I'm retired from racing. Really.

Laurel Valley endurance run

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Feb 24, 2007



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5k- 16:01, 1/2 marathon- 1:11:37, marathon- 2:34:16, 50k- 3:58, 100 mile- 15:19

Former World Record holder in 100 x 5k relay 

Ultra history:

8-100 mile, 1-100k, 9-50 mile, 2-40 mile, 14-50k-ish

12 wins, 5 CR's, plus four 2nd, five 3rd, 4th, 4th, 5th, 5th, 9th, 16th, 20th, 28th, 38th, and 62nd place, with 1 DNF 

Short-Term Running Goals:


None for now

Long-Term Running Goals:

Unretire at some point

Run a sub-6 hr 50 miler

Win a 100 mile ultramarathon


I have five cute kids. And I have some rockin short green racing shorts- I wear them mainly because it embarrasses my wife so much. I like ultimate frisbee, trail running, reading, and cheering for the Denver Broncos!   And I have the absolute best wife in the world.  And I used to run for the now-disbanded national Team Pearl Izumi- Ultra!

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 12.00 Year: 517.50
Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 82.50
Trail N1 Lifetime Miles: 86.50
Road N1 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Stinson Lifetime Miles: 541.50
Trail M2 2 Black Lifetime Miles: 418.50
Trail M2 3 Lifetime Miles: 495.60
Trail N2 2 Orange Lifetime Miles: 418.00
Road M2 3 Orange Lifetime Miles: 333.50
Road N2 Purple Lifetime Miles: 248.50
Race: Laurel Valley endurance run (32 Miles) 05:58:43, Place overall: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

5:58:43 despite a painful cramping quad the last 2 hours. That one hurt but I got it done. In the 20 year history of the race, only six guys have broken the 6 hour mark. Well, now make that 7. Pleased to have achieved a four year goal. Here was my short description on facebook:

Happy to achieve a 4 year goal by finally breaking the 6 hr mark at Laurel Valley run yesterday. Ran the entire way by myself, was aided by some awesome friends at SeaBass (Seth and Barry aid station), dragged a cramping quad for 2 hrs, and ran through many hundreds of spider webs. Race went great, then bad, then painful, and I had no shortage of excuses if I missed my 6 hr goal (which I thought I would). But as long as you can move, you move forward and let the end settle itself. In the end, I dragged my useless right leg up the last 500 steps and across the finish line ahead of my long-sought goal time. Lesson learned- push for your goals even when they seem in doubt, and you can achieve more than you think.

Per my usual pre-race tradition, I didn't sleep one minute last night. I'm rather tired and heading to bed now. 

Trail N2 2 Orange Miles: 32.00
Weight: 0.00
From Cody on Sat, Aug 09, 2014 at 13:04:08 from

Nice, I didn't doubt you would pull it off!

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Aug 09, 2014 at 14:24:30 from

Great work Jon.

Sorry about the sleep. I went through a year-long stint of not being able to sleep before races. Then it just went away. Hope it does for you.

From MarkS on Sun, Aug 10, 2014 at 01:29:02 from

Thank you for the very inspiring post. Gives me a new determination to meet my own goals.

From jtshad on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 09:40:51 from

Congrats on a strong race and getting the sub-6 hour mark! Get some sleep!

From Steve on Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 22:57:43 from

Geez, crazy sucker!

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