About This Show
Human Race is a podcast from Runner's World. Hosted by Rachel Swaby, Human Race focuses on long-form storytelling. It brings the depth and reporting you’ve come to expect from ambitious features in the magazine—but with the intimate and immersive aspects only audio can provide. Each week, we share a story about runners and the world of running.
Most Recent Episode
Episode 21: Twenty-Four Years
5 days ago
Run streakers people committed to running at least a mile every day. There are now Facebook groups filled with run streakers and a national organization. But before any of that, Brent Burmaster decided that he would run at least 5k, or 3.1 miles every day for the rest of his life. That was in 1993. More than 8,800 days later, Burmaster is still at it. But in the twenty-four years between then and now, his life took a dramatic turn. Burmaster had always been a heavy drinker, but his big nights out were mostly confined to the weekends. However, when his first marriage fell apart, he plunged into alcoholism, going to bars every night. Was running holding his life together or enabling his addiction? Keeping him healthy or keeping him trapped in another addiction? That’s our story this week. Additional Resources:2017 Runner’s World Summer Running StreakSoul’s HarborAlcoholics Anonymous Host: Rachel SwabyProducer: Rachel SwabyFeedback from: Brian Dalek, Sylvia RyersonSpecial thanks to Hollis Karoly, a doctoral student at the University of Colorado Boulder, for help with the science of alcoholism and exercise.Theme music: Danny CockeHuman Race editor in chief: David WilleyHuman Race is a proud part of Panoply.