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Laura Siddall did her first triathlon in 2009 when she was 29 years old and turned pro in 2014. Three years later, she is the Ironman Australia champion.

 

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One of the first Mud Runs in the nation was at Camp Pendleton. Jill Prichard came on to chat about the Hard Corps Race Series on the base and the 23rd edition of the mud runs on Saturday June 10th and Sunday June 11th. Saturday is nearly sold out, but there are spots open on Sunday. When you go online to register for Sunday, use the code BABBITTVILLE for 15% off the entry fee! Marine Corps Mud Run

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From our Postcards from Boston Series: Lisa Bentley is in the Canadian Triathlon Hall of Fame, has 11 Ironman titles, and in 2006 was third at the Ironman World Championship. We chatted with Lisa about why she loves Kona so much, and why those races mean the most to her. Lisa was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was 20, and she talked with us about the impact of being a professional athlete with cystic fibrosis. Imagine racing with your lungs at 50% capacity! Lisa is running the marathon on Monday and chatted about how much she loves it. Her first time running it in 2011, she went 2:58, which was her Ironman marathon time, and 2:47 is her fastest time in Boston. Monday will be her first marathon since Achilles surgery in 2015, and Lisa told us she will draw on the energy from the athletes she coaches as she runs.

Watch the interview with Lisa here.

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From our Postcards from Boston Series: Karen Smyers, three time ITU World Champion, and 1995 Ironman World Champion joined us for chat after guiding a visually impaired runner at the BAA 5K. Karen reflected on her amazing career, how she first got started in the sport of triathlon in 1984, and the road to her world title at the Ironman in 1995. Karen shares her memories of how that day in 1995 unfolded, including the timely words of advice she got from Dave Scott near the end of the bike.

Watch the interview with Karen here.

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Their new book is a joy to read and it's entitled ‘The Brave Athlete: Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion.' Lesley Paterson and Simon Marshall came in studio, and the conversation was epic!

 

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Mark Beal's new book 101 Lessons They Never Taught You In College is a must read for anyone looking to be successful in business. I chat with the seasoned marketing and PR pro about some of his early success stories, including the Danskin Women's Triathlon Series and the Ironman World Championship.

 

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Teammates on the Hyland's Powered Women's Boston Marathon team, Jessica Leonard and Nancy Heydinger chatted with us at the Boston Marathon Expo about the Girls on the Run program, the significance of running the Boston Marathon, and their journeys to get to the starting line.

Watch the video interview with Jessica and Nancy here.

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From an evening with the Triathlon Club of San Diego, a Q&A with Olympian Ben Kanute:

Ben Kanute is only 24 years old but has been competing in triathlon since the age of eight. This past summer he fulfilled a lifelong dream of racing in the Olympic triathlon in Rio. After a third at Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico, he is primed and ready for Ironman 70.3 St. George!

 

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From our Postcards from Boston Series: Mary Beth Ellis, the 2015 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Champion joined us for a chat at the Boston Marathon Expo. Mary Beth explained how she got the nickname the Honey Badger from her Coach Brett Sutton. She talked about what she learned from training with greats like Chrissie, Rinny, Daniela, and Nicola. Now retired from racing as a professional, Mary Beth is coaching, and chatted about how much she is enjoying working with age-group triathletes. We also talked about Mary Beth’s running background (she ran at Northwestern), and how over the years, she has learned the value of cross-training.

 

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Mike Levine was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on July 1, 2015. He was told that 90% of people who receive that diagnosis live 3-12 months, 5% live two years, and no one makes it to three years. After removing a half a dozen organs from his body plus 25 lymph nodes, Mike was connected with February 1982 Ironman World Champion Kathleen McCartney and his entire world changed. It's funny what a little hope and exercise can bring to the table! Mike and Kathleen came in studio to share their amazing story of how triathlon, and the Ironman can change lives.

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Lisa Roberts has been one of America's top long distance triathletes for the past few years. Now that she is working with coaching legend Brett Sutton, the sky is the limit!

 

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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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