We’re going deeper than ever before and exploring what it means to be an athlete. Our guests range from pro cyclist Laurens ten Dam, who speaks about his struggles in the pro peloton and the time when his career almost ended, to Mirna Valerio, author of the blog “Fat Girl Running” who is trying to change people’s perceptions about what it means to be fit. We’ll speak with Ricky Gates about what he found when he was running every single street in San Francisco – all 1,300 miles of them. And we’ll hear from Brian Williams about what it was like to run the Comrades Marathon in South Africa with his son Tom after he had been exiled from his home country for 15 years for protesting apartheid. These are just a handful of the guests featured on Athletes Unfiltered – subscribe now so you don’t miss any of our second season!
Becoming a Marathoner: Live from New York
Over 52,000 people ran the 2019 New York City Marathon. Some were fast, some were less fast, but they all ran the same course, and the same distance, and according to our panel of experts, they were mostly all still nervous, and hoping that they didn’t have a problem with a bowel movement.
This episode features the best tips and tricks from a pre-race panel with marathon coach Jon Honerkamp, ultrarunner and filmmaker Billy Yang, 85-time marathon/ultramarathon finisher Mary Arnold, and Scott Fauble, who finished seventh in the 2018 NYC Marathon. It was moderated by Runner’s World editor Jeff Dengate, at the New York Roadrunners building, not far from the marathon’s finish line.
Tom and Brian Williams: Chasing Ghosts at the Comrades Marathon
Before Brian Williams and his son Tom set off to run the Comrades Marathon – an 86.8-kilometer race in South Africa, Brian’s mind was already at the finish. He said, “If we succeed, it'll just be to be the fulfillment of a dream. It'll put to rest many of the ghosts of my past. It's hard to put into words what it means, but it means a lot.”
Dr. Rachel McKinnon: Fighting For The Right to Ride
Rachel McKinnon is a transgender athlete, one of the first to win a world championship. She’s competed in sports her whole life, but now she faces harassment just for pinning on a number. Hear her story in the newest episode of the Strava Podcast.
Laurens ten Dam: Live Slow, Ride Fast
“I only won two races in my career and I had a 16-year career, so that would be a shit career if it was about winning for me.” Laurens ten Dam led a team at the Tour de France and he carried bottles, he stood on podiums and he got hit by cars. In the newest episode of Athletes Unfiltered, he tells us the secret to his longevity.
Susie Chan: Overcoming Injury and Rediscovering Ultra
The Sahara Desert, the jungles of Chile and a battle with cancer couldn’t stop Susie Chan, but when an injury threatened the possibility that she may never be able to run again, she was forced to ask why she was running in the first place. And the answer she finds might be one any runner who is struggling with injury needs to hear.
Rickey Gates: Every Single Street
There are over 1,300 miles of streets in San Francisco and Rickey Gates thought he could learn the city better by running every single one. 47 days later, did he find what he was looking for?
Love it and love hearing the stories, but why do they say at the end we’ll be back next week but don’t publish for a long time. I mean the last episode was about two months ago.
Just Going Downhill
Quality has went downhill.
Love the content. So inspiring. I’ve looked up quite a few of the featured athletes to follow their journeys. Can’t wait for season 3!