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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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“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…
 
“If you wait around for a perfect time you are never going to do something. I needed to find out more about myself.” Jennifer Charpentier is thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail during this chat with Luis. They discuss Born To Run Ultramarathon, photojournalism, being adopted, and all the steps she took to get to the A.T. Hear how Jen got her trail na…
 
“The most important part of what we do I’d say is probably getting other like-minded people together.” Diane Frederic is President of the Donner Party Mountain Runners. In this episode she chats with Luis about the Castle Peak 100k and some other running adventures she has planned. Support Road Dog Podcast by: 1. Joining the Patreon Community: http…
 
“I love this. I love being outside. This hurts. You know after about 16 miles it really hurts. But I love this and I found myself coming back into the essence of who Mirna Valerio is.” Mirna Valerio is a mom, wife, teacher, musician, ultrarunner from Brooklyn, NY. She talks about diversity and inclusion in the running community and experiences as a…
 
“Running in nature, there’s just something about it, it’s a magical experience. I want to give others that same experience that I’ve experienced.” Zachary Friedley is an adaptive athlete who started a non profit called Mendecino Movement Project to help people with different challenges move their bodies. Zachary discusses the difference between a b…
 
“There’s more astronauts in the US then there are masters of wine.” Michael Juergens is a wine master, rum maker, author, and runner. In this episode recorded at High Camp in Squaw Valley, he discusses his knowledge of wine and creating wineries in the Kingdom of Buhtan. Bradley Escobar also joins the conversation on his 34th birthday as well as so…
 
“I loved the idea that I could run all day. And after my first 50 miler, I just kept going.” Craig Slagel is an ultrarunner and the creator of the RunGo app. Craig lives and runs up in Vancouver. Hear why he created the Run Go navigation app. Find out about GPS art and how to create it and all the uses of the RunGo app to make your running a better…
 
“My goal is not to finish the next ultra, my goal is to keep running when I’m 80.” Emily Bello is an ultra runner and ambassador for All We Do Is Run. Details her experience with the Badwater 135, Born To Run 200 and Nashville Ultra 50. Dennis Freeman operates the Nashville Ultra and a race director for many others in the Tennessee area. Dennis det…
 
“When the sun comes up on the second day of an ultra, it’s like a brand new day. It’s like you forget about all the miles before that.” Laura Chancellor is an ultrarunner and author of the book Get To The Sunshine: Life Lessons That Brought Me To The Western States Finish Line. Laura details her experience writing and publishing her book and finish…
 
“I am just as comfortable sleeping outside, camping under the stars as I am in a million dollar house.” Max Krakoff is living free and running. Max travels the states and beyond as the wind blows him. In this episode, Max shares his train hopping tips, running stories and donating a liver to his brother. Support Road Dog Podcast by: 1. Joining the …
 
“The work is rewarding. We’ve assisted farmers and families to feed themselves for years.” Brett Harrison is a runner and educator living in Tanzania in East Africa. He teaches people how to sustainably farm, bee keeping, and tilapia farming. Brett chats with Luis about faith, and the races he puts on around Mount Kilimanjaro trails. Support Road D…
 
“Everyone has their own reasons why they run but for me, I like being around people. I love sharing miles with people.” Edwin Ettinghausen likes to run, a lot! He has completed close to 200 one hundred mile races. Edwin chats with Luis about his love of running, his future goals, why he wears a jester costume, and his struggles with depression. Edw…
 
“I feel honored to get to run with Sebastian, like knowing what this kid is going to do in the future ... I’m in the presence of greatness.” Max King is an ultrarunner and outdoorsman. He talks about his running camp, Bend OR., coaching Sebastian, and jorts. Sebastian Salsbury is a 15 year old trail runner. Hear how he got his start running. Hear a…
 
"So the rapids makes you feel more vulnerable, which seems to open you up in a different way.” Chris Thornley is the Founder/Owner of Squirrel’s Nut Butter. He grew up in Cool CA. Talks about his love of Western States 100 and his role at the river crossing at that race. Chris shares his experiences rafting the Colorado River solo. Hear how he bega…
 
“I don’t make shows to get fans, I make the kind of show that the fans that I want would like.” Scotty Kummer is the founder and host of Ten Junk Miles Podcast. Hear how Scotty got started podcasting, listen to his tips of being a good podcaster, his struggles with addiction and hear about races he is the race director for. Support Road Dog Podcast…
 
“You don’t start recording until you crack open the third beer, cause that’s when the good conversation starts.” Luis hangs out with Clint Welch and Jack Rosenfeld from Beer On The Run Podcast and drinks beers and swaps stories. Hear how they started Beer On The Run podcast, preferences between drinking out of a can or bottle, Rocky Mountain Oyster…
 
“So we moved from a life of success in business to wanting a life of significance where we could impact other people.” Mara Klassen sees herself as a professional volunteer. Hear why she loves running an aid station and serving people, how she battled weight loss, why she donates time and money to Compassion International, and hear her journey from…
 
“So I’m looking at 5 ½ thousand to 6 thousand miles of rowing. 6 month journey at sea.” Lia Ditton is a professional sailor, ocean rower, motivational speaker and conceptual artist. She is the World Record holder rowing from San Francisco to Hawaii in just 86 days. Lia describes her training and future goal of rowing over 5,000 miles from Japan to …
 
“All I thought about was working on the website and subsequently my running suffered.” Learn how Mark Gilligan created UltraSignup.com, how the idea for the ranking system came into existence, and who he just sold it to. Listen to Luis chat with the new owners Jay Kelley and David Callahan and hear about some new plans for the website like adding a…
 
“The 100 mile concept was really cooking down a number into doable chunks.” Kara Lubin is the CEO/founder of the 100 Mile Club. The 100 Mile Club presents students with a straightforward challenge: run, jog, or walk 100 Miles over the course of the school year. Hear how Kara started this organization and how it grew to 5,100 schools across the nati…
 
“I drank like a couple cups of beer, and it totally helped me get out of the hole and had a great race. Best 100 miler I ever ran.” Thomas Reiss is a German born runner, punk rock musician and Owner, Kraftwerk Design Inc. Thomas shares his story of growing up in the punk rock scene in Germany and how he fell into running. Hear tales from iconic rac…
 
“There’s something pretty cool about running home I think that just draws you in and makes you want to move faster.” Jeffrey Stern is an elite runner, dog lover and a High School cross country coach. Recently ran a FKT on the Backbone Trail and the Los Padres Traverse. Details his experience running against a stacked field at the Santa Barbara 9 Ni…
 
“The sport is called trail running. It’s not called trail racing. So let’s go on the trails and find stuff.” Guillaume Arthus is a French ultra-distance trail runner, explorer and video maker who has run all over the world including the Grand Canyon and Barkley Marathons. Hear his story of crossing the Alps and the making of his documentary Via Alp…
 
“Pretty much every protest that has happened in the last 4 years, I was there.” Tyler Tomasello is a runner and a photo journalist who was in Washington DC for the Biden inauguration. Hear why capturing moments through photography is important. Tyler also chats with Luis about being inspired to run long distances after reading the book Born To Run.…
 
“And so if you’ve been coaching for 3 years, you don’t have enough experience. You haven’t seen enough weird stuff.” Mike and Tammy Hartman are High School teachers and coaches. They discuss what it’s like to be a teacher and what it takes to be a High School athlete and a coach. Hear about Mike’s near death experience when he suffered a heart atta…
 
“I knew I didn’t want the quintessential American Dream, white picket fence, C-level job and retirement.” Chris Clemens is a distance runner and world traveler who joins Luis from Thailand. He shares his love of McDonalds, Rotary Clubs, and how he got started running. Chris also chats about life in Thailand and some of his upcoming goals. Support R…
 
“It dawned on us that what we were doing was combining two of our loves and passions, history and trail running.” Tim Twietmeyer, Elke Reimer, Jennifer Hemmen, and Bob Crowley make up the group known as the Forlorn Hope Expedition Team. Hear the history and the experiences of retracing this historical trek 100 miles from Donner Lake to Johnson’s Ra…
 
“If I’m going for anything big, I’ve learned to hone that positive energy.” Camille Herron is American ultramarathon runner and Guinness Book World Record holder for running a marathon in a superhero costume. She is known for running with her hair down, eating tacos and having a positive attitude. Camille talks about her goal to win Western States …
 
“I think of myself as the patron saint of the back of the pack.” John Vanderpot Has More DNFs Than Most People Have Starts. John has completed 238 races in a 10 year span. Learn how he moved from wrestling to running long distances, his life as a high school English teacher, stories from the Born To Run Ultramarathon, and his like and dislikes abou…
 
“If you want to do a race like that, you need to be in the best shape of your life when you get in and then you need to be like even in the bester shape of your life.” Alan Abbs and Beverley Abbs are well accomplished distance runners. While drinking beer, they discuss their experiences with the Barkley Marathons, Heart of the South race, Eco Chall…
 
“One thing I will say with the trail and mountain running family, it is that. It’s a family. It’s very welcoming and safe space.” Nancy Hobbs is the Executive Director of the American Trail Running Association (ATRA). Learn how she got started in running, what trails she runs in Colorado, how ATRA started, and her love for baking. Support Road Dog …
 
“I’ll go through magazines and if I see somebody wearing our socks I’ll reach out or if I see somebody that’s had a bad experience, I feel like I can help.” Martin Hernandez is an accomplished distance runner from the California Central Coast. He is the Speciality Sales Manager at Drymax Sports. In this episode, Luis and Martin talk about small tow…
 
“Cannabis for me, I’ll use it before I run and after I run for recovery. I’m not opposed to using CBD for recovery and THC for mental health.” Chris Andrews is an architectural engineering student at Cal Poly, an eagle scout and a bad ass trail runner. Talks about dealing with depression and setting the FKT Los Padres Traverse. Gabriel Zavala is a …
 
“Yo soy para el pueblo. I’m for the people. That’s why god gave me this opportunity to sing and give myself and give what he gave me to the people.” Josue Hernandez is a prolific soloist who performs mariachi and other forms of Mexican music. Learn about the rich history and difference between Mariachi, Banda, and Norteño music. Hear how Josue has …
 
“Once you make the decision not to stop, there’s really just one thing to do, and that’s to go forward.” Rob DeCou is the Executive Producer and Co-Founder at Lux Virtual. He is also a ultra-endurance athlete. In this episode, Luis chats with Rob about his experience completing the grueling Uberman Triathlon. Support Road Dog Podcast by: 1. Joining…
 
“Oh my god! This is like a little speak easy night club back here.” Danny George is one of the founders of The Old Town Market Backroom Jam. Danny is a longtime Orcutt resident, landscaper, and sometimes beautifier of public spaces in Orcutt, CA. Join Luis as he jams along with local musicians and learns a little history and maybe a few new chords …
 
“What makes one song different from the next is usually in the melody and I find melody in words.” Adam Lopez is an American roots musician who lives in Nashville. Hear how Adam got his start in music, how running inspires songs, and who are his biggest musical influences. Adam shares his latest album with Luis entitled Vol. 1 The Love We Were Born…
 
“My mask would be off, tongues would be in my mouth, I mean they don’t care about social distancing or any of that.” Samantha O’Brien works at the San Diego Humane Society. Hear why some dogs end up in a shelter, stories about senior dogs, and organizations that are doing good. Patrick Sweeney runs us through an experience of running with donkeys a…
 
“I guess that’s the fun of it because there’s no end. There’s never a perfect race, you’re never finished.” Jon Sabes becomes the interviewer in this Episode. Jon is the Chief Executive Officer at FOXO BioScience. Recorded at Telescope Peek in Death Valley, Jon interviews Luis Escobar. They chat about the beginnings of the Road Dog Podcast, Western…
 
“I’ve seen a little of everything, by the way, I don’t know what I haven’t seen in the way of somebody dying.” Badwater Ben Jones is a retired medical Dr. born in 1932. Ben has birthed more than 1,000 babies, performed 2,000 autopsies, and run 133 marathons. Also known as the Mayor of Badwater, he is a three-time Badwater Ultramarathon finisher, hu…
 
“Dirt makes me happy. You know, sweat and dirt and having fun, you feel like a kid again.” Mo Bartley is a 5-time Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run finisher and the Fleet Feet Sacramento Trail Coach. Sean Garbutt is the Training Programs Director at Fleet Feet. Connecting athletes to coaches. In this episode, Luis sits down with them in the his…
 
“The first time you finish an ultra, it’s kind of like a life changing event in your life, it’s like a right of passage.” Billy Barnett is a special education teacher in Hawaii and was the featured runner on the cover of the Born To Run book by Christopher McDougall. Billy discusses how he got into running, his adventures from Born To Run, running …
 
“It’s not gonna be pretty and it’s not gonna be fast, but it’s gonna get done.” Rob DeCou is the Executive Producer and Co-Founder at Lux Virtual. He is also a ultra-endurance athlete. In this episode, Luis chats with Rob about how he got into endurance sports, doing 50 hours of non-stop aerobics, biking the Ride Across America, and his preparation…
 
“My job had been to basically be a bouncing ponytail…and now I’m bald and my body doesn’t work so well.” Kim Strom is a runner, photographer, writer and cancer survivor. Kim sits down with Luis and talks about how she ended up moving to Europe from Chicago, how she started running, mapping out trails in the Swiss Alps, moving to California and how …
 
“I’m tired of having this conversation, I’m tired of seeing these images, I’m tired of the pain and the trauma.” Ben Chan sits down with Luis and talks about his experience growing up in New York an American born Chinese and the racism he encountered. Luis and Ben have the hard conversation of what diversity and inclusion actually looks like. Ben s…
 
“I’m not gonna change who I am or the songs I write for anybody. You either like it or you don’t.” Doc Oliver is a poet with a guitar whose music can be heard on iTunes, Soundcloud, Spotify, Pandora, and Amazon to name a few. Luis sits down with Doc in his garage in Orcutt California and talks about how he got started playing music, his life as a m…
 
“We had a good look at my feet and it was pretty grim. My heels had pretty much disintegrated.” Katie Hall ran 180 miles through the Great Glen Way in Scotland over 5 days carrying all of her own supplies to raise money for the cancer center that had supported her mother. Hear Katie describe her journey and the people who helped her along the way l…
 
I’m like, “what’s in this?” I open it. It’s a mattress, a porno mag and rooster cages.” Stacy Silva is the Emergency Manager for County of Santa Barbara and Geoff Clinton is the Supervising Animal Control Officer for Santa Barbara County Animal Services. Luis chats with them at the Santa Maria Animal Center about adoption, community, fireworks, run…
 
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