Conversations that probe how running can be used as a conduit for change in 2020 and beyond.
Episode 9: Elevating Native Women Running stories
As a Navajo woman, Verna Volker sees running as a way to connect with her ancestors, and to heal from the generational and historical trauma suffered by Native people in the United States. Through Native Women Running, Verna is giving a voice to many of the issues that are crippling Native communities. A pressing issue, is the plight of missing and murdered Native Women. “When Native Women go missing or are murdered, those crimes are not often investigated. If the crime happens on tribal land, then it is handled by tribal law, but they have no jurisdiction over none Native people,” Verna said. In addition to NW, Verna is also using her voice to challenge the running industry on its lack of representation a BIPOC as a founding member of Running Industry Diversity Coalition.
Episode 8:Gary Corbitt, a son keeping Ted Corbitt's running legacy alive.
As the proud son of Ted Corbitt and a running history expert, Gary Corbitt has spent countless hours documenting the legacy of African-American runners. His Black Running History Timeline project spans from 1880-1979, a work that highlights the resiliency, courage and desire to excel during one of the darkest moments of American history. In 2019, Gary was inducted into the National Black Marathoners Association, for his contribution to the sport through his work. Gary shared the mission for the Ted Corbitt Archives, his relationship with New York Road Runners (a club co-founded by his father), the demands for change within the running industry, NYRR, and why the Black Lives Matter movement will improve the sport.
Episode 7: Jessie Zapo, founder of Girls Run NYC, Black Roses, and Adidas leadership
Jessie Zapo never thought of herself as a runner, but after years of contributing to the urban running culture in NYC with Bridgerunners and founding Black Roses with Knox Robinson, she stepped out on her own to create Girls Run NYC. In the latest episode of Let’s Get Uncomfortable she shares her experiences of becoming a coach in the very male dominated NYC scene, the strides that Adidas has taken to add more women and minorities as coaches and taking on the Speed Project.
Episode 6: Jes Woods, Nike coach, Brooklyn Track Club Trail coach and ultra-marathoner
As a regional manager with Mile High Run Club, Nike coach, ultra + trail coach with Brooklyn Track Club , Jes Woods is in a position to open doors for minorities into outdoor spaces and coaching ranks. On the latest episode of our podcast, she shares her journey into running, ultra-marathons, coaching and what the demands for representation and access in the running world mean for the future of the sport. Under her supervision, Brooklyn Track Club Trail has taken groups participating in HBCU Outside to provide outdoor access to underrepresented groups.
Episode 5: Coffey the father, actor, filmmaker leading the running movement for social change
Last year Coffey was promoting his film 'About the People' with an all black male cast discussing how to build a stronger black community. In 2020, he is leading a movement through running that is bringing fiction to life. In a year unlike any other, Coffey took to the streets to use his rage over the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor to protest against police brutality and systemic racism. He shared his plans for the movement after the election, he is ready for a 10 year plan.
Episode 4: Peyton Thomas, marathoner, climate change activist, social justice advocate
When Peyton Thomas crossed the finish line of the California International marathon in 2019 with a time of 2:42:57, she qualified for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta on her first marathon. Her incredible debut, also landed her in the history books, joining a list of women led by Marilyn Bevans, as African-American women who have run a sub- 3 hour marathon. In addition to running, Peyton is also passionate about climate change. She is an advocate for: Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, Community Boys and Girls Club-Wilmington, NC Climate Justice Collective, Protect Our Winters, Sunrise Movement.