Running Adventures: See the World, Meet Cool People, and Challenge Yourself!

Lions chewing on the course markers at the Big Five Marathon. photo credit: Big Five Marathon

In this episode we talk about running adventures with our special guests, some well-traveled runners, who use running to see the world, meet cool people, challenge themselves and stay healthy.

So if you were to save up the money to take a “runcation” where would you go? Here are a few ideas . . .

This year Coach Steve Waldon took part in the Zugspitz Ultratrail 100k in the Bavarian Alps. Even as a well-travelled runner he said it was “the most beautiful race I’ve done.” He finished 31st overall.

Zugspitze 100k

Steve Waldon is a RRCA Certified Running Coach, 2:53 marathoner, and one of our amazing MTA coaches. He’s also assistant coach at one of New York City’s largest running clubs. In this conversation you will hear about some of his most challenging running adventures and some great pointers on running downhill. Read more about Steve here.

Coach Dominique Hamel has was born in Quebec and has lived in South Africa, Switzerland, and the U.S.. She is most comfortable speaking French. We talk to hear about her love for Comrades Marathon and the Two Oceans Marathon in South Africa. The name “marathon” is a bit of a misnomer since these races are 90 kilometers and 56 kilometers respectively.

Dominique Hamel

Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town, South Africa

This past April she ran Two Oceans for the 10th year in a row. That’s her getting down and dirty in the mud! Read more about Dominique here.

Courtney Schoch is an Academy member and coaching of clint of Lynn Grieger (another one of our wonderful MTA coaches). She works as a pilot and flight instructor currently living in the Cleveland, Ohio, and Leon, Nicaragua.

We debrief Courtney about her most recent running adventure –The Big Five Marathon, a race across a game preserve in South Africa. We also ask her how taking a “runcation” compares to a regular vacation.

Be sure check out her website at!

One of the cool things about a running adventure is the interesting people you meet. Courtney is center of photo.

The scary crocodile lake

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About Trevor Spencer

Trevor Spencer is the producer of the Marathon Training Academy Podcast. He loves to inspire people to take action in their fitness and life.

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