marathon than to die running it.