Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pittsburgh's Top Runners

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pittsburgh's Top Runners

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Jed Christiansen

Bio: 26, Greenville, Pa., cross-country and track coach at Thiel College

2012 Pittsburgh half-marathon: 5th among men, 1:06:30

They said it: "I love running because ... I love competing, so without races, I probably wouldn't enjoy it as much. But there is also something inherently gratifying about developing a skill and excelling in it. If you go out and shoot baskets, but you just keep launching bricks, it's not much fun. But after practicing awhile, when you can shoot and hear the ball go swoosh from virtually anywhere on the court, it's an amazing feeling. The same goes for running. When you have the ability to get lost on a 15-mile run and not get worried because you know you can make it back anyway, or when you can run at a fast pace for miles and know you have another gear or five, you get a thrill at running at such a high level. …

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