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By Emma Zimmerman
On Social Sport, Emma Zimmerman features conversations with endurance athletes of all types committed to fostering social change. The athletes she speaks with are climate change activists, mental health advocates, and promoters of more inclusive outdoor spaces. Through Social Sport, she shares the stories and thoughts of people who explore the connection between sport and activism in their lives.
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Episode 12: Amy Broadmoore on women's underrepresentation in adventure sports and avenues to create more inclusive endurance events

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Episode 12: Amy Broadmoore on women's underrepresentation in adventure sports and avenues to create more inclusive endurance events

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#81 - Caela Fenton on media representations of women distance runners
Caela Fenton is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Oregon. Her research lies primarily in cultural studies of sport, utilizing feminist approaches to consider gender equity in sport industry, as well as digital iterations of physical culture. Her academic work has appeared in The International Journal of the History of Sport, Narrative, and Aethlon. Her journalistic work has appeared in Canadian Running Magazine, iRun, and The XC. Most recently, she served on the communications team at the US Olympic Track and Field Trials. In this episode, we discuss social media as it relates to professional athletics, gendered expectations, and capitalism. We also discuss representations of women distance runners throughout time and in various forms of media. Caela blows Emma's mind multiple times, and she will likely blow your mind, too!  Discussed in this episode: --Running, Identity, and Meaning by Neil Baxter --Athlete identity crises --Perdita Felicien  --Sarah Banet-Weiser and brand culture --Women runners and self-representation over Instagram --Fetishization of female runners’ bodies --Heather Caplan on Social Sport --Colleen Quigley's Instagram post on pulling out of Olympic Trials --Allie Ostrander's video on beginning eating disorder treatment --Postfeminism --Once a Runner by John L. Parker --"Why I Loathe Once a Runner," Caela's article in Canadian Running --Late Air by Jaclyn Gilbert --Inadequate representation of Black women runners --"Jogging Has Always Excluded Black People," but Natalia Mehlman Petrzela for NYTimes --Risa Isard on Social Sport --"Hayward Magic in the Era of Globalized Sport Culture" --Coach Tom Heinonen --The Passage series Follow Caela: Twitter, Instagram Follow Social Sport: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Newsletter
October 18, 2021
#80 - Tom O'Keefe on Stride for Stride and making road races more diverse and accessible
Tom O'Keefe is a social impact entrepreneur, and the founder of Stride for Stride, Heart to Cart, and Bostontweet.  Stride for Stride is a non-profit running organization that buys race bibs for immigrant, BIPOC, and low-income runners. Their goal is to make races more accessible and more diverse. Tom started Stride for Stride in 2018 after struggling to pay for race bibs and observing that most races lacked diversity - his assumption was that this was due, in part, to the high cost of entry. Since 2018, Stride for Stride has grown to over 60 avid runners from over a dozen countries. They compete in everything from marathons to 5Ks, and even a 50-mile Ultra. All but two of their runners are immigrants representing the following countries; Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica, Nigeria, and the United States, as well as Puerto Rico.  Discussed in this episode: --Boston globe article on Bostontweet --Story of how Tom met his wife --Rosie's Place --Sid Baptista of PIONEERS Run Crew on Social Sport --Black Men Run --Black Girls Run --Latinos Run --Dominican Runners, NYC --Heart to Cart --Impact Video Group --Donate here or text STRIDE to 44321 Quotes: --“Races are the only sport where you’re running with the best of the best—the professionals, like Meb and Shalane. There is no other sport where you’re competing with them; you can’t play football with Tom Brady. The same thing goes for wage inequity. A CEO makes 258 times what the average employee makes, which is awful, but if those two guys run the same race, the employee could beat the CEO. How empowering is that?” --“When you finish a race, you’re high-fiving everyone. That’s all you care about—that you ran. You’re just so happy for yourself and for everyone else. Nothing else matters at that point. You’re not thinking about politics or how much money you made…It changed my life, and I think it can change so many others.” Follow Tom: Twitter, Instagram Follow Stride for Stride: Twitter, Instagram Follow Social Sport: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Newsletter
October 12, 2021
#79 - Risa Isard on the limits of Title IX and an intersectional approach to equity in sports
Risa Isard is a sports industry veteran and policy expert. She specializes in advancing equity with and for girls and women, LGBTQ+ people, people of color, and others in and through sport. Her career in the sports industry spans professional and college sports, sports policy, and nonprofit thought leadership. She has developed partnerships with professional ninja athletes, hosted Billie Jean King in an on-stage conversation, directed the premier national event for increasing access to youth sports, co-authored and edited foundational research reports, established community-based partnerships to support sport leaders across the country, launched a first-of-its-kind online portal for community leaders, founded a farmer’s market at professional baseball games, run a baseball league for people with special needs, hosted a celebrity soccer challenge, authored fortune cookies, and more. She is the former associate director of thought leadership for national nonprofit KABOOM!, former project director for the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program, and former community relations coordinator for a minor league baseball team. She’s also been on staff at Brandi Chastain’s nonprofit organization, Duke University women’s basketball, and the Phoenix Mercury. Risa has presented at South by Southwest (SXSW), Spotlight: Health at the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Surgeon General’s Innovation Summit, the University of Pennsylvania's Law School Sports Symposium, the North American Society for Sport Management, and elsewhere. She has written for Sports Business Journal, AdWeek, Global Sport Matters, Quartz, espnW and elsewhere. Risa graduated cum laude from Duke with a specialized degree in “Social Change at the Intersection of Culture, Gender, and Sports,” simultaneously receiving honors for her original research thesis on the pre-history and early years of Title IX (1969-1975). A long-time advocate of using sports for social change, Risa is a Research Fellow in the Laboratory for Inclusion and Diversity in Sport at UMass, where she is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Sport Management from the Isenberg School of Management.  Quotes: --“This is definitely not sport-specific. Racial bias has long been documented in men’s sports. There is less documentation, but no less convincing evidence, that it happens in women's sports as well. It can manifests in a number of different ways. It can be about the attention athletes get, it can be about the kind of attention they get, and it can be about the language we use when we talk about athletes...Absolutely, racial bias is pervasive in and across sports, and in women’s sports." --“Title IX has fixed things unequally when it comes to girls. Title IX has been excellent for white, middle-upper class girls like me. It has been a lot less effective at creating equity for Black girls, Latinx girls, girls of color broadly, and girls from low income communities. The gender gaps that exist in some communities are still quite pervasive…Title IX, at its best, ought to create a more equitable society for all girls, and it hasn’t done that yet.” Follow Risa on Twitter: @RisaLovesSports Follow Social Sport: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Newsletter
October 4, 2021
#78 - Tiara Williams on Real Talk, changing track and field media, and centering mental health
Tiara Williams is a former, Division I Texas Tech heptathlete and a track and field reporter. She was inspired to start the platform Real Talk in January of 2019 because she wanted to gain experience toward her dream career in sports broadcasting. She began to showcase track and field athletes in video interview segments, focusing not just on who they are as athletes, but also on who they are as people. In this episode, Tiara shares about her own struggles with mental health and why she values asking athletes about their mental health. Tiara also speaks candidly about changes she wants to see in track and field, what it means to be a young Black woman in sports broadcasting, and what she represents for Black girls who aspire to similar careers.  Discussed in this episode: --Tiara’s interview with Sha’Carri Richardson --Connecting with athletes as real people --Watching family members struggle with addiction --Sports as an outlet for family struggles  --Heptathlon --Tiara's Texas Tech career --Power dynamics in track and field reporting --Asking athletes about mental health --Post-college mental health struggles --The connection between money and mental health --The Magic Boost program Quotes: --“It means everything to me to be creative. It means everything. It means everything to know that young Black women are looking up to me. Young, high school Black girls are always in my DMs saying, ‘I want to be a sports broadcaster.’ It means everything to know that I am setting the standard that they will look up to.” -Tiara Williams --“I like to ask athletes about mental health because we all deal with it. But we all cope with it in different ways. And you never know, your coping mechanism could help someone eles…we can all help each other.” -Tiara Williams Follow Tiara on Intagram Follow Real Talk on Instagram, Youtube 
September 20, 2021
#77 - Joanne "Coach P" McCallie: de-stigmatizing mental health is an endurance sport
Joanne P. McCallie ("Coach P") is a Mental Health Advocate and Hall of Fame DI basketball coach. With over 600 wins, she has coached at Maine, Michigan State, and Duke, earning National Coach of the Year in 2005. Coach P was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder at age 30. After learning how to manage her mental health and continue winning as a coach, she decided to become a mental health advocate and speaker, sharing her story to inspire and educate others on how to "win without losing yourself." Through Coach P’s high energy speeches and leadership seminars, she engages, educates and inspires organizations with discussions on mental health, sports, faith, and leadership. Even though Coach P's past lies in basketball, her recent work is applicable to athletes in all sports. In this episode, like any great coach, she challenges us to think about mental health in unique ways. At the same time, she allows Emma to challenge her and ask difficult questions regarding her tenure in coaching and the accessibility of mental health resources. Her willingness to continue being challenged, while challenging and coaching others, reinforces her forever title: Coach P for Life! Discussed in this episode: --Coach P's decision to keep her diagnosis a secret --Balancing a high-power career with mental health --Stepping away from coaching --Gender disparity in coaching contracts --Duke Fuqua School of Business --Secret Warrior book --"Mental health impairment" vs "mental illness" --Effect of athletes speaking more about their mental health (eg. Naomi Osaka, Simone Biles)  --Bipolar disorder misconceptions --Coach P's response to allegations of player mistreatment --“Mental health impairments” and creativity --Inaccessibility of mental health resources --Race and ethnicity disparities in mental health resources --Bosch TV series --Ted Lasso TV series --The Alice Network by Kate Quinn Quotes: --“I’m into life and death now. Before it was wins and losses. This is a whole different ball game.” -Joanne P. McCallie --“Sport communicates so many items that you can’t communicate in any other place—the inspiration, the work ethic, the talent of it, the craft of it…” -Joanne P. McCallie --“We’ve got to look for life to be not what it is, but what it can be. What can life be? How good can it be?” -Joanne P. McCallie --Follow Coach P: Website, Instagram, Twitter --Follow Social Sport: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter  --Subscribe to the Social Sport Newsletter
September 13, 2021
#76 - Lindsley Kump, founder of Womxn Who Move, on finding joy and inclusion in sport
Lindsley Kump is a mama, wife, fur baby mom, field event marketing manager, trail runner, and the founder of Womxn Who Move. Originally from Hawaii, she has called Colorado home for 18 years now. Road running has been a key part of her life for almost 7 years now, and over the last year, she has transitioned into trail running. It's where her heart is; she finds she is happiest in nature and on the trails. With that being said, she believes a lot needs to change within the trail running community to be more diverse and inclusive for BIPOC runners. In 2021, she started a new, all-inclusive community called Womxn_Who_Move, dedicated to empowering, encouraging, and inspiring womxn through movement. Discussed in this episode: --TransRockies Run --Article on Carolyn Su at TransRockies Run --Carolyn Su on Social Sport --Womxn who Move and finding joy in movement --Meg Flanagan on Social Sport --Striking balance between building a platform and protecting your mental health --Lindsley’s mantra: “be the energy” --Safety for BIPOC trail runners, discussed by Lindsley in this Trail Runner article --Moun10 Ultra -Chasing joy in career changes Quotes: --“Fear, fear of not being seen and fear for my own safety, is a factor whenever I go out for a run. I’m always going to be fearful, but I try not to let that stop me from doing something. If you feel that joy, if trail running or hiking or anything brings you that joy, try to remember that. Try to remember how it makes you feel in that moment, to help you move past the fear.” -Lindsley Kump --“Life really really is short. Don’t take things for granted. For a long time, I have been very comfortable and have taken a lot of things for granted. It made me realize that I needed to start pushing past my comfort zone and speaking up for things that were not right… I needed to start using my voice the best that I possibly could to stand up for things that were not okay, and I needed to start doing the things that I was passionate about.” -Lindsley Kump Follow Lindsley on Instagram Follow Womxn Who Move on Instagram Follow Social Sport: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter  Subscribe to the Social Sport Newsletter
September 6, 2021
#75 - Guarina Lopez on Indigenous sovereignty; running, biking, and storytelling on Native land
Guarina Lopez (Pascua Yaqui) is a visual artist and storyteller using photography, film, and writing to share stories of this Native land, the Indigenous people, and the environment. She works at the intersections of Indigenous sovereignty, land and water rights, and colonial abolition. Much of her work is raising awareness about Native history, culture, art, and law as a way to elevate Indigenous stories beyond stereotypes to ground them in contemporary life. Guarina is also a runner, cyclist, and mother to a long-haired skater boy. Discussed in this episode: --Guarina’s letter in Trail Runner Magazine, and related discourse --Dinée Dorame on Social Sport --Hire Indigenous creatives!! --NYTimes article, "The Racial Bias Built into Photography" --White-centering of environmental movement --Injustice and power dynamics in the biking community --Women Run the Vote Relay 2021 --Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer Quotes: “What I was seeing from individual Native women cyclists, myself included, was that our relationship to the land was different from that of cyclists who are not Native. We have a different form of deference to the lands that we ride on, or ride with. I wanted to tell those stories.” -Guarina Lopez “It’s not that we’re not out there, it’s not that we haven’t been on bikes, it’s that our stories have not been fore-fronted. Our stories have not been told. That makes me mad. We’ve been denied the opportunity to tell our stories.” -Guarina Lopez Follow Guarina and her work: --Personal Instagram --This Native Land Instagram --Native Women Ride Instagram --Yaqui Rain Runner Instagram --Modern Natives Personal Regalia Instagram --Call Me By My Name Project Instagram Follow Social Sport: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter  Subscribe to the Social Sport Newsletter
August 30, 2021
#74 - Hannah Borenstein on Ethiopian women's distance running, and power dynamics in track and field
Hannah Borenstein is a Ph.D. Candidate in Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. Her academic research is about women runners in Ethiopia navigating a transnational athletics economy. Outside of academia, she writes primarily about the intersections of sports, race, gender, and labor politics. She speaks Amharic, can juggle, and loves to run. Discussed in this episode:  --COVID experience in different countries --Post-colonial feminist critique --Power dynamics that elite Ethiopian distance-runners might face when dealing with male coaches, training partners, etc. --Considerations involved in being a white woman from the US doing research in Ethiopia --Firehiwot Dado, Hannah's friend and 2011 NYC Marathon champion --Navigating dual roles as friend, teammate, and researcher --Hannah's Fansided Article on Pan-Africa-USA International Track Meet --The complexity of track and field when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion --The injustices of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics games --Female classifications/testosterone rule in Olympic track events: 400m to 1500m --Hannah's World Athletics article on women runners from Ethiopia's Tigray region --Hannah's article, The Long Run  --Alison Wade's Bookshop page on books on women's distance running --The White Lotus Follow Hannah: Website, Twitter Follow Social Sport: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter  Subscribe to the Social Sport Newsletter
August 23, 2021
#73 - Kate Seary and Mhairi Maclennan on Kyniska Advocacy and policy change to protect athletes
The mission of Kyniska Advocacy is to create a sporting world that celebrates, protects, and respects women in sport. They advocate for progressive policies in women’s sport, enacting change one campaign at a time. Kate Seary, Co-Founder: Kate is an experienced Welsh International middle-distance runner. She has been competing in athletics since 2008. Passionate about improving the culture of women’s sport, Kate is tirelessly innovative, actively fighting for policy changes to better protect and support women. Kate has a background in government and working with policy. She began formally campaigning for a safer and more equitable sporting environment last year. Mhairi Maclennan, Co-Founder: Mhairi is a Scottish and GB international athlete with immense talent over track, road, and cross country. She is a tenacious and fearless competitor and campaigner, with big goals in sight for all women in sport, at every level. Mhairi is a fierce defender of grassroots sport, believing it is vital that our young people are protected and supported to grow into passionate athletes that love the sport as much as she does. Discussed in this episode: --Why policy is important for creating healthier sport cultures --Patriarchal history in sports and how it affects sports today --Sports structure in the UK --Abuse in sport --Taking the onus off of abused athletes --#ZeroToleranceUKA campaign --Atalanta NYC --Changing the narrative around puberty and girls’ trajectory in running --Once a Runner by John L. Parker --Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg --The Bold Type, tv series Quotes: “It is a minority of coaches and officials that are abusing athletes, but one abusive coach is too many. We’re trying to minimize the number of coaches that could abuse. The way Mhairi and I believe that needs to happen is through policy change.” -Kate Seary “We hold victims up to ridiculous standards to convince everyone that what happened to them is true. That’s where the structural change needs to comes in to play. We need to have systems that protect victims when they come forward. We need to have people on hand to manage the trauma of admitting, to yourself and everybody else, what happened to you...” -Mhairi Maclennan Follow Kyniska Advocacy: Instagram, Twitter Follow Kate Follow Mhairi Follow Social Sport: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter  Subscribe to the Social Sport Newsletter
August 16, 2021
#72 - Zahra Alabanza on outdoor adventure for healing and Black liberation
Zahra Alabanza (she/her/they) conjures enthusiasm for life by practicing pleasure and play, living simply and seeking joy. Being a parent, organizer, creator and adventurer are a few roles that allow her to explore the depths of her pleasure and joy. She curates experiences; decolonizes and deconstructs spaces; and utilizes outdoor adventure, land base work, and wellness rituals to contribute to enhancing the quality of life among Black folk. Her work centers Black women, children and queer folks and meets at the intersection of justice, principled living, healing, quality of life, and Black liberation. She is the co-founder of Red, Bike and Green-Atlanta and Black Freedom Outfitters. Discussed in this episode: --“striving to be full” --Black Freedom Outfitters --Black Feminist Future --Environmental stewardship through outdoor adventure --White-washing of environmentalism --Red Bike and Green Atlanta --Zahra's planting at Rooted Plants and Tings Quotes: “If you’re riding a bike for any mileage, let alone long miles over multiple days, what that does for who you are and how you show up in the world is really phenomenal.” "It's not an inconvenience to consider the earth. We actually must." "What was once joy became politicized. And then, I became exhausted."  Follow Zahra Follow Black Freedom Outfitters Follow Red Bike and Green ATL Follow Social Sport: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter  Subscribe to the Social Sport Newsletter
July 19, 2021
#71 - Emma Gee, first openly LGBTQ+ athlete at BYU, on the performance enhancing benefits of being your authentic self
*CW: this episode mentions suicidal ideation National suicide prevention lifeline: 800-273-8255 Emma Gee is a queer Division 1 runner who competed for both Brigham Young University and Temple University. She recently completed her final collegiate track season at the NCAA Track & Field Championships by racing the 3000 meter Steeplechase. In April 2020, Emma graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Public Relations. She was the first LGBTQ+ athlete to come out publicly at BYU, and the only athlete to be out during her five years at school, an experience which Emma has written and spoken openly about. Emma is currently completing a masters degree at Temple University.  On Instagram, Emma said: "I went from being a little closeted Mormon girl on a partial cross country scholarship, to becoming the first LGBTQ+ athlete to publicly come out at BYU, to qualifying for nationals and racing at NCAAs for the first and last time." Hers is a story of self-love, authenticity, and the benefits that come from being your true self.  Discussed in this episode:  --Unlearning childhood lessons --Student stories regarding BYU's honor code, @honorcodestories --Having a supportive, identity-affirming adult in your corner --Emma's Instagram post on her presentation to senior athletic leadership at BYU --NCAA Common Ground Initiative  --Speaking out VS quietly taking care of your own mental health --Navigating a public relationship --Supporting a loved one’s sexuality and gender identity --The importance of pronouns Quotes: "My relationship with myself is the most important relationship I’m ever going to have.” -Emma Gee On pronouns and unlearning the binary: “do better honey.” -Emma Gee Follow Emma Gee: Instagram, Twitter Follow Social Sport: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter  Subscribe to the Social Sport Newsletter
July 12, 2021
#70 - Chris Mosier on the 'Changing the Game' documentary and supporting transgender youth in sports
Chris Mosier is a trailblazing hall of fame triathlete, All-American duathlete, and a 6-time member of Team USA. In 2015 he became the first known transgender man to represent the United States in international competition, and was a catalyst for change for the International Olympic Committee policy on transgender athletes. He is also a 2x National Champion and the first transgender athlete to compete in the Olympic Trials in any sport in a category different than their sex assigned at birth. He has devoted his life to fighting for transgender athletes’ rights and fair, inclusive policy.  In this episode, Chris talks about the current moment we are in with so many bills on the table that attack transgender youth. We also talk about the documentary, Changing the Game, that Chris is the Executive Producer of. The film follows transgender high school athletes across the country as they compete at the top of their fields, while also challenging the boundaries and perceptions of fairness and discrimination. Discussed in this episode: --Take action tab on (reach out to legislators)!! --Gender-affirming healthcare --The inherent harm in the phrase “protect girls’ sports” --AP article: lawmakers fail to be able to cite any example of transgender athletes in sports being a problem --Women’s Sports Foundation statement: "Let us be clear, there are many real threats to girls’ and women’s access and opportunity in sports; however, transgender inclusion is not one of them."  --Watch Changing the Game on Hulu  --Particular struggles that Black transgender kids face --Sha’Carri Richardson and scrutiny of Black women athletes Quote:  “This is not a partisan issue. And while it’s been made out to be a partisan issue, my identity should not be political. The identity of these kids should not be political. We’re talking about basic human rights, dignity, respect, and opportunity--like every other kid has--to play the sports they love, to be their authentic selves, and to have a childhood and experience in school that is like that of their peers. That is not a political issue.” -Chris Mosier Follow Chris: Website, Instagram, Twitter,  Follow Changing the Game: Instagram Follow Social Sport: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter  Subscribe to the Social Sport Newsletter
July 5, 2021
#69 - Lynn Mattix on Fund Her Tri and sharing the healing nature of sport
Lynn Mattix is a wife, mom, USAF veteran, military spouse, age-grouper in triathlon, and the founder of Fund Her Tri.  Fund Her Tri is a nonprofit that pursues equality in triathlon, breaks down the financial barrier & makes triathlon more accessible to women & girls. The Fund Her Tri team raises money to pay race registration fees for first-time, female triathletes. Lynn says, "In an effort to grow the participation of women in the sport of triathlon, I wanted to start an organization that provides financial resources to first-timers. My professional background is in aviation so starting a nonprofit is outside my comfort zone, but if triathlon has taught me anything, it's that I'm capable of far more than I ever dreamed possible. I have been doing triathlons for 10 years and I hope to continue doing it forever. The sport has changed my life in the best way."  Discussed in this episode: --Lynn's experience with teenage pregnancy and why she speaks openly about it --Open adoption --Military careers --"Addictive personalities" and endurance sports --Barriers to entry for women in triathlon --Vanessa Foerster on the Social Sport podcast --How gender interacts with other marginalized identities to increase barriers to entry in triathlon --Outspoken Women in Triathlon's Bethany Rutledge Memorial Award --Untamed by Glennon Doyle --Turia Pitt, 2016 IRONMAN World Championships Quotes: "When women are loving themselves, you can see it. We’re unstoppable. It’s wonderful. I basically just wanted to share that with as many people as possible.” -Lynn Mattix “I want [my daughter] to understand that this is how we live. We live in a way that gives to others.” -Lynn Mattix Follow Lynn  Follow Fund Her Tri Follow Social Sport: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter  Subscribe to the Social Sport Newsletter
June 28, 2021
#68 - Lucy Bartholomew on sustainability, body image, and being a positive role model for young athletes
Lucy Bartholomew is a 25-year-old living in Melbourne Australia who runs professionally for Salomon Running. She joined the sport of ultra trail running at age 15, when she ran 100km with her Dad. Her accolades have included setting the course record at the Ultra-Trail Australia Championship and claiming a third-place finish at the 2018 Western States 100-mile race. Recently, she also set the fastest known time on the Larapinta Trail. Lucy says, "I love the nature, the community, the challenges and the resilience that this sport provides.. okay, and all the food you get to eat too!" Discussed in this episode: --Larapinta Trail --Lucy's Larapinta Trail recap post --Lucy's recent quote on body image in Runner's World  --Body positivity vs. body neutrality --Many different forms of sustainability  --Sustain plant-based cookbook --Lucy and her watermelon  --The Lost Art of Running: A Journey to Rediscover the Forgotten Essence of Human Movement by Shane Benzie and Tim Major  --Quote: “I surround myself with people who support me and don’t pressure me to be anything different. I’ve learned that if you do anything with confidence, ANYTHING—if you wear a new hairstyle with confidence, if you wear a new t-shirt with confidence, or if you say you don’t drink alcohol with confidence—people will say, ‘oh wow, she owns that.’” --Follow Lucy on Instagram --Follow Social Sport: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter  –-Subscribe to the Social Sport Newsletter
June 21, 2021
#67 - Cut to the Chase with Emma and Kamilah: transgender athletes' rights and support from the running community
Featuring Vic Thasiah, Executive Director of Runners for Public Lands. Cut to the Chase with Emma and Kamilah is a monthly series on the Social Sport Podcast. Each month, Emma Zimmerman and co-host, Kamilah Journét, bring you a no-filter conversation at the intersection of endurance sports and social change. In other words, we cut to the chase. In this episode, we talk about the recent wave of anti-trans bills, transgender athletes' rights, and support for transgender athletes from the running community. We speak with Vic Thasiah, Executive Director of Runners for Public Lands (RPL), about the recent statement released by RPL and the Running Industry Diversity Coalition, in support of transgender youth. This statement sets a strong example for the rest of the running community and other athletic communities when it comes to publicizing support for transgender youth in sports.  Discussed in this episode: --Map and Lists of states with anti-trans bills passed or introduced --Take action against anti-trans bill, information on --30% of trans girls reported having attempted suicide --Harm faced by trans kids intersects with race: learn more from National Black Trans Advocacy Coalition --Using language: “being united,” rather than “taking a stand” --Call to action—what you can do to support transgender youth athletes --Trans athlete-activists' social media accounts to follow: @thechrismosier @pinkmantaray @athleteally Quotes: --“Any risk that comes from being united with people to support transgender youth is such a small risk when compared with the riskiness of being transgender in the United States right now.” -Vic Thasiah --“Hopefully, we can get conversation going so that it’s harder and harder to pass this legislation and then, in the future, virtually impossible to pass anti-transgender youth legislation. I think, because running is a sport that can involve so many young people across the country, it really is a good place to have this conversation.” -Vic Thasiah --Follow Runners for Public Lands, Running Industry Diversity Coalition, Kamilah Journét, Emma Zimmerman –-Follow Social Sport: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter  –-Subscribe to the Social Sport Newsletter
June 14, 2021
#66 - Liz "Snorkel" Thomas, the "thru-hiking legend," on expanding outdoor access through writing and urban-hiking
Liz Thomas is a professional hiker, speaker, and outdoor writer who held the women’s self-supported speed record on the 2,181-mile long Appalachian Trail from 2011-2015. Called a "thru-hiking legend" by Outside Magazine, Liz has also hiked 20+ long distance trails including the Triple Crown of Hiking (AT, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trail) and first known traverses of the Wasatch Range and Chinook Trail. Her innovative urban thru-hikes of 14 cities led The Guardian to call her “The Queen of Urban Hiking.” Liz is a former staff writer for the New York Times/Wirecutter and current Editor-in-Chief for the outdoor web-magazine Treeline Review as well as contributing editor and columnist of “Ask a Thru-hiker” for Backpacker Magazine. She's the author of Long Trails: Mastering the Art of the Thru-hike, which received the 2017 National Outdoor Book Award for Best Instructional book with judges calling it destined to become the “Bible of the Sport.” Discussed in this episode:  --Barriers to entry in thru-hiking --The story of how Liz got her trail name, Snorkel --Urban thru-hiking --The ALDHA West video on Liz's Seattle urban hike --How urban settings interact with redlining, race, class, gender, etc. --The Trust for Public Land --NYC playgrounds thru-hike --Inman 300 trail --Sign petition to support the Parks, Jobs, and Equity Act --Truffle Pigs Bistro --Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong --Quote: “I had spent a lot of unnecessary money and pain learning about thru-hiking the hard way, and yet, thru-hiking had still changed my life and rewired me into a much more emotionally stable and happier person… I really wanted to share that joy with others while also minimizing the barriers to entry that I experienced.” --Follow Liz: or @lizthomashiking. --–Follow Social Sport: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter  –-Subscribe to the Social Sport Newsletter *This episode is sponsored by OPE Running. Go to and use code SOCIALSPORT for 15% off your order.
June 7, 2021
#65 - Sabrina L. De La Cruz on Angel City Elite and inspiring the next generation of BIPOC runners
Sabrina L. De La Cruz is an elite runner, Olympic Trials Qualifier, and co-founder of Angel City Elite, a running team with the mission to bridge the disparity gap of BIPOC representation in the running community.  In this episode, we talk all about Angel City Elite, why representation is so important at the elite level, eating disorders and cultural beauty standards, and female athlete health.  Discussed in this episode: --Women’s Running article on Angel City Elite --Angel City Elite's partnership with Brooks --Starla Garcia on the Social Sport Podcast  --Mexican American beauty standards vs stereotypical expectation of a "runner's body" --Cultural identity as it interacts with eating disorders and body expectations  --Sabrina's twin sister and their shared experience with eating disorders and body shame  --Menstrual health for female athletes --Running during pregnancy, and what Sabrina has learned from Aliphine Tuliumuk and other pro runners/mothers  --Selena movie, series, and podcast --Quote: “Running saved me; it shaped who I am, and it helped me attend college. I don’t think I would have attended college if it weren’t for running, because running helped me get a scholarship. I hope that Angel City Elite will connect with the younger generation and teach them that they can run and become educated as well.” --Follow Sabrina on Instagram  –-Follow Social Sport: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter  –-Subscribe to the Social Sport Newsletter *This episode is sponsored by OPE Running. Go to and use code SOCIALSPORT for 15% off your order.
May 31, 2021
#64 - Sandy Namgung on speaking up against anti-Asian violence, and not letting racism win
Sandy Namgung (she/her) is a five-time vegan and cruelty-free marathoner, writer, and social justice advocate based in Duwamish land (Seattle, WA). As a Korean American woman, Sandy was frustrated by the lack of media attention regarding the significant increase of anti-Asian racism and violence during COVID-19. She began sharing and speaking up on Instagram about the racism, erasure, invisibility, and misogyny Asian communities continue to experience today, including within the running community. Through her advocacy work and writing, Sandy continues to fight against the harmful casting of Asian Americans as “model minorities,” break stereotypes that dehumanize Asian women, and hopes to contribute to a new narrative that recognizes and values the diversity of Asian people and their full personhood. Discussed in this episode: --@Diversewerun Instagram account and Sandy’s feature --Societal focus on athletes' body sizes --Korean and American beauty standards and running --The lack of media attention on the increase in anti-Asian violence at beginning of the pandemic --Sandy's June 2020 Instagram post on running as a BIPOC athlete --Mental health effects of racism --Sandy’s Medium article, "Dear Allies and Antiracists, Where Are You?" --The Model Minority Myth --Cruelty-free veganism --How to balance your physical and mental health with environmental/cruelty-free food values  --“If I keep on not running [out of fear], if I keep denying myself this happiness, them I’m letting racism win. I’m letting hate win. That thought is what led me to start running again.” -Sandy Namgung --Follow Sandy on Instagram –-Follow Social Sport: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter  –-Subscribe to the Social Sport Newsletter *This episode is sponsored by OPE Running. Go to and use code SOCIALSPORT for 15% off your order.
May 24, 2021
#63 - Sam Snyder, PhD, on where conservation, political organizing, and running intersect
Sam is an organizer and a communicator with over a decade of experience leading environmental/conservation political campaigns in Alaska. He has worked on state and federal policy campaigns, as well as electoral efforts of ballot measures and campaigns for state legislature (notably his wife's successful run for Alaska State Legislature). In addition to his campaign work, he teaches "Civic Engagement" in the Center for Community Engagement and Learning at the University of Alaska-Anchorage and "Public Interest Communications" in the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. Snyder also leads Wild Salmon Center’s public engagement efforts in Alaska. Notably, he has helped coordinate high profile salmon conservation campaigns that include stopping Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, preventing the damming of the Susitna River, and a statewide ballot measure to update state fisheries laws. To balance it all he runs and skis as much as humanly possible. He lives, works, and plays on the unceded lands of the Dena’ina people (Anchorage, Alaska). Discussed in this episode: --Campaign to protect Bristol Bay --Pebble Mine, one of the greatest threats to Alaskan salmon  --Mini documentary on Sam --United tribes of Bristol Bay --53% of the global sockeye catch comes from Bristol bay --Take action to stop the Pebble Mine:  --Recent episode of Social Sport, Cut to the Chase with Emma and Kamilah: People-centered environmentalism --Jordan Daniel --The Overstory by Richard Powers --“We have to be willing to ask questions as runners. And it’s hard. A lot of runners say, ‘I want to keep my running politics-free.’ But I think the past year, in particular, has shown us that we can’t—to have running be politics-free is a position of privilege. It doesn’t have to inundate all of your running, but it’s worth pausing every now and then and asking a few questions before you continue on your way.” -Sam Snyder --“Running inherently gives people a sense of home; it is one of the things that makes us human.” -Sam Snyder  --Follow Sam on Instagram, Twitter –-Follow Social Sport: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter  –-Subscribe to the Social Sport Newsletter *This episode is sponsored by OPE Running. Go to and use code SOCIALSPORT for 15% off your order.
May 17, 2021
#62 - Cut to the Chase with Emma and Kamilah: people-centered environmentalism and where athletes fit
Cut to the Chase with Emma and Kamilah is a monthly series on the Social Sport Podcast. Each month, Emma and co-host, Kamilah Journét, bring you a no-filter conversation at the intersection of endurance sports and social change. In other words, we cut to the chase. In this episode, we focus on people-centered environmentalism. We ask, what does "people-centered environmentalism" mean to us, and how can athletes better serve not only this planet, but the many people who call it home.  Discussed in this episode: --Leah Thomas and Intersectional Environmentalism --Balancing environmental advocacy with respecting others' choices  --Feminist Political Ecology --People-centered environmentalism in the running and outdoor industries --Brands doing intersectional work: OPE Running, Janji, PYNRS, Oiselle, Cotopaxi --A Trail Runner’s Guide to Environmental Justice, by Zoë Rom  --Zoë Rom on Social Sport Podcast --Are trail runners more interested in intersectional environmentalism than road runners are? --Environmentalism in urban communities --Runners for Public Lands --Vic Thasiah on Social Sport Podcast --Why aren’t more runners climate activists? --WWOOF (worldwide opportunities on organic farms) —Follow Kamilah, Follow Emma –-Follow Social Sport: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter  –-Subscribe to the Social Sport Newsletter
May 10, 2021
#61 - Savannah and Dallas Erdahl of OPE Running on handmade, sustainable, & ethical running apparel
Savanah and Dallas Erdahl are the co-founders of OPE Running, which was born from a desire for ethically and sustainably-made running apparel that doesn't compromise on style and fun. Savannah and Dallas combined their passions to create OPE! Savannah's background is in apparel, previously a seamstress for a local designer, while designing and sewing as much as she could in her free time. Dallas is an avid runner with a deep love for the sport. All of OPE's garments are made by HAND by Savannah, out of dead stock and recycled materials, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Discussed in this episode: --The snowball effect of sustainability --The True Cost documentary --Issues with sustainability in the fashion industry --The difference between dead-stock and recycled fabrics --The saying “ope” and "Minnesota-speak" --Artiken and Miir partnerships --The Brave like Gabe Foundation --“If you’re getting a t-shirt for five dollars, that cost is coming from somewhere. Someone is paying for that—the environment is paying for it, or people are paying for it with their labor. You’re not magically getting a five dollar shirt. Someone has to deal with the consequences. We want to see other brands own up to that cost.” -Dallas Erdahl --“One of the greatest challenges for me was to be taken seriously in an industry that’s generally run by older, White men.” -Savannah Erdahl --Follow OPE on Instagram  -–Follow Social Sport: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter  –-Subscribe to the Social Sport Newsletter *Go to and use code SOCIALSPORT for 15% off your order.
May 6, 2021
#60 - Rahaf Khatib on communicating her worth as a covered Muslim American woman in running
Rahaf Khatib is a stay-at-home mom of 3; 11x marathon and 25x half marathon runner, 2x Sprint triathlete; First Syrian to Complete the Abbott World Marathon Majors; and was a top ten finalist in the 2015 Runners World cover search contest. Rahaf made headlines when she graced the cover of Women’s Running Magazine in October of 2016 as the first hijabi to appear on the cover of a fitness magazine. Rahaf has fundraised $16,000 for Syrian refugees, $6,000 for Brain Cancer in honor of her dear father, and $10,000 for Palestinian refugees in Jerusalem. Rahaf has been published in magazines such as Strong Fitness Magazine, Runners World,New Balance’s fall catalog, New York marathon catalog,  Times Weekly and Women’s Health Magazine. Rahaf co-created the Adidas hijab, was voted “Best health and Fitness account” by Buzzfeed news, and coached Girls on the Run in Michigan. She is a Level 1 RRCA certified Running Coach as well as a TED X speaker. Discussed in this episode: -- Post-partum depression --Ending stereotypes of covered Muslim American women --The burden of unpaid labor on BIPOC women --Syrian American Rescue Network --Persevering in the face of hate --Rahaf’s Ramadan Challenge with Runkeeper --Quote: “I always say, if you organize your life around your passion, you can turn your passion into your story, and then turn your story into something bigger and something that matters. This is a quote that I live by, and my passion is shattering stereotypes about us, [covered Muslim American women],” -Rahaf Khatib --Follow Rahaf on Instagram  -–Follow Social Sport: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter  –-Subscribe to the Social Sport Newsletter *This episode is sponsored by OPE Running. Go to and use code SOCIALSPORT for 15% off your order.
May 3, 2021
#59 - Robyn McGillis and Marie Davis Markham on Wildwood and empowering young, female runners
Wildwood Running, launched in 2020, aims to empower female runners in mind and body through leadership, confidence, relationships, and resiliency. It was founded by Robyn McGillis and Marie Davis Markham.   Robyn McGillis was a competitive Track and Field and Cross Country runner at the high school and collegiate level. Competing for University of California (UC), San Diego, she was a national qualifier in the 800m and the mile relay. In 2000, Robyn completed her MBA at the University of Oregon. Robyn joined Central Catholic as an assistant Cross Country coach for the girls' team in 2013 and became the head coach in the fall of 2014. In 2014, Robyn led the RAMS to the Girls Cross Country District Championship and their first ever state meet berth. Robyn is also the current girls' distance coach for Track and Field beginning in 2014.  Robyn was named Mt. Hood Conference Women's "Coach of the Year" in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Robyn and her husband Jeff live in North Portland and have two kids, Ella and Nate.  Marie Davis Markham has been running since an early age. She competed for the University of Oregon and ran post collegiately for the Nike Farm Team. After over a decade away from competitive running she joined her alma mater, Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon as an assistant Cross Country & Track & Field coach. She soon began important conversations called Girls Talk with high school girls around being strong in mind and body. In 2020 she co-founded Wildwood Running with Robyn McGillis. Together they are striving to support, teach & empower young girl distance runners and their coaches to be happy and healthy runners while focusing on being a whole person.  Discussed in this episode:  --Leadership Workshop  --Changes in high school running culture  --Mentorship program by Wildwood and Strong Runner Chicks  --Girls Talk  --Advice for coaches on bringing up hard topics with high school runners  --Shop Wildwood swag --McFarland USA  --The Long Green Line  --“When people have the confidence to understand who they are, and the belief that they’re important and they matter, then they can make change in the world. I think sport does that for a lot of people.”-Marie Davis Markham  --“Success looks different for everybody. [Running] doesn’t have to be one-size fits all model. Otherwise, unhealthy behaviors come in that can impact your mental and physical health down the line.” -Robyn McGillis  --Follow Wildwood on Instagram  –-Follow Social Sport: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter  –-Subscribe to the Social Sport Newsletter *This episode is sponsored by OPE Running. Go to and use code SOCIALSPORT for 15% off your order.
April 26, 2021
#58 - Rosie Cruz on athlete abuse at Loyola Marymount University and an "NCAA problem"
CW: This episode mentions eating disorders, psychological abuse, and attempted suicide  Rosie Cruz has exhibited immense strength and bravery in sharing her story, and the entire story of psychological abuse, enabled disordered eating, and physical and emotional harm in the Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Cross Country and Track programs. This story is not new. We’ve heard it before. It carries different names every time—Nike Oregon Project, Wesleyan University, University of Arizona, etc. There is a problem in the sport of distance running, and especially in the NCAA. Only through strong voices like Rosie's can we push for systemic change.    Rosie is a Division I cross country and track runner for Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She is a senior studying Political Science and Women's Studies, and currently works as a legislative aide for Colorado State Representative, Lindsey Daugherty. Rosie is passionate about running, politics, social justice, and being outdoors. Discussed in this episode: --Rosie's open letter about abuse in LMU program, March 26th --Rosie's open letter to the NCAA, March 27th  --32:04: the term "ghost pains" and minimizing women's pain --35:05: social media stalking and manipulation  --44:50: “When you talk about abuse, people don’t believe you unless you have bruises on you. I have had to go through these stories time and time again and people are still justifying [the abuse]. Because psychological abuse isn’t a thing that you can see; it’s something you carry with you.” --49:07: "The one thing I want from this is a community of people who can envision change, demand it, and keep pushing the sport in the right direction.” --54:02: Systemic problems within the structure of the NCAA --Follow Rosie: Instagram, Twitter –-Follow Social Sport: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter  –-Subscribe to the Social Sport Newsletter
April 19, 2021
#57 - Cut to the Chase with Emma and Kamilah: "Social Media Holidays"
National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Women's History Month, Black History Month, International Women's Day, Earth Day, you know: those "holidays." For lack of a better term, we call these days and months "social media holidays." After all, they carry heavy social media presences. And in the first ever episode of Cut to the Chase with Emma and Kamilah, we unpack them. We go beyond the mirror selfies and iPhone panoramas. We ask: What are the pros and cons of these holidays? How do they connect to sports? What do they represent for folks of marginalized identities? And where do they fall short?  Discussed in this episode:   --National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Women's History Month, Black History Month, International Women's Day, Earth Day, Trans Visibility Day. Note: in the episode, Emma said Earth Day is coming up on April 2nd; she meant April 22nd!  --11:41: how identity affects the ways in which we engage with these holidays  --14:38: what were these holidays before Instagram? --20:32: March Madness and Women's History Month  --24:17: marketing ploys or good values?  --27:18: social media as a tool for activism  --29:48: GOAT and gendered athlete titles  --36:45 celebrating NGWSD while recognizing the inequality that still exists  --46:00 calls to action --VICE article, "12 Environmental Justice Organizations,"  --NYTimes article “She Wants to Kill the Girlboss” --Follow Kamilah, Follow Emma  –-Follow Social Sport: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter  –-Subscribe to the Social Sport Newsletter
April 12, 2021
TEASER Cut to the Chase with Emma and Kamilah
There's a new series on the Social Sport Podcast! On "Cut to the Chase with Emma and Kamilah," writer and Social Sport host, Emma Zimmerman, is joined by writer, marketing-strategist, and intersectional-environmentalist-extraordinaire, Kamilah Journet. Each month, Emma and Kamilah sit down for a no-filter conversation around the intersection of endurance sports and social change. We're aiming for no bows, no frills; just honest and important conversations. Join us as we cut to the chase!
April 9, 2021
Episode 56: Indra Hayre, diversity & inclusion consultant, model, and founder of Inclu-SKI-vity
Indra Hayre is a Vancouver local, born and raised in the suburbs but has spent her adult life in the city and its' mountains. She works full time for Arc'teryx and is a freelance Diversity and Inclusion Consultant and Model on the side. She advocates for diversity and inclusion in all aspects of life, and in 2020, founded Inclu-SKI-vity.  Through Inclu-SKI-vity, she elevates the voices of traditionally marginalized groups in the snow sport community through sharing interviews.  Additionally, she creates programming geared to breaking down barriers to entry for marginalized folx, focusing on creating psychological safety and subsidizing costs. Discussed in this episode: --6:20: the ski community was built upon wealth and money --Psychological safety  --12:35: Financial barriers to entry in skiing --Good gear auction  --Colour the Trails  --Indigenous Women Outdoors  --16:47: gender and race power dynamics in sport industries (ski shops, bike shops, etc.) --20:13: the beginning of inclu-SKI-vity --BIWOC (black, indigenous, and women of color) --34:25: straddling THE line between balance and burnout --37:08: merging diversity and inclusion work with modeling --How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa Quotes: --“I would have never thought that I wasn’t good at these things until people questioned, or were surprised by, my ability. Because I was a woman, or because I was a woman of color, they unconsciously assumed my ability level and then were surprised when I surpassed that low bar they set for me. I don’t think I ever thought I wasn’t good at these things, or that I couldn’t be good, until people were surprised by my presence and the way I took up space.” --“I never want other young Indian kids to not think that they’re beautiful, or to think that they don’t belong somewhere. I don’t want them to think that the hair on their arms is a flaw. I want them to move through life a lot easier than I did, and I think a lot of that comes down to representation.” --Follow Indra --Follow Include-SKI-vity –Follow Social Sport: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter  –Subscribe to the Social Sport Newsletter *This episode is sponsored by OPE Running, an ethical running apparel company. Use code SOCIALSPORT at checkout to receive 15% off your order. 
April 5, 2021
Episode 55: The Philadelphia Distance Run, with Andy Kucer and C.C. Tellez
Andy Kucer is the Executive Director of Students Run Philly Style and a passionate advocate for empowering youth through running and mentorship. He is also on the board of directors for the Philadelphia Distance Run (PDR). C.C. Téllez is an openly lesbian distance runner from La Paz, Bolivia, currently living in Philadelphia. She is the founder of Lez Run Running Club, the Co-Race Director of the Philly Pride Run, ambassador for Athlete Ally and 261Fearless, and Associate Director of LGBTQ+ Programming for Students Run Philly Style.  The Philadelphia Distance Run (PDR) is a historically iconic race, for amateur and elite runners alike. It was a mainstay on the Philadelphia streets from 1978 to 2009, until it changed hands and name. In fall of 2021, it is back and better than ever. The return of the PDR will include free bibs for low-income runners, having non-binary prize money match male and female prize money, and prioritizing minority owned vendors.  Discussed in this episode:  --Runners World article about Students Run Philly Style --Critical mentoring: a Practical Guide by Torie Weiston-Serdan --C.C.'s first episode on Social Sport --Caster Semenya Quotes:  --"𝗟𝗲𝘁’𝘀 𝗯𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸, 𝗹𝗲𝘁’𝘀 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗶𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗿𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗶𝘁 𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘀, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗹𝗲𝘁’𝘀 𝗽𝘂𝘀𝗵 𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁—𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲. 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝘄𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿? 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝘄𝗲 𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝘄𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗻’𝘁 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗲? 𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗲’𝗿𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗲𝘅𝗰𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝘄𝗲’𝗿𝗲 𝗴𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗻𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗮 𝗯𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗹𝗽𝗵𝗶𝗮 𝗿𝘂𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆.” -Andy Kucer --“𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝘁𝘆. 𝗪𝗲, 𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝘀𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗲𝘁𝘆, 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗻𝗼𝗿𝗺𝘀. 𝗪𝗲’𝘃𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗵𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁. 𝗣𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗳𝘆 𝗮𝘀 𝗳𝗲𝗺𝗮𝗹𝗲 𝗼𝗿 𝗺𝗮𝗹𝗲, 𝗼𝗿 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗳𝘆 𝗮𝘀 𝗯𝗼𝘁𝗵, 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗵𝘂𝘁 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗲 𝘀𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗲𝘀… 𝗜𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝘀𝗲𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁, 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, 𝗶𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗽 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝗯𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝘂𝗻. 𝗜𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗽 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗯𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗽𝗵𝘆𝘀𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴.” -C.C. Tellez –Follow Social Sport: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter  –Subscribe to the Social Sport Newsletter
March 22, 2021
Episode 54: Mary Lytle, cofounder of Radical Adventure Riders, on challenging the gender binary
Mary Lytle (she/they) is the co-founder of Radical Adventure Riders (RAR), a queer cat mom, visual artist, organizer, and adventure cyclist based in Portland, OR. She is passionate about using her skills as an illustrator to represent and connect cycling communities. Mary’s desire to connect the community around bicycles stems from their days of running a small hot dog stand on the Little Miami Bike Trail in Loveland, Ohio and feeding the cyclocross community at regional events. While design is Mary’s main gig, she enjoys working part-time for small independent brands that focus on creative design in the cycling industry. She currently works for SIM Works USA. On her days off, she loves to fuel herself with vegan snacks while meandering dirt roads in the PNW with friends. Founded in 2017, Radical Adventure Riders (RAR) mission is moving towards enhancing gender inclusivity and racial equity in the bicycle and outdoor adventure scene. RAR does this by providing connection, education, resources, and support for the community and industry. Discussed in this episode: --Multnomah people, original inhabitants of Portland, Oregon --Fakequity --13:00: discrimination in the cycling industry  --17:21: the pros and cons of labels  --Renee hutchens on social sport podcast --Annual Get Rad be Radical publication, edited by Molly Sugar --History of WTFN-B illustrated poster  --RAR Gravel program --Cycling Industry Pledge (CIP) --Guiding Principles of Disability Justice on Sins Invalid Blog, created with consultation and guidance from Mary Ann Thomas and Izzy Sederbaum --SJ Brooks scholarship --34:34: moving beyond gender binary in art Quote: “We’re ready to change with the (adventure sport) community. The community is always changing. We want to hear from them and grow with them, and we’re ready for feedback. We still have a lot of work to do to represent more gender identities and lift up more BIPOC voices. So we want to see what comes next, and what else is needed in the community, as we move forward.” --Follow RAR: Instagram  --Follow Mary: @maryroselytle @maryroselytleart –Follow Social Sport: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter  –Subscribe to the Social Sport Newsletter
March 15, 2021
Episode 53: Dinée Dorame on living her values as a Navajo woman in sports media
Dinée Dorame is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and a self-identified running nerd. She was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM (on Tiwa ancestral lands). She graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in 2015 and worked as an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Yale for three years before moving back to New Mexico. She currently works as the Associate Director of College Horizons, a national college access program providing admission and financial aid workshops for Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian high school students and families. Most recently, she became the founder, host, and producer of the Grounded Podcast, which explores the connection of running, community, land, and culture.   Discussed in this episode: --Tiwa ancestral lands --Lenape ancestral lands --Dinée's personal essay in Runner's World --Safety as physical, mental, and spiritual --Underrepresentation of Native students in higher education --18:58: The importance of running in Navajo traditions --23:23: what running means to Dinée --Leroy Silva on Grounded Podcast --36:45: food sovereignty and sports nutrition  --Starla Garcia on Social Sport Podcast 43:46: what Dinée has learned from hosting Grounded Podcast --Runners World article featuring Dinée, by Taylor Dutch --57:00: Dinée and I geek out over Gilmore girls and pitch a podcasters' Gilmore Girls trivia tournament Quotes:  --"Storytelling is a cultural value for me as a Navajo person. How can I help other people tell their story? How can I tell my story? Because I’m also a native woman, and I’m worthy of that space. And how can I help my dad, my mom, and my family tell their story?” --“For me [sports podcasting] is about being myself.  I definitely use words like activist or feminist or environmentalist, but I try to avoid them, to be honest. Because for me, those are things that are baked into my own values. As a native person, I’m just taught to be community- minded. If you’re community-minded, you’re always thinking: if someone is giving something to me, what am I giving to them?” --"I go for a run and I know exactly where I am. I remember who I am and whose land I am grateful to be on at that time. And I can be with so many members of my family, both who are here, and who have passed on. For me, that’s what makes [running] so powerful.” --Follow Dinée on Instagram --Follow Grounded Podcast on Instagram  –Follow Social Sport: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter  –Subscribe to the Social Sport Newsletter
March 8, 2021
Episode 52: Garrick Chan, Founder of Asian Athlete Spotlight, on fighting racism and stereotypes
Garrick Chan is a former XC runner for San Jose State University. He currently competes at the sub-elite level, representing the brands Rabbit and Honey Stinger, and training with Wolfpack Running Club in the California Bay Area. In the fall of 2020, Garrick founded the Asian Athlete Spotlight Instagram page. On Asian Athlete Spotlight, he features Asian and Asian American athletes at all levels of all sports. His goal is to eradicate stereotyping and mistreatment of Asian Athletes. It is no secret that, over the past year, there has been an increase in racist speech and violence targeted at Asian Americans. So this topic, while always important, is especially crucial right now. Garrick was so brave to talk about some of the racism and stereotyping he has faced as an Asian American athlete, a topic which he has written about as well. I cannot wait to watch Asian athlete Spotlight continue to grow. Discussed in this episode:  --Diverse We Run Instagram account   --Carolyn Su on Social Sport Podcast   --Garrick’s article, "The Running Stories that are Hard to Tell"  --Jeremy Lin and "Linsanity"  --Asian Athletes for Impact   --Picture of Garrick crossing the finish line of his first sub-16 minute 5k  --Wolfpack Running Club  Quote:  “I always ask, what does society need to do in order to make an Asian athlete comfortable? Each athlete will come up with their own answer, and that’s what makes each feature unique. Some of the [features] that speak to me are the ones that say, ‘people need to stop making assumptions, instead, they need to ask questions and be a friend.’”  --Follow Garrick  --Follow Asian Athlete Spotlight  --Follow Social Sport: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter   --Subscribe to the Social Sport Newsletter
March 1, 2021
Episode 51: Grayson Murphy and David Roche are rockstars: environmentalism and coaching the whole person
Grayson Murphy is a professional trail and road runner for Saucony, whose many accolades include first-place finishes at the 2019 U.S Mountain Running, World Mountain Running, and XTERRA Trail Run World Championships. She graduated from the University of Utah in the spring of 2018 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and 5x All-American honors at the NCAA D1 level. Aside from her pro running career, Grayson is currently pursuing her Masters in Sustainability and Natural Resources from Oregon State University. She trains in beautiful Bozeman, Montana under the coaching of David Roche and the SWAP (Some Work All Play) team.  David Roche is the 2014 USATF Trail Runner of the Year at the sub-ultra distance. He is a two-time national champion and three-time member of Team USA. He graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Environmental Science and received a master's degree and law degree from Duke University. Today, he continues to work as a staff attorney with the Environmental Law Institute. David started the SWAP (Some Work All Play) team in 2013, "with the premise that he could help athletes learn to live like puppies and run like rockstars while not giving a f#ck about things that aren't important." One of his main goals of the future is to do whatever he can to support athlete-activists like Grayson. Discussed in this episode: --Supporting an elite athlete with a variety of interests --Mental health and Grayson’s blog post on "brain sprains" --Grayson’s planners --SWAP podcast with David and Megan Roche --Running as a celebration of life --Ted Lasso show --26:12: David flipping the interviewer-interviewee tables on me --31:00: Grayson and David's environmental work --Protect our Winters (POW) --Forest Service Council --38:20: David’s pro bono work and Inuit Circumpolar Council --Editor of trail runner mag, Zoë on the Social Sport Podcast --44:00: gendered access to outdoor spaces --David’s dog Addie; Grayson’s cat Cusco Quotes: “Brands are recognizing that athletes can be more than just gold-medal coat hangers. They can also be ambassadors for the sport, and can be important influencers of change…companies, athletes, and coaches are becoming more holistic.” -Grayson Murphy “When we’re talking about the environment, we’re also talking about race, we’re talking about gender—everything that makes us humans… This is not a liberal versus conservative issue; this is about how, as a society, we can move forward to a much more just place.” -David Roche *This episode is sponsored by Paper Trails Greeting Co. Use code SOCIALSPORT for 15% off your order at
February 22, 2021
Episode 50: Heather Caplan, anti-diet dietician, on weight-stigma in sports and beyond
Heather Caplan is an anti-diet weight-inclusive registered dietitian. She hosts the podcast RD Real Talk, covering a range of topics related to anti-diet and weight-inclusive work. In her virtual private practice, she specializes in disodered eating and bringing intuitive eating to athletes and parents. She's also the founder of Weight Inclusive Nutrition and Dietetics, aka WIND, and co-founder of the Lane 9 Project—a virtual community for athletes experiencing hypothalamic amenorrhea. Her work has been featured on the TODAY show, and in the Washington Post, Outside magazine, EatingWell, and Runner's World. You can find her online at, or hang with her on Instagram @RDRealTalk. Discussed in this episode: --Heather on the TODAY Show --Orthorexia in athletes  --Hypothalamic amenorrhea --Non-diet and anti-diet --Intuitive Eating --Heath at Every Size (trademark) --BMI is STUPID --Weight stigma and fat phobia --"Everything you know about obesity is wrong," Michael Hobbes HuffPost Article  Quote: “I try to recognize that me showing up in a space with a straight-sized body, and white privilege, and cis-gender privilege, etc., brings a certain tone to the message…as a thin or straight-sized person talking about intuitive eating or talking about weight-inclusive care, I might make that message more palatable to someone because I present as their version of health. I’ve learned how important it is for me to not take up that space and to bring folks in who have different lived experiences than I do.” Follow Heather: Instagram Twitter Follow Social Sport: Website  Instagram Facebook Twitter  *This episode is sponsored by Paper Trails Greeting Co. Use code SOCIALSPORT for 15% off your order at 
February 15, 2021
Episode 49: Zoë Rom on climate change and environmental justice in sports journalism
Zoë Rom is the Associate Editor of Trail Runner Magazine, a journalist, writer, and environmental advocate. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with degrees in English and French Literature, before heading for bigger hills on Colorado’s Front Range. She fell in love with the mountains through trail running, climbing and mountaineering while pursuing a master’s degree in environmental journalism at The University of Colorado in Boulder. After working as a sled-dog reporter in rural Alaska collecting sound at Aspen Public Radio as a producer and reporter, Zoë moved to Carbondale to work at Trail Runner in 2019. She writes, produces and hosts the DNF Podcast. She won a Colorado Broadcaster’s award for her feature reporting on the history of Colorado rodeos, and her reporting on avalanches has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Discussed in this episode: --Upcoming environmental issue of Trail Runner Magazine  --Eco-poetics --Connection between spirituality and the outdoors --Zoë's journalism on arctic exploration  --"Climate Heroes and Hypocrites" --How to inspire the outdoor industry to push for systemic climate action --Environmentalism needs to be environmental justice  --The role of the outdoor industry in rural communities  --Zoë's Capitol Peak FKT Quotes: “I think that all environmentalism should be informed by a love of people first.” "We need to radically recreate this industry and our culture to take into account the most vulnerable communities. The outdoor industry is focused on pretending that’s not our problem when it absolutely is… To me, any conversation on environmentalism that does not include justice and does not include equity and does not focus on the most vulnerable among us, is going to fall flat.” “Investing in industries that develop rural economies, rather than just extract from them, is a great way that you can engage with outdoor spaces.” Follow Zoë: Instagram  Twitter Follow Social Sport: Website  Instagram Facebook Twitter  *This episode is sponsored by Paper Trails Greeting Co. Use code SOCIALSPORT for 15% off your order at
February 8, 2021
Episode 48: Aliya Tyus-Barnwell, founder of Ride Up Grades, on redefining the word "cyclist" and breaking down barriers to entry in biking
Aliya Tyus-Barnwell is a New York City based writer, cyclist, and the founder and president of the nonprofit Ride Up Grades. She got her start doing cycling work as an Instructor at Bike New York. As a road cyclist she wanted to pass the freedom she found there on to riders in neighborhoods that lacked any bike programs; the closest Bike New York program to her Crown Heights neighborhood was too far for any youth to walk. Getting to a bike program for someone in her neighborhood required taking trains and/or buses. Further, there were no *free* public road bike programs for youth in her city - they either cost money or are limited to specific schools. Aliya strives to get more kids into bike racing, but also into commuting, and any other biking forms and disciplines. Discussed in this episode:  --Brooklyn Red Caps cycling group  --Black Girls do Bike  --Brown Bike Girl --Major Taylor Iron Riders, Aliya's team --Bike New York  --Consumerism in cycling --"There are already many Black cyclists, we just overlook them," Aliya's article in VeloNews --Cycling Industry Pledge (CIP)  --Ride Up Grades Race Scholarship --Ride Up Grades Scholarship winners: Travis and Umut --Trek Summer Camp --Ostroy  --I Challenge Myself  --Comproller, Scott Stringer bike-to-school announcement  Quote: "We’ve given into the consumerist mindset that a cyclist is this genre box that you get to check off when you sign up for Cycling Magazine or when you are checking into a cycling event. Really, anybody who rides a bike is a cyclist.” *This episode is sponsored by Paper Trails Greeting Co. Use code SOCIALSPORT for 15% off your order at 
February 1, 2021
Episode 47: David Proctor and Paula Quatromoni on RED-S in male athletes and diversifying eating disorder care
David Proctor is an elite athlete who attended Boston University from 2004-2009 where he was a member of the Track & Field and Cross-Country teams. During his time with the Terriers, David set three individual, school, and New England records, and was a member of three record-breaking relay teams. He was also the first collegiate athlete in New England to run a sub-4-minute mile, set multiple conference records, and was named Conference MVP and the NCAA Eastern Athlete of the Year. David competed in four consecutive Olympic Trials, continues to represent England and Great Britain at the European and World level, and lives in Manchester, UK.  Dr. Paula Quatromoni is an Associate Professor of Nutrition at Boston University and a Registered Dietitian with clinical expertise in sports nutrition and eating disorders. In 2004, she pioneered the sports nutrition consult service for student athletes at Boston University. She’s engaged in research on eating disorders treatment and prevention and is published widely. In 2015, she joined Walden Behavioral Care as a Senior Consultant where she led the creation of the GOALS Program, an Intensive Outpatient Program that treats competitive athletes with eating disorders. Dr. Quatromoni earned both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Nutrition from the University of Maine and a Doctorate in Epidemiology from the BU School of Public Health. Learn more about Paula's story on the Strong Runner Chicks podcast.  In this episode we discuss: --David’s story --Mindset/characteristics that predisposes someone to an eating disorder --RED-S diagram --Gaps in research --Importance of eating disorder screening and detection tools --"Mary Cain Launches a New Me Too Movement-for Sports" article by Paula  Quotes: --“If you’re seen to be experiencing an [eating disorder]’re behaving as a woman. As if that is something to be ashamed of, as if that’s a shameful way to live your life. It was seen as a women’s problem.” -David Proctor --“Are we waiting for someone to die before we act on this? Eating disorder research is woefully underfunded compared to other public health problems. We need to step up the research, we need to get more papers into the literature….we cannot continue to let it be something that people whisper about it.” -Paula Quatromoni  Follow Social Sport:  Website  Instagram Facebook Twitter  *The RED-S/eating disorder series is sponsored by FEM Protein Powder. You can follow FEM Protein Powder on Instagram @femproteinpowder and you can order online at Use promo code SOCIALSPORT at checkout to receive 10% off your order.
January 25, 2021
Episode 46: Starla Garcia, M.Ed, RDN, LD, on cultural competency in dietetics and preventing RED-S among BIPOC athletes
Starla Garcia, M.Ed, RDN, LD, is an Intuitive Eating Dietitian helping you shed destructive diet culture beliefs, by discovering harmony and freedom with food. Her journey with wellness came after battling an eating disorder as a student-athlete during her collegiate years. Today, Starla is the founder and owner of her own practice, the Healthy Shine, through which she helps runners discover healthy lifestyles that are sustainable and enjoyable.  Starla devotes her platform to not only helping runners fuel, but to discussing cultural competency in sports dietetics. She works to prevent RED-S in communities of color, beyond white, cis-gender women. Beyond her dietetics work, Starla is a 2020 Olympic Marathon Trails qualifier!   Discussed in this episode:   NPR CodeSwitch: How Running’s White Origins Led To The Dangers of ‘Running While Black’ All foods fit model  How many characteristics that make a person successful in sports/school also make them pre-disposed to an eating disorder  Cultural identity and eating disorders  Low number of women of color in NCAA running  Legacy of immigrant experience on future generations   Starla in the Olympic Marathon trials, NYTimes Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey    Born a Crime: Stories from South African Childhood by Trevor Noah  Quote: "Running goes back to my Mexican indigenous roots and this is why I feel so connected to it. That understanding fuels and propels my own athletic endeavors. It took me a long time to understand what my body represented in this space…the curves on my body are representative of my culture. They belong because I belong.”  Follow Starla: Website Instagram Twitter  Follow Social Sport: Website  Instagram Facebook Twitter   *The RED-S/eating disorder series is sponsored by FEM Protein Powder. You can follow FEM Protein Powder on Instagram @femproteinpowder and you can order online at Use promo code SOCIALSPORT at checkout to receive 10% off your order.
January 19, 2021
Episode 45: Elise Cranny on RED-S, body changes, and inspiring young runners to celebrate their strength
Elise Cranny is a professional mid-distance runner who competes for the Bowerman Track Club (BTC) in Portland, Oregon. Elise was standout runner at Niwot High School in Colorado, where she won two 4A state cross country titles and ran the 3rd fastest high school 1500m time ever (4:10.95). Elise then attended Stanford University, where shee was a 12 time All-American and finished second at the NCAA Championships four times. She was key part of Stanford’s 2018 third place trophy in Outdoor Track and was the anchor for the Card’s perennially contending Distance Medley Relay. She joining BTC in the early spring of 2019, she has run a PR of 14:48:02 in the 5k, the 7th fastest women's 5k time in American history. Recently, Elise has opened up about her struggles with Relative Energy Deficiency in Sports (RED-S), and she mentors young female athletes through the organization Voice in Sport.  Discussed in this episode: Elise's experience with RED-S Why the period is such an important tool for athletes Body image and comparison Mentoring young athletes Stress fractures  Staying the course when getting over an under-fueling and injury cycle Places to go for professional help: NEDA Project HEAL McCallum Place  Quotes: “For so long the conversation was ‘more, more, train harder, get leaner!’ I think we still need to work on changing that message, particularly in the running community--focusing on gaining strength instead of losing weight, and getting that consistent, long, healthy career.” “What I come back to a lot is asking myself, ‘how do you feel? Do you feel strong and powerful? Then can we try to focus more on that than on appearance and what we look like?’”  Follow Elise: Instagram Follow Social Sport: Website  Instagram Facebook Twitter  The RED-S/eating disorder series is sponsored by FEM Protein Powder. You can follow FEM Protein Powder on Instagram @femproteinpowder and you can order online at Use promo code SOCIALSPORT at checkout to receive 10% off your order.
January 11, 2021
Episode 44: Rachael Steil on breaking misconceptions on eating disorders in running
Rachael Steil [“Style”] began the Running in Silence website in 2012 in the midst of her binge eating disorder, as a cross country and track runner at Aquinas College. Rachael is now an eating disorder recovery advocate, the author of Running in Silence, and the founder of the Running in Silence nonprofit. She serves on the board for the Michigan Eating Disorder Alliance (MiEDA), and is currently a mentor for the USTFCCCA Female Coaches Mentorship Program. Rachael has been interviewed for numerous publications including U.S. News and World Report, Vogue Magazine, and Women’s Running. She has delivered presentations at coaching clinics, high schools, and colleges across the country to share her story, create awareness, and bring hope to other coaches and athletes. Rachael is currently based in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she recently finished and released the second edition of her book, Running in Silence! Discussed in this episode: Rachael's story as an All-American runner with an eating disorder Paula Quatromoni  Cycle of binge eating cycle after anorexia Getting professional help!!! Assigning morality to how people eat Rachael’s YouTube conversation with her dad  Resources for coaches, athletes, parents, etc.  Diversifying eating disorder resources Rachael's YouTube conversation with Matt Smith  David Proctor and male eating disorders National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls  Quotes: “Why aren’t coaches given this kind of information? We have to take a concussion training every year, we had to take a COVID training this year, but there is no mandatory training for eating disorders. And I’m quite sure there are more eating disorders than concussions in running. I don’t deny that concussions are very important, but I really wish eating disorders were part of the training curriculum.” Follow Rachael on Instagram Follow Running in Silence on Instagram  Follow Social Sport: Website  Instagram Facebook Twitter  The RED-S/eating disorder series is sponsored by FEM Protein Powder. You can follow FEM Protein Powder on Instagram @femproteinpowder. Use promo code SOCIALSPORT at checkout at to receive 10% off your order.
January 4, 2021
Episode 43: Kiera Carter, writer and editor-at-large at Women's Health, on RED-S in running
This episode is the first in a five-episode series, all about Relative Energy Deficiency in Sports (RED-S) and eating disorders. I am excited to start the conversation off with Kiera Carter, writer, editor, and digital strategist, focused primarily on women's issues, health, fitness, nutrition, and beauty. Kiera is currently the editor-at-large at Women's Health and has made many important contributions to the running and fitness community through her work.  In November, Kiera wrote an article for Runner's World entitled, "RED-S is a Real Problem for Some Runners--Here's What You Need to Know." In this episode, Kiera and I talk all about RED-S--what it is, what it isn't, how it overlaps with eating disorders, why it's so prevalent in the running community, and avenues for change. I hope you enjoy this important conversation and the four, related episodes to come! *The next issue of Runner's World hits newsstands on December 29th, 2020 Discussed in this episode: RED-S vs. eating disorders Why eating disorders are so common among runners Jesse Thomas and disordered eating in male athletes Mary Cain's NYTimes op-doc Wesleyan Cross Country, Yuki Hebner's episode  20% of athletes are not eating enough In sports that emphasize leanness, 47% of female athletes have clinically diagnosed eating disorders  Eating disorders among male cyclists   Long-term effects of RED-S: bone health, stress fractures, osteoporosis, immune system, digestion, Kiera’s article in Marie Claire, "Why is Women's Body Hair so Offensive?" Quote: "With eating disorders being so common, and disordered eating being so common, it felt like-- why should I be hiding in a corner, ashamed of this thing that our culture perpetuates?” “You know that feeling when you have a really wonderful run…and you get home and stretch and just feel amazing? In those moments, I'm always like: runners can change the world.” Follow Kiera: Website Instagram Twitter Follow Social Sport: Website  Instagram Facebook Twitter  The RED-S/eating disorder series is sponsored by FEM Protein Powder. You can follow FEM Protein Powder on Instagram @femproteinpowder 
December 28, 2020
Episode 42: Bernardo Ruiz, renowned film director, on The Infinite Race, an ESPN 30 for 30 film
In this episode, I speak with renowned filmmaker, Bernardo Ruiz, about his ESPN 30 for 30 film, The Infinite Race. Bernardo’s accolades are many: he is a two-time Emmy® Award-nominated documentary filmmaker and a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. He has directed and produced five feature documentaries and a host of nonfiction programming for a variety of outlets including PBS, HBO, ESPN and Facebook Watch. I recently had the opportunity to pre-screen Bernardo’s film, The Infinite Race, ahead of its December 15th premier, and I know you are really going to enjoy this film. To give you a little background, the Infinite Race is about the Rarámuri, otherwise known as the Tarahumara, an indigenous community in Mexico. You might be familiar with this community from the popular book Born to Run. But what Born to Run doesn’t address is the threat of organized crime that many members of the community face. Bernardo’s film captures events surrounding the 2015 Ultra Marathon Caballo Blanco, a crossroads for Tarahumara and international runners. There are many uneven power dynamics caught up in that ultramarathon and, often, in conversations on the Tarahumara community among international audiences. Bernardo talks about all of this and more, so enjoy our conversation. Click here for more information on the premier of The Infinite Race Discussed in this episode: Texas Monthly article, "The Drug Runners," by Ryan Goldberg Born to Run by Christopher McDougall Exoticizing/romanticizing of the Tarahumara Barefoot running fad Micah True aka Caballo Blanco 2015 Ultra Marathon Caballo Blanco Luis Escobar, photographer and ultra-marathoner, Andrea Cordoba, filmmaker and producer  Irma Chavez, runner and activist  Follow Bernardo: Website  Follow Social Sport: Website  Instagram Facebook Twitter  *Photo courtesy of ESPN 30 for 30 Films
December 14, 2020
Episode 41: Jessica Guo on Ostroy Racing & Development, and creating a more accessible bike culture
Today I am speaking with Jessica Guo. Jess is a York City cyclist, and the founding member and current team captain of Ostroy Racing and Development. Without a doubt, cycling is an extremely white, male-dominated sport. In New York City, in 2017, only 17% of competitive cyclists identified as women! Over the last few months, jess has spearheaded a team that aims to represent a “refresh button” for femme, transgender, and women ridership. And it has grown fast--now holding a roster of 64 riders. Formerly called Ostroy Women’s Team, Ostroy Racing and Development is not just for people who identify as women. Instead, Jess wants to continue making cycling accessible to people of all genders, races, and financial backgrounds. Discussed in this episode: Demographics of cycling  Ostroy  Learn more about Alex Ostroy and the Ostroy brand AIDS/Lifecycle ride Inaccessibility/barriers to entry in cycling Girls Bike NYC MBR Cycling NightCAP Brooklyn Reducing gendered language Coach Tara Parsons CRCA Park Slope Food Coop model On the Clock by Emily Guendelsberger Quote: “I think this year, the BLM movement has raised the profile of needing diversity, equity and inclusion to be prevalent in every single aspect of how you’re living your life. So I brought that perspective with me in terms of building the team—not only diversity in terms of racial and ethnic backgrounds, but also with financial backgrounds—making it accessible to anybody who is interested in cycling. I think it’s a sport that anyone can enjoy.” -Jessica Guo Follow Jess Follow Ostroy Racing and Development Follow Ostroy Follow Social Sport: Instagram Facebook Twitter 
December 7, 2020
Episode 40: Latoya Shauntay Snell and Taylor Dutch on the Runners Alliance and Intersectionality
Today I am joined by Latoya Shauntay Snell and Taylor Dutch to talk about the Runners Alliance. This program was launched by Runner's World and Women's Health to help women, and all people who experience harassment, reclaim their run. Taylor Dutch is a sports and fitness writer who plays a large role in coordinating the alliance for Runner’s World. Latoya is one of the five Runners Alliance ambassadors. She is known for her body politics activism and her popular blog, Running Fat Chef.  Discussed in this episode:  Runner’s World survey: 84% of women have faced harassment while running   Michelle Hamilton, "Running While Female"  Intersectionality, Kimberlé Crenshaw  Runners Alliance Ambassadors program  Addie Bracy on Social Sport   Carolyn Su on Social Sport "Im a Plus-Size Runner and I got Heckled at the NYC Marathon," Latoya's article on  Endometriosis  Body positivity vs body politics  Fat Acceptance Movement  Despite the Dark  Taylor’s article, "A Man Filmed Me in the Running Trail’s Bathroom—and I Fought Back"  Vanessa T. Marcotte Foundation  Quotes:  “Every runner has a different experience when they step out the door--depending on who they are, their gender, where they live, their ethnicity--and it’s so important to understand that.” -Taylor Dutch “This is the reason why I continue to advocate so hard: I don’t look at it as an option. If I have the courage and I have the power to speak up, then I may not be able to bring everyone in, but there is at least one person who’s listening. And that’s what matters.” -Latoya Shauntay Snell  Follow Latoya:  Instagram  Twitter   Facebook  Follow Taylor:  Instagram  Follow Social Sport:  Instagram: @socialsportpod  Facebook: @socialsportpod  Twitter: @emmamzimm
November 30, 2020
Episode 39: Ben Chan on racism in trail running, and holding powerful people accountable
Ben Chan is an ultra runner and activist, perhaps best known in the New York running community for his racing attire—leopard print short-shorts and a cowboy hat. But in recent times, Ben has also become well known for his activism. Today, we focus on Ben’s exchanges with a certain, high-profile race director (Gary Cantrell AKA "Lazarus Lake") who banned Black Lives Matter from his events. It can be difficult to talk negatively about people who have large followings, lots of power, and have created events that are, frankly, important to the running community. But Ben and I both feel that we need to hold everyone accountable for their words and for the communities they create—in sports and beyond. This episode was recorded about a week ago, and since that time, more exchanges have unfolded; "Lazarus Lake" shared his racist speech openly on a prominent podcast. So Ben’s sentiments shared in this episode are, perhaps, even more important. The importance of Ben's running outfit for challenging stereotypes of Asian-Americans Running as a form of expression The Barkley Marathons documentary Outside Magazine article, "Why Did a Virtual Ultra Ban 'Black Lives Matter'' Runner's World article on Ben and Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee  Ben's post on anti-Ku Klux Klan residents and pro-Trump residents holding opposing rallies, 11 miles from Big Backyard Ultra The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin  The Autobiography of Malcolm x, as told to Alex Haley Quote: “Running communities are a reflection of American communities, and if we know that American communities have been shaped by racist real estate laws; racist criminal justice systems; racist police officers; racist, segregated can there not be racism in running?" Follow Ben: Instagram: @malerunner Follow Social Sport: Instagram: @socialsportpod Facebook: @socialsportpod Twitter: @emmamzimm
November 23, 2020
Episode 38: Addie Bracy, professional trail runner and OUTrun cofounder, on safety and inclusion for LGBTQ+ runners
Addie Bracy is a professional runner for Nike Trail, with a wide range of running accolades to her name—including qualifying for the Olympic Trials in both the marathon and the 10K and being named USATF Women's Mountain Runner of the Year three times! Addie holds a Masters in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver and works as both a running coach and a mental performance consultant. Notably, she is the cofounder of OUTrun, an organization dedicated to empowering and connecting LGBTQ+ individuals in the running community. Recently, Addie was also named a Runners Alliance Ambassador, a role that allows her to spread awareness about harassment on the run. In this episode, we talk all about OUTrun, how women’s intersecting identities affect safety, and why feeling safe and included is crucial to running performance. Discussed in this episode: OUTrun Rim to Rim to Rim (R2R2R) Mat Llano  Western States transgender policy Therese Haiss on Social Sport  OUTrun Ambassador program Runners Alliance The Weight of Gold documentary Addie's run coaching and mental performance coaching  Follow Addie: Instagram: @addiebracy Twitter: @AddieBracy Follow OUTrun: Instagram: @_out_run Follow Social Sport: Instagram: @socialsportpod Facebook: @socialsportpod Twitter: @emmamzimm Quotes:  “It was taking such a mental and emotional toll on me that it was crushing my running career.…I came out publicly and three weeks later won my first national championship.” “It’s not enough to not discriminate; you need to be actively inviting people” “This sport has given me everything and my whole life has revolved around it…I have so much passion for the world of running, but it does have a long way to go. My hopes and dreams for the rest of my career is to make it better than it was when I got here.”
November 16, 2020
Episode 37: Sidney Baptista on PIONEERS Run Crew and running as connection and inclusion
Sidney Baptista (Sid) is the founder of Pioneers Run Crew, the host of the Fitness in Color Podcast, a father, and an individual passionate about the power of running to create connections, elevate voices, and champion change. Based in Dorchester, Massachusetts, Sid is currently building a performance streetwear brand, PYNRS, and working as a consultant on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the running industry.  Discussed in this episode: PIONEERS Run Crew Whiteness in the running community Code switching  More than a Run 5k Fitness in Color Podcast Sid's conversation with Dr. Ibram x. Kendi  PYNRS Performance Streetwear  Systemic racism through division of labor and ownership in America running Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina Follow Sid's endeavors: Follow Sid: @sidbap Follow PIONEERS Run Crew: @pioneersrc Follow Fitness in Color: @fitnessincolor Follow Social Sport: Instagram: @socialsportpod Facebook: @socialsportpod Twitter: @emmamzimm Quotes: “Don’t make your first Black hire the head of diversity. Black people need to be at every facet of the job—in social media, in writing, in product development, in decision-making, on the board—at every level. Unless you have that, everything that you do is a band aid solution.” “Sport is a great equalizer. Especially running. As much as running is a solo sport it’s a connector… and I think the more we run side by side, the more we meet eye to eye.”
November 9, 2020
Episode 36: Yuki Hebner on Wesleyan University Cross Country and the general toxicity in college running
Yuki Hebner is currently a PhD candidate at UCLA, studying molecular biology in a neuroscience lab. She is also a 2017 alumna and former Cross Country and Track athlete at Wesleyan University. In March 2020, Yuki wrote an open letter to Wesleyan University, signed by 36 track and cross-country alumni. The letter described how their head coach, John Crooke, fostered a toxic culture within the program. For over a decade, athletes had been called in for so-called “fat talks," where Crooke would tell runners to lose weight, and make them log the food and calories they ate. Within the program, injuries, body shaming, and eating disorders were rampant. Crooke eventually retired in August, amidst alumni and student outrage. Yuki wants listeners to know that this is not a personal sob-story. This is a peek into a widespread and ongoing problem across the sport of distance running. References: Yuki's open letter and petition to the Wesleyan community, with proposals for change 24 Testimonials from Women's Cross Country alumni  Timeline of contact between the team and athletic department Also discussed in this episode: Culture of eating disorders in distance running  RED-S (relative energy deficiency in sports) NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) Mary Cain's op-doc in the New York Times Outside resources on eating disorders in distance running:  NEDA (National Eating Disorder Association) helpline Lane 9 Project Running in Silence Podcast conversation between Dr. Melody Moore and Lauren Fleshman on eating disorder culture in running Here is an article I wrote in 2019, that gets at my thoughts on eating disorders in running and avenues for change Quotes: “When I had the conversation with my coach where he brought up weight loss, it wasn’t a conversation that I came away upset from. I don’t remember it as being a traumatic moment. If anything, I felt invigorated. I felt like I was given a task to do and I was excited to do it. I was excited that he had seen potential in me.” “To me, the base knowledge of any abusive behavior is knowing that it isn’t consistent. He did not abuse every single person that he met.  But there is no reason that should determine the outcome of a Title 9 case.” Follow Yuki: Instagram: @yukihebner Twitter: @hebner_y Follow Social Sport: Instagram: @socialsportpod Facebook: @socialsportpod Twitter: @emmamzimm
November 2, 2020
Episode 35: Matilda Egere-Cooper on Fly Girl Collective, Empowering Black and Brown Women through Fitness
Matilda (aka Tilly) is an award-winning journalist, creative and avid runner who took up long distance running in 2011. Since then, she’s completed more than 30 race events including 15 half marathons, four marathons, an ultra marathon, Tough Mudder and the Ride London 100 mile bike ride. She’s passionate about encouraging black and brown women to pursue fitness, so in 2018, she qualified as a Leadership in Running Fitness coach to facilitate group sessions around London and beyond. She’s also an ETM instructor in training and will deliver virtual sessions from September 2020. Fly Girl Collective is a London-based movement and a community committed to 1. Celebrating and promoting diversity and representation in fitness, and 2. Inspiring black and brown women to pursue a fitness lifestyle. Fly Girl Collective Website Also discussed in this episode:  Run Dem Crew Track Mafia Wmn Run 100 Inception of Fly Girl Collective High prevalence of mental health disorders for Black women Creating a structure of both membership and accessibility Run for the Culture Getting Black history into school curriculum Book: Why I'm no Longer Talking to White People about Race  Matilda's deep-dish cookie recipe  Quotes:  “There are so many components to systemic racism, like dealing with microaggressions and macroaggressions, dealing with stereotyping, dealing with unconscious bias. All of these things can chip away at the humanity of an individual. That is naturally going to have an effect on your mental health.” “What’s been going on with Black Lives Matter and the way that it has reverberated around the world, especially in the UK, has empowered so many people to speak up and stand for what they believe in.” “Sport presents people at their most vulnerable. And I think when you’re able to show your vulnerability, that’s where bonds are built and that’s how relationship can grow.” Follow Matilda: @matildaegerecooper Follow Fly Girl Collective: @flygirlcollective Follow Social Sport:  Instagram: @socialsportpod Facebook: @socialsportpod Twitter: @emmamzimm
October 26, 2020
Episode 34: Ride to DC, cycling 300 miles to honor the existence and significance of Black lives
On August 22nd, 2020, over 100 cyclists road from Seneca village in Manhattan, NY. These cyclists were part of the group Ride to DC, and over six days, they would bike 300 miles--from New York to Washington D.C. Now a nonprofit, Ride to DC started as a movement to recognize the existence and significance of Black lives. On August 28th, they landed in DC to take part in the Commitment March on Washington and demand justice for Black lives. In this episode, I chat with two of the leaers of Ride to DC,  Erin Poland (@erin_poland) and Roberto Godinez (@robertoagodinez).  Ride to DC website and mission Washington Post article on Ride to DC  Also discussed in this episode: The bicycle as a symbol of protest The history of bikes as a symbol of protest Using bikes as a barricade against the police: “bikes block batons” The role of bikes in NYC protests White, male-dominated culture of cycling Kévin Reza, the sole Black cyclist in Tour de France Commitment March on DC Underground railroad bike ride: Alabama to DC Photo of Ride to DC on the steps of the Lincoln memorial The Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing NYC Census Ride Follow Ride to DC:  Instagram: @ridetodc Facebook Follow Social Sport:  Instagram: @socialsportpod Facebook: @socialsportpod Twitter: @emmamzimm Quotes:   “I always find my voice through biking” -Erin “The phrase that came out is ‘a ride to recognize the existence and significance of black lives,’ so we had to constantly be grounded in that…people never lost focus.” -Roberto “The bicycle, in America, is a protest within itself” -Roberto “How I look at cycling is that you just gotta keep pedaling. No matter how slow you go, you’re just pedaling and pedaling. And I think that’s just like in life, you just gotta keep moving forward and eventually you’ll get to the top of that hill.” -Erin Poland
October 19, 2020
Episode 33: The Running to Protest Movement and a Reckoning in the NYC Running Community
On June 14th, 2020, 700 runners met at the East River Ampitheater in Manhattan, New York—masks on their faces and clad in white clothing. They were running in response to the reckoning on White supremacy and racial violence that had spread around the country. This was the first event in the Running to Protest Movement. Four events would follow, where hundreds of runners, would flood the bridges and streets of New York, demanding justice for Black people. I wanted to learn more about the Running to Protest movement, and how it is affecting the New York running community. This episode features two interviews which explore the power of running to demand justice and amplify a movement in "the greatest city in the world."  First, I speak with Coffey, the founder of Running to Protest and much more: a Brooklyn-based father, filmmaker, runner, actor, model, and founder of Define New York Run Club. Coffey is, simply, a powerhouse in the New York running community and beyond. He talks openly about the reality of being a Black runner in NYC, and the creation and future of Running to Protest. Next, I speak with Chris Chavez, Sports Illustrated journalist and founder of CITIUS MAG, through which he hosts various podcasts including the CITIUS MAG Podcast and Runners of NYC. Chris holds much insight on the New York running community, due to personal involvement and his journalism.  Follow Coffey: Instagram: @thatcoffeyboy @runningtoprotest @definenewyorkrunclub Follow Chris: Instagram: @chris_j_chavez Twitter: @ChrisChavez Follow Social Sport: Instagram: @socialsportpod Twitter: @emmamzimm Facebook: @socialsportpod Also discussed in this episode: Rodney King verdict and riots Seneca Village in Central Park  Daniel Cameron lying about Breonna Taylor's murder Runners of NYC episode with Coffey Runners of NYC episode at first Running to Protest event Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympics Cathy Freeman in Sydney 2000 Feyisa Lilesa, Ethiopian marathoner, protesting Ethiopian government Black Off the Track, Sports Illustrated article Power Malu, leads Running to Protest events alongside Coffey
October 12, 2020
Episode 32: Aubrey Wall on Body Acceptance Coaching for Athletes
Aubrey Wall is a semi-professional triathlete and former synchronized swimmer who resides in Bozeman, Montana. After a severe eating disorder ended her synchronized swimming career, Aubrey entered into an Intensive Outpatient Recovery Program, where she spent close to a year healing her relationship with food and her body. But, after finishing her recovery program, she realized there was little to no community or support around how to maintain a healthy relationship with movement, food and her body outside of strict eating disorder treatment. This led Aubrey to start her own business, Training for Body Acceptance, where she is the lead Body Confidence Coach and provides group and one-on-one coaching packages to individuals wanting to unlearn diet culture, discover food freedom and build an empowered self-image. Outside of her work, she enjoys mountain biking and trail running with her fiancé JP and dog Hank, drinking coffee and pomelos, connecting with friends, traveling, and endurance racing. Follow Aubrey: Training for Body Acceptance Website Instagram: @aubreywall Facebook Follow Social Sport: Instagram: @socialsportpod Facebook: @socialsportpod  Twitter: @emmamzimm Also discussed in this episode:  Synchronized swimming  Intensive outpatient treatment for eating disorders (IOP), and levels of treatment  Diet culture vs. eating disorder  Aubrey’s 6-week course Why eating disorders are so damn stigmatized Understanding eating disorders as mental illnesses Body acceptance vs. body positivity Making more inclusive body acceptance spaces, rather than those focused on White, cis-gender women Accounts to follow: @laurenleavellfitness, @tiffanyima Project HEAL You are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero Bridger Ridge Traverse, Bozeman, MT The Social Sport Podcast is a member of the Citius Mag Podcast Network 
October 5, 2020
Episode 31: NOlympics LA and confronting our humanity as sports fans
NOlympics LA seeks to stop the 2028 Olympics and the harm that it accelerates: displacement, militarization, and the erosion of democracy.This interview is with two NOlympics LA organizers, Albert Corado and Kendall Kaufman. Follow on Instagram: @nolympicsla Follow on Twitter: @NOlympicsLA Albert Corado is an LA native who started organizing after his sister, Mely, was shot and killed by LAPD at the Trader Joe's in Silverlake, California. He found his way to NOlympics through his outreach to the unhoused.. Around the start of pandemic, he and some friends started another organization called People's City Council, which messages around rent cancellation and defunding of the police. Follow on Instagram: @digitalash @peoplescitycouncil  Follow on Twitter: @PplsCityCouncil Kendall Kaufman graduated in June from UCLA with a Bachelor's in Civil Engineering and Urban & Regional Studies. She was involved with the UCLA triathlon team all four years of college and was the External Vice President of the Institute of Transportation Engineers chapter at UCLA, as well as the Safe Parking Initiative on campus. She now organizes with Ground Game LA and NOlympics LA and is on two committees with the North Westwood Neighborhood Council (Transportation & Safety and Community Health & Homelessness). Follow on Instagram: @kendandelion  Follow on Twitter: @kendandelion  Discussed in this episode:   LATimes Article on Albert's sister, Mely's murder and unjust aftermath  Connection between Olympics and increased brutality of LAPD Organizing as a learning environment Olympics as multiplier of harm: displacement, militarization, and the erosion of democracy Athlete A film The Weight of Gold film Anne Orchier of NOlympics on the Burn it All Down podcast
September 28, 2020
Episode 30: All about Womxn Run the Vote Relay with Keshia Roberson
The Womxn Run the Vote Relay, by Oiselle and Run 4 All Women, is a virtual relay from Atlanta, Georgia to Washington, DC. on September 21st-27th, 2020. Teams of 15-20 will virtually cover the 680-mile journey, learn about Civil Rights historic sites and people, and raise money for Black Voters Matter, an organization dedicated to increasing power in marginalized, predominantly Black communities. Registration includes an exclusive invitation to a virtual event featuring LaTosha Brown, Co-Founder of Black Voters Matter, on September 22nd (National Voter Registration Day). Learn more about Women Run the Vote Relay and register: Donate to Black Voters Matter: Discussed in this episode: --Run 4 All Women --Oiselle --Barbara Rose Johns Powell, high school civil rights activist --Greensboro Sit-in --1977 International Women's Year Torch Relay --Angela Davis --Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism, by Bell Hooks --Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good by Adrienne Maree Brown Follow Keshia: --Instagram: Follow Run 4 All Women: --Instagram: @run4allwomen Follow Black Voters Matter: --Instagram: @blackvotersmtr Follow Social Sport: --Instagram: @socialsportpod --Facebook: @socialsportpod --Twitter: @emmamzimm
September 14, 2020
Episode 29: Vanessa Foerster on Diversify Triathlon Movement and Training your Mind
Vanessa Foerster is a Mental Endurance Coach for triathletes and the founder of the Diversify Triathlon Movement. In both avenues, Vanessa strives to be an example of what's possible, on and off the racecourse.  She believes that in order to reach our true potential, we must train our brains like we train our bodies.  Her project to diversify triathlon stems from the desire to make start lines as colorful as the world around us. In this episode, we talk mostly about the powerful Diversify Triathlon Movement, which launched in June. We also talk about Vanessa's mental endurance coaching, and how it relates to sport and life! --Learn more about Diversify Triathlon Movement (DTM) and donate: Discussed in this episode: --Vanessa's mental endurance coaching --Components of mental endurance coaching (including but not limited to): race anxiety, giving up on yourself, keeping your goals small --Kona (Ironman World Championships)  --Fund Her Tri, Inc. Follow Vanessa: --Instagram: @vanessafayefoerster Follow Social Sport: --Instagram: @socialsportpod --Facebook: @socialsportpod --Twitter: @emmamzimm
September 7, 2020
Episode 28: Adam "Salty" Dalton on his evolution to becoming one of three openly-queer athletes to qualify for the Olympic Marathon Trials
A native of rural Iowa, Adam attended Grinnell College, double-majored in Economics and Mandarin Chinese, and participated in varsity track and cross-country. A graduate of the University of Utah’s Master of City and Metropolitan Planning Program, he specialized in ecological planning and interdisciplinary sustainability. He currently serves as the International Dark Sky Places Program Manager at the International Dark-Sky Association and lives deep in the Sonoran Desert in Tucson, AZ. When not at work, Adam is an avid runner, outdoorsman, disillusioned Minnesota professional sports fan, craft beer aficionado, and the lead singer/guitarist of a punk rock band, Bikini Shark. In 2020, he was one of the first three openly-queer athletes (along with Matt Llano and Megan Youngren) to compete in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. Discussed in this episode: --Grinnell college in Iowa, and Salty's background as a DIII athlete: --OTQ= Olympic Trials Qualifier --Unique Olympic Marathon Trials qualifying stories: --The large number of  women who qualified for the Olympic Marathon trials: --Sports illustrated letter that Salty found in high school, written by Phil Taylor: --Desert Solstice 24 Hour Track Invitational: More on Salty: --Runner's World Article: --Des Moines Register Interview: Follow Adam "Salty" Dalton: --Instagram: @runindamc  Follow Social Sport: --Instagram: @socialsportpod --Facebook: @socialsportpod --Twitter: @emmamzimm
August 31, 2020
Episode 27: Carolyn Su of @DiverseWeRun on representation, inclusion, and the burden of showing up as a BIPOC in the running community
Carolyn Su is a native Texan, the daughter of Taiwanese-immigrant parents. She formerly practiced as a Registered Dietitian, and she and her family currently live in the Boston-area, where she is on staff as the Women's Ministry Coordinator at her church. Carolyn advocates for racial representation and equity in running, through writing weekly story features of BIPOC runners on the IG account she created, @DiverseWeRun. Carolyn says, "I view my life as a platform for advocacy, whether it's for people groups, women, or those who have historically been marginalized. We all have a responsibility to use our voice for the voiceless, and to leave the world a better place than when we entered it." Discussed in this episode: --Cultural context in understanding disorder discussions --The myth of colorblindness --Code-switching --Jumping into anti-racism work (sprint versus doing this work for the long-haul) --@DiverseWeRun Panel: Inclusion and Safety as a BIPOC: --Cancel culture (canceling someones personhood versus holding hope that people can change) --Ali on the Run Show: --Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon (note: Carolyn’s sound cut out when she was talking about this book, so she gave a longer, even more glowing description than what was caught on the recording): --Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong: Follow Carolyn: --Instagram: @diversewerun @irunforglory  Follow Social Sport: --Instagram: @socialsportpod  --Facebook: @socialsportpod --Twitter: @emmamzimm
August 24, 2020
Episode 26: Renee Hutchens on mountain biking as decolonization & fighting the erasure of indigenous peoples
Renee Hutchens is from the Diné (Navajo) Tribe and is an advocate for Native lands, public health and environmental issues, land conservation, and social justice for Indigenous peoples. She advocates for these issues by combining her culture’s rich oral tradition of storytelling with photography, film, writing, social media, and mixed media artwork. At the heart of her storytelling is her relationship with the land because it is inseparable from the Diné way of life, their culture, and traditions. This is why mountain biking is more than a sport she’s passionate about, it is one of the ways she maintains this necessary connection.  Discussed in this episode:  Navajo Nation and the Diné people  The power of oral tradition and storytelling  Colonization/Decolonization Mountain biking as decolonization  "We Are Still Here--Creating Space for Indigenous Riders," Renee's article in Bike mag:  Substance abuse prevention in native youth  Native Women's Wilderness:  Vida MTB: Erasure of Indigenous people  #NotYourTribe petition:  Renee's words on recent actions of Rockshox:   Winona LaDuke:  Land acknowledgements  Follow Renee:  Instagram: @renay.h   Follow Social Sport:  Instagram: @socialsportpod  Facebook: @socialsportpod  Twitter: @emmamzimm
August 17, 2020
Episode 25: Therese Haiss on authentic conversation around mental health & depression, and empowering LGBTQ+ community members
Therese Haiss is a coach, runner, and advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and mental health. She has recently joined the University of Toledo coaching roster, and the OUTrun community. She is a former professional middle-distance runner (Golden Coast Track Club) and collegiate athlete (University of Arkansas).  By sharing her journey with depression, body image, and sexuality she hopes to help her peers navigate their own struggles and destigmatize issues that continue to reside at the core of the running community. Discussed in this episode: The term pansexual and why Therese uses this label Sports psychology as a necessary resource for athletes University of Toledo Cross Country/Track and Field OUTrun Taking time off from sport to focus on mental health and find joy Authenticity and openness Body image and distance running (Therese talks more about her journey with this on the Convos Over Cold Brew podcast) Therapy!!! It's awesome!!! Additional resources: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Human Rights Campaign Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund LGBT National Help Center (includes hotlines and chat rooms) Athlete Ally Follow Therese: Instagram: @therese_haiss , @coach_haiss Twitter: @therese_haiss Follow OUTRun: Website: Instagram: @_out_run Follow Social Sport: Instagram: @socialsportpod Facebook: @socialsportpod Twitter: @emmamzimm
August 10, 2020
Episode 24: Victoria Jackson, sports historian and former professional runner, on the deep roots of injustice in athletics
Victoria Jackson is a sports historian and Clinical Assistant Professor of History at Arizona State University. She writes and speaks about the intersection of sport and society, exploring how the games we play and watch tell us much about the communities in which we live. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Slate, Letras Libres (Mexico), Epoca (Brazil), and The Independent (UK), and she is a frequent podcast, radio, TV, and documentary film commentator. She was a cross country and track and field athlete for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and ASU, the NCAA national champion in the 10,000 meters, and a professional runner endorsed by Nike; and she is forever a runner. Victoria's writing, on topics discussed in this episode and more: LA Times: The Jim Crow divide in college sports  Boston Globe: Cancel the fall college football season Slate: The decade long humiliation of Caster Semenya Independent (UK): Women's continued fight for a place in the male-dominated sporting world LA Times: Gender equity proposal for FIFA  Global Sport Matters: Will Mary Cain's story of a broken running culture initiate change? Global Sport Matters: Stop penalizing female athletes when they get pregnant Two response essays to "The Starfish Girl" by Maureen McHugh:  Slate: Cutting-edge medical interventions and athletes Global Sport Matters: Female athlete bonds run deep Follow Victoria: ASU webpage Twitter: @HistoryRunner Instagram: @victorialjackson Email: Follow Social Sport: Instagram: @socialsportpod Facebook: @socialsportpod Twitter: @emmamzimm
August 3, 2020
Episode 23: Rosalie Fish on running for missing and murdered indigenous women
Rosalie Fish is a young woman from the Muckleshoot Reservation in Auburn, Washington. She is a member of the Cowlitz and Muckleshoot Tribes and a competitive runner who races for the countless missing and murdered indigenous women (MMIW). In the spring of 2019, Rosalie qualified for 4 events in the Class 1B Washington State Track Meet, painted a red handprint over her mouth, and dedicated each race to a missing or murdered indigenous woman from her reservation. She would go on to win 3 events, and come in 2nd in the 4th. Rosalie has since taken her activism to the college level, as she balances school and collegiate running with traveling and speaking about MMIW and other injustices against native people.  Learn more about Rosalie: Instagram: @rosaliefishx Rosalie's Ted Talk "Rosalie Fish is Running to End Violence Against Indigenous Women," Off the Cuff Also discussed in this episode: Rosalie's high school state meet dedication  Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel: podcast episode on Running on Om Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 Urban Indian Health Institute study: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls Restore Indigenous Sovereignty  Love WITH Accountability: Digging Up the Roots of Child Sexual Abuse edited by Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Foreword by Darnell L. Moore
July 27, 2020
Episode 22: Vic Thasiah on Runners for Public Lands, environmental justice, and living in community with our natural world
Vic Thasiah is a trail runner; the founder and executive director of Runners for Public Lands, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit environmental organization; and the chair of the Religion Department at California Lutheran University. He lives with his family in, and runs trails throughout, the traditional homelands of the Chumash, also known as Ventura County, surrounded by the beautiful Los Padres National Forest, the Santa Monica Mountains, and the Pacific Ocean. In this conversation we talk about protecting those beautiful places. We also talk about the lessons Vic has learned from native runners, how all runners could and should be great environmentalists, and anti-racism in the trail running community. Vic’s words are truly beautiful and they’re not just for runners. This conversation is for anyone who want to live in community with the natural world. Follow Runners for Public Lands Website: Instagram: @runners4publiclands Twitter: @vic_thasiah Facebook: Runners for Public Lands Group Also discussed in this episode:  Standing Rock/Dakota Access Pipeline No Free Lunch: Trail Running and the Public Lands Debate by Mike Foot Different types of environmentalism  Women as key environmentalists around the world "Mainstream" environmentalism  A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety by Sarah Jaquette Ray
July 20, 2020
Episode 21: Ebony Blackwell on Black women in predominantly White STEM graduate programs & mother-daughter adventures
Ebony Blackwell is a mom, a PhD candidate, a runner, and an adventurer, on a journey to complete a marathon in all 50 states. Through her mother-daughter blog, “Running in the Breeze,” Ebony and her daughter, Charm, aim to inspire people to live outside the box and to show that the outdoors are for everyone.  On Ebony's professional life (from UC Davis):  Ebony expects to receive her Ph.D. in Education Administration from the University of New Orleans later this year. She is conducting a Phenomenological study using a Critical Race Feminism lens that explores the lived experiences of Black women currently enrolled in STEM graduate programs in order to better understand how Black women have successfully navigated various life and academic obstacles to persist in STEM. She received her M.S. and B.S. degrees in Biological Sciences from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette and Southern Louisiana University, respectively. She has 10 years of management experience, most recently at Youth Run NOLA, which aims to create and empower young leaders through running. Follow Ebony: "Living in the Breeze" Blog Instagram: @livinginthebreeze Twitter: @_InTheBreeze Facebook: @livinginthebreeze Also discussed in this episode: Youth Run NOLA Critical Race Feminism Kimberlé Crenshaw and Intersectionality Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum 
July 16, 2020
Episode 20: Kelsey Varzeas on mental health and performance psychology for collegiate athletes
Kelsey Varzeas, EdM, is a doctoral student at The Ohio State University in the Department of Educational Studies pursuing a PhD degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Her research focus is student-athlete development with an emphasis on mental health and wellness. Recently, Kelsey was a co-author for a paper titled, Compassionate Teaching During COVID-19: Key Approaches in a College Success Center and a contributor for an oral presentation at the 2020 Applied Sport Management Association Conference titled, Realms of Stress Among Collegiate Student-Athletes. Kelsey is an instructor for the Dennis Learning Center’s flagship course Learning and Motivation Strategies for Success in College. In her role, she incorporates mental health and well being strategies to help students determine what success means to them. In 2017, Kelsey received her Master of Education in Counseling with a specialization in Sport and Performance Psychology. Kelsey will soon be a Certified Mental Performance Consultant, which demonstrates the highest standards of professional practice for sport and performance psychology consultants. Kelsey would refer to herself as an outdoor enthusiast. She finds great pleasure in endurance running, hiking, and backcountry skiing. You can often find her lying in her hammock reading a book. In this episode, Kelsey and I go into her varied background in athletics--from her experience as a skier, Division I soccer player, and runner, her past role as an adaptive ski instructor, and her current work in collegiate athlete mental health. In the time of COVID, when collegiate athletes face large amounts of uncertainty regarding when and how their careers will unfold, Kelsey's work takes on new significance.  Follow/contact Kelsey Instagram: @kelseyamabale  Email: Also discussed in this episode: Journal of Sport Management  Applied Sports Psychology  Strong Runner Chicks NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association) NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Walden Behavioral Care
July 13, 2020
Episode 19: Jen Fry on anti-racism in athletics, and holding coaches and administrators accountable
Jen Fry is the owner and CEO of Jen Fry Talks. Jen is also a native of Arizona, a former Division II athlete, and veteran volleyball coach with over 15 years of experience at the collegiate level with coaching stints at Elon University, the University of Illinois (2011 National Runner-Up), Washington State University, and Norfolk State University.  She turned social justice educator when she realized there was a need for educating not only our student-athletes of all ages, but the administration, staff, and coaches who train them through an antiracist lens on issues of race, inclusion, intersectionality, diversity, and equity. Lastly, she is working on her Phd in Geography at Michigan State University.  I learned so much in this conversation with Jen--about anti-racism in athletics; taking the onus off of athletes and including coaches and administrators in anti-racism education; getting coaches to acknowledge their power; and pushing for conversations on whiteness in predominantly white sports. While Jen's background mostly stems from volleyball, the lessons of Jen Fry Talks can be applied to all athletic communities. In fact, I would recommend that any athlete, coach, administrator, or sports fan (endurance or otherwise) listen to and reflect on Jen's words.  Learn more about Jen Fry Talks! Facebook: Instagram: @jenfrytalks Twitter: @jenfrytalks  Jen's Ted Talk: Radical Social Justice Education Through High Fives White Fragility: Why it's so Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
July 6, 2020
Episode 18: Kamilah Journét, a powerful voice for anti-racism in the running and outdoor industries
Kamilah Journét lives in Southern California and has been running for well over a decade. After finding running in junior high school, she continued to compete at the high school and college level in both Cross Country and Track. She holds a personal best of 4:51 in the mile, though she also finds herself out for long days on the trails. Kamilah is drawn to brands in the active and outdoor spaces, having worked for companies in both the running and outdoor industries. Recently, Kamilah wrote an article for the Tracksmith Journal entitled “Your Black Teammate” about her experience as a Black woman in the predominantly white space of US distance running. In our conversation, Kamilah and I get deep into this article, how brands can be held accountable to their anti-racist messaging, and even the connection between anti-racism and the environment. Read Kamilah's article, "Your Black Teammate," in the Tracksmith Journal Follow Kamilah On Instagram: @kamilahjournet On Twitter: @milahjournet Also discussed in this episode Connection between climate change and racism: If you're less familiar with this topic, here is an article to start with: "Unequal Impact: The Deep Links Between Racism and Climate Change" by Beth Gardiner  Intersectional environmentalism and @greengirlleah Kamilah on The Morning Shakeout Podcast Kamilah's recommended reading: Toni Morison
July 2, 2020
Episode 17: Alison Wade of the Fast Women newsletter on running media and social change conversations
Alison Wade covers competitive, elite women's running through the ever-popular, weekly newsletter, Fast Women. Alison has worked in the running industry in various capacities for over two decades--from covering women's running at New York Road Runner's to coaching for various universities and high schools. Alison's newsletter and twitter feed, focused solely on the women's side of the sport, are staples in any running fan's inbox--a unique and exciting feat in sports media. Aside from her coverage of women's running, Alison is the mother of two kids and writes for Runner's World.  Over the past year or so, it's been easy to perceive a shift in running media. There seems to be more of a social justice lens; more of a focus on how running can illuminate larger issues in society. I wonder: is this shift only a short-term fad? Or, could it represent a new normal? Alison talks about this social justice lens, her hopes for the future of women's running coverage, and much more.  Subscribe to the Fast Women Newsletter: Follow Alison's coverage of women's running: Twitter: @fast_women Instagram: @fastwomen Facebook: @fastwomenorg Also discussed in this episode: June 8th Fast Women newsletter Alison’s writing for Runner's World Alison Désir "Ahmaud Arbery and Whiteness in the Running World," by Alison Désir Lindsay Crouse's post on not seeing herself in sports media  Running Tide by Joan Benoit  American Women’s Track and Field: a History First Lady’s of Running The Silence of Great Distance: Women Running Long "Don't Run for Ahmaud Arbery Just Once," by Faith Briggs
June 29, 2020
SRC Part 2 (Episode 16): Elena Lancioni, SRC contributor and public health professional, on creativity in the wellness industry
This is the second episode in the 2-part series on Strong Runner Chicks (SRC). SRC is an online community dedicated to fostering strength in the women’s running community. This organization is creating a healthier, more positive environment for women in the sport of running. Elena Lancioni, SRC contributor, is a distance-runner, public health professional, creative thinker, and advocate for feeling good in your body. She recently graduated from Indiana University with a masters in public health specializing in physical activity and behavioral social community health. Elena believes in creating spaces where we all can thrive by having the ability to access necessary health and wellness resources. She enjoys connecting with people and learns so much from those with different perspectives and experiences. She also enjoys practicing yoga, being creative in her spare time, and hiking any new trail she can find. Connect with Elena: Instagram: @elana.lancioni Email: Connect with Strong Runner Chicks: Website Instagram: @strongrunchicks  Elena’s wellness/mental health resources: Self care calendar  How to help a teammate with an eating disorder blog series Also discussed in this episode: Elena's induction into high school athletic hall of fame  Kait Hurley Move and Meditate Method
June 25, 2020
SRC Part 1 (Episode 15): Megan Flanagan, SRC founder and wellness professional, on creating a positive community in women's distance running
This episode with Megan Flanagan is the first episode in a two-part series featuring Strong Runner Chicks (SRC), an online community redefining what it means to be a female distance runner. Megan Flanagan is a certified personal trainer, strength & running coach, Founder of Strong Runner Chicks, and former NCAA runner turned obstacle course racer and wellness professional. In this episode we talk all about Megan's many passions and how they fit together--fostering a stronger women's running community and a more wholistic approach to health and wellness. Connect with Megan: Website Instagram: @meginspire Connect with Strong Runner Chicks Website Instagram: @strongrunchicks  Also discussed in this episode: Spartan racing  Megan's coaching/personal training services
June 25, 2020
Episode 14: Theresa Goh, world-record holding Paralympic swimmer, advocate for athletes with disabilities, and champion of LGBTQI+ rights
This conversation takes us to Singapore to talk with Theresa Goh. Theresa is a Paralympic swimmer and, most of all, a trailblazer. Born with congenital spina bifida, Theresa does not have use of her legs, but that didn’t stop her from becoming an internationally acclaimed athlete. She was the first female Singaporean swimmer to qualify for the Paralympics, and holds the world records for the SB4 50 meters and 200 meters breaststroke events. On top of that, Theresa was the first openly queer athlete in Singaporean history. Recently retired, Theresa continues to advocate for athletes with disabilities and she represents Athlete Ally as a pro ambassador.  Follow Theresa: Instagram: @wheelie_wonka Twitter: @theresagoh_ Follow Athlete Ally: Website: Instagram: @athleteally Twitter: @AthleteAlly Facebook: @AthleteAlly The Straits Times articles on Theresa: 'It Feels like the Right Time': Paaralypic Swimmer Theresa Goh Opens up about Her Sexuality Swimming: Theresa Goh, unicorn of the water, hangs up her goggles Also Discussed in this episode: Bak Kut Teh, Theresa's favorite dish 
June 22, 2020
Episode 13: Tori Baird on fostering confidence in the outdoors through Paddle Like a Girl
Tori is an avid canoeist and backcountry adventurer who lives in the small town of Magnetawan, Ontario with her husband, Jim, and her 21 month old son, Wesley. She has been paddling whitewater for the last 7 years and has navigated some of Ontario’s most challenging white water rivers. Her more substantial trips include fly-in remote wilderness rivers in Northern Quebec, Northern Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories. She has also completed a 100 mile, 8 day backpacking trip through the Rockies from Jasper to Grand Cache. In early 2020, her experience and passion inspired her to create Paddle Like a Girl, which is an overnight workshop geared towards women who are interested in learning how to plan and execute their own backcountry canoe trips. Some notable moments in this episode: 14:45: Gaining confidence and empowerment through outdoor sports 15:35: How society leads women to believe they’re weak 25:00: Actionable steps for how to open up space for BIPOC and other groups less represented in the outdoors 42:00: Sport as common ground Follow Paddle Like a Girl: Website: Instagram: Follow Tori: Also mentioned in this episode:  Cliff Jacobson: Tori's fundraiser for FOXG1:
June 15, 2020
Episode 12: Amy Broadmoore on women's underrepresentation in adventure sports and avenues to create more inclusive endurance events
Amy Broadmoore is a professional photographer, mother of three kids, and a longtime trail and ultrarunner. Amy has created a photography project called Onward, where she explores reasons for women’s underrepresentation in endurance sports through photography and storytelling. By endurance sports, we’re talking long-distance trail running, mountain and gravel biking, and cross country skiing races — races that take 4+ hours and sometime days to complete. You can find photographs and stories of the women Amy has interviewed for Onward at: Onward website: Onward Social Media: Instagram: Facebook: Amy Broadmoore Photography: Amy Broadmoore Photography Social Media: Instagram: Facebook: Amy's writing: “Moms Run Voyageur” (Trail Sisters)
June 12, 2020
Episode 11: Jacqueline Alnes, the mind being TinyArt, on elevating female athletes' stories & advocating for neurological illness
Jacqueline Alnes has lived in Alaska, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Indonesia, North Carolina, and Oregon, but feels most at home when running long distances. She is a former Division I Cross Country athlete and once ran a marathon by herself in 3:15:07 as a means of celebrating her birthday. Currently an Assistant Professor of English at West Chester University, Jacqueline earned her MFA from Portland State University and her PhD from Oklahoma State University. Jacqueline wakes up at 4:44 each morning to write about her obsessions: running, high-carb veganism, ultramarathoners, and fruitarian YouTube stars. Her essays have been published by The New York Times, Guernica, Iron Horse Literary Review, Tin House, Women's Running Magazine, and elsewhere. She won runner-up in the 2017 Black Warrior Review Nonfiction Contest judged by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, and she writes a regular reading list column at Longreads. Jacqueline is working on her first book, a memoir of running and neurological illness. In this episode, with dive into Jacqueline's work elevating female athletes' stories through TinyArt, her writing on neurological illness, and more.  Follow Jacqueline: Website: Instagram: Etsy: Longreads Column: Also discussed in this episode: "A Runner's Mysterious Illness, with her Dad by her Side," NYTimes: The Brave Like Gabe Foundation: Lindsay Crouse: Jacqueline's first Alysia Montaño art: Jacqueline's Gabe Grunewald art:
June 8, 2020
Some Resources in this Heavy Time
We will be postponing the two episodes planned for this week. Instead, you will find a list of resources on educating yourself on racism and taking action against white supremacy (below).  While I feel overwhelmed, I cannot begin to imagine what it’s like to live in fear because of the color of my skin. I will never be able to understand that experience. I welcome criticism and thoughts on where I can do better.  Note: These resources are far from comprehensive.  Resources I’ve found most helpful in this painful time Action Resources: #BlackLivesMatter document on how to demand justice (petitions, calls, emails, etc.): “How to Respond to ‘Riots Never Solve Anything!’,” So Let’s Talk About: “Know Your Rights (Protestors Rights),” ACLU: “The Climate Justice Movement Must Oppose White Supremacy Everywhere — By Supporting M4BL,” Sunrise Movement: Articles: “Policing in the US is not about enforcing law. It’s about enforcing white supremacy,” Paul Butler for The Guardian: “Ahmaud Arbery and Whiteness in the Running World,” Alison Mariela Désir for Outside Online: Education: “Anti-Racism Books to Add to Your Reading List,” The United State of Women: “Questions I ask Myself as a White Person Posting about Racism on Social Media,” Caroline Pritchard: “5 Ways to Take Action,” The Conscious Kid: “41 Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance,” The Conscious Kid:
June 1, 2020
Episode 10: Jordan Larson on Cairn Outdoor Guides, and addressing the mental health crisis while promoting environmental advocacy through outdoor sport
Jordan Larson is a mental health advocate, trail guide, environmentalist, and business owner based in Boulder, Colorado. Through his company, Cairn Outdoor Guides, Jordan has created a platform to address both public health and the climate crisis. Cairn Outdoor Guides emphasizes the mental health benefits of outdoor activity, while increasing the environmental knowledge of its clients. In this conversation, Jordan talks about his goal to increase the practice of prescribing outdoor exploration as a mental health treatment. I definitely recommend this episode to anyone interested in mental health and the outdoors. --Cairn Outdoor Guides:  Website: Facebook: Instagram: --Also discussed in this episode: Reactive vs preventative methods of mental health care Trauma prevention in mental health care Prescribing outdoor activity for mental health Jordan's dog Mac: --Additional Resources: "Prescribing Nature" Article: "Bringing Outdoor Therapies into Mainstream Mental Health" Study: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) :
May 25, 2020
Episode 9: Lisa Morman and Alex Morgan of 10Ironwomen on challenging gender bias in male-dominated sports, and giving women of all backgrounds the confidence to pursue physical challenges
This episode features Alex and Lisa, two of the original 10Ironwomen. 10Ironwomen is a group of women championing female strength & determination, based In London but with a membership that spans the globe! Since signing up for and completing their first Ironman, Barcelona in October 2019, they have been on a mission to address the gender imbalance in Ironman events and sport in general. They hope to achieve a 50-50 gender split in an Ironman event. The 10Ironwomen team wants all women to believe they can achieve ANY challenge they set their minds to, and that there are no limits! Alex Morgan always loved sports as a child, but her shyness held her back from competing in sports at the college and university levels. She eventually discovered that she loves athletic challenges! After having completed only one triathlon, she found herself signed up for Ironman Barcelona with 10Ironwomen. Lisa Morman (@lisa_morman) is a Charted Financial Adviser who has developed her love for sport over the last 5 years, despite not being ‘the sporty type’ when she was younger. She is one of the 10Ironwomen who took on Ironman Barcelona in October 2019. Follow 10Ironwomen--- -Instagram: @10ironwomen -Facebook community group: -Facebook public page: Discussed in this episode--- -Ironman Barcelona: -Don and Mel Fink Ironfit Sports Training: -Be Iron Fit training book by Don Fink and Melanie Fink:
May 18, 2020
Episode 8: Amir M. Figueroa on Harlem Run, public health advocacy, and finding a greater "why" in running
Amir Figueroa is an endurance athlete with a wide range of experiences in the outdoors, from qualifying for the Boston Marathon to a top-10 finish in the Mohonk Preserve 50-mile race. He works as a Senior Research Scientist at Columbia University Medical Center. When he’s not running or collaborating with other scientists, he co-leads Harlem Run, which is a collective of runners passionate about the Harlem, NY community. It is a strong, positive, and diverse groups of runners, walkers and joggers of all sizes, ages and abilities. In this episode, Amir talks all about his passion for running, building community through sport, and his advocacy work of various types. Follow Amir--- -Facebook: - Twitter: - Instagram: Follow Harlem Run--- - Facebook: - Twitter: - Instagram: Discussed in the Episode: Local Non-Profits Harlem Run has partnered with.... -Harlem United: - #TakeCareOfHarlem: - Boys & Girls Club of Harlem: - Run 4 All Women Film, Co Produced by Alison Mariella Desir & Jeffrey Restrepo:
May 11, 2020
Episode 7: Michelle "SuperClassy" Markel on the realities of trail and van life, public lands advocacy, and challenging our notions of other people
Michelle “SuperClassy” Markel is a long-distance hiker with more than 8,000 mostly-solo trail miles, from the swamps of Big Cypress on the Florida Trail to the northern Cascades of Washington on the Pacific Crest Trail. In 2017, recognizing that the long trails could not exist without the public lands beneath them, she launched, which she is currently rebuilding completely, in an effort to inspire outdoors advocacy by encouraging outdoors activity. When she is not on trail, she can typically be found exploring and van-dwelling somewhere on our 850 million acres of public lands. ·  Website: ·  “Support Public Lands” Youtube Channel: ·  “SuperClassy Adventures” Youtube Channel: ·  Instagram: @supportpubliclands and @superclassyadventures ·  Facebook: @supportpublands ·  Michelle’s beautiful 2019 TEDxSkyforest Talk, “Opening the Heart at 3mph”:
May 4, 2020
Episode 6: Brody Leven on professional adventure skiing, climate change activism, and telling powerful stories
Brody Leven is a professional adventure skier, storyteller, and climate activist. His skiing and biking adventures have taken him all over the world. Brody spends much of his time working to protect public lands and fight climate change. This passion brings him to DC almost every year to address the United States Congress. Through his sponsors, he writes and produces films that combine his love for outdoor sports with environmental advocacy.  Stay up to date with Brody's adventures and advocacy work!  Instagram: @brodyleven  Facebook: @brodyleven  Twitter: @brodyleven  In this episode we discuss...  Protect our Winters: Winter Wildlands Alliance: HEAL Utah: Sierra club of Utah: Bears Ears Education Center: #100K for Bears Ears: This fun cooking video with Brody, his partner Katie, and their dog Spaghetti;
April 27, 2020
Episode 5: Aaron Couch on creating his own life of outdoor adventure and advocacy
Aaron is a human-powered adventure athlete, as well as an advocate for wildlife and the outdoors. Residing on the Idaho-Wyoming border, Aaron organizes cycling events to raise funds for conservation projects in Jackson Hole and throughout the Teton Valley. Aaron also holds a background in wildlife rehabilitation and conducts volunteer public outreach work with the Teton Raptor Center. From my conversation with Aaron, it is so evident just how passionate he is about the Teton valley and its people, trails, and wildlife. He’s always seeking the next big hiking or biking adventure, while encouraging others to reach outside their comfort zones too. Follow Aaron... On Instagram: @aaronrcouch and @destinationreroute On Facebook: and On Twitter: @aaronrcouch On his blog: Some organizations mentioned in this episode... Teton Raptor Center: Teton Valley Trails and Pathways: Mountain Bike the Tetons: Fitzgerald's Bicycles:
April 23, 2020
Episode 4: Clare Maney on honoring self, community, and the planet through free-diving and conservation
Clare Maney is an island guide, creator and entrepreneur who lives on the Big Island of Hawaii. Clare's life took a 180 when she decided to leave her advertising career behind, sell everything she owned, and live out of her Honda CR-V for a year. This initial road trip led to adventures across the globe for 3 years before she landed in Hawaii and found a new home. Her passion for nature, discovery and outdoor sports led her to launch Kona Ocean Camp, a free-diving and conservation camp on Hawaii’s big island. Follow Clare on Instagram @mountainskirtz Follow Kona Ocean Camp at and on Instagram at @konaoceancamp Partners mentioned in this episode: Hawaii Outdoor Guides: Tour van and guide provider Keahole Sustainability Center: The non-profit at the center of the Hawaii Ocean Science & Technology campus Friends of Ho'Okena: Non-profit associated with Ho'okena Beach Park, where Kona Ocean Camp folks camp Kona Freedivers: Local freediving school that provides instruction See for yourself, free-diving is BEAUTIFUL:
April 20, 2020
Episode 3: Maddie Phaneuf on Olympic Biathlon, Climate Change Action, and Mental Health
Maddie Phaneuf is a professional biathlete from Old Forge, NY. She has been racing internationally since 2014 and represented Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Today, she races with the non-profit organization NYSEF in Lake Placid, NY. Maddie combines her love of the outdoors with an ongoing effort to protect it by advocating for environmental sustainability. She is currently working on issues such as climate change and clean air with the non-profit organization Protect Our Winters. In this episode we discuss... -What IS biathlon? Watch this video for some beginner info!  -NYSEF (New York Ski Educational Foundation), Maddie's team  -Protect our Winters (POW), a community of outdoor people advancing non-partisan policies to protect the places and lifestyles they love from climate change -Wondering how to call your legislators to push for action against climate change? Visit the Common Cause "Find your Representatives" tool!  -Maddie's blog post on her personal battle with PTSD and seeking professional help for mental health  Follow Maddie: Instagram: @maddie_phaneuf Facebook: @maddiebiathlete Follow Protect our Winters: Instagram: @protectourwinters Facebook: @ProtectOurWinters
April 13, 2020
Episode 2: Sunny Stroeer on women's empowerment through mountaineering, extreme career changes, and pursuing a life of passion
Sunny is a record-setting adventure athlete; esteemed photographer; and a vocal advocate for women’s empowerment. Sunny holds a BA and an MBA from Harvard University and worked in consulting until 2015, when she quit her corporate job, moved into her van, and began trail running and rock climbing full-time. Sunny holds fastest known times on the Anapurna circuit; in the Colorado Rockies, and on Mount Aconcagua, which is the highest mountain outside of Asia. Her outdoor photography has been featured in National Geographic, Trailrunner Magazine, Outside Online, and Forbes. The founder of AWE expeditions and the Summit Scholarship, Sunny leads all-women’s mountaineering trips and works to empower women from all walks of life with the opportunity of mountaineering. Discussed in this episode: -Sunny's life change:  "This Harvard MBA Quit Bain To Embrace #VanLife," Poets and Quants  "A Woman on a Mission to Integrate the Boys Club of Action Sports," NBC News -AWE Expeditions runs all-women high mountain trips across all three continents, you can follow on Instagram @awexpeditions -The Summit Scholarship makes high altitude mountaineering accessible to women from all walks of life. -Sunny's Fastest Known Times -Dreamland Safari Tours, based in Kanab, Utah, provides scenic off-road adventure tours -Follow Sunny on Instagram @sstroeer or visit her website
April 6, 2020
Episode 1: CC Téllez on visibility for LGBTQ athletes, running as activism, and counting yourself in
C.C. Téllez is an openly lesbian distance runner from La Paz, Bolivia, currently living in Philadelphia.  She is the founder of Lez Run Running Club, the Co-Race Director of the Philly Pride Run, and a proud ambassador for Athlete Ally and 261Fearless. She is the recipient of the 2017 William Way LGBT Community Center-Service Award and the 2018 OutProud award.  C.C. has made it her mission to ensure that underrepresented athletes are seen, accounted for, and respected. She works hard to promote awareness, acceptance and change, and believes that visibility is the best way to knock down discrimination. In this episode we discuss... - LezRun, a Philadelphia (and beyond) running club for the LGBTQ community, their friends, and family. -Philly Pride Run, loud and proud running through the historic Pride Parade route in Center City, Philadelphia -261 Fearless, a global nonprofit using running to empower women  -Athlete Ally -OPAL (Out Philly Athletic League) -Front Runners -"Where Love is Illegal," CC's Safaricom Marathon, Kenya story  -Katherine Switzer's story, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon -Right to Run 19K at Seneca Falls To learn more about C.C. and her activism through running make sure to follow... C.C. @chaski15 on Instagram LezRun @lezrun on Instagram and Facebook Philly Pride Run @phillypriderun on Instagram and Facebook
April 1, 2020
Welcome to Social Sport! Stay tuned for conversations with athletes of all types committed to fostering social change!
March 29, 2020