My Bart Yasso Bromance
While I've only met Bart a handful of times, he's that "cool uncle" you always looked forward to seeing. A bit like my uncle Angus who sported a guitar and a goatee in the sixties. With equal admiration, I chronicle my favorite Bart memories. Yes, I'd go so far as to say I've had a "bromance" with Bart, but not the "stalking where he lives" infatuation.
As I've written many a time here, I started running late in life and was a sponge when it came to learning about running. I quickly learned there were two institutions in the world of running; the Boston Marathon (and trying to get there,) and Runner's World Magazine. Both provide a venue for mere mortals to run the same course as Meb or high-five Bart on the course (he's set a world record for the later.)
With that, my top five memories of Bart;
|Chatting about running and my foam roller with Bart and Mark Remy at Boston expo in '11|
1) The Book; "My Life on the Run." This is Bart's story as he evolved from a hippie battling drugs and alcohol to a living legend in the run world in a very colorful manner. Only ("Badwater") Bart would run with a burro and check a nude 5k off his bucket list (the later is still unchecked but not unwanted on mine.)
|Foam Roller en-route to Boston Marathon captured |
by Mark Remy
3) Me, Mark Remy, Bart Yasso, and my foam roller. Sounds like a "B-movie" but this was my first "brush with fame" along with my blog. For my second Boston Marathon in 2011, I was (as I often tried to do) on the East Coast and connected from Philadelphia to Boston on expo Friday. Like a giant run dork, I was wearing my Boston Marathon celebration jacket from the year before and boarded the plane hugging my foam roller like a "blankie with a binky clipped to it." I had no idea who asked to take my photo (I'd later learn it was Mark Remy.) I visited the RW booth and met them both over a laugh over the foam roller. My first "viral" experience as I've never had a more popular Facebook post than the one Mark posted. Friends recognized the back of my head back home quoting, "So Runner's World had three Facebook posts today; Kara Goucher, Ryan Hall, and Ty Godwin with his foam roller; good to see they captured all the pre-race favorites."
|Bart's Office in '16|
|RW Half Blog Ambassadors|
Bart has battled with Lyme Disease for twenty years and plans to focus on his health and maximizing the runs he's got in his retirement. I can relate as my body does not allow the rigors of a 50-70 mile a week marathon training plan so I've begun focusing more on my special needs relationship with my IRun4 buddy Liam. Thank you for all the inspiration and good times Bart. You're one cool uncle.