Jason Bryant

Age: 43, Years running: 27+, Hometown: Dobson/Elkin, NC, Favorite product: BUSHIDO


What are some of your lifetime running goals?

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

Do you have a claim to fame?

I need to work on that. I seem to be known as the weird guy among the circle of folks that I know. They keep pointing that out. I think that is because it makes them feel more at peace with themselves. I'm good with that.

Do you have any vices?

I have a few small ones and one rather big one. The small ones are portable and can be used easily. The large one is not fastened down like it should be, but it is too heavy to move around much. Maybe I'll get that fixed someday.

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

Passion, a 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... that is passion. I believe in having a drive for life; for running, exploring, friendships, living with a purpose. Living is a risky proposition, I'm okay with failure and not okay with not trying. 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. But I must confess that the drive has gotten weaker as I've aged. Thinking about the next adventure keeps me getting out the door.

What is your favorite movie?

Probably Shawshank. The one is my head is most likely my favorite, but only Alison and I have seen that one. See the hopefully future movie listed below!

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

Kind of have the nickname of Mountain Goat. Only a few folks use that. I like rough terrain, I like mountains, I like to roam there about.

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

Not sure. I'm not one for going without sleep. I hope to do a 24 hours obstacle course race this year, so ask me after that.

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

Alaska. Never meet anyone named Alaska. I've never been there either.

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Breakfast is the important meal. I had 3 eggs from our farm with onion, garlic, cheese, pepper and sea salt. That is the same most every morning I am at home.

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

You wouldn't want to do that! 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. Overall, everyone who really knows me would say I think too much.

What really scares you about trail running?

I don't understand the question. 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/or how I imagined it. You have figure out what is true, somewhat true, and imagined. Just how I am in real life. The scene with a live turkey loose in a car is hilarious. The “Nipple Washer” scenes are up there on the funny scale as well. Currently, this movie only shows in my head.

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

That's a hard question. I begun to want a place that doesn't exist. Such as a remote mountain with no vehicle access, but convenient to airports and other things. Basically, I want conflicting things. I need to get out of that since I believe one should enjoy where and what they are, or change it. We'll see where I'm at 2 years from now.

What’s your worst encounter on the trail?

How do you have a bad encounter on a trail? I seen bears, rattlesnakes, skunks, and other "dangerous" stuff. How about a funny one? Ran up to a lake once that had several nude women and men sitting by it. They were rather nice, and did I mention completed naked.