Sunday, December 2, 2012

Runner's Spotlight: Meet Bart Yasso

My next featured runner needs no introduction. If you're an avid reader of Runner's World, you probably know of the awesomeness that is Bart Yasso. I was so excited when Bart gladly accepted my invitation to be interviewed. Bart is the Chief Running Officer for Runner's World magazine and running coach for the popular Runner's World Challenge training program. He is also the man behind the 'Yasso 800's', which is used by many runners in their training regiments.

Bart recently published a book, My Life on theRun, which chronicles his amazing running career. I highly recommend reading his inspirational life story. Bart's passion in life is to connect with other runners and motivate those thinking about running to lace up their shoes and give it a try. It goes without saying that I am honored to share my interview with Bart with you!

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When did you start running and why?
I started running way back in 1977. On my runs I started dreaming about what I wanted most out of life. I knew I wanted to travel around the world, experience exotic locations and different cultures. I played lots other sports in my younger years but I made a critical error and chose the path of alcohol and drugs. I was very lucky to gravitate towards running in 1977 which could have saved my life.

You have what many runners consider to be the dream job at Runner’s World. What does working at RW mean to you?
The CRO at Runner’s World is a pretty cool job. I think most runners would love to get paid to go to running events all over the world. Runner’s World is owned by the Rodale family. I love working for the Rodale family. I share the same values as Rodale Inc. which is what keeps me going. Rodale is a very philanthropic company. Favorite part of my job is meeting runners every weekend as travel around the world.

You have traveled to countless running events around the world - what are some races you would recommend?
The list of races I could recommend would be a mile long. I attend about 60 races per year mostly domestic. About 2 or 3 of my yearly trips are international. In the old days I ran every single race I attended. These days I only do a handful races per year and I lean heavily to the events I’ve never run before.

What was your most memorable race?
One word, Comrades, the greatest footrace on the planet. 
What is your weirdest/funniest running moment?
Doing the Bare Buns Fun Run. [A run at a nudist camp that he writes about in his book]

Who is the biggest motivator in your life?
My older brother George, he passed away back in 2003 but still feel his presence everyday.
What is your favorite quote?
"One day I won't be able to do this, today is not that day."  -Unknown

If you could only give one piece of running advice to a newbie runner, what would it be?
I want to be a runner for life. I always remind myself that running isn’t about how far you go but how far you’ve come. The reward is living the lifestyle and embracing the journey.

As 2012 comes to an end, what are you looking forward to in 2013?
I have 2013 running goals but none of them are related to racing. My goals are to motivate and engage people that never thought they would be a runner.

Anything else we should know about you?
Twitter: @BartYasso
Facebook: Bart's page

Great article on Runner's World by Bart.
Running with the Amish

1 comment:

  1. excellent!! :) love him, his philosophy etc. great post!!