Sunday, 24 February 2019 09:27

John Bezou – Desert RATS Kokopelli 150 Stage Racer 2019

Stage Race Sunday!
Who’s coming to play in the desert this year?

A 20 year Army vet who got his ultra career started at one of our Gemini races, John Bezou represents the Mississippi Gulf Coast at 2019 Desert RATS.

Marital Status: Married   
Number of Children: 0
Occupation: Educator/Administrator
Years running: 20+
Years running ultras: 8

Ultras I have done: Brew to Brew Gemini Adventures 50K Bear Chase 50 mi Bear Chase 100K Rattler 50K Pikes Peak Ultra 50 mi Salt Flats 100 mi Children of the Cane 50K

Favorite race and why: I really enjoyed the Gemini Adventures 50K. It was the first ultra I trained for and the people / course was excellent.

Best results in races: My best results were in the 10K and 13.1 at the Disney Princess Half Marathon in 2017. I came in 2nd place in the male masters 10K then came in 4th overall in the 13.1 the next day. In ultras I have consistently been in or around the top of my age group.

Tell us something about yourself, running related or other: I served 20 years in the Army. I retired in 2018 then moved home to Mississippi to teach at my old High School. When I was a kid I competed in equestrian sports which was really different from what other kids were doing in south Mississippi. Years after I stopped riding competitively, I joined a Foxhunting Club in Kansas and was awarded my colors after only one year of riding. I actually love training more than I like racing. I love the idea of putting all the pieces together in the right combination to get a great performance. I listen to Native American flute music while running…is that interesting enough?

What’s your favorite way to train for Desert RATS: I would prefer to train in the mountains and deserts of Colorado, but since I live on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi I spend a lot of time in the gym lifting and walking up and down the beach with a weighted vest on.

What are your goals for Desert RATS: The Desert RATS Stage Race is a practice race for me. I am registered for the 4 Deserts Grand Slam in 2020. My goal for the Desert RATS is to refine my packing list for 2020 and to try different strategies.