Bernie Calcote lives in Austin, Texas, is married with three kids and is a home builder. After getting married Bernie started running to keep his wife company when she was running early in the morning. Running enabled Bernie to further connect with and love his wife, but what he didn’t expect was to also fall in love with running. Bernie describes how trail running allows him to connect with himself and the creator. We talk about making running a priority and how Bernie and his wife have used running to help the adoption community through the Chosen Half Marathon and 5K in New Braunfels, TX. Not only have they been able to raise money for the general cause and specific families, but they also have used the race to support their own adoption. Bernie shares some great running advice and challenges our community to make the sacrifice to go run.
Crystal Hadnott lives in Houston, Texas. An injury in 2005 resulted in temporary paralysis on one side of her body from hip to foot. When doctors said she’ll need a cane and always walk with a limp, she told them that she wanted to run a marathon. This can-do attitude enabled Crystal to change her life, including running over 100 marathons and half marathons combined and currently training for an ultramarathon. Crystal found pilates to be critical to her recovery and has even developed her own form of pilates and started her own business called Synergy Total Holistic Health and Wellness. Crystal tells us why she can often be found running in pearls and red lipstick, shares helpful running advice, and challenges our listeners to believe in themselves.
Nico Ericksen-Deriso, Bailee Mulholland, Charlie Watson, Sadie Witt, and Ziv Epstein met up with Runified Podcast host Matt Sorenson while they were in Austin, TX on their Running Road Trip. The mission of The Running Road Trip is to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease research. Partnering with the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, their team is traversing all 48 contiguous United States, visiting and running in every state while spreading the word as they attempt to reach their donation goal. Before and during an easy run on a beautiful trail, Matt talks with the team about their favorite runs so far, how they have been able to connect with both the running and Alzheimer’s community, and has fun learning about stories from their adventure.