15 episodes

The Why I Run podcast from Red Bull celebrates the extraordinary and the everyday stories of running, to inspire you to pick up those running shoes and just get going! Runners of every skill level are welcome, from passionate regulars, to runners who struggle themselves to get out the door, and everyone in between.

We had some incredible episodes in Season 1; an F1 driver, a writer, an activist, and a BMX rider, who discuss topics such as running to spend time with others (including your dog), running to clear your mind, even running to be creative and much more!

In this season we’ll be meeting even more unexpected runners, where we’ll be asking them the question why they run and building our team for the 2023 Wings For Life World Run. We really hope you can join us!

Meet your hosts: Erin Azar became a TikTok sensation when she documented her running journey. Though she doesn’t run to hit the fastest speeds or go the longest distances, her passionate love for running has brought a lot to her life. Ayo Akinwolere is a broadcaster and world record-breaking swimmer, who at one stage could do a half-marathon, but has since relaxed into a casual runner. Together, they’re going to meet a whole world of different kinds of runners to find out why they run.

The tenth anniversary of Wings For Life World Run – the run for those that can’t – takes places on May 7th 2022. Participants will be able to run individually or join one of the many organised App Runs in various countries around the world. 100% of all entry fees and donations go to spinal cord research and help find a cure for spinal cord injury.

We’d love to hear from you! Get in contact on Instagram at @wflwordrun or with our hosts @ayoakinwolere and @immrsspacecadet

Listen to all episodes at www.redbull.com/WhyIRun

Want to be part of our team? Join the Why I Run Podcast team at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/whyirunteam

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    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

The Why I Run podcast from Red Bull celebrates the extraordinary and the everyday stories of running, to inspire you to pick up those running shoes and just get going! Runners of every skill level are welcome, from passionate regulars, to runners who struggle themselves to get out the door, and everyone in between.

We had some incredible episodes in Season 1; an F1 driver, a writer, an activist, and a BMX rider, who discuss topics such as running to spend time with others (including your dog), running to clear your mind, even running to be creative and much more!

In this season we’ll be meeting even more unexpected runners, where we’ll be asking them the question why they run and building our team for the 2023 Wings For Life World Run. We really hope you can join us!

Meet your hosts: Erin Azar became a TikTok sensation when she documented her running journey. Though she doesn’t run to hit the fastest speeds or go the longest distances, her passionate love for running has brought a lot to her life. Ayo Akinwolere is a broadcaster and world record-breaking swimmer, who at one stage could do a half-marathon, but has since relaxed into a casual runner. Together, they’re going to meet a whole world of different kinds of runners to find out why they run.

The tenth anniversary of Wings For Life World Run – the run for those that can’t – takes places on May 7th 2022. Participants will be able to run individually or join one of the many organised App Runs in various countries around the world. 100% of all entry fees and donations go to spinal cord research and help find a cure for spinal cord injury.

We’d love to hear from you! Get in contact on Instagram at @wflwordrun or with our hosts @ayoakinwolere and @immrsspacecadet

Listen to all episodes at www.redbull.com/WhyIRun

Want to be part of our team? Join the Why I Run Podcast team at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/whyirunteam

    I run for the inner buzz with Ironman triathlete Lucy Charles-Barclay

    I run for the inner buzz with Ironman triathlete Lucy Charles-Barclay

    Ever had a natural buzz after really pushing yourself at something? Well that’s achievable no matter who you are according to this week’s guest, multiple Ironman champion Lucy Charles-Barclay. Lucy is a professional swimmer-turned-triathlete, so she knows first-hand the joys that adding running to your training regime can offer, and she’s here to share some tips and tricks for how to stay motivated and get that running buzz, no matter your ability.

    Find every episode on redbull.com/WhyIRun

    Be part of the big movement and run with us as part of the Why I Run Podcast team at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/whyirunteam

    We’d love to hear from you! Tell us about your run this week or let us know what you thought of our guest… whatever it is, you can drop us a note on our team feed at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/teams, leave a review, or message us at @wflworldrun @immrsspacecadet @ayoakinwolere

    • 28 min
    I run for simplicity with US Team Skipper Jimmy Spithill

    I run for simplicity with US Team Skipper Jimmy Spithill

    It’s our first episode of season 2 and hosts Erin Azar and Ayo Akinwolere couldn’t be more excited about it. To mark this ceremonious occasion, Ayo chats with highly decorated yachtsman Jimmy Spithill. Jimmy has won world championships, been named World Sailor of the Year and currently leads the U.S. team on the global SailGP tour. Jimmy tells us about growing up in the Australian outback and how he uses running to get back to basics on busy sailing trips.

    Find every episode on redbull.com/WhyIRun

    Want to run with us? Join the Why I Run Podcast Team at https://www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/whyirunteam

    We’d love to hear from you! Tell us about your run this week or let us know what you thought of our guest… whatever it is, you can drop us a note on our team feed at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/teams, leave a review, or, message us at @wflworldrun @immrsspacecadet @ayoakinwolere

    • 23 min
    What to expect from Season 2

    What to expect from Season 2

    We’re back with Season 2! The Why I Run podcast from Red Bull celebrates the extraordinary and the everyday stories of running, to inspire you to pick up those running shoes and just get going! Runners of every skill level are welcome, from passionate regulars, to runners who struggle to get out the door – and everyone in between.

    We had some incredible episodes in Season 1: an F1 driver, a writer, an activist, a BMX rider. They discuss topics such as running to spend time with others (including your dog), running to clear your mind, running to be creative, and much more!

    In this season we’ll be meeting even more unexpected runners, where we’ll be asking them why they run and building our team for the 2023 Wings for Life World Run. We really hope you can join us!

    Episode 1 drops Thursday, January 12! We’d love to hear if you’re joining us this season, so get in contact on Instagram at @wflwordrun or with our hosts @ayoakinwolere and @immrsspacecadet.

    • 1 min
    Bonus episode: Hear how the Wings for Life World Run 2022 went

    Bonus episode: Hear how the Wings for Life World Run 2022 went

    Erin and Ayo, along with over 161,892 participants from 192 nations at runs in 165 countries around the globe, were part of the ninth annual edition of the Wings for Life World Run this May and together they raised 4.7 million euros for spinal cord research. They’re taking a moment to chat with each other about their individual runs, and to hear from some of the Why I Run team about how they got on, including our team’s furthest runner who clocked up an impressive 26km!

    All news, results and reactions from the run can be found at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com [wingsforlifeworldrun.com] as well as info on how to register for 2023.

    The Why I Run podcast from Red Bull was hosted by Ayo Akinwolere and Erin Azar. Mixing was by Mark Pittam and Chris McLean. The assistant producer was Bukky Fadipe, the producer was Philippa Geering and the executive producer was Alex Hollands for Storyglass.

    • 23 min
    I run for those who can't with Olympic hurdler Colin Jackson and wheelchair tennis player Nico Langmann

    I run for those who can't with Olympic hurdler Colin Jackson and wheelchair tennis player Nico Langmann

    It’s our last episode before the Wings for Life World Run on Sunday May 8! Erin and Ayo sit down for a round-table chat with international sports director and record-breaking Olympic hurdler Colin Jackson, and wheelchair tennis superstar Nico Langmann, to hear about what that idea of ‘running for those who can’t’ means to them both and to share some of their most memorable running experiences.

    There’s still time to join the Why I Run Podcast Team on https://www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/whyirunteam

    Find every episode on redbull.com/WhyIRun

    Give us your burning questions – drop us a note on the feed at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/teams or leave a review!

    • 38 min
    I run for fun with Wesley Butstraen

    I run for fun with Wesley Butstraen

    This week is all about putting the fun back into your run. Erin and Ayo speak to Wesley Butstraen. If you’ve ever encountered a big bearded man in a bright pink suit on a Wings for Life World Run, that’s Wesley, and it’s completely joy-inducing. We hear about how he started running for health reasons but found his mindset shifting as his running progressed. As the 2022 event draws nearer, Erin and Ayo also take some time to hear from a few listeners about why they run, and discuss their own reasons for getting their shoes on and getting out there.

    Find every episode on redbull.com/WhyIRun

    Want to run? Join the Why I Run Podcast Team on https://www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/whyirunteam

    Give us your burning questions – drop us a note on the feed at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/teams or leave a review!

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Rockmysocks42 ,

Motivation

This podcast was recommended to me and I am so grateful! When I don’t feel like getting a run in, I throw on an episode and I can’t help but get my shoes laced up and get myself out the door. This podcast is a huge part of my half marathon train! My first half! I’m so exited!

NYC runner girl! ,

Love running from average runner.

I love Erin. Been watching her YouTubes and IG post almost 2 years. Now she is on podcast passing on that good solid running vibes for us runners!!! 🙏🏼

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