Sometimes, in our busy lives, it’s difficult to break away from work and family to get a run in, and it is, many times, much more difficult to break away for social events. It’s most difficult to break away for both – unless you combine them. Ogden Pub Runners, a group of easy-going runners, combines running and social life one night a week, making the get away from the house or job just a little bit easier. Get in a run, walk, or jaunt and join the group after for a beer.
Purpose. Success. Transcendence. The life lived is one lived wide open. Ogden Pub Runners thrives to open the gateway to spiritual, mental, psychological, and physical symbioses…
…JUST KIDDING. Our goal is simple: we want to exercise (walk, run, sprint), we want to make new friends who love the same things we love, we want to laugh and talk, and we want support local businesses, giving them our money instead of giving it to chain restaurants and bars. That’s it.
HOW WE BEGAN:
Founders, Kase and Jake Johnstun, grew up in Ogden. They have seen this city grow. They understand how special Ogden is and has become. And they want to give back to Ogden. They are lifelong runners who saw this model become successful in Tacoma, WA, and knew Ogden would be a great place for a group of runners who like to tip back a pint too. It started in 2013 at Roosters. Seven people came. Two years later, more than 50 runners stood on the rooftop at Alleged and celebrated all things Ogden – the beauty of sun setting on the Wasatch front behind them.
Now, with the efforts of an amazing team (see board members below), we are growing every week and doing things never imagined when we started this group in 2013.
OUR BOARD MEMBERS:
Kase Johnstun, President and Founder.
Kase Johnstun grew up in Ogden and went to St. Josephs schools from Kindergarten to high-school graduation. After leaving Utah, living away for nearly 20 years, Kase came home to a city that he has fallen in love with. He needed to leave to see Ogden for the first time. He, along with his brother, founded Ogden Pub Runners to combine two of his favorite things in life: running and beer.
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Sam Beasley, Board Member
Sam Beasley was born and lived in Ogden for 38 years. Sam recently moved his family to Bountiful but his home will always be Ogden. Sam ran short sprints in high school and never imagined running longer than 9 miles in a lifetime. Sam took a 10 year break from significant running and only started running again when some asshole invited him to join a weekly running group he was planning to start in Ogden. Since that time Sam has logged over 2,000 miles. Sam’s key responsibility is to welcome new runners and to welcome back returning members.
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Stacy Bernal, Board Member
Stacy rounds out the board by bringing a little bit of Asian Spice to the group. She is an Ogden transplant as of 2008, having grown up a Navy brat. Born in New Jersey, she’s lived in exotic places like Pennsylvania, California, Cuba, Virginia and South Carolina. As an accomplished band nerd in high school, running was Stacy’s punishment for being late to band practice. She was NEVER late to band practice.
It wasn’t until 2008, while working at Rooster’s in Layton, that she started running. The owner, Kym Buttschardt, put together relay teams to run the Ogden marathon. Stacy ran the first seven miles and felt like a total badass. She *thought* she hated running, until she got off the bus at the finish line and spent hours watching marathoners cross. She was in awe. She decided to run the full marathon the next year.
Seven *attempted* marathons (five completed, two DNFs), six Ragnar Relays, two triathlons, and one duathlon later, Stacy is a full-fledged albeit slow runner. She’ll run (and ride and swim) a bunch of races this year, as well as her first 50k in November.
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