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The Philadelphia Distance Run, with Andy Kucer and C.C. Tellez

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Andy Kucer is the Executive Director of Students Run Philly Style and a passionate advocate for empowering youth through running and mentorship. He is also on the board of directors for the Philadelphia Distance Run (PDR).

C.C. Téllez is an openly lesbian distance runner from La Paz, Bolivia, currently living in Philadelphia. She is the founder of Lez Run Running Club, the Co-Race Director of the Philly Pride Run, ambassador for Athlete Ally and 261Fearless, and Associate Director of LGBTQ+ Programming for Students Run Philly Style.

The Philadelphia Distance Run (PDR) is a historically iconic race, for amateur and elite runners alike. It was a mainstay on the Philadelphia streets from 1978 to 2009, until it changed hands and name. In fall of 2021, it is back and better than ever. The return of the PDR will include free bibs for low-income runners, having non-binary prize money match male and female prize money, and prioritizing minority owned vendors.

Discussed in this episode:

–Runners World article about Students Run Philly Style

Critical mentoring: a Practical Guide by Torie Weiston-Serdan

C.C.’s first episode on Social Sport

Caster Semenya

Quotes:

–“𝗟𝗲𝘁’𝘀 𝗯𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸, 𝗹𝗲𝘁’𝘀 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗶𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗿𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗶𝘁 𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘀, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗹𝗲𝘁’𝘀 𝗽𝘂𝘀𝗵 𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁—𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲. 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝘄𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿? 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝘄𝗲 𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝘄𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗻’𝘁 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗲? 𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗲’𝗿𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗲𝘅𝗰𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝘄𝗲’𝗿𝗲 𝗴𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗻𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗮 𝗯𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗹𝗽𝗵𝗶𝗮 𝗿𝘂𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆.” -Andy Kucer

–“𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝘁𝘆. 𝗪𝗲, 𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝘀𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗲𝘁𝘆, 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗻𝗼𝗿𝗺𝘀. 𝗪𝗲’𝘃𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗵𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁. 𝗣𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗳𝘆 𝗮𝘀 𝗳𝗲𝗺𝗮𝗹𝗲 𝗼𝗿 𝗺𝗮𝗹𝗲, 𝗼𝗿 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗳𝘆 𝗮𝘀 𝗯𝗼𝘁𝗵, 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗵𝘂𝘁 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗲 𝘀𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗲𝘀… 𝗜𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝘀𝗲𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁, 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, 𝗶𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗽 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝗯𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝘂𝗻. 𝗜𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗽 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗯𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗽𝗵𝘆𝘀𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴.” -C.C. Tellez

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