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Jason Pyrah Athlete Profile

Jason Pyrah

Jason Pyrah
Hall of Fame: 2006

  • 2006 Men's Track & Field


  • 1992 USTFCCCA Indoor Mile
  • 1992 USTFCCCA 1,500 meters
  • 1993 USTFCCCA Cross Country
  • 1993 USTFCCCA Indoor Mile
  • 1993 USTFCCCA 1,500 meters
  • 1994 USTFCCCA Cross Country

2006 Hall of Fame Inductee

The mood of the crowd when he stepped up to compete was termed "Pyrah- mania." Speculation began early in his career that Jason Pyrah could be an Olympic contender. He proved that speculation right. Twice.

Pyrah was a six-time All-American at BYU where he competed on the cross country and track and field teams in 1987 and from 1991-94. He won six WAC Championship titles in the 800- and 1500-meters. Not only did he lead the cross country team to a second-place finish -- the highest finish in the history of the program -- but he also won countless races in track and field competition. Taking fifth at the World Junior Championships in the 1500 meters as a freshman, Pyrah's versatility and competitive nature set him apart from the typical athlete.

"He was just someone who you could always rely on," said Coach Mark Robison, assistant coach in Pyrah's BYU days. "No matter what, he always brought everything to race day. He didn't vacillate; he was just constantly consistent. And driven--man, was he driven."

Always one to go out strong and lead the pack, Pyrah's times remain among the top 10 all-time at BYU in the 800- and 1500-meters. Pyrah let his determination affect his academic pursuits as well. He was named an Academic All-American for cross country, graduating from BYU with a degree in physical education in 1995 and earning a master's degree in nutrition, dietetics and food science in 2002.

Pyrah finished his collegiate eligibility in 1994, continuing on to a 10-year professional career. During that time, he made two Summer Olympic appearances in Atlanta and Sydney in the 1500 meters, ran more than 30 sub-four-minute miles and traveled to more than 20 different countries.

Beginning with a second-place finish in the 1500 meters at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships and a win in New York City's Fifth Avenue mile in 1994, Pyrah's successes piled up. He was a bronze medalist in the 1500 meters at the 1995 Pan-American Games. His personal bests include a time of 1:46.62 in the 800 meters and 3:35.21 in the 1500 meters.

A two-time U.S. champion in the mile, he finished in the top three eight times in indoor and outdoor competition at Nationals. Pyrah retired from competition in 2004 but still finds a way to make an impact as a role model. He has accepted many inspirational speaking assignments including speaking to the Boys and Girls Club, student groups of all ages and various church-affiliated groups.

He currently resides in his home state of Missouri where he works in an outpatient rehabilitation center as a Certified Athletic Trainer. He married the former Angela Hyde in 2000, and the couple has a daughter, Sydney Jade Pyrah.