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Remembering AP deputy tech editor Jesdanun, a runner

May 19, 2020

Posted by Chris Roush

Nick Jesdanun

Sarah Lorge Butler of Runners World writes about former AP deputy tech editor Nick Jesdanun, a runner who died last month from COVID-19.

Butler writes, “After he started running in his 30s, the sport became embedded in his life. He ran to work at the Associated Press, where he was a technology writer. He’d run home. A movie buff, he’d run to the theater to secure tickets, run home, and then run back to see the movie. Mihalko said his mileage reached 80–100 per week.

“Part of his motivation was to avoid having to use public transportation. He thought $2.75 for a single ride was outrageous, and he took great pride in having used the subway only once in 2019. Instead he relied on Citi Bike, New York’s bike share program, or on his own two feet.

“Jesdanun ran everywhere with a backpack, and he’d pull supplies out when he arrived at his destination. A change of clothes. Phones he was testing for his job. A growler. ‘We would always laugh,’ Mihalko said. ‘Wait, you just ran 16 miles with a growler?'”

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