Big Wild Life Runs: Where ‘run’ and ‘fun’ collide

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By Rebecca Coolidge Haviland
Bart Yasso has, without a doubt, the best job in the world. As Chief Running Officer at Runner’s World magazine, he spends his time traveling to races and running events all over the world. Running has taken Yasso to many amazing places and afforded him the chance to experience different cultures and meet all kinds of people.

Bart Yasso will be a special guest at this year's Big Wild Life Runs

Bart Yasso will be a special guest at this year’s Big Wild Life Runs

A five-time Iron Man competitor, Yasso is one of a handful of people to compete in races on all seven continents including the Antarctica Marathon, the Kilimanjaro Marathon and Comrades to name a few. He is also a finisher of the grueling Badwater 146, a race from Death Valley to Mount Whitney, Calif.

Yasso is the inventor of the appropriately named Yasso 800s, a speed workout in which runners should be able to accurately predict their marathon finish times based on how fast they can run 800 meters.  Don’t worry Alaskans: It only takes a few minor adjustments to make the workout treadmill compatible for those winter days when it’s just too cold to do speed work outside.

Yasso’s book, “My Life on the Run: The Wit, Wisdom, and Insights of a Road Racing Icon,” chronicles his life as a runner – why he started running, how it changed his life and how a crippling illness almost ended his career. He shares his stories of heatstroke, frostbite, heartache, triumphs and many other memories of his participation in more than 1,000 competitive races during his nearly three decades with Runner’s World.

Yasso will be one of the featured speakers at the prerace pasta feed and will run the Moose’s Tooth Marathon. Catch him at the Health and Fitness Expo and the morning shakedown runs. Check the weekend schedule page for more information.

Jeff Galloway
BWLR has had many special guests travel to Alaska over the years, but none as dedicated to the event as Olympian, author and running expert Jeff Galloway. He and his wife, Barbara, have run the marathon together every year since 2010, making the pair BWLR regulars. The 2015 Moose’s Tooth Marathon will be Galloway’s 201st marathon.

Courtesy Big Wild Life Runs Jeff and Barbara Galloway will be special guests at this year's Big Wild Life Runs.

Courtesy Big Wild Life Runs
Jeff and Barbara Galloway will be special guests at this year’s Big Wild Life Runs.

Widely known for his marathon training programs and run/walk method, Galloway had an impressive running career before becoming one the country’s most successful running coaches. He was an all-American collegiate athlete and a member of the U.S. Olympic Team, competing in the 10,000 meters at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany.

In addition to his Olympic career, Galloway was a member of the U.S. Track and Field Team in Europe, Russia and Africa, and in 1973 he set an American record in the 10-mile road race with a time of 47:49.
Now, Galloway devotes his time to helping runners perform to the best of their ability and reach their marathon goals. He has authored more than a dozen books on running and has been a consultant for West Point, NASA, Homeland Security and many other corporations. He has coached more than 300,000 runners over the years and as the official training consultant for the RunDisney events, founder of the Galloway Training Program and the director of Atlanta’s Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk the number of runners under Galloway’s guidance continues to grow. He is a monthly columnist for Runner’s World magazine and author of many books on running.

Galloway also will speak at the prerace pasta feed and will run on Sunday. Catch him at movie night, the Health and Fitness Expo, weekend shakedown runs and at his running clinic. Check the schedule page for information.

Barbara Galloway
A talented runner in her own right, Barbara Galloway is the other half of BWLR most supportive running duo. She has co-authored several books with her husband, (whom she appropriately met on the running track) including: Woman’s Complete Guide to Running, Half-Marathon: A Complete Guide for Women, Running and Fatburning for Women and Woman’s Complete Guide to Walking. Having run through two pregnancies and menopause, Barbara is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the unique challenges that female runners face.

Barbara was a member of the Florida State women’s track team and has completed more than 100 marathons and currently participates in roughly 12 marathons and 12 half marathons a year. She also plays on several USTA and ALTA tennis teams. She holds a master’s degree in physical education and conducts running clinics during running retreats with her husband, Jeff, at Lake Tahoe and Athens, Greece.

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