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Dispatch Radio

Conceived in Boulder in 2016, Dispatch Radio is an outdoor adventure podcast produced by and for those who get active in nature. Each month we gather inspiring athletes, weekend warriors, nature lovers, writers and others for fun and wide-ranging discussions about adventure.
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Feb 18, 2019

For our special Valentine's Day show, we gathered at Upslope Brewing in Boulder with three couples who crush it in the mountains and life. Host Kelly McConnell interviews Lesley and Dany Page, co-founder of Upslope Brewing; pro mountain bikers Myles and Willow Rockwell; and pro ultrarunners Sabrina Stanley and Avery Collins.

Feb 6, 2019

We had a blast with pro ultrarunner Hillary “Hillygoat” Allen and obstacle course racing (O.C.R.) world champs Rea Kolbl and Kris Mendoza at Upslope Brewing last week getting into all sorts of fun topics -- from Hillary’s love for bugs, to Rea’s obsession with Strava records, to Kris’s new gameplan for becoming a stronger ultrarunner. But most of all, science!

Jan 29, 2019

Take a run with world champion Tough Mudder and obstacle course racing (O.C.R.) competitor Kris Mendoza on his local trails on North Table Mountain in Golden, Colo. Mendoza discusses balancing outdoor pursuits with his job as a dental anesthesiologist; takes us through his weekly training; and opens up about the tragedy in 2014 that sparked his O.C.R. obsession.

Jan 21, 2019

We recorded a live show with endurance coaches and authors of "The Happy Runner" Megan and David Roche with a whole bunch of friends at Boulder Running Co. This episode is a collaboration with our friends with Trails in Motion Film Festival -- get your tickets for the January 23 Boulder world premiere. Enter the promo code "dispatch" at checkout for 30 percent off your next order of Bobo's Bars.

Jan 21, 2019

Host Kelly McConnell interviews professional ultrarunner and 3-time Hard Rock winner Darcy Piceu with the Boulder Hiker Chicks live from Go Far Shop in Boulder. They discuss how the Boulder resident still wins races in her 40s while raising a young daughter and maintaining a psychotherapy practice. Also featuring (in order of appearance) Go Far Shop owner Kate King; Open Door Real Estate's Sara Groem; Boulder Hiker Chicks founders Alli Fronzaglia and Kari Armstrong; and Marina Fleming with nonprofit Women's Wilderness. 

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Dec 25, 2018

The latest in our Front Range LIVE series - a live recording with three incredible athletes from Golden, Colo., who adventure together.  From the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, co-host Kelly McConnell talks with Jason Antin, Wade Morris and Erik Sanders.

Dec 17, 2018

Featuring bonus coverage from our Dirty 30 Kickoff Party at the Runners High store in Morrison, Colo. Race director Megan Finnesy shares why she started the Dirty 30 and announces exciting updates to the race, taking place June 1, 2019 in Colorado's Golden Gate Canyon State Park.

Dec 17, 2018

Special guest host Zoe Rom from Aspen Public Radio interviews professional ultra-runner Cat Bradley and endurance coach David Roche with a live audience at the new Runners High store in Morrison, Colorado as part of the Dirty 30 Kickoff Party. Featuring host Russ Rizzo and many #fots! Topics: Embracing the suck; CBDs; the Dirty 30 race course; the value of a coach; audience Q&A.

Dec 10, 2018

We hit the Enchanted Forest Trail outside of Golden, Colo., with adventure racer and endurance coach Travis Macy.

Macy is a longtime endurance adventure racer who has participated in more than 120 events across the globe. In 2013, he set a new course record for the Leadman race series. In 2015, he published his first book, The Ultra Mindset.

Dec 3, 2018

We hit the trails with Laurie Nakauchi and her running friends for the latest in our Profiles In Motion series. Laurie is a 12-time Leadville 100 ultra-marathon finisher, mother and schoolteacher in Denver.

She organized a Candy Crush fun run up one of her favorite local mountains on her birthday right before Halloween. We get to know Laurie and what drives her. She talks about the importance her dad has played in her life, and about running angry following her mother’s passing years ago.

For 2019, she’s got her sights set on even bigger goals. 

We also get to know a couple of her run buddies on the trail, including her husband Kurt.

Nov 27, 2018

Host Russ Rizzo takes you inside the action at the 6th Annual Great Turkey Chase 5k in downtown Golden, Colo. The community run draws more than 700 people, including more than 100 children under 10 years old who chased down a turkey, running along the icy path lining Clear Creek.

Nov 27, 2018

We take you to Eldora Mountain Resort outside of Boulder, Colorado, for opening week of the ski season. The snow is flying early in Colorado, and Eldora President Brent Tregaskis predicts this will be the best ski season in decades. We hang out with marketing director Sam Bass and coaches with the 20-time national champion University of Colorado ski team and youth development squad. We get to know local ripper Joey Teahan and his dog Cuervo. 

Nov 20, 2018
We bring you our latest Front Range LIVE - we gathered with a live audience at New Terrain Brewing in Golden to run, drink beers and record this live podcast episode with the GOLDEN GIRL, Courtney #Deweytoit Dauwalter. And the woman who is enabling her, Candice Burt - herself an accomplished ultrarunner and race director of three 200+ miles races and counting. Courtney told us she loves a particular genre of jokes, and our #FOTS friends of the show delivered! Sound engineering for this episode by Christopher Wright with Work It Bird Studios. Theme music by Cory Feign.
Nov 12, 2018

Host Russ Rizzo interviews Gina Lucrezi and three of her Trail Sisters and takes questions from a very fun audience at Berkeley Park Running Company in Denver. Joining the panel are Heidi Kumm, Sarah Pizzo and Sandi Nypaver.

In a couple of short years, Lucrezi has amassed a following of tens of thousands of tank-top-and-trucker-hat-wearing women who feed off each others’ energy and encouragement and take to the trails all across the country - and increasingly the world.

The panel discusses everything from running on menstruation cramps to safety on the trails and tips for running hills.

Nov 6, 2018

In this edition of our DISPATCH series, we take you for a run and meditation with professional ultrarunner Timothy Olson and his run family in Boulder. Featuring pro mountain runners Abigail Mitchell and Gavin Coombs and a host of Tinman Elite road and track teammates.

Nov 6, 2018

We bring you a fresh edition of our regular series Front Range LIVE, recording live from the heart of outdoor adventure on Colorado's Front Range. Host Russ Rizzo hosts a live show with Upslope Brewing founders and owners Matt Cutter, Dany Pages and Henry Wood at the Boulder brewery with a crowd of enthusiastic fans and employees.

Oct 25, 2018

NOTE: We're excited to debut a new regular series here at Dispatch Radio ... Profiles In Motion. Every month, we'll bring you short profiles of interesting people along Colorado's Front Range, interviewed in their element. And often panting.

This week, we take a run up North Table Mountain in Golden, Colo., with La Sportiva Athlete Manager Quinn Carrasco, who previews Golden Hell Week and gives advice on finding a job in the outdoors industry.

Jul 12, 2018

Reporting from the Behind the Rocks Ultra in Moab, Utah, with La Sportiva. Host Russ Rizzo runs the "baby" race (30k) to give listeners a true insider's look at beloved ultra-running event, meeting runners along the way. We talk with women's 50-mile race winner Courtney Dauwalter. We sit down for a chat La Sportiva mountain athlete Andrew Fast and La Sportiva climber Joe Mills as well as employees Hailey Moore and Christopher Patino. And we meet the family behind Mad Moose Events - Justin and Denise Ricks and their teenage children. 

Jun 15, 2018

A sneak peek at a new series we're working on about runner's high ... stay tuned!

May 28, 2018

Elyse Rylander and Sonya Pevzner take the Rare Air Talks stage at The Studio (Boulder) to share their personal connection to LGBTQ issues in the outdoors community.

May 28, 2018

Jamie Logan, the pioneering rock climber known for decades as Jim Logan, takes the Rare Air Talks stage at The Studio (Boulder) to share her story with journalist Chris Weidner. 

May 28, 2018

Luis Benitez, director of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, takes the Rare Air Talks stage at The Studio (Boulder) to talk diversity and inclusion in the outdoors. 

May 24, 2018

The first of our Rare Air Talks series ... Kriste Peoples with Black Women's Alliance of Denver fired up the live audience at The Studio (Boulder) with her personal story navigating the outdoors as a black woman in Colorado. 

May 17, 2018

We preview tonight's (May 17) Rare Air Talks debut at The Studio (Boulder) with featured speakers Luis Benitez and Jamie Logan along with special guests Elyse Rylander, founder of OUT THere Adventures, and journalist Chris Weidner. More at DispatchRadio.com

May 14, 2018

A special Dispatch Radio Hour featuring best-selling author and Outside Magazine contributing editor Florence Williams and an Airtstream full of talented environmental journalists and adrenaline junkies. Recorded at The Studio (Boulder) with current and former fellows of Boulder’s Center for Environmental Journalism: Florence Williams, Michael Kodas, Zoe Rom and Nick Mott. More at DispatchRadio.com

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