Peter Dawson Bend, Oregon. - PATH projects KREW

Peter Dawson Path Projects Ambassador

Originally from Seattle, I’ve spent most of my time as a runner in Los Angeles, but recently moved with my family to a little slice of outdoor paradise known as Bend, OR. I’ve been trail and ultra running for about 9 years. Running began as a solo pursuit for me, but I’ve found a wonderful community of fellow artists, creatives, and eccentrics who are drawn to running for similar reasons.

Running accomplishment(s) you are proud of

In terms of racing, I won the Leona Divide 50 mile and it was one of those days where all my training, prep, and strategy came together. It was the first time I consciously decided “I’m going to take the lead and go for the win.” Just attaining that mindset was an accomplishment for me. I was extremely proud to crew and pace my friend to a finish of the Bigfoot 200. I’m also very excited to have fused my mountain running with my fine art landscape photography...using my feet to explore the beauty and mystery of the natural world with my lens.

Any races or adventures on your horizon and / or bucket list?

I’m running the Waldo 100K in August and am super excited to race a strong field of Oregon runners from my new home. Someday I would love to complete the Pacific Crest Trail!

Your favorite PATH projects gear?

I absolutely love the Sykes 5” short. Super lightweight, ample storage and no bounce even when the pockets are fully loaded. I could instantly sense that the shorts were thoughtfully designed by fellow trail runners.

What do you enjoy about running? 

I see running as an extension of my life/work as an artist. I am often at my most creative while running and am able to easily envision new ideas and images. I am the least critical of myself when I run. Running opens up the literal and figurative elements of exploration, and I view a well-executed race or adventure run as a work of art rivaling anything I’ll hang in a gallery.

Advice for runners looking to improve?

The key to improvement is consistency. Just show up and keep going!

Social channels you are most active on?

Strava and Instagram.

Anything else you’d like to share to the PATH projects community?

Be consistent, enjoy yourself, never give up.

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