I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions that Red River Runners is the finest group of people I’ve ever been associated with. Part of what makes the organization so dynamic is the wide range of career paths represented by its membership. Well, as of this past Monday, one of our members experienced a dramatic change in his professional life, and several of us Runners were present to witness the event.
Jon Jensen is certainly one of the most likeable people you’ll ever meet: I don’t think I’ve ever seen him not smiling. Jon is a little soft spoken, but when he does speak, his words are always encouraging and full of wisdom beyond his years. I imagine these traits are part of the reason he has been a successful attorney in Grand Forks for many years.
While I need to rely on the word of others regarding Jon’s professional success, I’ve seen firsthand what he can do as a runner. Jon is perhaps the fastest member of our group, and that is only made more impressive when you consider that he’s also one of our oldest! Jon has completed all of his recent marathons around the 3 hour mark, meaning that he can consistently run 26 consecutive miles; each at better than a 7 minutes pace.
Each of those finishing times qualified Jon to compete in the Boston Marathon, but he has yet to make the trip, preferring instead to wait for just the right time. The “right time” is undoubtedly when he would be able to experience the world famous course with his close friend Nick. Jon and Nick, besides being friends, are also running buddies who can be seen together on the Grand Forks Greenway most summer mornings at sunup. Nick has almost qualified for Boston on several occasions, and when he finally does, the two of them will share the ultimate running experience together; both for the first time!
Well anyway, on Monday, many of us Runners got to witness the swearing in of Jon Jenson as a judge of the Northeast Central District for the State of North Dakota. Also in attendance were at least a dozen other judges as well as Jack Dalrymple, Governor of the State of North Dakota. The Governor and many others had great things to say about our running fried, and they expressed every confidence that Jon would make an outstanding judge. While I’m sure the Governor is correct about Jon’s capabilities as a judge, I’m doubtful that he fully understands what a great man, runner and friend he actually chose for the bench! Let me introduce you to North Dakota’s newest judge, The Honorable Jon J. Jensen!