On Social Sport, I feature conversations with endurance athletes of all types committed to fostering social change. The athletes I speak with on this show are climate change activists, mental health advocates, and promoters of more inclusive outdoor spaces. Through Social Sport, I share the stories and thoughts of people who explore the connection between sport and activism in their lives.
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
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!!!
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Human Rights Campaign
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
LGBT National Help Center (includes hotlines and chat rooms)
Instagram: @therese_haiss , @coach_haiss
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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
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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:
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
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
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
A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety by Sarah Jaquette Ray
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.
"Living in the Breeze" Blog
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
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.
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
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!
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
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
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
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: http://www.fast-women.org/subscribe/
Follow Alison's coverage of women's running:
Also discussed in this episode:
June 8th Fast Women newsletter
Alison’s writing for Runner's World
"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
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:
Connect with Strong Runner Chicks:
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
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:
Connect with Strong Runner Chicks
Also discussed in this episode:
Megan's coaching/personal training services
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.
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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
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:
Follow Tori: https://www.instagram.com/torigoesoutside/
Also mentioned in this episode:
Cliff Jacobson: https://www.cliffcanoe.com
Tori's fundraiser for FOXG1: www.campforacure.com
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 Social Media:
Amy Broadmoore Photography:
Amy Broadmoore Photography Social Media:
Amy's writing: “Moms Run Voyageur” (Trail Sisters)
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.
Longreads Column: https://longreads.com/author/jalnesrun/
Also discussed in this episode:
"A Runner's Mysterious Illness, with her Dad by her Side," NYTimes: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/04/well/live/runner-cross-country-mysterious-illness.html
The Brave Like Gabe Foundation: https://bravelikegabe.org
Lindsay Crouse: https://www.nytimes.com/by/lindsay-crouse
Jacqueline's first Alysia Montaño art: https://www.instagram.com/p/BnQ7w6fldgA/
Jacqueline's Gabe Grunewald art: https://www.instagram.com/p/BwjkyHABj0U/
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
#BlackLivesMatter document on how to demand justice (petitions, calls, emails, etc.): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-0KC83vYfVQ-2freQveH43PWxuab2uWDEGolzrNoIks/mobilebasic?fbclid=IwAR1CBUDb4I2-ncGBuZgxtAY4YCKjsHCJtBKBo2n4bxd97jpzcjFq67UyPag
“How to Respond to ‘Riots Never Solve Anything!’,” So Let’s Talk About: https://soletstalkabout.com/2020/05/28/how-to-respond-to-riots-never-solve-anything/?fbclid=IwAR2wClEPytre8b0cdD-0ERRku4eyZHukleATZ_7gNNOg4RMuy2PaCFRe7z0
“Know Your Rights (Protestors Rights),” ACLU: https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/protesters-rights/
“The Climate Justice Movement Must Oppose White Supremacy Everywhere — By Supporting M4BL,” Sunrise Movement: https://medium.com/sunrisemvmt/the-climate-justice-movement-must-oppose-white-supremacy-everywhere-by-supporting-m4bl-4e338cf91b19
“Policing in the US is not about enforcing law. It’s about enforcing white supremacy,” Paul Butler for The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/30/policing-in-the-us-is-not-about-enforcing-law-its-about-enforcing-white-supremacy
“Ahmaud Arbery and Whiteness in the Running World,” Alison Mariela Désir for Outside Online: https://www.outsideonline.com/2413115/ahmaud-arbery-murder-whiteness-running-community
“Anti-Racism Books to Add to Your Reading List,” The United State of Women: https://www.instagram.com/usowomen/
“Questions I ask Myself as a White Person Posting about Racism on Social Media,” Caroline Pritchard: https://www.instagram.com/p/CAyVBqHDpQp/
“5 Ways to Take Action,” The Conscious Kid: https://www.instagram.com/p/CAx4-8GpHvK/
“41 Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance,” The Conscious Kid: https://www.instagram.com/p/CA0WzafJJqB/
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:
--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: https://www.instagram.com/mac_ofthe_mountains/?hl=en
"Prescribing Nature" Article: https://www.globalwellnesssummit.com/2019-global-wellness-trends/prescribing-nature/
"Bringing Outdoor Therapies into Mainstream Mental Health" Study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5944462/
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) : https://www.nami.org/Home
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.
-Instagram: @10ironwomen https://www.instagram.com/10ironwomen/
-Facebook community group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/476040300007392/
-Facebook public page: https://www.facebook.com/10-Ironwomen-728530714250581/
Discussed in this episode---
-Ironman Barcelona: https://www.ironman.com/im-barcelona
-Don and Mel Fink Ironfit Sports Training: https://www.donfink.com
-Be Iron Fit training book by Don Fink and Melanie Fink: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/be-iron-fit-don-fink/1110845345
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.
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmirMFigueroa
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amirmfigueroa/
Follow Harlem Run---
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/harlemrun
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/harlem_run
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/harlemrun/
Discussed in the Episode:
Local Non-Profits Harlem Run has partnered with....
-Harlem United: https://www.harlemunited.org
- #TakeCareOfHarlem: https://www.takecareofharlem.com
- Boys & Girls Club of Harlem: https://www.bgcharlem.org
- Run 4 All Women Film, Co Produced by Alison Mariella Desir & Jeffrey Restrepo: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/run4allwomen/249221515
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 supportpubliclands.com, 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: supportpubliclands.com
· “Support Public Lands” Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTwW2CxvE0t9dkxiVPHCZuQ
· “SuperClassy Adventures” Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCkhe-a3XND0SzIgUZkQuGA
· Instagram: @supportpubliclands and @superclassyadventures
· Facebook: @supportpublands
· Michelle’s beautiful 2019 TEDxSkyforest Talk, “Opening the Heart at 3mph”: https://youtu.be/29f74L_DE9c
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! http://www.brodyleven.com
In this episode we discuss...
Protect our Winters: https://protectourwinters.org
Winter Wildlands Alliance: https://winterwildlands.org
HEAL Utah: https://www.healutah.org
Sierra club of Utah: https://utah.sierraclub.org
Bears Ears Education Center: https://bearsearsmonument.org
#100K for Bears Ears: http://www.brodyleven.com/100k-for-bears-ears-press
This fun cooking video with Brody, his partner Katie, and their dog Spaghetti; https://www.outsideonline.com/2392879/lunch-katie-boue-and-brody-leven
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.
On Instagram: @aaronrcouch and @destinationreroute
On Facebook: facebook.com/aaronrcouch and facebook.com/destinationreroute
On Twitter: @aaronrcouch
On his blog: https://destinationreroute.com
Some organizations mentioned in this episode...
Teton Raptor Center: https://tetonraptorcenter.org/
Teton Valley Trails and Pathways: https://tvtap.org/
Mountain Bike the Tetons: https://mountainbiketetons.org/
Fitzgerald's Bicycles: http://fitzgeraldsbicycles.com
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 https://www.konaoceancamp.com 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnvQggy3Ezw
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 Protect our Winters:
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 http://www.sunnystroeer.com
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
-OPAL (Out Philly Athletic League)
-"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