Wild Why

Embracing the probability of failure

Ultra runner Jared Campbell discusses what drew him to ultra running, and how losing his father at a young age likely led to his desire to try and control challenging situations. The only three-time finisher of the Barkley Marathons, Jared discusses what is so alluring about undertaking adventures that include pain and the probability of failure.  His experiences as an ultra runner training for the iconic Barkley, led him to create his own event, which couples his passion for mountain running with environmental advocacy. 

His event, Running Up For Air or RUFA, has become wildly popular, selling out and expanding to another Utah mountain, as well as a separate day of indoor climbing. Jared gives insight into the gift of being able to see the beauty in any situation, as well as offering some inspiration for anyone who has ever dreamed of doing something most people think is impossible. 

RUFA site: https://runningupforair.com

Breath Utah site: https://www.breatheutah.org

Story about Jared’s 2016 event: https://www.deseretnews.com/article/865648889/Amy-Donaldson-One-mans-vision-helps-a-community-one-mans-tribute-lifts-a-family.html

Published: Thursday May 30, 2019
Runtime: 00:42:27