Human Race

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Human Race is a podcast from Runner's World. Hosted by Rachel Swaby, Human Race focuses on long-form storytelling. It brings the depth and reporting you’ve come to expect from ambitious features in the magazine—but with the intimate and immersive asp...Show More

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Episode 29: See You on the Road

53:12 | Sep 12th, 2017

For Human Race's final episode, we share several of your stories. This episode of Human Race is brought to you by Brooks. Sign up for the Brooks Big Endorsement and become a sponsored athlete at www.BrooksAthlete.com/rw.Credits:Host: Rachel SwabyProd...Show More

Episode 28: Crash & Return

32:40 | Aug 29th, 2017

In his 20s, after running cross country in high school and college, Tim Manzer swore off running completely. Then, in his early 40s, his doctor told him that running would not be a part of his future. “I wasn’t running anyway!” Tim laughed. In 2010, ...Show More

Episode 27: From The Rubble

34:22 | Aug 15th, 2017

​When Amy Downs thinks about her life, it splits into two distinct sections: before the bombing and after the bombing.Before the bombing, Amy’s life had fallen into a predictable pattern. She went to work, came home, ate dinner, watched TV and went t...Show More

Episode 26: Pacers

42:18 | Aug 8th, 2017

In 2011, at the Western States 100-mile Endurance Run, Noe Castanon Mendez was a pacer in need of a runner. Thomas Wong was a runner in need of a pacer. They were strangers when they met and decided to pair up with more than 30 miles still to go.But ...Show More

New episode coming next week

00:43 | Aug 1st, 2017

I'm taking this week off. But you'll get a new episode of Human Race next Tuesday (8/8). In the mean time, I want to hear from you. Email me stories about why you started running and you could be included in a future episode. You can email me at RWau...Show More

Episode 25: Rosco's Runners

45:28 | Jul 18th, 2017

Earlier this year, Human Race asked listeners to send in stories about their run clubs. We got inspiring, motivating, and touching stories from all over the country—exactly what we were hoping for.But then we got a story so unexpected, so charming, s...Show More

Episode 24: What would it take?

38:58 | Jul 4th, 2017

On January 1st, 1997, Karen Queally decided that running every day was something she could do for herself. She had recently given birth to twin girls and she had another daughter, just a few years older. She’d run three miles or 45 minutes, whatever ...Show More

Episode 23: Don’t Call it a Comeback

46:03 | Jun 20th, 2017

Elite runner Brandon Hudgins had the storybook ending to a remarkable comeback at the 2016 Olympic Track Trials. Over eight years, he fought three relapses of a rare form of the autoimmune disease vasculitis to qualify in the 1,500 meters. When the d...Show More

Episode 22: Skid Row Marathon

36:35 | Jun 7th, 2017

When Judge Craig Mitchell visited the Midnight Mission homeless shelter on Skid Row in Los Angeles in 2012, the organization’s president asked him if he could think of any way to contribute. Judge Mitchell was an avid runner, and he worked nearby. So...Show More

Episode 21: Twenty-Four Years

45:11 | May 23rd, 2017

Run streakers people committed to running at least a mile every day. There are now Facebook groups filled with run streakers and a national organization. But before any of that, Brent Burmaster decided that he would run at least 5k, or 3.1 miles ever...Show More

Episode 20: Rosie

47:06 | May 9th, 2017

On Rosie Swale Pope’s 70th birthday, she jumped out of an airplane. But on Rosie’s list of nutty accomplishments, skydiving doesn’t even place. Pope has sailed solo across the Atlantic, run 27 marathons in 27 days, and ridden 3000 miles on horseback ...Show More

Episode 19: Little Mo

49:35 | Apr 25th, 2017

On May 6, 1967 in a suburb of Toronto, Canada, a 13-year-old girl named Maureen Wilton accomplished something extraordinary. In a marathon of 30 people, she set the women's world record, running 26.2 miles in 3:15:23.Nicknamed “Little Mo” by her trac...Show More

Boston Bonus Episode

24:59 | Apr 17th, 2017

Runner’s World goes to Boston every year for the marathon. We always hear so many great stories while we're there. In this special Marathon Monday bonus episode, our hope is that we can share a few of those stories with you. 

Episode 18: Runner Down

46:50 | Apr 11th, 2017

Shortly after mile seven in the 2015 Chicago Marathon, Richard Sikorski had a sudden cardiac arrest. His heart stopped beating and he collapsed in the middle of the road. He wasn’t supposed to run the marathon. He was feeling under-trained and a litt...Show More

Quick Update

01:44 | Feb 14th, 2017

Rachel is back from maternity leave, and Human Race will be back with season 3 on April 11th. In the meantime, we want to hear from you! Tell Human Race about your running club—and what makes it truly unique and special! Why? Because we—Human Race in...Show More

Episode 17: Witold and Urszula

59:24 | Jan 31st, 2017

Two years ago, at the 2015 Fifth Avenue Mile, Witold Bialokur ran a seven minute time. He did it at 80 years-old. The second place finisher in his group came in a minute and twenty seconds later. Witold is what most of us can only dream of becoming a...Show More

Episode 16: Running Clean

34:03 | Jan 17th, 2017

When Keith Giroux decided to run the Boston Marathon he had a number of logistical hurdles to overcome. For starters, he hadn't run a qualifying race. In fact he'd never run any formal race ever. Then there was the issue of gear. He didn't own a pair...Show More

Episode 15: Endurance

37:11 | Jan 3rd, 2017

We've got two stories this week. The first is about why we run, not just as runners but as human beings. In the 1980s a biologist named Dave Carrier came up with a controversial theory about human evolution. He called it the "Running Hypothesis" and ...Show More

Episode 3: Sylvia

41:27 | Dec 20th, 2016

Sylvia Weiner is a prolific runner. She’s 85 years old, and she estimates that, during the course of her running career, she’s completed nearly 2,000 races—and she’s got an extensive collection of race medals and trophies to prove it. In 1975, Sylvia...Show More

Episode 1: Tinman

39:22 | Dec 6th, 2016

A story about a man who lost his heart. And what he gained in its place. On this episode, we meet Randy Shepherd, one very unlikely runner. Randy is 42 now, and never enjoyed running very much. He was more of a team sports guy. But beyond that, he ha...Show More

Episode 14: Recovery Run

36:15 | Nov 22nd, 2016

Candice Caesar is 44 years old with a son in college, a master’s degree, and a job as a speech pathologist. A dedicated runner, Candice spends her weeks training with several running clubs and her weekends traveling. She’s in the process of running 5...Show More

Episode 13: Bravo

21:35 | Nov 8th, 2016

A few years ago, Don Bravo was “one WrestleMania buffet” away from weighing 400 pounds. After his doctor warned that his weight would shorten his lifespan, Don started climbing stairs in his neighborhood...which led to the Harvard Stadium steps. And ...Show More

Episode 12: Villains and Vigilantes

43:59 | Oct 25th, 2016

In April 2015, a viral post on Facebook about the Boston Marathon kicked off a wave of controversy. In this week’s episode, we explore how that controversy turned into a full-blown movement. Today, a league of at-home vigilante race investigators are...Show More

Episode 11: Bright Eyes

45:52 | Oct 11th, 2016

Anthony Butler, a native of the Bronx in New York City, lost his sight eight years ago. For many people who lose their ability to see in adulthood, the decline is inevitable and gradual. Often a degenerative disease will chip away at someone’s vision...Show More

Episode 10: The Cut Off Queen

41:10 | Sep 27th, 2016

About half of all runners who enter the Leadville Trail 100 don't finish. What stands between them and a finisher's belt buckle? Sandy Monahan. In this episode of Human Race, we follow Sandy as she dashes runners' dreams by enforcing the event's very...Show More

Quick Update

01:25 | Jul 26th, 2016

We have reached the end of the first season of Human Race. But don't worry. We won't be gone for long. Season two will resume in about a month.

Episode 9: Close to Home

44:03 | Jul 19th, 2016

Greg O’Brien is 66 years old and open about his struggles with early onset Alzheimer’s. When a story about Greg appeared on NPR detailing how he uses running to combat mental decline, Runner’s World editor Christine Fennessy reluctantly decided to re...Show More

Episode 8: Crossing the Country

21:32 | Jul 12th, 2016

The last time someone broke the record for the fastest crossing of America on foot was 1980. Frank Giannino Jr. traveled from San Francisco to the Brooklyn Bridge on foot in 46 days, 8 hours, and 36 minutes. His journey was marked by an almost milita...Show More

Episode 7: Barkley Marathons

41:17 | Jul 5th, 2016

In the Barkley Marathons' thirty years, only 14 people have ever completed it. But it’s not for lack of trying. Some 1000 runners have attempted to complete Barkley’s five loop course of agony through Frozen Head State Park in Tennessee. The route is...Show More

Quick update

01:04 | Jun 22nd, 2016

Human Race is taking a two week hiatus. We'll be back on July 5th with a new episode.

Episode 6: The Ballad of Katy Schilly

11:49 | Jun 14th, 2016

This week’s episode is a sprint—a short story—about how a chance meeting kicked off one woman’s incredible running career. But between that first surprise encounter and this runner’s eventual success, so many surprising things happen. There’s hate ma...Show More

Episode 5: Unknown Legend

34:20 | Jun 8th, 2016

For over 20 years, the so-called World’s Longest Urinal was a New York City Marathon institution. At the height of its glory, it was an astonishing 350-feet long. The story of this urinal is one of DIY problem solving, triumph, and liquid tragedy. ...Show More

Episode 4: Trapped

05:16 | May 31st, 2016

A series of unfortunate (and hilarious) events just minutes before the start of one of the world’s most prestigious races. This week’s episode is a sprint—a short story. And you might want to hold your nose because it’s a pretty surprising, very un...Show More

Episode 3: Sylvia

42:07 | May 24th, 2016

Sylvia Weiner is a prolific runner. She’s 85 years old, and she estimates that over the course of her running career she’s completed somewhere near 2,000 races—and she’s got an extensive collection of race medals and trophies to prove it. In 1975, Sy...Show More

Episode 2: Wonder

09:17 | May 16th, 2016

This week on Human Race, we’re sharing a sprint—or a short story. We’ll be alternating long stories, like the Tin Man story last week, with shorter stories, like the one you’re getting this week. Our first sprint is a story we’re featuring from the ...Show More

Episode 1: Tin Man

40:18 | May 9th, 2016

A story about a man who lost his heart. And what he gained in its place. On this episode, we meet Randy Shepherd, one very unlikely runner. Randy is 42 now, and never enjoyed running very much. He was more of a team sports guy. But beyond that, he h...Show More

Human Race Trailer

01:31 | Mar 31st, 2016

Coming in May. Subscribe now. Human Race is a new podcast from Runner's World. Hosted by Rachel Swaby, Human Race focuses on long-form storytelling. It will bring the depth and reporting you’ve come to expect from ambitious features in the magazine—b...Show More