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Susan Sullivan launched the Women Sports Film Festival last year and the second annual extravaganza will be held in Oakland on September 28-30

 

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Camille Herron is a three-time US Olympic marathon trials qualifier who has won 20 marathons, loves to drink beer while setting ultramarathon records and, most importantly, ran 2:48:51 in a Spiderman costume!

 

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As endurance athletes age, knee pain seems to be a recurring theme. Nick Gomez from DJO Global came on to chat about their cool new TriFit knee brace that is getting rave reviews.

 

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Will Leer grew up in Minnesota and only ran track to stay in shape for soccer. During our conversation, Leer takes us from his running years at Pomona College, to his fourth place in 2008 at the Olympic trials at 1500 meters, and on to his 3:51.82 mile in Dublin.

 

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Tobias and Carrie Panek have been together since high school. They purchased Koz Events three years ago and now have six triathlons in San Diego along with a Gran Fondo and the Silver Strand Half Marathon and Ten Miler. They came in studio to discuss their plans for 2017.

 

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What is the ketogenic diet and how can it help you become healthier and faster than ever before? Long time endurance athlete and nutritionist Pam Nisevich Bede from EAS Sports Nutrition joins us to share her thoughts.

 

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How do you go from armed robbery and serving a double life sentence in prison to completing an Ironman triathlon? John McAvoy's story is one you have to hear to believe: He discovered rowing while in prison, set seven UK indoor rowing national records and three world records. When he got out of jail, John discovered the sport of triathlon and this past summer went 9:10 at Ironman Frankfurt. His book is called Redemption: From Iron Bars to Ironman.

 

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On February 6, 1982, Julie Moss and Kathleen McCartney raced in Kona at the fifth ever Ironman Triathlon. ABC’s Wide World of Sports was covering the event and that day their cameras captured one of the most dramatic moments in endurance sports history. It was a moment that would change both of their lives while inspiring thousands to get off the couch and give this crazy new sport of triathlon a try. In honor of the 35th anniversary of their epic race, Kathleen McCartney and Julie Moss joined us for a very special Q&A with the Triathlon Club of San Diego.

 

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She was finishing up her CPA at the University of Wisconsin and was ready to start her new job at Ernst and Young. But that’s when her life changed forever. During her collegiate days Gwen Jorgensen had been on the swim team for the first few years and then finished by running on the track team. Barb Lindquist, who recruits great runners and swimmers for USA Triathlon approached Gwen in 2010 about giving the sport of triathlon a try. How did things turn out? Gwen Jorgensen is now a two-time Olympian, a two-time ITU World Champion, and the 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist. Gwen takes us through her amazing journey in this exclusive interview!

 

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Anthony Sullivan went from selling surf t-shirts at street fairs in England to becoming one of the most successful pitchmen in history. He also has a long history in endurance sports and is hoping to one day complete an Ironman.

 

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Kent Holder is going to be running his 36th consecutive Catalina Island Marathon on March 11th. What are you waiting for? Sign up today at runcatalina.com and join him!

 

Jon Dunham's latest documentary film, “BOSTON” premieres on Saturday evening April 15, two days before the marathon. The film will air nationwide on April 19 and tickets are available at fathomevents.com.

 

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Matt Hoffman and Tanya Landry from veloyouth.org came in studio to chat about the impact of a program that is now heading into its tenth year. Velo Youth is based at the San Diego Velodrome and at-risk kids who, in some cases, have never been on a bicycle before, are learning confidence, teamwork and other essential life skills through riding the Velodrome. If you ride a bike at all, you can relate to what Tanya, Matt and their group of volunteers has created.

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Summer Cook's journey to triathlon is a wild one to say the least.  She went from swimming at Villanova, to running at Villanova, to becoming part of USA Triathlon's collegiate recruitment program, to winning her first WTS race in Edmonton this past September.

 

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Mike Reilly has called over 330,000 people across Ironman finish lines around the world since 1989. Ironman New Zealand, in March will be his 160th Ironman event behind the microphone. He is special and his enthusiasm for our athletes and the Ironman is contagious. He is the voice…. The Voice of Ironman!

 

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Hunter Woodhall is 17 years old and one of the top five high school runners at 400 meters and in the top 20 at 200 meters. But the Paralympic silver and bronze medalist from the Paralympics in Rio can't even get a return phone call from a division one coach. Do you think he is being ignored because he is a double amputee who runs on prosthetics? It sure looks that way!

 

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What makes Mont-Tremblant one of the world's best triathlon venues? A few minutes checking out the passion of race director Dominique Piche will help tell you why.

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Rick Simpson has been the swim coach at Villanova for 17 years, a three-time Big East coach of the year, and a two-time Ironman finisher. When one of his swimmers, Summer Cook, expressed interest in also running at Villanova, he encouraged her to do just that. Next up was triathlon and Summer Cook is now one of the best in the world.

 

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Sam Renouf from the Active Network joined me to chat about the growth of endurance sports worldwide and how Active works with event directors and participants to enhance the race day experience and beyond.

 

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At the age of 22, Amy Dixon realized that her eye sight was disappearing. We discuss her journey to becoming one of best visually impaired triathletes in the world with Amy and her 2016 teammate Susanne Davis.

 

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Looking for a great way to kick off your triathlon season? Matt Sills has his 18th annual Desert Triathlon out at Lake Cahuilla coming up on Saturday March 4 and Sunday March 5.

 

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Jonathan Grinder is putting on Toughman Arizona on March 18th in beautiful Lake Havasu, the absolute best time of the year to be racing in Arizona!

 

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Scott Dawley is the founder of Speedgolf USA. Looking for a great way to combine fitness and golf? You've come to the right place!

 

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Mike Coots was body boarding near his home in Kauai in 1997 when he was attacked by a tiger shark and lost his right leg below the knee. He is now not only one of the world's best adaptive surfers, he also has worked hard to limit long line fishing and protect the sharks.

 

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Kim McDonald is the coach of the UCSD Triathlon Team. They fund their team through the 11th annual Tritonman Sprint Distance triathlon coming up on Saturday January 21st at Fiesta Island. Go to ucsdtriathlon.org and kick off your tri season at Mission Bay!

 

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Mike Bone and his team at Spectrum Sports will be putting on the 40th anniversary edition of the Catalina Island Marathon on Saturday March 11th. Why is the event so damn special? Tune in and find out!

 

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Have you been putting off doing your first triathlon because the swim is a tad intimidating? Wait no longer! Jonathan Pauley's Laguna Niguel Pool Triathlon is coming up on Sunday January 29th.
 

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It's pretty simple: Meb Keflezighi is my hero, and getting a chance to chat with him about his amazing career and his plans for his last two marathons in Boston and New York is beyond special.

 

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Jamie Monroe from Easy Day Sports has a new five mile adventure run at La Jolla Shores coming up on Saturday, January 21st that sounds like a total blast. To register, go to torreyrun.com

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Best of 2016: Daniela Ryf

From our Breakfast with Bob Kona Edition 2016: Daniela Ryf, the reigning Ironman World Champion discussed with us how winning the world championship changed her life. Daniela told us she is looking forward to racing Mirinda Carfrae at the top of her game on Saturday. As she told us: “You want to measure yourself against the best.” Word of caution to the rest of the field: Daniela told us her raace at the 70.3 World Championship in Mooloolaba, where she finished 4th, was a wake-up call. (First aired October 7, 2016)

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