Dispatch Radio

Dispatch Radio is an outdoor adventure story podcast and media platform conceived in Boulder, Colo. At the heart of the show are personal stories from a wide variety of backgrounds and activities. It’s about bringing people together, sharing stories, finding common interests between different outdoor communities, and having a good time. Through our growing network of contributors (“dispatchers”), we cover the world of outdoor adventure and endurance sports through the eyes – and voices – of those who wander. The live show features a panel of outdoor enthusiasts along the Front Range of Colorado and special guests.
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Jul 12, 2018

A special edition of Dispatch Radio ... 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

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

Apr 13, 2018

We gathered creator Brendan Leonard, adventure guide Rob Harsh and Climbing Magazine editor Matt Samet in the Airstream at The Studio Boulder for a discussion about resilience. Each guest read their personal writings and shared their story of coming through difficult periods in their life and coming through it with a deeper appreciation for climbing mountains.

Mar 22, 2018

We packed The Studio (Boulder) Airstream with a grip-load of talent to dive into the topic of fastest known times (FKTs). We talk with four athletes who set new records in 2017: Cat Bradley, Darcy Piceu, “The Long Ranger” Justin Simoni and Bryan Williams. Buzz Burrell of Ultimate Direction and Peter Pakwin guide us through a 101 on FKTs with hosts Russ Rizzo and Kelly McConnel. More at

Mar 6, 2018

We recorded from Berkeley Park Running Company in NW Denver with an inspiring panel of athletes who experienced significant setbacks in pursuing their love for movement in the outdoors: Dave Mackey, Hillary Allen and Amelia Dickerson. Peter Downing, co-founder of Boulder nonprofit Suffer Better and former Leadman competitor, moderates a discussion about resilience and the search for acceptance and gratitude in the face of tragedy. More at

Feb 26, 2018

We caught up with pro runner Clare Gallagher at the annual Outdoor Retailer show in Denver in January to discuss her favorite podcasts, what the "Clare Gallagher Show" would sound like and what a pro runner does at an OR show. Daniel Bedell with The Just Curious Show out of Golden, Colo., joins for the discussion, 

Feb 8, 2018

Luis Benitez talks with hosts Russ Rizzo and Daniel Bedell - and intern Jake! - from the 2018 Outdoor Retailer Show and Snow Show during its return to Denver. Benitez is a veteran of OR shows, having attended many as a mountain guide before his current role as Gov. John Hickenlooper's point man for the outdoor industry. He gives us the crash-course on OR, from dress strategy to time management, and discusses how the OR show is changing with its new Denver home. For more, visit 



Oct 10, 2017

When #fots Josh Stevens - who recently moved to Boulder from Asheville, NC - suggested we check out the "Boulder of the East," we were intrigued. He helped put together an all-star cast to learn all about this funky little city surrounded by mountain trails. This episode - the second of our two-part series - features three runners who are shaping the local mountain running scene: Aaron Saft, finalist for the 2016 Runner's World cover search and owner of Foot Rx; Adam Hill, founder of the "Pitchell" (a 100k underground event / fatass / fun run that takes runners from the peak of Mount Pisgah to the summit of Mount Mitchell); and Anne Wheatly, an up-and-comer in search of the "perfect run."

Topics discussed: Pitchell, #runcations, Canadian Death Race, Georgia Death Race, rock climbing cuture, Rim to Rim to Rim, U.S. Trail Running Conference 

Oct 10, 2017

Some call it the "Boulder of the East," where a mountain adventure sits just steps away from liberal city life. In today's show - the first of our two-part series - we talk with Aaron Saft and Mark Driscoll to get beta on the trail running scene of Asheville, NC. And we take you running through creeks in the Pisgah National Forest at the inaugural Rooster's Revenge 30k, put on by Saft and his local running store, Foot RX. Driscoll gives us a full report on the 13th running of the Blue Ridge Relay a day after his local running group Asheville Running Collective (akin to Boulder's Rocky Mountain Runners)  set a new course record in the race

Topics discussed: Asheville Running Collective, Blue Ridge Relay, Rooster's Revenge 30k, Trail Sisters, creek crossings, bears, magic mushrooms


May 15, 2017

We sit down with three globe-trotting, running, skiing SUPing badass adventure journalists in the Airstream at The Studio Boulder.

Hosts: Kelly McConnell, Russ Rizzo, Cory Feign

A big thanks to our sponsors at Upslope Brewing Company for keeping us refreshed! And to our hosts at The Studio Boulder.

May 12, 2017

One is a legendary rock climber who has graced the cover of magazines and travels the globe learning and teaching about mindfulness. The other is an up-and-comer on the trail running scene. They both have roots in Boulder, where we introduced them and engaged in an hourlong fun-trip of a conversation, in The Studio Boulder Airstream packed with #fots (one of them won icing!). 

May 8, 2017

Dispatch Radio co-founder Russ Rizzo takes us inside the Dirty 30, an iconic ultra-marathon held each year outside of Golden, Colo. Russ hobbles along on a broken toe to take us inside the action of a particularly exciting race in 2016. We follow along as Chris Vargo attempts to break the course record and fellow Dispatcher Nick Brogna attempts to become a "sisu," the name given to anyone who attempts the difficult race as their first ultra. Along the way we meet course director Megan Finnesy and a cast of characters who help put on the race.
Apr 15, 2017

They travel the world in search of riveting outdoor adventure stories. And sometimes they get paid! In this installment of the Dispatch Radio Hour, we go behind the scenes with three Colorado-based journalists to talk about their craft. 

Apr 8, 2017

If you're a fan of ultrarunning and use the Internet, you're probably aware of the latest social media dust up over performance enhancing drugs, in this case cannabis. Dave and Avery got together with us in person to continue the conversation.

From Dispatch's perspective, the responses and judgements being thrown at both Avery and Dave over social media in the past couple days have created separation in our ultra running community. Our hope is that in sitting down to talk together we can help reconnect in our differences and see that both of these guys ultimately come from a loving place for the sport who share many of the same passions. 

Jeremy Hendricks also stopped by to sketch up some artistic interpretations of the conversation.

And of course a shoutout to Upslope Brewing!  

We happened to recently do a #KitchenSesh show with Avery just before this, so check out more of Avery's backstory here:

Apr 4, 2017

***Please note before listening that cannabis is thoroughly discussed in this episode.  If that doesn't strike your fancy, please skip this one***


We’re joined in the kitchen by ultra runners Avery Collins and Devon Olson. Kelly P hangs out to drop some knowledge, and why not add Ryan Lassen and Eric Edgerton in for some fun too!

Mad props to Avery for winning the Georgia Death Race last week! This is a gnarly “68-ish” mile race put on by Run Bum, and by winning Avery scored a chance to toe the line at the big one, Western States 100.

You can probably guess what we spend a lot of time talking about… And like any #KitchenSesh this is more about hanging out, chatting, and having fun than it is a scripted show.

Shout out to Avery’s sponsor’s: While Mary's Medicinals and The Farm Co. were talked about the most, in addition to cannibas sponsors Avery also has… an underwear sponsor!? Saxxunderwear.
And of course actual running biz sponsors too inov-8 All Terrain RunningHoney Stinger and Farm To Feet.

Also props to Devon for a top 10 finish at Behind The Rocks! How’d it go against those Salomon Runners 😉

Oh yeah, and shoutout to Upslope Brewing Company!

(Please also note that Dispatch radio is just facilitating a conversation on this topic.)

Mar 31, 2017

We partnered with Mountain Project to cover the second annual Women's Climbing Festival, an event where 300 women gather in Bishop, California, to take clinics, participate in open panel discussions, and climb together. From an interview with Shelma Jun, the event's founder, to clips from the media clinic, led by Julie Ellison, former editor-in-chief of Climbing magazine and current contributing editor at Mountain Project, and Natalie Siddique, co-founder and COO of Moja Outdoors, here's an inside look at the in-demand festival that sold out in a single minute.
Women and brands highlighted:


Feb 25, 2017

Time for another #KitchenSesh, where we hang out and chat with special guests in a chill setting. Competitive trail runners Bob Africa, Josh Stevens, and Peter Maksimow join us for this one. In part 1, BobAfrica talks about what it means to #SufferBetter, and Josh (who just got 4th at Rocky Raccoon 50-miler) tells us about overcoming his opiate addiction that stemmed from multiple injuries sustained in multiple IED explosions in the line of duty, which for Josh comprised 24 years of serving our country in the Army Special Forces. Fortunately Josh made it through that, and now is helping to fight the opiate epidemic by working with the Herron Project and SufferBetter. it's not all serious though, this is a #KitcenSesh after all (so we're not editing out all the beer can openings). Part 2 with peter in the hot seat will air next week!

#DrinkEveryTimeYouHear: #BobAfrica

Josh's crowdrise page (donate!):
The Herren Project:
Bob's #SufferBetter:
And a shout out to team Inov-8! 

Feb 24, 2017

On a summer day in 2014, Chris Brinlee Jr. walked away from his comfortable, well-paying job as an advertising art director to “experience something more,” as he puts it. Over seven months, Chris’s adventures have led him around the globe—he’s paddled remote fjords in Greenland, ridden motorcycles through Vietnam, sailed with a crew to Antarctica, and climbed 6,000m peaks in Nepal.  

He also recently started up a content generation company called Content Machine.

We talk with Chris from co-host Kelly's home in Boulder and hear about Chris' adventures and how he makes it all happen.



Feb 15, 2017

Listen as we talk conservation and public lands.  A few highlights from the show we recorded last night...  

Rebecca Schwagger tells us a bit about our venue, the Studio Boulder, and at 4m45s we get rolling.   

Lloyd Athearn and the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative bought part of a kickass mountain (Mt. Shavano) for $50k, so we can all hike it!

Hey, mountain bikers! #dontbeadick

Brady Robinson rocked a ponytail for 6 years too long; is on the fence whether Access Fund will attend Outdoor Retailer shows (it's complicated)

Doug Schnitzspahn really wants you to VOTE!

Aimee Ross answers the burning question about IMBA ... who the hell says "bicycling"? Offers great advice for those who want to get active protecting public lands.

We come up short looking for evidence that hunters and self-powered athletes are working together. But there's hope!

The Studio Boulder is one killer venue! Equipped with an Airstream and brewery next door. What more could you want in an office-share?!

Drink when you hear:
Grayson Schaffer
low energySpecial thanks to our crew and special guests:
Cory Kelly Russ Melissa Wade Abby Robyn

And to our awesome hosts at The Studio (Boulder)! You guys rock!

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