On Episode 16, Sandy and Pat recap the inaugural Raleigh City Cross Country Championship and wrap up the first season of Pop Up Cross Country at Dix Park. They discuss the results, the bagpiper, the hay bails, the “Big Field Mile” (and its Strava segment), as well as what to possibly look forward to in the future of Sir Walter Running!
On Episode 15, Sandy and Pat recap Week 3 aka “Relay Night” at Pop Up Cross Country at Dix Park, then preview the inaugural Raleigh City Cross Country Championship. Then they interview Sir Walter Running’s operations head, Greg Dame. Greg discusses running at Dix Park, the course for the City Championship, the joy of team running, and the awards for the winners Tuesday.
On Episode 14, Sandy and Pat recap Week 2 of Pop Up Cross Country, preview the Week 3 relays, and discuss Week 4 aka the Raleigh City Cross Country Championship. Then Pat interviews Andie Cozzarelli and Sarah Rapp of the newly-formed Raleigh Distance Project. They talk about their goals for the team, who’s on the team, their favorite runs, and places to eat in Raleigh!
On Episode 13, Sandy and Pat recap week 1 of Pop Up Cross Country at Dix Park, and then interview Scott Payne, who is the Assistant Director of the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. They discuss the championship-style “Course of Payne” for Week 2 of #PopUpXC, and the future of Cross Country at Dix Park.
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Sandy and Pat return to chat about the upcoming Pop Up Cross Country series on Tuesday nights in October at Dix Park, and Sandy offers up some tips about running a successful Cross Country race. All bluegrass bumper music as well, as we celebrate Wide Open Bluegrass in Raleigh this weekend. Please check out our Amazon Wish List here! (and sign up here to volunteer at Pop Up XC!)
On the final episode of the 2017 Sir Walter Miler season, Sandy and Pat take a look back at the weekend, and run through some of the highlights, as well as thank the Sir Walter Running team, and all the sponsors that helped make SWMIV a reality. They also interview first time sub 4:00 milers, Drew Piazza and Andrew Dusing, about their experience of joining that special list of Americans to accomplish the feat!
On Episode 10, Sandy and Pat start with some history on the Sir Walter Miler; from the Sandman Mile to where we are in year four. Next, Sandy interviews Meredith College Head Track and Cross Country Coach Leslie Payne. Finally, the guys go through everything you will need to know for the 2017 Sir Walter Miler Weekend.
On Episode 9, Pat interviews Furman Elite and New Balance athlete (and 2015 Sir Walter Miler Champ), Steph Garcia, about her rise from walk on to scholarship athlete at the University of Virginia; about racing, and staying focused, in Europe; as well as fighting through adversity and bouncing back with several PB’s after the dissapointment of not making the 2017 World team. We also discuss early morning knocks on the door from USADA, and brunch.
In Episode 8, Sandy and Pat interview the Ari Gold of Track & Field; Ray Flynn. Well… maybe not that, but one of the pre-eminent athletics agents, and the Irish Mile Recold Holder (3:49.77). Ray shares stories of his record run at the Dream Mile in Oslo, his thoughts about running professionally, what the best contract he tries to negotiate is, as well as the emergence of the East Coast mile series, and specifically, the Sir Walter Miler.
In Episode 7, Sandy interviews NC State Wolfpack alum, Andrew Colley, about his exemplary collegiate career, his journey to Zap Fitness/Reebok to embark on his pro career, his battle with injuries in a mini segment called “Summer of Denials,” bouncing back, and of course his connection to Raleigh and the Sir Walter Miler!