Andrew Fast

Age: 30, Years running: 15, Hometown: Mammoth Lakes, CA, Favorite product: BUSHIDO


What are some of your lifetime running goals?

Faster. Higher. Stronger.

Do you have a claim to fame?

With more footprints in remote corners, exploring in an old sense is hard to create. “It’s all been done,” is an easy out. Modern pioneering is ripe for the picking. With the right dose of imagination and creativity there are endless possibilities for new forms of adventure on paths previously traveled.

Do you have any vices?

Pizza every Friday.

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

Trail and mountain running has been my meditation for a long time. Finding flow, challenge, and mini triumphs daily is good for the soul. As a physical therapist I work hard to channel the positive energy and perspective I get from mountain running.

What drives you to run?

Skid (a brown Volkswagen 5 speed diesel Volkswagen)

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?

I went after Pico Duarte self supported via bicycle and mountain running this year. It’s important to be reminded that some logistics can’t be done from the comfort of your home. In this case what looked like a straight shot through two coastal ranges with an agricultural valley in between turned out to be a long hot day of riding, climbing as the sun set, then getting lost in the jungle with pouring rain and roads wetter than a cow pissing on a flat rock.

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


What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Chicken Tikka Masala from the slow cooker.

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

Pictures: through a Woodshed Films lense Words: narrated by Jon Krakauer Music: Lord Huron Strange Trails (on repeat)

What really scares you about trail running?

Objective hazards: events a person can’t 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?

Low blood sugar.