Owen is a marathon runner who created TazRunning.com, a website, that, among other things, allows runners to create a free pace chart that has split times that adjust based on the specific elevation changes of a particular race. The pace charts can be printed out or ordered as a temporary tattoo to put on an arm.
What’s with the name “TazRunning?”
“When I was 18 I got a tattoo of the Tasmanian Devil on my back. A few people gave me the nickname 'Taz', which I used as my Fantasy Football team name. So when I was looking for a name for my company, I wanted something short and memorable, and that's what I came up with.“
Owen’s main purpose of building the website really was to help runners. The interactive maps help you estimate when you'll be at a particular mileage marker, letting your supporters know when to be there to cheer you on. The altitude charts help compare races so you know what you're getting yourself into. Almost everything on the site is free of charge. The pace charts are completely free and customized to the specific race. The only thing on the site that is not free are the tattoos, and that's because tattoo paper is VERY expensive.
When someone requests a race be added, it is usually available in less than 24 hours (sometimes within an hour). I requested that Owen add The North Face Endurance Challenge 50K in Madison to the website and, armed with the runners’ packet, he created a map and pace chart, which takes into account the elevation changes that are so prevalent on this course. He also gave me a promo code to order (for free) a couple of race tattoos. I ordered 2 differing times for the 50K and I’ll wear one on each arm. One is based on my expected time, while the other is a slightly faster, more optimistic goal. Can’t wait to try them out!
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