Former BYU All-American Jared Ward finished in the top 10 at the prestigious Boston Marathon on Monday running the race in 2:15:28. Jared has had quite a year as he recently competed in the Olympics as well.
Ward competed for BYU between 2010-2013 and still remains on BYU campus but as a statistics professor. In 2012 and 2013, he received All-American honors and has not slowed down since.
Considering the magnitude of the Boston Marathon and the fact that Jared finished 6th among all Americans, it’s not a stretch to say that he is one of the best runners in the country.
“I’ve especially tried to prepare for the downhills, hit the weight room and did eccentric lifting to get my quads ready for the pounding. Training in Provo (Utah) it’s hard not to get in some pretty good hill training. That being said, for me the pattern has been to get really fit, be healthy, and trust your fitness on race day.”
Shout out to Provo!
He went on to say that he wasn’t sure how fast he would run.
“I know the pace here(Boston) is oftentimes very dependent on the weather,” he said. “Unless the pace feels too unrealistic I’ll just try to get in and race with these guys. If someone runs 2:04 pace I’m going to let them do that on their own. I want to be feeling good at the top at Heartbreak then get after it the last six miles.”
Well, it’s safe to say that he sure “stayed in the race with those guys.”
Congratulations to Jared and his family, now hurry back to Provo for finals week.