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Emma Zimmerman

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On Social Sport, Emma Zimmerman features conversations with endurance athletes of all types committed to fostering social change. The athletes she speaks with are climate change activists, mental health advocates, and promoters of more inclusive outdoor spaces. Through Social Sport, she shares the stories and thoughts of people who explore the connection between sport and activism in their lives. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/socialsport/support
 
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Caela Fenton is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Oregon. Her research lies primarily in cultural studies of sport, utilizing feminist approaches to consider gender equity in sport industry, as well as digital iterations of physical culture. Her academic work has appeared in The International Journal of the History of Sport, Narr…
 
Tom O'Keefe is a social impact entrepreneur, and the founder of Stride for Stride, Heart to Cart, and Bostontweet. Stride for Stride is a non-profit running organization that buys race bibs for immigrant, BIPOC, and low-income runners. Their goal is to make races more accessible and more diverse. Tom started Stride for Stride in 2018 after struggli…
 
Risa Isard is a sports industry veteran and policy expert. She specializes in advancing equity with and for girls and women, LGBTQ+ people, people of color, and others in and through sport. Her career in the sports industry spans professional and college sports, sports policy, and nonprofit thought leadership. She has developed partnerships with pr…
 
Tiara Williams is a former, Division I Texas Tech heptathlete and a track and field reporter. She was inspired to start the platform Real Talk in January of 2019 because she wanted to gain experience toward her dream career in sports broadcasting. She began to showcase track and field athletes in video interview segments, focusing not just on who t…
 
Joanne P. McCallie ("Coach P") is a Mental Health Advocate and Hall of Fame DI basketball coach. With over 600 wins, she has coached at Maine, Michigan State, and Duke, earning National Coach of the Year in 2005. Coach P was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder at age 30. After learning how to manage her mental health and continue winning as a coach, sh…
 
Lindsley Kump is a mama, wife, fur baby mom, field event marketing manager, trail runner, and the founder of Womxn Who Move. Originally from Hawaii, she has called Colorado home for 18 years now. Road running has been a key part of her life for almost 7 years now, and over the last year, she has transitioned into trail running. It's where her heart…
 
Guarina Lopez (Pascua Yaqui) is a visual artist and storyteller using photography, film, and writing to share stories of this Native land, the Indigenous people, and the environment. She works at the intersections of Indigenous sovereignty, land and water rights, and colonial abolition. Much of her work is raising awareness about Native history, cu…
 
Hannah Borenstein is a Ph.D. Candidate in Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. Her academic research is about women runners in Ethiopia navigating a transnational athletics economy. Outside of academia, she writes primarily about the intersections of sports, race, gender, and labor politics. She speaks Amharic, can juggle, and loves to run.Dis…
 
The mission of Kyniska Advocacy is to create a sporting world that celebrates, protects, and respects women in sport. They advocate for progressive policies in women’s sport, enacting change one campaign at a time. Kate Seary, Co-Founder: Kate is an experienced Welsh International middle-distance runner. She has been competing in athletics since 20…
 
Zahra Alabanza (she/her/they) conjures enthusiasm for life by practicing pleasure and play, living simply and seeking joy. Being a parent, organizer, creator and adventurer are a few roles that allow her to explore the depths of her pleasure and joy. She curates experiences; decolonizes and deconstructs spaces; and utilizes outdoor adventure, land …
 
*CW: this episode mentions suicidal ideation National suicide prevention lifeline: 800-273-8255 Emma Gee is a queer Division 1 runner who competed for both Brigham Young University and Temple University. She recently completed her final collegiate track season at the NCAA Track & Field Championships by racing the 3000 meter Steeplechase. In April 2…
 
Chris Mosier is a trailblazing hall of fame triathlete, All-American duathlete, and a 6-time member of Team USA. In 2015 he became the first known transgender man to represent the United States in international competition, and was a catalyst for change for the International Olympic Committee policy on transgender athletes. He is also a 2x National…
 
Lynn Mattix is a wife, mom, USAF veteran, military spouse, age-grouper in triathlon, and the founder of Fund Her Tri. Fund Her Tri is a nonprofit that pursues equality in triathlon, breaks down the financial barrier & makes triathlon more accessible to women & girls. The Fund Her Tri team raises money to pay race registration fees for first-time, f…
 
Lucy Bartholomew is a 25-year-old living in Melbourne Australia who runs professionally for Salomon Running. She joined the sport of ultra trail running at age 15, when she ran 100km with her Dad. Her accolades have included setting the course record at the Ultra-Trail Australia Championship and claiming a third-place finish at the 2018 Western Sta…
 
Featuring Vic Thasiah, Executive Director of Runners for Public Lands. Cut to the Chase with Emma and Kamilah is a monthly series on the Social Sport Podcast. Each month, Emma Zimmerman and co-host, Kamilah Journét, bring you a no-filter conversation at the intersection of endurance sports and social change. In other words, we cut to the chase. In …
 
Liz Thomas is a professional hiker, speaker, and outdoor writer who held the women’s self-supported speed record on the 2,181-mile long Appalachian Trail from 2011-2015. Called a "thru-hiking legend" by Outside Magazine, Liz has also hiked 20+ long distance trails including the Triple Crown of Hiking (AT, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide…
 
Sabrina L. De La Cruz is an elite runner, Olympic Trials Qualifier, and co-founder of Angel City Elite, a running team with the mission to bridge the disparity gap of BIPOC representation in the running community. In this episode, we talk all about Angel City Elite, why representation is so important at the elite level, eating disorders and cultura…
 
Sandy Namgung (she/her) is a five-time vegan and cruelty-free marathoner, writer, and social justice advocate based in Duwamish land (Seattle, WA). As a Korean American woman, Sandy was frustrated by the lack of media attention regarding the significant increase of anti-Asian racism and violence during COVID-19. She began sharing and speaking up on…
 
Sam is an organizer and a communicator with over a decade of experience leading environmental/conservation political campaigns in Alaska. He has worked on state and federal policy campaigns, as well as electoral efforts of ballot measures and campaigns for state legislature (notably his wife's successful run for Alaska State Legislature). In additi…
 
Cut to the Chase with Emma and Kamilah is a monthly series on the Social Sport Podcast. Each month, Emma and co-host, Kamilah Journét, bring you a no-filter conversation at the intersection of endurance sports and social change. In other words, we cut to the chase. In this episode, we focus on people-centered environmentalism. We ask, what does "pe…
 
Savanah and Dallas Erdahl are the co-founders of OPE Running, which was born from a desire for ethically and sustainably-made running apparel that doesn't compromise on style and fun. Savannah and Dallas combined their passions to create OPE! Savannah's background is in apparel, previously a seamstress for a local designer, while designing and sewi…
 
Rahaf Khatib is a stay-at-home mom of 3; 11x marathon and 25x half marathon runner, 2x Sprint triathlete; First Syrian to Complete the Abbott World Marathon Majors; and was a top ten finalist in the 2015 Runners World cover search contest. Rahaf made headlines when she graced the cover of Women’s Running Magazine in October of 2016 as the first hij…
 
Wildwood Running, launched in 2020, aims to empower female runners in mind and body through leadership, confidence, relationships, and resiliency. It was founded by Robyn McGillis and Marie Davis Markham. Robyn McGillis was a competitive Track and Field and Cross Country runner at the high school and collegiate level. Competing for University of Ca…
 
CW: This episode mentions eating disorders, psychological abuse, and attempted suicide Rosie Cruz has exhibited immense strength and bravery in sharing her story, and the entire story of psychological abuse, enabled disordered eating, and physical and emotional harm in the Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Cross Country and Track programs. This sto…
 
National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Women's History Month, Black History Month, International Women's Day, Earth Day, you know: those "holidays." For lack of a better term, we call these days and months "social media holidays." After all, they carry heavy social media presences. And in the first ever episode of Cut to the Chase with Emma and Ka…
 
There's a new series on the Social Sport Podcast! On "Cut to the Chase with Emma and Kamilah," writer and Social Sport host, Emma Zimmerman, is joined by writer, marketing-strategist, and intersectional-environmentalist-extraordinaire, Kamilah Journet. Each month, Emma and Kamilah sit down for a no-filter conversation around the intersection of end…
 
Indra Hayre is a Vancouver local, born and raised in the suburbs but has spent her adult life in the city and its' mountains. She works full time for Arc'teryx and is a freelance Diversity and Inclusion Consultant and Model on the side. She advocates for diversity and inclusion in all aspects of life, and in 2020, founded Inclu-SKI-vity. Through In…
 
Andy Kucer is the Executive Director of Students Run Philly Style and a passionate advocate for empowering youth through running and mentorship. He is also on the board of directors for the Philadelphia Distance Run (PDR). C.C. Téllez is an openly lesbian distance runner from La Paz, Bolivia, currently living in Philadelphia. She is the founder of …
 
Mary Lytle (she/they) is the co-founder of Radical Adventure Riders (RAR), a queer cat mom, visual artist, organizer, and adventure cyclist based in Portland, OR. She is passionate about using her skills as an illustrator to represent and connect cycling communities. Mary’s desire to connect the community around bicycles stems from their days of ru…
 
Dinée Dorame is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and a self-identified running nerd. She was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM (on Tiwa ancestral lands). She graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in 2015 and worked as an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Yale for three years before movin…
 
Garrick Chan is a former XC runner for San Jose State University. He currently competes at the sub-elite level, representing the brands Rabbit and Honey Stinger, and training with Wolfpack Running Club in the California Bay Area. In the fall of 2020, Garrick founded the Asian Athlete Spotlight Instagram page. On Asian Athlete Spotlight, he features…
 
Grayson Murphy is a professional trail and road runner for Saucony, whose many accolades include first-place finishes at the 2019 U.S Mountain Running, World Mountain Running, and XTERRA Trail Run World Championships. She graduated from the University of Utah in the spring of 2018 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and 5x All-American honors at the N…
 
Heather Caplan is an anti-diet weight-inclusive registered dietitian. She hosts the podcast RD Real Talk, covering a range of topics related to anti-diet and weight-inclusive work. In her virtual private practice, she specializes in disodered eating and bringing intuitive eating to athletes and parents. She's also the founder of Weight Inclusive Nu…
 
Zoë Rom is the Associate Editor of Trail Runner Magazine, a journalist, writer, and environmental advocate. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with degrees in English and French Literature, before heading for bigger hills on Colorado’s Front Range. She fell in love with the mountains through trail running, climbing and mountaineering whi…
 
Aliya Tyus-Barnwell is a New York City based writer, cyclist, and the founder and president of the nonprofit Ride Up Grades. She got her start doing cycling work as an Instructor at Bike New York. As a road cyclist she wanted to pass the freedom she found there on to riders in neighborhoods that lacked any bike programs; the closest Bike New York p…
 
David Proctor is an elite athlete who attended Boston University from 2004-2009 where he was a member of the Track & Field and Cross-Country teams. During his time with the Terriers, David set three individual, school, and New England records, and was a member of three record-breaking relay teams. He was also the first collegiate athlete in New Eng…
 
Starla Garcia, M.Ed, RDN, LD, is an Intuitive Eating Dietitian helping you shed destructive diet culture beliefs, by discovering harmony and freedom with food. Her journey with wellness came after battling an eating disorder as a student-athlete during her collegiate years. Today, Starla is the founder and owner of her own practice, the Healthy Shi…
 
Elise Cranny is a professional mid-distance runner who competes for the Bowerman Track Club (BTC) in Portland, Oregon. Elise was standout runner at Niwot High School in Colorado, where she won two 4A state cross country titles and ran the 3rd fastest high school 1500m time ever (4:10.95). Elise then attended Stanford University, where shee was a 12…
 
Rachael Steil [“Style”] began the Running in Silence website in 2012 in the midst of her binge eating disorder, as a cross country and track runner at Aquinas College. Rachael is now an eating disorder recovery advocate, the author of Running in Silence, and the founder of the Running in Silence nonprofit. She serves on the board for the Michigan E…
 
This episode is the first in a five-episode series, all about Relative Energy Deficiency in Sports (RED-S) and eating disorders. I am excited to start the conversation off with Kiera Carter, writer, editor, and digital strategist, focused primarily on women's issues, health, fitness, nutrition, and beauty. Kiera is currently the editor-at-large at …
 
In this episode, I speak with renowned filmmaker, Bernardo Ruiz, about his ESPN 30 for 30 film, The Infinite Race. Bernardo’s accolades are many: he is a two-time Emmy® Award-nominated documentary filmmaker and a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. He has directed and produced five feature documentaries and a host of nonfict…
 
Today I am speaking with Jessica Guo. Jess is a York City cyclist, and the founding member and current team captain of Ostroy Racing and Development. Without a doubt, cycling is an extremely white, male-dominated sport. In New York City, in 2017, only 17% of competitive cyclists identified as women! Over the last few months, jess has spearheaded a …
 
Today I am joined by Latoya Shauntay Snell and Taylor Dutch to talk about the Runners Alliance. This program was launched by Runner's World and Women's Health to help women, and all people who experience harassment, reclaim their run. Taylor Dutch is a sports and fitness writer who plays a large role in coordinating the alliance for Runner’s World.…
 
Ben Chan is an ultra runner and activist, perhaps best known in the New York running community for his racing attire—leopard print short-shorts and a cowboy hat. But in recent times, Ben has also become well known for his activism. Today, we focus on Ben’s exchanges with a certain, high-profile race director (Gary Cantrell AKA "Lazarus Lake") who b…
 
Addie Bracy is a professional runner for Nike Trail, with a wide range of running accolades to her name—including qualifying for the Olympic Trials in both the marathon and the 10K and being named USATF Women's Mountain Runner of the Year three times! Addie holds a Masters in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver and works …
 
Sidney Baptista (Sid) is the founder of Pioneers Run Crew, the host of the Fitness in Color Podcast, a father, and an individual passionate about the power of running to create connections, elevate voices, and champion change. Based in Dorchester, Massachusetts, Sid is currently building a performance streetwear brand, PYNRS, and working as a consu…
 
Yuki Hebner is currently a PhD candidate at UCLA, studying molecular biology in a neuroscience lab. She is also a 2017 alumna and former Cross Country and Track athlete at Wesleyan University. In March 2020, Yuki wrote an open letter to Wesleyan University, signed by 36 track and cross-country alumni. The letter described how their head coach, John…
 
Matilda (aka Tilly) is an award-winning journalist, creative and avid runner who took up long distance running in 2011. Since then, she’s completed more than 30 race events including 15 half marathons, four marathons, an ultra marathon, Tough Mudder and the Ride London 100 mile bike ride. She’s passionate about encouraging black and brown women to …
 
On August 22nd, 2020, over 100 cyclists road from Seneca village in Manhattan, NY. These cyclists were part of the group Ride to DC, and over six days, they would bike 300 miles--from New York to Washington D.C. Now a nonprofit, Ride to DC started as a movement to recognize the existence and significance of Black lives. On August 28th, they landed …
 
On June 14th, 2020, 700 runners met at the East River Ampitheater in Manhattan, New York—masks on their faces and clad in white clothing. They were running in response to the reckoning on White supremacy and racial violence that had spread around the country. This was the first event in the Running to Protest Movement. Four events would follow, whe…
 
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