Barefoot running for children: Norman Garcia joins new marathons for a cause

With a fit body and a big heart for helping others, barefoot runner Norman Garcia gears up to once again run for a cause in a series of marathons scheduled this year.

Norman is a Filipino athlete based in Canada, and the first-known Filipino to finish the Manitoba Canada Half-Marathon barefooted. In 2017, he successfully raised more than Php180,000 while running barefoot for World Vision-supported children. The proceeds of the fundraiser were used to build a Community Learning Hub in Antique, Philippines, where children can learn and play.

In 2017, the proceeds of Norman’s fundraiser run were used to build a Community Learning Hub in Antique, Philippines.

This year, Norman will be competing in four different races in Canada: the WPS Half-marathon on May 6, the Manitoba Marathon on June 17, the Hecla Triathlon on July 21, and Winnipeg 10&10 on September 9. His goal is to provide 160 children with new school supplies.

“I run barefoot so they don’t have to,” explained Norman, who started to run barefoot after being inspired with minimalism or the “art of living with less.”

In turn, Norman’s unique way of running and lending a hand inspired people to support his fundraising endeavours. As a runner, he does not focus on the pain caused by running barefoot but on the joy of the children who will treasure his contributions to their education, and the children who will receive the school supplies just in time for the school year in the Philippines.

Fellow Filipinos are looking forward to Norman’s run, showing their support by sharing his advocacy to their friends and sending him the best of luck.

To support Norman’s advocacy, visit

World Vision/May 2, 2018



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