“WeRunMPLSer of the Month” is a series we write to introduce the faces that make WeRunMPLS so special. We say this a lot – our core is community; it was the motivation behind starting WeRunMPLS, is the foundation for every time we meet and is what guides all our decisions. Hope you enjoy!

Meet Jon! Jon is our April WeRunMPLSer and we're excited to feature him! Jon and his wife Amanda (our March WeRunMPLSer) are regular faces at WeRunMPLS on both Thursdays and long run Saturdays! Jon is speedy, always in the lead pack and we love chatting with him over coffee at Five Watt or beers at Pat's post-run. Read on to meet Jon and show up at a run to meet him in person!

Tell us your name + how you found out about WeRunMPLS.

Jon Webb. I found out about WeRunMPLS from my wife, Amanda, who saw it on Facebook.

Where is your favorite place to run?

Out my back door! Right now that means Lake Nokomis or Mississippi River Road.

What’s been your favorite night of WeRunMPLS (so far!)?

There have been many good nights with WeRunMPLS, but my favorite run was one of the nights where I stayed after the run for a happy hour at Pat’s Tap. I got to know some of the other runners better and it really hit home to me that it is a great group to be a part of.

Tell us your top 5 interests.

  1. Coming up with nicknames for our dog Lilly. Lately I’ve been calling her “Stinks”.
  2. Writing & drawing funny comics.  
  3. Spending time with my wife Amanda (probably should have put this interest before the dog’s nicknames).
  4. Being active- I try to do something physical every day.
  5. Gardening- Ok, this probably wouldn’t crack my top 5 interests most of the year, but I am thinking spring!   

What’s your favorite thing about WeRunMPLS?

This has changed over time. At first, I enjoyed having a group that my wife and I could both be comfortable running in. More recently it has been getting to know the variety of people in the group.

Favorite running quote?

No favorite quote, but I suppose this is where I admit that “Run Away” (90s song by Real McCoy) was on my running playlist at one time.

One random fact everyone should know about you.

I am a state highpointer, as in I try to visit each state’s highest point of elevation. I’m not too far along- only 11 states so far, but hope to continue knocking them off over the years. The last one I visited was Katahdin in Maine, which is the end (or beginning) of the Appalachian Trail.