Jessie Zapo has been called a lot of things in the realm of running: Originator, Innovator, and the First Lady of Running, to name a few. But, these nicknames and titles are not mere superlatives. Here's why: Jessie was one of the original members of the New York-based, urban running crew BridgeRunners; she is one of the founders of the "Bridge The Gap" movement; she cofounded another wildly successful urban running crew called Black Roses NYC; and currently, she leads yet another running crew she started called Girls Run NYC.
For his day job Earl Blewett teaches microbiology to med students, virology to undergrad students, sequences genomes, and researches how primate viruses relate to one another. And, somehow has still found the time to rack up significant miles as an endurance athlete. At 52, Earl has completed 75 ultra marathons (and counting) and completed IRONMAN Canada 5 times. Tune in to hear about which of Earl's ultras gave him his Truest Adventure in running.
Whitney Mitchell, aka Two Macks, was a runner above all else—that’s how her friends and family saw her, and that’s how she self-identified. But, when an injury brought an unexpected end to her collegiate track career at LSU, she had to find herself again before she could let running back into her life.
Harold Dale lived all over, but he still should have known better...
The job posting was online, the location was a remote island off the coast of South Korea, and he was offered the job less than 48 hours after he submitted his application. After he arrived on Chuja Island, he learned that the last person in his post literally went insane, and Harold seemed to be slowly self destructing by binging on cigarettes, alcohol, and CSI reruns. But then, something interesting happened. Harold re-centered himself, and Chuja gave him an amazing gift: his truest adventure in running.
Lindsey Puderer Dennis is no stranger to being pushed outside her comfort zone--from the time she moved to New York as part of a specialized government team assigned to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy to her decision to leave the stability of government work for the gamble that working for Lululemon would lead to the happy, healthier life the company promotes. It should come as no shock then that she chose, as a self proclaimed "non-runner," to run 12 half marathons in 12 months to honor and raise money for the families of U.S. soldiers who were killed in action.
(Check The Truest Adventure Facebook page for the photos of Lindsey's toe and the link to her page mentioned in the episode.)
Nacho is a native of Spain and a serious athlete. His personal athletic pursuits will impress you (seeking to qualify for the Boston Marathon at 45 with a sub 3:20 marathon time), but his preferred way to give back will leave you in awe. Through Achilles, Nacho has served as a guide for visually impaired athletes at half marathons, marathons, and an Ironman Triathlon.
This week, The Truest continue their interview of Anthony Butler, and Anthony talks about life after he lost his sight...