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Month: May 2021

Like a Bigfoot Podcast #254: Scott Rokis — Life of an Adventure Photographer

This week we get the opportunity to talk with adventure photographer Scott Rokis!

Over the last few years Scott has been able to capture the stories of thousands of athletes all around the country as they have participated in some totally epic events. He has been the photographer for Destination Trail’s 200 milers and was recently at Aravaipa Running’s inaugural Cocodona 250.

In this episode we focus mostly on Scott’s experience working an aid station and capturing photos up in Alaska at the Iditarod Trail Invitational. In what ways did he try to show the vastness of Alaska, what stories of individual racers was he able to tell, and how did that experience test his photography skills.

We also talk about what led him to this career (we both grew up about 30 minutes away from each other on the Mississippi River!!), how he battled self doubt and confronted all the obstacles that he faced as he pursued his dream job.

This is a really good one and I hope you all enjoy it!!

MORE FROM SCOTT ROKIS:

Website: https://www.scottrokis.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scottrokisphoto/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rokisphoto/photos/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rokisphoto

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Like a Bigfoot #253: Ryan Ploeckelman — The Ballad of the “Adventure Jogger”

This week I am incredibly excited and honored to sit down and chat with the Adventure Jogger himself Ryan Ploeckelman!!

Ryan is an awesome dude! He’s a dad, an ultrarunner, a radio show host, a father of three, and the creator of the often hilarious and always awesome Adventure Jogger Podcast!

In this episode we dive into Ryan’s journey into ultrarunning and podcasting as we explore what makes this sport so special to us and what it is about our fellow runners that is so inspiring and fascinating to us. We also discuss burnout, rediscovering the fun of trail running, and why in the world he would create the White Claw Mile!

This one is super fun! I hope you guys enjoy Ryan’s stories as much as I did!

MORE FROM RYAN AND THE ADVENTURE JOGGER:

Adventure Jogger Podcast: ‎https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-adventure-jogger/id1512991688

Website: https://theadventurejogger.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_adventure_jogger/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #252: Kari Gibbons & Ryan Wanless — Running the Iditarod Trail Invitational

This week we are chatting with ultrarunners Kari Gibbons and Ryan Wanless about their experience running the 2021 Iditarod Trail Invitational through the wilds of Alaska!

Both Kari and Ryan are extraordinary athletes and adventurers who are experienced in the “Winter Ultras”, races that take place in extremely cold parts of the United States in winter. In these races the runners must be have the knowledge to withstand potential dangers and have a solid mindset to grind out days and days of racing while pulling all of their gear in a sled.

In other words, Kari and Ryan are complete badasses.

Recently, both of them raced the Iditarod Trail Invitational in Alaska which is a major test and a culmination of years of racing Winter Ultras. Both finished the difficult race and Kari was the Woman’s Foot Champion this year!

In this episode we chat all about Winter Ultras and hear about their experience in Alaska. We also talk about the importance of getting more folks involved with this subcategory of ultrarunning, how the ITI in 2021 compared to last year’s race, what it’s like to get attacked by Ptarmigan, and what lessons they have learned from tackling a challenge as vast as running through the deep wilderness of Alaska!

This is a really fun episode and I want to thank Ryan for cohosting and Kari for coming on and chatting with us! I had an absolute blast and am very intrigued by the thought of attempting a Winter Ultra.

MORE FROM KARI GIBBONS, RYAN WANLESS AND THE IDITAROD:

Kari’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kari_outside/

The Dirt Trail Running Podcast: https://ornerymuleracingthedirt.libsyn.com/the-dirt-on-kari-gibbons

Ryan’s Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/wanlessrm/

Iditarod Trail Invitational: https://www.iditarodtrailinvitational.com/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #251: Jason Green — The Mastermind Behind the Yeti Trail Runners

This week I am chatting with Jason Green, someone I’ve been wanting to have on the show since the very beginning!!

Jason is an adventurer, ultrarunner, genuinely nice human being and a dude who truly seeks the joy in life. He is also the race director for the Yeti Trail Runners which puts on some of the best races on the East Coast. He has forged a trail running community that is positive, uplifting, and always down for a good time while roaming around the woods!

Through 2020 he was also responsible for a lot of really unique and inventive virtual races and helped inspire people to accomplish huge personal goals!

In this episode, cohost Phil Pinti and I dive into what makes Jason Green unique- how he ran an ultra on the Appalachian Trail as a kid, how the Yeti Trail Runner events are an amalgamation of his fun-loving personality and previous life as a skater, and what he discovers about himself from utilizing a beginner’s mindset!

I hope you enjoy the episode! Jason is one of a kind and I am truly honored for the opportunity to be able to sit down and chat with him! Now I just need to head back to the East Coast to experience one of his amazing races!

MORE FROM JASON GREEN:

Yeti Trail Runners: https://yetitrailrunners.com

Blue Ridge Outdoors Article: https://www.blueridgeoutdoors.com/running/the-yeti/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yetitrailrunners/?hl=en

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeti_runners

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