Jason Santos Seattle, WA - PATH projects KREW
I started running about 5 years ago as a way to support a friend getting healthy - a group of us committed to running a 5K a month and culminating with a half marathon at the end of the year. I still remember getting to the finish line of that first half and asking why anyone would want to turn around and run back to the start. 😆
Nevertheless I kept road running mostly as a way to keep fit for my mountain climbing and peak bagging habit. And one day, I wondered how I had never tried trail running. So I changed that!
I’ve found I prefer adventure running over fast ultras, and the more scrambling and vert, the better!
For 2020 I had planned on the Mt. Baker Ultra, White River 50M, Volcanic 50K, Needles 50K, a retry on the Teanaway Country 100M (race was cancelled due to thunderstorms while I was 60 miles in and 6K up an exposed mountainside in the dark - epic story here!), and the Plain 100K. Obviously those were all canceled, so I’ve been focusing on fun adventure runs, including PCT Section J in a day and Glacier Peak c2c (HIGHLY recommend and I’ll join anyone who wants to do this).
Hoping to get more involved in the upcoming race year and do some volunteering!
Running accomplishment(s) you are proud of
Glacier Peak summit, solo, in a day - this was a much needed successful adventure run after a Section J run that had a rough finish a few weeks before.
Any races or adventures on your horizon and / or bucket list?
Teanaway Country 100, Mt. Baker Ultra, Plain 100K, R2R2R, and anything else that sounds like a grand adventure!
Your favorite PATH projects gear?
Sykes PX 5" shorts - love the feel and stretch and they've got a good weight to them for long days on the trail. Also, the pockets hold my phone and a few small essentials perfectly!
What do you enjoy about running?
I love the adventure of it; I find I'm happiest when I'm out exploring new places and trails. I especially love ridge-running and trying not to trip over my lip from the jaw-dropping views 😆. I also love the camaraderie of races and sharing stories and great convo with other runners.
Advice for runners looking to improve?
Figure out which parts of running you really love and do more of that!
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Anything else you’d like to share?
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