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Season 2 - Episode 15: Bill Watts

In this episode we interview Bill Watts prior to his trek across the Colorado Trail.

Duration: 00:43:22

Season 2 - Episode 14: Ray Zahab

In this episode we sit down with Ray Zahab and talk about his multi-day excursions as well as his work with Impossible2Possible.

Duration: 00:43:39

Season 2 - Episode 14: Emilia Lahti

We are very honored to have Emilia Lahti as our guest in this episode. Emilia will be running the length of New Zealand in November to raise awareness for domestic violence and abuse. Emilia tells us about her own personal experiences and how she has arrived at where she is today with the Sisu Not Silence project. For more info on Emilia and the project, visit:

Duration: 01:32:50

Season 2 - Episode 13: Sally Law

We're very pleased to have had the chance to interview Sally Law, Mal's wife and support system. On May 2nd, Mal's newest adventure begins: a 1700 km circumnavigation of Wales on foot, to raise money for mental health. Sally gives us all the details as well as many other great stories from her adventurous life. We had a blast talking with her! For more about the run around Wales, visit:

Duration: 01:02:57

Season 2 - Episode 12: Erik Raivo

In this episode, we had a great chat with DSP ambassador and local trail runner Erik Raivo. Erik has just embarked on the 2017 Gnarly Bandit series, having successfully finished it the previous year. He's one of the coolest dudes you'll ever meet. Enjoy!

Duration: 01:08:43

Season 2 - Episode 11: Annie Weiss

Today we spoke with Annie Weiss about her journey with mental health, and her future running plans that include running across the Ice Age trail in Wisconsin.

Duration: 01:01:55

Season 2 - Episode 10: Rebecca Moxey

In this episode, we interviewed Rebecca Moxey about her experience with mental health issues, and the athletic journey she's been on along with them.

Duration: 01:14:31

Season 2 - Episode 8: Emily Baxter

This week, we are pleased to have Emily Baxter join us. Emily is a lawyer and former Fellow at the University of Minnesota Law School’s Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. She is now the director of We Are All Criminals. For more info, check out the website: Enjoy!

Duration: 01:06:01

Season 2 - Episode 7: Samantha Gash

In this interview, we speak with Samantha Gash about her adventure across India, among other things!

Duration: 00:49:48

Season 2 - Episode 6: Sandi Nypaver

In this episode, we're very honored to have Sandi Nypaver, co-founder of Sage Running, as our guest. Sandi is an ultra runner, coach, writer, and an all-around wonderful human being. We talk about everything, including her struggles with mental health, anxiety, and depression. For more about Sandi, go to: and Enjoy the podcast!

Duration: 00:57:44

Season 2 - Episode 5: Betsy Hartley and Spencer Newell

Join us as Betsy Hartley and Spencer Newell talk about their own battles with addiction, and how they are helping other people to overcome their own struggles in life. Two great people with two incredible journeys here! To learn more, check out their website:

Duration: 01:24:47

Season 2 - Episode 4: Ellie Krug

In this episode, we are very pleased to have interviewed Ellie Krug, a transgender woman who shares her incredible story. Join us as she takes us on a journey through her life, including the good, the bad, the funny, and the sad. We think you'll like it, because we sure did! Enjoy! To learn more about Ellie, visit her website: Also check out her book, "Getting to Ellen: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender Change"

Duration: 01:12:17

Season 2 - Episode 3: Bridgette and Olivia Walters

Bridgette and Olivia share with us the story of their mom, who died by suicide. They are very open and honest about how things happened, how they have been dealing with it, and what they plan on doing next. We were very happy to talk with them. Please enjoy!

Duration: 00:44:08

Season 2 - Episode 2: Eleni Pinnow

In this episode, we chat with Eleni Pinnow, who lost her sister, Aletha to suicide on February 20th, 2016. Eleni wrote a very touching, open and honest obituary about her sister and the cause of her death. This eventually lead to an article being published in The Washington Post. We appreciate everything that Eleni is doing to honor her sister's memory and help defeat the stigma of mental illness.

Duration: 00:51:26

Season 2 - Special Episode 1: RAIL with Ten Junk Miles

Scott Kummer and Meghan Kennihan join us to talk about the Run Across Illinois for mental health, coming up this May. We will release more episodes with updated info as we get closer to the event. We are very excited to partner up with Ten Junk Miles for this run. Enjoy!

Duration: 00:38:44

Season 1.5 - Episode 6: Jim Walmsley

Season 1.5 ends with a long and fun 2-hour chat with ultra speedster Jim Walmsley. We touch on many topics, including Jim's background, racing, training, Strava CRs, his shirts, beer, and of course, his experience at the 2016 Western States 100-mile Endurance Run. Enjoy this interview, because we sure did!

Duration: 02:00:09

Season 1.5 - Episode 4: Kaci Lickteig

In this episode, we are extremely happy to interview the winner of the 2016 Western States 100-mile Endurance Run, Kaci Lickteig. This one is more conversational and we wander all over the place. We talk about her running career and training, work life, personal life, her past struggles with mental health and eating disorders, the running scene in the Omaha area, and some other random things. Perhaps we talk about ourselves a little too much, and I'm sure this is the least professional...

Duration: 01:17:15

Season 1.5 - Episode 3: Karl Speedgoat Meltzer

It is our honor to interview Karl "Speedgoat" Meltzer, the man with the most 100-mile wins in history, and director of the Speedgoat 50K, Vertical Mile, and Quadbanger races. In this episode, we talk about the Speedgoat races, Karl's accomplishments thus far, and what's coming next for this true ultra legend. Enjoy!

Duration: 01:19:29

Season 1 - Episode 30 (Bonus): Zumbro 2016 Recap

In this bonus episode, Jason Hara joins us as we talk about racing and pacing at the 2016 Zumbro 100-miler. All of us have a post-race hangover. You have been warned. NSFW.

Duration: 01:36:57

Defeat The Stigma Podcast Episode 29: Kari Gibbons

Local badass Kari Gibbons joins us to talk about all the amazing races she's done, including Superior 100, Tuscobia, and the mighty Arrowhead 135.

Duration: 01:35:44

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