I'm retired from racing. Really.

March 22, 2019

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Member Since:

Feb 24, 2007



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I also maintain a blogspot running blog. Check it out. 

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: 27.00 Month: 88.00 Year: 342.00
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: 479.60
Trail N2 2 Orange Lifetime Miles: 409.00
Road M2 3 Orange Lifetime Miles: 301.00
Road N2 Purple Lifetime Miles: 248.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

Lunch- 8. Took it a bit easy to see how my back was feeling. It felt pretty good for most of the run, just a bit sore at the end. Not too bad after. 

TS11 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
From Rob Murphy on Mon, Apr 04, 2016 at 19:44:49 from

Looks like Jared is going to get #3. I just watched the movie. Impressive that you gave that race a real shot!

From Jon on Tue, Apr 05, 2016 at 05:32:49 from

Yes, Jared did it. Amazing. And 2 others also started the 5th loop- which means it was the first time 2 runners dropped out during that loop.

I didn't give it a great shot, not compared to what the finishers do. It's an amazing race. When are you doing it?

From Rob Murphy on Tue, Apr 05, 2016 at 07:49:13 from

I just read your report again. Have I ever told you that you are a very good writer? Seriously, if this engineering thing doesn't work out for you...

What's the oldest person to ever attempt it? I'll be 52 next year. Not even a possibility but I used to be pretty good with a compass and a map back in my Army days.

I just walked by Jared's house - still no one home obviously. I want to congratulate him in person.

From allie on Tue, Apr 05, 2016 at 14:07:18 from

i've been seeing bits and comments about barkley around the webz, but i never looked into what it was until i read your [fantastic] report. i actually pulled up a chair and read the whole thing. with snacks.


i loved all the background info you provided on how the race came to be, and the cigarette-puffing mastermind behind it all. true adventure. it's awesome you were able to give it a shot. maybe you can go for round II when you unretire.

From Rob Murphy on Tue, Apr 05, 2016 at 16:16:31 from

Wait... Jon retired???

From Jon on Tue, Apr 05, 2016 at 19:31:56 from

Rob, did you not know I was retired? As for age, I'm pretty sure there have been Barker's in their 60's, though they weren't making a serious attempt at finishing. I think one of the finishers was around 50, though.

Allie- you're pretty close to Barkley-land in GA. I hear about it more in SC than I did in UT.

From Rob Murphy on Tue, Apr 05, 2016 at 20:24:42 from

Of course I knew. It's on the title of your blog. You need to re-think that btw.

From Jon on Wed, Apr 06, 2016 at 07:15:05 from

Why do I need to re-think it? I'm still retired. I haven't done a single race in 9 months. I haven't done a run longer than 14 miles or 2 hours in 9 months. And I've only done 1 race in 18 months.

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