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Barefoot runner likes to wear shoes, but wants 'to create an awareness'
Barefoot runner likes to wear shoes, but wants 'to create an awareness'

Eddie Vega will run the streets of Baltimore Saturday just as he has his last 70 marathons — barefoot. Up Paca. Down St. Paul. A 26.2-mile jaunt over bottle caps and bits of glass and stuff that's better left unsaid. Vega, 55, will sidestep the debris he can see and cope with what he can't. The tweezers he carries keep him going. That and an iron will. "Once I ran over a piece of glass that I couldn't get out of my foot, so I just kept running," he said. "After about two miles I didn't feel it anymore. I don't know where it went." The soles of Vega's feet are callouses piled on callouses; he files his heels down twice a month. ...

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