Joshua Ferenc

Age: 31, Years running: 16 years, Hometown: Saxtons River VT, Favorite product: VERTICAL K


What are some of your lifetime running goals?

I want to use my love for the outdoors and running as a ticket to travel the world.

Do you have a claim to fame?

My claim to fame is my ability to find the fountain of youth and I am the wildest of wild neoteny. I am a Keene State All-American, have made multiple USA teams and was on the silver medal USA team at the 2011 Jungfrau World Mtn Marathon Championships.

Do you have any vices?

My main vice is my self confidance. Another is my semi-professional eating habits for Buffalo wings.

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

Nature! Wild Nature. I love being outside, running in the woods, trails and mountains with my girls (dogs) and being present in the beautiful universe. It is not only physically stimulating but mentally stimulating as well. It keeps me fresh. "Nature never did betray the heart that loved her." William Wordsworth

What drives you to run?

I have a competitive nature. I hate losing and would rather die than lose. I love to compete and push the limits of my abilities. I also love being outside, I know I kow I have the 7r allele gene that is always pushing the limits of adventure.

What is your favorite movie?

The Princess Bride, classic.

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

Ferenc (pronounced Fare-ents), but I bet a lot of runners have a bunch of nicknames for me. Time will tell though, I am leaning towards; “Last Hero and Only Hope”.

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

22 hours. On my way back from the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships in Switzerland, I went a long time without sleep traveling back to the states.

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

Live Free or DIE!!!

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

I'm a competitive food eater (in my head): I had TWO peanut butter, Nutella and blueberry jam sandwiches, plus a bean medley with salsa, VT cheddar and an avacado.

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

This would blow peoples minds. I am incredibly hyperactive and my mind exhausts me. This monitor would be an epic viewing of pictures, scenes/scenarios, dreams, thoughts, words with a soundtrack blasting in the background.

What really scares you about trail running?

The only thing that scares me is me. I am one with nature, and the energy of the trails is powerful.

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

Wild Neoteny

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

I'd split time between VT and Switzerland/Italy Alps. (VT so I'm close to my family)

What’s your worst encounter on the trail?

(Believe it or not) A black bear chased one of my girls away from her cubs and I came around the corner and the bear was on me. I had time to grab a stick that was next to me, but the bear brushed me and knocked over over.