|An Irish Lephrechaun: Shawn Crafford|
Brad Zinnecker/Trail Running Faith: Shawn, welcome Dude! Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into running.
Shawn Crafford: Most of you know my running background but for those that don’t, I was introduced to running in my boarding school days when I was in high school. I was seriously obese and took up most of the sport’s on offer. Basketball, athletics, swimming, tennis, and even squash. It wasn’t until later in highschool that I took up cross-country and loved it because it was a great way to keep fit for rugby and all the other sports I played. My high school was also based in the town in South Africa where the Comrades Marathon starts or finishes every year and so I started helping with that which inspired me to one day run this iconic ultra marathon.
|The Great Wall of China|
|A view of a valley from the Great Wall of China.|
Brad: What did your wife/kids/friends think about you running such an adventurous race way overseas!?!
|The Olympic Stadium in Beijing. Shawn is on the left in orange, Mark Pattendens is in the green.|
|Shawn's Strava screenshot of the elevation change during his run in the Great Wall Marathon.|
|Shawn with the runner he helped on the Great Wall of China.|
|Group of runners for the marathon. Shawn is towards the back right, in blue.|