The Mile 99 Interview

10 Episodes

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

Episode 124 - Ken Michal

Ken Michal joined us for an in-depth conversation about his journey from heavy smoking to his current endeavors at all distances of trail runs as well as long timed events. He recently completed the Pigtails Challenge 200 miler in Washington state, winning in a time of just over 71 hours.

We delve into his philosophy around training and racing and all of the things that he has learned over his many years running over 150 races, so tune in to hear more! And check out his podcast too - link below!

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Episode 123 - Todd Woodward

Folsom runner Todd Woodward first discovered road running later in life and then found his true calling of trail and ultrarunning right before the pandemic started in 2020. He has taken an analytical approach to his training, nutrition, strategy and racing and has great advice for others looking to pick up the sport after the age of 40.

He has just finished a sub-14 hour Miwok 100k in absolutely horrible weather conditions and lived to tell! This is just one of the many stories we dig into as we hear about his journey to becoming the runner he is...

Episode 122 - Doctors JoAnn Ellero and Andy Pasternak

Doctors JoAnn Ellero and Andy Pasternak joined us to talk about how they met in med school, their evolution together as runners and JoAnn's ultimate goal of running Western States happening this June! We've had Dr. Andy on several times in the past as part of our Western States episodes in his role as the medical director, and now we get to learn more about JoAnn and him, all of the races they've done together, both road and trail, and all of the buildup to this June!

They are also heavily involved in learning more about and...

Episode 121 - Canyons Endurance Runs by UTMB pre-race briefing POST SHOW

Things got a little busy for the Mile 99 team after the Canyons pre-race briefing and before the start of the race so this is showing up a little late, but we had some time with Abbey, Sean and Chaz after the show. We delved into talking about the various aid stations, their captains and dedicated volunteers and the community that has been built around this iconic race for the past decade.

From Greg's standpoint as a runner this year, the race itself went off without a hitch, the new course was fantastic as a first time experience...

Episode 121 - Canyons Endurance Runs by UTMB pre-race briefing

The Canyons Endurance Runs by UTMB are less than a week away, and race directors Chaz Sheya, Abbey Drake and Sean Flanagan joined us to go over all of the late-breaking information and updates needed for runners, pacers, crew members and volunteers. It's going to be a huge party in Auburn and on the trails over April 25th-27th, 2024, so make sure to tune in here and see you on course!

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Canyons Endurance Runs runner guide

"Where's my runner?" live tracking information

Auburn local businesses...

Episode 120 - Placer Trail Running Festival pre-race briefing

Join Jessica for this week's episode as she sits down with Ken Krogsrud of Bad Luck Run Club to talk about the second annual Placer Trail Running Festival!

Now in its second year, the PTRF offers something for everyone from a 50k race to a 1k kid's race, a 5k canicross event and many other distances. This is truly a running festival, held over April 13th and 14th this year, and Ken and Jessica get into all of the pre-race details that you'll need to know.

So grab the whole family and the dogs, head...

Episode 119 - Ethan Veneklasen and the Broken Arrow Skyrace

Ethan Veneklasen, co-race director of the Broken Arrow Skyrace sat down with us to do a deep dive in the origins of the race, the formation of the team that brings this unique and iconic event to the Tahoe region and how it has grown over the years.

The Broken Arrow Skyrace is now a nationally and internationally recognized race that has grown hugely popular but still retains its grassroots feel. The race directors are committed to each and every entrant and the community that hosts them. They recently formed an advisory council of a diverse set...

Episode 118 - History Expeditions Team and the 2024 Snowshow Thompson Expedition POST SHOW

Bob, Tim, Elke, Jennifer and Hal from the History Expeditions team hung around with us for a bit after the main show and we got the inside scoop on the snoring volume, the ability to ward off coyotes, team jokes and all of the great times spent around the campfire. The team connected with so many people from all walks of life along the way, adding another enriching element to their experience.

Join us for all of the details!
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Episode 118 - History Expeditions Team and the 2024 Snowshow Thompson Expedition

The History Expeditions team of Bob Crowley, Tim Twietmeyer, Elke Reimer, Jennifer Hemmen and Hal Hall sat down with us shortly after completing their epic trek from Placerville, CA to Genoa, NV over the course of 5 days.

The 2024 expedition they chose was a commemoration of the incredible efforts of John "Snowshoe" Thompson, a legendary figure of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California in the mid-1800s. Snowshoe spent 20 years carrying mail and supplies over the mountains under his own power in all conditions, using all of his skills to navigate and travel by foot and 10 foot long...

Episode 117 - Way Too Cool 50k pre-race briefing with RD Julie Fingar

In our third and final of three consecutive weeks of pre-race briefings to cover the early season 50k races here in the Auburn area, race director Julie Fingar and special guest Jennifer Maxwell, founder of JAMBAR, joined us to walk through all of the Way Too Cool 50k race details.

This race is a classic and now in its 34th year with plenty of heavy hitters showing up year after year and also drawing a large contingent of runners from all over Northern California and beyond. The Mile 99 crew will be hosting the Quarry Road aid station...