If you asked Ben Kassel just 6-months ago if he could run a 2:38 marathon he would have said you were crazy. He only started running a few years ago with the intention of losing weight. He weighed 300 lbs and didn’t enjoy running until he did his first race. “Most of the reason I run is for the competitive nature of it,” says Kassel. He hasn’t stopped racing ever since with recent PRs of 2:38:34 at Jack and Jill’s Marathon (4th overall) last month, a 16:43 5k at NC USATF Champs and a 1:17:15 at The Scream Half Marathon.
Ben Kassel placed 7th overall and 1st in the M35 age group at the REVEL Mt Charleston Marathon. His official time was 2:43:29. [Full Results] Ben currently works with Run SMART Project coach Jay Bawcom.
Thanks for the project’s support, Jay has been instrumental in helping me become a stronger runner these last few months. Cheers!