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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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“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…
 
“I would say oatmeal is the number one worst breakfast you could have on race day.” Brian Frank is the owner/founder of Hammer Nutrition based in Whitefish Montana. In this episode, Luis and Brian talk about how Hammer Nutrition was born, the “Less is best” philosophy, what to do about nutrition on race day and the difference between water drinkers…
 
“We’ve had some guys who’ve run over 20,000 miles.” Frank Ruona has been coaching inmates to run marathons for over 15 years. Frank is a seasoned marathon runner and run club coach that has discovered his efforts with coaching inmates has had the power to transform the lives of those prisoners even from behind bars. The simple act of helping inmate…
 
“Okay 6 miles to the next trail crossing with 2700 feet of up and 1900 feet of down….Holy cow that’s a brutal way to end this thing!” Kyle Curtin is an ultra-runner focused on mountain adventures, although he enjoys skiing, biking, and hiking as ways of getting to the great outdoors too. He started running 100 mile races in 2012 with the Ozarks in …
 
“I’m really hoping to just enjoy the first 30 something miles…and not blow up.” Kyle Curtin is an ultra-runner focused on mountain adventures, although he enjoys skiing, biking, and hiking as ways of getting to the great outdoors too. He started running 100 mile races in 2012 with the Ozarks in Missouri, but his graduation to more serious adventuri…
 
“I guess it’s like full contact fartleks for me.” Filip Keuppens is a former U.S. Army Soldier, professional mogul skier, Olympic rugby player, and the vice president of global sales and marketing for the Pickle Juice Company. Pickle Juice is a sports drink that eliminates muscle cramping and dehydration. Luis and Filip discuss the rules of Rugby, …
 
“You are meant to be here. You are worthy and you have a whole line of ancestors and family that fought and died for you to be here today.” Jordan is a citizen of the Kul Wicasa Oyate (Lower Brule Sioux Tribe) as well as a passionate advocate for Indian Country and all people. She is nationally known for her advocacy and grassroots organization for…
 
“We have not run together but we have drank together.” Peter Maksimow & Sage Canaday are elite trail runners who ran for the US Mountain Running Team and are beer connoisseurs. Luis drinks beer with them and discuss all types of brewing processes and running on trails. Recorded at the Stanley Hotel. Support Road Dog Podcast by: 1. Joining the Patre…
 
“If all runners are important to us and their safety is important to us, we all have to become anti-racist.” Vic Thasiah is the founder and executive director of Runners For Public Lands which is a nonprofit environmental organization committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in its conservation work and environmental advocacy. Luis and Vic dis…
 
“I’m running with anywhere from 5 to 6 sighted guides for a 100 mile race.” Kyle Robidoux is a visually impaired runner, local beer enthusiast who has worked tirelessly to ensure he is not defined by the boundaries that others place on him and his vision. Kyle has completed over 25 marathons and ultra marathons including three 100-mile races. Luis …
 
“I think one of my biggest qualities is that I’m a dreamer.” Matthew Chapman is an international athlete and founding partner and founding member and International Engagement Director of the Snowman Race Board. Matt uses his running as relaxation against his entrepreneurial life. His global business interests are multi-faceted across HR, hospitalit…
 
“I ate the candy bar and the candy bar won the gold medal for me.” Billy Mills aka Tamakoce Te'Hila is the 1964 Tokyo Olympics gold medalist in the 10,000 meter run. Luis and Billy talk about winning that gold medal, running in high school and beyond, the impact of running coaches, Billy’s time as a Marine, the American Indian experience, and Runni…
 
“Something I should’ve said no to, I said yes to instead.” Christopher McDougall is a is an American author and journalist who most famously wrote Born To Run. Luis and Christopher share stories from the book and go beyond the pages. Christopher shares his journey from rowing boats in Philadelphia, to training a donkey to run as described in his ne…
 
“Live your life in the moment. Don’t forget to do that. Every time you lose your mind, just remember that and you’re back.” Barefoot Ted McDonald is the owner of Luna Sandals and pivotal character in the book Born To Run. Luis and Ted share stories growing up in the surf and skate culture of California, running long distances, being a part of the B…
 
“Who you really are at your core, isn’t revealed until everything falls apart.” Charlie Engle is a writer, runner and recovering addict. Luis and Charlie reconnect and discuss Charlie’s struggle with addiction and his time in prison. Charlie describes his technique for running in place as he copes with Coronavirus / Covid-19. Charlie has the abilit…
 
“The ultimate aim is to get happiness for myself and everyone else.” Dorji Dhradhul is the Director General of the Tourism Council of Bhutan. He served as Dzongda (Governor) of Gasa district for almost four years and has worked in various capacities in the fields of agriculture research, policy and development. Mr. Dhradhul was also the founding Di…
 
“It changes your life because it’s so epic in scope and nature.” Luis Escobar talks with Ian O’Sullivan, International Director of Communications for the 2020 300km Snowman Race held in the Kingdom of Bhutan. Luis and Ian share stories of travel throughout the Kingdom of Bhutan, the Tour of the Dragon bicycle race and the Snowman Race. Don't forget…
 
“100 miles is like the new 10k.” Luis Escobar talks with Ultramarathonman Dean Karnazes, one of TIME magazine's "Top 100 Most Influential People in the World." Men's Fitness hailed him as one of the fittest men on the planet. Among his many accomplishments, he has run 350 continuous miles, foregoing sleep for three nights. He's run across Death Val…
 
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