Leslie Battle is an advocate for women in sport, specifically Athena triathletes – women triathlon competitors who weigh no less than 165 pounds. Why? Because she is one of them. A decade ago, Leslie tipped the scale at somewhere near 300 pounds. A few events occurred that triggered her to change her life. Because […]
Keysha Lleras is a victim of domestic violence. That’s the tough part of her journey. The beautiful part is that she is no longer a victim. She was able to break the cycle and now wakes up feeling safe, for herself and her daughter, with an attitude of gratitude. Keysha grew up in the Bronx and […]
Meet Mark Mikel – a man who 13 years ago dealt with the unimaginable loss of his daughter, Kelsey, and has found a way to move forward through the grief. We have all gone through loss in our lives – it really doesn’t matter what kind of loss it is – all loss is […]
Meet Mirna Valerio – the Mirnavator. Mirna stepped from relative obscurity into the national spotlight when she so brazenly announced as a 200 pound black woman that she was going to do an ultramarathon. This shouldn’t be a big deal, but it was. Mirna stoked emotions within all of the different movements that are currently […]
Meet Erika McDonald – wife, mom, entrepreneur, athlete manager, survivor, survivor, survivor. In this episode, Erika mentions that she has had to face her own mortality. That is an understatement. Erika was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 21 and told she had two months to live. What unfolded has been over a […]
Meet Janelle Smiley one of the most prolific climbers, skiers and mountaineers of our era. As a multiple National and North American Ski Mountaineering Champion, first descender of epic proportions and first ascender of even more epic-ness, Janelle is a surprisingly low-key and insightful person. You’d think someone like her lives precariously on the edge […]
Meet Nellie Acevedo. I discovered Nellie because she is a Skirt Sports ambassador and I’ve always been drawn to her energy and ability to connect to women on a very real level. Nellie is a New Yorker with Jamaican roots who climbed the ladder in the financial world to find herself in a position […]
I don’t remember my very first running race. I have a photo of myself as a little girl, maybe 7, wearing homemade terrycloth running shorts, a tucked-in tee shirt and knee high socks. I was holding a medal around my neck for placing in the 440 yard run in the junior jaycees track meet. I […]
Meet Robyn O’Brien – unintentional food activist. Over a decade ago, she watched her youngest child go through a severe food allergy and was suddenly thrust into the world of food allergy education. Her finance background set her up to be a natural fit in this world as she was able to both translate the data in this very confusing industry and relate it to everyday moms just like her.
Meet Gunhild Swanson, the oldest woman to ever finish the 100-mile Western States race – at 70 years old. And finish she did – with 6 seconds to spare – in 2015, Gunhild gave everything she had to squeak across the line in 29 hours 59 minutes 54 seconds.