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Athlinks is the world's largest results database with a mission of making it easier for more people to race more often and have more fun in the process. This podcast will feature interviews with athletes around the world as they prepare for events as well as the folks who make and support the products and services that we endurance athletes love and rely on to accomplish our goals.
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18. Justin Ricks - Mad Moose Events - Running Trails While Running the Business

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33. Latoya Shauntay Snell - Multi-sport Athlete, Ultra Runner, Professional Chef, and 5' 3" Brooklynite force of nature
Our guest today is multi-sport athlete, Ultra Runner, Professional Chef, self-described advocate and activist for body politics, and 5' 3" Brooklynite force of nature, Latoya Shauntay Snell - also known as the Running Fat Chef. A quick glance at her Athlinks profile shows 112 races completed, over twelve hundred miles finished and in a span of just 28 days, she crossed finish lines at the Chicago Marathon, Javelina Jundred 60K, and the TCS New York City Marathon. She's a brand ambassador for Trek Bikes, a sponsored HOKA ONE ONE Athlete, and yet, she spends at least part of her time answering critics who say she doesn't "look like a runner". She talks openly about her DNFs, her detractors, and the additional struggles that have strengthened her as an athlete, woman, wife and mother. She's on a mission to emancipate herself in order to help others see the power in themselves and judging by her successes both in and outside of racing - it's working. Links Latoya Shauntay Snell on Athlinks https://www.athlinks.com/athletes/200706876/results Latoya Shauntay Snell on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/iamlshauntay/ Running Fat Chef on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/runningfatchef/ Running Fat Chef - Blog https://www.runningfatchef.com/ Squirrels Nut Butter https://squirrelsnutbutter.com/ Chasing Your Impossible on HOKA https://www.hokaoneone.com/blog-post/?id=chase-your-amazing-latoya Brand Ambassador Trek Bikes https://blog.trekbikes.com/en/author/latoyashauntaysnell/ A Beautiful Work in Progress - Mirna Valerio https://www.amazon.com/Mirna-Valerio/e/B06Y4FQ9Q5?ref_=dbs_p_pbk_r00_abau_000000 That's the show, folks, Hope you enjoyed it - more people racing more often having more fun in the process is our mission at Athlinks.  Thanks again to Latoya Shauntay Snell, aka RunFatChef.  We do a special post for each episode on Instagram, so look for the post for episode 33 with a picture of Latoya if you have comments or questions - we are @athlinks or shoot us an email to podcast@athlinks.com.  The best way to support this podcast is to click subscribe on iTunes or follow on Spotify to be notified of new shows. Share it far and wide with anyone you think would enjoy it and please take a second to give us a rating and a quick review on iTunes. And, until next time, happy racing everybody.
02:03:37
February 23, 2021
32. Ellen Falterman on Starting an Expedition to Circle the Globe in a Paddle Boat
A post high school canoe expedition in the heart of the Amazon Basin reconnected Ellen Falterman with her adventurer brother who was five years her senior. The harrowing trip lit a fire for expeditions that would lay dormant until his  tragic death just a short time later.  On the one-year anniversary of his passing, our guest put her life on pause in order to experience an adventure and grieve the loss of her hero by paddling solo down the Missouri River. The answers that she received on that trip, however, were to questions that she had not yet asked. Her pause turned to play and became her new normal as Ellen built her new life around expeditions. She tells these stories and more on this episode of the Athlinks Podcast - paddling the Amazon, Missouri, and Mississippi Rivers and up next - a 6 plus year challenge to circumnavigate the globe in a sea-ready rowboat starting at the Gulf of Mexico and heading West. Happy doesn't begin to describe how I feel to have stumbled upon her story and I am honored to bring a version of it to you today. I hope you enjoy meeting one of the most savage and admirable people I've met and maybe her words will inspire your support in her journey to become the first person to circumnavigate the earth in a row boat. Links: Ellen Falterman on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ellenmagellanexpeditions/ Official Blog & Web Site https://ellenmagellanexpeditions.com Thanks again to Ellen Falterman, aka Ellen Magellan.  We do a special post for each episode on Instagram, so look for the post for episode 32 with a pic of Ellen if you have comments or questions - we are @athlinks or shoot us an email to podcast@athlinks.com.  The best way to support this podcast is to click subscribe on iTunes or follow on Spotify to be notified of new shows. Share it far and wide with anyone you think would enjoy it and please take a second to give us a rating and a quick review on iTunes. And, until next time, happy racing everybody.
01:41:26
February 20, 2021
31. Roderick Sewell is The First Bilateral Above the Knee Amputee to finish Kona Ironman World Championships
031 - Roderick Sewell Where does character come from? Is it born or bread? Inherited or built? Perhaps for today's guest, it was nurtured through the selfless and courageous actions of his mother. You can't tell the story of Roderick Sewell without starting with his mother, Marian Jackson.  When her son was born missing both tibias, she had to make the decision to keep his legs and confine him to a wheel-chair, or amputate and reach for a chance at a more normal life with prosthetics.  Faced with the insurmountable cost, however, she braved a second decision to quit her modest but stable job so that California Children's services would pay for the prosthetics and give Roderick a chance at walking, and who knows, maybe even more. The sacrifice that she made had the inseperable pair dipping in and out of homeless shelters in San Diego. Spotted at a train stop by a representative from Challenged Athletes Foundation, Roderick was introduced to a new world of athletics which would later land him on the U.S. Para-Swimming team at the 2014 Pan Pacific Para-swimming Championships, winning Gold and bronze, as well as carry him across the finish line as the first bilateral above the knee amputee to finish Kona - the Ironman World Championships. Roderick and Marian are an incredibly inspiring, amazing mother-son duo and he wouldn't mind me telling you that he owes her everything and wants the world to know it. Roderick Sewell at Athlinks https://www.athlinks.com/athletes/456717428 Roderick Sewell at Challenged Athletes Foundation https://www.challengedathletes.org/athletes/roderick-sewell/ Roderick Sewell at Instagram http://instagram.com/rsewell92 That's the show, folks. Hope you enjoyed it - more people racing more often having more fun in the process is our mission.  Thanks again to Roderick Sewell and Challenged Athletes Foundation for setting up this chat.  We do a special post for each episode on Instagram, so look for the post for episode 31 with a bad-ass pic of Roderick if you have comments or questions we are @athlinks or shoot us an email to podcast@athlinks.com if you have comments, questions, and future guest suggestions.  The best way to support this podcast is to click subscribe on iTunes or follow on Spotify to be notified of new shows and take a sec to give us a rating and a quick review on iTunes. As always, share it with friends far and wide to help spread the word and grow the show and help more people find finish lines around the world, until next time, happy racing everybody.
01:24:13
February 16, 2021
30. Ashly Winchester - Queen of FKTs on Big Adventures, Podcasting, and Encouraging Women
Just one day after finishing her first 50 miler, the Camp Fire began its path of destruction in Northern California, ultimately claiming 153,000 acres, 85 human, and an untold number of animal lives - a horror that Ashly Winchester came face to face with as a vertinary Nurse in the area. Wave-after-wave of life and death emergencies flooded the clinic where she worked and when it was all over, the toll on her own soul proved to be a heavy catalyst behind her full-time journey into FKTs, freelance writing, and Podcasting as the host of Womxn of the Wild - a community of adventure-women who support and help each other grow. A quick look at today's guest's Athlete profile on FastestKnownTime.com shows Ashly as the current Queen of FKTs as she lays claim to 39 of the fastest known time efforts in the world. Coincidentally - or not - this Queen shares her realm with her boyfriend, the current King of FKT, Episode 28's very own Jason Hardrath.  Stick around after the closing credits for a bonus conversation about how Ashly sees the two measuring up on different courses and what, if anything, it would take for her to overtake Jason on an FTK course in the wild.  Links Womxn of the Wild Website & Podcast https://womxnofthewild.com/ Ashley Winchester on FastestKnownTime.com https://fastestknowntime.com/athlete/ashly-winchester HOKA Blog Article https://www.hokaoneone.com/blog-post/?id=chasing-fastest-known-times-ashly-winchester Ashly Winchester on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ashly.winchester/ Northwest Alpine Gear https://www.nwalpine.com Athletic Brewing https://athleticbrewing.com/ Leki Trail Running Poles https://www.leki.com/us/trail-running/ Kogalla Ultra Trail Light https://kogalla.com Hope you enjoyed it - more people racing more often having more fun in the process is our mission.  Thanks again to Ashly Winchester.  We do a special post for each episode on Instagram, so look for the post for episode 30 with a pic of Ashly if you have comments or questions - we are @athlinks or shoot us an email to podcast@athlinks.com.  The best way to support this podcast is to click subscribe on iTunes or follow on Spotify to be notified of new shows. Share it far and wide with anyone you think would enjoy it and please take a second to give us a rating and a quick review on iTunes. And, until next time, happy racing everybody.
01:52:31
February 13, 2021
29. Danny Bent on Giving Back with Running & Epic Adventures
A childhood framed by his family's love for running leads a young man on adventures across several continents, stoking his love and optimism for humanity. Years later, a post-run tea is interrupted by a radio report of the fatal bombing of the Boston Marathon. Our guest, clear on the other side of the Atlantic and armed with not much more than social media and a simple idea, sets out to lend a humble hand. 11 weeks later the final baton of the One Run for Boston was handed to a survivor across the finish line, celebrating and honoring those who were injured and lost their lives, having raised $600,000 for those affected. Our guest today is Danny Bent, founder of @onerun_global. A self-described happiness guru and runner, he's quick to point out that he's just a human who loves other humans and sees the best in all of us. As an example, a call out to his social media had him leading a 9 day running expedition bisecting Iceland from North to South with 20 fellow travelers - many of whom had never completed a single marathon, much less the 9-straight marathons and ultras that were required for this effort. But they all finished - in no small part I'm sure to the exuberance of Danny Bent. You will be grinning ear to ear as I was interviewing him. Be sure to listen to the end to find out how to enter the Danny Bent Adventure Grant for $3000 to fund the adventure of your choosing. So if you're ready for the show, crank it up and let's go! Danny Bent's Web Site https://www.dannybent.com Instagram https://www.instagram.com/danny_bent/ Instagram - One Run Global https://instagram.com/onerun_global Viga Shorts https://viga.co.uk HOKA One One Carbon X 2 https://www.hokaoneone.com/mens-road/carbon-x-2/1113526.html?dwvar_1113526_color=FWT Jaws https://www.hokaoneone.com/mens-trail/evo-jawz/1091578.html Hope you enjoyed it - more people racing more often having more fun in the process is our mission. Thanks again to the bloody legend Danny Bent. Check him out at DannyBent.com and submit your application for the $3K pound Adventure Grant. We do a special post for each episode on Instagram, so look for the post for episode 29 with a colorful pic of Danny if you have comments or questions - we are @athlinks or shoot us an email to podcast@athlinks.com. The best way to support this podcast is to click subscribe on iTunes or follow on Spotify to be notified of new shows. Share it anyone you think would enjoy it and take a sec to give us a rating and a quick review on iTunes. Again, share it with friends far and wide to help spread the word, until next time, happy racing everybody.
01:15:40
February 6, 2021
28. Jason Hardrath on Reshaping the Racing World (and terrain) with FKTs
FKT - shorthand for “Fastest Known Time” is essentially, a speed record on any given route. Anyone, at any time, on any day, can try to break a record and set a new FKT. After a serious car accident took him off the roads, today's guest shifted from marathons and ironmans and took his training to the trails and mountains where he found a passion for what I'll call "creative athletic pursuits". If you visit the official FKT website, you'll see the name Jason Hardrath at the top of the leaderboard with a whopping 94 FKT efforts. Part Cartographer, Mountaineer, Race Director, Athlete, and a dozen other skills, Jason just might be the Dave McGillivray of FKTs a prolific route builder in his own rite - you'll love hearing how Jason strings together routes and how he feels when others find them, complete them, and occasionally set their own FKT on his creations.  Links: Jason Hardrath on Athlinks https://www.athlinks.com/athletes/386988153 Jason Hardrath on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jasonhardrath/ Jason Hardrath on FastestKnownTime.com https://fastestknowntime.com/athlete/jason-hardrath Jason Hardrath Official Web Site https://jasonhardrath.com/ Northwest Alpine Gear https://www.nwalpine.com Athletic Brewing https://athleticbrewing.com/ Leki Trail Running Poles https://www.leki.com/us/trail-running/ Kogalla Ultra Trail Light https://kogalla.com Coaches in Bike Shorts https://images.app.goo.gl/RPBPqtFGc79Sh7M4A Hope you enjoyed it - more people racing more often having more fun in the process is our mission.  Thanks again to Jason Hardrath. @jasonhardrath. The best way to support this podcast is to click subscribe on iTunes or follow on Spotify to be notified of new shows. Share it anyone you think would enjoy it, email, text, Twitter, Facebook - you get it -  and please - take 3 minutes to give us a rating and a quick review on iTunes. We do a special post for each episode on Instagram, so look for the post for episode 28 with a picture of Jason if you have comments or questions - we are @athlinks or shoot us an email to podcast@athlinks.com.  Again, share it with friends far and wide to help spread the word, until next time, happy racing everybody.
01:43:08
January 30, 2021
27. Lorna Campbell of the Abbott World Marathon Majors on Marathons and an Enduring Career in Sports
If you love what you do for a living, you'll never work a day in your life. Or so the saying goes. From the very first email that I received from today's guest, I could feel her enthusiasm toward her job, her employer, and the athletes whom she represents as the Head of Communications for the Abbott World Marathon Majors.  Lorna Campbell joins us today to discuss how she has parlayed a letter writing campaign, relentless volunteering and networking into a decades-long career in sport. Having worked multiple Olympics, Commonwealth Games, and the biggest marathons in the world as well as living in several different countries, she knows a thing or two about loving her job to the point that hard work hardly feels like work at all. She has some great advice for those of you looking to break in or make a change in your career path. Links: Lorna Campbell Athlinks Profile https://www.athlinks.com/athletes/347817840/results Lorna Campbell on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lornasportelle/ Lorna Campbell on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/lorna-campbell/ Abbott World Marathon Majors https://www.worldmarathonmajors.com Hope you enjoyed it - more people racing more often having more fun in the process is our mission. Thanks again to Lorna Campbell of the Abbott World Marathon Majors. We do a special post for each episode on Instagram, so look for the post for episode 27 with a picture of Lorna if you have comments or questions - we are @athlinks or shoot us an email to podcast@athlinks.com.  The best way to support this podcast is to click subscribe on iTunes or follow on Spotify to be notified of new shows. Share it with anyone you think would enjoy it and please give us a rating and a quick review on iTunes. Again, share it with friends far and wide to help spread the word, until next time, happy racing everybody.
01:10:09
January 26, 2021
26. Marcus Brown of A Runner's Life Podcast on Running a Sub-3 Hour Marathon
Like the tip of an iceberg, what the outside world sees is the shining 2 hour 56 minute and 19 second marathon finish that sticks up above the surface.  What is not seen is the incredible mass of hours, miles, support from family and friends, previous shortfalls and near misses that went into the celebrated achievement. On the podcast today, we have Marcus Brown - otherwise known as @TheMarathonMarcus - of A Runner's Life podcast. He joins us from London where thoughtfully recounts his ten year journey from a barely sub-5 hour marathon at London to his freshly minted sub-3 at Dourney Lake. I am once again greatly inspired by a guest. Marcus' approach to both training and racing has motivated me to adopt some of his practices and philosophies.  I really hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did. Links: Marcus Brown on Athlinks https://www.athlinks.com/athletes/452895800 A Runner's Life Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/a-runners-life/id1504303593 Marcus Brown on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/themarathonmarcus/ Hope you enjoyed it - more people racing more often having more fun in the process is our mission.  Thanks again to Marcus Brown of the Black Trail Runners & The Runner's Life podcast for spending part of his Holiday break with us and talking about running and giving us the secret to breaking 3 hours. The best way to support this podcast is to click subscribe on iTunes or follow on Spotify to be notified of new shows. Share it anyone you think would enjoy it, email, text, Twitter, Facebook - you get it -  and please - take 3 minutes to give us a rating and a quick review on iTunes. We do a special post for each episode on Instagram, so look for the post for episode 26 with a picture of Marcus if you have comments or questions - we are @athlinks or shoot us an email to podcast@athlinks.com.  Again, share it with friends far and wide to help spread the word, until next time, happy racing everybody. Make sure to visit http://www.athlinks.com to claim your race results and own race day forever.
01:34:59
January 23, 2021
25. Dani Shanahan - HOKA NAZ Runner on Getting Back Up and Fighting
Confucius said, Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we do. Our guest today knows a think or two about falling and rising not only to the challenge, but to glory in the form of an Olympic standard time in the 10K.  On the Podcast today, Dani Shanahan of HOKA Northern Arizona Elites drops in to discuss her running career so far and her most recent meet in which she took a hard spill on the track, pulled herself back into the race, and smashed her Personal Best by a full minute. It is hands-down my vote for Best Running Story of 2020 and I can't wait for you all to hear about it. Dani's PBs: 1,500m – 4:16.36 (2018) 5,000m – 15:26.91 (2019) 10,000m – 31:22.86 (2020)  Links: Dani Shanahan @ HOKA NAZ (Northern Arizona Elite) https://www.nazelite.com/athletes/danielle-shanahan/  Dani Shanahan Instagram https://www.instagram.com/danishani/  Dani Shanahan Twitter https://twitter.com/danishani13  HOKA Clifton - Dani's Go-To for Training https://www.hokaoneone.com/womens-road/clifton-7/1110509.html  KOKA Rincon - Dani's Go-To for Doubles or Long Runs https://www.hokaoneone.com/womens-road/rincon-2/1110515.html  HOKA Bondi - Dani's Go-To for when she feels "Dead Inside" https://www.hokaoneone.com/womens-road/bondi-7/1110519.html  HOKA Rocket X - Dani's Go-To for Racing https://www.hokaoneone.com/mens-view-all/rocket-x/1113532.html  Hope you enjoyed it - more people racing more often having more fun in the process is our mission.   Thanks again to Dani Shanahan of HOKA NAZ (Northern Arizona) - she is @danishani on Instagram and @danishani13 Twitter.  The best way to support this podcast is to click subscribe on iTunes or follow on Spotify to be notified of new shows.  Share it anyone you think would enjoy it, email, text, Twitter, Facebook - you get it -  and please - take 3 minutes to give us a rating and a quick review on iTunes. We do a special post for each episode on Instagram, so look for the post for episode 25 with a picture of Dani if you have comments or questions - we are @athlinks or shoot us an email to podcast@athlinks.com.   Again, share it with friends far and wide to help spread the word, until next time, happy racing everybody.
01:21:50
January 19, 2021
24. Jamil Coury - Ultra Trail Runner on the Highs & Lows of Running 100 Miles
What is it they say about people who can be identified by only one name? Well if you follow the sport of Ultra Running, you know Jamil. A talent for running and a youth spent hiking and camping around the Arizona wilderness was the perfect recipe for today's guest, Jamil Coury to find his passion as an ultra trail runner and founder of Aravaipa Running - one of the premiere event companies specializing in this sport. Years later, Aravaipa now hosts around 40 races all around Arizona and into Utah and Colorado. In his spare time, not that there's much of that these days, Jamil can be seen in the lead pack at races like Barkly Marathons, UTMB, and Hard Rock 100. And to think, it all started with an 800 mile solo-hike on the Arizona Trail to recovery from tax season as an accountant. Links: Jamil Coury on Athlinks https://www.athlinks.com/athletes/13440989 Aravaipa Running https://www.aravaiparunning.com/ Jamil Coury on Instagram http://instagram.com/jamilcoury Jamil Coury (Run Steep Get High) on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/runsteepgethigh Mountain Outpost on YouTube (Hilarious) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkBVF0sQGsJa-272eFUpTsw Quote: "The amount of highs and lows you go through ... You can be on your last leg, totally done at 50 miles and then 40 miles later at mile 90, you could be flying." Hope you enjoyed it - more people racing more often having more fun in the process is our mission.  Thanks again to Jamil Coury of Aravaipa Running. Please check them out at aravaipa - that's a r a v a i p a running.com The best way to support this podcast is to click subscribe on iTunes or follow on Spotify to be notified of new shows. Share it anyone you think would enjoy it, email, text, Twitter, Facebook - you get it -  and please - take 3 minutes to give us a rating and a quick review on iTunes. We do a special post for each episode on Instagram, so look for the post for episode 24 with a picture of Jamil if you have comments or questions - we are @athlinks or shoot us an email to podcast@athlinks.com.  Again, share it with friends far and wide to help spread the word, until next time, happy racing everybody.
01:21:34
January 16, 2021
23. Matt B. Davis of Obstacle Racing Media on Finding & Living a Passion for Obstacle Racing
Our guest today has quite literally been chasing his passions for all of his adult life.   Whether it was moving from Atlanta to Boston and later to Los Angeles to become a stand-up comic, or shuttering a burgeoning staffing company to report on - and participate in - the fledgling sport of Obstacle Course Racing, Matt B. Davis of Obstacle Racing Media has used a combination of grit and fearlessness to bite off big projects and chase envious goals.  The day after recording this show, in fact, Matt knocked out a Fastest Known Time (or FKT) on the entire 61.5-mile Silver Comet Trail. I'm a fan of his work. He's excellent at his job as the host of the Obstacle Racing Media Podcast and I had a great time talking with him as I'm sure you will hear.  Obstacle Racing Media Home https://www.obstacleracingmedia.com/  ORM Podcast https://www.obstacleracingmedia.com/category/podcast/  Matt B. Davis on Instagram http://instagram.com/mattbdavis  ORM on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/obstacleracingmedia/  Hope you enjoyed it - more people racing more often having more fun in the process is our mission.  Thanks again to Eric B. Davis from Obstacle Racing Media for coming on the show and sharing some laughs and history.  The best way to support this podcast is to be sure to click subscribe on iTunes or follow on Spotify to be notified of new shows and please - take a couple of minutes to give us a rating and a quick review on iTunes.  We do a special post for each episode on Instagram, so look for the post for episode 23 with a picture of Matt if you have comments or questions - we are @athlinks or shoot us an email to podcast@athlinks.com.  Share it with friends far and wide to help spread the word, and until next time, happy racing everybody.
01:22:30
January 12, 2021
22. Beth Leasure-Hudson on the Science & Spirituality of Cycling & Coaching
How much of your potential are you leaving on the table? How much of your training are you leaving to chance? Are your periodized workouts the right ones for your phenotype? What the heck is a phenotype?  If you're wondering how to take your performance to the next level, maybe it's time to think about a coach. And that's why I brought Beth Leasure to the Athlinks Podcast.  We jump around quite a bit and talk about how Beth uses tools like Training Peaks and Whoop to measure and track performance, rest, and heart rate to guide the workouts of herself and the athletes she coaches. We talk about the importance of knowing your phenotype and structuring your workouts around maximizing your strengths. And we talk about her own journey through self-doubt, discovery, and delight in the world of cycling. Beth Leasure Coaching Web Site http://www.bethleasure.com Training Peaks Blog Post https://www.trainingpeaks.com/blog/an-athletes-experience-with-covid-19/ Hope you enjoyed it - more people racing more often having more fun in the process is our mission.  Thanks again to Beth Leasure-Hudson enlightening us about coaching. The best way to support this podcast is to be sure to click subscribe on iTunes or follow on Spotify to be notified of new shows and please - take 3 minutes to give us a rating and a quick review on iTunes. We do a special post for each episode on Instagram, so look for the post for episode 22 with a picture of Beth if you have comments or questions - we are @athlinks or shoot us an email to podcast@athlinks.com.  Share it with friends far and wide to help spread the word, and until next time, happy racing everybody.
01:24:23
January 9, 2021
21. Eric McElvenny - Below-knee amputee, Ironman & CAF Athlete
A single footstep changes all the future steps that an American Marine on patrol in Afghanistan would ever take. After triggering an EID and losing his right leg below the knee, our guest Eric McElvenny turned to uncharted territory - having never completed a single triathlon or even a running event, for that matter, he challenged himself to complete an Ironman.  With the help, love, and support from his family, friends, and the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Eric has fought through obstacles, logged thousands of miles, and achieved more than even he thought possible. Did he succeed in finishing an Ironman? Well, you'll just have to listen to find out. Athlinks Profile https://www.athlinks.com/athletes/303406393/results CAF (Challenged Athletes Foundation) https://www.challengedathletes.org Thanks again to Eric McElvenny for coming on the show and sharing his successes along the way.  The best way to support this podcast is to be sure to click subscribe on iTunes or follow on Spotify to be notified of new shows and please - take 3 minutes to give us a rating and a quick review on iTunes. We do a special post for each episode on Instagram, so look for the post for episode 22 with a picture of Eric if you have comments or questions - we are @athlinks or shoot us an email to podcast@athlinks.com.  Share it with friends far and wide to help spread the word, and until next time, happy racing everybody.
01:49:21
January 5, 2021
20. Jeff Tkach - Rodale Institute on Regenerative Organic Farming
Jeff Tkach from the Rodale Institute What if there existed one simple solution in our fight against food insecurity, water quality, climate change, global poverty, healthcare & our dependence on pharmaceuticals, and even the survivability of current and future pandemics? And what if that solution was literally right under our feet? Today on the Athlinks Podcast, we are diving into our soil with Jeff Tkach, my friend and former colleague, and current Chief Impact Officer at the Rodale Institute. For over 70 years, the Rodale Institute has been the global leader in regenerative organic agriculture. A journey that started with J.I. Rodale's simple mission statement: "Healthy Soil = Healthy Food = Healthy People". It's a bit off the beaten path, but in our mission to help more people, race more often, and have more fun the process, a healthy body is a critical starting point.  Jeff gives us some much needed hope that shows a movement gaining serious momentum. Take, for instance, a 4 fold increase in direct farm-to consumer sales in the first quarter of 2020 alone. Join us to find out how you can play your meaningful part in this movement. Links: Rodale Institute https://rodaleinstitute.org/ Biggest Little Farm Documentary https://www.biggestlittlefarmmovie.com/ Kiss the Ground Documentary https://kisstheground.com/ Pocono Organics https://www.poconoorganics.com/ Hope you enjoyed it - more people racing more often having more fun in the process is our mission.  Thanks again to Jeff Tkach of the Rodale Institute for enlightening us about regenerative organic farming. The best way to support this podcast is to be sure to click subscribe on iTunes or follow on Spotify to be notified of new shows and please - take 3 minutes to give us a rating and a quick review on iTunes. We do a special post for each episode on Instagram, so look for the post for episode 20 with an insanely handsome picture of Jeff if you have comments or questions - we are @athlinks or shoot us an email to podcast@athlinks.com.  Share it with friends far and wide to help spread the word, tell people about it when you're in line at the grocery story - and, until next time, happy racing everybody.
01:23:15
December 29, 2020
19. Anton Villatoro - US Postal Pro Cyclist and PROFORMANCE COACHING
Episode 019: Anton Villatoro With the image of his childhood hero, Davis Phinney perched atop a podium etched clearly in his mind, the "Town Bull", Anton Villatoro embarks on a pro cycling career that takes him around the world as a workhorse for the famed U.S. Postal Squad, sharing midnight steaks in a German pub with Greg LeMond and riding for Lance Armstrong in the Tour of Spain - and doing it all clean - completely free of the substances that would mar the cycling world for years to come. Join us on a tour through the mind of a boy born in war-torn Guatemala, relocated by a single mother to Kansas, and celebrated by a grandfather who gave him a gift that would change his life forever. Web Site: https://antonvillatoro.com ProFormance https://antonvillatoro.com/proformance/ Denver Marathon acquired by CGI/Rock 'n' Roll https://www.denverpost.com/2009/10/15/denver-marathon-they-built-this-city-race-on-rock-n-roll/ Greg LeMond https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_LeMond Davis Phinney https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davis_Phinney Thanks again to Anton Villatoro for sitting down with us and sharing a long ride through his life. We do a special post for each episode on Instagram, so look for the post for episode 17 with a picture of Claire if you have comments or questions - we are @athlinks  or shoot us an email to podcast@athlinks.com.  The best way to support the show is to first, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or click Follow on Spotify. Second, share it with friends far and wide and Third, take a quick minute to give us a 5 star rating and review on iTunes if you dig it. Until next time, happy racing everybody.
01:28:22
December 19, 2020
18. Justin Ricks - Mad Moose Events - Running Trails While Running the Business
019 - Justin Ricks - Mad Moose Events Sometimes, in order to live a life of purpose, one must sacrifice the spoils coveted by the rest of us.  In order to live their dream of building a life and family business centered around running, today's guest, Justin Ricks quit his corporate job and moved with his wife, and two young children into the 60 square feet of their pickup trailer to save costs while building Mad Moose Events from scratch. Today, Mad Moose hosts 20 events annually - mostly trail ultras in and around Moab, Utah, and Colorado Springs, Colorado. The family business, co-owned by two generations of Ricks, is poised to grow in 2021, in spite of the effects of COVID on our industry.  2020 has changed the perspective of many of us for how we see our lives. If you're looking for a nudge or a shove in the direction of following your dreams, please listen to this, Episode 18 of the Athlinks Podcast. So if you're ready for the show, crank it up and let's go. Justin Ricks' Athlinks Profile https://www.athlinks.com/athletes/283882181 Thomas Ricks' Athlinks Profile https://www.athlinks.com/athletes/11894837 Mad Moose Events Website https://www.madmooseevents.com Mad Moose Events Instagram https://www.instagram.com/madmoose.events/ Outro: Hope you enjoyed it - more people racing more often having more fun in the process is our mission. Thanks again to Justin Ricks of MadMoose Events for sharing his story - go check them out from some great races around CO and Utah. The best way to support this podcast is to be sure to click subscribe on iTunes or follow on Spotify to be notified of new shows and give us a rating and a quick review on iTunes. We do a special post for each episode on Instagram, so look for the post for episode 19 with a picture of Justin if you have comments or questions - we are @athlinks or shoot us an email to podcast@athlinks.com.  Share it with friends far and wide to help spread the word, tell people about it when you're in line at the grocery story - and, until next time, happy racing everybody.
01:17:53
December 17, 2020
17. Claire Bird - From Mother's Day Runs to 3 Boston Marathons
17. Claire Bird A seed is acquired a generation before watching her father run the Montreal Marathon, planted years later at a Mother's Day 10K in Calgary, and grows into 3 Boston Marathon finish lines of her own - and counting. Our guest today is a wife and mother from Calgary who has self-coached her way to capturing 4 of her 6 stars in the Abbott World Marathon Majors. Join Claire Bird and me as we discuss her Marathon journey and how she has used consistency, the force of will, and an ear-to-ear grin to cross some of the biggest finish lines in the world.  One of the goals for The Athlinks Podcast is to give voice to not just the elite endurance athletes of the world, but to folks who are crossing their own epic finish lines while juggling work and life along with training and racing. Claire Bird Athlinks Profile https://www.athlinks.com/athletes/404678536/results Quote: 18:24-19:15 I like to look at all of the training plans and sort of pick and choose what I think works for me and what I think I'm missing and usually if I feel like it's something that's too hard it's probably because that's what I need in my training. So to push yourself, I hate short sprints,  like 400s are probably what I hate the most, so it's probably what I need the most. Social Connections Boston (Finished) https://www.instagram.com/bostonmarathon Chicago (Finished) https://www.instagram.com/chimarathon Berlin (Finished) https://www.instagram.com/berlinmarathon NYC (Finished) https://www.instagram.com/nycmarathon London (Registered) https://www.instagram.com/londonmarathon Tokyo (Registered) https://www.instagram.com/tokyomarathon Abbott World Marathon Majors https://www.instagram.com/wmmajors And that's the show! Hope you enjoyed it - more people racing more often having more fun in the process is our mission. Thanks again to ClaireBird for sharing a slice of Calgary with us. Best of luck chasing the 6 Stars. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast. We do a special post for each episode on Instagram, so look for the post for episode 17 with a picture of Claire if you have comments or questions - we are @athlinks  or shoot us an email to podcast@athlinks.com.  Share it with friends far and wide - give us a review if you dig it - and, until next time, happy racing everybody.
01:11:39
December 15, 2020
16. Bill Bucklew - Going Farther in the Face of Parkinson's
Ep 16: Bill Bucklew As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, make yourself a glass of lemonade and then sip it while walking from one end of the United States to the other while raising awareness for Parkinson's Disease. Our guest Bill Bucklew, waxes philosophic as he shares his journey through a diagnosis of young-onset Parkinsons in his early 40s. Not one to let it slow him down, it launched a series of finishes from Ironman Wisconsin, a stroll from Georgia to California, and has put him in-line to earn his 6-stars of the Abbot World Marathon Majors. This is a conversation that I think will stay with me for the rest of my life. Bill is a super inspiring guy - a totally unassuming savage as you will see - I think you're going to love hearing his words and his story.  Athlinks Profile: https://www.athlinks.com/athletes/333761019 Foundation: Uncorked Adventures: https://www.uncorkedadventures.org Parkinson's: 4% of all cases < 50 2nd most common degenerative disorder behind Alzheimer’s  2-5% hereditary increased risk 1999 Chicago Marathon as a 1 and done 1999-2012, did a bit of running Symptoms in 2005, misdiagnosed as sciatica No tremors, tightening 2012 Diagnosis Young-onset Parkinson's 2012 Ironman Wisconsin post-diagnosis in case it was his last chance 2014 Attempted to swim across Lake Michigan Lamp Ray Cold Temps Body continued freezing up do to PD 2020 Napa: Dystonia - cramping, blew out shoe Foot ripped out of shoe @ Napa marathon Outro Hope you enjoyed it - more people racing more often having more fun in the process is our mission. Thanks again to Bill Bucklew for sharing this story, making us think, and hopefully, start being a more savage version of ourselves. The best way to support this podcast is to be sure to click subscribe on iTunes or follow on Spotify to be notified of new shows and give us a rating and a quick review on iTunes. We do a special post for each episode on Instagram, so look for the post for episode 16 with a picture of Bill if you have comments or questions - we are @athlinks or shoot us an email to podcast@athlinks.com.  Share it with friends far and wide to help spread the word, tell people about it when you're in line at the grocery store - and, until next time, happy racing everybody.
01:12:06
December 10, 2020
15. Kevin Gillotti - OCR Elite and 8x All-American Duathlete
Rebuilt from a pile of bones scattered on a California roadside after a speeding truck interrupted his lunch ride, our guest has forged a savage will and unmatched intensity over his 30-year racing career to notch: 8 USAT Duathlon All-American honors Multiple Podiums in Spartan and other OCR races +/- 500 finish lines around the world (the 300 of which can be found online are on his Athlinks profile, by the way) And a Masters in Sports psychology I sat down with Kevin Gillotti - today's guest - to discuss his philosophy on discipline in both life and racing, and what it has taken him to prioritize finish lines above nearly all else in his life.  Athlinks Profile https://www.athlinks.com/athletes/15324381 Blog http://www.kevingillotti.com Instagram https://www.instagram.com/kevingillotti/
01:54:09
December 8, 2020
14. Fitz Koehler - Overcoming Cancer While Leaning Into Races
14. Fitz Koehler - Overcoming Cancer While Leaning Into Races  Runners. Set. Go. Our guest today has exalted these 3 simple commands over loudspeakers at races like the Los Angeles Marathon and countless others to kickstart the journey of tens of thousands of runners over the years. But when she found a pea-sized lump in her breast that turned out to be cancer, those commands became her mantra to begin her own race against an aggressive tumor.  On the podcast today we sit down with Fitz Koehler - renowned race announcer, fitness advocate, author and, now, cancer survivor about her journey and, like the title of her book, My Noisy Cancer Comeback - Running at the Mouth While Running for My Life, - her survival.   Athlinks Profile https://www.athlinks.com/athletes/317593855  Blog http://www.fitzness.com/blog/  Instagram https://www.instagram.com/fitzness/  Morning Mile Program http://www.fitzness.com/blog/the-morning-mile/  Quote:  "If I wasn’t so aware and physically engaged with my own body and aggressive in the pursuit of health, I’d be dead. You'd be talking about me, instead of to me."  Be sure to subscribe to the podcast. We do a special post for each episode on Instagram, so look for the post for episode 14 with a picture of Fitz if you have comments or questions - we are @athlinks  or shoot us an email to podcast@athlinks.com.   Share it with friends far and wide - give us a review if you dig it - and, until next time, happy racing everybody.
01:26:40
December 5, 2020
13. Kelly Catale - Pro Mountain Biker on Mental Health
013 - Kelly Catale Grinding through deep valleys and high over mountain peaks, pushing and suffering through despair and isolation - these are feelings familiar to any elite-level mountain biker. But when the physical pain is exceeded by the emotional ache of depression and anxiety, no amount of fitness can ease the torment. On the podcast today, professional mountain biker and gravel rider Kelly Catale joins us to share her lifelong struggle with depression and anxiety. She talks about the role that it plays in her racing and how a like-minded coworker saved her from her worst moment. I want to thank Kelly for sharing her story; this is a conversation that - were it not for this podcast - frankly I never would have had the opportunity to have and, so, even though we are just 13 short episodes in, I'm really grateful for the opportunity to do this and for Kelly's willingness to share her story. Athlinks Profile: https://www.athlinks.com/athletes/449654726/results Kelly's Blog https://www.kellycatale.com Instagram https://www.instagram.com/kelly.catale/ THE FAQ SERIES: HOW DID YOU GET HERE? (PART 1) https://www.kellycatale.com/blog1/how-did-you-get-here-part1 Quotes: "Don't thrive in shame. Don't suffer in silence" "I’m a coward because I am willing to accept praise without sharing everything. Even worse, I was inadvertently exploiting a system that is designed to repress publicizing something so incredibly common in our population." "Part of my motivation to stay active and insanely busy is to keep myself away from the Darkness."
02:11:41
December 3, 2020
12. Ötillö Swimrun Recap - Jen Pfeifer and Erica McClurg
Like Thelma and Louise, our guests today take an epic leap from a cliff – only they land in the Pacific Ocean off the shores of Catalina Island. Hear their race recap of the 2020 Ötillö, a race featuring a total of 7km of swimming intermixed with 31km of running. If you're looking for something a bit more challenging than your neighborhood 5k run, join Jen Pfeifer & Erica McClurg on the Athlinks podcast we sit down and relive their March Ötillö Catalina race and describe what it takes to complete this grueling swim-run event. Quote "We were definitely going into this a little bit concerned about the distance and how this was going to feel." Links: Jen Pfeifer https://www.athlinks.com/athletes/296201610?category=global&term=jen%20Pfeifer Erica McClurg https://www.athlinks.com/athletes/73202261?category=global&term=erica%20mcclurg ÖTILLÖ Swimrun https://otilloswimrun.com
01:26:04
December 1, 2020
11. Michelle Duffy - Stroke survivor, Gravel Racer, and Event Marketing Director
Michelle Duffy Imagine being buried alive inside your own body. As rescue workers and loved ones work furiosly to save your life, they are unable to hear the words that are so clearly formed in your brain, but unable to manifest from your lips. On the podcast today, we hear the terrifying and ultimately triumphant tale of Michelle Duffy, who, at 29 years of age, suffered an ischemic stroke, and bounced back weeks later to finish a 50 mile gravel race. Michelle Duffy on Athlinks https://www.athlinks.com/athletes/317613590/ Bleeding Kansas Gravelduro https://www.mhkgravelduro.com https://www.athlinks.com/event/230723/results/Event/829432/Results
01:14:50
November 28, 2020
10. unPAved Gravel Race Recap - Dave Pryor (Race Director) & Kelly Catale (Female Winner)
Two roads diverged in a wood, and 200 gravel riders in Pennsylvania took the one less traveled by. And this damned COVID made all the difference. On the podcast today, we relive the 2020 riding of unPAved, a 120 mile gravel race through the Susquehanna River Valley in PA as told by its race director, Dave Pryor, and Kelly Catale, it's female race winner. Dave walks us through the myriad steps taken to trim a normally 1500 person race field down to the state-mandated 200 riders as Kelly clings to one of the few races on her calendar that wasn't cancelled in 2020. 
01:25:06
November 25, 2020
9. Yancy Culp - Spartan DEKA Program Manager, YancyCamp.com
A Texas firebrand learns to repair Helicopters - and bodies - in the Navy and spends the next 25 years crossing finish lines in races like the Spartan Death Race and World's Toughest Mudder while energizing literally millions of athletes. Today's guest, Yancy Culp - program manager for Spartan's DEKA product shares it all on the Podcast. Make sure your shoes are on tight for this one, folks.  Athlinks Profile https://www.athlinks.com/athletes/376943838 Instagram Profile https://www.instagram.com/yancyculp/ Spartan Death Race https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_M3EaPI3c4w
01:13:13
November 24, 2020
8. Brian Hoover - Van Life & 111 Days Kayaking the Mighty Mississippi
008 - Brian Hoover He lives in a van, down by the river ... and he f@&#ing loves it!  Bonafide Van-lifer, Pacific Crest Trail hiker,  Mississippi River paddler, and - if his past performance is any indication of future success - soon to be Baja Trail Mountain Biker. On the podcast today, we swap river stories with Brian Hoover and relive moments of his 111 day journey kayaking the Mighty Mississippi. He tells us how he structured his ChronoTrack timing business around his ongoing, 3 year old journey into adventure living, escaping perceived death in a bayou sugarcane field, and how a boisterous boy from Oklahoma can own a life of purpose, adventure, and happiness.
01:08:32
November 21, 2020
7. Anthony Famiglietti - Sub 4:00 Treadmill Mile with 2 x Olympian Steeplechaser
007 - Anthony Famiglietti When logic and reasoning fails, begging and pleading gives way to an act of defiance against coach's wishes that placed a live-wire runner into his very first Steeplechase, kickstarting a career highlighted by 2 Olympic games.  On the podcast today, we take a long, slow run through the mind of Anthony "Fam" Famiglietti. Olympic steeplechaser, founder of Reckless Running, and sub-4-minute treadmill miler.  Excuse the audio at times. We caught up with Anthony in his car with a rainstorm overhead, but its well-worth the listen.  Some of you may know Anthony from a video that we posted back on December 5 of last year where armed only with a pair of sketchers and a Zwift powered treadmill Anthony broke four minutes for the mile. Sub 4 Treadmill Run https://www.instagram.com/p/B5qkOkBHccV/  Bailey Rose - thank god for no squirrels! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlObpA8uQEU&feature=youtu.be 
01:38:09
November 19, 2020
6. Nick Symmonds -2 x Olympian and Founder of Run Gum
006 - Nick Symmonds Naivety and a hunger for respect drives a brash, stocky runner from Boise, Idaho with a Hollywood smile to 7 NCAA titles in the 800 and 1500 meters, and back-to-back Olympic games in Beijing and London.  On the podcast today, we are joined by Nick Symmonds - Olympian, Social Media supernova, and entrepreneur. Nick walks us through some of his racing memories, his thoughts on the suppression of athlete rights and the need to pay amateur athletes, and his journey with Run Gum - a company that he started with his coach, Sam Lapray - on how they've navigated the business through the treacherous waters of COVID.  Links  Link Tree https://linktr.ee/nicksymmonds  You Tube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeXJQ2GQh4BoRuAEkteU0Wg 
01:20:09
November 17, 2020
5. Lindsey and Chris Sachs - Leadville 100 MTB + Run Finishers discuss Life, Family, and Racing
Ep 005 - Lindsey and Chris Sachs Set big goals, win big prizes. Like a happy, thriving, successful marriage that serves as the launchpad for a husband and wife team to each race 100 miles - him by mountain bike, her by trail shoe - farther, faster, and happier than they could have on their own. On the podcast today, I sat down with Chris and Lindsey Sachs ... as they provided insights into how they have built their family and work life around being present, intentional, and consistent in supporting one another - and as you'll see, the results speak for themselves.  Lindsey Sachs Athlinks Profile https://www.athlinks.com/athletes/201145879 Chris Sachs Athlinks Profile https://www.athlinks.com/athletes/231459716  Business - COLLECTIVE/by Sachs https://www.collectivebysachs.com/  https://www.instagram.com/lindsey_sachs/ https://www.instagram.com/chris.sachs/
01:12:39
November 14, 2020
1. Todd Straka - @BoulderRunner
They say that the best camera is the one that's already in your hand. And when you're running as fast as @BoulderRunner, Todd Straka, you use every advantage to stay in the moment - and beauty of Colorado's Front Range - as you capture it all through your cell phone's lens. Join Todd and I as we kick around confluence Park in downtown Denver to talk about the upcoming Athlinks podcast launch, the Bolder Boulder - which Todd now calls home - and how he has managed some ridiculous times after 50. Athlinks Profile: https://www.athlinks.com/athletes/8761815 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/boulderrunner/
35:59
November 12, 2020
4. Ted Kennedy - CEO Challenges, Ironman, Achieve Racing
Ep 004 - Ted Kennedy What happens when a Canadian executive, next in line for the top spot in a multi-billion dollar consumer packaged goods company ditches his suit and tie and takes a leap of faith to help build one of the most iconic race brands in all of endurance sports - Ironman North America. On today's podcast, I spoke with Ted Kennedy about his role in the early days of Ironman, the creation of CEO Challenges and, now, AchieveRacing - through which he has brought hundreds of executives together to cross epic finish lines around the world.  Athlinks Profile https://www.athlinks.com/athletes/137989347 Achieve Racing https://www.achieveracing.com Race Across America https://www.raceacrossamerica.org
01:19:18
November 10, 2020
3. Mike Milici - ChronoTrack
Ep 003 - Mike Milici Mike Milici is the President of ChronoTrack - one of the top race timing hardware and software companies in the world. We talk about ChronoTrack's place in the market and the affects of COVID as well as Mike's experience in 2018 at the Leadville 100 MTB Stage Race. Mike's Athlinks Profile https://www.athlinks.com/athletes/280930046 Chronotrack Web Site https://chronotrack.com Tags: #Athlinks #racing #running #trailrunning #marathon #triathlon #cycling #mountainbiking #swimming #spartanrace #ocr 
01:24:38
November 4, 2020
2. Frankie Ruiz - Miami Marathon
Ep 002 - Frankie Ruiz How much of a difference can one person make on one of America's largest, most diverse, and least healthy cities? Fueled by a passion for running, love for his home town of Miami, Florida, and a noticable void in the U.S. Marathon market, Frankie Ruiz co-founded the Miami Marathon in 2003 leveraging family and friends, his emerging political connections, and his mantra of "Don't stop". Join me as I talk with Frankie on the recent decision to take the 2021 edition of Miami Marathon virtual, leading one of the largest weekly run clubs in the country, and Frankie's life as a professional bandit-catcher and local High School cross-country coach.  Frankie's Athlinks Profile https://www.athlinks.com/athletes/4421963/ Miami Marathon on Athlinks https://www.athlinks.com/event/3294/results/Event/15163/Course/22377/Results Miami Virtual Run REAL Medals https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Miami/VirtuallyMiamiFamous Sam Hustler runs a 13.1 mile run on his balcony https://www.runnersworld.com/uk/news/a31973701/runner-half-marathon-balcony/ Tags: #Athlinks #racing #running #trailrunning #marathon #triathlon #cycling #mountainbiking #swimming #spartanrace #ocr 
01:16:19
November 2, 2020
0. Introduction with Troy Busot
Introducing the Athlinks Podcast, hosted by founder & President Troy Busot.  Athlinks Profile: https://www.athlinks.com/athletes/10000 The goal of Athlinks has always been to make racing and event participation more accessible to everyone, regardless of  background - athletic or otherwise. "More people, racing more often, having more fun in the process" is our stated mission and we've put our efforts into collecting over 340 Million race results from nearly 1.5 million races over the years, so that athletes could have "all of their results in one place". We've wanted to do our small part to make it easier for more people to call themselves endurance athletes. Each show will be a 60 to 90 minute interview with some of the millions of athletes who cross a finish line around the world every year - telling the stories behind the steps, the pedals, and the swim strokes. The blood sweat and tears, the successes and failures of finishing. From time to time, we will dive into the deep science like VO2 Max and Lactate thresholds and every once in a while we will talk to the world's most elite-level professional endurance athletes, but for the most part, we're going to be talking with everyday age groupers like you and me - people balancing work and life while training and racing. We're also going to be talking with event organizers and other folks who make the products and services that we, as endurance athletes, love and rely on to accomplish our goals.
03:06
November 2, 2020