If you run around the Triad area of North Carolina, you probably know Thad McLaurin, also known as RunnerDude. A few years ago, Thad took a chance and opened up RunnerDude’s Fitness, which now offers group runs, classes, workshops, boot camps and more. People of all ages and abilities have taken advantage of Thad’s knowledge and experience. We learn more about Thad’s background and why he started running, how he can help you with your fitness and what’s next. For more information, visit www.runnerdudesfitness.com.
It’s hard not to feel sorry for poor Grady Ferguson, a bank robber who was forced into crime by an unexpected tragedy. By all accounts, the 27-year-old Ferguson was a law-abiding citizen. And then in 1922, after a devastating fire, he started robbing from banks. But after listening to this podcast, can you not feel (sort of) bad for him?
The PoDDCouple talks about the life and career of Robin Williams and discovers some interesting facts about the late comic and actor. Also the regular features, including the Week in History and stories trending on hpenews.com. Test your knowledge of Robin Williams and his movies by playing along with a quiz at the end of the podcast.
The PoDDCouple rings in the new year by remembering “The Poseidon Adventure” and some of the other most famous New Year’s Eve movie scenes on film. Play along with a quiz on this iconic film from the early 1970s. Also, the usual stories trending on hpenews.com, the Week in History and more.
Merry Christmas! In the spirit of the season, the gang talks about classic toys and the most popular toys throughout history, including their personal favorites. Do yours make the list? Play along as they test their knowledge with a quiz on the classic holiday film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Plus, the usual features, including the week in history and stories trending on hpenews.com.
What are the best TV Westerns of all time? The PoDDCouple talk about their favorites and compare them to rankings by the Western Writers of America. How many do you recognize? Plus, stories trending on hpenews.com, the week in local history and a quiz on “Gunsmoke,” the longest-running drama in TV history.
In November, I, your podcast host, participated in a 24-hour race in Virginia. In this episode, I sit alone in our studio to talk to you about it went. Was it weird to do a podcast alone about myself? You betcha! Listen in to see how the race went, what recovery was like (OUCH) and what’s next.
Before the city had prepared to honor its two historic racetracks — High Point Speedway and Tri-City Speedway — with an unveiling of historical markers, it was easy to think of those early years as the glory days. But, in all honesty, it wasn’t all glory. The competition was as dirty as the track itself. Listen here for more.
Dennis Tam didn’t like his first race, but he had already signed up for a second and decided after that one, he’d quit. But that all changed very quickly. Today, he’s halfway through his 50-state challenge of running a half or a full marathon in every state. We talk about how running helped his physical and mental health, how to run a race in 50 states and more.
And big congratulations to him because after the podcast, he found out he’d gotten into the lottery for the 2018 Berlin Marathon.
Summer conjures up fond memories of hot summer nights at the ballpark. At Thomasville’s Finch Field, though — where generations of spectators have spent many an evening — not all the memories are pleasant. One memory, in particular, stands out as the darkest night in Finch Field’s 82-year history: The night the stadium’s glorious old grandstand burned to the ground. This is that story.
Want to get out on the trails, but are nervous about running in the woods? It can be intimidating to go from running in neighborhoods to running to the forest, especially alone. On a weekly basis, Julie Greene leads a group as they explore the various trails in the area. We talk about how to get involved, her favorite and toughest races and how to truly enjoy a run.
One day, she just thought, “Why not?” That’s the reason Carla Flores-Ballesteros signed up for the Pilot Mountain to Hanging Rock 50K in North Carolina. This trail race looks very much like a V. Downhill for a while, followed by a long uphill. Join us as we talk with Carla about this experience, what it was like to complete it with her husband (it was his first race) and she kept going when the going got tough.
Hollywood’s “Spider-Man” may have been number one at the box office last weekend, but a century ago, a real-life Spider-Man was the main attraction in downtown High Point. In 1918, a man who called himself “The Human Spider” came to town and climbed what was then the tallest building in town, the five-story Bank of Commerce building on North Main Street. Learn more about him, and how the climb went, in this podcast.
You’ve heard of festivals. And you’ve heard of racing. But putting those two together for a multi-day event? Sign me up! Winston-Salem resident Brad Falvey talks about his experience at the 2017 Trailfest in Utah, a three-day festival including a morning run and various optional activities throughout the afternoon and evening. Brad also talks about his most recent ultramarathon, which was hard but went well, and his very first one, which was hard but did not go well. If you’re a trail runner, this podcast was made for you!
Will the colonies finally rise up against Negan? The PoDDCouple explore this and other burning questions as the hit TV series gets ready to kick off its eighth season. Also, fans of the show can try to match wits with Joe and Mark by playing along with a quiz. Plus, the usual Week in History and stories trending on www.hpenews.com.
On this week’s podcast, we meet the Yoemans. And what a power couple! Jeremy and Valarie not only run, but also compete in triathlons. We talk about our first triathlons (and my only!), what it’s like to race together and the BIG triathlon they’re doing together in 2018.
In early September, 12 Triad runners participated in the 2017 Blue Ridge Relay. This 208-mile race invites groups of runners to run from the mountains of Virginia to Asheville, North Carolina. The High Point Pub Runners, including Just Run With It host Stephanie Butzer, took on this challenge. Here’s the story of this wild adventure.
In December of 2016, Claudia Marini lost her 22-year-old daughter to an overdose. Since then, this local runner has put on a brave face to help those who struggle with addiction by changing the system they’re thrown into. Claudia put together a 5K, which is scheduled for this weekend (Oct. 7), called Maddie’s Miles. You can sign up for the race here: www.RunSignUp.com/Race/NC/WinstonSalem/MaddiesMiles5k.
You can count yourself lucky if you’ve ever ran with Cindy Barbour — not only because it means you’re running alongside one of the most motivated runners in the area, but because you can keep up with her! Cindy, who calls Greensboro home, talks with us about how helping others reach their fitness goal inspires her, her 100-mile at the Crooked Road 24-hour ultra, how she’s hiking the Appalachian Trail and how it felt to win the 2009 Charlottesville Marathon for women.
Mark and Joe say goodbye to producer Allison Temple with a friendly bout of Match Game. Play along with the gang, including new podcast producer Stephanie Butzer. Plus, the week in local history and stories trending on www.hpenews.com
Nicole Donoghue and Debbie Allison join us on this week’s Just Run With It podcast. We talked about The Declan Donoghue Foundation, which Nicole started after her toddler son passed away. The foundation builds playgrounds around the Triad and raises most of its funds through an annual 5K. We talk why play is important for both kids and adults, why the foundation is focusing on playgrounds and why the race is such a hit. See more on the foundation at www.DeclansFoundation.org.
Sarah Beth Davis, executive director of GO FAR, and the nonprofit’s founder Robin Lindsay, talk about their own passion for running and how the idea for GOFAR (Go Out For A Run) came to be. The nonprofit, which is supported by donations, gets children in elementary and middle school interested in healthy lifestyles. The 10-week program concludes at the end of each semester with a 5K. To learn more, visit www.GOFARClub.org.
On this episode of The PoDDCouple, we talk about the opening of the 2017 NFL season, including predictions on this week’s games. Play along and see if you can pick them out! Plus, the regular features, including Week in History and stories trending on www.hpenews.com.
As cryptic letters kept coming – and the anonymous phone calls and the thinly veiled threats and the mysterious men lurking outside her house — what she thought was a harmless prank quickly evolved into what surely must have been the most terrifying six weeks of her life
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In this episode, we talk with Greensboro runner Amy Ogonowski about how to balance a full, honest life outside of running with, well, running! As people prepare for fall races, it’s certainly a stressful time for some Triad runners. We talk about how going for a run can ease stress, but how too much can lead to disaster, and how having a structured training plan can help.
Hard to believe it’s been 30 years since “Married… with Children” debuted and changed the nation’s television landscape (for better or for worse). The PoDDCouple discover some interesting facts about the show and cast.
It’s a well-known saying that running is like free therapy. But is it really? Corrinne Rosquillo shares with us her story of her mental health struggles, why she tried running and how it affected her, both physically and mentally.
With recent news of a reboot of “The Munsters” in the works, the PoDDCouple talk about the classic hit TV show from the 1960s. Play along as they test their knowledge with a “The Munsters” quiz and review trending stories at www.hpenews.com.
ELVIS! The PoDDCouple talk about the life and career of Elvis Presley on the 40th anniversary of The King’s death, then strive for perfection on a tough quiz on the rock ‘n’ roll giant. Plus, a special Week in History and stories trending on hpenews.com
By all accounts, Nick Moore was one of High Point’s finest, most upstanding citizens.
Until, that is, one early morning nearly a century ago, when Moore — a well-known barber in the city’s black community — inexplicably decided to use his razors for something far more nefarious than shaving his customers’ whiskers. Moore’s vile actions jeopardized the lives of four family members, shocked the community and landed the barber in jail.
On our 10th episode of the Just Run With It podcast, we talk with High Point resident Alice Owens. At the end of 2016, she was unhappy with her health and lifestyle. So, she decided to do something about it. On the first day of 2017, she started running and has since ran across several exciting finish lines. She talks about how running has changed her life, how she’s lost 30 pounds this year and why she’s not stopping anytime soon.
FANTASY FOOTBALL EDITION: The PoDDCouple talk about the upcoming NFL season and reveal some of their sleeper fantasy picks. Also, play along as they take a quiz on memorable football games and events through history. Plus, a tribute to the late, great Glen Campbell and the usual Week in History and stories trending on hpenews.com
LIKE, FAR OUT, MAN: The PoDDCouple dig some groovy vibes as they talk about the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and the iconic music from that era that has stood the test of time. Plus, play along with a quiz on that historic summer of 1967 and hear about stories trending on hpenews.com and the week in local history.
So many mother runners feel a heavy guilt when they lace up their running shoes and hit the road or trails, leaving their child at home. But keeping that healthy lifestyle can be important — sometimes even vital — for those moms and their kids. Stephanie and Josie talk about where that guilt comes from, being a role model for the younger generations and how to combat “mom guilt” in episode 9 of Just Run With It.
REALLY BAD MOVIES: The PoDDCouple again welcome Enterprise political reporter Paul Johnson to talk about this year’s city election and join in on a discussion on the best and worst movies of all time. The crew then puts themselves to the test with a quiz on bad movies.
They go hand-in-hand — body image and running. How you view your body and how others view you if you carry the “I’m a runner” label can have both positive and negative effects on a person’s body image. Lindsay and Stephanie talk about their struggles and how they’ve come to accept and love their bodies for what they can do, rather than how they look.
Jack Dempsey, the once-feared “Manassa Mauler,” who reigned as boxing’s world heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926, has a rather unusual epitaph etched on his grave marker in Southampton, New York.
Allison podcast producer with help from Paul Johnson takes us back to the first episode of the poddcouple and move into the most downloaded episode with guest Jimmy Tomlin. With over a year has passed since we started podcasts and the poddcouple.
If you enjoy trail running around the Triad, you probably know John Doggett. He’s the race director of Lost Runner, LLC, which puts on various trail races in the Triad. But he also makes time to run for himself, although it’s not always a walk in the park. He’s completed some gnarly races, including a 100-miler and the grueling Georgia Death Race. We talk about the trail running community in the Triad, what it’s like to organize a race and his unique running tattoos.
A ‘BLANK’ OF A GOOD TIME: High Point Enterprise public safety reporter Natalie Stewart joins The PoDDCouple to share bizarre police reports and talk about her series on unsolved homicides. She then joins the crew for a spirited round of Match Game in honor of the 1970s game show. Also, stories trending on hpenews.com and the week in history.
What started as a nagging injury lead to a completely new career for Greensboro runner Allan Buccola. Today, you can find him working in two area hospitals and running his own physical therapy practice. He talks about how he first became interested in PT, how his practice is different than others, and some tips for staying injury-free.
Anyone who complains that nothing ever happens downtown obviously wasn’t here in 1905.
That’s the year a band of religious zealots known as the “Burning Bushers” arrived in High Point and turned Main Street into their own personal revival tent