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Jaybie Pargarigan is a mother, domestic worker and ultra runner. Originally from the Philippines Jaybie has worked abroad for over 15 years in Saudi Arabia, Cyprus, Singapore and now Hong Kong. Although she works six days a week and up to 72 hours a week as a domestic worker she discovered trail and ultra running. Since then she races when she can and has completed multiple races including a 50 km ultramarathon. Jaybie has inspired other domestic runners to start trail running and embraces the equalizing nature of the trails. 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dreveleeboy.demese
New York Times Article 
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/25/world/asia/hong-kong-maids-running.html

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Nick Brindisi is from Collingwood, Ontario. He has been running for almost 40 years, he found a love for running through running on local trails. He ran cross country in high school, and hasn't stopped.  Since then he has completed multiple marathons, and several 100 mile races including the difficult Sinister 7. He also completed to Rideau Trail from Kingston to Ottawa Ontario. Nick is also a coach and race director and active member and mentor of the running community. He also shares his special connection to Kenya and the Kenyan running community. This is a great conversation about how running can be the thread through a lifetime that gives connection, fitness, and adventure. You can learn more about Nick, his coaching and the Collingwood Half Marathon and 10k through the links below. If you are in the Georgian Bay Area you can check out one of their group runs as well. 
http://instillcoaching.myactivelifetime.com
http://www.georgiantrianglerunningclub.org
http://www.runcollingwood.ca
http://www.myactivelifetime.com

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Trish Benoit is on the show to share her recent adventure completing the 106 Cruel Jewel in Georgia and finishing 6th female. This was Trish's fourth 100 miler, she won her first 100 miler at Sulphur Springs in 2017, finished Mohichan 100 miler in 26 hours in 2018 and ran her first sub 24 hours at Yeti 100 miler, finishing under 22 hours. Trish seems to excel in tough and adverse conditions. She finished Boston Marathon during the coldest year in the past 30 years, and has run Yankee Springs 50 miler in two feet of snow where she earned her trail nickname, Snow Leopard. 
In her spare time Trish gives back to the running community whenever possible and is an active member of the charitable running community known as the Running Rarebits based out of the Waterloo Region in Ontario, Canada 
Follow her on instagram @Ultra_snowleopard

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Noel Thomson

Noel Thomson shares his incredible transformation. A few short years ago Noel was struggling with anxiety, depression and addiction. He was able to find the help he needed and change his life or "flip the switch" and turn his energy and attention to getting healthier and pursuing endurance sports.  In the past few years he has excelled at endurance sports including triathlon, duathlon and ultra running. He has qualified for the world championships in Spain for the duathlon. Now he is training hard, giving back to the community through volunteering at races and helping other athletes train. 
Every weekend in the month of May Noel runs a workout in Kelso park. kettle bells, medicine balls, weights, ski hill repeats, and coaching people wanting and needing  to get into a healthy active lifestyle.

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Jen is a Canadian adventure athlete and long time ultra distance competitor. Jen got started in the world of endurance sports at the young age of 20 and has been actively competing and exploring ever since. As a globally sought after endurance coach, Jen gets to spread her passion for challenge and self discovery to athletes around the world. Jen is fortunate to call Squamish, BC her home but adventures take her everywhere. Now as a Mom, Jen strives to find the important balance between time with her family and showing her son a life without parameters and still making space for personal goals and development through adventure. Jen has competed as an elite adventure racer, ultra runner and mountain biker. She continues her passion for adventure on expeditions all over the world.  She is also the founder of RunBC adventures where she leads runners on multi day trail and fastpack expeditions around BC and internationally.  More can be found on Jen at www.jensegger.com

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Latoya Shauntay Snell aka as the Running Fat Chef candidly shares her journey from chronic pain, degenerating discs, depression, weighing 265 lbs and being tired of being the "funny fat friend". In 2013 she signed up for a half marathon. Since then she has run multiple marathon around North America and will be doing the Berlin Marathon this year. Latoya also has run several ultra marathons and completed the Javelina 100 km last year. Latoya shares her experience online and including a viral post sharing her experience being heckled at the New York City Marathon for being overweight. Along the way she has become an activist, fitness and food blogger and social media influencer. We dive into topics such as female friendships, toxic diet culture, women's health, grief, and dealing with online trolls.   

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Camille Picott has been writing Stories from the End of the World since she figured out how to turn on her family’s Apple IIe computer and wrangle a floppy disk into the drive. She loves nothing more than penning an epic action scene or pushing a character to his limits.

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Anstr Davidson is a former trail and ultra runner who was among those who founded the Bull Run Run 50 Miler (BRR), the Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 (MMT), and the Virginia Happy Trails Running Club (VHTRC) in the 1990s .

Anstr is from southern California, but has spent most of his running life in Arlington, Virginia.  In the 1980s, Anstr ran in trail races put on by Ed Demoney (the Massanutten Mountain Massacre 50 and Old Dominion 100), Dennis Herr (the Wild Oak 50 miler), and David Horton (the Mountain Masochists 50 miler).  He also ran frequently with an informal group on local trails.  That informal group ended up creating the BRR 50, MMT 100, and the VHTRC.  Anstr has been involved in the management of these and the club until recently. His major contributions were to the club’s website, its unique entry system, race timing, and race results and reports.  For five years, he was the race director of the Bull Run Run 50.  In 2017, Anstr and Chris Scott, who was the creative genus behind the BRR, returned to direct the 25th anniversary of BRR.

Anstr was a middle of the pack runner who finished 100 milers and several shorter distances including finishing the JFK 50 30 times in a row.  He doesn’t run much now.  He has moved on to work with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, which maintains most of the trails that runners in this area use   
JFK http://www.vhtrc.org/forum/jfk2004-ad.htm
VHTRC story:   http://www.vhtrc.org/forum/jfk2004-ad.htm

For Bull Run Run: http://vhtrc.org/brr/data.htm
For MMT: http://vhtrc.org/mmt/data.htm

Old news on the VHTRC website here: http://www.vhtrc.org/news/archives

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A conversation about running, culture, spirituality and a passion for preserving the environment. Out of these passions the Monarch Ultra was born. Carlotta James in her own words....
Since I was a young girl, I have loved running in the outdoors. When I was in my 20s, I worked and travelled around the world, and it was through running that I discovered wild spaces and places off the beaten track. Some of my greatest memories of living overseas include running through the beautiful, quiet countrysides of rural China. I also lived in Beijing when the 2004 Summer Olympic Games took place, and watching Usain Bolt run like a cheetah with such incredible power & speed, I knew that I wanted to continue running for the rest of my life. Although I love competing in races, my greatest joy is running along trails on my own. It's a time to reflect, to meditate, and to envision new ideas for my life, my family and my community. While running along the trails in Peterborough, Ontario in 2017, the dream of following the monarch migration from north to south started to reveal itself. Monarch butterflies were with me during this run, as they seemed to dance around me, amplifying my dream of creating an ultra run across North America, a journey that would connect communities along the 4,000km migration route. There is a life force in any story of animal migration, and the one that fascinates me the most is the monarch migration. I have a strong desire to understand the migratory pathway of monarchs through my own ecological consciousness. Since we launched the Monarch Ultra in the fall of 2018, all of my energy & passion have gone into this project as an act of hope that we can protect some of the smallest creatures on Earth. My wildest dreams are coming true, and my greatest hope is that the Monarch Ultra will bring awareness and action to protect monarchs and other pollinators

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Martinus Evans is from Detroit Michigan. In 2012 he weighed approximately 360-370 pounds. A visit to an orthopaedic surgeon for hip pain prompted him to go and buy a pair of running shoes and start running and 300 pounds and running was born. Since then Martinus has run multiple marathons including the New York City marathon and will be traveling to the Berlin Marathon this year. He started his own blog, podcast, clothing line and helps other runners achieve their goals. He believes in consistency, determination, dedication, positivity and perseverance. He doesn't believe in diets, and values progress over perfection. We have a great conversation about how race directors can be inclusive to all participants, the running community, body image and being a mentor to others. Follow Martinus on 300 pounds and running and check out his clothing line SLOW AF here https://300poundsandrunning.com
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I absolutely loved this conversation with Jacob. He has such a passion and love for running and has been running since middle school. We talk about his early running days, what it took to set a world record, coaching, maintaining longevity in the sport, balancing family, work and racing. Check out more about Jacob Puzey and his coaching at https://www.peakrunperformance.com/coaches
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By most standards, Jacob’s running career did not start well.  Jacob never qualified for the Oregon State Track & Field Championships and consequently was not offered a scholarship to run in college. Upon graduation from high school, Jacob walked-on to the cross country team at NJCAA powerhouse, Ricks College, where he and his team won back-to-back NJCAA Cross Country Championship team titles in 2000 and 2001.  

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Marianne Heading is a ultra runner from Derbyshire England. In 2007 she had a big change in her life. She took a chance and volunteered at the Yukon Arctic Ultra. After seeing the ultra runners competing in the Yukon Arctic Ultra, Marianne was inspired. She went from barely running around the block to competing in long distance events around the world. She was the first European Women to complete the 300 mile event at the Yukon Arctic Ultra. This year she won the 300 mile event outright. Marianne is beyond humble, but her story of pivoting when life throws you the unexpected, and pursuing big dreams through hard work and perseverance is incredibly inspiring. Follow Marianne's adventures on her blog at http://www.headingnorth.co.uk 

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Matt Sorenson currently hails from Austin, TX and he's a father, husband, scientist, podcaster, runner, and a recent author. After enjoying soccer and track and field throughout school, Matt turned to distance running after his new wife introduced him to it in 2008. Since then, Matt has run the Boston Marathon three times, as well as Chicago and New York City. Matt started the Runified Podcast to help share extraordinary stories from everyday runners and has produced over 100 episodes. He's currently in the process of launching his first children's book, My Mommy Runs, which enables adults to share the transformative power of running through unique lines and engaging comic book style illustrations.

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Jim’s been delivering the message of healthy living since he became a personal trainer in 1997, and has helped hundreds of people reach their health and fitness goals.

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Verna Volker is of the Navajo Nation, she is a mom of four children and now resides in Minneapolis Minnesota. She started running to lose weight, and has now lost 50 lbs. She has run half marathons, marathons and 50 km. This spring she will be doing her first 50 miler at Zumbro. Verna noticed she did not see native women represented in the running community and in the media. She decided to do something about it and started an instagram page Native Women Running. Sharing other native women runners in the hopes of increasing representation and inspiring both native runners and non native runners. Verna hopes that one day her daughter will see people that look like her represented in the media and running community. Follow @native_women_running on Instagram and @hozhorunner4 on Instagram 

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Hilary Spires of Trail Women Running Interviews host of Running Divine Podcast, Stephanie (Bales) Hurtado about her journey with running. How overcoming challenges in her personal life gave her the mental toughness to persist as an ultra runner. Former smoker, Stephanie has now run multiple ultra marathons in North America and around the world. Including second place finishes at Haliburton 100 miler, Ultar Africa and Ultra Asia stage races.  Check out Trail Running Women Podcast to hear some more inspiring stories of women trail runners
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Hilary Spires is 32 years old and from Vancouver, British Columbia. She is the host of Trail Running Women Podcast and owner of Ruggesd Conditioning https://ruggedconditioning.com/podcast
 
Before Hilary discovered trail running, she was a NCAA and NWHL hockey player, fought MMA in the UFC and completed the Ironman.  After too many concussions from fighting she started to focus more on trail running and since then it has become a huge part of her life. She podium and run several 50 k races, placed 5th at 90 k race in the Swiss Alps and now uses her athletic knowledge to help other aspiring trail runners through her coaching business "https://ruggedconditioning.com" .   "Trail running seemed to bring everything I needed in a sport. It wasn’t just being fast, it was a full body struggle for hours on end. It didn’t matter that I wasn’t a waif like runner, the strength and agility from fighting and hockey was valuable. My favourite part is the mental side so to be totally alone in the forest struggling was everything I dreamed of! "

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Amy Puzey is the national race director for 5Peaks Trail Running and oversees over 30 trail races across Canada.  She is the mother of six children, past winner of the Canadian mountain running championships and TransRockies 3day run, has run multiple marathons and ultras.  She and her husband, Jacob, live with their kids in Canmore, Alberta. This January she traveled to Houston, Texas to race in the marathon with a goal for breaking the 3 hour barrier. Things didn't go as planned.... We learn about what happened, also Amy is generous in sharing how she manages young children, her race directing business, and training to run.  

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Meghan M Hicks is the managing editor of irunfar.com, contributor to Trail runner and marathon and beyond. She is the co author with Bryon Powell of "Where the road ends: a guide to trail running".  Meghan has been trail running since 2005, is the 2013 Marathon de Sable champion, has completed the Nolans 14 route, Bob Graham round, and two time Hardrock finisher. She is a fabulous writer and story teller and she shares with us her passion for the sport and lessons she has learned traveling the globe both as an athlete and member of the media. 

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Courtney Dauwalter is an ultra runner who lives and trains in Colorado.  She is curious about what we are physically and mentally capable of and has been exploring these limits by running really long races.  Some highlights from 2018 include wins at Western States 100 and Tahoe 200 and running 279 miles at Big's Backyard Ultra.  Currently, she is a full-time ultra runner

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Steven is 52 years old and has been running for 28 years, completing 51 marathons and 113 ultra-marathons to date.  Always active in various different sports growing up just outside of Barrie Ontario, Steven started running after completing University in order to not gain weight when he quit smoking. He completed his first marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon, in 1993, and his first ultra-marathon, the Conquer The Canuck 50K, in 2004. His proudest running moments are finally finishing his first 100 miler after DNFing his first 7 attempts, winning his first race, The Beast of Burden winter 100 miler, at the age of 47,  his personal best time of 16:16:31 for 100 miles, and his personal best distance of 205K for 24 hours. Simply put, Steven just loves to run!

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April has been a runner for 25 years.  She ran in grade school but then gave it up after quitting smoking while in University.  She ran road races for many years and was sponsored by Saucony for 4 years in the 2000s.  In 2010 she made the switch to trail ultra marathons and has run 50km up to 100 miles.  After undergoing 3 knee surgeries in 2014, and taking a year to recover, she came back to ultra marathons and discovered the 24hr event. She was the 2016 24hr Canadian Champion and ran as part of Team Canada at the World 24hr Championships in Belfast, Northern Ireland and then was invited to a race in Foshan, China, 

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2017 Comrades Champion, World 50 k and 100 k Champion and 50 mile, 100 mile, 12 and 24 hour world record holder. Her accomplishments are impressive, but Camille's joy and passion for the sport of ultra running are relatable and inspiring. She shares her recent experience at Desert Solstice where she set the new 24 hour world record running an incredible 162.919, and how a midnight snack of Taco Bell and beer helped fuel her to the finish! Camille also works as a research assistant and shares some of the research she has learned regarding nutrition and exercise physiology and how it informs her training and has allowed her to run 100 mile weeks on average for over a decade and race at an elite level multiple times a year. 
Webpage: www.camilleherron.com
Sponser: Nike, Nathan Sports, Coros Global
runcamille on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

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Jocelyn was introduced to the running community in 2001. Jocelyn has four children, a personal training and run coaching business and has completed several 100 mile races. 
She shares her passion for running and the lessons she has learned through ultra running. 

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Maryka Hladki has completed the 'screwed' version of Last Annual Vol State in 2017 and this year completed the self supported Tar Heel Ultra 378 miles. She has also competed for Canada as part of the 24 hour world team.

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Thão Ben is a wife, mother, teacher, and runner from Hanoi Vietnam. She speaks 4 languages and is always striving to learn and grow. A year and half ago she taught herself to run from watching a You-Tube video. Since then she runs almost daily and won her first ever marathon. She shares what is like to live and train in Vietnam and her joy and passion for her new sport. Her story and experience with running shares some universal truths about running and the community we love. I met Thão when she was volunteering at the Ultra Asia Race in Vietnam in 2017. I hope you enjoy hearing the story of a new runner from a different part of the world. 

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Though Mintz has been running his entire life, he didn't start racing until 2012 and even then his first appearance was as mustachio'd menace, Vince Bertolucci, a tacky dressed alter ego created to raise money for charity. He later founded the Running Rarebits after a successful charity campaign with some fellow community minded runners raised $30,000 for a 5k race called The Mudpuppy Chase in support of KidsAbility and brought a Guinness World Record to Kitchener Waterloo. Mintz later became the Race Director for Waterloo Regions largest, accessible race, The Mudpuppy Chase. In 2017, Mintz tried his first 50k trail race at Sulphur Springs, and in Jan 2018, he tackled the Yankee Springs Winter Challenge 50 mile, a race that saw a 75% DNF due to the -26 degree C temperatures and deep snow. Looking towards ever increasingly challenging races, Mintz recently completed his first 100 mile race running The Devil Dog Ultras in Virginia. High rains and deep mud caused a 60% DNF rate but Mintz was one of the 51 runners to finish. Watch for Mintz and the Running Rarebits run community sporting their red team colour at an event near you!

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Ashley Druve, @runnershabit is a 45 year old married father of three young children. In December 2015 Ashley woke up on the floor of his office, later that day in hospital he was informed he had stage IV NET cancer. Since then Ashley has been undergoing treatments and continuously striving to return to a level of running he enjoyed before cancer. 

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Heather Borsellino has a passion for trail racing that has positivity affected all aspects of her life. After a successful year in 2016, as the OUTRace 50k Series Champion, she went on to race her 1st 100 miler in 2017 and finished as the 4th female. Her love of the sport has been paired with her writing. She has published 3 articles in UltraRunning Magazine online documenting her journey through trail running. Look for her latest article in their printed magazine for May/June 2017, on Re-defining the DNF. She was selected as 1 of 30 women who attended the Wilder Running & Writing Retreat in Caldera, Oregon with Lauren Fleshman and travelled to North Carolina to train in the mountains with Sally McRae. Although she continues to race nationally and internationally, Heather is now focusing on coordinating all the many facets of Happy Trails Racing.  Her education of design and marketing paired with her experience in programs and event management makes her role at Happy Trails Racing very fulfilling one with the community events and initiatives that have been launched this past year.

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Annie shares what it takes to set a FKT on the 1200 mile Ice Age trail for both women and men! She also shares her knowledge as a Registered Dietitian of how to successfully fuel yourself for training and competing in ultra marathon events.

Annie Weiss is a registered dietitian and ultra-endurance athlete living and training in Milwaukee, WI. She is a sponsored athlete/ambassador for Pjur Active, lululemon, Swiftwick Socks, AltraRunning, SPOT, First Endurance, and Fluid Nutrition. Annie just completed the FKT on the Ice Age Trail spanning 1200mi breaking both the men’s and women’s record. Follow her training/racing on Instagram: ani_weiss and Facebook: Ani Weiss. 

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Rob Steger shares his amazing story of transformation from being unable to run a mile to finishing a 100km at CCC and 240 miles at Moab this year, among another 20 ultra marathons since 2016.
"I couldn’t run 1 mile, I know because I tried to after reading Ultramarathon Man in 2013.  By early 2015 I weighed 200 pounds, had extremely high blood pressure and cholesterol levels where the doctor was about to put me on Lipitor. My stress levels were off the charts and then I broke my ankle. Then my dad almost died of a heart attack. It was the catylist to change everything for me. I changed my diet, lost 50 pounds and ran for the first time beyond 1 mile.  September 15th, 2015 was sort of the date of my second birth and I try to celebrate this as my running birthday every year with a big race.

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Ian Crafter is a 63 year old Ironman and Ultra runner from Australia. He recently completed Ironman Kona. Ian started competing in triathalon and ultra marathons in his early 50s and since then has completed over 13 Ironmans, numerous marathons and competing in multi stage ultra marathons around the globe. 

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Ellie is a a Brit-turned-Canadian who took up long distance running by participating in an running store marathon clinic in Vancouver in 2002.  Since then Ellie has completed over 60 marathons and ultra marathons, with career highlights including two IAU World 100k wins, a win at Comrades marathon (89k) - the worlds oldest and largest ultramarathon, and two wins (including a course record) at Western States 100 miler in California.  Since 2014 Ellie has worked full time as an online ultrarunning coach for runners of all abilities and all over the world (www.sharmanultra.com).  Ellie's running journey is generously supported by HOKA, CLIF, Drymax, Sundog Eyewear, Flora Health and Stoked Oats

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Aaryn began running on a treadmill in Milan, Italy while working as a model. She found trail running in Italy and upon moving to Canada in 2008 she ran half marathon and marathons. She started running ultras in 2012.  Since then she has run many ultras and has finished Eastern States and Fat Dog 120.  This summer Aaryn went to the Tor de Geants. We hear all about her adventures in the mountains and what led up to her being pulled for medical reasons. 

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Tara Norton shares her endurance journey. She found triathlon in her twenties and went on to become a professional triathlete. She raced at the world championships 6 times and finished high as twelfth place. She held the Lanzrote bike course record for 10 years. More recently she has pushed her endurance competing at ultraman competitions and finished second female in 2016. She is a NCCP multisport coach and mom to a 6 year old daughter. We talk about overcoming injuries, training and balancing work, parenting, training and competing.

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Don Freeman host of Trailrunner Nation joins me to discuss his recent adventures in Italy competing at difficult Tor de Geant. A 330 km trek in the Italian Alps, with 90 000 feet of ascent. Don has completed the Triple Crown of 200 mile races and many other 100 miles races, he has never DNF'd at a race. We learn about his journey in the alps and his first DNF.

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Derrick shares his lifelong passion for trail running, the arctic, and finding adventures everywhere. Derrick is the winner of the Haliburton Forest 100, Second place at the Yukon Arctic Ultra, second place at the Rock and Ice Ultra. He has been running everyday since December 25, 1989. He shares his recent adventure in the arctic running the Aksuayuk pass on Baffin Island unsupported with Ray Zahab.

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Catra Corbett shares her story from overcoming a drug addiction to becoming an ultra runner. Catra has run over one hundred 100 mile races, this summer she is competing in the Triple Crown of 200 miles, she holds the FKT on the double crossing of the JMT.

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Debbie shares her endurance journey. She started running almost 25 years ago after the birth of her first child. Since then she has run numerous ultras, completed 12 iron mans, and finished Sulphur Springs 200 miler and most recently Tahoe 200 miler. Debbie is also working on completed all of the 7 summits, we talk about her challenges climbing Denali and her upcoming trip to Antartica

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Amber Konikow has been a nurse for 21 years. She is the former Canadian Champion in Boxing for 2007 and 2008 and World Boxing Bronze Medalist. She discovered ultra running after boxing and since then has won the Haliburton 100 miler, competing in multi stage races around the world and recently attempted the Tahoe 200 miler.

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We discuss Gina's transition from speedy track runner to mountain runner, coming 5th at CCC and running Western States. Gina is the founder of Trail Sisters website. We discuss the history of women in running, representation in media and recognition for the women's competition at races.

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My name is Marylou Corino. I am 40 years old and have been an elementary teacher for the last 14 years. I ran in elementary and highschool and occasionally in university. In 2006, I decided on a whim to run a half marathon and it was horrible. But I wasn’t done with running. I thought maybe with some guidance and proper training I could run a half much better and maybe even a marathon - a bucket list item. I signed up for a running clinic and ran my first Marathon in 2007 - I was hooked. I spent the next 3 years trying to qualify for Boston. I ran Boston in 2010/ 2011. I ran my first 2 ultras in 2010 and haven’t looked back since. I have completed 112 marathons/ ultras both on road and on trail Most notably -Member of the Canadian 24hr team twice -2x Badwater135 finisher -Volstate 500km -Hurt 100 finisher -2 and 3 day Canadian record holder - 1st DNF ( Hurt 100- 2017)

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Michelle Barton shares her love of trail and ultra running running. We talk about her career spanning over the last decade. Including over 80 wins, 5 overall wins and multiple course records. We talk about her recent experience at the Canadian Death Race and Sinister 7,

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My interest in Ultra Running started in 2009 while working in London, England as a Sports Massage Therapist. There, I treated all sorts of athletes, but my Ultra Runners were my favourite. Instead of talking about results, split times and nutritional science, we talked about “the journey”, “the lessons”, and alllll the FUN things they got to eat! I was intrigued, and so 7 years later I decide to give it a go for myself (essentially, I wanted whatever juice they were drinking), and my Ultra experience didn’t disappoint! I met some of the most fascinating people, had some of the best conversations, and rediscovered a strength in myself that I had forgotten. A strength that propelled me even off the trails to follow my dreams, quit my day job, and start my own business as a life coach. I am forever grateful for the people I met and experiences I had, and all I know is: running trails is magic!! Instagram and Facebook @diveheartfirst www.diveheartfirst.com

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Heather Morgan has lived life fully immersed in the realities of disability in herself and her family, but has never really let that stop her. Among other things she uses a specially designed racing wheelchair and the assistance of able-bodied runners (especially her husband) to compete in 5K, 10K and half marathon distances. Her first triathlon will be later this month! Heather is a life coach specializing in issues relating to partnered relationships and parenting especially when those intersect with mental health, disability, trauma, gender and sexuality. Her goal is always honesty, connection and transformation - helping people discover and live into the people they were made to be. You can find out more about Heather on her website www.poweredbylove.ca.

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Lizzy Hughes is a 22 year old ultra runner from Waterloo, Ontario. She first started running in high school to lose some weight and gain some fitness. Soon after she was running marathons, and by 19 she had run her first 100 miler. Since then she has completed some of the toughest ultra marathons, including Fat Dog 120 miler, and Bigfoot 200 miler. This year she will be heading to Utah for the Moab 240 miler.

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We catch up with Rhonda Marie Parke after her amazing journey at the Vol State Race. Rhonda ran 314 miles across the state of Tennessee. She is legally blind and took on this incredible challenge unguided.

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Clay Williams is a 58 year old Manitoba born father of two living in Elmira Ontario with his wife of 37 years. He manages the Engineering Department of a manufacturing company in Kitchener and has worked in Northern Ontario, Germany and South Carolina. Clay’s extensive running career started by running with a friend in 2003 to “get in shape”, and progressed to running the Canal Pursuit for Mental Health, a 785 km run along two of Canada’s longest canals. Clay lost his two oldest brothers to suicide, and his wife, oldest sister and daughter all struggle with mood disorders. He has recently found his voice as an advocate for mental health awareness and education, speaking to groups and encouraging conversation about mental health. I sit down with Clay and talk about running, life, mental health and writing.

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Meet Chantal Warriner. Chantal lives in Barrie, ON. She has been a competitive athlete for two decades, now specializing in ultra trail running. She loves to run and her dedication and passion for ultra running is demonstrated through her career highlights which include 2x 100 Mile Finishes, 2017 Women's Bruce Trail FKT record, OCAA Hall of Famer, 2016 Women’s Relay Bruce Trail FKT record, and 2nd Place Oilcreek 100k finisher, to name a few. When not running, Chantal Warriner is a mother of 2 young girls, a Paramedic Logistic Supervisor and a University student. Chantal has a passion for the outdoors and is always game for a difficult challenge. Facebook: www.facebook.com/trailrunningchantal Instagram: @chantal_warriner_trail_running

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