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Andre Kajlich lost both of his legs above the knee back in 2003 in Prague. When it comes to endurance, he has literally done it all including numerous Ironman and Ultraman races. Next up? On June 13th he will attempt to become the first handcyclist to complete the 3,000 mile Race Across America while raising money for The Challenged Athletes Foundation along the way. Check out challengedathletes.org/RAAM to support Andre and CAF!

 

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John Kelly ran his first marathon in 2013 at the Marine Corps Marathon, blew up, and still ran 3:38. Just recently he won the infamous Barkley Marathons, which this year was approximately 130 miles long with about 68,000 feet of ups and downs. John's story of falling asleep during the last of the five laps is epic!

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Classics: From our archives, a classic interview from 2011 with legendary American runner Ryan Hall.

We chatted with Ryan Hall right after he ran his marathon PR of 2:04:58 at the Boston Marathon.

Ryan grew up in a family where everyone was an endurance athlete. But that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the young man from Big Bear Lake!

 

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The day after winning Ironman 70.3 Oceanside, Lionel Sanders joined us at The Challenged Athletes Foundation headquarters for a Q&A with the Tri Club of San Diego. In this far-ranging interview Lionel takes us through his darkest days and talks about how triathlon changed his life. Lionel shares many of the lessons he has learned along the way and discusses some of the unique training he does in Canada.

 

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Two-time Ironman World Champion Chris McCormack came on to chat about the Super League concept and their plans for the future.

 

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When Jan Frodeno was in San Diego for Ironman 70.3 Oceanside, he came to the Challenged Athletes Foundation headquarters for a Q&A with the Triathlon Club of San Diego. We began the event with a presentation of a racing chair to a young athlete with spina bifida who wants to race with his high school track team. Jan then settled down for an in-depth interview, covering everything from how he got started in the sport of triathlon, through his Olympic gold medal, and his back-to-back titles at the Ironman World Championship. Enjoy the audio from a terrific evening!

 

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Are you frustrated with having to drop your bike off at your local shop and then waiting days to get it back? Chris Guillemet can feel your pain, which is why he created Velofix and why his mobile bike shop concept has caught on so quickly.

 

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How about this for a transformation? Chris Holley lost 200 pounds and became a triathlete. Chris chats with me about how triathlon changed his life.

 

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Sarah Reinertsen is the first single-above-knee amputee woman to finish the Ironman World Championship, starred on the Amazing Race, and is a huge part of the Ossur/CAF sports clinics that are coming to the Nike campus on April 8th.

 

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Oz Sanchez was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident right after leaving the Marines to become a Navy SEAL. With the help and support of CAF's Operation Rebound, Oz has been to three Paralympic games racing his handcycle and has won two golds, two silvers, and two bronze medals. “CAF paid for the medal,” he insisted. “I just picked it up!”

 

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He went from a professional triathlete to one of the world’s best coaches. You know you’re one of the best when you’ve been honored with the Doc Councilman USOC Coach of the Year Award. Neal Henderson created Apex Coaching in 1999 and has guided great athletes like Flora Duffy, Taylor Phinney, Jamie Whitmore, Evelyn Stevens, and Rohan Dennis to worldwide success!

 

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Calum Neff ran the 1,500 through high school and college, but his running really blossomed after he became a dad. In 2016 he made it into the Guinness Book of World Records by pushing one daughter in a jogger through a 1:11:27 half marathon and his other daughter to a 2:31:21 marathon.

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In 2015, many of the largest Tri Clubs in California (and the US) joined with Goodwell Fitness to launch the Tri Club Championship Series (TCCS). This series is comprised of 15 top Clubs from across California, 16 top independent races and a unique scoring system where everyone can compete and win! In 2016, TCCS awarded more than $25,000 in prizes, including Fitness Adventure trips anywhere Alaska Airlines flies and other great awards. In a four-part interview series, we begin with John Cofano, CEO of Goodwell Fitness and co-founder of the TCCS, and Duane Franks, co-founder of the Golden Gate Tri Club who joined us in studio to discuss how the TCCS is working to create a “win / win / win” – helping more athletes compete in independent events across California, and growing the Tri Clubs in the process! To register, athletes can visit GoodwellFitness.com/TCCSRegister. Interested Clubs or Sponsors can email Support @ GoodwellFitness . com for more information.

During this segment of our four-part interview with the TCCS group, Paul Hekimian from the LA Triathlon Club joined us on the phone to talk about the impact of TCCS on his membership.

Anne Kim swam in high school and last year not only participated in the TCCS Series as a member of the LA Triathlon Club, she also earned two round trip tickets from Alaska Airlines for winning the Most Improved Award and her plan is to vacation in Cuba.

Darcy McCarty from the Oakland Triathlon Club won the Male Points Championship by participating in nine of the TCCS events in 2016. He won a trip for two on Alaska Airlines and he and his wife and two kids are planning a vacation to Hawaii!

 

Nelson Dellis is a four-time USA Memory Champion. Memory champion? Yep. Nelson, who has climbed Mt. Everest three times, talks about the physical and mental training it takes to memorize 201 names in 15 minutes or 256 words in 15 minutes.

 

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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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