Episodes

Courtney Dauwalter | Blind Perseverance at RRR100  

Courtney Dauwalter already holds the 24 hour record (155 miles) as well as numerous course records on mountain ultramarathons in the US.  She won (outright) Javelina Jundred 100k last year and bagged a nice win when she won Run Rabbit Run 100 miler in 2016.  Along with other runs, she’s …

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Joe McConaughy | Appalachian Trail FKT and Ultrarunning  

Earlier this month, Joe McConaughy stepped off the trail in Maine after demolishing the Fastest Known Time (FKT) for the 2,200-ish mile Appalachian Trail. He averaged about 50 miles a day and completed the journey in an unsupported fashion. So really, how much actual running did he do? (A lot.) …

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Tim Tollefson | UTMB 2017 Interview  

Tim Tollefson returned to UTMB this year and ended up with a similar race as 2016. Fast Europeans, an enthusiastic American charging out front, and plenty of vert before the finish line. Like last year, Tim played it smart. He ran conservatively and strong throughout the race, worked with friend …

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Clare Gallagher | One Year Anniversary and a Big Win  

Clare Gallagher made her debut podcast on URP at this time last year–she’d just crushed Leadville and we got to hear about her training, eating, collegiate running, and studies in Thailand.  Lots of energy, lots of fun, and the potential for a big career was obvious. In this most recent …

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Ruperto Romero Interview – 100 Mile Champ at 53 Years Old  

Ruperto Romero Interview Ruperto Romero breaks the mold for the modern day ultramarathon stud. No sponsor, no GPS, no shoe contract, no Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Strava. He’s never heard of URP and doesn’t pay attention to most ultra news. But damn….Rupert can throw down when he hits his favorite …

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Yitka Winn Interview  

Runner and writer Yitka Winn joins me just a few days after her win at Fat Dog 120 to talk about her first big win, how it happened, and the feeling of running “up front” and getting chased.  We also discuss the importance of good communication between runners and pacers. …

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Elisa Laverty | New Mom and Her First 50 Miler  

Elisa Laverty Interview Elisa Laverty has had a big year! In January, she and husband Keith welcomed their first child into the world. A few months later, she attempted a 50k, then this past weekend, she ran her first 50 miler at White River. Everyone’s got a story, and Elisa’s …

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Joe Gray Interview | Sponsorships, Racial Disparities in MUT, Treadmill Training, Food, and More  

Joe Gray Interview Joe Gray is a well accomplished, multi-medaled, and openly opinionated guy who’s got a great perspective on this silly sport of ours.  Joe is perhaps the most accomplished and decorated mountain runner in the United States and has the stats to prove it. He won the World Mountain …

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Sarah Lavender Smith – Speedgoat, Hardrock, Outdoor Retailer, and Ultra Training  

Sarah Lavender Smith joins me give a fun and informative Speedgoat recap–she ran the tough 50k for the first time and has some great advice if you plan on running one day. Is it really as tough as we’ve heard? (Answer: yes.) Sarah also talks about pacing Hardrock and the …

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Kaytlyn Gerbin Interview  

Kaytlyn Gerbin nabbed one of the final Golden Tickets to Western States Endurance Run this April with her win at Gorge Waterfalls 100k. Admittedly, I didn’t have her on my top five radar at The Big Dance, so I asked her to come on the show and tell us about …

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Kyle Robidoux | First 100 Miler Follow Up  

When we spoke with Kyle Robidoux one week ago, he was preparing for his first hundred miler.  He’d trained, prepared, planned, and analyzed, put together a team of crew, pacers, and sighted trail guides, and was of to Vermont 100 to execute his strategy. In this interview, we find out …

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Kyle Robidoux – 100 Milers and Athletes with Disabilities  

Kyle Robidoux is like many people we know. He’s in the taper week of his first 100 miler, he had a ho-hum 50 miler a few weeks ago, but he’s confident in his crew, pacers, and mental strength  and he’s ready to get through the whole race. The difference is …

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Kaci Lickteig | Western Grit  

Kaci Lickteig has a solid history at Western States, winning the storied trek from Squaw Valley to Auburn last year, and starting the race this year in tip top shape and ready to race hard. Considered one of the best trail ultramarathon runners in the country, Kaci was odds on …

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Amy Sproston | Consistency is Key  

Amy Sproston has 50 results on her ultrasignup, and 49 of them are top ten results.  She’s won the IAU 100k Championships and finished 2F last year at Western. How has she been able to perform at such a high level for over a decade? In this interview (her 2nd …

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Jackie Merritt – #BeastCoast to Squaw Valley  

Jackie Merritt has been tearing up the trail and ultra scene on the (b)east coast for a number of years.  She’s racked up top performances at the USATF Trail Championships, nabbed the overall win at Ice Age 50k, set a new course record at Pinhoti 100 in November, then won …

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Jim Walmsley – Lighting the Fire for Western States 2017  

Jim Walmsley is a fearless runner who’s been known to target other runners, records, and FKTs with abandon.  His performances have backed up and sustained this confidence as he’s only “lost” one race in over two years–that the infamous “wrong turn heard ’round the world” at last year’s Western States …

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Andrew Chapello – Training For a 100 Miler He Might Not Run  

Andrew Chapello Interview In 2016, Andrew Chapello ran a Western States qualifier at Canyons 100k.  He finished the race and threw his only ticket into the pot for the lottery in December. His name didn’t get drawn, but he was added to the wait (#36) list as a possible starter. …

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Scotty Sandow – Five Months Down, Five to Go Until His First 100  

The last time we spoke with original URP host Scotty Sandow was in February of this year.  At that point, Scotty had (re)committed to running his first hundred miler after taking an extended absence away from the trails and was fully dedicated to push through life and making it happen. In that interview …

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Nick Arciniaga – Can 2:11 Convert to Trail Ultramarathon Success?  

Nick Arciniaga will line up at North Face Endurance Championship with the fastest marathon time of anyone on US soil. Faster than Max King (2:14). Faster than Sage Canaday (2:16). Faster than Jim and Zach (though I don’t believe either have ever run a proper marathon) and Ian (2:21) and …

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Wally Hesseltine – 72 and Going Strong  

Wally Hesseltine is seventy two years old and is gearing up for another run at Western States Endurance Run in a few weeks.  He’s run it a number of times, but many will remember his non-finish last year when he passed under the arch less than two minutes after the …

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