SASSQUAD TRAIL RUNNERS PODCAST
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Sarah KOOLADE earned her "trail name" by her inspiring journey over the last year. Tune-in to hear all about how and why she dove into the squatchtastic world of trail and ultra running!
Sonia Szczesna is a New Jersey-based producer, photographer, and environmental advocate. Sonia brings her experience as a community organizer and activist into her work in film and photography at Sourland Studios. Her most recent project, Godspeed, Los Polacos!, is currently in festivals. To learn more about Sonia, visit https://www.soniasz.com/
Art Byram is the host of the weekly podcast, CULTRA. CULTRA is a "weekly podcast that shares the unique perspective of the North East, Beast Coast Ultra running scene: raw, impulsive, and irreverent. The Cultra Trail Running Podcast is a place where we can get together and discuss all the fun stuff that happens on the trails that most normal people don't care about. Join the Cult! or maybe you already have without realizing it... resistance is futile." Art is also the mastermind behind the annual CUT 112 fat ass event.
This is the recording from our interview on Wednesday November 17th with the legend himself, Michael GAGZ Gagliardi! Michael Gagliardi, aka Gagz, is an ultrarunner, a story teller, and a proud Philadelphian. His podcast, "Running Times" centers around the growing Ultrarunning community by featuring a colorful cast of athletes who are pushing the sport's bounds.
This is our interview from Thursday October 21st with the ultrarunning legend, Matt Klein. Matt just completed the Triple Crown of 200's: Bigfoot 200 (WA) in August, Tahoe 200 (canceled, so Matt and his crew completed this on their own in Colorado) in September and the Moab 240 (UT) in October. That's 640+ miles in less than three months!
This is our Facebook Live Interview from Wednesday October 20th with ultrarunner Trisha Ignatowski! Trisha recently earned the FKT (Fastest Known Time) for the 360 mi long Erie Canalway Trail!! We heard all about the highs and lows, and of course, about ICE CREAM!
This is our interview from Sunday October 10th with Sassquad's Race Director, Kim Levinsky. The tables were turned as Sassquader Keilynn Hopkins dished out the questions to Kim! Kim shared all about her runventure hundo in the Hudson Highlands. She covered 96 miles and 22,000 ft of climbing in a little over 40 hours.
This is our interview from Wednesday September 29th with PA Ultrarunner Grayce Langheine, AKA HOT PANTS! We chat all things trail and ultra AND hear about how Grayce is empowering other women to hit the trails!
This is our interview with Nick Thompson on Wednesday September 1, 2021! Thompson has long been a competitive runner; in 2019, he was ranked as one of the top 20 masters marathoners in the world, and in 2021, he set the American record for men 45+ in the 50K race. Nicholas Thompson is the CEO of The Atlantic and the former editor-in-chief of WIRED. Under his leadership, WIRED won numerous awards for design and reporting and launched a highly successful paywall. Thompson also wrote many features for the publication, including two cover stories on Facebook that have been cited multiple times in Congress. Thompson is a former contributor to CBS News, where he regularly appeared on CBS This Morning and CBS Sunday Morning. He is a cofounder of The Atavist, a National Magazine Award–winning digital publication and multimedia content management system that was sold to WordPress in 2018.
Thompson previously served as editor of NewYorker.com. Before The New Yorker, Thompson was a senior editor at WIRED, where he assigned and edited the story that was the basis for the Oscar-winning film Argo. In 2009, his book “The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War” was published to critical acclaim.
This is our interview from July 28, 2021 with Don Weise! Don is the Director of Donor Advising for the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. Don is an author, hike leader, environmental advocate, and Trail Conference Life Member; he joined the NYNJTC staff in 2011. Don is the leader of the monthly NYNJTC group runs which welcomes runners of all paces to explore beautiful trails in New York in New Jersey. Don has become a great friend to Sassquad Trail Running and has served as the squatchtastic liaison for all of our fundraising efforts for the Trail Conference. He is also the mastermind behind the race courses for our Harriman Big Bear SquaTCh race!
This is our interview with ultra runner James Leitner! James is the founder of the non-profit MissionCleanWater. MCW provides clean drinking water and sanitation to under-served communities around the world! Sassquad Trail Running is a proud sponsor of MissionCleanWater and has supported James in his efforts to raise funds for clean drinking water! This summer, James completed a marathon a day, for 14 days, while carrying 45 pounds of water!
This is our FB Live Interview on Wednesday July 14, 2021 with Sports Dietitian Dina Griffin! As a Sports Dietitian, Dina works with athletes one-on-one (including Sassquad RD Kim Levinsky!) to fine-tune their daily nutrition framework and optimize their sports nutrition and hydration strategies. She specializes in working with female endurance athletes. Dina has a Master of Science degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from Colorado State University and has worked as a Registered Dietitian and Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics in the clinical, outpatient, and private practice settings. She also holds the following certifications: Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics Certified by the International Society of Sports Nutrition, Certified Level II Metabolic Efficiency Training Specialist, and Dr. Stacy Sims “Women are Not Small Men” and “Menopause for Athletes”. Dina has a long list of athletic accomplishments including the Leadville 100 trail run, the Comrades ultra race in South Africa, Ironman Coeur D’Alene (2013), Boston Marathon (sub 3:25 finish), NYC Marathon (3:26 finish), the San Francisco North Face Endurance Run 50k, and the Mount Evans Hill Climb. You can learn more about Dina and her nutrition coaching services by visiting: https://www.nutritionmechanic.com You can follow Dina on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nutritionmechanic Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mechanicdina
This episode is the recording from our Facebook Live interview on Wednesday June 30, 2021 with Rebecca Fitzgerald! Rebecca is a NJ State Park Superintendent, trail runner and a great friend to Sassquad Trail Running!! We will hear all about the in's and out's of NJ State Parks as well as Rebecca's trail running and hiking stories. To learn more about the State Parks in New Jersey, visit: https://www.njparksandforests.org/ Follow NJ State Parks on Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/NewJerseyStateParks/ https://www.instagram.com/newjerseystateparks/
Today's episode is the recording from our Facebook Live Interview on Wednesday June 16th with thru-hiker Stephanie Langner! We chatted with with Stephanie about her upcoming thru hike of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Stephanie has thru hiked the Appalachian Trail, the Northville Placid Trail, Long Trail, and the Long Path! You can learn more about Stephanie by checking out her blog: https://tinyurl.com/cupkp8pr
Sassquad RD Kim Levinsky is in the hot seat sharing about her recent runventure at the Grand Canyon! Keilynn Hopkins did a fantastic job dishing out the questions for this interview. On Thursday April 15th, Kim covered 54 miles and 12,200 ft gain and 12,200 ft loss as she traversed the Grand Canyon solo traveling down the Bright Angel Trail, across the box, up to the North Rim, back down and then up the South Kaibab Trail. You can check out the youtube video that Kim put together here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldH3DrykuzY&t=1985s
Today's episode is the recording from our Facebook Live Interview Series on Thursday May 27, 2021 with Toni Ruesch! Toni just completed her first 50K on Sunday and is now an official Ultramarathon Woman!! Not only did she finish her first 50K, she completed it self-supported and solo! Toni is the mom of a very active toddler and is a police dispatcher in New Jersey.
Miriam Weiskind, aka "The Za Report", is an underground pizziola baking up a generous storm of pizza in NYC amidst the pandemic to help keep New Yorkers in need, happy and full of pizza. Originally from Ohio, she moved to NYC to pursue a career in graphic design. In 2011, she met Scott Weiner, of Scott’s Pizza Tours, where she would then lead pizza tours all around NYC until spring of 2020 when the pandemic struck. In early 2020, she decided to trade in a career as an Art Director to pursue pizza fulltime, starting out as a Pizzaiola at Paulie Gee’s then opening her own speakeasy pizzeria run from her home in Brooklyn, NY. For any New Yorker without a job, a first responder or anyone having a tough time, Miriam gives out free pies—under the notion of paying pies forward to honor her mom who passed away in the summer of 2020. Pizza has become a passion that Miriam considers an art, each slice having a unique story and taste. Also an ultra runner, she is famously known for being the five time female champion of the nyc pizza run. Yes, she can eat pizza and run! Weiskind has been featured in The New York Times, Thrillist, NPR, Munchies, the Kelly Clarkson Show and the Dunkin' Donuts blog!
Virginia Morin recently moved out to Colorado from NJ and has just begun her new life on the road in her van! Virginia and her boyfriend have outfitted their 2020 AWD Ford Transit and are on the road adventuring! You can follow Virginia on Instagram: www.instagram.com/simbasing
Launched in February 2020, the Trails Collective provides regional coverage of trail events and updates, volunteer opportunities, links to entities forming the Collective such as coaches and shops, gear reviews, an event calendar with mapping integration, communication message boards, and multiple video channels celebrating all of the above. Red Newt Racing hosts over a half dozen events in NY, including the Breakneck Point Trail Runs and the Cuyahoga Trails 50. You can learn more about The Trails Collective here: https://trailscollective.com/
In 2017, world-class ultrarunner Hillary "Hillygoat" Allen was at the top of her sport--and it felt like she was running on top of the world as she competed in Norway's Tromsø Skyrace. Allen was nearly halfway through the 50K race when she fell 150 feet off an exposed ridge, fracturing her back and breaking multiple ribs, both feet, and both of her lower arms. Ten days and two surgeries later, Hillary flew home and underwent three more surgeries in Colorado. She was told she might never run again. Just 11 months after her injury, after a rehab period that tested her determination, courage, and spirit, Hilary placed second in the Broken Arrow Vertical Kilometer race in Lake Tahoe and raced a 52K race the following day. A week later, she won a mountain race in the Dolomites. Hillary hopes to inspire, educate and encourage other people to find balance in their lives—something the injury has helped her find. Hillary studies and teaches science, using her masters degree in neuroscience and physiology and structural biology. She is also a trail running coach, and a gravel cyclist. To learn more about Hillary, you can visit her website: https://hillaryallen.com/ You can purchase her book, "Out and Back" here: https://www.amazon.com/Out-Back-Runners-Survival-Against/dp/194451595X
Trishul is one of Canada's most accomplished ultra marathoners; in 1985 he held every Canadian record from 300K-1,000 miles and still holds many of these records today! He has completed the Self-Transcendence 3,100 mile race three times with personal best of 50 days, 3 hours in 1999. As of February 2021, Trishul has completed 280 ultra marathons totaling 44,338 ultra marathon racing miles. His first ultra was a hilly 47 mile road race on August 27, 1978 where he placed third out of 58 starters in 6 hours and 30 minutes. A former monk and current masseuse, Trishul lives in Queens, NY with his wife Käären. Trishul is the co-race director for The Great New York 100M/100K (TGNY100).
Today's episode is the recording from our March 17, 2021 Facebook Live Interview Series. We sat down with active-duty US Army soldier Samantha Des Rosier to hear all about her trail and ultra running adventures while serving in the military.
Patti Murphy is the host and producer of the "Leadership Under Fire Optimizing Human Performance Podcast". A native of Staten Island, NY, Patti started her career covering news across the five boroughs for a 24-hour television news channel. In 2014, she joined the Fire Department of New York’s Office of Public Information, managing their internal website, DiamondPlate, which plays a critical role in disseminating timely training and preparedness information. She also produces content for the FDNY Foundation and NYC Fire Museum. Patti is the first FDNY civilian employee to attend the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security. You can learn more about "Leadership Under Fire" here: https://leadershipunderfire.com/
Today’s episode is the recording from our Facebook Live Interview Series on Wednesday February 17, 2021. We sat down will Sara Fioravanti to hear all about her thru hike of the Appalachian Trail. You can check out the infographic she discuses here!
This episode is the recording from our Facebook Live Interview on Wednesday February 3, 2021. We sat down with ultra runner Jessica Simao. Jessica is a very active member of our trail running community as both a runner and a volunteer. She serves as a trail maintainer at Mt. Tammany and can regularly be found volunteering her time at local trail races in the tri-state area. Jess shared all about her volunteering experiences and explained how important it is to give back to the local trail running/hiking community!
This episode is the recording from our Facebook Live Interview on Thursday January 21, 2021. We sat down with ultra runner Cole Crosby to hear about his epic 197 mile run across New Jersey! Cole ran from the High Point Monument at 1:58AM Saturday 1/9/21 and arrived at the Cape May Lighthouse 44 hours, 42 minutes, 21 seconds later — a pace of 13 minutes and 36 seconds per mile! Cole's longest run prior to January 9th was 86 miles. He attributes much of his success to the power of the running community that came out to support him, pace him and crew him. To learn more about Cole, you can check out his website: https://crestingthesummit.com/
This episode is the recording from our Facebook Live on Sunday December 13, 2020! We shared a squatchtastic recap of all that went down in 2020 here at Sassquad Trail Running. We loved having a few special guests join us at the end of the evening - Sasquatch himself, plus a unicorn and narwhale!
This is the recording from our RunVenture Zoom Series on Facebook Live from November 22, 2020. We welcomed Maggie Guterl back and had Otto Lam and Elaine Acosta join her to recount their epic reunion at Big's Backyard Ultra!
This episode is the recording from our Facebook Live on Wednesday November 11th at 8PM when we sat down with ultrarunner Keilynn Hopkins AGAIN! Last time we heard about her epic Grand Canyon Rim2Rim2Rim traverse; on Nov. 11th, we heard all her recent FKT (Fastest Known Time) for the 144 mile Out-and-Back run on the New Jersey section of the Appalachian Trail! Keilynn is the first runner to complete this FKT! You can read Keilynn's trip report here: https://www.natureorbust.com
This episode is the recording from our Facebook Live on Sunday November 8, 2020. We sat down with ultrarunner legend Michael Ortiz to hear all about his incredible runventure, "The Game of Hundos"! Michael ran a 100 mile race every weekend for 100 weeks. Yes, you read that correctly -- 100 miles every weekend for 100 weeks!
This podcast episode is the recording from our Facebook Live Runventure Zoom Series on October 21, 2020. We sat down with Mountaineer Patty Alcivar to hear her incredible story of overcoming a difficult childhood to find independence and success as a professional athlete! Patty was a USA National Boxing Champion, earned 2 NYC Golden Gloves and was the first Female ever to be voted and win “Athlete of the Year,” by the United States Olympic Committee. As a sponsored Mountaineer, Patty is on her way to completing "The 7 Summits" - climbing each of the tallest peaks on each continent! You can learn more about Patty by visiting her website: https://www.patriciaalcivar.com/
Today's episode is the Facebook Live recording from our RunVenture Zoom Series on Wednesday October 7, 2020. We sat down with Rita Bogar-Williams to hear her story of how she recently fell in love with running! Rita started running 3 years ago and has since run all over the US and abroad! About 15 years ago, Rita to a big leap and left her corporate job to start her own Consulting Firm. She has found so much success as an entrepreneur and is currently booked a year-out!
Today's episode is the recording from our RunVenture Zoom Series on Facebook Live from Wednesday September 23, 2020. We sat down with Trail Women BK to hear all about the positive impact they are making on the trail running community in and around New York City! Olivia O'Neill, Elise Mordos and Trisha Ignatowski are the fearless leaders of TWBK and are committed to increasing female participation in trail running! You can learn more about TWBK on their website https://www.trailwomenbk.com/ and on social media: https://www.instagram.com/trailwomenbk/
Today’s episode is the recording from a special edition of our RunVenture Zoom Series that was recorded on September 20, 2020. That night, the tables were turned as Sassquad Founder and RD Kim Levinsky was in the hotseat being interviewed by Janna Chernetz. They sat down to talk about the Trail Magic that happened during the Watchundo 100 miler- Kim's (first) 100 mile fun-run! Kim also shared the backstory of how Sassquad Trail Running started in 2018!
Today's episode is the recording from our RunVenture Zoom Series on Wednesday September 9. 2020. We sat down with ultra runner and OCR athlete Lauren Longfield to hear about how she is tearing it up on the trails! Lauren has been busy accumulating some very impressive FKTs on some super technical trails in NJ, NY and PA!
Today's episode is the recording of the 7th episode in our RunVenture Zoom Series on August 26, 2020. We sat down with ultrarunner, mountain biker and real-life hero, Rebecca Lewandowski from Alexandria, Virginia. We got to hear Rebecca's squatchtastic advice on navigating the crazy and uncertain times of 2020! Rebecca is a biologist for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is currently serving on the frontlines of the Covid-19 Pandemic as well as the Ebola outbreak. A special thanks to our friends at the 1-800-WOW-RUNR Hotline for making this podcast episode possible!
On today's episode, we're sharing the recording from the 6th episode of our RunVenture Zoom Series on August 12, 2020. We sat down with ultra runners Vanessa Kline and Michael Wilson to hear about their unforgettable Vol State 500K runventure! Over the course of 7 days, they traveled over 314 miles on country roads, up and down mountains and in and out of many (many!) gas stations and dollar stores! Vanessa is the owner and Race Director for the Batona Trail Races in South Jersey and Beast Pacing, Michael is an endurance coach for MDW Endurance Multisport; both are squatchy members of our Sassquad community! Before we jump in to our chat with Vanessa and Michael, we'll first hear from Don Weise of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. Don will share the monthly update on what is happening at the Trail Conference!
We sat down with ultrarunner and Mission Clean Water Founder James Lietner to hear all about his 900 mile running challenge that he completed in July of 2020. James raised over $36,000 to fully fund a clean water project in Uganda by running 30 miles a day for 30 days! We were proud to sponsor James' amazing RunVenture this past July!
In this episode, we share our recording from July 29, 2020 when we heard from ultra runner Kelsey miller. Kelsey shared her journey from couch to ultra and how she overcame her battle with depression!
In September of 2019, Keilynn Hopkins traveled out to the Grand Canyon to complete an epic Rim2Rim2Rim runventure traversing 47.5 miles and 10,000+ feet elevation gain! She shares her story with us in the 4th episode of our RunVenture Zoom Series. Recorded on Wednesday July 15, 2020.
In September of 2017, Ryan Thrope set the FKT (Fastest Known Time) for the 72 mile New Jersey section of the Appalachian Trail with a time of 15h 36m 25s. Then in April of 2020, Steve Lange set the current FKT with a time of 13h 34m 19s. And guess what? Ryan was out there with Steve helping him beat his previous record!
Starting July 1, 2020, MissionCleanWater founder James Leitner, ran 30 miles every day for 30 days. James is raising $30,000 to provide a clean water and hygiene solution for the St. Elizabeth’s All-Girls School in Uganda. You can learn more about this amazing non-profit here: missioncleanwater.org
Join us for the premiere episode of our RunVenture Zoom Series! Maggie Guterl became a household name in 2019 when she won Big's Backyard Ultra by outlasting everyone and completing 250 miles! Originally from the East Coast, Maggie was the 2018 Squatchung Surprise champ! ....Unfortunately, we experienced a "Zoom Hack" midway through Maggie's talk. But Maggatron didn't miss a beat and picked right back up where she left off!