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A weekly conversation with the GTA Running Community
Co-hosted by André Morgan (@dreizle) and Jonathan Greenwald (@runthesix)

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  • 35. Aire Libre. Discover the World Through Running

    The literal translation of the words libre and aire from Spanish to English are free and air; however, together they form aire libre or outdoors. For Mauricio Díaz, running started as a […]

  • 34. Sté Hetherington: On Coaching, Superheroes, and Guinness World Records

    This week we’re joined by Sté Hetherington, who discovered he was an outstanding runner while playing rep soccer in his teens and joined the Etobicoke Track and Field Club in Grade 9, […]

  • 33. Food Runners: Run, Refuel, Relax, Repeat

    In 2014, Chuck Ortiz wanted to highlight the mental and physical stress many chefs and other industry folks experience due to long hours, intense conditions, and demanding customers. Initially he considered sharing […]

  • The Sprint 3. Celebrating Women With The Women Run Canada Podcast

    March is Women’s History Month and on this episode of The Sprint, we’re celebrating the incredible women in running. To help us, we’re joined by Kirsten Parker, Host of the Women Run […]

  • 32. Kat Stefankiewicz: Don’t Believe in Regrets

    Kat’s running journey started when she went through a challenging time ten years ago. At a time when Kat found herself competing for auditions as an on-air personality, running was her escape. […]

  • 31. Connor Emeny: Living an Intentional Life

    Connor Emeny learned about the importance of encouraging and motivating others while playing ball hockey with his older brothers. In University, Connor and two friends tried out for the triathlon club to […]

  • 30. Reid Coolsaet: Float On

    In this episode, we’re honoured to chat with one of Canada’s fastest marathon runners and two-time Olympic Athlete, Reid Coolsaet. Reid’s accomplishments and dominance at many of the popular races in the […]

  • 29. Chix Run the 6ix

    In this episode, we chat with Amanda Richardson and Kim Munro Roberts, two of the four founders of Chix Run The 6ix. We discuss their personal running journeys and what inspired them […]

  • The Sprint 2. Celebrating Black Runners

    In this episode of The Sprint past guests Olivia Levy and Melissa Doldron celebrate Black History Month by recapping interviews of past guests and discussing some of the great work happening in […]

  • 28. Fatma Ramadan: A Women’s Run

    Shortly after Fatma Ramadan relocated to Toronto to attend University, she experienced a heartbreaking event which resulted in her focusing on her health and wellbeing. Initially she started power walking, but over […]

  • 27. Mel Offner: Influence from Music to Motherhood

    From her early days working at a record label, writing for magazines, and touring with bands, music had a strong influence on Mel’s identity. Prior to the introduction of social media platforms […]

  • 26. Marcus Brown: The Power of Belief, Hard Work, and Representation

    You have doubts in your head and there’s times when you’re by yourself thinking how is this even possible and then you come through and you think actually when I believed in […]

  • The Sprint 1. Host Hot Seat: Q&A with Jonathan + Dre

    We’re back! For our first episode of Season Two, we’re introducing a format called, “The Sprint.” The Sprint is a short distance episode (see what we did there?) where we cover various […]

  • 25. Mike Krupica, Co-Founder Parkdale Roadrunners

    As we close out our first season of the podcast, it’s only fitting we invite someone who, together with a few friends, was responsible for putting the Toronto running community on the […]

  • 24. Pedro Malvar

    In this episode we chat with Pedro Malvar about his impact on the Toronto Running Community. We look back at Pedro’s introduction to athletics as a competitive curler and soccer player. When […]

  • 23. Lisa Sweetman

    Ten years ago, Lisa Sweetman had an MRI following a year of ill health and no clear answers to explain why. It was then that doctors identified a tumor in Lisa’s pituitary […]

  • 22. John Harrison Pockler

    Growing up in Germany, John Harrison Pockler’s introduction to running occurred at the age of 18 when his dad received an entry to the Berlin Marathon. John would end up participating in […]

  • 21. Heather Gardner

    It’s hard to imagine just 10 years ago the Toronto Running Community barely existed except for the 1 or 2 run crews just appearing on the scene. At the time, Heather Gardner […]

  • 20. Galan Yousuf

    Galan Yousuf’s first exposure to running came at an early age when his Elementary School basketball coach made the team run laps. In High School, Galan was invited to join the XC […]

  • 19. Run The Fifty

    This week the host becomes the guest as we discuss Jonathan’s recent experience becoming an ultramarathoner when he ran the Happy Trails Racing The Beav 50K course in the Hilton Falls Conservation […]

  • 18. Ekua Cudjoe

    Growing up the youngest of six children, Ekua Cudjoe watched her older siblings participate in various sports. As she got older, Ekua participated in almost every sport imaginable and, in High School, […]

  • 17. Marco Li

    When Marco Li noticed he was always one of the last runners to finish Elementary School XC races, he was so determined to improve, he started running every day when school ended. […]

  • 16. Chad Holt: Saucony Associate Product Line Manager

    If you’re a fan of Saucony shoes or simply like to stay informed on what’s happening in the industry, you’ll know the global running brand released their first carbon plated shoe, the […]

  • 15. We Run North York

    The We Run North York run crew may be relatively new to the Toronto community, having recently celebrated their one year anniversary, but you wouldn’t know it by the number of new […]

  • 14. Rejean Chiasson

    Growing up in a small fishing village in New Brunswick, Rejean’s first real exposure to running came when he joined the army, shortly after graduating high school. As a member of the […]

  • 13. Phil Suzor-Morin

    This week we chat with Phil Suzor-Morin. Back in 2003, Phil signed up for a half marathon and trained exclusively on a treadmill. After finishing the race, Phil felt unfulfilled and gave […]

  • 12. Jamal Burger: Founder of Kickback Connect

    This week we speak with Jamal Burger, Founder of Kickback Connect. We discuss Jamal’s vision for uplifting youth and how his love for sneakers turned into a youth-led organization whose impact is […]

  • 11. Sasha Gollish

    This week we chat with Sasha Gollish, one of Canada’s most decorated competitive runners. Sasha opens up about the impact her parents had on her childhood and ultimately her decision to quit […]

  • 10. Chris “Hawaii” DeKoning

    In our 10th episode, we chat with Toronto’s running ambassador, Chris DeKoning about skateboarding, cats, and the hilarious (we think so!) story behind the nickname, “Hawaii.” We were joking that year, we […]

  • 9. Richard Kuchinsky

    In this week’s episode, Richard Kuchinsky from the Directive Collective tells us how designing running shoes for 10 years led to him becoming a runner and ultimately one of the most sought […]

  • 8. Forbidden 5

    This week we’re speaking with the organizers of the Forbidden 5 race and we get them to spill the beans on everything we wanted to know about their popular race, except their […]

  • 7. Quinton Jacobs

    If you search for the word “community” in the dictionary, you’ll likely find a picture of Quinton Jacobs and his captivating smile. Q, as his friends call him, is a community builder, […]

  • 6. Intersectionality and Running

    This week we chat with Olivia Levy and Kahle Richardson, two BIPOC runners in the Toronto running community, about the social intersectionality of gender, race, and class in running. Olivia and Kahle […]

  • 5. The Art of Running Recovery

    This week we’re speaking with a panel of paramedical professionals about running injuries from prevention to treatment and everything in between! What we love about these guests is they’re not only treating […]

  • 4. Lyndsay Tessier

    Lyndsay Tessier discovered she loved running at an early age and, when she didn’t make the cross country team in elementary school, Lyndsay continued to watch the other runners practice solely because […]

  • 3. Moe Bsat

    Moe Bsat is as equally passionate about running as he is about bringing awareness to diversity in the running community. In this episode, Moe share’s how he got his start as a […]

  • 2. Brendan Carpenter

    Brendan Carpenter always struggled with his weight, even as an active child and young adult. Several years ago, Brendan experienced two events where he was publicly humiliated resulting in the decision to […]

  • 1. Frontrunners Toronto

    Frontrunners Toronto was founded in 1987 as a chapter of the International Frontrunners organization. The LGBTQ+ run crew is made up of runners and friends of all abilities, from novices to advanced […]

  • 0. Intro

    Welcome to The Longest Stride podcast! In this debut episode, we’ll introduce you to your co-hosts Jonathan (@runthesix) and Dre (@dreizle) and attempt to explain why we started this podcast. The goal […]

Testimonials

  • Essential listening!

    I found this podcast a few weeks ago and it is no exaggeration to say that André and Jonathan’s compelling discussions of all things running is keeping me sane through this pandemic. Absolutely loving this, keep up the brilliant work!

  • Must listen each week!

    Look forward to TLS each week! Love the variety and diversity of the guests and crews. Highlighting amazing athletes & groups and their stories but also shining a light on important issues in our running community and the world at large.

  • Great episode & overall podcast

    Chix run the 6ix are inspirational ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • My go to podcast

    Love the diversity of the guest and how you can relate to them

  • A great listen for Runners by Runners!

    Love how they bring awareness to different topics impacting the running community including support for BIPOC and women runners.

  • Insightful

    Diverse guests, great conversations! Love this podcast!!

  • 100% best running podcast

    Insightful and a great listen!

  • If you love running – this is for you!

    Excellent podcast with a great diversity of guests. Very entertaining and informative. If you love running this is a must-listen!

  • Very entertaining & informative!

    Love this podcast. Great to hear different insights on running & love all the guest speakers.

  • Entertaining and inspirational!

    Enjoying the Toronto based podcast on runs and bikes, getting better every week!