Inspiration & Motivation, Interviews

Bart Yasso: Race Everything

Matt Orlando
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Race Everything_Cover SnapshotJust when you think Bart Yasso, the Chief Running Officer at Runner’s world (and quite frankly a running legend), has given us his all, he steps up his sharing spirit one step further with his new book, Race Everything: How to Conquer Any Race at Any Distance in Any Environment and Have Fun Doing It. Available for sale now on Amazon, Race Everything is a collection of secrets, insights and training recommendations from a runner who truly done it all. “Over the past 40 years, Yasso has run more than 1,000 races, across all seven continents, at every conceivable distance, from local 5Ks to grueling ultramarathons and Ironman triathlons.” This book is a true gem you will not want to miss out on.

We last talked back in 2014, shortly after you became CRO for Runner’s World. How have the last few years been for you?
The last few years have been the best I just loved watching our sport explode with a record number of runners. Social media has reached a feverous pitch in the past few years a great way to stay connected with runners on a global scale.

Race Everything, your new book, came out on October 10th. Tell us about how the idea blossomed to write the book?
Every race I attend I’m bombarded with training questions from beginners to seasoned veterans. Race Everything is 40 years of lessons learned from the 5k to ultra from a hometown race to Mount Kilimanjaro.

Who is the book for? New runners? Seasoned runners? Casual vs. competitive?
Race Everything accommodates the new and seasoned runner with running tips from the 5k to the ultra distance.

Can someone use this book as a guide to transition from one race distance to another?
Yes, Race Everything has tips to take your running to next level it doesn’t matter if your 5k runner or marathoner.

What are one or two of your favorite pieces of advice or anecdotes from the book?
From fast times and personal records to adventures and camaraderie, the reasons we race are personal and diverse. What I’ve come to realize is that when the gun goes off, we all follow the same course to the finish line, but each of us has taken a different path to the starting line.

Lastly, you recently announced your retirement from Runner’s World after a very successful career. What adventures are on the horizon for you?
Yes, I’m going to retire at the end of the year after 30 amazing years at Runner’s World. Due to health reasons and complications from Lyme disease I don’t have any future adventures on the horizon.

I am sure we will see continue to see Bart as a powerful force in the running community for many years to come. You can connect with Bart via Twitter at @BartYasso.

Cover Photo Credit: Runner’s World