Grounded with Dinée Dorame is a weekly podcast exploring the intersection between running, land, culture, and community through long-form conversations with athletes of all backgrounds and levels. I want to know– what grounds you?
Faith E. Briggs, Documentary Filmmaker & Runner
"I love having folks to be stride in stride with. There’s a lot of community in sweating together.”
Faith E. Briggs is a runner, storyteller, and documentary filmmaker passionate about sharing contemporary stories from diverse communities. Her work spans many fields, and we talk about some of her amazing documentary films including This Land, which digs into conversations about public lands, what it means to be a conservationist and who is invited to the conversation. As part of making that film, she ran 150 miles across public lands and monuments alongside local community members in order to educate herself on the history and importance of the land. Faith was also a sprinter during her college years at Yale University and we bond here over our shared alma mater and residential college dorm, Ezra Stiles (feat. our favorite mentor/Head of College, Steve Pitti– GFM, Stiles forever). We chat about how she balanced her academic, cultural and social life during those years and spend quite a bit of time discussing her personal running journey.
In this Episode:
A Tribe Called Red Yale Afro-American Cultural Center Yale Native American Cultural Center Ezra Stiles Residential College at Yale “Navajo Nation and Urban Outfitters Reach Agreement on Appropriation,” by Alysa Landry, Indian Country Today, November 22, 2016 Wings of America Black Roses NYC (Running Club) “This Land” Documentary Nuestra Tierra
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Music by Jacob Shije (Santa Clara Pueblo, NM).
This podcast was made possible through the Tracksmith Fellowship Program.
Leroy Silva (Pueblo of Laguna), NB3 Foundation Community Coordinator
Leroy “Buster” Silva (Pueblo of Laguna) is a movement and wellness advocate, community coordinator for the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation, and former teacher/coach and student-athlete. He’s also the founder of Family+Indigenize+Thrive, an organization he created that takes an intergenerational approach to address challenges Native communities face when it comes to achieving wellness. We discuss how he is constantly reimagining ways to incorporate Indigenous wellness practices into his family’s rou
Verna Volker (Diné), Founder of Native Women Running
Verna Volker (Diné) is a Hoka One One Global Ambassador and the founder of Native Women Running. Verna focuses her efforts on giving Native runners a platform in a predominantly white industry and media space. In this conversation, we discuss the ways Verna has found community while living away from her homelands, how she has continued to navigate motherhood, and what inspired her to start Native Women Running.
Carolyn Su, Creator of Diverse We Run
Carolyn Su is a runner, storyteller, and the creator of the @DiverseWeRun Instagram account. With nearly 11k followers, Diverse We Run builds “racial representation through story-telling, advocacy, and community” by posting weekly, in-depth features of runners from all backgrounds. In this conversation, we discuss the passing down of language and tradition in our families, marriage and partnership in the context of our cultural backgrounds, and where running fits into it all.
Alvina Begay (Diné), 3-time Olympic Trials Qualifier
Alvina Begay is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and three-time Olympic trials qualifier in the marathon. She was formerly sponsored by Nike, serving as an ambassador for the Nike N7 Fund. Born and raised in Ganado, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation, we discuss how her upbringing and Navajo traditions helped her through several tough, competitive training cycles. We also chat a bit about her carrying on the legacy of famous Oglala Lakota 10,000m runner, Billy Mills, as well as her experience as a new mom!
Meb Keflezighi, Marathoner & 4-time Olympian
Meb Keflegizhi is a four-time Olympian and 2004 Silver Medalist in the marathon– a race distance he’s conquered 26 times. Meb is the only athlete in history to win the New York Marathon, the Boston Marathon and an Olympic Medal. He was originally born in Eritrea before his family escaped a war-torn situation and came to the U.S. He reflects on his perception of his own identity, how he's cultivated community over the years, and how he understood his cultural roots while being far removed from his homela
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My favorite running podcast
Since its launch, Grounded pod has quickly become my favorite running-related podcast. Host Dinée Dorame only invites such high-caliber runners, activists, advocates on the show (such as Jordan Marie Daniel, Meb Kflezighi, Carolyn Su), but also conducts such thoughtful conversations on what drives them and what grounds them. She's opened up my mind to so many different cultural practices and made me appreciate my own running and upbringing more.
Listen and subscribe. It will inspire you to be an ambassador for the passion you have in life.
I appreciate the voices that Dine is bringing into the running space. Highly recommend!
Running for life!
How inspiring are these conversations! I really like listening to these guests talk about how running is a part of their lives and how it became a part of their lives. I’m a senior citizen and it’s keeping me going!