Episodes
Erin and Ayo, along with over 161,892 participants from 192 nations at runs in 165 countries around the globe, were part of the ninth annual edition of the Wings for Life World Run this May and together they raised 4.7 million euros for spinal cord research. They’re taking a moment to chat with each other about their individual runs, and to hear from some of the Why I Run team about how they got on, including our team’s furthest runner who clocked up an impressive 26km! All news, results...
Published 05/12/22
Published 05/12/22
It’s our last episode before the Wings for Life World Run on Sunday May 8! Erin and Ayo sit down for a round-table chat with international sports director and record-breaking Olympic hurdler Colin Jackson, and wheelchair tennis superstar Nico Langmann, to hear about what that idea of ‘running for those who can’t’ means to them both and to share some of their most memorable running experiences. There’s still time to join the Why I Run Podcast Team on...
Published 05/05/22
This week is all about putting the fun back into your run. Erin and Ayo speak to Wesley Butstraen. If you’ve ever encountered a big bearded man in a bright pink suit on a Wings for Life World Run, that’s Wesley, and it’s completely joy-inducing. We hear about how he started running for health reasons but found his mindset shifting as his running progressed. As the 2022 event draws nearer, Erin and Ayo also take some time to hear from a few listeners about why they run, and discuss their own...
Published 04/28/22
Climber Sasha DiGiulian and runner Erik Ahlström join hosts Erin and Ayo to explore the connection between running and nature. Sasha is a world champion professional rock climber from the USA, while Erik is the Swedish creator of ‘plogging’ – running and picking up litter. Find every episode on redbull.com/WhyIRun Want to run? Join the Why I Run Podcast Team on https://www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/whyirunteam Give us your burning questions – drop us a note on the feed at...
Published 04/21/22
Freeskier Kelly Sildaru and hobby runner Adolfo Salgueiro chat with Erin Azar and Ayo Akinwolere about sharing the running experience with others. Adolfo talks about how his father’s running inspired him as a child. Adolfo Senior was running in Venezuela in the 70s, long before the trend of running evolved to what it is today – he was running marathons in tennis shoes! We’ll hear how their journey of running together has continued, even though his dad is now 84. Kelly Sildaru is an Estonian...
Published 04/14/22
BMXer Matthias Dandois and runner Hellah Sidibe share their passion for running with hosts Erin Azar and Ayo Akinwolere. Matthias Dandois was crowned the world’s best BMX flatlander at the age of just 19, using running as his cardio exercise to keep his energy high during the flat runs. Hellah Sidibe has been running every day for the past five years, and is showing no sign of slowing down! They both caught the running bug, and they’re here to tell Ayo and Erin how they developed the...
Published 04/07/22
DJ Charlie Dark and ultrarunner Dylan Bowman join Erin Azar and Ayo Akinwolere to discuss their shared love of being part of a running community. Charlie Dark, DJ, poet and youth mentor, is the founder of Run Dem Crew, the London-based running collective. Erin and Ayo are also joined by Dylan Bowman, an ultrarunner, to discuss their experiences of running to feel connected as well as to keep fit. Find every episode on redbull.com/WhyIRun Be part of the big movement and enter the run. Join...
Published 03/31/22
Runner Rahaf Khatib and F1 driver Pierre Gasly talk to Erin Azar and Ayo Akinwolere about what running means to them. Rahaf Khatib made headlines when she graced the cover of Women’s Running magazine in October of 2016 as the first hijabi to appear on the cover of a fitness magazine. She’s a huge advocate and inspiration for Muslim women running all over the world. Pierre Gasly is a French racing driver, who helped make history with Scuderia AlphaTauri by putting them top of the Formula One...
Published 03/24/22
Athlete Mario Rigby and racer Ida Mathilde Steensgaard talk with hosts Erin Azar and Ayo Akinwolere about where running has taken them. Mario Rigby is a former professional track and field athlete, turned adventurer and explorer. He completed an epic two-year-long walk across Africa, from Cape Town to Cairo. Ida Mathilde Steensgaard is a Danish environmental engineer and professional obstacle course racer. Together, they speak to Erin and Ayo and take us on a journey to discover how running...
Published 03/17/22
Wheelchair-user Sandile Mkhize and B-Girl Angyil share their running experiences with hosts Erin Azar and Ayo Akinwolere. Sandile Mkhize, from South Africa, shares his story of entering the Wings for Life World Run to raise money for spinal cord injury research after a motorbike accident that paralysed him. Then, Angela ‘Angyil’ McNeal, winner of Red Bull Dance Your Style USA, discusses her prolific dance career. Want to run? Join the Why I Run Podcast team at...
Published 03/10/22
Writer Helen Mort and triathlete Courtney Atkinson talk with hosts Erin Azar and Ayo Akinwolere about what running means to them. Helen Mort is a renowned poet and novelist – she discusses how running can scratch the creative itch. Professional Australian triathlete Courtney Atkinson dives in to share his thoughts on running. Could running be the creative outlet everyone should discover? Want to run? Join the Why I Run Podcast team at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/whyirunteam You can tune...
Published 03/03/22
Join the fun and join the run with Red Bull’s Why I Run podcast, talking to guests ranging from professional athletes like Courtney Atkinson to casual joggers with a passion for plogging. Join Erin Azar, aka Mrs. Space Cadet, and Ayo Akinwolere, the world-record breaking swimmer, diving into the reasons why people run as we approach one of the world’s biggest running events: the Wings for Life World Run 2022. Listen to all episodes at redbull.com/WhyIRun Sign up and join the Why I Run...
Published 02/15/22