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Aron Bosworth | 06.03.2019

So many trails, so little time for itchy problems, right? Janessa Taylor, an elite ultra-runner based out of Redmond, Oregon, would agree. In this video, learn how Janessa beats the itch caused by poison ivy and poison oak, so she can keep doing what she loves out on the trail.

Having grown up running in poison ivy country around the Great Smoky Mountains, Janessa became acquainted with the discomfort caused by poison oak and poison Ivy at an early age. Since taking up ultra-running as a career focus and life passion, Janessa frequently runs on trail sections that are rampant with poison oak throughout the country. To stay one step ahead of the itchy discomfort caused by the poison oak/ivy rash, Janessa uses Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser to wash her skin following each run. She’s been poison oak/ivy-itch free ever since.

"I like to see what I'm made of. Going out and running a hundred miles, my favorite part of that is the part that a lot of people hate, and that's the end of it. You can't get to those miles, you can't get to mile 82 without all the ones before it. It's those miles at the end that you find out what you're made of..." shares Janessa. We're inspired by Janessa and are taking notes on how she accomplishes what she does out on the trail.

Janessa holds fastest known times and 1st place finishes for unsupported wilderness runs and ultra-trail runs ranging from 50-100 miles, across the country.


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