Monday, October 28, 2019

Episode 27: Marine Corps Marathon LIVE from Washington, D.C.

Episode 27- our "Ultra Episode" features Wear Blue Run to Remember members (including Rosanna Powers), Jorge Garcia (former service member, featured in previous episode), Matt O'Neil (3rd Place Overall Marathon Finisher) and Michael Wardian (First Overall 50K Finisher), as well as many others... Spectators, Marine volunteers and a winning Para/Duo dad and son.
It is available on most podcast apps, including Google, Anchor, Spotify and Apple...
Above: Podium of 50K winners
Bottom: Me, Michael Wardian (Center) Lisa Reichmann (right, 3rd 50K Womens)

This episode attempts to take us along on a play by play of the MCM weekend, bringing stories, sights and sounds from various parts of a very inspiring event, and historic one in someways being the first running of the Ultra as part of MCM's series!  We attempt to capture the culture behind the event, and do a bit of ethnography work; following the people that have made Running Anthropologist's coverage of MCM possible, pulling everything together from their training and experience at MCM this year.  Hope you enjoy it, and share it with others!

Photos from the Day, corresponding to the podcast interviews and locations:

Kids Race Day, Saturday 1 Mile and medals by Marines (as with all races)

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Wreath Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington: Wear Blue Gold Star Race Runners, Meet to visit and plan

Expo Meetups: Jorge Garcia Left, Mark Center

Metro to Race Start: Ponchos and Costumes (Santa and Waldo showed up early)

Medical Tent Volunteers

Matt O'Neil FINALLY getting some sun post-Podium, with the MCM Marathon Trophy

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Episode 26: Marine Corps Marathon Part I - Featuring Matt O'Neil, Rosanna Powers and Mike Parks

Episode 26 is available on most podcast apps, including Apple, Google, Anchor and Spotify!

Perhaps no other marathon inspires more self-acclaimed "non-distance runners" to run a marathon than the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM), and perhaps no other races commands more allegiance and dedication than this one.  Those who run it say the emotions and support are visceral, tangible and undeniable.  It could be the Marine Corps Bands, the brothers and mothers running in honor of their siblings, sons and daughters, or simply service members who take great pride in their affiliation to the Nation's Capitol and their fellow service members' participation.  Finally, the entire course is laden with tributes and music, monuments and national treasures to be seen around every bend. If you are looking for some inspiring and harrowing stories this fall, look no further than MCM.

For those that aren't aware, MCM is a year-round venture and our first guest Matt O'Neil knows this extremely well, having won all the major MCM events this past year, after having to cut his first MCM marathon attempt short in 2018 due to "poor training/unpreparedness".  He also gives us a great preview rundown of all of these events throughout the year, and the culture of a year-round MCM runner, from trails to pavement.  He talks about some of his development and work as a runner since cross country teams in college, and why the marathon was a logical next step for him.  As a hometown favorite from the DC metro area, he has lofty goals (hoping to place in the top 3 finishers), and has a unique perspective and also shows us what it's taken to reach this place-- the benefit of sticking it out and learning from mistakes of the past, in terms of training especially.

Mike Parks also tells us about running a first, attempting his first Ultra with the MCM, after 4 years of running the marathon with Team Leidos.  He explains all that the team does, including his work in nearby Reston, Virginia and around the globe supporting medical systems. As part of its company mission to make the world safer, healthier and more efficient, scientists and engineers work every day to solve critical challenges across the globe. In fact, 21% of Leidos’ workforce are military veterans, and the company has a long-standing commitment to supporting military veterans and their families. In addition to the Marine Corps Marathon, they support many non-profits geared towards members of our armed forces. To name a few: Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, Wreaths Across America, Association of the US Army Aberdeen, Air Force Aid Society, Coast Guard Foundation, American Veterans Center, and Paralyzed Veterans of America. This year, Team Leidos which Mike runs with will have 346 runners participating in the Marine Corps 50k, marathon, and 10k events. If you’re running the race, say hello to Team Leidos volunteers at Water Point 10 and at the Finish Festival where they will be on hand to support all racers!

Rosanna Powers embodies the spirit of the Marine Corps Marathon in many ways, and became a runner after having lost both her brother and fiance during their service abroad as marines in Iraq 15 years ago.  Rosanna is herself a marine, and therefore shares a special history and comraderie with many families and service members that she runs with.  The "Wear Blue Run to Remember" movement and MCM running community were a lifeline to her at an important stage in her recovery from loss, and have provided a way to both give back and to stay connected to them. She describes how volunteers share to run miles for lost loved ones of others across all branches of military, and this makes her get out every day and run. In her interview, she encourages us all to support this movement and help spread the word about it to others... As such, we have provided links below and hope that you would consider sharing and supporting this awesome team of runners & MCM year round events.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Episode 25: Marathon Series Kickoff with the Chicago Marathon & More: Randa Mahmu-Ulankiewicz, Co-hosted by Meghan Lane-Holbert

Episode 25 is available on most podcast apps, including Anchor, Spotify, Google and Apple! Just search "Running Anthropologist"...

Randa's Team During 2018 Chicago Marathon

In this special 25th episode we take ten minutes to introduce our upcoming series on the Marathon Season in North America... Meghan and Mark Lane=Holbert discuss why they have chosen to cover the Chicago and Marine Corps Marathons the next several episodes, as well as what to expect after that from local Florida Marathons:  Space Coast and Disney races.  They go into a bit of their own favorites and race background developing as a runners, first marathons, etc.

Randa runs...
Speaking of first marathons, our guest Randa Mahmud-Ulankiewicz rounds out the majority of our episode, describing what it is like to be a recent and unlikely new "marathoner", and serving as Co-Captain to organize a group of runners for a charity close to her heart, in the Chicago Marathon. She also explains passionately about her motivation of helping children, a relief effort with The Palestine Children's Relief Fund that brings needed medical care to a conflicted area of the world. She furthermore tells about what it's like to run her first marathon and why it is "a positive, productive thing to do so as part of a team"... In this way, she brings out the best in The Chicago Marathon, explaining how to join as a charity runner, and how to be creative if you can't find what your heart is set on running for. This is a great one to hear about drive and personal inspiration around a cause turning someone into a runner for life, and pulling others along with them!

***Please let us know if you have suggestions or ideas for future episodes, and what it was like to run your favorite marathon, message @runninganthropologist on Facebook or Instagram!

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2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Team Palestine Link