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Now displaying: October, 2019
Oct 30, 2019

Spooky zombies and running the Lost Coast

It’s almost Halloween and that means… Zombies… And what do you do when you come across a horde of zombies? Run!

Ultra runner and author Camille Picott has written another suspense filled novel about long distance, endurance running and the dangers that lurk in the apocalyptic, new world of blood-thirsty zombies and renegade survivors. Her newest book features the perilous, fascinating, and REAL Lost Coast on the rugged and isolated northern California shoreline.

Today we’ll be talking about zombies, bears, and other scary stuff in Camille’s Undead Ultra Series. In addition to discussing the newest book, we’ll go into detail on how you can run the Lost Coast (or backpack if that’s more to your liking), and we’ll pick her brain about the Javelina 100, Camille’s longest race yet. The Javelina 100 always happens right before Halloween and is a self-described “ultra-runner’s costume party”.

Camille’s first 3 books were featured in our May 1, 2019 podcast honoring Zombie Awareness month. Take a listen if you haven’t yet heard it. It’s a great interview.

 And now she is about to release another installment of the Undead Ultra Series called The Lost Coast.

Oct 23, 2019

Go, Gwen, Go: A Family’s Journey to Olympic Gold

Gwen Jorgensen won gold in the 2016 Rio Olympics, along with many other wins, and she is currently training hard for another medal in the 2020 Olympics, this time in the Marathon.

We all know, it takes a village to raise an Olympian and today we talk with two of Gwen’s family members, Nancy and Elizabeth Jorgensen. They authored Go, Gwen, Go, a book about the Jorgensen family’s commitment to Gwen’s success and ambition to be a world champion and win gold. Today we have the opportunity to go in depth about “the village” that raised Gwen to this point. We hear about the 2012 Olympic disappointment,  the 2016 Olympic gold medal, and the 2020 marathon hopes and more in this fast-reading story where Nancy and Elizabeth Jorgensen share their version of an Olympian’s life and what that entails as “supporters” of one’s lofty dreams. 

Oct 16, 2019

From almost 500 pounds and a total couch potato to a living example of how extreme health improvements are possible, Marcus Cook talks to us about his own journey of weight loss and athletic discovery and how he was supported by so many along the way. 

In New York, Sunday, November 3, 2019, carrying a large placard of “Fat Marcus”, “Fit Marcus” will run 26.2 miles in the biggest marathon in the world.  He wants to share the message that “anything is possible” and each of us is capable of overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges.

Oct 9, 2019

Michelle Barton, Ultra Runner and Co-Host of the Training For Ultra and Trail Runner Nation podcasts, joins us this week to talk about her experience and accomplishments with Ultra Trail Running.

Michelle has run some incredible races including Badwater 135, from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney; the Javelina Jundred, a 100 mile self proclaimed desert trail run costume party; and  Caballo Blanco joining the Tarahumara Indians in Mexico. She has also set over 24 course records. 

Michelle’s running appears in a chapter she wrote in Chicken Soup for the Soul, about her experience running Badwater 135 and the extreme challenges she dealt with to finish the race.

In this episode, we talk to Michelle about how her love of the outdoors led to her running and how her running has taken on bigger and longer challenges over the years. And she also has words of encouragement for those who would like to dip their toes into the waters of Ultra Running.

Oct 2, 2019

What makes The Chicago Marathon a special member of the World Marathon Series, and what makes the city that hosts it so special itself?

In 2019 the Chicago Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 13 and in this episode, we are privileged to have Carey Pinkowski, Executive Director of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon talking to us direct from Chicago. 

Carey shares some of the “inside stuff” to help race participants, as well as spectators, understand and enjoy how the race comes together; how to qualify, how to deal with race logistics, where it starts, where it finishes, where to stay, course details, best things to do in the city, etc.

Since 1990, Carey has served as Executive Director and has seen the race grow from 6,000 runners in 1990 to 44,341 finishers in 2017, including runners from all 50 states and more than 130 countries. 

In addition to being an exciting race to participate in with a big purse for top athletes, the Chicago Marathon charity program has raised more than $167,000,000 for local, national, and global causes since 2002.

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