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Featured Expert Sessions

DAY 1: ​Running to save People, Culture & History

Dean Karnazes

March 1, Friday @ 10:00 AM EST | 07:00 AM PST

Caring For The World We Share

Dean became well known  in 2006 when he ran 50 marathons, in all 50 US states, in 50 consecutive days. 12 years later he's still going strong.
Today we talk about his recent experience with wildfires and the importance of cleaning up our daily & travel routines and being outdoors.
Other topics we'll touch on: exploring and conserving history through running, connection and getting your message across, injury-free running, aging, sense and nonsense of balance, Marathon wine, his book The Road To Sparta, achievements and goals.

Phil McCarthy

March 1, Friday @ 12:00 AM EST | 09:00 AM PST

Running to expose the best of our inner and outer world

Phil is an elite ultramarathon runner who has run dozens of marathons and ultramarathons around the world since 1997, including many of the world's toughest and most prestigious races. In 2018 he ran across the USA in one of the fastest times.
He shares how he transformed himself into a pro runner.  As a coach,  speaker, running tour leader, and as race director of the Great New York 100mile/100K Running Exposition he shows people the most beautiful spots of the Big Apple on foot, while helping to get the best out of themselves.

Julius Achon

March 1, Friday @ 02:00 PM EST | 11:00 AM PST

Running for life & hope

Julius was raised in poverty during the civil war in Uganda. Being kidnapped to become a child soldier, Julius managed to escape and run 300km back home. By winning local races he paid his scholarship and eventually competed in the Olympic Games.  His running and coaching career helped him to connect with others and put strength together. He gives shelter to orphans he found during a morning run, he built a medical centre, and together with Olympic athlete Eloise Wellings he founded Love Mercy. Their efforts empower rural communities in Northern Uganda to overcome poverty after decades of civil war.

Roy Pirrung

March 4, Monday @ 04:00 PM EST | 01:00 PM PST

Becoming a role model

Inspired by an obese woman who ran past his house every day, Roy made miles to lose weight, gave up smoking and became fitter.  Today he's completed 138 marathons and 197 ultra marathons and is an inspiring role model to others who want to change their lifestyle.
We'll talk about his journey, his unsupported 448 miles run at age 63 from Turin to Rome in Italy, other epic adventures around the world, his titles, how he won the Men's Masters Ultrarunner of the Year Award, his mission, and his autobiography.

Brendan Rendall

March 1, Friday @ 06:00 PM EST | 03:00 PM PST

Running to give orphans a safe future

Brendan loved to party but a bet with drinking buddies made him sign up for a marathon. His regrets quickly turned into joy when running gave him purpose and daily focus.
After running the length of Malawi in 27 days, he covered 962 miles in the UK, from John O Groats to Lands End, to give orphans in Malawi a safe future.  In 2018 he ran 2500+miles from Namibia to Mozambique to build a boy's hostel for the charity.
Now he's preparing for a new and even bigger challenge, so tune in to hear al about it!

Nick Lawson

March 1, Friday @ 06:00 PM EST | 03:00 PM PST

Running for Love

In February 2018 Nick started his journey to spread a message of global unity and love. Since then he's been running barefoot from South Africa to Tunisia, while bonding and connecting with people he meets. During the year people from all over the world have come to run and cycle with him, and each person raised money for a different charity. 
We'll cover special moments of Nick's journey, his mission, running through countries in war, focus on the positive, why he chose Africa, he'll talk about the people, culture, nature and food he enjoyed along the way, his tips to take care of your feet, and his goal for 2019.

DAY 2 - Running for Nature & Wildlife

Fiona Oakes

March 2, Saturday @ 10:00 AM EST | 07:00 AM PST

Running for Good

Fiona runs to better animals' lives. 

We'll talk about the documentary Running for Good, setting world records with knee pain and no joy for running, how she ran Marathon des Sables as a vegan runner, helping someone else to finish instead of chasing a record, how she can run in extreme conditions on 1 meal a day, running in Russia, clean and simple living vs traveling for the cause, how to deal with the challenge of sustainable living, Vegan Running Shoes, and her goals.

Robert Pope

March 2, Saturday @ 12:00 AM EST | 09:00 AM PST

Running in the footsteps of Forest Gump

Rob ran 15000 miles across America to raise both funds and awareness for the World Wildlife Fund and Peace Direct. Along the way he had the hardest and greatest moments, including successfully proposing to his wife after almost losing the wedding ring, and becoming a proud father.
We talk about how it all came about, his preparation, logistics, training, nutrition, gear, and dealing with setbacks, fundraising and sponsorships.

Nicole Anderson

March 2, Saturday @ 02:00 PM EST | 11:00 AM PST

Running to save the rainforest

Wilderness Warrior Nicole loves the outdoors. From a young age she would make fire, cook her own food, and enjoy nature. 
We'll talk about the urgency of Tarkine heritage protection in Northwest Tasmania where she's very much involved as a conservation photographer.
As a running doctor she makes quite some miles and Nicole will share her expertise about endurance, survival strategies, nutrition, and expedition & wilderness medicine. 

Nick Kershaw

March 2, Saturday @ 04:00 PM EST | 01:00 PM PST

Running to turn Globals Goals into local action

Nick combined his love for running, traveling to extraordinary places, and engaging in community projects when he founded Impact Marathon, a series of Adventure Marathons & Half Marathons in Nepal, Malawi, Kenya and Guatemala.
Each Impact Marathon contributes to one of the 17 Global Goals, announced by the United Nations in 2015 to secure the future of the planet.
During a week the runners work for a project, connect with locals, build friendships for life and challenge themselves. NIck shares highlights of the impact they made so far.

Mina Guli

March 2, Saturday @ 06:00 PM EST | 03:00 PM PST

Running for water

Mina is on a mission to call each of us to save water and to join together to change the way we all use, consume and think about water. She's running campaigns for water  since 2012, reaching thousands of people along the way. She started her latest journey of running 100 marathons in 100 days in November 2018. When she got severely injured, the global community of water-conscious citizens took action to avert the global water crisis. People all over the world can join by running or walking, cause every step counts.
Mina will share her journey and give us some looks behind the scenes.

Katharine & David Lowrie 

March 2, Saturday @ 06:00 PM EST | 03:00 PM PST

Running for wild places and wildlife

Katharine and her husband David had clear goals in mind when they set off for their 5000-mile project. They ran the length of South America unsupported to raise awareness and money to protect and conserve threatened habitats. They also ran to connect with people and wildlife, met along the way. And they ran to inspire environmental action, to prove that with small steps we can tackle seemingly insurmountable challenges. It’s not too late to protect the world’s remaining unspoiled ecosystems, but time is running out.

DAY 3 - Running to Develop Skills & Opportunities

Max King

March 3, Sunday @ 10:00 AM EST | 07:00 AM PST

Running skills to be safe, comfortable and aware in the wilderness 

Apart from winning World Championships and multiple national awards, Max shares his love for the outdoors and skills to be self sufficient in the forest and mountains. His running camps focus on the fun aspects of trail running and to be comfortable and safe on the trail. Trail running, forest stewardship, nutrition, trail maintenance, trail etiquette, map reading and navigation skills are part of the kids and adult programs.
Max talks about his journey of becoming an elite runner and entrepreneur and how he runs, lives and travels consciously.

Jason Koop

March 3, Sunday @ 12:00 AM EST | 09:00 AM PST

Coaching Heroes to Legends

Jason has been coaching several athletes to high levels, including Dean Karnazes for his Endurance 50, and he's an accomplished runner himself
We'll talk about Jason's coaching journey that started when he was a teenager. We'll hear how Jason helped Dean to get ready for his challenge and how it differs from training for a race. We'll also discuss the impact of poor air conditions on our training, how coaches and runners can contribute to cleaning the air and the trails, Jason's book Training Essentials for Ultrarunning, and his next goal.

Dan Lawson

March 3, Sunday @ 02:00 PM EST | 11:00 AM PST

Repurpose Your Running Gear

Dan shares his journey of running for a living.
We talk about his epic adventures around the world, finding peace and joy in stillness and community, Running for social change in India, Goa Dan, his commitment to buy nothing new, sharing his message through Rerun Clothing, his ultrarunning news podcast, finding sponsors, his races and records, his recent JOGLE (John o’Groats to Land’s End) World Record attempt,   and his next goal.

Mary Gadams

March 3, Sunday @ 04:00 PM EST | 01:00 PM PST

Fueling your expedition

Mary saw a need for a global event series that captured the best aspects of all the events in which she had competed. The company now incorporates expedition gear and foods as well. We'll talk about the benefits of freeze-dried food, supporting charities and initiatives in the areas where races are held, caring for the trails and planet while exploring the most remote places, and sponsoring the first female ultramarathon team from Afghanistan in the Gobi March.

Greg Nance

March 3, Sunday @ 06:00 PM EST | 03:00 PM PST

Running for better education access

As a kid Greg spent lots of his family life outdoors and he just completed the Atacama Crossing with his dad.

We'll talk about family support, hiking Iberia's Pilgrimage Trail, living and running a business as a young entrepreneur in Asia, training in polluted air, preparing for multi-day races, building a training routine, the importance of sleep, rest and recovery, small habits, surviving a Mont Blanc snowstorm, going beyond limits during the World Marathon Challenge, and how to run & fly around the world with a conscious mind.

David Roche

March 3, Sunday @ 06:00 PM EST | 03:00 PM PST

Running on purpose & training for life

David and his wife Megan coached each other to national championship wins and then decided to share their experience with other runners as well. Their fun-based coaching services help runners to believe in themselves and their quickly growing community of various successful runners proves that their approach works.  
We'll talk about how setting meaningful goals goes a long way beyond the finish line, how Happy Running principles can get you better results, why failure should be on your checklist and plays an essential role in leveling up your running & life, and their new book.

DAY 4 - Running for Health

Marshall Ulrich

March 4, Monday @ 10:00 AM EST | 07:00 AM PST

Running to reconnect

Knowing that his wife and mother of their newborn daughter was going to die of cancer, Marshall's heart rate went through the roof. To release the pressure he started running.
It helped him through the rest of his life to deal with the loss of his wife, his personal challenges of being a parent, to rediscover how to love later in life, as well as to overcome a mountain of self-doubt and insecurity. But it also let him explore the world and set numerous records by climbing the Seven Summits, running across America and Death Valley. We talk about the highs and lows of his journey and the importance of connection.

Jax Mariash

March 4, Monday @ 12:00 AM EST | 09:00 AM PST

Running to get people outside

Jax has been a runner since she was 5 years old. After her duathlon and triathlon career she came back to running and found her passion in multiday races. Jax aims to become the 1st woman to win a stage race on each continent in 2019 as a way to inspire people to get active and outside.  As a champion and owner of a marketing agency and a coffee company for outdoor lovers, she knows how to set and achieve goals. 
She shares her journey of becoming first woman in the world to complete the 4 Deserts Race Series Grand Slam Plus and 4 Deserts Female World Champion.

Charlie Engle

March 4, Monday @ 02:00 PM EST | 11:00 AM PST

Running to survive

Running helped Charlie to push through struggle and leave his crack and alcohol addiction behind. With two team mates he crossed the Sahara desert for clean water projects in Africa. And as a team of  six runners he  ran across the US, raising awareness for better access to mental treatments.
During his next expedition Dead Sea to Everest - 5.8, Charlie will push his limits again. He'll swim, free dive, run, paddle, mountain bike and climb from the lowest to the highest point of the planet. He'll share his challenges and how the turned them into great stories.

Nick Butter

March 4, Monday @ 04:00 PM EST | 01:00 PM PST

Running to explore every inch of the planet

Nick is well on his way to complete his mission of running 196 marathons in all 196 countries of the world. Nick's journey started as a casual jogger but quickly he won races. During the 7-day stage race Marathon des Sables he met Kevin who has terminal prostate cancer and was given as little as just two years to live. This trip is for him.
Nick started his 18-month Journey in January 2018 to raise over £250,000 for the charity Prostate Cancer UK and making men aware they need to get themselves checked.
Nick takes us behind the scene of his journey and shares how his trip goes along.

Mimi Anderson

March 4, Monday @ 06:00 PM EST | 03:00 PM PST

From treadmill to trophy

When Mimi started jogging as an unfit mother she never imagined she would become a World Record breaking ultrarunner who explored the most remote places on earth. 
After suffering from anorexia for 15 years she now helps others to tackle their challenges.
We'll talk about the importance of having a healthy relationship with food to fuel our running and life. And we will look back on her 20 years of running and world records, having to give up her run across USA, expeditions vs races, running and sharing her message, finding new challenges, and her book Beyond Impossible.

Jay Asparro

March 4, Monday @ 06:00 PM EST | 03:00 PM PST

Running for Alzheimer's research

Jay is running for his beloved grandmother as well as all of the other families impacted by Alzheimer's.  Jay overcomes his own fears and limitations to push for more awareness.
We'll talk about the importance of his mission, the possibility and what it takes to realize a dementia-free world, how to have enough time and resources to share his mission, how to make miles and reach more people in a fun and injury-free way, and his next goal.

DAY 5 - Finding your Trail of Transformation

Pete Kostelnick

March 5, Tuesday @ 10:00 AM EST | 07:00 AM PST

Running to live big & share an active lifestyle

He started running to lose weight, then wanted to impress his girlfriend. After getting burnt out on road marathons he started to dream big. In 2016 Pete broke the record for fastest run across America, that had been standing for 36 years. He covered 3067 miles from San Francisco to New York in  42 days, 6 hours and 30 minutes, a record that still stands. In 2018 Pete set a new Ke2Key record, running 5000+ miles self supported from Alaska to Florida.  
We relive his adventures while Pete shares the nitty gritty of going deep, far and further.

Pete Ripmaster

March 5, Tuesday @ 12:00 AM EST | 09:00 AM PST

Running to live and chase what’s important

Pete started running marathons to raise money in memory of his mother who had died of cancer. Over four and a half years, he completed a marathon in all 50 US-states and raised $62,000. When marathons weren’t challenging him anymore he moved on to ultras. It helped him to deal with his depressions.
He found his real passion in Iditarod Trail Invitational, the longest winter ultra marathon in the world. It took three attempts and almost his life but he shares how he survived and won the cruel 1000-mile race in Alaska, and why he inspires others to get out of comfort.

Croix Sather

March 5, Tuesday @ 02:00 PM EST | 11:00 AM PST

Dream big, act big

After being hit by a drunk driver as a kid, doctors said he was not supposed to live, let alone run.  In just 2 years, Croix went from being a non-runner to a World Record Champion. In 2011 he ran 2,621 miles across America in 100 days, combined with an
inspirational speaker tour. In 2012 he broke the 13-year-old world record for the Badwater Solo Self-Contained Ultramarathon of ultra running legend Marshall Ulrich.
Croix talks about  giving up time & stuff for greatness, his recipe for connection: Flying Pigs, Rotten Apples, and Potatoes, and his book Dream big, act big.

Rory Coleman

March 5, Tuesday @ 04:00 PM EST | 01:00 PM PST

Coaching for Life

Rory shares the ups and downs of his transformation from being a heavy smoker and drinker to accomplishing 1,029 marathons, 250 ultramarathons, 9 Guinness World Records, 15 Marathon des Sables and 24 years alcohol-free.
We look back at his 1275-miles run from London to Lisbon, and talk about competing with the desert, his records, his mission, his come back after being paralyzed by the Guillain-Barré Syndrome,  his secrets how to  avoid blisters, how running, life and  & business come together, his ultra diet, ditching the booze and his book A Rebel and a Runner.

Bill Sycalik

March 5, Tuesday @ 06:00 PM EST | 03:00 PM PST

Breaking out the cubicle

Bill did what so many of us only dream of.  During this session we'll hear about his journey from giving up a secure 9-5 job for an unknown adventure. We'll cover how he prepared for the challenge to run in all national parks of North America, the highs and lows since he started the Running the Parks Project, and his mission. We'll also talk about dealing with setbacks, camping in all seasons, safety in the backcountry, plant-based nutrition, his haikus and his next goal.
Bill shares his step by step process to move from a sedentary job to a joyful outdoor life.

William Pullen

March 5, Tuesday @ 06:00 PM EST | 03:00 PM PST

Running mindful for a positive life change

When William and a friend went through rough times, they decided to go for a run. They ran and talked and both experienced the healing effect of being outside and present. William turned it into Dynamic Running Therapy to help others as well.
Using a combination of mindfulness, focused questions, and exercise, his approach has proven to be a simple, intuitive, effective, and therapeutic method for managing stress, trauma, anxiety, anger, depression, and other conditions. He explains how we can channel our energy and use it to make positive change in our life today.

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