The Ultra Experience

Here's to the adventures of my life which are usually ultra marathon trail running or fly fishing but may include other trips, experiences, thoughts, opinions, or pretty much whatever I want. As co-founder of Altra Footwear my life and adventures seemingly revolve more around developing and promoting the best footwear in the world...and I love it!

Friday, October 30, 2009

"Let the great experiment begin!" Introducing Ari Emerson Beckstead

Zanna and I had our baby! Ari Emerson Beckstead was born on Tuesday October 27th at 5:20pm. He was 6 lbs 12 oz, 20 inches long and healthy. I have never been happier.

Many people have already asked where the name came from so here you go. It's a long explanation and probably lame but we like it. The direct translation for Ari in Hebrew is lion. Ariel is a common name in Israel, and in Judaism in general, meaning Lion of God. El is God in Hebrew but we like Ari rather then Ariel. Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of my favorite philosophers and his theories of transcendentalism match my feelings of running ultras. Like it or not, there it is.
Needless to say, Zanna and I are so excited to be parents and looking forward to this the ultimate adventure.