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Bringing you untold stories behind luminaries and legends of the New York City’s running culture. A new show from the CITIUS MAG Podcast Network. Hosted by Leigh Anne Sharek and Chris Chavez.

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Bringing you untold stories behind luminaries and legends of the New York City’s running culture. A new show from the CITIUS MAG Podcast Network. Hosted by Leigh Anne Sharek and Chris Chavez.

Support us on Patreon: https://patreon.com/runnersofnyc

Be sure to check out CITIUSMAG.com for all your latest running commentary.

Support the show and rep Runners of NYC: https://www.bonfire.com/runners-of-nyc-podcast/

▶ Follow us: twitter.com/RunnersOfNYC | Instagram.com/RunnersOfNYC | Facebook.com/CitiusMag

    Episode 52 – Victoria Lo, Chinatown Runners

    Episode 52 – Victoria Lo, Chinatown Runners

    “Chinatown Runners is not a crew and it's not based in any specific locality. It's not a crew. It's a movement. I wanted it to feel bigger than just this one group that really sort of permeated throughout the entire running community worldwide. When you think about it, there are Asian-American Pacific Islander-centric communities all over the world outside of just America and Canada....Every neighborhood and borough has a dozen or so specialized running crews and groups, which is amazing and I don't want to try to eat anybody's lunch, but the idea is for it to feel really inclusive. And that's kind of the reason why I fight hard to say that it's not a running crew, but it's a movement...All you have to do to tag in is start or end a run in a Chinatown or an Asian-American Pacific Islander neighborhood or business even. Throw up the hashtag and show some love to a community that can really use it right now.”

    Victoria Lo is a designer and senior creative with years of experience in New York City's running community. Most recently, she started Chinatown Runners as a way of bringing support, awareness and love to protect and preserve the Chinatowns and AAPI-centric neighborhoods in cities across the world. She underscores that this is not a performance team, crew or club but a movement. As noted on their website: "We run to fill in the gaps that global tourism can’t fill during a worldwide pandemic. We run to keep the streets safer by watching out for the most vulnerable. We run to celebrate the diverse cultural narratives that make our country wonderful." In this episode, you'll hear more about what drove her to take action and start this group as anti-Asian hate crimes and violence is on the rise.

    Follow Victoria on Instagram:@omgvics

    More on Chinatown Runners: https://www.chinatownrunners.com/ | Instagram

    Resources: The AAPI Community Fund; Stop AAPI Hate; Save Our Chinatowns;  More here

    Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 21 at 10 a.m. at Union Square Park. Follow @runningtoprotest for more information.

    This is Runners of NYC. A biweekly podcast from CITIUS MAG. Hosts Leigh Anne Sharek and Chris Chavez look to bring you many of the untold stories behind luminaries and legends that make up New York City’s running culture. You can catch the latest episode of the podcast on iTunes so subscribe and leave a five-star review. We are also on Spotify.

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    Episode photo by @crossinguard_ninja.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 51 – Race Imboden, U.S. Olympian

    Episode 51 – Race Imboden, U.S. Olympian

    “Yeah, it would be a bummer if there’s no Olympic Games because I feel like it would be a very political Games. But at the same time, I’m in fencing. I know that people forget the day after the Games are done that I go back to being a regular person. A million people could kneel at the Games and I don’t think you’d see a million people do it. You’re going to see a few special ones. That special one is important. But the idea that people felt comfortable to do that is so powerful for all the communities and all people. For people to be able to come and say what they want to say without worrying about the repercussions of losing monetary value or their families being hurt or being kicked out of the things that they want to do. That’s important. That’s the one thing I hope maintains and stays after all these movements.”

    Race Imboden is a bronze medalist from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in fencing. So you're probably wondering what's a fencer doing on a running podcast? In addition to his success in sport, Race made headlines as one of the top American athletes who has made a political statement and demonstration at a global championship. At the 2019 Pan American Games, he won a gold medal and took a knee during the national anthem. The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee placed him on a 12-month probation as a result of his actions. Imboden accepted the sanction but has never been silenced in his message against racism, gun violence, racial inequality and police brutality. Through his work with Everytown, an anti-gun violence organization, he's looking to educate people and see change across the country. You'll hear why this means so much to him in our conversation but also he will be a featured speaker at the next Running to Protest event in New York City. 

    Mark your calendars for Sunday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. at Washington Square Park. Follow @runningtoprotest for more information.

    Follow Race Imboden on Instagram: @race_imboden

    This is Runners of NYC. A biweekly podcast from CITIUS MAG. Hosts Leigh Anne Sharek and Chris Chavez look to bring you many of the untold stories behind luminaries and legends that make up New York City’s running culture. You can catch the latest episode of the podcast on iTunes so subscribe and leave a five-star review. We are also on Spotify!

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 50 – Patty Dukes and Reph of Circa '95 Athletics

    Episode 50 – Patty Dukes and Reph of Circa '95 Athletics

    “I come from the South Bronx. I had to leave the Bronx to have access to these things. I had to go downtown to take arts classes, writing, theater and poetry classes. What did I do it? I brought all that shit back Uptown so that everyone had access to that and it wasn’t just me. I felt horrible to be in these spaces that I knew would never accept me if I was with my homies from the block. They would never allow me. It was important for me to be the conduit or in the middle and maneuver through these spaces to see what I can do so I could bring it back." – Patty

    “There’s a lot of dope things in the hood. We’re trying to empower people to celebrate the dope things. It’s not always about getting away and getting other resources from outside of the hood. That’s super important but it’s also about celebrating the things that are dope in the hood, why we should stay in the hood and foster it...While you’re going out and getting resources from other places and seeing the world, you’re also celebrating your people and the world that you’re in while uplifting those narratives that are from the block." – Reph

    This episode has no shortage of hype and energy as we’re joined by Amilcar Alfaro-Martell (Reph) and Patricia Marte (Patty Dukes), who started Circa '95. They’re a hip hop music collective with Afro-Latino roots that actually started off as a podcast back in the day. Their work looks to mesh the best of music, art, culture and athletics through running. They’ve performed at Carnegie Hall, SXSW and even at the Smithsonian Museum. Reph and Patty grew up in Washington Heights and the Bronx and when they’re not hosting their own runs they can be found running with We Run Uptown. (If you want the story behind that group’s origins check out one of our earliest episodes with Hector Espinal.) We kicked off the new year with them because it was recently announced they were among six winners of the Tracksmith Fellowship and look to create a Hip-Hop music project “born at the intersection of arts, athletics, and social justice.” We touch on that, the importance of celebrating and cultivating talent in the community, the connection between hip hop and the urban running scene and much more.

    Follow Circa '95: @circa95 | https://www.circa95.com/

    Follow Reph: @RephStar

    Follow Patty Dukes: @Pattydukes

    This is Runners of NYC. A biweekly podcast from CITIUS MAG. Hosts Leigh Anne Sharek and Chris Chavez look to bring you many of the untold stories behind luminaries and legends that make up New York City’s running culture. You can catch the latest episode of the podcast on iTunes so subscribe and leave a five-star review. We are also on Spotify!

    MERCH NOW AVAILABLE HERE

    Follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Social Sport Podcast x Ben Chan

    Social Sport Podcast x Ben Chan

    “Running communities are a reflection of American communities, and if we know that American communities have been shaped by racist real estate laws; racist criminal justice systems; racist police officers; racist, segregated schools…how can there not be racism in running?”

    This is an episode of Social Sport – another show on the CITIUS MAG Podcast Network. This show is hosted by Emma Zimmerman and features conversations with endurance athletes of all types committed to fostering social change. The athletes she speaks with on this show are climate change activists, mental health advocates, and promoters of more inclusive outdoor spaces. Through Social Sport, she shares the stories and thoughts of people who explore the connection between sport and activism in their lives.

    Ben Chan is an ultra runner and activist, perhaps best known in the New York running community for his racing attire—leopard print short-shorts and a cowboy hat. But in recent times, Ben has also become well known for his activism. On this episode of Social Sport, we focus on Ben’s exchanges with a certain, high-profile race director (Gary Cantrell AKA "Lazarus Lake") who banned Black Lives Matter from his events. It can be difficult to talk negatively about people who have large followings, lots of power, and have created events that are, frankly, important to the running community. But Ben and I both feel that we need to hold everyone accountable for their words and for the communities they create—in sports and beyond. This episode was recorded about a week ago, and since that time, more exchanges have unfolded; "Lazarus Lake" shared his racist speech openly on a prominent podcast. So Ben’s sentiments shared in this episode are, perhaps, even more important.

    Follow Ben on Instagram: @malerunner

    More episodes of Social Sport can be found on CITIUS MAG.

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    Also discussed in this episode:


    The importance of Ben’s running outfit for challenging stereotypes of Asian-Americans Running as a form of expression
    The Barkley Marathons documentary
    Outside Magazine article, “Why Did a Virtual Ultra Ban ‘Black Lives Matter”
    Runner’s World article on Ben and Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee
    Ben’s post on anti-Ku Klux Klan residents and pro-Trump residents holding opposing rallies, 11 miles from Big Backyard Ultra
    The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
    The Autobiography of Malcolm x, as told to Alex Haley

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 49 – Meggie Sullivan

    Episode 49 – Meggie Sullivan

    Meggie Sullivan is a communications strategist with a specialty in architecture, design, and lifestyle. On the track and roads, she's one of the fastest women in New York City, who has a 4:18 personal best for 1,500 meters and 4:46 for the mile. She's just wrapping up her time as a captain and board of directors member with Central Park Track Club and embarking on some new and exciting projects. We talk about that as well as her up and down journey into coaching and getting involved as a mentor for youth runners.

    Follow Meggie on Instagram.

    Episode photography by Zach Hetrick | Tracksmith

    This is Runners of NYC. A biweekly podcast from CITIUS MAG. Hosts Leigh Anne Sharek and Chris Chavez look to bring you many of the untold stories behind luminaries and legends that make up New York City’s running culture. You can catch the latest episode of the podcast on iTunes so subscribe and leave a five-star review. We are also on Spotify!

    MERCH NOW AVAILABLE HERE

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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Episode 48 – Lenny Grullon of Boogie Down Bronx Runners

    Episode 48 – Lenny Grullon of Boogie Down Bronx Runners

    “With family comes a lot of responsibilities. With a lot of responsibilities can come a less active lifestyle is how I guess I can put it. I got caught up in life and just tried to work my ass off and raise the kids that I kind of let loose with myself as far as health and wellness was concerned. It wasn't really a priority. I didn’t really care what I looked like...From like 22 to 34, health just wasn’t a real priority for me...How I felt about myself physically wasn’t something I cared about but it should have been. I came to realize that as I got older and when I hit 240 pounds on the scale.”

    Lenny Grullon is one of the founders of the Boogie Down Bronx Runners, which is a group that comes out in full force at the New York City Marathon. It gets loud when you cross over into the Bronx and see their black and white shirts and flags. In this episode, you’ll learn about how that group came to be because when it all started no one initially showed up. You’ll learn about what also got Lenny started running late in his life and has kept him motivated to inspire others in his community. Outside of running, Lenny also shares what it’s been like being the Dean of Culture at DREAM Charter School in East Harlem and being a father of four in this pandemic.

    Follow Lenny Grullon on Instagram here.

    Follow the Boogie Down Bronx Runners on Instagram here.

    This is Runners of NYC. A biweekly podcast from CITIUS MAG. Hosts Leigh Anne Sharek and Chris Chavez look to bring you many of the untold stories behind luminaries and legends that make up New York City’s running culture. You can catch the latest episode of the podcast on iTunes so subscribe and leave a five-star review. We are also on Spotify!

    MERCH NOW AVAILABLE HERE

    Follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

    • 1 hr 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
277 Ratings

277 Ratings

AbigailOgden ,

Inspirational and relatable

Such a great podcast! The guests are always engaged and willing to share their stories and personal experiences. This show really showcases the incredible comraderie of the NYC running community and the reslience of each athlete. 10/10 recommend - great to listen and run to ;)

Aahava# ,

Not really about runners of NYC

Listened several episodes and left me feeling I am not a runner of NYC. Overwhelming focused on fast guys as if there's nothing worth to learn from the other 99.9% of NYC runners. These guys are very sef-centered, and biased by classism, racism, ableism and ageism.

andrealovecrime ,

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