First came Teal and her bike, and then David with his short-distance running. Now, we’re welcoming Jason Akio Safarik into the athlete ambassador fold. The recreational endurance athlete is kicking things up with a move to competitive distance running, and his eyes are on the 2020 Olympic Trials. Along the way, he’s on board to spread the word about the athletic effects of CBD and cannabis as a whole. And we love him for it.
A Little Background
While the guy ran a smokin’ 4:15 mile back in high school, he hasn’t been running competitively since then. “I chose not to run during college, and that was sort of a mistake of character that I’ve always regretted,” Jason says. But he never stopped running. In between his own marathons and an Ironman, Jason tried his hand at coaching. “I was really stoked that I had the opportunity to coach this group of men and women for the San Luis Obispo county team in training,” he says. “The goal is to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and I was so fortunate that I was able to share that experience with this amazing group of people who all did really well and had a great time. Oh, and my mom did it too, which was a lot of fun.”
And then he decided to see how far he could take this hobby and pastime of his. The goal is the 2020 or 2024 Olympic Trials, and Jason isn’t messing around. The guy is a thinker, and he’s approaching this demanding goal with a clear plan of action, which makes our new collaboration all the more serendipitous.
“I’m a big proponent of the two-to-one balm that Kynd produces and it seems to provide a good balance of the anti-inflammatory properties I’m looking for, which is helping me train at a higher level without more effort,” Jason says. “So much of competitive running seems, from what I can tell, to be about recovery.”
Before we got to him, Jason was already experimenting with CBD to boost his own athletic experiences, and he’s excited for what’s to come in terms of testing and exploration. “I think we’ve really only scratched the surface of the promise of CBD, THC, the combination of the two,” he says.
And Jason is well aware of greater implications, too. “I think that cannabis will really help people take that first step into getting back into exercise,” he says. “It’ll make that first run maybe not less difficult, but just more pleasant.”
Joining the Team
As an ambassador, Jason just wants to live his truth, and he understands the responsibility in doing that in the public eye. In his opinion, a recreationally competitive athlete, particularly the lucky few representing Kynd and all it stands for, should be a shining example of “dedication, a balance of personal/professional aspirations, mindfulness, introspection.” And the thing is, Jason is all of those things. “Becoming part of Kynd and getting a sponsorship is providing me with a clarity of purpose that is helping me achieve my athletic goals while at the same time maintaining focus on everything else that’s going on in life,” he says. It’s that understanding that makes Jason a perfect fit as a Kynd ambassador. “I definitely want to set a good example,” he says, and show people that “there’s a way to do everything and incorporate this great substance into your life.”
We couldn’t agree more. And we’re more than a little stoked to watch what this guy is about to do. Jason – welcome to the team!