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 May 16, 2013

Ras Vaughan's Unsupported, Sextuple-Rim-to-Rim
UltraPedestrian sets OKT (Only Known Time) on epic Grand Canyon route
By Tim Mathis

Jason Vaughan, 41, widely known as Ras, and who performs music under the name Jahson Ites, has become somewhat of a living folk hero in the Pacific-Northwest running community, and the only races he’ll likely ever win are the ones in which no one else participates.

A tall, lanky, Rastafarian family man with waist-length dreadlocks who runs in red, yellow and green and lives in a cabin in the middle of sparsely populated, north-central Washington, he’s perhaps the best-known (and most-loved) “back of the packer” in the area. His motto is “An ultramarathon is like a mullet: business up front and party in the back,” and he has been making a compelling case the last few years that slower running is better running.

He’s also at the front end of a project that is likely to intrigue ultrarunners and, well, just about everyoneestablishing "Only Known Times" (OKTs) on almost incomprehensible solo endurance outings. Last summer, that meant running around Washington’s Mount Rainier semi-unsupported twice in one push (he picked up a food cache at the end of the first loop, and did have pacers for much of the second), and, recently, in early May, he ran Rim-to-Rim in the Grand Canyon six times, carrying all of his own supplies and finishing in 68 hours 10 minutes.

I sat down to talk with him because the world needs to know about this man. Read more ... 

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06/09 Herron Half and 10K 6M, 13.1M; Kalispell, MT
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06/09 Teva 10K and Mud Run At Teva Mountain Games 10K, 5K; Vail, CO
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06/14 Bighorn Trail 100 100M; Dayton, WY; www.bighorntrailrun.com
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07/07 Jennie Hamilton Memorial 5 Miler  Chesterton, IN
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06/08 Laurel Highlands Ultra 50K, 70.5M; Ohiopyle, PA
06/08 Prompton Punisher 10M, 20M, 30M; Prompton, PA
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06/09 Fountainhead Off-Road Half Marathon and 10K 10K, 13.1M; Fairfax Station, VA
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06/12 Fleet Feet Sports Dirt Cheap Trail Race Series #3 4M; Rochester, NY
06/14 TARC 100 50M, 100M; Weston, MA
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06/16 Tanglewood Tanglefoot Trail Runs 10K, 20K; Elmira, NY; www.tanglewoodnaturecenter.com

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06/22 Manitou's Revenge  50M, R; Windham, NY
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06/23 Run For The Ages 10k Trail Chase 10K; Reading, PA
06/29 Charlies Old Goat Trail 7M; Victor, NY
06/29 Henricus Dauber Dash 5 Mile Mud Run 5M; Henricus, VA
06/29 XTERRA Gouldsboro Trail Run 13K; Gouldsboro, PA
06/30 4th Annual Cape Cod K-9 5k Trail Race 5K; Falmouth, MA
07/06 Finger Lakes Fifties 25K, 50K, 50M; Hector, NY
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07/09 Summer Sunset 5k at Pine Hill Park 5K; Rutland, VT
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07/13 Run with the Beavers 5M, 10M; Chepachet, RI
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06/14 Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race 60M; Chattanooga, TN
06/15 House Farm Five Miler 5M; Louisville, KY
06/15 House Five Miler 3K, 5M; LaGrange, KY
06/15 Rope Mill Half Marathon 5K, 13.1M; Woodstock , GA
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06/22 Capt'n Karl's: Pedernales Falls 10K, 30K, 60K; Marble Falls, TX
06/22 Dirty Spokes - Haw Creek 3M, 6M; Cumming, GA
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07/13 Otter Creek Eight Miler 8M; Louisville, KY
07/13 Troop Trot 39K 10K, 39K; Villa Rica, GA
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06/15 5 Peaks Trail Run - Sunridge 5K, 15K; Strathcona, AB
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06/22 Run the Wildside 10K, 22K; Ahousaht, BC
06/22 Velebit Ultra Trail - Croatiak 15K, 30K, 45K, 100K; National park Paklenica, Croatia
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06/29 Ultimate XC Quebec Edition 2K, 5K, 13K, 21K, 35K, 58K; St Donat, QC
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07/03 Northwest Passage Marathon at Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge 10K, 21K, 42K, 50K; Somerset Island, NU
07/05 Sinister 7 Ultra 148K; Blairmore, AB; www.sinister7.com

07/06 24 Hours Ultra Costa Rica 6H, 12H, 24H; San Jose, Santa Ana, Costa Rica
07/06 Creemore Vertical Challenge 25K, 50K; Creemore, ON; www.ouser.org

07/06 Powderface42 Trail Race  21K, 42K; Calgary, AB
07/06 Rhodes Trail Race 52K; Rhodes, South Africa
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07/06 Trail Verbier St Bernard 29K, 61K, 110K; Verbier, Switzerland
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07/13 Quebec Mega Trail 5K, 10K, 25K; Quebec City, QC
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07/14 The North Face Dirty Feet Trail Series #3 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Vernon, BC
07/14 Trail de Pietrosella 12K, 21K Pietrosella, France

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