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After the seven survivors of the Forlorn Hope Party broke through to Johnson Ranch on January 18th, 1847 after a harrowing 33-day trek where 8 members perished, relief parties were mustered to try and retrieve the remaining survivors of the Donner Party. The first of four relief parties departed Johnson Ranch on February 4th, 1847, with mules and p…
 
The Mile 99 Crew took a much-needed break but is ready for 2022! Take a listen as Jessica, Greg, and Mike talk about their New Year Resolutions and find out what this new year may hold. What do you have planned for this next year? Racing? New sport? Flossing? Stretching? Keep up on laundry? Let us know! ALSO, let us know what you want more of...and…
 
As we head into the time of year for resolutions, we couldn't think of better people to chat with than David and Hassan. You have seen them put together giant group runs, splash in puddles, smile A LOT, and lead with the motto "No runner left behind". Join us for this episode and tell us how these two guys have influenced you. Also, learn the secre…
 
Join the Mile 99 crew live at The Aid Station, Trails and Ales in Auburn, CA for a Celebration of Statemas, Western States Lottery Week 2021. Auburn is vibrating with excitement for the 2022 Western States Endurance Run 2022 Lottery. Take a listen and see who drops in. See you in Auburn!!! Western States Endurance Run (wser.org) Western States 100 …
 
Troy Meadows is a great human who faces big challenges and sticks around to tell the tale. We would love for you all to hear what he has done and what the future holds. He is a wealth of information. From all things Lost Coast, recovering from injury, balancing work, life, and training, plant-based nutrition, and general ultra chitchat. Plus find o…
 
Join us for Part 2 of the Beer on the Run/Mile 99 Collab where we sit down and share a few beers with Clint Welch and Jack Rosenfeld from the Beer on the Run Podcast. A podcast about beer, running, and sometimes both. If you aren’t already following Beer on the Run Podcast, check them out on IG or Twitter, and be sure to download Part 1 of the coll…
 
Rio Del Lago 100 Miler race director and previous interviewee Julie Fingar joined us for all of the final details and info about the 2021 race. RDL is in its 20th running this year, so tune in for everything you need to know as a racer, pacer, volunteer or spectator and see you on the course! Late breaking news: If you want to pace someone, head to…
 
Episode 49 gets down to the bone. Megan Roche and Jonathan Levitt have been instrumental in a multi-year Western States Endurance Run study looking at bone health in ultrarunners. We snagged some of their time to talk about this study! Megan Roche is a medical doctor, a researcher at Stanford, ultrarunner, coach, author, and podcaster. Jonathan Lev…
 
A toenail saved his life! From a humble upbringing in a small village to a long career playing soccer, Robert finally landed in Sacramento where his coaching and training is now based. He has always been an accomplished athlete but with his Masters in Exercise Science, he focuses on a holistic approach to training humans. We could have spent much l…
 
Join us for Episode 47 and find out about the Queen of the South, Beverley Anderson-Abbs. We go way back to her roots in Canada and learn how racing and competing started at a very early age. We chat all about her years in the Adventure Racing Scene, road and mountain bike racing, ultra trail racing, the Barkley Marathons, and her recent transition…
 
Episode 46 was a deep dive into road running with Melissa Penwell. She has a drive for success that is almost tangible throughout the interview. She gave us a glimpse into how she qualified for the Olympic Trials in 2019 & training/racing that lead up to that. Once again we discussed community and how uplifting runners are. We had a great time. Dow…
 
Bear 100 Mile Endurance Run runners download this episode today! Reggie White and Robert Myers walked us through their training leading up to the Bear 100 Mile Endurance Run, gear picks and some important discussions about hash browns. Don’t forget to review our show so we can get this thing trending! See ya on the trails. Reggie USU: Reginald Whit…
 
This episode was all about a patient & grateful runner lining up to the 2021 Western States Endurance Run 100. Christine Vincent fought cutoffs, blisters and unusual heat to finally get to cross the finish line in 29 hours and 44 minutes during the Golden Hour. Download to hear her story about how she manages personal anxiety & depression, raising …
 
Episode 43 with EJ Maldonado is not one to miss. EJ gives us so many reasons why the trail community is one of the most supportive and kind communities to be a part of. We discussed huge life changes, transgender athletes, gender equality, alcohol abuse disorder, mental health, and, of course, some awesome races. Download for a feel-good episode wi…
 
For this episode we sit down with the guy behind many of our favorite local and Bay Area trail races like the Woodside Ramble, Knickerbocker Canyon, Marin Ultra Challenge, and the Ordnance 100K, Inside Trail Racing’s very own Tim Stahler. Join us to hear all about what's on the 2021 race schedule and be ready for a FULL 2022 calendar. Inside Trail …
 
We are super excited to talk to the guy behind the Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Runs. He is not only a well-loved and happy-go-lucky race director, but he is also a well-accomplished endurance athlete in both road and trail racing with 19 hundos under his belt and endless amazing races of all distances, from the mountains to the streets. Tune in to ge…
 
We are super excited to talk to the woman who has brought us Way too Cool 50K, American River 50, Rio Del Lago 100 Mile Endurance Race, She Rocks the Trails, and numerous other amazing races. Julie Fingar is not only a loved and admired race director, she is a well-accomplished athlete in both road and trail racing with 150+ marathons and ultra-mar…
 
The town of Auburn is vibrating with excitement! The 2021 Western States Endurance Run is in the final countdown for race day. The Mile 99 Crew sits down at the Auburn Aid Station to celebrate LIVE IN PERSON for WSER100 storytelling. Take a listen and see you on the Western States Trail. --- Your hosts: Jessica Harris / Greg Larkin / Mike Turner Ar…
 
The Western States 100 Endurance Run crew joined us again for the latest updates, talked us through new policies and what this 2021 race year will look like. Download this episode with RD Craig Thornley, board president Diana Fitzpatrick and medical director Dr. Andy Pasternak today! See ya on the trails. #SeeYaAtStates Medical volunteers needed: M…
 
Paulo Medina is a race director for SingleTrack Running and owner of The Aid Station in Auburn, CA. We spent the episode learning how he became a runner, business owner, and a pillar to our local Auburn, CA running community. Join us for a feel-good hour of community and some exciting news about Paulo! Our Patreon is up! Support us for $1! SingleTr…
 
Hot off an 8 hour finish at the American River 50 race, Danny Murphy, the creator of UltraPacer, sat down with us to walk us through his ultrarunning career. As a dad to two young children, a husband and a busy civil engineer, Danny had to find a way to maximize his training. He has done so with a variety of techniques including his own software pr…
 
Grand theft auto? Podium finishes? Master’s degree? Episode 34 featured Maria Steinhauser and her journey through single parenting, grad school, full-time teaching, and podium finishes. We shared an hour laughing and reliving some of her adventures. Maria is a driven, successful, compassionate, and hard-working human. Her pacers might have accident…
 
Jamil Coury joined us for Episode 33. We dove right in and discussed the good, bad and ugly that came from a year of pandemic race directing. We touched on the 2021 Barkley marathons and how Jamil’s day(s) unfolded. Mike is running Cocodona 250 while Jess and Greg are crewing him. We were itching to get all the extra details for this race. It is go…
 
Calling all Canyons 100k runners! Our 32nd episode features Chaz Sheya, Abigail Drake, and Sean Flanagan race directors for Canyons 100k. Get to know all three and how they became directors for E3 Epic Endurance Events. Canyons 100k is a Western States Endurance Run and UTMB qualifier, and a Golden ticket race. They had to find a new route during t…
 
For our 31st episode, we sat down with Bay Area Ultrarunner, Race Director, Running Coach, and now JamOnTam200 FKT holder, Michael Li. Michael just completed a record-setting 21 ascents up Mt. Tam, covering 200 miles, 57,162 feet of vert in 108 hours, 24 minutes, and 20 seconds. But Michael has not always been the lean, mean, climbing machine we al…
 
During 2020, we saw the rise of FKT attempts while so many races had been cancelled and postponed due to the pandemic. The 2021 FKT season is off to a blistering start with the Death Valley N-S standard route crossing (off-trail) FKT being taken by Sarah Estrella, a local runner from Davis. Sarah joined us for episode 30 to talk about this this mul…
 
In this episode, we sit down again with Bruce Nguyen. We spoke to Bruce last November in episode 18 after his amazing Moab 240 finish. We asked him to come back to discuss his gear. Specifically, all the gear it takes to run and crew a successful 200+ mile multiday race. Bruce just returned from crewing his buddy Michael Li on his amazing JamOnTam2…
 
For our 29th episode, we sat down with two fixtures of our trail running community, Karen and Kjell Framnes! You can count on seeing Karen, Kjell and their daughter Olivia at pretty much any trail race in Northern California from 50k up to 200 miles in length, both racing and volunteering. They are true ambassadors of the sport, and we talked to th…
 
On the First 99 Gear Review we usually talk about gear attached to your body; shoes, clothing, watches, stuff like that. But today, we are sitting down with Auburn’s very own Doug White to talk about the gear, time, and volunteers it takes to pull off the successful Dusty Corners Western States Endurance Race Aid Station. Mile 38 of the WSER is no …
 
In this episode, Jenny Maier joined us to talk about her unique approach to combining personal training, strength and mobility work and yoga to help build balanced runners with longevity in the sport. We got some great insights into her approach for helping runners achieve their goals and also how she made a big career change in her life from fast-…
 
Mike kicked off our Mile 99 crew favorite gear review. We peeked into a lesson from Turner’s Theory of Net Energy Balance. It led him to favoring a Gore brand windstopper vest. It has a low back and pockets originally used for cyclists. He mentioned his glasses hook up from Cody Johnson in Salt Lake City who fit prescription lenses in racing glasse…
 
In this episode, we were joined by Western States Endurance Run race director Craig Thornley, race medical director Dr. Andy Pasternak, president of the board of directors Diana Fitzpatrick, and vice president of the board Tim Twietmeyer. We were glad to welcome them back after first talking in early December to find out more about plans for the 20…
 
In this episode of the First 99 Gear Review, I sit down again with our very own Greg Larkin for Part 2 of his Winter Off-Season Cross Training Plan. During Part 1 we dug into Greg’s indoor workouts including rowing on the Concept2 and Zwift virtual bike racing on his smart trainer. In Part 2 we head to the White Wonderland for some full body winter…
 
In this episode, we are joined by Clint Welch and his daughter Halle. Clint has been a fixture on the Northern California ultrarunning scene for a number of years, and his daughter Halle has taken up running to follow in his footsteps. We talked to both of them about the experience as Halle decided to take on this sport, what she likes, what she do…
 
In this episode of the First 99 Gear Review, co-host Mike Turner sits down with our very own Greg Larkin to chat about winter cross training activities. It’s the New Year, and the time to start planning our race and training schedules. But many of us have found over the years it’s essential to take time off and let the body heal. Balancing staying …
 
In our final episode with Rebecca Sperry, she joined us for a live wrap-up interview as she recently completed her twelve rounds of chemotherapy and is starting a new phase of cancer treatment. During the interview, we reflected on her journey since we first reached out to her to ask if she would share her story with us. It has been difficult for h…
 
Katie Grossman, an accomplished professional mountain ultrarunner, advertising creative, soon-to-be mother of two and assistant RD of the Angeles Crest 100, sat down with us to talk about her early life, running and racing at the highest levels, life/family balance and the importance of protecting our open spaces. She and her husband Dominic and th…
 
In the last of our prerecorded episodes with Rebecca Sperry, a hiker from New Hampshire who was in the midst of hiking all of the trails in the White Mountain National Forest until she received a breast cancer diagnosis in August 2020, she joined us with an update on how her cancer treatment has been progressing as she nears the end of her rounds o…
 
Jocelyn Watson joined us for our 24th episode to talk about her running career starting all the way back in middle school, through high school, into college and beyond. She started out in track and cross-country but eventually found her way to trail running and now thoroughly prefers that discipline. She has an impressive racing resume (including t…
 
In this episode of the First 99 Gear Review, co-hosts Mike Turner and Greg Larkin talked to gear reviewer and ultrarunner Brian Goldman about the Coros and Garmin running watches, their features and modes and of course, strengths and weaknesses! Garmin is the established player in the space with excellent brand recognition, and while Coros is relat…
 
The modern-day Forlorn Hope Expedition Team sat down with us in this episode to talk about the genesis, planning and execution of their recently-completed journey from Donner Memorial State Park in Truckee, CA to Johnson's Ranch in Wheatland. Their route closely mirrored that of the original Forlorn Hope team that left the stranded Donner Party on …
 
Rebecca Sperry, a hiker from New Hampshire joined us for the third of several episodes talking about her redlining goal in the White Mountain National Forest when she was temporarily sidelined by a breast cancer diagnosis in August 2020. In this episode, Rebecca updated us about her 9th round of chemotherapy and how she has been handling that. We t…
 
Auburn resident Eddie Schmidt sat down with us for a great conversation about his early years as a runner and how much family and the ultrarunning community means to him. Eddie started running seriously later in life after some inspiration early on from his sister and then meeting several people over the years. He was joined by his daughter Hannah,…
 
In this episode of the First 99 Gear Review, our co-host Mike Turner delves into the Topo Athletic Trailventure trail running/light hiker shoe. He explores the reasons he decided on this shoe initially and then the experiences he had with it running and hiking all over the harsh trails of the Northern California river canyons and volcanic rock form…
 
Rebecca Sperry, a hiker from New Hampshire joined us for the second of several episodes talking about her redlining goal in the White Mountain National Forest when she was temporarily sidelined by a breast cancer diagnosis in August 2020. In this episode, we got an update from Rebecca about how she has been feeling through her 7th week of chemother…
 
Western States Endurance Run race director Craig Thornley, board member Tim Twietmeyer and medical director Dr. Andy Pasternak joined us for our 21st episode to talk all about the current state of the race as we head into 2021. We found out about how the board reacted to the original onset of the pandemic, handling the cancellation and the plans to…
 
In this episode of the First 99 Gear Review, our co-host Mike Turner delves into two popular GPS trackers that are perfect for expeditions into remote areas with no cellular service. Tune in to hear Mike's thoughts on what features he likes for different types of outings, comparison of plans and other features. SPOT Tracker products: https://www.fi…
 
Donner Party Mountain Runners board member Chris Cloyd held a virtual conversation with Jeff Rauenhorst, local Incline Village resident, who set a new high mark for the unsupported FKT (Fastest Known Time) on the 310-mile Superior Hiking Trail in September 2020. Hear Jeff and Chris dig into the details of this amazing route, what led up to this out…
 
Rebecca Sperry, a hiker from New Hampshire joined us for the first of several episodes talking about her redlining goal in the White Mountain National Forest when she was temporarily sidelined by a breast cancer diagnosis in August 2020. In this episode, we'll get to know Rebecca, hear about about her early years, her single-year White Mountains re…
 
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