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Jared Beasley

Why I run

I don’t know what “meaning” running has in my life, but I know that I feel more alive when I do it. I run because someone, at the toughest point in my life, told me it was an answer to my anxiety and depression. And they were right. Short of hardcore drugs, it’s the only thing that works. It takes the devil’s horn out of your side. The hardest part? Making the decision to put on your shoes.

My favorite place to run

My favorite place to run is a quaint 200-meter cinder track on the west side of Manhattan. Overlooking the Hudson and tucked under maples and lined with crab apple trees, it is an oasis in a metropolis of concrete. It always amazes me how alone, in a good way, I can feel there.

What I hope to convey with my writing

There is an inherent power in stories and telling them. From the wacky to the wild to the unbelievable, there are too many of them that never get told. To the ones about to slip between the cracks, be overlooked, or lost: I’m looking for you.

More about Jared

I’m a New York-based author and journalist. I spent two years tracking down an ultrarunning enigma named Al Howie. I found him in a care home, and we began a two-year conversation. My 2019 book on his story, In Search of Al Howie, was awarded the Kirkus Star for literary merit and was chosen by Kirkus as one of the best indie books of the year. I’ve written for numerous running magazines, national newspapers, and the German Historical Magazine Eberbach Geschichtsblatt.

My obsessions: D.B. Cooper, Banana pudding, and TCM classic movies.

Website: jaredbeasleyny.com
Twitter: @DBJared
Instagram: @jaredbnewyork

Recent posts by Jared Beasley

Jubilee Paige plays the wildcards

How the race director of the famed Javelina Jundred uses artistry and her life’s experience to create visionary trail events.

Everyone’s got a shot at a backyard, right?

An average runner’s delusion of greatness in the running-world’s most enigmatic format.

Snoopy & Godzilla: a love story

After 47 years of marriage, Kuni and Daise Yamagata are an endurance partnership with a whole lotta love. 

Embrace of the Yeti-Man

A Yeti-revolution is afoot in the woods of rural Virginia – is it just what the world needs?

Sibling rivalry: multi-days and trail ultras

Is there a little tension between multi-days and trail ultras? Jared Beasley digs in to find out and, more importantly, to reveal common ground.

Following a blind runner’s dream

Behind the scenes with Nick Danielson, the filmmaker who captured blind runner Dan Berlin’s Wonderland Trail attempt.

Why this mechanic runs while you sleep

Driven to help, Noé Castañón delivers hope one pair of running shoes at a time.

Laz Lake’s math problem

In Laz Lake’s races, the oddity is part of the draw. In this article, Jared Beasley tries to coax Laz into opening up and offering insight into who he really is and what he believes in.

The mother who could “out-Goggins” David Goggins

Jameelah ran more ultra races in 2021 than anyone in the U.S. What drives her singular blend of toughness and endurance, positivity and faith?

One tough mother: Nicole Yokum

A PhD in Philosophy and a penchant for record breaking speed, Nicole is determined to live on her own terms.