2019 Guest Speaker

The Marathon Committee proudly announces that the 2019 Prince of Wales Island Marathon guest speaker is the Reverend Jered Weber-Johnson, son of marathon founder David “Roadkill” Johnson.

Jered is a graduate of Klawock High School, class of 1998. A lifelong runner, Jered discovered his love of the sport when he joined the Klawock High School Cross-Country team under the direction of then head coach Mike Cleary. Later Jered would go on to run cross-country and track and field for four years at Greenville College, in Greenville, Illinois. His and his wife’s first marathons were here at the fifth running of the Prince of Wales Island Marathon in 2004.

Jered currently serves as rector and priest for Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He describes running as a part of his spiritual life. “When I run, at my best moments, it feels like meditation or prayer. The steady breath, the rhythm, the endorphin rush, and the clarity that comes, all help me find my center and are a part of my spiritual practice.

What’s more, when I run, there is a way in which I feel connected to my dad, who was himself an avid runner. Even though he is no longer in my life, I relish this connection we share through a practice we both loved.” Jered is training to run the marathon to honor his father.

His wife Erin, sons Jude, and Simon Henri, and mother Pauline Johnson, will be joining Jered on Prince of Wales for the race.