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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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“It’s beautiful, it’s green, it’s going to be so wet this year. It’s going to be a lot of mud and it’s fabulous! I mean you can’t even believe it when you’re out there, how beautiful it is.” In this special multi guest episode, Luis talks with folks who are playing a major role in the upcoming La Cuesta Ranch Trail Run. Louisa Wood is a behavior sp…
 
“I feel proud that throughout my running career that I advocated for the rights of people with disabilities nationally and internationally.” Sinead Kane is a Post-Doc PhD, Solicitor, and visually impaired runner who holds a couple of Guinness World Records. Sinead chats with Luis about the World Marathon Challenge which is running 7 marathons in 7 …
 
“It’s just like sand and loose rock and this giant crater and the volcano is just staring you in the face the whole time.” Talon Hull is a Brooks trail athlete and he chats with Luis about what it takes to be a sponsored athlete, how he got into running, his FKT of Mt Saint Helens, his upcoming Formidable 50k, and his college running experience at …
 
“I want to travel. I love to explore. I love the adventures. I don’t like to be restricted or held down. I think the Navy really just had that bigger open door for that opportunity to be fulfilled.” Natasha Swartley chats with Luis about how they met at Born To Run Ultramarathon, her 20 year career in the US Navy, boot camp, why one should join the…
 
“How come there are hardly any 60 year old women in hundreds? Go look at it. There’s not a whole lot of them.” Pam Reed is a 2022 inductee in the American Ultrarunning Hall of Fame. Pam chats with Luis about this season’s plan of completing Badwater 135, Hard Rock, and Western States 100. Pam also discusses the support of her husband, plans to run …
 
“Everything changed for me, because of you and because of the book, Born To Run.” Christopher McDougall and Luis chat about Luis’s experience with the Snowman Race, how the book Born To Run changed their lives, photography, Chris’s new book Born To Run 2, and all things running. Support Road Dog Podcast by: 1. Joining the Patreon Community: https:/…
 
“I’ve been able to do ultra races all over the world. That’s my jam and I’ve traveled to pretty much every continent now and I have never come to a place where the community really gets behind the philosophy of happiness.” In this special episode, Luis and guest host Claire Perks have conversations with the many athletes of the Snowman Race and the…
 
“From there I start running one marathon after the other until I reached over 300 marathons.” Lisa Felder shares how she got started running over 300 marathons, her first impressions of watching the Western States 100 race, Getting into ultra training, dealing with breast cancer, and getting involved with Pinkathon which raises money for the Breast…
 
“I was feeling pretty crummy as I was going up Hope Pass the second time. Everyone kept telling me that I was crushing it and by the time I got to the top I started to believe them.” Adrian MacDonaldand Co-host Ethan Pence discuss the iconic Leadville 100 trail race, what it feels like to win it 2 times in a row, how his life has changed, favorite …
 
“Open your hearts to the mountains and the people and the lakes and the rivers.” Hello From Bhutan is the first podcast to come out of Bhutan ft. everything you should know and did not know you should know from the land of Gross National Happiness. The show is hosted by Bhutanese journalist, Namgay Zam. Listen in as they interview each other and in…
 
“The neurosurgeon told my girlfriend there was a 90% mortality rate and he said of the 10% that survive…a lot of the time they’re vegetables.” Adam Chase lives and runs in Boulder CO. and is the president of A.T.R.A. (American Trail Running Association). Adam discusses putting on trail races, being the Trail Run Consigliere for Brooks Running, how …
 
“I went from being an alpha geek to totally dumping the dependency on technology and embrace nature.” Ken the Hobo Runner discusses his health challenges, not using technology, his hit and run bike incident that left him with a brain injury, how he hitchhikes to marathons, his 4-legged running partner, and his profound experience at the Boston Mara…
 
“There was people with like 100 mile shirts on like curled up under a bush weeping and I’m like, I can’t even believe this is legal to do to yourself. This is so cool.” 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…
 
“Less people have done the Snowman Trek than Mount Everest.” Clint Welch, Jack Rosenfeld, Tom Reiss, and Chris Clemens all join Luis for this special dual podcast with Beer On The Run. Hear the gang discuss beer, running, Snowman Race, climate change, elevation, wildlife in Bhutan, and drinking yak milk. Support Road Dog Podcast by: 1. Joining the …
 
“I realized at that point, that why that purpose that driving force is so deeply important to an individual running these races.” Ben Light & Mike McKnight are ultra-trail runners that are out to set an FKT on the 800 mile Arizona Trail. In this episode they discuss brand sponsorship, how they got into ultra-running, what they look for in races, Ar…
 
“Snowman Trek is actually very popular and I would say the most difficult trekking route in the world.” Luis flies to the Kingdom of Bhutan to get ready for the Snowman Race. Follow Luis over several weeks as he journeys 222 kilometers through the Bhutanese mountains as he makes all the final arrangements for the Snowman Race. Luis is marking the c…
 
“Snowman race follows the most difficult and the longest trekking trail and track. So, it is approximately 222 kilometers which is 138 miles.” Luis flies to the Kingdom of Bhutan to get ready for the Snowman Race. Follow Luis over several weeks as he journeys 222 kilometers through the Bhutanese mountains as he makes all the final arrangements for …
 
“I love what I do. It took me a long time to find that career that really fulfilled me in the way that I needed and this is definitely it.” Kelsey Gilmore is a wildlife care specialist. More specifically, she is a rhino trainer. Listen to Kelsey describe her running career, doing Ragnar, meeting Luis for the first time at the Born To Run Ultramarat…
 
“I felt like it was my dharma and my karma to figure all of this out and put it into music.” 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 Mu. Luis sits down again with …
 
“My mission statement is to get more people moving.” David Kilgore is a distance runner who lives in the Bronx. David is sponsored by ON. He discusses the first time he met Luis, some running stories, how to get a sponsorship and general life happenings. Zachary Friedley is an adaptive athlete who is also sponsored by ON. Zachary talks about the am…
 
“I’m trying to be present in this moment and be in this moment and allow myself to just decompress a little bit and enjoy it. It’s so great to be back in the mountains again.” Ian Golden is the founder of the Trails Collective and runs the Finger Lakes Running Company. Ian paced Luis to his Hurt 100 win. Recorded up at Western States, Ian discusses…
 
“If I can figure out how to highlight amazing people and link those with causes and start having long term impact, that’s a road I want to travel down.” Rob Decou is the Executive Producer and Co-Founder at Lux Virtual. He is also a ultra-endurance athlete. Rob details his grueling and rewarding experience of completing the Uberman Ultra, Everestin…
 
“Hey, I can still live the life that I love and I just have to do it in a sightly different way.” Ian Mackay is a World Record holder quadriplegic athlete with enduring spirit. Ian chats about his non profit Ian’s Ride and the group ride he puts on each yaer. Hear how Ian broke the World Record for greatest distance covered in 24 hours by a motoriz…
 
“It’s lots of nuts actually. Pounds of nuts. I probably had one pound of nuts a day.” Joe McConaughy is a professional trail runner sponsored by Brooks. Hear Joe talk about his high school track career, the current state of trial running, winning the Cocodona 250, the PCT FKT, the Long Trail, AT unsupported FKT, and the types of runners he likes to…
 
“I was dead set on winning the 2006 race almost because I didn’t want to embarrass or disappoint Jurek.” Brian Morrison is the operating partner for Fleet Feet Seattle. Brian describes how a running shoe should fit, his run camps, how he got into running, how Scott Jurek trained him for the 2006 Western States endurance run and his retelling of how…
 
“So I came here with the idea to help. To find people who shared my values of wanting to protect the environment and to respect the indigenous peoples, the native peoples that live there.” Randall Gingrich is an environmental and geological engineer who founded Tierra Natavia. Randall lives down in Chihuahua and advocates for the Busureliami which …
 
“It’s just a matter of knowing my body and how much pain I can tolerate for a giving activity.” Sam Reynoso deals with an autoimmune disease and still manages to get out there and compete in OCR and trail running. Hear Sam’s extraordinary story of how he turned his life around from pain killers to exercise. Support Road Dog Podcast by: 1. Joining t…
 
“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…
 
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