Our friends over at The Rambling Runner Podcast Network are launching the Road to the Olympic Trials podcast on Monday, July 8. This new show will take a deep dive in to the preparation, physical and mental, of some of America’s best runners as they prepare for the Olympic Trials in the marathon scheduled for February 29, 2020. All running fans are awed by the performances of the elites at race time but are equally, if not more, interested in their journey to the starting line. The show will begin with introductory episodes with each athlete during the first four weeks of the show. In August, there will be interviews with each athlete every 4-6 weeks as they progress through their training, race seasons, and the final tune-up for the trials.
The Featured Runners
In addition to attracting some of the best runners in the country, the show will feature a wide array of fascinating storylines. Jared Ward and Kellyn Taylor are both at the top field and have the Olympic Standard (which means if they get top three at the trials then they will go to the Olympics). Roberta Groner also has the Olympic Standard, with a marathon best of 2:29, in addition to being one of the best masters runners in the world. She is also shooting for the American Masters record in the marathon, currently held by Deena Kastor, while raising three kids and working a full-time job in the health care industry.
Parker Stinson, a nine-time all-American at the University of Oregon, recently set the American record in the 25k in 1:13:48. He also has a half marathon PR of 62:02. Parker is poised to make a push for the breakout marathon performance that has eluded him over the past two years.
Lou Serafini and John Raneri have both excelled at shorter distances but haven’t put it together in the marathon, yet. Serafini broke 4:00 in the mile last year and had great spring performances at the Brooklyn Half and the USATF Half Marathon Championship. Raneri ran 1:02:51 at the NewYork City Half beating some of the best runners in the world.
Sarah Bishop has won multiple marathons, including the Marine Corps Marathon, and is a serial racer who placed as the second amateur at the Chattanooga IRONMAN 70.3 this spring in her first triathlon after picking up the bike due to a running injury in late-2018.
Last, but not least, Dr. Stefanie Flippin will spend 2019 trying to qualify for the Olympic Trials. She is a foot and ankle surgeon from Colorado who has transitioned from ultramarathons to the roads who finished 7th at the Birmingham Wine 10k this year in a torrential rainstorm.
The Rambling Runner Podcast Network was founded and operated by Matt Chittim, Rambling Runner was launched in July 2017. The Rambling Runner Podcast was created to chronicle the stories of dedicated amateur runners and quickly gained traction in the running community. A year after the show began it became a consistent feature in the Apple Podcasts top 200 in the Sports and Recreation category. The show has been featured in Inc.com, Men’s Health, and Shape Magazine. Road to the Olympic Trials is the second show created by the Rambling Runner Podcast Network.