Featured Athlete for December 2017: Jonathan Bade

Our featured athlete for December is Jonathan Bade. After winning the Tipp Turkey Trot 10k in November, and the Tipp City Mum Festival Run for the Mums in September, you could say Jonathan swept his hometown races. 2017 has been a remarkable year for Jonathan. In addition to his hometown wins, he ran his first Boston Marathon in 3:01. He was 5th in his age group and 13th overall at Ironman 70.3 Ohio with a time of 4:30. He also won two 1/3 iron distance triathlons and recently finished second overall at the Hungry Turkey half marathon in Cincinnati with a time of 1:14.

Jonathan now lives in Troy with his wife Lindsey and their two kids Alexa and Jacob. Jonathan graduated from Tipp High School so he truly is a Red Devil at heart. After Tipp High School, he attended Ohio Northern University where he played 4 years of soccer and earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. It's also where he and Lindsey met.

Today, Jonathan works at Grandview Medical Center as a pharmacist. It was at age 24 that Jonathan ran his first race, the Tipp City Mum Festival Run for the Mums. Although it was his first race, he finished 5th overall! Lindsey is also an avid runner having completed 4 marathons. Even their kids are active having completed numerous kids triathlons, kids fun runs and cycling events.

Jonathon's goals for 2018 include qualifying for the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. He's been very close to qualifying in the 5 Ironmans that he has done so far but hopes that Ironman Chattanooga in September will be the one where he qualifies. Chattanooga has one of the more difficult run courses which suites his strength the best.

Jonathan attributes his success to extremely consistent training. He usually trains 1-2 hours every weekday morning between 4:30-6:30am while the family is still asleep. He's also built some fantastic relationships with some local and non local elite athletes. They share habits from training to nutrition and fueling strategies. Jonathan said, 'Somebody once told me if you want to be successful at something, study people who are successful at [it]... whether it's racing or being a spouse, or a parent, or a professional."

Finally Jonathan says he could not have any of his success without God and his family's loving support and encouragement. His favorite biblical verse is Hebrews 12:1 'Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us with our eyes fixed to Christ.'

Jonathan, congratulations on a great year in 2017. We wish you continued success in 2018 and beyond and want to thank you for letting us share your story.