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Patti Catalano

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Episode 11 - Women's Running Across the Generations with Kathrine Switzer, Patti Catalano Dillon, & Weini Kelati

Grounded with Dinée Dorame

This recording is from a live panel on "Women’s Running Across the Generations" that took place on March 20th, 2021 as part of the “Creating Community Through Movement” event hosted by the Native Health Initiative (NHI). Panelists include: Kathrine Switzer is an icon in running, an author, and an Emmy award-winning television commentator. She was the first woman to officially run Boston as a registered competitor in 1967 and New York City Marathon champion. She has been widely recognized for her achievements in the sport and for her advocacy work beyond running. She is part of the USA National Women’s Hall of Fame and is the Founder of 261 Fearless, a foundation that encourages healthy living and fosters a supportive global community for women. Patti Catalano Dillon is a Mi’kmaq runner who dominated the American Road Racing scene in the 1970-80s. She is known for being first Native and American woman to sign a pro contract. She is also the first Native and American woman to run a sub-2:30 in the marathon distance. Patti is a former world record and American record holder in several distances, including the marathon, 20K and 30K. She was inducted into the National Distance Running Hall of Fame in 2006. Weini Kelati is an Eritrean runner who is currently training with Under Armour’s Dark Sky Professional Distance Team and formerly competed for the University of New Mexico, where she was the 2019 NCAA Division I Individual Cross-Country Champion. At UNM, Weini became the most decorated All-American in program history with 13 All-American honors. She was also crowned the 2019-20 Mountain West Female Athlete of the Year and made the 2020 Academic All-Mountain West Team. In this conversation, you’ll hear our panelists discuss the evolution of women’s professional running (specifically in the marathon distance), who they cite as their support systems, their current goals, and how they all hope to use their running as a form of social change. Thank you again to Native Health Initiative, Running Medicine, Wings of America, and the many other organizations involved in organizing this event and inviting me to moderate. In this Episode: Native Health Initiative Running Medicine Wings of America Weini Kelati on the Citius Mag Podcast with Chris Chavez 261 Fearless (Kathrine Switzer’s organization) Follow the Panelists: Kathrine Switzer (Instagram): @kathrineswitzer Patti Dillon (Instagram): @pattispeaks227 Weini Kelati (Instagram): @weini_kelati Follow Grounded Pod: Instagram: @groundedpod Twitter: @groundedpod Facebook: facebook.com/groundedpodwithdinee Subscribe, Listen, & Review on: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Soundcloud | Stitcher Music by Jacob Shije (Santa Clara Pueblo, NM). This podcast was made possible through the Tracksmith Fellowship Program.

1hr 2mins

31 Mar 2021

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#50 - Patti Catalano Dillon

A Runner’s Life

This special 50th episode is with Patti Catalano Dillon who is a Native American, and a former World and American record holder for long distance road racing from 5 miles upto the marathon. She is a pioneer for women's athletics. She was the first American woman to run a sub 2:30 marathon, running 2:29:33 in New York in 1980, finishing second to Grete Waitz, who ran a world record (2:25:41) that day. Patti finished second in Boston in 1981, despite running into the back of a horse (as it was very crowded). She ran an American record 2:27:52. Allison Roe, had to break the course record (2:26:46) to beat her. The Brazil race story really floored me, as it really shows what makes a champion mindset, even when the odds appear stacked against you. We discuss: How she started running Tips to develop a champion mindset Overcoming challenges Brazil race story (from 1:27) Coaching advice including visualisation You can follow Patti on Instagram @pattispeaks227 If you value the content I deliver, please consider becoming a supporter of my podcast by donating via my patreon page. This helps me provide quality content. https://www.patreon.com/ARunnersLife--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marcus-brown9/support

2hr 11mins

14 Sep 2020

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Women's Running History Series - Patti Catalano Dillon

RRCA National Running News

Patti grew up in Quincy, MA, the eldest of nine children. Her father was second-generation Irish from Dorchester and an all-Navy boxer. Her mother, a Micmac Indian. As a young adult, she worked as a nurse's aid at Quincy City Hospital, filling her non-working hours with beer and kitty whist. Unhappy, overweight, and smoking two packs of Lucky Strikes a day, Patti was stuck. It didn't take her long to realize that at twenty three years old, she was stuck in a pit. She found a book by Dr. Ken Cooper called Aerobics. In this book, Cooper said that there were 3500 calories in a pound, and jogging burned 700 calories an hour. Doing some fast math in her kitchen, Patti deduced that by the end of the week, she would lose twenty pounds. This, she decided, would be the fastest way to be happy. She ran seven laps around the Quincy Cemetery, which was nearly a seven mile run. And she didn't lose twenty pounds by the end of the week—in fact, she could barely walk for two weeks afterwards. But as soon as she could run, she went out and did it again. This led to an astonishing career in athletics that helped pioneer women's marathoning. With no background in highschool track or college running, she went on to set a world record in the 5 mile (25:48). She set the American record for the 10k four times, ending with a 32:08. Patti was the first American woman to go under 33 minutes in the 10k, and the first American woman to break 50 minutes in the 15k (49:42). She set a world record in the 20k, 30k, and half marathon, and won the Newport marathon 5 times, setting a course record each time. She also won the Honolulu marathon 4 times, also setting a course record each time. Patti placed 2nd in the Boston marathon three times, and also placed 2nd in the NYC marathon. She was one of the first American women to sign a pro-contract with Nike. In 52 weeks, she ran 48 races, winning 44 of them.

1hr 21mins

28 Jul 2020

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Patti Catalano Dillon: “If they’re going to beat me, they’re going to spit blood”

Story Untold Podcast

There are origin stories, and then there’s Patti Catalano Dillon’s origin story. A Hall of Famer and former World and American Record holder for distance running — with titles from everywhere from Montreal, to Honolulu, to Rio de Janeiro — Dillon became the first American woman to break the 2:30 mark in a marathon, and the second woman in the world to reach the mark. A five-time winner of the Ocean State Marathon and runner-up at the New York City and Boston Marathons, she’s been described by the Associated Press as “the queen of U.S. women distance runners.” Incredibly, she did it after taking up the sport at 23 years old, at a time when she described herself as 40 pounds overweight and smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. “I started smoking in the seventh grade, sneaking my dad’s cigarettes — oh, they were horrid,” laughs Dillon. “I didn’t drink until I was 20. And then I fell into a habit. I went out with the girls after work — I worked the 4-12 shift [at the Quincy City Hospital] and would go out after work […] It became a lifestyle.” It wasn’t until picking up a book by Dr. Ken Cooper, Aerobics, that Dillon considered running. Her debut came at the local cemetery, where she hoped to avoid being seen. “I had knee socks, Earth shoes, cutoff jeans with fringe, and I had the neoprene belt […] and I wore three heavy sweatshirts — the kind that don’t breathe,” says Dillon. “A police car came up and [the officer] asked me, ‘what are you doing?’ […] I thought I was going to be arrested or something. [I got back from my run and] looked in the mirror, and […] I had a white face, red patches, black and maroon circles under my eyes. I thought, no wonder he stopped me; I should be dead!” “I’m sweating, and I’m breathing hard, and I’m spitting up brown phlegm. I’m cleaning out my lungs. Every run is hard.” – Patti Catalano Dillon She fell in love, and soon enough, she was winning marathons — for a time, still hanging on to her old habits. “I lived in two worlds; I lived in the running world for a couple hours a day, and then I lived in my world — and, you know, you wake up in the morning; the ashtray’s right there; you have your pack of cigarettes. I never connected the two,” she laughs. By the late 1970s, Dillon was one of the best distance runners on the planet. Profiles began in People magazine, Sports Illustrated, and on ABC News. In a span from 1976-1981, she won five Ocean State Marathons, four consecutive Honolulu Marathons — setting a course record each time — and five Newport Marathons. “If people are there, and they’re cheering me on, I’m going to do everything I can to make you happy — and so that means looking good and running fast,” she laughs. “It was thrilling for me; it was exciting, and I fed off of it […] If I had to go through a brick wall to get it, gosh, I was gonna do it.”

1hr 13mins

6 Jul 2017

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1-29-17: Dr. Carlene Brown and Patti Catalano

Inspirational Women

On this week's show are guests are Dr. Carlene Brown and Patti Catalano.Dr. Carlene Brown is Director of the Music Therapy Department at Seattle Pacific University, and is passionate about this world of healing through music, for everyone from infancy, to children on the autism spectrum, to aging seniors suffering with dementia. It's a great career field! www.musictherapy.org , www.musictherapywa.org Patti Catalano has been an advocate for music therapy for decades. She works at Music Works Northwest in Bellevue, a community music school that offers music therapy services. www.musicworksnw.org

31mins

28 Jan 2017

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1-29-17: Dr. Carlene Brown and Patti Catalano

Inspirational Women

On this week's show are guests are Dr. Carlene Brown and Patti Catalano.Dr. Carlene Brown is Director of the Music Therapy Department at Seattle Pacific University, and is passionate about this world of healing through music, for everyone from infancy, to children on the autism spectrum, to aging seniors suffering with dementia. It's a great career field! www.musictherapy.org , www.musictherapywa.org Patti Catalano has been an advocate for music therapy for decades. She works at Music Works Northwest in Bellevue, a community music school that offers music therapy services. www.musicworksnw.org

31mins

27 Jan 2017