Last August, I was leaving Leadville, Colorado after the Trail 100 when I spotted ultra-ace Tony “Naked Guy” Krupicka’s pickup truck by the side of the road. Moments later, I was sharing a slab of dark chocolate on the back bumper of my car with Naked Guy’s gal, Jocelyn Jenks, while Tony continued digging around in his gear. I’d heard a good bit about Jocelyn while I was researching “Born to Run,” and since then I’d been curious to meet the woman who could date a guy who not only ran 200 miles a week, but avoided paying rent by spending a semester sleeping in a buddy’s closet. Jocelyn was every bit as captivating as I’d been told, and she soon had me intrigued by her work in Peru with CEES Energy Justice, which helps provide some of humanity’s most basic needs: heat, light, and warm food.
“Let me know if there’s anything I can do,” I said.
And she did. This coming Thursday and Friday, Feb. 17-18, I’ll be joining Tony Krupicka, Scott Jurek and Luis Escobar in a pair of CEES benefits at the University of Colorado. Thursday night is a fund-raising dinner at Oak, Friday we’ll be taking the mics for a talk and Q&A. Tony has the details on his blog, and Mike Sandrock — as usual — had the story in print in the Boulder Daily Camera way before anyone else.
I don’t know how many tickets are left, but with two of the planet’s best and most charismatic ultra-racers on the same stage, I doubt they’re going to last long.