We are joined by Deyl Kearin who tells us about how he went from being a one-and-done marathoner to literally running across the Sahara desert. Deyl will also tell us why he runs and let us know about his next race, Grand to Grand, which he’ll be running when this episode is released. For Deyl, from running a marathon to running ultra marathons, he has really learned to enjoy the experience and run for something bigger than himself. Deyl has used his ability to run to raise money for an amazing charity called Opportunity International through an effort he started called Run4Poverty. We’ll talk with Deyl about this and let you know how you can get involved and help people in 3rd world countries by providing significant microfinance loans through Opportunity International. Please consider heading over to Run4Poverty.org to learn more about Deyl’s endeavours and to donate.
In this episode, we bring Gilbert Tuhabonye’s story to present day. Continuing from Parts I and II, Episodes 13 and 14 respectively, we talk to Gilbert about how he was able to forgive the people who tried to kill him. For Gilbert, running was a big part of this. We also talk to him about how he turned his story of loss and survival into hope by the way of the Gazelle Foundation, a nonprofit that provides clean drinking water for people in Burundi, Gilbert’s home country. We also talk with the president of the Gazelle Foundation, Peter Rauch. Peter is a long-time friend of Gilbert’s and he shares how the Gazelle Foundation was started on a long run while training for a marathon. Additionally, we talk about how the Gazelle Foundation enables runners all over the world to help people in Burundi, mainly with the Run for the Water.
As we continue Gilbert Tuhabonye’s story from Episode 13, Gilbert describes how he barely escaped with his life when the opposing tribe in Burundi attacked his school. We talk about physical recovery in terms of running, as well as emotional and spiritual healing. While in the hospital, Gilbert received a letter that gave him a newfound hope in continuing his running career. Eventually, he was able to come to the United States to train for the Olympics. Gilbert describes his college years, including being a national champion, as well as how he serendipitously found himself as a running coach in Austin, TX. We close Part II of Gilbert’s story by talking with Roberto Diaz, a young man whose life was changed by being coached by Gilbert in high school. Part III of Gilbert’s story will be released on September 19, 2016.
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Gilbert Tuhabonye was born in Burundi, a small country in east-central Africa. Despite the natural beauty of Gilbert’s home country, Burundi has had a history of conflict between the Tutsi and Hutu tribes, which Gilbert describes in detail. This turmoil reached a peak on a day Gilbert will never forget, a day he barely escaped with his life. In Part I of our interview with Gilbert, he talks about growing up in Burundi and how running was a part of everyday life. He also describes how he began to run competitively in high school. Part I closes with Gilbert beginning to describe the day in which he almost lost his life. We also talk with Ryan Hess, a runner and owner of Ready to Run, a running shoe store in Austin, TX. Ryan shares how Gilbert and his story have influenced him as a runner and man. Part II of Gilbert’s story will be released on September 12, 2016.