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Welcome to The Extra Mile, the official Charity Miles podcast where each week we interview people who are going the extra mile for health and to make an impact. Each interview is conducted outdoors on a walk or run with our guest. And we invite you to turn on your Charity Miles and come along for the walk or run with us.

The Extra Mile - The Official Charity Miles Podcast gene@charitymiles.org (Gene Gurkoff)

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 169 Ratings

Welcome to The Extra Mile, the official Charity Miles podcast where each week we interview people who are going the extra mile for health and to make an impact. Each interview is conducted outdoors on a walk or run with our guest. And we invite you to turn on your Charity Miles and come along for the walk or run with us.

    Andrea Lytle Peet - 50 Marathons in 50 States with ALS

    Andrea Lytle Peet - 50 Marathons in 50 States with ALS

    In 2014, Andrea was in the prime of her life.
    She was 33, married and planning to start a family. She had a rewarding career. And she was having fun participating in triathlons and other endurance events, including a marathon and Half Ironman.
    Then she was diagnosed with ALS and soon walking with a cane.
    Only 20% of people with ALS live more than five years past their diagnosis.
    Yet, 8 years after her diagnosis, Andrea is not just living.  She just completed 50 marathons, in all 50 states!
    Andrea knows she's one of the lucky ones.
    "Fortunately," she says, "I am able to eat... and breathe... and speak."
    This may be the most heart-stopping thing anyone has ever said to me in an interview. (Or otherwise.)
    I cannot even begin to imagine what it would be like to not take eating, breathing and speaking for granted.
    I also cannot imagine the kind of courage, imagination and resilience it would take to be diagnosed with ALS-- and then set out to conquer fifty marathons.
    In this interview you'll hear Andrea's story in her own voice. But it's not just her voice-- it's the voice of the ALS community.
    Please click here now to learn more about Andrea and support her Foundation which is raising money to fund research towards a cure or effective treatment for ALS.
    Thank you to Andrea for having the courage to live and write such an incredible story-- and thank you for sharing it with all of us.

    • 49 min
    Katerina Biloruska - Helping on the ground in Ukraine

    Katerina Biloruska - Helping on the ground in Ukraine

    Katerina Biloruska is the Chairwoman of the Parimatch Foundation, the corporate foundation of Parimatch, an international sportsbetting company with deep roots-- and over 1,000 employees-- in Ukraine.
    In normal times, the Parimatch Foundation focuses on children's sports and education initiatives.
    But these are not normal times.
    As of the date of this release, we are over a month into Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
    A few weeks ago, I sent an email to our community with some resources for how our community could step up to support people of Ukraine.
    I received a reply from one of Katerina's colleagues to let me know how the Parimatch Foundation (and the company) have shifted their efforts to support the humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.  
    I asked if they'd be willing to share more on our podcast, and I'm grateful that Katerina took the time to share her perspective for what's happening on the ground, and how we can help.
    If you'd like to learn more about Parimatch's work in Ukraine, please click here.

    • 29 min
    Ryan Kaplan - From Krakow With Love

    Ryan Kaplan - From Krakow With Love

    Ryan Kaplan is the Director for the Jewish Community Center of Krakow's Ride for the Living, an annual cycling event from the gates of Auschwitz-Birkenau to JCC Krakow, giving participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in Krakow’s Jewish past, present, and future.
    As many of you know, we've been working hard to evolve Charity Miles so that we can be more accessible to all the great charities that want to join us.  We're happy to say that we're now more able to do so, and JCC Krakow is one of the newest members of the Charity Miles community.
    In ordinary times, JCC Krakow provides social, educational and community-oriented services to the Jewish community of Krakow, offers programming open to the entire Krakow community to foster Polish-Jewish relations, and acts as a visitor center for the hundreds of thousands of tourists, many of them Jewish, who pass through Krakow.
    But these are not ordinary times.
    As of the date of this podcast, we are over a month into Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which has sent over 2 million Ukranian refugees to Poland.
    The Polish people are rising to the occasion, doing everything they can to support the refugees.
    JCC Krakow is stepping up as well. 
    Since the war began, they have served many thousands of Ukranians, an average of over 300 each day.
    They are housing and feeding over 200 Ukrainians, Jews and non-Jews, in hotel rooms and apartments in Krakow.  
    They have outfitted and opened a mother and child safe space with a local partner that provides day care for 25 young children, and Polish and English classes, psychological counseling, and job training for their mothers in a warm, cozy environment.
    And much more.
    I'm grateful that Ryan was able to take the time to share his perspective from the ground with us.
    If you'd like to support or learn more about the work that JCC Krakow is doing for Ukranian refugees, please click here.

    • 53 min
    James and Krista White: Anti-Racist Leadership

    James and Krista White: Anti-Racist Leadership

    James and Krista White, father and daughter, are the co-authors of Anti-Racist Leadership, a book about how and why corporate leaders at all levels can create anti-racist systems, structure and, ultimately, culture in their companies. James comes to this as the former Chairman and CEO of Jamba Juice, and a board member for several companies, including The Honest Company.
    Krista is a writer and entrepreneur focused on diversity and inclusion.  She is currently building an app to address the sex-ed gap for the Queer community.
    This is a book for the moment.  This is something I know everyone in our community cares about-- especially our employee empowerment partners.
    Huge thanks to James and Krista for writing this book and for sharing so much with us.
    If you'd like to contact them, here are the relevant handles...
    Culture Design Labs.
    James White, LinkedIn.
    Krista White, LinkedIn.
    Krista White, Twitter.
    #EveryMileMatters!
     
     

    • 51 min
    Jon Montoya - Walking To All 7 Wonders of The World

    Jon Montoya - Walking To All 7 Wonders of The World

    Jon Montoya isn't just walking around the world with Charity Miles...
    He's walking to all seven wonders of the world.
    1. Chichén Itzá El Castillo, in Mexico
    2. Machu Pichu, in Peru
    3. Christ the Redeemer, in Brazil
    4. The Colosseum, in Rome
    5.  Petra, in Jordan
    6.  The Taj Mahal, in India
    7.  The Great Wall of China
    It's a 25,000 mile journey that he estimates will take him seven years to complete.
    He started last July and has already completed 2,500 miles.  So, he still has a long way to go.
    But he as already come very far, and learned quite a bit.
    Jon is walking in support of (RED) and to champion the World Health Organizations ambitious and inspiring 2030 Global AIDS Strategy - to eliminate AIDS by 2030.
    This may be my favorite interview yet - Jon is just incredible.
    Huge thanks to Jon for sharing so much with us and inviting us to be a part of his journey.
    >> Here's a link to Jon's YouTube.
    >> Here's a link to Jon's Instagram.
    >> Here's Jon's email if you'd like to drop him a note: buenviajemyfriend@gmail.com.
    #EveryMileMatters

    • 57 min
    Dave Richman - Write Your Story

    Dave Richman - Write Your Story

    Dave Richman is an entrepreneur, author, public speaker, athlete, and philanthropist.
    As an author, Dave has written a few books.
    His first, "Winning In the Middle of the Pack" he shares insights learned on his own transformation journey.  Once a couch-potato (and smoker), David has since completed over 50 triathlons, including 15 Ironman-distance triathlons, and more than 50 ultra-marathons.
    In his most recent book, "Cycle of Lives", Dave shares the stories of fifteen people who each have their own cancer journey.  Dave then symbolically connected these stories by riding his bike 5,000 miles, zig-zagging across the U.S. to each of people. 
    There's a lot in this podcast-- so much that I'll probably have to listen to it several times.
    Huge thanks to Dave for taking the time to share so much with us.
    #EveryMileMatters!
     

    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
169 Ratings

169 Ratings

David Richman Author ,

Awesome host and show!

Gene is an awesome podcaster! His style of interviewing is one in a million! He's super informed, present, and very inquisitive. He does the interview outdoors, while walking or running. How awesome is that?! It's one of the best shows I've guested on. Kudos and keep going the Extra Mile!

Robyn CM ,

Worth Every Second of Your Time

I love this podcast! It’s like listening to a Real Life cheerleader for an hour. It makes me think and grow and see things in ways I wouldn’t normally.

ThomSinger ,

Great podcast

I like things that are different- interviews while running meet that description. I met Gene and he is a great person and I like how he challenges people to do more!

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