ar old endurance athlete from Newmarket, NH. Known worldwide as "Sherpa John," he started his endurance career as a peak-bagger in New Hampshire's rugged White Mountains. In 2004 John completed hiking New Hampshire's list of 48 Four-Thousand Foot peaks entering himself into the Appalachian Mountain Clubs Four-Thousand Footer Club. During the same time, Sherpa John released a documentary film he wrote, edited and produced titled "48: A White Mountain Documentary Film." He sold and donated over 800 DVD copies of his film to various individuals and organizations; all the while raising over $20,000 for the American Diabetes Association Research Foundation. In March of 2006, John completed hiking the same list of mountains during the winter season, becoming one of only a few hundred to do so. His peak-bagging continues as Sherpa has completed the list of 48 peaks a subsequent five additional times and is two peaks away from becoming the youngest person to ever complete The Trailwrights 72 Peak-bagging list.
In 2005, Sherpa John entered the world of endurance running, completing his first marathon at the Vermont City Marathon in Burlington, VT. Two short months later, he completed his first 50 Kilometer Ultra-marathon at The Damn Wakely Dam Ultra in Upstate New York. Since then, Sherpa John has completed dozens of Ultra-Distance events and runs across the country ranging anywhere from 1 Mile to 124 Miles; all the while raising thousands of dollars for various charitable causes included The American Diabetes Association, The LiveStrong Foundation, and The Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire. In 2008, Sherpa became the first person in history to Run across New Hampshire, 124 Miles from west to east non-stop. Sherpa is also the race director of the longest foot-race in the Western Hemisphere; The New England Ultras 200 Mile Ultra.
Sherpa John has been featured on WMUR TV's News Magazine: NH Chronicle as well as WMUR News 9. He has also appeared in various publications including Ultrarunning Magazine, The Manchester Union Leader,The New Hampshire Sunday News, Nutfield Times, The New Hampshire, The UNH Campus Journal, The Derry News, The Portsmouth Herald, Fosters Daily Democrat, The Boston Globe-North Edition, New Hampshire Public Radio's Morning Edition and National Public Radio's Weekend America.
I run for people in need. People who can't run, for whatever reason. My grandfather spent the last 14 years of his life in a wheel chair.. he motivates me now. I run to create a new me, to discover who I am and to push the limits of impossible to make everything... POSSIBLE.
48 Speed Record Run Badwater Run Western States Run Hardrock Run Mont Blanc Continue to help put on quality events in Pittsfield.
Sherpa John is a product tester for Nathan Human Propulsion Laboratories and is sponsored by Brooks Running, Long Trail Brewery, Darn Tough Socks of Vermont, Peak Adventures and Nuun Hydration.