The Roots Podcast

The Roots Podcast

A podcast focused on Community over Competition, creating value in relationships and meaningful impact on the people you serve.

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October 25, 2021 45 min

Eric Deshaies of Gatineau, Quebec was the last of five Canadians standing at this year's Big Dog's Backyard Ultra World Championship in Bell Buckle, Tennesse.  

 

He claimed his Golden ticket to the event with a win at Big Wolf's Backyard earlier this year with 35 yards. With no dedicated crew at Big's, Eric managed to clench the second-best Canadian backyard performance with 50 yards or 208.33 miles [335.29kms]. ...

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Current world Backyard Ultra record holder John Stocker joins me from United Kingdom to talk 'all things backyard'.

New to the backyard ultra format, John shares his motivation and inspiration to keep going in a race that has no finish line. After winning his first Backyard Ultra in October 2020 in 41 hours, John was back at the starting line in June 2021 for the Suffolk Backyard Ultra where he not only won the event but s...

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William Wehrli continues to breakdown barriers and stereotypes. After being diagnosed with Autism as a young child, William has gone on to receive his Masters in Special Education. His goal is not only to support autistic families and individuals but to help others better understand Autism -- a true advocate.

An aspiring actor and seasoned public speaker, William has already put his skills to work, building communities on TikTok, ...

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Rose Rosen CSA, consistently rated among Florida's most distinguished casting directors, provides talent for both episodic and unscripted TV shows, movies, commercials and print campaigns nationwide. Ms. Rosen's 25-year track record earned her membership in the prestigious Casting Society of America and the respect of countless aspiring actors for furthering their careers. She credits her work casting the Tim Burton classic...

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To say that Maame De-Heer has accomplished a lot is a gross understatement! She has taken to LinkedIn [a more traditional online professional network] to share her experience and build a thriving community that has real impact. Her approach to the platform is refreshing -- throughout our conversation she drops plenty of golden nuggets.

Background:

She is a Policy Analyst with the Government of Canada. Concurrently, she is a Clini...

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Sometimes if you're lucky enough, you have the chance to meet someone magical. Well, it's your lucky day!

 

Nate Simon, also known as 'Nate the Great' along with his mom, Author, Motivational Speaker and Down Syndrome advocate, Holly Simon joined Stephanie for a special chat leading up to World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st.   

 

With his mom by his side, we chatted about making new friends on TikTok to taking...

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A lot of adults don't realize how devastating the effects of being bullied can be until it's too late. How do you deal with bullying? I sat down with an expert to find out.

Candice Dugger is the founner of the Bullied, Broken, Redeemed, and a nationally recognized anti-bullying expert, author, speaker and trainer. Candice and her team specialize in equipping leaders, parents and youth on all aspects of Gen Z Bullying.

We ...

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Stephanie sat down with Sarah Wilson, aka BudgetGirl to chat all things money.  Sarah is a Youtuber, blogger, speaker, financial wellness advocate, and baby real estate investor.  She understands what it takes to claw your way out of debt, and she wants to share her experience with everyone and anyone who will listen. From the importance of multiple income streams, passive income and learning about accessible ways of leveling up wi...

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Danielle Kettlewell is an Olympian, Speaker, Coach and Author to her latest book “The Unlikely Olympian: Step into your Fears to Achieve your Dreams.” 

 

After the Canadian born athlete achieved her own impossible dream by competing as part of the Aussie Synchronized Swimming Team at the Rio 2016 Olympics, being on the National Team for 5 years and recently making history by competing as Australia’s first mixed duet at world Cham...

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LEGO is, for so many, the classic toy. The toy that brought hours and hours of escape to use your imagination and build whatever you could think of.  Limitless possibilities.

 

Stephanie had the chance to chat with Russell Cassevah, a two-time Guinness World Record (GWR) holder and the President & Founder of Little Bricks Charity to learn all about how he has transformed his passion for LEGO into his main purpose in life.  Bo...

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One week post-race Stephanie caught up with members of Team Belgium. They were all still beaming with pride and why not? They had just secured their place as team world champions and Karel Sabbe and Merjin Geerts had pushed each other to new world record territory for the Backyard format. 

The ever humble Merjin Geerts, shares his thoughts on team spirit, what kept him going for 74 hours and his teammate turned opponent, Karel Sab...

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Following an ultra-race is one thing. Filming and co-hosting the live broadcast of 2020 Big Dog's Backyard Ultra World Championship is a completely different story. It was an epic format: 20 satellite races all over the globe, 75 hours and 300+ miles that brought the ultra-running community together.  Fabien was on location with the French team to film the event and fill the role of co-host.  As fellow co-host, I was on loc...

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From team spirit, pushing all limits and pineapple as an acceptable pizza topping, Stephanie breaks it down with some of Canada’s best ultra runners as they prepare to go head to head with countries from around the world in this year’s satellite version of Big Dog’s Backyard Ultra World Championship.

Time stamps for individual team members:

Ryan Kershaw - 0:36

Terri Biloski - 8:04

Viktoria Brown - 11:37

Scott Cooper - 15:50

S...

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Street-photographer, Dino Serrao has inspired millions with his photographs.  His mission - to make the invisible, visible.  

Walking the streets of Sydney, Australia Dino is inspired to capture the beauty of everyday people.  In his own words "no matter what, somehow ordinary people are Extraordinary."

You can follow Dino's journey on Instagram and catch all the behind the scenes action on TikTok and YouTube. Simply ...

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Christian Marcello, a social entrepreneur based in Toronto, Canada is the passionate founder of Team Plover. His goal: to create a world where every pet has a loving home. 

Following university, Christian took a pause to follow his heart and try new things. He found himself driving countless miles to help transport animals from high-kill shelters in Quebec, Canada, to rescue organizations around the city of Toronto. Armed with a s...

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We've all had bad experiences that we wish we could forget, right?  Now imagine turning those bad experiences into a passion and creating impact in your community.  That's exactly what Yana did!  In this episode, Stephanie explores Yana's ability to turn so many negatives into one seriously big positive. 

 

12 marathons, 12 days all while raising awareness and funds for a local charity.  Be inspired.

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A chance to hear first hand all the in’s & out’s of how Jon Noll claimed the Last Person Standing title in the Quarantine Backyard Ultra.

 

Answers to burning questions:

~ best pizza toppings for an ultra?

~ how to stay entertained for 51 hours on a treadmill?

~ where does one find cool running shorts and so much more 

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Chander Kandpal, an ultra-runner from India, won the hearts of thousands from around the world as he pushed through 41 hours of the Quarantine Backyard Ultra (QBU).  Fairly new to ultrarunning, Chander's resume is lengthy and with his latest performance in the QBU, he set a new National record in Backyard style racing totalling 274.7 kms. His humble nature is obvious from the moment he starts talking - he credits his crew for h...

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In this episode, Stephanie chats with 16 year-old Team Cure Founder, Lindsay Pacios. Team Cure is Massachusetts-based charity that sends care packages to kids fighting cancer cancer all over the world. 

To date, Lindsay has sent 300+ unique care packages to these young fighters. Team Cure doesn't stop there - the charity also offers a small wish service to support these medically complex families with covering big Christma...

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Stephanie and Anne chat about the ever changing media landscape, the virtual race season and its impact on the running community, pitching story ideas and the ever important need to build relationships.

 

Anne Francis has been editor since February 2020, after two years writing web stories for the magazine's website. The magazine, based in Toronto, is published seven times a year. Anne resumed her writing and editing career a...

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