In the short time that I have been part of the ultra running community I have gotten to know a few of those people who have ventured off on their own path to chase their dreams and pursue their passions. Some of them make it, some don't, but at least they gave it a shot. People like that inspire me, and give me the motivation to pursue my own dreams. Two good examples are my friends Dakota Jones and Jason Schlarb (pictured above). The more time I spend hanging out with them or people like them, whether it be during a race, a training run / adventure, or even just a social event, the more I realize how much I want to pursue my own dream. That dream is to be a professional ultra runner and travel the world and live my life through running and playing in the mountains. The more time I spend with them and the more I hear about their adventures, the more I want it too. It sounds cliche, but I want to be like them. Who wouldn't really?
A year ago I made the decision to give this running thing a shot. I didn't want to think back years from now and wonder if I could have made those "dreams" of traveling the world through running a reality or not. I figured at the very worst I would end up broke, still in a vacation destination (probably Crested Butte, CO), with a lot of really good stories and photos of my summer of adventures. At best? I would actually pull it off and become a "professional ultra runner" and get the opportunity to travel the world through running. Either way there was really nothing to lose and everything to gain. So I gave it hell, and below is a recap of my attempt at "living the dream - 2013".
Looking Forward to 2014!
My other sponsors for 2014 include: VFuel (use code: JCA20 for 20% off) and Griggs Orthopedics. I am still looking for additional sponsorship at this time and hope to have everything solidified before my first race in February. If you are a brand or know of a brand who would want to be represented, send me an email.
2014 Race Schedule:
- February 1 - Sean O'Brian 50 - Malibu, CA
- March 15 - Run Through Time 26.2 - Salida, CO
- May 10 - Transvulcania 83k - Canary Islands, ESP
- June 28 - Western States 100 - Auburn, CA **
- July 19 - Speedgoat 50k - Snowbird, UT
- September 12 - Run Rabbit Run 100 - Stemboat Springs, CO
- November ? - Bootlegger 50k - Boulder City, NV
- December ? - The North Face 50 - San Francisco, CA
** = Dependant on Qualifier
If you are running your first ultra, trying to improve upon past results, or just want more structure and liability for your running in the coming year then you're in luck! I still have a few openings for 2014. For more information, be sure to check out my coaching pages.
Follow my adventures in 2014!