Featured Runner “Farhad Zarif” October 2017

Farhad Zarif is a man of exceptional spirit, who dares to accomplish the impossible, with a disregard for anything that tries to keep him from his accepted challenge. He’s lived his entire life facing challenges and climbing mountains that most would never dare. As a young man, he was an Olympian athlete, a veteran of two wars, a prisoner of war (barely escaping with his life), and most recently a Cancer survivor. Farhad continues to face life head-on today as an ultramarathoner who refuses to give up.


Date of Birth: 12/23/1969

Place of Birth: Kabul, Afghanistan

Currently Residing:  Kansas City, KS

Marital Status: Single

Job(s): Exercise Physiologist (Fitness Pro)

Children: 1 Baby Girl (10 Years Old)

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 200 lb

Shoe Size: 13

Best Physical Feature: Eyes

Worst Physical Feature: Butt

Religion: God

Political Affiliation: Conservative

Educational Background: MS Exercise Physiology

Personal Strength(s): Faith in God.

Personal Weakness(es): Fear of failure.

Make Of Car You Drive: Escalade

Make Of Car You Would Like To Drive: Not important.

Pets: None


Favorite Author: Don Allison

Favorite Book: Born to Run

Favorite Non-running Magazine: National Geographic

Favorite Movie: Braveheart

Favorite TV Show: The Good Doctor

Favorite Actor/Actress: Mel Gibson

Favorite Music: Jazz

Favorite Artist: Lonnie McFaden

Favorite Spectator Sport: Basketball

Favorite Subject in School: Anatomy

Favorite Game: Chess

Favorite Vacation Destination: Mexico

Favorite Time Of Day: 6am

Favorite Item Of Clothing: Shoes

Favorite Non-Running Leisure Activity: Writing

Favorite Running Shoe: Brooks

Favorite Food/Drink Before An Ultra: Salmon/Coffee

Favorite Food/Drink During An Ultra: Z Bar/Water

Favorite Food/Drink After An Ultra: Steak/Coke

Favorite Crew/Pacer Person(s): Craig Tyhurst

Favorite Place To Run: Ogg Rd.

Favorite Type Of Running Surface: Hills

Favorite Famous Quote: “My life is like an ocean, sometimes rough and sometimes calm, but always flowing!” — Z


Number of Years Running Ultras: 7

Number of Ultras Finished:  14

Best Ultra Performance(s): Prarie Spirit Trail 100 (2014)

Most Memorable Ultra: Leadville Trail 100 (2017)

Typical Training Week(s) Before A Major Race: 30 miles/week running, strength training, plyometrics/agility.

Injuries: None

Ultrarunning Idol: Every ultrarunner.

Why Do You Run Ultras:  I want to get closer to God.

Advice For Other Ultrarunners: Run with your heart, not legs.


Personal Hero: God

Personal Philosophy:  Walk the line (morals, ethics, character).

Short-Term Goal: Making others happy.

Long-Term Goal: Being a good man.

Most Prized Possession:  Leadville Trail 100 finisher’s buckle.

Most Proud Achievement: Serving my country.

Happiest Memory: Birth of my baby girl.

Secret Ambition/Fantasy: Running across the USA.

Greatest Adventure:  Spiritual journey to the Holy Land.


Least Liked Subject: Math

Least Liked Household Chore: Doing the dishes.

Pet Peeve(s): Everything in my house has to be at a certain angle.

Greatest Fear: Not making my family and friends proud.


Book Currently Reading: The Road to Sparta

Hobbies: Writing/Music.

Collections: Sports memorabilia.

What’s next: Running the Katy Trail (240 Miles).

Farhad crossing the red carpet (finish line) of the 2017 Leadville Trail 100!

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