Full Name

Laura Yasso


Age: 50 Hometown: California girl based in eastern Pennsylvania Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/laurun Twitter handle: laurun (I haven’t tweeted yet) Running Accomplishments: 

  • Just getting to the start line these days! 
  • Of the big stuff: 126 marathons & 85 ultras…Approx. 700 races overall. 
  • 4 trail ultra wins and masters course records.
  • Western States 100-Miler 7 times: 3 top 10s, 3rd woman overall and top master. 
  • Ran on the womens’ relay team that shattered the Guinness World Record for the womens’ 100 x 1 mile relay.
  • Hardest & most rewarding: My Triple Marathon Challenge – ran the London Marathon and the Double Boston-notsoB in a 32-hour period. Raised $7,000 for Casa Bethesda, a Mexican orphanage in Piedras Negras.
3 things you may now know about me:
  1. I have a goal of reading the Modern Library’s 100 Best Books of all time. This is a huge fun project, I’m 20% done and it will take me years because, of course, they are not the only books I’m reading; our house is a library.
  2. I have a birthmark shaped like the state of California on my toe.
  3. A running-related thing: I was an extra in the Mariel Hemingway running movie, Personal Best, while a student at Cal Poly, SLO. I am in four scenes…find me.
Favorite Distance: Back in the day: 50Ks. Now: 5Ks! 
For a personal challenge, I decided to run 50 5Ks in the 50 weeks before my 50th birthday…but actually got them done in 20 weeks.
Favorite Workout: hill repeats
Upcoming events: American River 50 Miler, Big Sur Marathon, Poconos Run for the Red, Comrades 56 miler in South Africa, and the Vermont 100.
What I love about running skirts: They are so COMFORTABLE! 

For too long, I wore ill-fitting running shorts. The running apparel available was not working with my body type so just when I was going to attempt to design my own shorts (really, ask my husband) along come running skirts to save the day. Comfortable & cute – perfect.