Road Dog Podcast

Road Dog Podcast

Adventure outside with Luis Escobar, trail running legend, race director, running mentor and photographer, as he converses with athletes and public figures about all things extreme sports. We’ll cover everything from sell-out trail races to the most unknown ultra-running adventures around the globe, swing over into the world of rock climbing, and dive into mountain biking, triathlons and more.


June 5, 2023 110 mins

“Yeah, I was just kind of moving up, moving up past people all day and then it was, I mean once you’re in third you’re, third is really good at Western States.”

Andrew Miller is a running coach and winner 16 ultramarathons including the 2016 Western States 100, in this episode, Andrew chats with Luis about how he got into long distance running, who he looks up to, how he discovered Western States 100, how he qualified for Western S...

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“I probably had about a 75 pound pack plus a 70 pound sandbag and no mountain experience and definitely not that much rucking experience at that point with that kind of weight and that crushed me.”

Dion Mindykowski is an endurance athlete. Dion chats with Luis about the Death Race, Tough Mudder, Spartan, obstacles that he has to overcome, gear that he is required to carry during race, the mind games that are played before and durin...

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May 22, 2023 83 mins

“I was 14 years old, and some friends from school had a band that they made over the summer while I was gone, and their guitar player singer moved to Vermont. They are like looking for a singer and I’m like, ‘Hey man, I’ll sing.’ And their like, ’Hey man, you can’t sing.’ So, I showed up for an audition and their like, ‘You’re in!’”

Tommie Silva is a lead singer and a long distance runner. In this special episode, Tommie chats with...

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“If I’m going for anything big, I’ve learned to hone that positive energy.”

Camille Herron is American ultramarathon runner and Guinness Book World Record holder for running a marathon in a superhero costume. In this repeat episode, Camille chats about being known for running with her hair down, eating tacos and having a positive attitude. Camille talks about her goal to win Western States 2021. Just won JFK 50. Comrades Marathon. ...

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“I feel a lot of energy when I run and I move a lot of stagnate energy and so I think that helped process those emotions and you get that single point of focus when you’re running so it’s very meditative.”

Amanda Bailey is an ultramarathon runner that lives in Phoenix AZ. Amanda chats with Luis about how she found Born to Run Ultramarathon, how she got into running, her condo burning down, adopting a minimalist lifestyle, the runni...

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May 1, 2023 129 mins

“It’s the high concentration of just some of the best humans you can find on the planet. The people make it what it is…and Born to Run it’s the cream.”

Brad Timmerman, Chris Koehler, Brian Fagundes, Jeffrey Cumber, Toan Nguyen, Zhen Ning Low, Eric Ewing, and Rick Siegrist all chat with Luis about their experiences at the Born to Run Ultramarathon event. Hear how they found the event, runnin...

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April 24, 2023 99 mins

“I think it’s tactile. You are part of that sound…The guitar has so many variables to it in terms of tone, quality, sound, all that. You can make crazy amount of sounds off of that box.”

Manny Mestas is a professional guitar player who lives in the central California coast. Manny chats with Luis about how he got started playing guitar, why you need a tuner, the first song he obsessed over, how his career has progressed, his move to...

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“What I would also recommend if anybody wants to win Western States as a woman, they should be 33 years old. Cause if you look at the top 10 times, I think 5 of them are women who are 33.”

Ellie Greenwood is a distance runner, 2x winner of Western States 100, a writer, and a running coach. In this episode, Ellie chats with Luis about where she grew up, what she did before her running career, what she studied at university, how she ...

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“So it’s about acquiring as much distance as you possibly can in those 24 hours. So, I completed 21 official laps. So technically I ran 105 official miles.”

DJ Fox is a World’s Toughest Mudder champion, fitness coach and overall Obstacle Course Racing bad ass. DJ chats with Luis about bowling, differences between Spartan and Tough Mudder, the different obstacles one will encounter, DJ’s experience winning the World’s Toughest Mudde...

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“If you’re coming to this thing for the first time, please come with an open mind and an open heart. Please come prepared for an amazing experience and be happy and be kind. I think that’s the most important part of the Born to Run experience, compassion and kindness.”

In this guide to the Born to Run Ultramarathon, Luis chats with folks involved with the event or have participated in the event. Luis chats with Honest Bob Gibson, K...

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“Ultimately, it’s just being able to go out and experience doing something that is healthy for your body and being able to have memories and stories. It’s not about the destination but the journey.”

Micky Cecil, Ursula Hall, Brad Guy, Ellen Adamo and Jerome Gist are running streakers. Running Streakers run one mile or more a day for consecutive days building up a run streak. Hear the group chat with Luis about what a run streak is,...

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“I got into running probably like 7 years ago. That was a big transition, pivotal point in my life where I needed something new. I needed a change in my life and running kind of was the outlet that I found that really inspired me to grow and give me new goals to set in front of me.”

Yatika Star Fields is a Native American painter, muralist, and street artist, born in the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Yatika is the first indigenous runne...

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“I mean I didn’t know what I was doing. I got blisters from the river crossing but I was able to finish sub 24, no problem.”

Peter Defty is a pioneer & innovator in the area of 'fat-adapted' health and performance. Peter is the General Manager of Vespa Power Products. He describes all his experiences at Western States 100, the river crossing, running without a shirt on, his relationship w...

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March 6, 2023 109 mins

“I am just as comfortable sleeping outside, camping under the stars as I am in a million dollar house.”

In this repeat tribute episode, Max Krakoff is living free and running. Max travels the states and beyond as the wind blows him. In this episode, Max shares his train hopping tips, running stories and donating a liver to his brother.

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“I do support whatever we can do to make people feel welcome in the running community.”

George Rehmet is the president of the Road Runners Club of America. In this episode George chats with Luis about the RRCA’s mission, programs, running with headphones, dogs at races, focusing on DEI to bring more runners to the sport, running a 100 miles, and attending the Born To Run Ultramarathon.

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February 20, 2023 102 mins

“Nothing tastes as good, as being fit and lean feels.”

Brian Frank is the founder and owner of Hammer Nutrition. In this episode, Brian gives nutrition advice to Ray Sanchez who happens to be a new trail runner. Brian discusses best race day strategy for food intake, dinner habits, hydration, alcohol consumption, sodium, and electrolytes.

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“I discovered trail and ultra and I made a pivot without even thinking about it. I was just like, I am not going back to road ever again.”

Shannon Mick is a mental health counselor, ultra runner, and a coach. Shannon chats with guest host Natasha Swartley about taking care of yourself, her virtual Badwater run, Marine Core Marathon, mental health coaching for endurance athletes, and her experience pacing a friend at Badwater 135.


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“So among the people who have been released from the Thousand Mile Club, there’s actually a zero percent recidivism rate. The national rate is 67%.”

Christine Yoo is a director/producer. Christine discusses her independent film called 26.2 to Life that highlights the San Quentin 1000 Mile Club. She chats with Luis about the music score which was produced inside San Quentin, ...

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“For me, running is more of my therapy now and my way of recovery and the way that I run with my problems and not run away from them.”

Erik Koenig is an ultrarunner and former Army combat vet who struggles with P.T.S.D. Hear how Erik transformed himself onto a healthier path, his experience completing the Hurt 100, his advice to others struggling, his time in Afghanistan, and how he got into dista...

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“It’s beautiful, it’s green, it’s going to be so wet this year. It’s going to be a lot of mud and it’s fabulous! I mean you can’t even believe it when you’re out there, how beautiful it is.”

In this special multi guest episode, Luis talks with folks who are playing a major role in the upcoming La Cuesta Ranch Trail Run. Louisa Wood is a behavior specialist, disability rights...

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