April 16, 2021

Episode 34 - Maria Steinhauser

Grand theft auto? Podium finishes? Master’s degree? Episode 34 featured Maria Steinhauser and her journey through single parenting, grad school, full-time teaching, and podium finishes. We shared an hour laughing and reliving...

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April 9, 2021

Episode 33 - Jamil Coury

Jamil Coury joined us for Episode 33. We dove right in and discussed the good, bad and ugly that came from a year of pandemic race directing. We touched on the 2021 Barkley marathons and how Jamil’s day(s) unfolded. Mike …

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April 2, 2021

Episode 32 - E3 Epic Endurance Events

For our 32nd episode, we sat down with the E3 Epic Endurance Events crew Chaz Sheya , Abbey Drake, and Sean Flannagan to get the inside scoop on the 2021 CANYONS ENDURANCE RUNS. The race is on but in a …

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March 26, 2021

Episode 31 - Michael Li

For our 31st episode, we sat down with Bay Area Ultrarunner, Race Director, Running Coach, and now JamOnTam200 FKT holder, Michael Li. Michael just completed a record-setting 21 ascents up Mt. Tam, covering 200 miles, 57,162 ...

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March 19, 2021

Episode 30 - Sarah Estrella

During 2020, we saw the rise of FKT attempts while so many races had been cancelled and postponed due to the pandemic. The 2021 FKT season is off to a blistering start with the Death Valley N-S standard route crossing …

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March 12, 2021

First 99 Gear Review - Hey Bruce, What Are You Packing?

In this episode, we sit down again with Bruce Nguyen. We spoke to Bruce last November in episode 18 after his amazing Moab 240 finish. We asked him to come back to discuss his gear. Specifically, all the gear it …

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March 5, 2021

Episode 29 - Karen and Kjell Frames

For our 29th episode, we sat down with two fixtures of our trail running community, Karen and Kjell Framnes! You can count on seeing Karen, Kjell and their daughter Olivia at pretty much any trail race in Northern California ...

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Feb. 26, 2021

First 99 Gear Review - Tales from Dusty Corners

On the First 99 Gear Review we usually talk about gear attached to your body; shoes, clothing, watches, stuff like that. But today, we are sitting down with Auburn’s very own Doug White to talk about the gear, time, and …

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Feb. 20, 2021

Episode 28 - Jenny Maier

In this episode, Jenny Maier joined us to talk about her unique approach to combining personal training, strength and mobility work and yoga to help build balanced runners with longevity in the sport. We got some great insigh...

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Feb. 12, 2021

First 99 Gear Review - Our Gear Picks

Mike kicked off our Mile 99 crew favorite gear review. We peeked into a lesson from Turner’s Theory of Net Energy Balance. It led him to favoring a Gore brand windstopper vest. It has a low back and pockets originally …

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Feb. 5, 2021

Episode 27 - Craig Thornley, Dr. Andy Pasternak, Diana Fitzpatrick, a…

In this episode, we were joined by Western States Endurance Run race director Craig Thornley, race medical director Dr. Andy Pasternak, president of the board of directors Diana Fitzpatrick, and vice president of the board Ti...

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Jan. 29, 2021

First 99 Gear Review - Cross-training - Part 2

In this episode of the First 99 Gear Review, I sit down again with our very own Greg Larkin for Part 2 of his Winter Off-Season Cross Training Plan. During Part 1 we dug into Greg’s indoor workouts including rowing …

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Jan. 23, 2021

Episode 26 - Clint and Halle Welch

In this episode, we are joined by Clint Welch and his daughter Halle. Clint has been a fixture on the Northern California ultrarunning scene for a number of years, and his daughter Halle has taken up running to follow in …

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Jan. 16, 2021

First 99 Gear Review - Cross-training - Part 1

In this episode of the First 99 Gear Review, co-host Mike Turner sits down with our very own Greg Larkin to chat about winter cross training activities. It’s the New Year, and the time to start planning our race and …

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Jan. 14, 2021

Rebecca Redlines Cancer - Live

In our final episode with Rebecca Sperry, she joined us for a live wrap-up interview as she recently completed her twelve rounds of chemotherapy and is starting a new phase of cancer treatment. During the interview, we reflec...

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Jan. 8, 2021

Episode 25 - Katie Grossman

Katie Grossman, an accomplished professional mountain ultrarunner, advertising creative, soon-to-be mother of two and assistant RD of the Angeles Crest 100, sat down with us to talk about her early life, running and racing at...

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Jan. 4, 2021

Rebecca Redlines Cancer - Part 4

In the last of our prerecorded episodes with Rebecca Sperry, a hiker from New Hampshire who was in the midst of hiking all of the trails in the White Mountain National Forest until she received a breast cancer diagnosis in …

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Jan. 2, 2021

Episode 24 - Jocelyn Watson

Jocelyn Watson joined us for our 24th episode to talk about her running career starting all the way back in middle school, through high school, into college and beyond. She started out in track and cross-country but eventuall...

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Dec. 27, 2020

First 99 Gear Review - Coros vs. Garmin running watches

In this episode of the First 99 Gear Review, co-hosts Mike Turner and Greg Larkin talked to gear reviewer and ultrarunner Brian Goldman about the Coros and Garmin running watches, their features and modes and of course, stren...

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Dec. 24, 2020

Episode 23 - Forlorn Hope Expedition Team

The modern-day Forlorn Hope Expedition Team sat down with us in this episode to talk about the genesis, planning and execution of their recently-completed journey from Donner Memorial State Park in Truckee, CA to Johnson's Ra...

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Dec. 21, 2020

Rebecca Redlines Cancer - Part 3

Rebecca Sperry, a hiker from New Hampshire joined us for the third of several episodes talking about her redlining goal in the White Mountain National Forest when she was temporarily sidelined by a breast cancer diagnosis in ...

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Dec. 18, 2020

Episode 22 - Eddie Schmidt

Auburn resident Eddie Schmidt sat down with us for a great conversation about his early years as a runner and how much family and the ultrarunning community means to him. Eddie started running seriously later in life after so...

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Dec. 11, 2020

First 99 Gear Review - Topo Trailventure trail running shoe

In this episode of the First 99 Gear Review, our co-host Mike Turner delves into the Topo Athletic Trailventure trail running/light hiker shoe. He explores the reasons he decided on this shoe initially and then the experience...

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Dec. 7, 2020

Rebecca Redlines Cancer - Part 2

Rebecca Sperry, a hiker from New Hampshire joined us for the second of several episodes talking about her redlining goal in the White Mountain National Forest when she was temporarily sidelined by a breast cancer diagnosis in...

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Dec. 5, 2020

Episode 21 - Craig Thornley, Tim Twietmeyer and Dr. Andy Pasternak

Western States Endurance Run race director Craig Thornley, board member Tim Twietmeyer and medical director Dr. Andy Pasternak joined us for our 21st episode to talk all about the current state of the race as we head into 202...

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Nov. 28, 2020

First 99 Gear Review - Spot vs. Garmin GPS trackers

In this episode of the First 99 Gear Review, our co-host Mike Turner delves into two popular GPS trackers that are perfect for expeditions into remote areas with no cellular service. Tune in to hear Mike's thoughts on what fe...

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Nov. 25, 2020

Special Episode - FKT on the Superior Trail with Jeff Rauenhorst

Donner Party Mountain Runners board member Chris Cloyd held a virtual conversation with Jeff Rauenhorst, local Incline Village resident, who set a new high mark for the unsupported FKT (Fastest Known Time) on the 310-mile Sup...

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Nov. 23, 2020

Rebecca Redlines Cancer - Part 1

Rebecca Sperry, a hiker from New Hampshire joined us for the first of several episodes talking about her redlining goal in the White Mountain National Forest when she was temporarily sidelined by a breast cancer diagnosis in ...

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Nov. 19, 2020

Episode 20 - Bryan Paisley

Bryan Paisley joined us for an honest and in-depth look at his life, how he emerged from addiction and manages his bipolar diagnosis through meditation and running. He shared many stories, the joy he finds in running, finding...

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Nov. 16, 2020

Rebecca Redlines Cancer - Trailer

We're announcing a new series of podcast episodes that are planned coming up over the next couple of months. The series is called “Rebecca Redlines Cancer”, and we’re posting this trailer episode today to let you know a bit m...

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Nov. 13, 2020

Episode 19 - Dan Barger

On October 30th, 2020 Dan Barger started from the Placer High School track, the legendary finish line of the Western States Endurance Run with his second attempt to complete a full out and back from Auburn to Olympic Valley a...

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Nov. 12, 2020

Episode 18 - Bruce Nguyen

Bruce Nguyen started his running career in 2013 with a 5k race, and fast forward seven years to 2020 where he completed the Moab 240 trail race in 106 hours! Bruce joined us for this episode to talk about his …

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Oct. 29, 2020

Episode 17 - Bob Crowley

Bob Crowley, ultrarunning legend and current ITRA (International Trail Running Association) president, joined us in this episode to talk about his start in the sport, his involvement with ITRA, his latest adventure project a...

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Oct. 15, 2020

Episode 16 - Chris Nottingham

Chris Nottingham is an ultrarunner, community builder and mental health advocate. He sat down with us to talk about his journey from a stressed out daily existence to finding running and physical activity as a means to improv...

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Oct. 5, 2020

Episode 15 - Kristina Folcik

CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains discussion of domestic abuse and suicidal thoughts Kristina Folcik is a trail runner, race director, coach, multiple FKT (fastest known time) record holder and domestic abuse survivor. S...

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Oct. 1, 2020

Episode 14 - Jennifer Hemmen

Jennifer Hemmen is an accomplished ultrarunner who has been running since her childhood. Along the way, she was inspired by her older sister, other runners, athletes and coaches to take on some of the toughest races out there...

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Sept. 10, 2020

Episode 13 - Renee Elsdon Jacobs

Renee sat down with us in this episode just two weeks after her successful FKT record on the Sierra High Route, a challenging route covering nearly 200 miles, mostly off-trail and typically above 9000’ elevation! Renee is a r...

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Sept. 3, 2020

Episode 12 - Bob Shebest

In this episode, we chatted with Bob Shebest, a pro ultrarunner (sponsored by Salomon , Buff , GU and Squirrel's Nut Butter ), coach and middle-school educator. Bob recently relocated to the foothills from Sonoma County and i...

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Aug. 27, 2020

Special Episode - Walker Mine adventure

From time to time, we'd like to bring you additional special episodes like this one! Mike Turner and I have been doing a lot more exploring around the area since the racing season has been effectively cancelled. We've gone on...

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Aug. 20, 2020

Episode 11 - Sean Ranney

Sean Ranney is an ultrarunner, adventurer and race director of Northern California's answer to the Barkley Marathons, the Euchre Bar Massacre. We talked to him about how got into running after coming from a multi-sport backgr...

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Aug. 18, 2020

Special Episode - Tahoe Rim Trail FKTs with Helen Pelster and Adam Ki…

In this special episode, we have collaborated with the Donner Party Mountain Runners to bring you a podcast recorded from their live interview with Helen Pelster and Adam Kimble, two incredible ultrarunners who both set faste...

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Aug. 7, 2020

Episode 10 - Helen Pelster

Helen Pelster is an accomplished ultrarunner based in Truckee, CA, and in this episode we spoke with her about her initial discovery as running as a way to get in shape but then things really took off from there, culminating …

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July 23, 2020

Episode 9 - Camille Herron

Camille Herron joined us for an interesting and inspiring talk about her lengthy running career in a wide variety of disciplines of the sport. She is a multiple national and world record holder, has dozens of victories at the...

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July 9, 2020

Episode 8 - Rob Myers

Episode 8 with Rob Myers is an interesting conversation with him and his friends about the big adventure they had while running the Western States Endurance Run course in reverse! We hear from Rob, his crew and pacers and unr...

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June 26, 2020

Episode 7 - Ray Sanchez

Ray Sanchez is a Badwater 135 veteran who keeps going back to the race year after year and is aiming for 20 finishes there. The difficulty of that task cannot be overstated, but it's clear he has the drive to …

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June 19, 2020

Episode 6 - Meghan Canfield

In episode was 6, we had a great discussion with Meghan Canfield on a wide range of running-related topics including the importance of increasing diversity in our sport and what she is doing to help with that effort. The audi...

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June 12, 2020

Episode 5 - Christopher Thomas

We had an excellent conversation with Chris Thomas about his entry into running in 2015 when he decided to transform his life. Learn about how he made the shift and got on the path to the hardened ultrarunner that he …

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June 5, 2020

Episode 4 - Kuni Yamagata

Kuni Yamagata recounted some amazing stories about the Hardrock 100, other races and his approaches to training and racing for our fourth episode. This is one tough runner with a wealth of information for all of us! Tune in t...

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May 29, 2020

Episode 3 - Karen Bonnett-Natraj

For our 3rd episode, we had the pleasure of speaking with Karen Bonnett-Natraj, an accomplished and prolific ultrarunner and multi-sport athlete. She has over 100 trail race finishes, including multiple 100 mile finishes per ...

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May 22, 2020

Episode 2 - Kelly Barber

In episode 2, we chatted with Kelly Barber, a Northern California ultrarunner with a large number of impressive running achievements! We learned a lot about his start in running, his first time pacing at Western States and hi...

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