Ed Ayres

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About me

Gender MALE
Industry Sports or Recreation
Occupation endurance runner, writer
Location Green Valley, California, United States
Introduction I've been running competitively for 54 consecutive years, and love it as much now as I did when I joined my high school cross-country team in 1956. Competitive highlights: Finishing 3rd in the first New York Marathon, in 1970; 3rd in the U.S. 50-Mile championship in 1976 (in 5:46); 1st in the JFK 50-Mile in 1977; 1st in four U.S. national age-division championships at 50K road, 50K trail, and 50 miles. I was the founding editor of Running Times magazine, now published by Runner's World parent Rodale Press. In recent years, my interests have expanded to exploring a theory that mental, emotional, and spiritual fitness require serious exercise as much as physical fitness does. It's a growing problem for the world, and especially for America! It's not just obesity that has become epidemic, but mental and spiritual passivity! I explore this idea in my website www.willhumansendure.com.
Interests Ultrarunning, trail running, sustainability, natural foods, nutrition, ecology, environmental action, human evolution, Running Man theory, persistence hunting, barefoot running, writing about the human condition, reading, thinking!
Favorite Movies Casablanca, Pirate Radio, Enemy at the Gate, Legends of the Fall, The Name of the Rose, The Deer Hunter, A Serious Man, What About Bob?, About Schmidt, Young Frankenstein, Juno, Eat Drink Man Woman, Analyze This, In a Day, Erin Brokovich, Dr. Zhivago, Mrs. Henderson Presents, The History Boys, Door in the Floor, The Big Kahuna, Gran Torino, Kite Runner, Notes on a Scandal, Ghost World.
Favorite Music Eagles, Beatles, Dylan, The Who, classic rock, the music in my head when I run on mountain trails.
Favorite Books Tolkein Trilogy, Dune Trilogy, Hotel New Hampshire, Kavalier & Clay, The Castle in the Forest, The World According to Garp, Catch-22, Corrections, Cold Mountain, The Shipping News, A Winter's Tale, Howard Pyle edition of Robin Hood (when I was a kid), Born to Run (with caveats noted in my posts), God's Last Offer, The Tailor of Panama, the book I'm working on now!