Andrew Fast

Age: 27, Years running: 7, Hometown: Woodinville, WA, Favorite product: Crosslite


What are some of your lifetime running goals?

Faster. Higher. Stronger.

Do you have a claim to fame?

It’s all about creativity; moving as fast and light as possible through the mountains—not necessarily to the top of them—in a style that’s all your own: we cycled the length of Patagonia north to south last winter, stopped off to race an ‘Ironman,’ and ran some beautiful National Park trails.

Do you have any vices?

Chocolate Milk.

What makes you tick as a runner and in the real world?

Getting up before the sun and inspired before the day starts, I bring a lot of inspiration back with me and do my best to engage with life in a way that it gets other people excited about living.

What drives you to run?

You have to wonder at times what you're doing out there. Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.

What is your favorite movie?

The Big Lebowski

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

Fastboy. I am a boy. My last name is Fast.

What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep? Why?

A good nap can solve any riddle. Sleep on it. You’ll feel better in the morning.

If you had to be named after one of the 50 states, which would it be?


What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Chicken breast quinoa salad and a fist-full of chocolate chips.

If you could hook up a thought monitor to your head, would you see pictures, hear words or would music be playing?

Pictures and descriptive words.

What really scares you about trail running?

Objective hazards: events a person cannot control.

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?

Focus on Efficiency

Where would you live if it could be anywhere in the world?

Raglan, New Zealand. Leavenworth, Washington. Central coast in Chile. Rotating with the seasons.

What’s your worst encounter on the trail?

I had just started running and passed two younger kids on their own, couldn’t have been older than grade six. The trail head is way out there, so thought it odd but kept running. A minute or two went by. The biggest cat I’ve ever seen came running down off the hill and onto the trail. The cougar stopped, turned, looked in their direction, and then disappeared back up the hill as elusive as it came.