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Road Dog Podcast

Luis Escobar and Kevin Lyons

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Adventure outside with Luis Escobar, trail running legend, race director, running mentor and photographer, as he converses with athletes and public figures about all things extreme sports. We’ll cover everything from sell-out trail races to the most unknown ultra-running adventures around the globe, swing over into the world of rock climbing, and dive into mountain biking, triathlons and more.
 
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“As soon as it got dark I ate shit a couple of times and then I kind of death marched it into the end. I think I finished 4th or 5th place.” Patrick Sweeney runs us through his childhood, how he got into running, his minimalist lifestyle, fundraising efforts, his run across the country and why he likes to be naked. Kara Lubin is the CEO/founder of …
 
“Years later Quentin Tarantino picked a song out that we recorded called Comanche and it got in Pulp Fiction, the movie.” Merrell Fankhauser is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist, who wrote Wipe Out and was most active in the 1960s and 1970s with bands including the Impacts, Merrell & the Exiles, HMS Bounty, Fankhauser-Cassidy Band, and M…
 
“The only way we can introduce change is to do things differently.” Terry Chiplin is the Director of American Trail Running Association and host of the US Trail Running Conference. Terry lives in Estes Park, Colorado where he coaches and organizes trail running camps for athletes for all ages and ability levels. Hear all about Terry’s past and all …
 
“We have the Tevis Cup ride and ultimately concluding with the Western States endurance run. The 47 or 48 years of history capsulated right here in a display.” Hal Hall is a 30 time finisher and 3 time winner of the Tevis Cup. He is also a founding member of the upcoming Western States Trail Museum. Hear all about the museum and the rich history of…
 
“I told enough people I was going to finish it just to hold myself accountable. If I had to crawl across the finish line, man I was going to crawl across that damn finish line.” Aaron Stacy works for the California Highway Patrol and is a distance runner. Hear about the unique runs he has been on as well as his first 100 mile race at the Rio Del La…
 
“The knowledge is a 72 year old wins the Tevis Cup and it’s all gravy. The truth is your only 72 and it’s not all gravy.” Potato is a horse rider and breeder. He has rode the Tevis Cup 31 times with 22 finishes and 3 wins. He most recently won it in 2015 at the ripe age of 72. Potato is the author of 2 books titled Ride Like Potato and Truth vs. Kn…
 
“We got 5 generations that all stood in this very living room. So that’s pretty cool stuff I think.” Jim Glines is a former banker from Santa Maria. In this episode Jim gives Luis a history lesson about the Santa Maria area, banking and being an auctioneer. Luis interviews Jim on his old family ranch and hears many amazing stories about Jim, the la…
 
“It’s my happy place. I love it! I love it more than anything in the world.” Producer Kevin Lyons makes his first appearance at the Born To Run Ultramarathon. Kevin wanders around with his recorder and documents mini conversations with interesting people. Hear from folks like Mickey Cecil, Zach Friedley, Dan Krause, Corinne Kohlen, Tommie Silva, Gr…
 
“We knew how to set up a course you know. We knew how to go out and mark a trail. We knew how to do that from horses. So when we were given the reigns to take the run and launch it on our own, we called on all our endurance riding friends.” Shannon Weil is the author of Strike Along Trot and historian on the Western States Trail. Hear about her end…
 
“It’s more than a race. It’s a journey through Costa Rica from coast to coast.” Josue Stephens & Gerhard Linner are hosting the Costa Rica 200. Hear how Josue grew up travelling around South America in in a bread truck how Micah True changed his life. Gain some insight into the events that took place in 2015 at Ultra Caballo Blanco. Hear about the …
 
“Hey everybody! Get really familiar with monitoring your urine color on a daily basis.” Brian Frank is the owner/founder of Hammer Nutrition based in Whitefish Montana. Brian talks about his childhood, how he developed Hammer products, and the 5 tips you need to hear about fueling, hydration and recovery. Support Road Dog Podcast by: 1. Joining the…
 
“I just couldn’t move. I was in a body that was nothingness.” Ta'Mara Aarin is a distance runner and coach for trail runners. Hear her advice to runners, how she tackled iconic races and how she delt with a life changing stroke. She details her process of recovery and how she keeps getting up to face each challenge. Support Road Dog Podcast by: 1. …
 
“This isn’t our show, it’s everyone’s show.” Kevin Lyons is the producer of the Road Dog Podcast. Kevin is the owner and creative wizard at Yes And Video. Hear how Luis and Kevin met, which episodes have left a lasting impression, their thoughts on guest hosts, and everything that goes into making the Road Dog Podcast happen. Support Road Dog Podca…
 
“I didn’t want to put out a book that was just like surfacey. I wanted it to really tell the story of our struggle and our internal struggle.” Jenny Jurek details her beginnings in the running world and how she met her husband Scott Jurek. She talks about her first impressions of meeting Luis, crewing Scott’s attempt on the A.T. with 2 small childr…
 
“So I am a huge fan of integration more than anything just because it showcases humanity in its truest form.” Vasu Sojitra is a adaptive athlete who has mastered the ninja stick. In this episode, Vasu talks about being a professional in the snow sports world and inclusion and diversity within the sports and brand worlds. Vasu is the first adaptive …
 
“At the end of the day we are just another runner on the start line. That’s all that really matters.” Patrick Pressgrove is an adaptive athlete who is the COO of a nonprofit called Team Catapult, the captain of the run club in Houston called The Freaks Come Out At Night and is a professional photographer. He has run multiple marathons including Bos…
 
“When something has such a great chance for failure, the victory tastes that much sweeter in the end.” Helgi Olafson is a super yacht chef who suffers from Ankylosing Spondylitis. Hear how he got into running and eventually completed the Triple Crown of 200s. Hear about his personal project that covered 2,850 miles on foot and on bike. Helgi runs t…
 
“It’s the only way out. You create all kinds of weird shit until you deal with it, you have to deal with it. You have to walk through the fire.” Christian Griffith is a distance runner who ran across the entire United States for charity. Hear all about running through freezing conditions, corn fields, and deserts. Christian shares some super person…
 
“The biggest thing that I discovered through this whole thing is how resilient humans are.” Hillary Allen is a professional mountain runner. Hear how she got her start, how she nearly died on a sky run, her recovery process, her relationships with sponsors and her love of gravel cycling. Luis is also joined by Darren Lancaster and Roy Carrillo from…
 
“I want to be part of a brand that is not ideologically closed in any way, so we don’t tell people this is the best way to do it, this is the healthiest way to do it, this is the only way to do it.” Liv McDonald is the CEO of the Luna Sandal Company. Hear how she met Barefoot Ted McDonald, was raised in Istanbul, moved to Seattle, and how she found…
 
“Whatever they have for the day or for the week, if they have more than they need, they give that away.” Luis Martinez is a distance runner, and computer systems engineer who holds a wealth of knowledge around the Tarahumara Indians. Luis discusses some of the Tarahumara history, culture, running, and modern influences. Hear how he raised money for…
 
“You find confidence and you find trust and you have to have faith in yourself. Without having faith in yourself, you’re never going to go off and do things.” Jonathan Throne is a badass ultra trail runner and software engineer who lives up in northern California. Jonathan details being a former US Army Reserve member, how he lives with a genetic d…
 
“It’s almost like if you go through a traumatic experience and you don’t treat it, it’s almost like your brain wants more trauma.” Karna Chana Blugrind was born in Denmark, converted to Judaism, went through some big life transitions and loves the running community. Her her compelling story and how running changed her life. Co-Host Jennifer Charpen…
 
“I’m just such a nerd of the sport. I’m just curious. I want to find out what works and what doesn’t and that’s the driving force for me and everything that I do.” Anthony Kunkel is an athlete and runs Ultrahouse Durango. Anthony talks about coaching, partnering with brands, how he bio-hacks himself to a better version of himself, and his relations…
 
“The most important thing for all of us I believe, and what helps us be better people is that we feel valued by the people around us.” Susan Simmons is an ultramarathon swimmer. Hear how she deals with MS, the different types of water she swims in, swimming with Orcas, how she eats and get nutrition in the water, being a coach for Special Olympics,…
 
“I think if it wasn’t for the running community and for the people that I train…I don’t know if I would have survived.” Lisa Felder aka “Mama Lisa” has run over 100 ultramarathons, is a running coach, mentor and cancer survivor. Hear how running has changed over the last 40 years, how she got her start as a coach, how she sees diversity and inclusi…
 
“I want people to realize like, I’m out there restoring new trails to make sure that they have access to an entire national forest.” Dillion Osleger is the Executive Director of Sage Trail Alliance which is a multiuser trail stewardship and conservation group in Santa Barbara CA. He is also a professional mountain biker. Dillon talks with Luis abou…
 
“I am seeing a lot of trash in our oceans so I think it’s really important that I get our community working on cleaning up our environment and making them aware of that.” Christina Hernandez is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Dunes Center in the California town of Guadalupe. Luis chats with Christina about the history of Guadalupe, outdo…
 
“I just want to get as many faces in here that are unlike the other faces that you see all the time.” Chris McDougall, Challis Popkey, Iman Wilkerson, Zachary Friedley, Alejandra Santos, Jenna Crawford, Karma Park, Noah Haidle, Emmanuel Rumes, Eric Orton, and Marcus Rentie gather in a hotel lobby in Colton, CA. to discuss all things running and bey…
 
“It’s failed in a lot of ways as a business but it’s succeeded exponentially as a community and what it has created because of that.” Crista Scott Tappan is an ultra runner and founder of Dirtbag Runners. In this episode, she discusses her first Born To Run experience, being raised by her grandparents, and why she needs a sabbatical. Support Road D…
 
“Eating the elephant one bite at a time. It’s that mentality with ultrarunning.” Jake Kilgore is the co-race director and founder of the DC Peaks 50. He shares his prison experience with us and what he learned from it. Hear all about the DC Peaks 50 in Utah and how a blizzard and inclement weather derailed the entire event and what he is going to d…
 
“We don’t want to do something just for the sake of doing it, or because it’s easy. We want to add value.” Dan Suher works at Coros wearables in marketing and sales. Dan chats with Luis about how he got his start in the running world and specifically the business side of running. Hear about the history of Coros and all the amazing features it offer…
 
“I’m really fucking good at ignoring pain.” Michael Versteeg is a bad ass professional distance runner sponsored by Satisfy. Hear about him building tiny homes, why he walked off the Colorado Trail after completing over 400 miles, his musical tastes, microdosing and why he will never tape his nipples. David Valenzuela joins in on the conversation a…
 
“It’s actually probably one of the hardest things I have done because I had to do all the other races with a concussion.” Samantha Wood serves in the California National Army Guard as an orthopedic physical therapist. She is a distance runner and a professional Spartan OCR athlete. Hear how she raised money for Caldor fire victims in California by …
 
“We’re all people. All of us are struggling, no matter what. You can’t get through this life without a challenge without a struggle right?” Katie Asmuth is a professional athlete who runs for Sacuony and is a nurse practitioner. She gives her thoughts on homelessness, becoming a brand ambassador, what gear she likes to use, her experience running W…
 
“At the time I was embarrassed, like who wants to admit that they let themselves become a heroin addict.” Patrick Vaughan is a distance runner who completed the Triple Crown of distance running in 2018. He is currently starring in the film Confessions of a Runner, which details his 290 mile run on the Lebanon Mountain Trail, his addiction and overc…
 
“To be in an area without people is a pretty magical thing, I think.” Brian Sarvis is the author of the book Condor Trail Guide. Stretching over more than 400 miles across the length of Los Padres National Forest, the Condor Trail is a distance hiking route that travels coastal mountain ranges and canyons deep in the backcountry of California's cen…
 
“When you push yourself beyond where you went before and you keep on going, that’s success.” Jaala Shaw served in the Peace Core, used to own a cross fit gym, and currently is an educator and teacher who used to work for the State Department. Learn all about a Go Ruck race and her attempts at Go Ruck Selection. Hear her thoughts on Afghanistan wher…
 
“Running is good for my body, and then running outdoors is good for my mind, but trail running is good for all of me.” Terry Chiplin is the founder the the US Trail Running Conference and host running altitude camps for runners. Hear how he got his start running in England and how the US Trail Running Conference is focused on doing good for the pla…
 
“There’s no way I could carry a 50lbs pack and a 50lbs kid at the same time.” Cassie and Josh Sutton hiked the Appalachian Trail in 209 days with their 5 year old son Harvey. Hear how they overcame many obstacles and how they got their trail names of Straps, Hot Hands and Little Man. Luis is joined by guest host Joanie Anderson. Special bonus mini …
 
“I want to change the way Mexicans view running and fitness.” Miguel Angel Moreno is the creator of The UltraHouse which houses runners in Phoenix, Durango and Hawaii. Hear how he grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania, moved to Arizona, was in gang fights, had addiction problems, started The UltraHouse and how he is making running more accessible to Me…
 
“How far can I push my limits? How far can I take myself out of that comfort zone? You know, not do something easy.” Amy Chavez is a nurse who has run tons of ultras and Iron Mans’. Hear how her running journey started, her battles with addiction, being homeless and her resilience to stay sober. Bill Skyles sits in as co-host on this special episod…
 
“The journey is the destination. We need to savor everyday on the trail.” In this special episode, Luis interviews thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail. Learn about the AT terms and phrases like Nobo, Sobo, a zero, flip-flop, trail magic, and Gut Hook. Luis Chats with Gringo Loco, Gwight, Gramps, Johnny Boy, Perch, Off Grid, Hot Wheels, Bowie, Joel…
 
“You won’t find a more stubborn person in the world than you will in a Mainer. That’s a fact!” Chris Shane is a photographer and filmmaker from Maine. Hear about moxie, whooping pies, ice fishing, canoes, beer and New England states. Recorded while hiking up the AT in Maine so please excuse the audio quality. Support Road Dog Podcast by: 1. Joining…
 
“We were running on old extinct volcanos and across lava fields and getting that all explained to us by the local team.” Sean Meehan is a running guide with Rogue Expeditions. He takes runners on adventure travel or runcations all over the world. Hear cool stories about putting on events globally and all the challenges that come with it. Sean is al…
 
“There’s nothing like running a race and seeing the blood of your fellow runners on the trail.” Heidi Garner is an artist, runner, teacher and mother. Recorded in Olympic Valley just before the start of Western States 100. Hear how Heidi got into running, her favorite local running spots, how she creates art and what art styles she is into. Support…
 
“There was a distinct point where I made that choice to live authentically and to transition.” Karma Park is a runner in Alabama and is currently on some amazing running streaks. Hear her story in running and life as she transitions into an authentic version of herself. Support Road Dog Podcast by: 1. Joining the Patreon Community: https://www.patr…
 
“The origin story for UltraSignup runs through Western States.” David Callahan and Jay Kelley are the new owners of UltraSignup. Luis sits down with them in Olympic Valley just before the start of Western States 100. Hear how UltraSignup is not just for long distance races and the changes coming down the pipe like virtual races, social aspects and …
 
“There is such a thing as doing way too much for a 100. What is it? I think it’s 80/20 mind and body.” Patrick Reagan is a professional endurance runner and a musician. Recorded live at Olympic Valley just a couple days before the start of Western States 100. Hear how Patrick got his start running, playing music, his favorite ultra races and how he…
 
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