Patrick Smyth grew up in Salt Lake City's Avenues and attended Judge Memorial in what was the old miner's hospital built by famed denizen and benefactor of the city, Mary Judge. He attended the University of Notre Dame from 2005-2009, and graduated with a degree in history. He signed a professional contract with Nike in 2010 and competed in track and road races around the globe for three years until missing the 2012 Olympic Team in the marathon. He currently attends graduate school at the University of Utah, studying in the Environmental Humanities program. He is interested in various market incentives for land conservation and stewardship in the West.