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Social Sport

By Emma Zimmerman
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.
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Episode 30: All about Womxn Run the Vote Relay with Keshia Roberson

Social Sport

Episode 30: All about Womxn Run the Vote Relay with Keshia Roberson

Social Sport

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
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March 29, 2020