Hooray Run Podcast welcomes runners of all speeds and backgrounds to share their stories. No matter how much you run (or don't run), find inspiration, advice and wisdom in these talks.
Freelance Photographer Joe Hale on Running Photography, Tinman Elite, Temporary Move to Eugene
Freelance photographer Joe Hale joins host James Rogers in conversation for this comeback episode of Hooray Run Podcast. Joe is known best for his running photography, and his client list includes Nike, Adidas and Tracksmith -- to name a few. Joe graduates from Manhattan College this week and moves temporarily to Oregon later this month to shoot big-time track and field events from late May to late July. Joe talks about his time with Tinman Elite, upcoming travels to Eugene and the best running performances he's seen in person.
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Leah O'Connor, Professional Runner and Former Michigan State Standout
Host James Rogers sits down with professional runner and former Michigan State standout Leah O’Connor for an expansive conversation. Now based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the 27-year-old discusses her hometown roots, decorated MSU career and pro running roller-coaster ride. Topics also include mental health, faith, writing, farm life, support systems and Harper (her dog).
At MSU, Leah captured multiple Big Ten titles—cross country, indoor track, outdoor track—and won a national title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (June 2014) and indoor mile (March 2015). She was a member of the undefeated 2014 MSU women’s cross-country team coached by Walt Drenth that won the national title in dominating fashion.
Leah’s 9:18.85 personal record in the 3K steeplechase set in May 2016 makes her the fifth-fastest American ever in the women’s steeple. Now sponsored by HOKA and coached by Dathan Ritzenhein, Leah is a member of the Gazelle Elite Racing Team.
Running in Circles Again with Cousin Mike
Cousin Mike makes his third appearance on Hooray Run Podcast. Host James Rogers goes all over the running map with Mike in the first portion of this episode, then the cousins talk music, time, nostalgia, Grand Rapids—many non-running topics but thoughtful conversation nonetheless. Mike also gets James to consider registering for a half-marathon in the fall.
Former D3 Standout Tim Nelson on His UW-Stout Career, National Titles, Army Lessons, Real Estate
Host James Rogers welcomes former University of Wisconsin-Stout standout Tim Nelson to the podcast. Tim was on top of the NCAA Division III running world in 2012, the year in which he won the D3 national title in the indoor 5K (March), outdoor 5K (May), outdoor 10K (May) and cross country (November). He set multiple school records—including a sub-14 5K and a sub-24 cross-country 8K—while fine-tuning his collegiate priorities.
Tim reflects on his prestigious UW-Stout career and shares how he became one of the best D3 runners of all time. The conversation also covers his Army service, his career in real estate and a prediction for the 2019 Green Bay Packers.
Cousin Mike on Fast Food, NBA Finals 5xMile Relay, Favorite Running Shoes
Cousin Mike returns to go in tangents with host James Rogers. This episode includes extensive fast-food talk and a discussion on 2019 NBA Finals players running miles. Also, is Cousin Mike thinking of getting more serious with his training?!
Amanda Loudin on HOKA NAZ Elite's String of Successes
Freelance writer Amanda Loudin joins host James Rogers to discuss her May feature entitled "HOKA NAZ Elite: Inside the Hottest Team Going" for PodiumRunner. Northern Arizona (NAZ) Elite—a professional running group based in Flagstaff, Arizona, and led by head coach Ben Rosario—partnered with HOKA in 2015 and had a breakthrough 2018 with multiple team members posting eye-catching results. Now a 13-member team, NAZ Elite's most notable performance came this year at the 2019 Boston Marathon, where 27-year-old Scott Fauble finished seventh in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 9 seconds (2:09:09) to become the 11th-fastest American ever for the 26.2-mile distance.
More D3 interviews!
Loved the Tim Nelson interview. Any other D3 runners you could get ahold of? Some ideas: Tyler Sigl of UW-Platteville, Christy Cazola of UW-Oshkosh, Ian La Mere of UW-Platteville, Brian Finnel of UW-Stevens Point, to name a few! I may have a WIAC bias.