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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.

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Story about Jared’s 2016 event:

About the author, Amy

For nearly three decades, Amy has been telling other people’s stories. As a professional journalist, she’s covered everything from crime to education, spending the last 19 years in sports. As an award-winning writer and columnist, she wrote about high school and college athletics, as well as covering six Olympic Games. Born in Utah, Amy moved to Alaska in junior high and graduated from Robert Service High School in Anchorage. She graduated from both Snow College and the University of Utah, and she has worked as a journalist in Salt Lake City since 1990. She co-hosted a high school radio show for over a decade, and she co-founded Voices of Reason podcast with her Deseret News colleague Jasen Lee. She is a wife, a mother, a grandmother and a devoted foster to animals hoping to find a home of their own.

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