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The Peachtree Podcast: The Official Podcast of the AJC Peachtree Road Race
36 minutes | Aug 26, 2022
Runners Who Read EP 5: Abdi’s World by Abdi Abdirahman
In the fifth episode of the Runners Who Read Podcast, Olivia Baker sits down with Abdi Abdirahman, author of the July 2022 book: Abdi's World. Abdi Abdirahman is a 5-time Olympian in the 10,000m and marathon. Born in Somalia, he fled the country along with his parents and 4 siblings in the midst of a civil war at just 13 years old. After spending several years in a refugee camp in Mombasa, Kenya, he immigrated to the United States through a program for Somali refugees. It wasn’t until his freshman year at Pima Community College that he would set foot on his first track but it was immediately clear that he was very talented. As a junior, he transferred to the University of Arizona where he would begin to train under Coach Dave Murray (who is still his coach to this day) and kick off a running career that has seen Abdi consistently compete at the elite level and represent the United States on the world stage for the last quarter of a century through present day. In this episode, we discuss how he got his infamous "Black Cactus" nickname, the ways he continues to find fun in the sport after all this time, and the secret to his longevity in this sport at the elite level among other things. Show notes: Runners Who Read Book Club: www.atlantatrackclub.org/runners-who-read Follow Abdi: Twitter: @Abdi_runs Instagram: @abdiruns Follow Olivia Twitter: @obaker64 Instagram: @obaker64
52 minutes | Aug 26, 2022
Runners Who Read EP 4: Bravey by Alexi Pappas
In the fourth episode of the Runners Who Read Podcast, Ronnel Blackmon and Olivia Baker sit down with Alexi Pappas, author of the June 2022 book: Bravey. Alexi Pappas is an Olympic runner and award-winning actor and writer. In 2016, she raced at the Olympics in Rio at 10,000m, setting the still-standing Greek national record of 31:36. Since then, she has put her degree in English from Dartmouth and Masters from University of Oregon to good use co-creating two feature films: TRACKTOWN in 2016 which she also co-directed, and OLYMPIC DREAMS in 2019 in which she also starred. In 2021, Pappas published her first book Bravey, a memoir-in-essays that was the number 1 new release in both the sports and film categories and, despite having only been around for less than 2 years is quickly becoming a classic in track and field world. In this episode, we discuss Alexi's advice on finding and being a good mentor, taking care of your mental health, and pursuing a dream wholly and completely among other things. Show notes: Runners Who Read Book Club: www.atlantatrackclub.org/runners-who-read Follow Alexi: Twitter: @AlexiPappas Instagram: @alexipappas Website: Home | Bravey (alexipappas.com) Follow Ronnel Twitter: @ronnelblackmon Instagram: @ronnelblackmon Follow Olivia Twitter: @obaker64 Instagram: @obaker64
18 minutes | Jul 1, 2022
The Peachtree Podcast 2022: Expo Special
Headed to the Georgia World Congress Center to pick up your race number this weekend? Listen as you go for tips on everything from parking to vendors to race day instructions. We'll see you at the starting line on July 4th!
34 minutes | Jun 24, 2022
The Peachtree Podcast 2022: Episode 6
Many of us are running in record-breaking heat this week, so it might make you feel better to know that even the world’s fastest runners don’t love the heat & humidity. This week, we hear from Abdi Abdirahman, who’s about to run his 9th Atlanta Journal Constitution Peachtree Road Race. He tells us how he approaches hydration – and how he’s preparing to tackle the course he knows so well. Plus, Atlanta Track Club’s Kristin Lide-Hall tells us how you can still get two t-shirts by volunteering on race weekend. Check out more opportunities at https://www.atlantatrackclub.org/volunteers.
43 minutes | Jun 17, 2022
The Peachtree Podcast 2022: Episode 5
Hope you've survived the heat & humidity in another week of training for the Atlanta Journal Constitution Peachtree Road Race! We have some fun guests to go along with your latest training runs. We'll reveal the 4 finalists in this year's "Oh Say Can You Sing" contest with 11Alive. Plus, the American women's marathon record holder, Keira D'Amato, shares her favorite Peachtree memory and tells us why she's running it again.
39 minutes | Jun 10, 2022
The Peachtree Podcast 2022: Episode 4
If you look forward to seeing what the Peachtree t-shirt looks like at the finish line each year, you’re in luck. That tradition returns this year! This week, we talk with 2 of the t-shirt design finalists, Shay Harbaugh and Russ Vann, who are both making history with their entries this year. Find out what goes into that shirt we all wear on the 4th. Plus, we talk to Peachtree legend Daniel Romanchuk, who’s won the Men’s Wheelchair Division four times!
49 minutes | Jun 3, 2022
The Peachtree Podcast 2022: Episode 3
The 2022 Atlanta Journal Constitution Peachtree Road Race has seen quite a few changes over its 50+ years, and Atlanta Track Club’s Elizabeth Unislawski has been there for much of it. This week, the club’s longest-serving employee shares her experience with the race, some of the behind-the-scenes secrets of elite runners, and what traditions haven’t changed. Plus, we’ll hear from Paralympian and past Peachtree champ Susannah Scaroni, who’s overcome a major accident in order to get back to this year’s 10k in the wheelchair division. You won’t want to miss her advice on powering through setbacks!
43 minutes | May 27, 2022
The Peachtree Podcast 2022: Episode 2
BOOM! This week, we have some inspirational guests to help get you ready for this year's Atlanta Journal Constitution Peachtree Road Race. Peachtree's In-Training Coach Bob Wells tells us where we should be in our training as we countdown to race day. And if you've never heard the story of Kyle and Brent Pease, you'll want to hear why Peachtree is near and dear to the push-assist team that's changed the game for athletes with disabilities. Find more at www.kylepeasefoundation.org.
34 minutes | May 20, 2022
The Peachtree Podcast 2022: Episode 1
Here we go! The Atlanta Journal Constitution Peachtree Road Race is back on July 4th only this year. As we kick off the new season of the Peachtree Podcast, we have some exciting news on how you can still get involved even if you haven't registered and what to expect as we get back to a more traditional Peachtree experience. Atlanta Track Club CEO Rich Kenah details plans for this year's race and gives us a behind-the-scenes perspective on Atlanta's July 4th tradition.
49 minutes | Apr 29, 2022
Runners Who Read EP 3: 26 Marathons by Meb Keflezighi
In the third episode of the Runners Who Read Podcast, Ronnel Blackmon and Olivia Baker sit down with Meb Keflezighi, author of the April 2022 book: 26 Marathons: What I learned About Faith, Identity, Running, and Life from My Marathon Career. Simply put, Meb is one of the greatest marathoners of all time. He is a 4-time Olympian competing at the Olympics in both the 10k and marathon throughout his career. He is also the first person to win both the Boston Marathon and New York Marathon in addition to having an Olympic marathon medal. A beacon of consistency, he ended his career with nine sub-2:10 marathons, the most of any American. Since retiring from professional marathoning in 2017, Meb has created the MEB Foundation through which he engages communities in promoting youth health, education, and fitness among other things. In this episode, we spend time discussing the mental and physical grind of the marathon and how the same mindsets that pull one through a marathon can be applied to life. Meb recounts his magical Boston win and talks about how everything clicked for him that day. He also dives into his "run to win" mindset that applies even when coming in first place in a race is not an option, and how we can use that mindset to produce our best performance on any given day. We end with some words of wisdom that everyone can take home. Show notes: Runners Who Read Book Club: www.atlantatrackclub.org/runners-who-read Follow Meb: Twitter: @runmeb Instagram: @runmeb Website: Meb (marathonmeb.com) MEB Foundation: HOME | MEB Foundation Follow Ronnel Twitter: @ronnelblackmon Instagram: @ronnelblackmon Follow Olivia Twitter: @obaker64 Instagram: @obaker64
61 minutes | Apr 29, 2022
Runners Who Read EP 2: Running For My Life by Lopez Lomong
In the second episode of the Runners Who Read Podcast, Ronnel Blackmon and Olivia Baker sit down with Lopez Lomong to discuss his book Running For My Life: One Lost Boy's Journey From The Killing Fields Of Sudan To The Olympic Games. Lopez Lomong is currently a professional runner with Nike’s Bowerman Track Club. He is a 6-time US Champion with wins in the 1500m, 5,000m, and 10,000m and a 2-time US Olympian (2008 and 2012) and opening ceremony flag bearer at the 2008 Olympics. However, his story is so much larger than his accomplishments on the track. At age 6, he was kidnapped from church and taken to a war camp which he escaped with the help of three boys from his village. He then spent 10 years in Kakuma, a refugee camp in Kenya before arriving in the US via the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program. He finished high school and then attended Norfolk State University and Northern Arizona University before turning pro to train for the 2008 Olympics. After the Olympics, he finished college at NAU and started a foundation, 4 South Sudan designed to provide people in South Sudan with access to clean water, education, better farming tools, and improved healthcare. This pod dives into Lopez's story in his own words as we walk through some of the most moving parts of his incredible story. Through it all he talks about what it took mentally, physically, and spiritually to get to where he is today, tells us how we can all learn from his story, and discusses how we can give back to ensure that other lost children get the same opportunities that he did. Show notes: Lopez's Foundation: http://www.teamworldvision.org/lopez Order the book here: https://www.thomasnelson.com/9780718081447/running-for-my-life/ Runners Who Read Book Club: www.atlantatrackclub.org/runners-who-read Follow Lopez Twitter: @lopezlomong Instagram: @lopez_lomong Website: http://www.lopezlomong.com/ Follow Ronnel Twitter: @ronnelblackmon Instagram: @ronnelblackmon Follow Olivia Twitter: @obaker64 Instagram: @obaker64
51 minutes | Apr 15, 2022
Runner’s Who Read EP 1: Let’s Get Physical by Danielle Friedman
In the inaugural episode of the Runners Who Read Podcast, Ronnel Blackmon and Olivia Baker sit down with Danielle Friedman to discuss her new book Let's Get Physical: How Women Discovered Exercise and Reshaped the World. Danielle Friedman is an award-winning multimedia journalist who specializes in telling stories at the intersection of health, sexuality, and culture. She has recently appeared in the NY Times, Washington Post, Harper’s Bazaar, NBC News, and a plethora of other prominent media producers. Her first book, Let’s Get Physical: How Women Discovered Exercise and Reshaped the World, was just recently published in January 2022 and though she is currently based in New York, Danielle is an Atlanta native and longtime member of the Atlanta Track Club! This podcast dives into the stories of some of the lesser known pioneers in women's fitness history through the lens of Danielle's book, discusses the current state of women's fitness, and looks ahead at future directions. Show notes: Runners Who Read Book Club: https://www.atlantatrackclub.org/runners-who-read Follow Danielle Twitter: @DFriedmanWrites Instagram: @daniellefriedmanwrites Website: https://danielle-friedman.com/ Follow Ronnel Twitter: @ronnelblackmon Instagram: @ronnelblackmon Follow Olivia Twitter: @obaker64 Instagram: @obaker64
44 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
The Peachtree Podcast 2021: Episode 6
Race weekend is here! We have answers to your last-minute questions about The Atlanta Journal Constitution Peachtree Road Race. Atlanta Track Club elite runner (and new mom!) Bridget Belyeu has some advice on adjusting your running schedule to fit your life. Plus, Atlanta Track Club Coach Amy Begley gives us her tips on navigating the course on race day – and how you can fill your training calendar after Peachtree!
40 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
The Peachtree Podcast 2021: Episode 5
One week from today, our July 4th weekend kicks off with the Peachtree Junior. Listen this week as Atlanta Track Club’s Caryn Lamphier explains how you can get your kids involved on July 2nd. Plus, the winners of this year’s “Oh, Say Can You Sing” contest with 11Alive join us to tell us about the pressure and training involved in singing the national anthem for thousands of runners.
50 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
The Peachtree Podcast 2021: Episode 4
Wildly popular Peloton instructor Matt Wilpers joins the Atlanta Journal Constitution Peachtree Road Race as a virtual participant this year. This week, he reveals his favorite Atlanta running spots and where he plans to run his virtual 10K. Plus, meet the team behind the COVID-sniffing dogs that will help protect runners at this year's race.
33 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
The Peachtree Podcast 2021: Episode 3
The Atlanta Journal Constitution Peachtree Road Race wouldn’t happen without thousands of volunteers, and this year – the need for volunteers has more than doubled! Atlanta Track Club’s Tina Sjogren explains how you can still get involved for the 2021 race weekend (and potentially earn 3 t-shirts!). Plus, longtime volunteer Alta Urtarte tells us why she comes back year after year to help with this annual tradition.
39 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
The Peachtree Podcast 2021: Episode 2
The return to in-person racing at this year’s Atlanta Journal Constitution Peachtree Road Race means the return of the Shepherd Center Wheelchair Division – now in its 40th year! This week, we hear from Peachtree record holder Daniel Romanchuk, who’s giving back to the sport in a big way. Plus, the Shepherd Center’s Becky Washburn shares what makes this race so special to athletes & patients alike.
38 minutes | May 28, 2021
The Peachtree Podcast 2021: Episode 1
The Atlanta Journal Constitution Peachtree Road Race is back with in-person and virtual options for 2021! We kick off this season of the Peachtree Podcast with a thorough explanation of the changes for this year's race with Atlanta Track Club's Rich Kenah & Peachtree Co-Medical Director Dr. Jonathan Kim. Find out how to have a safe - and fun! - Peachtree experience.
52 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
The Peachtree Podcast 2020: The Official Podcast of the AJC Peachtree Road Race (Episode 6)
You have questions…we have answers! This year’s virtual AJC Peachtree Road Race is a first for all of us, so we’re taking questions from Atlanta Track Club ambassadors & race participants this week. We’ll cover everything from how to download the race app to designing your own 10K route. Get some last-minute motivation – and then go enjoy your race!
37 minutes | Nov 12, 2020
The Peachtree Podcast 2020: The Official Podcast of the AJC Peachtree Road Race (Episode 5)
Respect the virus! That’s the advice from the AJC Peachtree Road Race’s medical director about how to approach your training during the pandemic. Dr. Jonathan Kim of Emory Healthcare joins us this week to discuss what cardiologists know so far about the impact of COVID-19 on athletes, and what you need to consider if you’re diagnosed with the virus.
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