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We believe that everyone who runs should have a great soundtrack. Not one curated by an algorithm, but one that’s hand-picked by a DJ who runs too. The Runcast with John Richards brings you a dynamic mix of music and inspiration to keep you company and motivate you on your run, no matter what your level.

The Runcast with John Richards KEXP

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    • 4.6 • 512 Ratings

We believe that everyone who runs should have a great soundtrack. Not one curated by an algorithm, but one that’s hand-picked by a DJ who runs too. The Runcast with John Richards brings you a dynamic mix of music and inspiration to keep you company and motivate you on your run, no matter what your level.

    The Marathon Confessional

    The Marathon Confessional

    The Runcast’s Season 1 finale brings you an incredible lineup of songs and inspirational quotes from the heart and mind of DJ and runner John Richards. Whether it’s to power you through a long run, or just a long day, take this Runcast with you to know that you are not alone. 


    Lydia Ramsey - I Will Wait For You
    Alec Shaw - Spinning
    Broken Bells - We're Not In Orbit Yet...
    Secret Machines - Underneath the Concrete 
    Röyksopp - Speed King
    Editors - Vibe
    Dazy - Peel
    Screensaver - Repeats   
    Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - When the Lights Go
    Raw Poetic - Ralph Ellison
    Silversun Pickups - Hereafter (Way After)
    Art d'Ecco - Midlife Crisis
    Preoccupations - Fix Bayonets!  
    Rolling Blackouts Coast Fever - Tidal River
    The Beths - Knees Deep
    Say She She - Pink Roses
    Nilufer Yanya - Stabilise
    Doss - Jumpin’
    Röyksopp - The Night (feat. Alison Goldfrapp)
    Cumulus - Sunbeam
    Bright Eyes - Haligh, Haligh, A Lie, Haligh (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
    Rocky Votolato - Little Black Diamond
    Kraus - Anyone
    The Mary Veils - Bone Blossom Green
    Holm - Intelligent Moves
    Miss Grit - Like You
    Bambara - Birds
    Courting - Tennis  
    Bill Callahan - Coyotes
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    • 2 hr 9 min
    Mainline Melody Motivational Mixtape to Fix a Grey Commute

    Mainline Melody Motivational Mixtape to Fix a Grey Commute

    A running mixtape of motivational songs from our hearts to yours, featuring a portion of our favorite songs to run to this year. 


    Jungle - Keep Moving
    Sudan Archives - Selfish Soul
    Santigold - High Priestess
    Ibibio Sound Machine - Electricity
    The Black Angels - El Jardin
    Beach House - Once Twice Melody
    Spiritualized - The Mainline Song
    Nation of Language - The Grey Commute
    Mt Fog - Behind a Silent Door
    Automatic - New Beginning
    Dazy & Militarie Gun - Pressure Cooker
    The Beths - Silence is Golden
    Camp Cope - Running with the Hurricane 
    Aeon Station - Fade
    ODESZA - The Last Goodbye (feat. Bettye LaVette)
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    • 59 min
    Running to Hope

    Running to Hope

    Inspiring stories, infused with hope, of listeners sharing what this Runcast means to them. One who runs to keep illness at bay. Another who just said goodbye to their best friend and how this community makes them feel “not alone.” Plus, an ending that surprised us all! 


    Small Paul - Mountain
    Night Shop - Let Me Let It Go
    Big Joanie - In My Arms
    Wild Pink - ILYSM
    Precocious Neophyte - AIWA
    Melts - Outlier
    SPICE - Recovery
    Beacon - Can’t Turn Back
    Winter - Atonement (feat. Hatchie)
    The Black Angels - El Jardin
    NNAMDÏ - Dedication
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    • 49 min
    Once You Run One Step, You're a Runner

    Once You Run One Step, You're a Runner

    Songs to get you inspired to run, no matter what kind of run you are on, because once you take that first step, well, you're a runner and you are not alone! 


    Spiritualized - Always Together With You
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Spitting Off the Edge of the World (feat. Perfume Genius)
    The Beths - Silence is Golden
    Beach Bunny – Entropy
    Panda Bear & Sonic Boom - Go On
    The Folk Implosion - Had Enough
    Nikki Lane - First High
    Death Valley Girls - When I'm Free
    Mt Fog - Behind a Silent Door
    The Churchhill Garden - Always There
    High Vis – Blending
    Marlon Wiliams - River Rival
    Hovvdy – Town
    Holy Ship - Beyond Frames
    Hermanos Gutiérrez - El Bueno Y El Malo
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    • 1 hr
    We'll be back on August 26th

    We'll be back on August 26th

    John Richards will be back with a brand new mix on Friday, August 26th. 

    In the meantime, learn more about 50 years of KEXP at KEXP.org/50.

    And check out KEXP's other podcasts, Sound & Vision, Song of the Day, Live on KEXP and Fresh off the Spaceship.
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    • 1 min
    The Long Way Home (Live from Ragnar)

    The Long Way Home (Live from Ragnar)

    This Runcast was recorded at the annual Ragnar race in Washington and stars The KEXP Radioheads (aka KEXP's John Richards, Kevin Cole, Morgan Chosnyk and Ken Tarleton, Sub Pop's Megan Jasper, and friends Danielle Henty and Terry Novak). Between legs of their 36-hour, 200-mile race, the runners share their favorite songs to motivate you to get moving and keep moving. 





    Explosions in the Sky - Your Hand in Mine
    The Vega Bodegas - All My Fish Are Dead
    James and the Cold Gun - The Long Way Home
    Built to Spill - Gonna Lose
    Kyle Craft - Pentecost
    WOOZE - I'll Have What She's Having
    Smokey Brights - Flash Your Lights (Rudy Willingham Remix)
    Ibibio Sound Machine - Electricity
    Amyl and the Sniffers - I'm Not a Loser
    The Go! Team - Everyone's A V.I.P. To Someone
    Parts & Labor - Nowheres Nigh
    Ginger Runner - Tall Trees, Tough Trails
    Tacocat - I Love Seattle
    Cassandra Jenkins - Hard Drive
    TORRES - Dressing America
    Kevin Morby - This Is A Photograph
    Stef Chura - Method Man
    Yellow Ostrich - Marathon Runner
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    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
512 Ratings

512 Ratings

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I dig this podcast

Appreciate John Richards and KEXP crew for this awesome podcast. I dig the eclectic music and positive vibes that come with each episode that fuels my run. I just discovered this podcast after hearing a promo during one of my weekday daily steams of KEXP from my home office in Florida. Thanks for bringing the soundtrack to my running journey…

Thedaniella ,

Finding my rhythm

The Runcast is not only full of great music but also encouragement! I am getting back into running after a decade away and this podcast brings support and keeps me feeling proud even when I am struggling. Thank you for easing me back into running!

Alba Varden ,

I miss the Weekly Mix

KEXP took over a year off to revamp the Weekly Mix into the Runcast. The Runcast will only be around for Running season and not all year yet they still can’t give us consistent weekly mixes after all this time. It’s been a huge downgrade from the eclectic mix of playlists that the Weekly Mix used to provide. Hope they do a better job next year.

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