Setting the Pace
John Hancock Elite Athlete Ambassador
At the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games Marathon, Jared Ward ran conservatively in the heat and humidity and moved up through the pack as other more experienced racers faded. Jared finished in sixth place, less than a minute and a half out of the medals. “The coming together of so many athletes from so many different countries at the Olympics is something special,” says Jared. “And to represent my country was beyond special. There are so many people that have sacrificed so much for our country and putting on the USA singlet and running for my country was very empowering.”
Jared has finished 6th and top American at both the 2018 and 2019 TCS New York City Marathons. At the Boston Marathon, he finished 8th last year in a personal best 2:09:25 and 10th in 2017. “Athletics has shaped me,” says Ward. “Running has taught me to work hard and aim high, in addition to focusing on being my best regardless of someone else’s talent level. I have learned to glean good from even disappointing outcomes and use the good and the less good races to fuel growth.”
Ward ran for Brigham Young University, where he was an All-American. He graduated with a master’s degree in statistics, works as a liaison for the college and teaches statistics. He is also a volunteer assistant coach for the BYU cross country team. Ward plays the trumpet and piano and likes to mountain bike in the off season. He is married to wife Erica, and the couple has four children: Paul, Ellie, Julia and Magnolia.
Jared Ward –The Beautiful Mind of Running
Jared Ward is not affiliated with LPL Financial and Enduring Wealth Advisors.