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Daniel Casara was deployed to Iraq in 2005 and on September 23rd of that year the M113 he was on rolled over a tank mine. Two were killed and four, including Sergeant Casara, were seriously injured. He had bilateral fractures to his right tibia and fibula, a shattered left tibia, shattered heel and ankle bones in both feet and a dislocated right hip. With bracing on both legs and with the support of CAF’s Operation Rebound program, Daniel Casara has become a top golfer and cyclist. His comeback has been amazing.

 

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Sarah True, the two-time Olympic triathlete, came on to chat about her transition to the Ironman 70.3, which she is loving. She raced three 70.3 events in less than two months and learned some important lessons along the way: one gel is not enough when it comes to nutrition and wearing socks for a half marathon is a good thing! It was great to catch up with Sarah!

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How has technology enhanced the wonderful world of endurance sports?  Stan Brajer from Polar, as always, is our go-to guy.

 

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Jonathan Brown had just finished up a long run while trying out for a spot on a Major League Baseball team during Spring Training in Arizona. As he and a friend were leaving a convenience store parking lot in their car, a drunk driver plowed into their vehicle and changed Jonathan's life forever. His journey back to sport made this a fascinating conversation.

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Andre Kajlich went 3,143 miles in 12 days, 16 hours and 18 minutes to become the first handcyclist to finish RAAM. #legend!

 

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Blake Leeper is a double below knee amputee who took home both a bronze and silver medal from the track at the 2012 Paralympics in London. Two years ago he went positive for cocaine and ended up with a two year suspension from the sport he loves. Going positive was the best thing that ever happened to him since he has now been in a program -and sober – for nearly two years. This past weekend he returned to competition and went 45.25 for 400 meters to break the American and world record. Welcome back, Blake!

 

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Rich Izzo has grown the Toughman Tri from one event in New York to 18 events in the U.S., South America, and Mexico. The man and his brand are on a roll! Rich joins me for a Toughman Tri update to discuss all the happenings in the Toughman world!

 

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Dean Jackson is the main man behind HUUB, the official wetsuit brand of Dave Scott as well as the Brownlee brothers. The brand is new to the U.S., but they have some big plans!

 

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Clayton Frech is the main man behind the upcoming third annual Angel City Games, one of the nation's premiere events showcasing challenged athletes. This year's Angel City Games will be held at UCLA from June 22-25. For the full schedule and to purchase tickets visit angelcitygames.org.

 

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The epic Styr Labs Badwater 135 is coming up starting on July 10th. 100 runners from 19 counties will start at 280 feet below sea level in Death Valley and, hopefully, finish at 8,360 feet at Whitney Portal in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Chris Kostman is the owner, race director, and historian for one of the world's most legendary events.

 

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Karl Bakke is the author of Fade to Black, a novel that takes the reader on a wild thrill ride through the underbelly of Hollywood. Karl came in studio for a chat and the interview was a total blast!

 

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Andrew Messick is the President and CEO of Ironman, which just purchased the Competitor Group and the Rock and Roll Marathon Series. What does the buy mean for the endurance sports industry and the growth of triathlon? Andrew shares his thoughts.

 

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When it comes to endurance sports, Joe Friel is simply one of the most respected coaches of all time. He joined me for a look back at his career and at how training and racing have changed over the years.

 

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The book is called ‘Deep Water' and author and triathlete Katherine Nichols did a masterful job bringing the story of a $100,000,000 drug ring that was created by swimmers and lifeguards from Coronado High School in the 1970's to life.

 

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Candace Cable was the first woman to medal in both the Summer and Winter Paralympics, and during her career she won 12 Paralympic medals. In our wide-ranging conversation we chatted about the upcoming U.S Paralympics Track and Field National Championships at UCLA from June 2-4, LA 2024, and the importance of sport.

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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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