Babbitville Radio

Babbitville Radio

Since 1990, Bob Babbitt, a USA Triathlon and Ironman Hall of Fame inductee, has been hosting a highly-acclaimed radio program and podcast showcasing the world’s best runners, triathletes, and cyclists - first with The Competitors and now with his new show, Babbittville Radio. These are long-form interviews, and over the years, endurance athletes have enjoyed downloading and listening to insightful and entertaining conversations with legendary athletes like cyclist Greg LeMond, triathlete Paula Newby-Fraser, or runner Meb Keflezighi while they are out running, cycling, swimming, or working out in the gym. Babbitt has always been a big believer in the life-lessons we all learn through endurance sports and, besides interviewing endurance sports legends, there are also interviews with incredibly motivational and inspirational athletes along with a diversified mix of conversations with the best coaches, race directors, journalists, sports scientists, and authors.... Show More

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July 9, 2020 20 min
Kush Mahan is the co-founder and CEO of ZoneIN, a personalized nutrition app that will be launching soon. He came on to chat about his background as a professional squash player and how, over time, he and so many other athletes could really use some direction when it came to the best fueling for the best race day performance. The website is www.getzonein.com.
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The amazing Angela Madsen is in the midst of rowing 3,000 miles from California to Hawaii. She took time out from rowing 12 hours a day to chat with us on her satellite phone. During the conversation we surprised Angela with a $2500 Challenged Athletes Foundation grant!
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June 1, 2020 49 min
Karen Smyers was still racing as a professional triathlete at the age of 50. The US captain for the Collins Cup, Ironman World Champion and multiple time ITU World Champion came on to chat about her spectacular career!
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Nate Garcia is the long time track and cross country coach at UC San Diego. Before that he ran for legendary coach Ted Van Arsdale. We chat about his running and coaching careers and how he is adapting to UCSD becoming a Division I school.
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May 13, 2020 24 min
In a typical May weekend, Marc Roy from SportStats and his team would be handling the timing for up to 43 events all over the world. In a typical year 1.5 million people would cross Sportstats finish line. So how do you pivot to virtual racing while keeping your business afloat? I learned so much from this conversation!
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April 13, 2020 16 min
A few weeks back the founder of Spartan Race, Joe DeSena, called me. Covid-19 was wrecking havoc with the world of endurance sports and he was hoping to put a coalition of endurance sports leaders together to see if they could combine forces to get some government support for an industry that has been devastated by the Pandemic.

I reached out to Rich Harshbarger at Running USA and Rocky Harris at USA Triathlon to get the ball rollin...
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April 13, 2020 30 min
Ben Hoffman is coming off one of his best years ever with his third win at Iromman South Africa, a fourth on Kona and then a second place at Ironman Florida where he ran a 2:36 marathon.
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April 13, 2020 32 min
Kenny Souza was the King of Duathlon in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It was great to have Kenny Kaboom on to chat about hos awesome career!
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April 13, 2020 26 min
Robin Englehardt completed the 1981 Ironman when he was only 14 years old and, since the age limit was bumped up to 18 not long after that, I am the only person who can claim that he was out kicked by a 14 year old at the Ironman World Championship.
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Tom Sullivan has never let being born blind get in his way. Every time i chat with Tom I leave the conversation invigorated!
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April 11, 2020 35 min
Long time runner and triathlete Glenn Hartrick was paralyzed in a bike accident on June 12, 2014. In this conversation he shares his journey from that horrific moment on time to the finish line of the 2018 Ironman World Championship.
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April 11, 2020 24 min
Lera Doederlein was born with deformed legs in Russia before being adopted by the Doederlein family. After struggling with leg braces and arm crutches she had both legs amputated above the knee at the age of 14. For the first time ever, sport became part of her life and she is now, at the age of 16, on the US Women’s National Developmental Sled Hockey and is also on CAF’s Women’s Handcycle team.
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Sue Reynolds was a 335 pound grandmother with absolutely no athletic background before she decided to make some drastic changes in her life. She is now a top age group triathlete after losing 200 pounds and her book ‘The Athlete Inside: The Transforming Power of Hope, Tenacity and Faith’ will be coming out on April 28th. Sue is a true example of the power of endurance sports!
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Liv Stone is coming off winning a Gold Medal at the AMP Surf ISA World Para Surfing World Championship. As a double above elbow amputee from Lancaster, Pennsylvania who was only introduced to surfing a few short years ago, her journey to the top of the sport has been amazing!
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Tyler Jones is an 18 year old below knee amputee and long time CAF athlete who has run 12:03 for 100 meters and is a hopeful for the 2021 Paralympic Team.
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Eric Byrnes from the Major League Baseball Network is a former pro baseball player as well as a top age group triathlete. With PE going away in school’s, he decided to create the ‘Let Them Play’ Foundation to, hopefully, create some major change in the system. His film ‘Let Them Play’ , which showcases his triathlon across America, is available starting on Tuesday April 7th at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A...
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April 11, 2020 14 min
Dr. Mac Larsen is a long time endurance athlete as well as a life long Emergency Room doctor. Who better to chat with about the Coronavirus Pandemic?
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Rob DeMartini spent 12 years as the President and CEO at New Balance and the company grew from $1.5 million to $4.4 billion under his leadership. During his time at New Balance he also became an avid cyclist and was recently named the President and CEO of USA Cycling.
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Joel Gomez is a 16 year old high school track star whose PR is 4:03 for 1500 meters. He played soccer when he was younger but his vision deteriorated to the point where he had to find another sport. His goal is to run the 1500 meters in Tokyo in the Paralympics and then, maybe by 2018, run in the Olympics as well!
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Lee Silverman started with one Jack Rabbit Sports store in 2003 and had four stores around New York City before selling the stores to The Finish Line in 2015. While he owned the stores, a sales rep from Win Detergent pitched him on carrying the detergent in his stores because the product would remove the running and fitness related smells that regular detergents simply couldn't. Silverman went home and tried Win out on his favo...
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