Jason Bryant

Age: 39, Years running: 24, Hometown: Elkin / Dobson, NC, Favorite product: Skylite


What are some of your lifetime running goals?

Always remember the next step is the most important one, just because it is the next one. Never grow up, keep a childlike enthusiasm and awe in my exploration of the outdoors.

Do you have a claim to fame?

Not really. I am just quietly weird. That is until you get to know me, then I am obviously and uniquely weird.

Do you have any vices?

Still don't really believe in having vices. Embrace all that is you, good and bad. Or change it.

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

Not sure, some strange, internal burning. A good mental picture is a candle I once saw that had been sat on some rocks. The wick had burned away from all the wax which was left scattered among the rocks. That wick, now just a stub, had fallen down in between the rocks, but the wick was still burning... I'll call it passion. Passion for running, exploring, friendships, living with a purpose. Life is opportunity, I want to say I made my choices and made the most of the opportunities in front of me. Side note, I did once pull over 100 ticks off me in a single day while chasing a gypsy moth.

What drives you to run?

I have a “Wild Specialist” truck that sometimes drive me to runs. Or refer to wick answer above. Running is just one of the things I was created to do.

What is your favorite movie?

The unmade “Life through the Eye of a Runner”. The scene with a live turkey as the prize for winning a race is hilarious. The “Nipple Washer” scenes are quite funny as well. Currently, this movie only shows in my head.

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

Mountain goat - Kind of self-given because I run uphill or on very technical terrain much better than I can run on anything else. Also when I was a kid, there were mountain goats that roamed on the huge rock face of a local state park, Stone Mountain in NC. I admired their ability to move along the steep rock face. So basically I like thinking of myself as a mountain goat. Maybe it's starting to catch on? I am currently working on growing a goat beard. The one other nickname is jb because there were to many Jasons on my high school cross country team. Only a handful of local people from back in the day still use that one.

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

That will be my reason to run Barkley Marathons, so I'll have a good answer for this question. Otherwise, why go without sleep?

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

Idaho, I'm Irish descent, with some Scottish too.

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Oatmeal with walnuts and raisins. Liver pudding. An orange.

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

Brain damage. All three would be going at the same time, plus random sounds, silence, smells, and movies. Most of the day, my head is constantly churning. Let's just say, I think out of the box, on the box, beside the box, near the box, and without a box.

What really scares you about trail running?

Why would I be scared of trail running? I don't believe in such a thing.

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

Life through the Eye of a Runner. A dramatic comedy. About life as it happened and how I imagined it. You have figure out what is true, somewhat true, and imagined. Just how I am in real life.

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

Twin Oak Farms. If I really wanted to live somewhere else, I should move. I believe if you don't like something change it or accept it, but take ownership of your life. I'll admit that part on me would like to live on the side of a mountain with no modern conveniences, but for right now I still choose to visit regularly but not stay.

What’s your worst encounter on the trail?

Again, I have really have no clue what you are talking about. Worst encounter on a trail? I've encountered bears, almost stepped on rattlesnakes, been out of food and water, in the dark with no light. But I was on a trail, this question implies something went wrong. To match Bernie's answer though, I did have a dilemma on a run in New Mexico a couple of years ago. I ran up a mountain to an alpine lake to find a group of folks skinny dipping and nude sun bathing. Should I strip too?