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A weekly conversation with the Greater Toronto Running Community. Hosted by André Morgan and Jonathan Greenwald.

The Longest Stride André Morgan and Jonathan Greenwald

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A weekly conversation with the Greater Toronto Running Community. Hosted by André Morgan and Jonathan Greenwald.

    11. Sasha Gollish

    11. Sasha Gollish

    This week we chat with Sasha Gollish, one of Canada’s most decorated competitive runners. Sasha opens up about the impact her parents had on her childhood and ultimately her decision to quit her job to pursue a career as a professional runner.

    At an early age, Sasha grew up on a healthy diet of sports, which included field hockey, cross country running, nordic skiing, downhill skiing, swimming, water polo, and track and field. By the time she entered the University of Toronto, Sasha fell out of love with running and ultimately applied to the University of Western to pursue a degree in Engineering. Thankfully, Sasha would return to the sport and hasn’t looked back!

    We’ll also cover Sasha’s incredible running resume, which includes her dominating performance at the 2015 CIS Championships, her views on women in sports, and the truly inspiring work she’s doing in the community to uplift women.

    As an added bonus, we’ll also hear from Harper, Sasha’s adorable rescue pup!

    To learn more about Sasha, you can follow her on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/sgollishruns/

    To learn more about Fast and Female, you can follow them at https://www.instagram.com/fastandfemale/



    Thanks for listening to this episode!

    If you know someone who would make a great guest or you just want to share feedback, please email us at thelongeststride@gmail.com. You can also find us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

    André and Jonathan

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    • 1 hr 44 min
    10. Chris "Hawaii" DeKoning

    10. Chris "Hawaii" DeKoning

    In our 10th episode, we chat with Toronto’s running ambassador, Chris DeKoning about skateboarding, cats, and the hilarious (we think so!) story behind the nickname, “Hawaii.”

    We also discuss Chris’ progression as a runner as well as his experience as the assistant director of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Broadcast. Chris also shares his thoughts on the Toronto running community, the future of racing, and his experience trying to keep up with kids on a track.

    To learn more about Chris, you can follow him on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/misterhawaii/



    Thanks for listening to this episode!

    If you know someone who would make a great guest or you just want to share feedback, please email us at thelongeststride@gmail.com. You can also find us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

    To support the show, please rate and review this episode on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews help our show by making it easier to find in the iTunes rankings. The higher we climb, the easier it is to find us!

    Thanks again!

    André and Jonathan

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    9. Richard Kuchinsky

    9. Richard Kuchinsky

    In this week’s episode, Richard Kuchinsky from the Directive Collective tells us how designing running shoes for 10 years led to him becoming a runner and ultimately one of the most sought after race experience designers in the Toronto running community.

    Richard’s designs can be found on the shirts of many races in the GTA, but perhaps one of his proudest design moments came last year when he was named the Creative Director for the Pride Run in Toronto. In his capacity, Richard designed everything from the shirts to medals and everything in between! Richard shares his design process, his experience working with different race directors, and his approach to collaborating with various brands; specifically the work he’s doing with RunToBeer.

    Richard’s designs aren’t the only thing getting attention in the running community; his progression from casual runner to sub-3 marathoner is equally inspiring!

    To learn more about this Richard, you can follow along at: https://www.instagram.com/rkuchinsky/ and https://www.instagram.com/directivecollective/

    Thanks for listening to this episode!

    If you know someone who would make a great guest or you just want to share feedback, please email us at thelongeststride@gmail.com. You can also find us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

    To support the show, please rate and review this episode on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews help our show by making it easier to find in the iTunes rankings. The higher we climb, the easier it is to find us!

    Thanks again!

    André and Jonathan

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    • 1 hr
    8. Forbidden 5

    8. Forbidden 5

    This week we’re speaking with the organizers of the Forbidden 5 race and we get them to spill the beans on everything we wanted to know about their popular race, except their names!

    When the global pandemic forced race directors to postpone or cancel races, two friends in the GTA running community came together to give runners a reason to keep training; while the name of the race may give the impression runners were participating in the some sort of illegal activity, the race encourages runners to “come together while staying apart” to hit their fastest times.

    We’ll discuss how the race organizers selected the distances, the courses, and how they track the runners to identify the male and female winners!

    To learn more about this race, you can follow along at: https://www.instagram.com/forbiddenfive/

    Thanks for listening to this episode!

    If you know someone who would make a great guest or you just want to share feedback, please email us at thelongeststride@gmail.com. You can also find us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

    André and Jonathan

    • 1 hr 8 min
    7. Quinton Jacobs

    7. Quinton Jacobs

    If you search for the word “community” in the dictionary, you’ll likely find a picture of Quinton Jacobs and his captivating smile. Q, as his friends call him, is a community builder, a connector, and advocate for promoting the health and wellness of children in the Greater Toronto Area.

    In this episode, Q opens up about his life growing up in subsidized housing and later on becoming a father with three kids. We’ll then discuss how a difficult time in his life changed his perspective and ignited a passion to help others. Q also shares his approach to working with charities and brands and the time he convinced a bunch of runners to run from Toronto to NYC!

    Q’s impact on the running community can be seen in the many programs he started or supports, but it’s even more evident in the faces of the children he coaches to run.

    It was a real privilege speaking with Q and we couldn’t help feeling inspired throughout the episode!

    To learn more about the work Q is doing in the community, please visit the following links:

    Kickback Connect - https://www.instagram.com/kickbackconnect/

    Start2Finish - https://www.instagram.com/s2fonline/

    Lead Up Run Crew - https://www.instagram.com/leadupcrew/

    You can also follow Q’s personal journey at: https://www.instagram.com/quinton_jacobs/

    Thanks for listening to this episode!

    André and Jonathan

    • 1 hr 25 min
    6. Intersectionality and Running

    6. Intersectionality and Running

    This week we chat with Olivia Levy and Kahle Richardson, two BIPOC runners in the Toronto running community, about the social intersectionality of gender, race, and class in running. Olivia and Kahle may both be runners of color, but they have their own social identities which create a unique running experience. We discuss how the generalization of BIPOC runners in conversations might be leaving out other aspects of their identity.

    We’ll also discuss how to make running and races more accessible to BIPOC runners and how run crews, race directors, run brands, and others can help.

    You can follow our guests at:

    Olivia Levy: https://www.instagram.com/liv_levy/

    Kahle Richardson: https://www.instagram.com/sweetleaf83/



    Thanks for listening to this episode!

    To learn more about the work we’re doing in the Greater Toronto Run Community, visit us at thelongeststride.com!

    If you know someone who would make a great guest or you just want to share feedback, please email us at thelongeststride@gmail.com. You can also find us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

    To support the show, please rate and review this episode on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews help our show by making it easier to find in the iTunes rankings. The higher we climb, the easier it is to find us!

    Thanks again!

    André and Jonathan

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

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15 Ratings

15 Ratings

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Great podcast!

Keep up the great work Jonathan! This podcast is super informative and entertaining. Great to listen to while running (haha).

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Very real and honest! These guys are great. Very relatable and great personal stories on running and challenges to overcome in life. Entertaining from beginning to end. Looking forward to more episodes!

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