Laura Yasso

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Full Name

Laura Yasso

Bio

Age: 50

Hometown: California girl based in eastern Pennsylvania

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/laurun

Twitter handle: laurun (I haven't tweeted yet)



Running Accomplishments: 

  • Just getting to the start line these days! 
  • Of the big stuff: 126 marathons & 85 ultras...Approx. 700 races overall. 
  • 4 trail ultra wins and masters course records.
  • Western States 100-Miler 7 times: 3 top 10s, 3rd woman overall and top master. 
  • Ran on the womens' relay team that shattered the Guinness World Record for the womens' 100 x 1 mile relay.
  • Hardest & most rewarding: My Triple Marathon Challenge - ran the London Marathon and the Double Boston-notsoB in a 32-hour period. Raised $7,000 for Casa Bethesda, a Mexican orphanage in Piedras Negras.
3 things you may now know about me:
  1. I have a goal of reading the Modern Library's 100 Best Books of all time. This is a huge fun project, I'm 20% done and it will take me years because, of course, they are not the only books I'm reading; our house is a library.
  2. I have a birthmark shaped like the state of California on my toe.
  3. A running-related thing: I was an extra in the Mariel Hemingway running movie, Personal Best, while a student at Cal Poly, SLO. I am in four scenes...find me.
Favorite Distance: Back in the day: 50Ks. Now: 5Ks! 
For a personal challenge, I decided to run 50 5Ks in the 50 weeks before my 50th birthday...but actually got them done in 20 weeks.


Favorite Workout: hill repeats


Upcoming events: American River 50 Miler, Big Sur Marathon, Poconos Run for the Red, Comrades 56 miler in South Africa, and the Vermont 100.

 
What I love about running skirts: They are so COMFORTABLE! 

For too long, I wore ill-fitting running shorts. The running apparel available was not working with my body type so just when I was going to attempt to design my own shorts (really, ask my husband) along come running skirts to save the day. Comfortable & cute - perfect.