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The Mile 99 Interview podcast is here to support runners and athletes in Northern CA. A place to keep the community in touch and share stories.

The Mile 99 Interview podcast is here to support runners and athletes in Northern CA. A place to keep the community in touch and share stories.


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The Mile 99 Interview podcast is here to support runners and athletes in Northern CA. A place to keep the community in touch and share stories.




Episode 72 - 2022 Tahoe Rim Trail 50M & 50K Race Briefing

The Tahoe Rim Endurance Runs are finally here and we are talking to George Ruiz and Angela Sullivan about the 50 Mile and 55 K race distances. There are a number of things that you need to know before you step foot on the course. We are going to get into the course, bib pick-ups, cut-off times, aid stations, but most importantly how we will be tracking you this year with the new RaceJoy app. Let’s get into it. Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Runs | A glimpse of heaven … a taste of hell....


Special Episode - 2022 Western States On the Spot Interviews

Your co-host Greg worked at the Duncan Canyon aid station at the 2022 Western States Endurance Run and wandered around before the runners arrived and talked to crew members and spectators to hear their expectations for the weekend. After getting all of the runners in and out of the aid station and helping to break it down, he headed down to Foresthill to meet more people, hear from them and enjoy the community atmosphere. We hope you enjoy this special episode and that it brings back great...


Episode 71 - 2022 Western States Endurance Run Wrap Up

The 49th Western States Endurance Run is in the books and what an event it was. This episode is a special tribute to all the runners, crew, pacers, volunteers, family and friends who made this magical weekend so special. We share their stories as well as our own. Hear from Dave Hope, Beth Lang, Tina Sinetos, and Randy Van Dusen. Let’s jump in! Western States web site: --- Your hosts: Jessica Harris / Greg Larkin / Mike Turner Intro/outro music: Joseph McDade -...


Episode 70 - Western States update with Craig Thornley, Diana Fitzpatrick and Topher Gaylord

Craig, Diana and Topher were gracious enough to take time from their busy pre-race schedules with only 9 days before the start of the 2022 Western States Endurance Run. They joined us for an hour to give us all of the updates about what's been going on behind the scenes in the past year. We covered a wide variety of topics include the new WSER mission statement, major trail realignment projects in the high country, an update on the critical Cal Street trail section in Foresthill, medical...


Episode 69 - Dave Hope - From 5k races to Western States

Our good friend and Foresthill trail runner Dave Hope joined us to talk about his start as a Stockton area speedster on the track and cross-country racing scene, to a missed opportunity in the Marine Corps, travels from Belize to Minnesota and eventually finding his way back to California! Now he has the opportunity along with a few hundred others to toe the line at the 2022 Western States Endurance Run. Dave runs with a smile on his face and a positive outlook and has dialed in his...


First 99 Gear Review - Sunbrella and Hoodies - A Cocodona Experience

My Cocodona Redemption was an experience in planning, preparation, and prevention. But it was also a net sum energy equation and using the energy in the system as efficiently as possible. That meant eating, drinking, moving, resting, and sleeping on a regular rigid schedule to get the energy in and moving efficiently during the days and nights. One of the quickest ways to loose energy during the day is from solar rays. Many of you asked, why is he wearing a hoodie and what is with the...


Episode 68 - Mike Turner - Cocadona Redemption

After his first ever DNF at the inaugural Cocadona 250 in 2021, Mike Turner, co-host of The Mile 99 Interview podcast and "Regular Guy Ultrarunner" stormed back into his training with a burning desire to fix what went wrong. He reinvented his entire plan, hired trainers, researched the "Ultra Lean", spoke to doctors, hit mega vert, cross-trained, dramatically changed his diet and most importantly relentlessly studied how to tackle this new distance. With trusty Sun-brella in hand, he...


Episode 67 - HOKA athletes Erin Clark and Adam Peterman post Canyons 100k interview

Erin and Adam sat down with co-hosts Jessica and Greg for a post race interview after Canyons 100k presented by UTMB after we had spoken to them right before the race live at the Auburn Aid Station. First we started with some exciting news about Erin's return to racing (hint: it went great!) as she prepares for an overseas foray to CCC this fall. We can't wait to follow her progress there! Then we talked to Adam about his course record-setting win at Canyons 100k which earned him both a...


Episode 66 - Manouch Shirvanioun

Greg and Jessica sat down with Manouch Shirvanioun while Mike was on course at the Cocadona 250 race in Arizona. Manouch is an ultrarunning fixture in the Auburn area and has a great resumé of race finishes at all distances including Western States in 2018. He is currently training for another Western States attempt in June, and he's a new age category. We talked about his childhood in Iran, how beer got him into running, his mentors along the way as he discovered ultrarunning, his...


Episode 65 - HOKA Athletes Erin Clark and Adam Peterman live at the Auburn Aid Station

HOKA generously arranged for two of their sponsored athletes - Erin Clark and Adam Peterman - to have an in-person live podcast recording at the Auburn Aid Station store just two days before the Canyons Endurance Runs by UTMB race that took places on April 23rd, 2022. We had a fantastic time getting to know Erin and Adam, their early race experiences, their transitions to the trails, and their favorite distances. We also heard about the great trail community they have in Missoula, Montana,...


Episode 64 - Canyons by UTMB 2022 Pre-Race Briefing

Canyons by UTMB is here!! Join us as we sit back down with the Epic Endurance Events crew to talk about all things Canyons. The 2022 race is a game changer. Runners in the US are now able to start their journey to the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) right here on their own turf, as the Canyons Endurance Runs have joined the inaugural UTMB® World Series in 2022. We dive into the 2022 race and get you all the last-minute news you will need from the course details to shuttle services to the...


Episode 63 - Michael Li, crew chief Kendall Young and the Mt. Tam #FKTam300 journey

Co-host Greg Larkin sat down with ultra-ultrarunner Michael Li and his crew chief Kendall Young just days after Michael's successful completion of a nearly two week effort to make 40 round trips up and down Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County, Northern California. Michael and Kendall recounted all of the stories of preparation, day to day adjustments required throughout the effort, the great support from the ultrarunning community and so much more. This journey was naturally an incredible...


Episode 62 - John Donlevy - Auburn City Manager

We are hanging out with the City Manager of Auburn, California, John Donlevy. He is not only the City Manager, he is also a local ultrarunner and recently completed the Way Too Cool 50K race right there in town. John breaks down the State of the Endurance Capital of the World and updates us on all things Auburn from how Endurance Capital Nickname came about, to the latest in race news, and navigating the State Parks and Bureau of Reclamation. John talks the talk and walks the walk (well runs...


Episode 61 - DPMR Update with Jack Macy, Renee Jacobs, and Aude Hofletiner

We talk about COMMUNITY a lot. That's why we are bringing on some of the Board members of the Donner Party Mountain Runners. They know all about it. For those who are not familiar with DPMR. They are a grassroots non-profit running club based in Truckee, California. Founded in 2014, DPMR exists to inform, inspire and connect mountain runners in the Truckee-Tahoe area, the U.S., and the World. Find out the latest news on our favorite mountain race the Castle Peak 100K as well as the ALL NEW...


Episode 60 - Coach Joey Montoya

Some call him Coach. Others call him dad, Joey, and friend. We get to call him our next guest on The Mile 99 Interview Podcast. Please join us to get to know Auburn's very own, born and bred, Joey Montoya. Find out all about his life, his dedication as Placer High's football coach, and the race of his life - the 2021 Western States Endurance Run! IG: @jmontoya51 After years of trying, Placer football coach gets his shot at Western States Endurance Run | Gold Country Media --- Your hosts:...


Episode 59 - Total Body Fitness - Bill Driskill and Mark Shaw

Total Body Fitness is the Sacramento area's multi-sport racing and training specialists since 1991. They have a huge variety of races from trail runs (from 5k to 50K), mountain bike races, triathlons including both swimming and stand-up paddleboarding options. They also have dirty duathlons for those who split their training time between MTB and foot. Join us as we speak to Bill Driskill and Mark Shaw, TBF's founders, and hear all about their backgrounds, how they met and started TBF and...


Episode 58 - Way Too Cool 50K - Julie Fingar

Frog Cupcakes, Prises, and Mud!!! We are talking Way Too Cool 50k, of course. To help you stay on course on race day, enjoy this in-depth interview with Race Director Julie Fingar. Julie is the owner of NorCalUltras and directs many of our iconic and legendary local races in the area including the WTC 50K, American River 25 and 50, and Rio Del Lago 100. Julie is an active member in our ultra community and recently completed another Dreadmill 100 miler. Yup, 100 miles on the treadmill. Phew!!...


Episode 57 - Cheri Winter's CCC Fiasco

If you know Cheri, you probably have a story to go with it. She is always full of life and spreads positivity and laughter wherever she goes. In 2021, after a cancellation year, she traveled to Europe to compete in the UTMB series CCC. A wild race through the well-known “Grande Randonnée du Tour du Mont-Blanc trail. However, luck was not on her side that day and she had to be pulled from the course by helicopter! Tune in to hear about her trains and planes nightmares, almost slipping off a...


Special Episode - Jason Davis, Brian Morrison and the 2006 Western States race

Folsom runner Jason Davis joined us during a live recording session late in 2021 at The Aid Station in Auburn, CA. He was a pivotal figure in the Western States Endurance Run in 2006 when he took over pacing duties for an up and coming runner from Seattle named Brian Morrison. Brian was leading the race in the final miles and was paced by none other than Scott Jurek, previous seven-time winner of the race. Scott requested a new pacer for Brian in the final miles, and Jason was tapped for...


Episode 56 - Donner Relief Expedition

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 provisions. As the frigid winter and rugged Sierra terrain persisted, their numbers dwindled to seven men who summoned their determination and...