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Book of the Mouse Club

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Book of the Mouse Club is an Unofficial Disney podcast that explores books about Disney, its history, films, theme parks and more. Join us for discussions about books, interviews with authors and broader topics that relate to the literary realm of Disney. Disclaimer: Book of the Mouse Club has no affiliation with The Walt Disney Company. The views and opinions expressed by hosts and participants are theirs and theirs alone and do not represent the organizations or companies they happen to wo ...
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Folsom runner Todd Woodward first discovered road running later in life and then found his true calling of trail and ultrarunning right before the pandemic started in 2020. He has taken an analytical approach to his training, nutrition, strategy and racing and has great advice for others looking to pick up the sport after the age of 40. He has just…
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Many are familiar with Disney’s theme parks, cruise ships, resorts, and broader media empire, but did you know Disney tried to build a ski resort in Mineral King, California in the 1960s? Courtney and Emily are joined by authors Greg Glasgow and Kathryn Mayer to discuss how this resort never broke ground despite over a decade of planning. Their boo…
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Doctors JoAnn Ellero and Andy Pasternak joined us to talk about how they met in med school, their evolution together as runners and JoAnn's ultimate goal of running Western States happening this June! We've had Dr. Andy on several times in the past as part of our Western States episodes in his role as the medical director, and now we get to learn m…
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Things got a little busy for the Mile 99 team after the Canyons pre-race briefing and before the start of the race so this is showing up a little late, but we had some time with Abbey, Sean and Chaz after the show. We delved into talking about the various aid stations, their captains and dedicated volunteers and the community that has been built ar…
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Only one book is appropriate for episode #101 and that is Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel, The Hundred and One Dalmatians. Join Courtney and Emily as they compare the original source material to Disney’s 1961 animated feature and 1996 live action film. Follow Our Reading Journey On Social Media! Official Instagram: @BookoftheMouse Courtney: Instagram @gre…
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The Canyons Endurance Runs by UTMB are less than a week away, and race directors Chaz Sheya, Abbey Drake and Sean Flanagan joined us to go over all of the late-breaking information and updates needed for runners, pacers, crew members and volunteers. It's going to be a huge party in Auburn and on the trails over April 25th-27th, 2024, so make sure t…
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Join Jessica for this week's episode as she sits down with Ken Krogsrud of Bad Luck Run Club to talk about the second annual Placer Trail Running Festival! Now in its second year, the PTRF offers something for everyone from a 50k race to a 1k kid's race, a 5k canicross event and many other distances. This is truly a running festival, held over Apri…
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Ethan Veneklasen, co-race director of the Broken Arrow Skyrace sat down with us to do a deep dive in the origins of the race, the formation of the team that brings this unique and iconic event to the Tahoe region and how it has grown over the years. The Broken Arrow Skyrace is now a nationally and internationally recognized race that has grown huge…
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Bob, Tim, Elke, Jennifer and Hal from the History Expeditions team hung around with us for a bit after the main show and we got the inside scoop on the snoring volume, the ability to ward off coyotes, team jokes and all of the great times spent around the campfire. The team connected with so many people from all walks of life along the way, adding …
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We got ears, it's time for cheers! Like the Walt Disney Company, Courtney and Emily are celebrating their own hundredth milestone - 100 episodes! During the Book of the Mouse Club 100 celebration, your hosts will recap their reading “wrapped” with data from the 104 books they’ve read since episode 1 and share reflections and behind the scenes anecd…
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The History Expeditions team of Bob Crowley, Tim Twietmeyer, Elke Reimer, Jennifer Hemmen and Hal Hall sat down with us shortly after completing their epic trek from Placerville, CA to Genoa, NV over the course of 5 days. The 2024 expedition they chose was a commemoration of the incredible efforts of John "Snowshoe" Thompson, a legendary figure of …
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In our third and final of three consecutive weeks of pre-race briefings to cover the early season 50k races here in the Auburn area, race director Julie Fingar and special guest Jennifer Maxwell, founder of JAMBAR, joined us to walk through all of the Way Too Cool 50k race details. This race is a classic and now in its 34th year with plenty of heav…
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In our second of three consecutive weeks of pre-race briefings to cover the early season 50k races here in the Auburn area, race founder Roger Leasure and race director Clint Claassen joined us to talk about the Salmon Falls 50k and new half-marathon course. We got all of the details about how the race started, how it benefits the JDRF (Juvenile Di…
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The Most Magical Place on Earth is sometimes more than meets the eye…so let’s meet our magical private eye! When mischievous magical mysteries arise, that is when Miles Mitchell, private eye, takes the case. Courtney and Emily are joined by Aaron Forringer to discuss his collection of short stories, “The Miles Mitchell Mysteries: A Private Eye At A…
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The Northern California ultra trail racing season is upon us, and what better way to kick it off than with a pre-race briefing for the classic FOURmidable race held in mid-February in Auburn every year? Race director Paulo Medina joins us again to give us all of the details for the various race distances from 13k to 50k and everything in between! W…
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Bruna, Kelly and Jack stuck around after the main show to talk more about the DPMR trail running festival planned for June and what goes into planning and organizing this new event! This festival will bridge the weekends of the Broken Arrow Sky Race and the Western States Endurance Run and will include daily events, runs and other festivities desig…
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It's been a while since we've talked to our friends at Donner Party Mountain Runners up the hill in the Tahoe/Truckee area, and what better time to do that again than just before their winter snowshoe race! Previous DPMR board members Kelly Barber and Jack Macy joined us along with new board member Bruna Bradford, and we were glad to meet Bruna and…
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Nick stayed on the line with us after the main show, and we got to dig into a lot more topics like how he ended up in California after growing up in a hockey family in Michigan and how the crossover from hockey to trail running has its advantages. We also dug into a topic near and dear to the Mile 99 - the importance of the running community, and t…
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The Walt Disney Company has been wishing on stars since 1923 and Disney’s Wish is a tribute to the 100 years of animation from the studio. Courtney and Emily kick off season 7 with “The Art of Wish” celebrating Disney Animation Studios’ 62nd film. Its unique “moving painting” animation pays tribute to the golden age of Disney animation and there ar…
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Jess and Greg sat down with Nick Budzyn, an extremely accomplished Northern California ultrarunner with an impressive resumé who came into the sport of road and trail running after a lengthy hockey career in his school years spent in Michigan. He's now an Altra tech rep in the area and has put down some major performances since 2009 when he decided…
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Jess and Greg kept chatting some more after the main show and were joined by upcoming guest Nicholas Budzyn, Altra shoe rep who joined in the RDL livestream and kept it going along with the team! We chatted about adjusting to managing the podcast with two co-hosts, some of our favorite road and trail options around our homes, and caught up with Nic…
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Join us in this episode as we dig into each other's backgrounds a bit for new listeners, thank our dedicated supporters, talk about goals and resolutions for 2024 and all of the impact that our listeners have had over the years in volunteering, trail work and fundraisers. We couldn't have done it without you! It was also a bittersweet episode after…
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Scott stuck around after the main show to talk about his love of the Canyons, how the Mosquito Fire changed the landscape and how we all are going to get used to it in its new form. He was also honored with a Western States "Friend of the Trail" award for his tireless contributions and volunteering for the Western States Endurance Run. Join us for …
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In this episode, we delve into the early life and exploits of Scott Vosburg, an avid runner on all surfaces, dedicated father, and integral volunteer within our local race community. With 13 finishes at CIM (California International Marathon) and a noteworthy record of completing the grueling Western States 100-mile race six times over the past 11 …
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The Villains are trying to ruin Christmas! Classic Disney villains are up to their usual dastardly deeds, but the spirit of Christmas cannot be defeated. Courtney and Emily discuss Serna Valentino’s picture book “Disney Villains: How the Villains ruined Christmas” in their concluding episode of season 6. Picture books and reading are synonymous wit…
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Want more of Emily? Join us for the post show as Jess and Emily dive a bit deeper and chat about why they both love Salmon Falls so much and if Emily plans on winning again in 2024…YES. We also chat about visas and citizenship as a trail runner, and how Emily became the first Professional Trail Runner to receive a Professional Athlete Visa. Super C…
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Tonight, we are streaming all the way to South Africa to talk to the amazing and world-renowned trail runner Emily Hawgood. From her roots running with her mom all around their family-owned dairy farm outside the small town of Beatrice, Zimbabwe to Professional Athlete racing all over the world at races like the Sky Running World Series, UTMB, and …
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Those zany Szalinskis are at it again! Back on episode #54, your hosts talked with Jeff DiPaoli about the junior novelization of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and now they are back to discuss the sequel, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid. Junior novelizations are a great way to engage young readers with their favorite films. Released in 1992, the novelization wa…
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Want more of Jim and Maria? We dive deeper and chat about what is to come, plus share a few more classic stories about encountering bears, mountain lions, and even a BULL. Maybe it was Old Man MIller’s cow? Join us. --- The Mile 99 Interview | Linktree Your Hosts: Jessica Harris / Greg Larkin / Mike Turner The Mile 99 Interview is creating podcast …
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We have a special treat For Episode 109. Not only do we have local legend Jungle Jim Kepfer, King of the North Fork Wild and Scenic American River Canyon…but to mix it up, Jim is interviewed by his AND OUR longtime friend and prior Mile 99 guest herself Maria Stainhauser. Check out Episode 34 from October 2021 to get all the deets on how amazing Ma…
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Norma and Chris stuck around with our Patreon members, Robert and Brett, to reflect more on the 2022 Rio del Lago race, prepping and strategizing for the Javelina 100 (Norma's redemption race) and how to manage heat in long ultra races. We got into some plans for the 2024 season and had a great chat. Tune in for more insights from our guests! --- T…
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In this episode, we had the pleasure of hosting two guests, Norma Faubert and Chris Perlberg, both seasoned ultrarunners from the Auburn area. They joined us to recount their unforgettable experiences at the 2022 Rio del Lago 100, where they each tackled their debut 100-mile trail race. Though their journeys took divergent paths, the wisdom they ga…
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During the Disney100 centennial celebration of the Walt Disney Company, Disney’s animated films and theme parks have been getting a lot of attention. But what about its live action legacy? Many may associate Disney live action with recent remakes or Marvel and Star Wars, but with over 300 films, Disney has 70+ years producing live action films. To …
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Need a few more laughs or maybe some parenting advice from Mike? We check out the Sunset & Cider Trail Half Marathon and 5 Miler POST SHOW with race directors Shannon and Ken Krogsrud. Sunset & Cider Trail Races - Bad Luck Run Club Bad Luck Run Club - Run. Party. Repeat. --- The Mile 99 Interview | Linktree Your Hosts: Jessica Harris / Greg Larkin …
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Do you love sunsets? How about cider? Well, the Bad Luck Run Club and the Ponderosa Cider Company have smashed the two together for National Cider Month and created an unforgettable experience, the Sunset & Cider Trail Half Marathon and 5 Miler! Prepare to embark on a thrilling run along the picturesque canyon rim of the American River Canyon in Au…
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In this episode, we sit down with ultrarunners Danni Coffman and Dan Savage to dive deep into a topic that's been on our minds for quite some time and is high up on our bucket list - the incredible Grand Canyon Rim 2 Rim 2 Rim challenge. Join us as we unravel the physical and mental demands, the awe-inspiring moments, and the invaluable lessons lea…
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Danni and Dan hung out with us after the show to delve even deeper into the intricacies of their R2R2R adventures. From strategic pacing to the use of location trackers and self-sufficiency tips, their knowledge offers valuable takeaways for both seasoned adventurers and aspiring trailblazers alike. Tune in for these extra nuggets of wisdom that co…
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What’s better than one podcast episode? Two podcast episodes! It's a Disney Leadership Duo crossover between Book of the Mouse Club and Notably Disney. Courtney and Emily welcome Brett Nachman of the Notably Disney podcast back to the show to talk about Disney Legend Jim Cora’s memoir, “Not Just a Walk in the Park: My Worldwide Disney Resorts Caree…
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Tim stuck around after the main show to talk about his concept for the design of the Mammoth Trail Fest course and his hopes for the event going forward. This is exciting stuff, so tune in and sign up! Mammoth Trail Fest Tim Tollefson's Results (ultrasignup.com) Mammoth Trail Fest - September 22 - 24, 2023 (ultrasignup.com) What Tollefson Sacrifice…
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In this episode, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Tim Tollefson, a legendary ultra runner deeply rooted in our local community. Tim's extensive racing career has taken him across the globe, most recently to France for UTMB. With numerous first-place finishes and a plethora of podium appearances, Tim is a familiar face, known for his infecti…
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Tune in and join us with our guest Heidi Rounds in this episode, someone who's no stranger to the world of ultra trail races. With an impressive tally of 39 races on Ultrasignup, including notable podium finishes at RDL 100 miler, Fourmidable 50k, and Waldo 100k, our guest is a force to be reckoned with. Not to mention, she's secured a 1st place at…
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We continued the conversation with Heidi after the main show where she talked to us about a potentially race-ending situation that she had to deal with at the last minute before she even got to the UTMB start line. Luckily, everything worked out in the end, but the way she kept her cool and still achieved goal after a harrowing pre-race experience …
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Consider yourself at home with this final installment of the British Invasion Summer Series. Hosts Courtney and Emily welcome back Dr. Doug Kern and Dr. Paul Cote as guest readers to compare Charles Dickens’ 1838 novel, Oliver Twist, to Disney’s 1988 animated film Oliver and Company. Drastically different, you will not recognize Billy Joel’s belove…
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Want more? Jessica talks about this year's Waldo 100K and some of the changes they made. Waldo is on Kenzie’s bucket list. We also talk about Kenzie's experiences with the wonderful coaches she has had and training for the long haul. Kenzie Macphail's Ultrasignup --- The Mile 99 Interview | Linktree Your Hosts: Jessica Harris / Greg Larkin / Mike T…
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Join us for Episode 103 where we chat with local trail runner, podium finisher, supermom, and friend of show Kenzie MacPhail all about balancing racing, babies, and family. How does she fit it all in and still win on all fronts? She has a laid back style and takes what life has to offer and makes the best of it. Enjoy the show. Kenzie Macphail's Ul…
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Julie and her Badwater 135 crew stayed on with us after the livestream ended, and we had a great time in the post show learning more about the race, hearing inside stories from her crew and much more! Check it out! --- The Mile 99 Interview | Linktree Your Hosts: Jessica Harris / Greg Larkin / Mike Turner The Mile 99 Interview is creating podcast e…
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Tune in to this episode for a detail-packed, behind the scenes look into Badwater 135 with local RD Julie Fingar. Julie has been on our show multiple times including her "get to know the RD" for Episode 40 and multiple pre-race briefing for Rio Del Lago and Way Too Cool 50k. This year Julie raced her second Badwater 135, improving her 2022 time by …
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Want more? Check out the Jesse Ellis Post Show. We dig deeper into his new life in Arizona, find out who is helping him with shots on the trail, and hear about his NEW OREGON 200 DOCUMENTARY!!! You heard it here first. https://lwp.smugmug.com/ IG: @trailwhisperer IG: @letswanderphotography --- The Mile 99 Interview | Linktree Your Hosts: Jessica Ha…
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Join us for our 101st Episode as we sit down with locally born and breed ultrarunner, father, husband, and race photographer Jesse Ellis. You have known him for years, seen him on the trails and behind the camera capturing your best moment, but now we get to learn all about the man behind the camera. Let’s get running. https://lwp.smugmug.com/ IG: …
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Curiouser and Curiouser! Caroline from the Poor Unfortunate Podcast joins Courtney and Emily’s unbirthday party in this next installment of the Book of the Mouse Club’s British Invasion Summer Series. Follow your hosts down the rabbit hole to compare Disney’s 1951 film Alice in Wonderland to Lewis Carrol’s original work. And if you lose your head o…
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