“It’s incredible to see how far we’ve come just in the last decade but my feeling is that it’s only going to accelerate. There’s going to be growing pains, there’s going to be issues, but it’s my feeling that the sport is very special and that when people come into the sport, the sport changes them, they don’t change the sport, and that’s a powerful thing. And [then], when they have that change and growth and evolution, they then go into their daily lives, go into their workplaces, go into their relationships with this changed attitude as a result of being part of our culture and part of our community—and that has rippling effects into the larger society and civilization. So I think very highly of our sport and the people in it. I think we’re at an inflection point in the history right now and I think the next decade is going to be absolutely crazy in terms of growth and further evolution and development.”
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I recently got on the mic with my friend Dylan Bowman, who first appeared on the podcast back on Episode 14 in 2018, and we caught up with one another about all sorts of stuff. In this episode, we talk about where we’re at in our respective lives right now, what we both have going on athletically and professionally, where we see certain parts of the industry going in the next few years, and a lot more.
For those of you who don’t know, Dylan is one of the top ultrarunners in the U.S., if not the world. Last year he finished second at the Hardrock 100 Endurance Run, running under the previous course record time, and he’s won or been on the podium at Transgrancanaria, TDS, Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji, Tarawera, and other big races. He’s also the founder of FreeTrail, a training and media platform dedicated to the life changing sport of trail and ultrarunning, and he also hosts the FreeTrail podcast. In fact, Dylan is going to share this same episode of the podcast to the FreeTrail feed very soon and it will include a special 35-minute bonus segment where he talks about his next professional steps in terms of sponsorship and employment, so be sure to keep an ear open for that and check it out.
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Music and editing for this episode of the morning shakeout podcast by John Summerford.