Josh has been a competitive runner since 1999, when he first toed a starting line as a 7th grader in Junior High. After competing in many New York State championship races, he received an athletic scholarship at Edinboro University of PA. While at Edinboro, he earned All-American honors at the 2007 NCAA II cross country championships. During the summers of 2008 & 2009, Josh lived and trained in Flagstaff, AZ as well as Mammoth Lakes, CA.
This is where he realized his passion for trail running and longer distances, putting in 120+ miles/weeks and getting his first taste for altitude training.
After graduating from Edinboro in 2010 with degrees in Exercise Science, Fitness Management, and Athletic Coaching, Josh moved to Colorado with the intention of becoming an ultra-marathoner. Just one year later, he ran his first ultra—the Devil Mountain Ultra 50 Miler in Pagosa Springs, CO. The following year (2012), he stepped up his training, and set a course record at the Collegiate Peaks 25 in April, picked up a sponsorship with VFuel, finished a somewhat disappointing 9th at the San Juan Solstice 50 in June, won the Gothic to CB 1/3 Marathon in July, and placed 2nd in his first ever 100 miler, the Cascade Crest 100 in August. In December he applied to be an Altra Ambassador, and the first week of the new year found out he had been excepted. Josh is now gearing up for a big year in 2013, and excited to see what the next 12 months will bring! To learn more about Josh, visit his website www.gorunpure.com.
Josh’s 2013 Summer Race Schedule:
April 20 – Desert RATS 25
May 11 – Quad Rock 50
June 22 – San Juan Solstice 50
August 17 – Leadville 100
September 28 – UROC 100k