92 episodes

The Dark Zone: An Adventure Racing Podcast welcomes you to our world. Come hear from racers, race directors, fans of AR, and everyone in between.

The podcast's out there, you pick it up, it's yours, you don't, I got no sympathy for you. (as inspired by Glengarry Glenn Ross)

The Dark Zone: An Adventure Racing Podcast Brian Gatens

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The Dark Zone: An Adventure Racing Podcast welcomes you to our world. Come hear from racers, race directors, fans of AR, and everyone in between.

The podcast's out there, you pick it up, it's yours, you don't, I got no sympathy for you. (as inspired by Glengarry Glenn Ross)

    Dark Zone 91: Team Mountain Designs Wild Women - Their Record Setting Win at the Legend Expedition Race

    Dark Zone 91: Team Mountain Designs Wild Women - Their Record Setting Win at the Legend Expedition Race

    Thank you to Team MDWW - Mountain Designs Wild Women - for coming onto the show. As the first all-female team to win an ARWS Expedition Race, they have secured their spot in AR lore, and also provide a cracking good episode filled with guidance, advice, and the keys to their longevity. With 78 combined years of adventure racing between them, they are the best of the best and when they speak, AR class is in session.
    Shownotes:
    https://www.wldnco.com/24-hour-to-6-day-events/legend-expd
    https://www.blogger.com/profile/11710981965297924946
    https://sportzhub.com/article/historic-win-for-mountain-designs-wild-women-team-at-legend-xpd-australia.html
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dark-zone-84-adventure-racer-and-race-director-chris/id1578529221?i=1000636511297
    Episode Sponsors:
    https://www.ascendathletics.org/

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Introducing The Checkpoint Podcast: A Collaboration between the United States Adventure Racing Association and The Dark Zone

    Introducing The Checkpoint Podcast: A Collaboration between the United States Adventure Racing Association and The Dark Zone

    The Dark Zone: An Adventure Racing Podcast is delighted to collaborate with the United States Adventure Racing Association on their new podcast: The Checkpoint. Join Brent Freedland and Brian Gatens as they interview regional race directors and a wide variety of voices from the world of Adventure Racing.
    Shownotes:
    The Checkpoint on Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-checkpoint/id1730696441
    https://www.adventuresignup.com/Race/MO/Eminence/TheBerrymanAdventure
    https://www.dinoseries.com/
    www.usara.com

    • 1 hr
    Dark Zone 90: Team NAWWAL - Not All Who Wander Are Lost and Their Wild Race at Malacara 2023

    Dark Zone 90: Team NAWWAL - Not All Who Wander Are Lost and Their Wild Race at Malacara 2023

    Thank you to Team NAWWAL - Not All Who Wander Are Lost - for coming onto the show. This is a true-blue AR story. Four (somewhat) strangers decide to join forces and take on the 2023 edition Malacara Expedition Race in Florianopolis, Brazil. What follows is a bonkers story of struggle, teamwork, triumph and finishing with leftover food. This is a great listen to kill an hour or so while training. Thank you, NAWWAL, for coming onto TDZ.
    Shownotes:
    https://www.malacararace.com.br/
    Episode Sponsors:
    https://thewealthgardenfs.com/
    https://www.ascendathletics.org/

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Dark Zone 89: Danny Collins and Jason Bettis: Returning RD's for Expedition Ozark 2024 - What They Learned as 1st Time RD's and What Racers Can Expect in 2024

    Dark Zone 89: Danny Collins and Jason Bettis: Returning RD's for Expedition Ozark 2024 - What They Learned as 1st Time RD's and What Racers Can Expect in 2024

    Thank you to Jason Bettis and Danny Collins for returning to The Dark Zone: An Adventure Racing Podcast. Expedition Ozark 2024 is their sophomore effort as RD's and are coming into this year's race following the great success and positive feedback from EO 2023. This episode touches upon their growth as RD's, their own successful adventure racing careers, and the appeal of Northwest Arkansas as a racing destination.
    Shownotes:
    https://www.expeditionozark.com/
    https://www.visitbentonville.com/
    Episode Sponsors:
    https://thewealthgardenfs.com/
    https://www.ascendathletics.org/

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Dark Zone 88: Santiago Lopez - 2024 ARWS World Championship Race Director, Expedition Racer, and a Human AR Crystal Ball

    Dark Zone 88: Santiago Lopez - 2024 ARWS World Championship Race Director, Expedition Racer, and a Human AR Crystal Ball

    Thank you to Santiago Lopez for coming onto the show. One of the longest-serving and most successful race directors in the sport, Santiago talks about his experiences as both racer and race director, the upcoming ARWS World Championship in Ecuador, and his thoughts about the future of the sport. Huairasinchi, the race for which he is best known, is the adventure race with more editions in the history of the sport (19). 
    Santiago is a great guest in which to kick off 2024. This is going to be a wonderful year for our sport and there's no better way to start than by focusing on the World Championship, but have no fear, there is a lot of content in here for racers of all distances and abilities.
    Shownotes:
    https://www.proyectoaventura.com/site/13/home_arwc24
    https://www.arworldseries.com/races/huairasinchi-arwc-2024-ecuador
    Episode Sponsors:
    https://thewealthgardenfs.com/
    https://www.ascendathletics.org/

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Dark Zone 87: Alyssa Godesky - So Many Adjectives - Adventure Racer, Pro Triathlete, FKT Record Holder, Barkleys Racer, Coach, One Water Racer, Podcaster, Human Swiss Army Knife

    Dark Zone 87: Alyssa Godesky - So Many Adjectives - Adventure Racer, Pro Triathlete, FKT Record Holder, Barkleys Racer, Coach, One Water Racer, Podcaster, Human Swiss Army Knife

    Thank you to Alyssa Godesky for coming onto the show. One of our more accomplished guests, Alyssa has placed on the podium at the 2022 USARA National Championship, has eight top-5 professional finishes at the Ironman distance, and holds multiple Fastest Known Times (FKT's) including on the New Hampshire 48 High Peaks, Adirondack 46 High Peaks and Vermont's Long Trail (273 miles). Alyssa competed in the One Water Race in Sweden this past year, and she goes deep on that experience. Along the way we discuss her work as a coach, her "Ironwomen" podcast, and how the role of women in endurance sports has evolved.
    Shownotes:
    https://www.alyssagodesky.com/
    https://biscaycoaching.com/alyssa-godesky/
    https://livefeisty.com/ironwomen/
    https://onewaterrace.com/athletes/alyssa-godesky/
    One Water Race Full Video - https://youtu.be/Yam_dvoVp6U?si=lnWGz_4MmTNJdcQu
    https://www.rootstockracing.com/
    Episode Sponsors:
    https://thewealthgardenfs.com/
    https://www.ascendathletics.org/

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

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36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Gdhtd ,

Amanda Bohley is amazing!

I loved the episode with Amanda! She is so strong and encouraging for all women. Thank you sharing your incredible story and journey! Bring back Amanda!!!

Winooskigirl ,

The Foundation of all my AR learning

I love to learn! Brian continuously serves up guests (and his fantastic own chime ins) with much to offer in the way of juicy AR tidbits and learning about the magic, beauty and life lessons that AR has to offer.

This show is the companion to almost all my training sessions, drives to training sessions and drives to races! Thank you Brian and thank you to all your guests!

Jon Thiel ,

Great AR content!

I discovered the sport in 2020 through Amazon's show on the eco-challenge. After doing a few races, I realized there was limited content and coverage of the sport. When I found this podcast I became obsessed. Great guests and the host leads great discussions that educate beginner races and is entertaining to veterans.

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