Going Down Easy
Keeping pace with journalist and trail runner Jim Kravets
Jim Kravets is easy going. He makes all the going seem easy, even if he's running up and down rocky trails in the pitch dark ...
Photo by Ben Davidson
Jim Kravets is easy going. He makes all the going seem easy, even if he's running up and down rocky trails in the pitch dark and pouring rain of a northern California winter morning, or heading off to an exotic destination with a one-way ticket and no plans for what to do when he gets there.
The lanky Marin County journalist has never run the same race twice, and never placed below fifth in any race. He won the 1999 Woodside Half Marathon in Woodside, California (wearing a pink dress, based on erroneous information that this was a costume event), the 2000 Big Basin Redwoods Trail Half Marathon and the Napa Valley Wine Country Trail Half Marathon the same year.
But it's been awhile since he's raced. Although obviously talented, he's remarkably free of the competitive gene, running trails for sheer pleasure—that, and to make possible his other hobby, which is eating.