26 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

    Bonus episode: Hear how the Wings for Life World Run 2023 went

    Bonus episode: Hear how the Wings for Life World Run 2023 went

    Did you run with us this year in the Wings for Life World Run 2023? Even if you didn’t but are curious how it was for our hosts, Erin and Ayo, plus all the guests and listeners who ran it too… well, get listening to this bonus episode! They take a moment to chat with previous guest and GPS runner Jeric Yuen, hear about Ayo’s experience (spoiler: he didn’t run!) as well as Erin’s App Run drama.

    The 2023 Wings for Life World Run took place on Sunday, May 7, with more than 200,000 runners taking part across the globe. Together, they ran in 165 countries and covered 1,573,221km for those who can’t. And most importantly, they raised 5.8 million euros to go towards spinal chord injury research.

    All news, results and reactions from the run can be found at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com as well as info on how to register for 2024.

    • 22 min
    I run to break boundaries with runner Bobbi Gibb

    I run to break boundaries with runner Bobbi Gibb

    It’s the last episode until the big run and we are going out with a bang with the inspirational Bobbi Gibb. Bobbi was the first woman ever to run the Boston marathon and her story is one of resilience, perseverance and blind optimism. She broke every boundary around to run this race in 1966 and showed women everywhere they were capable of running much more than the 1.5 miles they were told they could by doctors of the time. When it comes to women and running we’ve really come so far – listen here to see why.

    Join 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

    • 36 min
    I run to listen… with a leading headphone technology expert

    I run to listen… with a leading headphone technology expert

    The simplicity of running is something we often praise on this podcast. Not needing anything but a pair of trainers and the outside world makes running one of the easiest sports for exercising, that’s for sure. However, it is kinda nice to geek out on good gear from time to time, and while Erin is away, self-confessed tech geek Ayo is doing just that.

    To help him he has Head of Product Team – Philips Sound, Diederik Houtman, on the show. Diederik has been in charge of the creation of Philips Sound’s new bone-conduction headphones and, as Ayo will attest, they are a thing of beauty. Listen to today’s episode to discover how these headphones cater to everything a runner might need to listen to their music (or podcasts!) safely, and the fascinating process of trial and error that helped this be the case.

    On the topic of listening, we are compiling a playlist for the Wings For Life World Run! Let us know your favourite running tracks @wflworldrun. We can’t wait to hear them.

    Join the big movement and run with us as part of the WhyI Run Podcast team atwww.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

    • 20 min
    I run for the freedom with Japanese surfer Kanoa Igarashi

    I run for the freedom with Japanese surfer Kanoa Igarashi

    Kanoa Igarashi is one formidable surfer and loves running to help him keep agile for the waves. His name translates to the ‘the free one’, so naturally he loves running for the freedom it gives him. In this episode, Ayo hears all about this, as well as the burgeoning Japanese surf scene, which is about to take the world by storm, and also what it was like for Kanoa getting a silver medal for Japan in the 2020 Olympics in the event’s first-ever surfing competition.

    Join the big movement and run with us as part of the WhyI 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

    • 18 min
    Bonus Episode – Well Far Daily

    Bonus Episode – Well Far Daily

    Here’s something very special for all the Why I Run listeners. Hosted by Amy Lane, Well Far Daily is a daily dose of tips and tricks to help you crush your running goals, one day at a time. Whether you're just starting out or looking to hit a new marathon PB, Well Far Daily combines advice from experts in the industry and Amy's extensive knowledge to make running accessible for you at every stage of the running journey.
    You can listen here: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/well-far-daily/id1651212526 [podcasts.apple.com]

    • 3 min
    I run to switch my perspective with rock climber Emily Harrington

    I run to switch my perspective with rock climber Emily Harrington

    Erin talks with tenacious rock climber Emily Harrington. Emily fell in love with rock climbing when she was a child and has never looked back (or down!). She’s a force to be reckoned with on the cliffs and is five-time US National Champion in sport lead climbing. But when rock climbing is your job it can be hard to associate exercising with leisure time. Enter running. Emily loves running as a way of switching her perspective from a competitive one to a more meditative one and is here to teach us how to do the same. Emily regularly uploads her outdoor exploits, including walks with her new son, on Strava, the largest community of active people. Follow her here. https://www.strava.com/pros/3052716

    Join 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/whyirunteam, leave a review or message us at @wflworldrun @immrsspacecadet @ayoakinwolere

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

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11 Ratings

11 Ratings

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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!

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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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