Jason | @jawarenegade
What is your biggest running accomplishment on the concrete?
My biggest accomplishment on the concrete has been completing two full marathons in 2012 and 2013 and three half-marathons in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Along with those full and half marathons, I’m also proud of completing a few obstacle course and mud run races such as the Men’s Health Magazine Urbanathlon, Gladiator Rock’N Run, The Giant Race, SF 49ers Rush Challenge, Survivor Mud Run and the WipeoutRun.
Why do you run?
I’ve always enjoyed running while playing in team sports such as football, baseball and softball, but long distance running never piqued my interest or has been my strongest suit. I never felt the need to run a long-distance race but after seeing an elderly person with an oxygen tank run in a half-marathon in 2008, I realized that if he can do it, then I definitely can do it too. Since then, I’ve been running in long distance races to stay fit and to better my pace per mile time.
What inspires you?
There are a few things that inspire me, but when it’s all said and done, my son Jerome Darius, and my late younger brother Julius inspire me to continue to do my best at everything I do. Jerome inspires me to do my best that I can do so that I set a good example for him. Julius was there for me at my very first half-marathon where he cheered me on to keep going when I felt like quitting. Ever since then, whenever I feel like quitting or stopping during anything that I’m doing, I think of him and hear his voice telling me to keep going and not to quit.