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Human Race is a podcast from Runner's World. Hosted by Rachel Swaby, Human Race focuses on long-form storytelling. It brings the depth and reporting you’ve come to expect from ambitious features in the magazine—but with the intimate and immersive aspects only audio can provide. Each week, we share a story about runners and the world of running.

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Human Race is a podcast from Runner's World. Hosted by Rachel Swaby, Human Race focuses on long-form storytelling. It brings the depth and reporting you’ve come to expect from ambitious features in the magazine—but with the intimate and immersive aspects only audio can provide. Each week, we share a story about runners and the world of running.

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Missed not forgotten

By bored runner Payton - Oct 21 2018
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I truly miss this podcast-there is nothing like it! Great stories-wish it would return

Bring it back!

By Eelsoongs - Sep 30 2017
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SO sad this podcast has been discontinued. My favorite podcast.

iTunes Ratings

233 Ratings
Average Ratings
211
12
5
3
2

Missed not forgotten

By bored runner Payton - Oct 21 2018
Read more
I truly miss this podcast-there is nothing like it! Great stories-wish it would return

Bring it back!

By Eelsoongs - Sep 30 2017
Read more
SO sad this podcast has been discontinued. My favorite podcast.
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Human Race

Latest release on Sep 12, 2017

All 37 episodes from oldest to newest

Episode 29: See You on the Road

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For Human Race's final episode, we share several of your stories.

This episode of Human Race is brought to you by Brooks. Sign up for the Brooks Big Endorsement and become a sponsored athlete at www.BrooksAthlete.com/rw.

Credits:

Host: Rachel Swaby

Producers: Rachel Swaby, Brian Dalek, Christine Fennessy

Theme music: Danny Cocke

Human Race is a proud part of Panoply

Special thanks to:

David Willey, Christine Fennessy, Brian Dalek, Sylvia Ryerson, Audrey Quinn, Mervyn Deganos, David Weinberg, Danielle Thomsen, Kit Fox, Casey Martin, Willow Belden, Tennessee Watson, Scott Carrier, Karen Given, and Cindy Kuzma. 

Sep 12 2017

53mins

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Episode 28: Crash & Return

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In his 20s, after running cross country in high school and college, Tim Manzer swore off running completely. Then, in his early 40s, his doctor told him that running would not be a part of his future. “I wasn’t running anyway!” Tim laughed.

In 2010, Tim was trimming some apple trees in a little orchard right next to his front yard, when he backed up into a wasp’s nest. “They're after me. I'm zigzagging across my yard and over in the neighbor's yard.” After 10 or so stings, Tim finally loses them. As he recovers on his front porch, he thinks to himself, “You can run. You just need the right motivation, but you can run!”

Tim’s is an unbelievable tale: it has a summer camp, a motorcycle club, poop, and wasps, of course. Oh, and love.

This episode of Human Race is brought to you by Brooks. Sign up for the Brooks Big Endorsement and become a sponsored athlete at www.BrooksAthlete.com/rw.

Episode Credits:

Host & producer: Rachel Swaby

Editing help: Brian Dalek

Theme Music: Danny Cocke

Human Race is a proud part of Panoply. 

Aug 29 2017

32mins

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Episode 27: From The Rubble

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​When Amy Downs thinks about her life, it splits into two distinct sections: before the bombing and after the bombing.

Before the bombing, Amy’s life had fallen into a predictable pattern. She went to work, came home, ate dinner, watched TV and went to bed. After she moved away from her hometown and gotten married a few years earlier, she’d gained weight quickly—100 pounds in one year. “And I was too embarrassed to come home,” says Downs. “This was before cell phones and email and all of that.” Relationships with her friends and family suffered.

But then, one spring day, when Amy was 28, a tragedy ripped Amy’s life in half. She vowed to change her life completely.

This episode of Human Race is brought to you by Brooks. Sign up for the Brooks Big Endorsement and become a sponsored athlete at www.BrooksAthlete.com/rw.

Credits:

Host and Producer: Rachel Swaby

Editing help: Christine Fennessy, Brian Dalek

Theme Music: Danny Cocke

Human Race is proud part of Panoply

Aug 15 2017

37mins

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Episode 26: Pacers

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In 2011, at the Western States 100-mile Endurance Run, Noe Castanon Mendez was a pacer in need of a runner. Thomas Wong was a runner in need of a pacer. They were strangers when they met and decided to pair up with more than 30 miles still to go.

But the meeting got off to a tense start. Thomas was in pain and exhausted, close to the cut off time, and uncertain he could finish on his own. Noe, on the other hand, still had fresh legs. He was cheering on runners with a cowbell and excited about the prospect of hopping onto the course. They weren't on the same page, and it wasn’t clear that they’d get there.

This is the story of a self-professed odd couple. It’s the story of what happens in the dark of night, through pain and doubt, when a runner is at their worst. And the unique relationship formed in extremely challenging circumstances.

Episode credits:

Host & producer: Rachel Swaby

Editing help: Christine Fennessy, Brian Dalek, Kit Fox

Theme music: Danny Cocke

Human Race is a proud part of Panoply

This episode of Human Race is brought to you by Brooks. Sign up for the Brooks Big Endorsement and become a sponsored athlete at www.BrooksAthlete.com/rw.

Aug 08 2017

45mins

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New episode coming next week

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I'm taking this week off. But you'll get a new episode of Human Race next Tuesday (8/8). In the mean time, I want to hear from you. Email me stories about why you started running and you could be included in a future episode. You can email me at RWaudio@rodale.com.

Aug 01 2017

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Episode 25: Rosco's Runners

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Earlier this year, Human Race asked listeners to send in stories about their run clubs. We got inspiring, motivating, and touching stories from all over the country—exactly what we were hoping for.

But then we got a story so unexpected, so charming, so zany, that we couldn’t possibly pass it up. This week, Human Race goes to Colorado Springs to run with donkeys. That’s right. Donkeys. 

And what we found there wasn’t just a novelty club. When “you teach someone else not only how to [run with donkeys] but why to do it,” says Shaw, “That forms a more unique bond between people.” Rosco’s Runners is a club that’s had a powerful effect on the local community—as well as the people who run it.

Rosco’s Runners Videos:

Rosco's Th@nksgiving

Rosco likes Human Race

Episode Credits:

Host & producer: Rachel Swaby

Editing help: Sylvia Ryerson and Brian Dalek

Special thanks to Kevin Shaw, Suzanne Shaw, and Tony White.

Thanks to Sam White for donkey running recording help.

Theme music: Danny Cocke

Human Race is a proud part of Panoply

This episode of Human Race is brought to you by Brooks. Sign up for the Brooks Big Endorsement and become a sponsored athlete at www.BrooksAthlete.com/rw.

Jul 18 2017

48mins

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Episode 24: What would it take?

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On January 1st, 1997, Karen Queally decided that running every day was something she could do for herself. She had recently given birth to twin girls and she had another daughter, just a few years older. She’d run three miles or 45 minutes, whatever came first. And every January, she’d decide whether she’d like to renew the commitment. That was more than 20 years ago. Karen has kept her streak alive every day since. Now, she knew running every day would be difficult. She expected early flights and injury and illness. However, she didn’t expect just how much she would have to go through to keep going. And how maintaining control over her running would hold her together while her health and her home life deteriorated.  During this daily running practice, Queally saw her dreams expand. Karen is 163 marathons deep with 7490 days of running in a row. She has no plans to stop any time soon.

This episode of Human Race is brought to you by Brooks. Sign up for the Brooks Big Endorsement and become a sponsored athlete at www.BrooksAthlete.com/rw.

Episode Credits:

Host & producer: Rachel Swaby

Feedback from: Christine Fennessy and Brian Dalek

Theme music: Danny Cocke

Human Race is a proud part of Panoply

Jul 04 2017

42mins

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Episode 23: Don’t Call it a Comeback

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Elite runner Brandon Hudgins had the storybook ending to a remarkable comeback at the 2016 Olympic Track Trials. Over eight years, he fought three relapses of a rare form of the autoimmune disease vasculitis to qualify in the 1,500 meters.

When the disease strikes, it attacks the very organs needed to run fast—the blood vessels that transport oxygen to muscles. In a matter of weeks during a relapse, he can go from being able to run a mile in under four minutes, to barely being able to plod through one in 15. He’s suffered depression and anxiety because of his health, maxed out credit cards, and had to quit his job because he is too sick to work.

But in spite of these biological, mental, and financial obstacles, in front of his parents, friends, coach, and 20,000 spectators on a sopping, rainy Hayward field in Eugene, Oregon, he placed ninth in a semi-final heat—the highlight of his professional career.

This week, we explore what happened after that storybook comeback in 2016. Brandon wants to run faster, to chase his dream of being a top-level elite runner. But he has body that steals his talent just when things are going his way.   

This episode of The Runner's World Show is brought to you by Brooks. Sign up for the Brooks Big Endorsement and become a sponsored athlete at www.BrooksAthlete.com/rw.

Additional Reading:

This Unsponsored Athlete has the Comeback Story of the Trials by Kit Fox

Vasculitis Foundation

Credits:

Host: Rachel Swaby

Producers: Kit Fox, Rachel Swaby

Feedback by: Christine Fennessy, Brian Dalek, Sylvia Ryerson

Theme Music: Danny Cocke

Human Race is a proud part of Panoply

Jun 20 2017

49mins

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Episode 22: Skid Row Marathon

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When Judge Craig Mitchell visited the Midnight Mission homeless shelter on Skid Row in Los Angeles in 2012, the organization’s president asked him if he could think of any way to contribute. Judge Mitchell was an avid runner, and he worked nearby. So he offered to start a run club for guys in the shelter. He hoped to get to know the people staying at the Mission better, maybe foster a sense of community.  What he didn’t know was just how profoundly running would change their lives and his.  The run club he started is the subject of a new documentary premiering at the LA Film Festival on Saturday, June 16th. Mark and Gabi Hayes made the film, and they’ve given Human Race exclusive access to the interviews they conducted over the course of the four years they followed the group.  The group started on Skid Row, but its members did not finish there.

Additional Reading:

Skid Row Marathon at the LA Film Festival: Saturday, June 17th at 12pm.

Skid Row Marathon Website

And Skid Row Marathon on Facebook

Credits:Host: Rachel Swaby

Producer: Rachel Swaby

Reporting and documentary by Mark and Gabi Hayes.

Feedback from: Christine Fennessy, Brian Dalek, and Sylvia Ryerson

Founding editor in chief: David Willey

This episode is brought to you by Brooks.

Jun 07 2017

39mins

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Episode 21: Twenty-Four Years

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Run streakers people committed to running at least a mile every day. There are now Facebook groups filled with run streakers and a national organization. But before any of that, Brent Burmaster decided that he would run at least 5k, or 3.1 miles every day for the rest of his life. That was in 1993. More than 8,800 days later, Burmaster is still at it. But in the twenty-four years between then and now, his life took a dramatic turn. Burmaster had always been a heavy drinker, but his big nights out were mostly confined to the weekends. However, when his first marriage fell apart, he plunged into alcoholism, going to bars every night.

Was running holding his life together or enabling his addiction? Keeping him healthy or keeping him trapped in another addiction? That’s our story this week.

Additional Resources:

2017 Runner’s World Summer Running Streak

Soul’s Harbor

Alcoholics Anonymous

Host: Rachel Swaby

Producer: Rachel SwabyFeedback from: Brian Dalek, Sylvia Ryerson

Special thanks to Hollis Karoly, a doctoral student at the University of Colorado Boulder, for help with the science of alcoholism and exercise.

Theme music: Danny Cocke

Human Race editor in chief: David Willey

Human Race is a proud part of Panoply.

May 23 2017

48mins

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