Name: Jared Estes
Family Status: No spouse or kids but I do have my cat Wonky.
Occupation: Professional Speaker
Running Background: Started running in early 2005 and then was struck by a drunk driver going over 100 mph on Kellogg. It burned on nearly 50 percent of my body and I was in a coma for two weeks. They said that my running was a key factor in surviving the accident. My lungs could handle all of the smoke and damage better. Once I came out of the coma I was told that there was a chance I wouldn’t walk again and the best way I could help myself would be to get up and move right away. The last thing I wanted to do was stand but when you’re told you might never do something again it’s the only thing you really want to do. I slowly regained the ability walk without assistance. It took me a few years to really get back on my feet and running again. I’ve always have that experience in the hospital to keep me motivated and moving forward when I want to quit. I’m not the best runner but I’m stubborn. When I was in the burn center and could barely move without a lot of pain my occupational therapist Mike Reynolds used tell me that I would be running a marathon in no time. In 2010 I ran my first marathon with him at Prairie Fire. It made me feel like anything is possible. This race will always have a special place in my heart and I feel honored to be a part of it.
What are you hoping to gain from your experience as a Local Joe?: A few things! Most of all I love the feeling of defying my circumstances and I want to feel that again. I also want to learn how to actually train for a marathon rather than what I tend to do. Being a part of the Prairie Fire Marathon is a dream. I love this race and what it stands for. It really showcases the city. I also want to make my friends, family, and especially my girlfriend Amanda proud of me. And of course I hope to gain 8 new awesome friends.
What is your biggest fear about being a Local Joe?: Bees…that’s about it.
Favorite Workout Tune: AWOLNATION’s “Nights of Shame” – it is 12 minutes and has about 9 sweet tempo changes