I edited my ROO Podcast #89 with Haile Gebrselassie for a project at the Oral History Winter School. Our assignment was to produce a short piece from a longer interview that would be aired on WGXC 90.7-FM in New York. This almost four minute piece tells Haile’s running story. Haile Gebrselassie is one of the greatest distance runners in history, and now business and father. I encourage you to listen to the unedited interview, ROO Podcast #89, to hear Haile’s full story. I plan to edit other ROO interviews to give listeners a preview of the longer interviews— let me …
In the episode, Haile Gebrselassie, of the greatest distance runners in history, a professional runner from Ethiopia, Olympian, world recorder holder in numerous events, including the former world record holder in the marathon, and now businessman and father, tells the story of how he started running, from running the 10km to school and 10km home everyday to his first 1500 meter race at the age of 14. Haile reveals the reasons behind his favorite running distance. He discusses the importance of never giving up and the role this lesson played in his 2000 Sydney Olympics 10,000 meter race where he won the gold medal. Haile explains how running influences his outlook on business and the centrality of his faith in his life. He offers his perspective on why Ethiopian runners are among the best in the world and describes what his training looks like now. Haile reflects on how he balances his running, family, and businesses. Lastly, Haile shares who his biggest role model has been.
I made this video to capture the unique festival-party atmosphere of the Great Ethiopian Run. To learn about my experience at the run, read Yaya Journal 5. Music by Manalemush, “Wolo (DJ a.T Remix)”
In this episode, Amy Yoder-Begley, former professional runner, Olympian, and head coach of women’s cross country at University of Connecticut, describes when she fell in love with running at just eight years old. Amy reveals the verbal statement that she repeated herself in a breakthrough 5k race in college. She recaps the experience of qualifying for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Amy recounts of one of the most memorable races of Amy’s professional career: her 6th place finish at the 10k World Championships. She describes her journey with celiac disease. Amy captures what it felt like to break 15 minutes in the 5k. She discusses who inspires her, the power of goal setting, and dreaming big. Amy tells about her work now as a head coach of women’s cross country at University of Connecticut and why she started Distance Divas, an elite post-collegiate female running group.