East Nasty of the Week – JP Cowan

JP’s running career began in Pamplona, Spain, with the Running of the Bulls.

Obviously, he survived. We – and Brooks Brothers – are glad: just call this classy, oft-blazered gentleman “Blaze of Glory.”


Reared in small-town Fayetteville, TN, John Paul Cowan is a self-proclaimed hick. But since his high school car was a black 1985 IROC-Z Camaro, I’m not buying it.

I mean, seriously. Point – totally bitchin’.

Then again, he never boarded a plane until his sophomore year of college. Point – totally bumpkin.

However, whatever he lacked in worldly experiences, he soon more than made up for. While attending UT Knoxville and studying architecture, JP spent his 4th year as an exchange student in Poland. A 2-month solo-backpacking trip across Europe followed (he swears he didn’t make out with TOO many girls), and then he landed his first architecture job in Honolulu.

But all roads lead home, and eventually JP found himself back in his motherland of Tennessee – and began running with the East Nasties last summer. With 1 marathon, 6 half-marathons, and a triathlon under his belt, he is now aiming at a half-Ironman in September. He even bought his own wetsuit.


What a crazo.

Stay tuned for information on this Sunday’s 8am Beer & Mimosa run, mapped out by JP himself!

Annie P.

12 Responses to East Nasty of the Week – JP Cowan

  1. JP says:

    yeeeeeeehaaaaaaaww!! what a rockin’ ride!! brings back the memories. Joe Dirt has nothin’ on me.

  2. Chuck says:

    I demand a recount of this week’s ENOW vote. Cowan? No way.

    Just kidding, of course. Congratulations, J.P. Looking forward to Sunday’s run.

  3. […] shout out to JP Blazer for the great run on Sunday!  Thanks! […]

  4. Dutch says:

    I bet you thought a wetsuite was something disposable after a date being from TN and all….or was that me from MS? Anyhoo…..=)

  5. JP says:

    TN or MS, it ain’t much dif’ernt.

  6. […] addicted to it. When that big winter storm hit Nashville a couple of weekends ago, Jay (along with J.P., Chuck, and Jenny Magill) did not let the ice covered streets and greenway stop them from putting […]

  7. […] they learn that hallucinations are just par for the course. Sounds fun right? Well our very own JP (The Blaze of GLory) Cowan and “The Legendary” Chuck Hargrove thought so. These two have been training for this run since […]

  8. […] 2010 was a productive year for running and running related topics. May 2010 fellow East Nasty J.P. Cowan and I completed the Keys 50 Mile ultra in just under 12 hours.  Conditions were brutal with […]

  9. […] levels we run at each week is a good idea.  In other words, try to change up your running like JP Cowan changes his blazers… plenty of options […]

  10. […] Tungett is going to be leading the Thursday night workouts, and (2) Daniel Hudgins (with help from The Blaze) will be leading full marathon […]

  11. […] outs to everyone (including board members Drew Jones, Rod Jones, Heidi Huerta and JP Cowan) who represented the group so […]

  12. […] run an ultra marathon of 150 miles (wow) and hopes to join the ranks of fellow hardcore Nasties, JP Cowen, Jim Schwan and Mark Miller and compete in this year’s Ironman. What do you expect from someone […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: