Instead of spending Valentine's Day eating chocolate, this LDS athlete will spend it running 26.2 miles, trying to make it into the Olympics. And did I mention he was the 2015 U.S. champion?
Imagine running a mile in five minutes. Now imagine doing that 26.2 times. Without stopping.
Former BYU track runner Jared Ward placed third overall in the Los Angeles Marathon last year with a time of 2:12.55 (5.04 min/mile). As the first American finisher behind two Kenyans, Ward was crowned the 2015 U.S. Marathon Champion.
Ward heads to L.A. this weekend to race again. This time finishing in top three will earn him a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.