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“There’s like a little bit of sadness, but like, it’s just, honestly insignificant compared to what the world is going through right now, I mean every single day I feel like a lot, and it has nothing to do with the fact Western States was cancelled.”
– Clare Gallagher
“My first thought when this happened, was, wow. Running is still such a racist thing to do, like it’s so white. And we see that all around us. Most of the races we go to are so predominantly white and the fact that someone who doesn’t look like us can be on a run doing exactly what we are doing and it could be interpreted in a totally different way from what we are doing is just illustrative of that fact.”
– Abby Levene
Clare Gallagher and Abby Levene are professional trail runners and activists. They have been best friends for over a decade, and featured on ROO 227. Clare is a Patagonia athlete and works for Patagonia doing advocacy work. She has won the prestigious Leadville 100, CCC (101km sister race of the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc) and was the 2019 Western States 100 winner, where she ran the second fastest female time in race history.
Abby is a former national champion professional triathlete, who took up ultra trail running after stepping away from triathlon. She now runs for Adidas and works as a writer. At the end of 2019, Abby placed 5th in the deeply competitive North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Mile race in San Francisco.
This episode was recorded during a Zoom live online event on May 6th, 2020 as part of the ROO Roundtable series during the COVID 19 lockdown. This episode discusses the following topics and answers some live listener questions from the evening.
- How they’ve been reconciling the COVID 19 situation
- Managing grief during a time of lockdown
- How their running has changed during lockdown and with race cancellations
- Sharing stories about their mothers in lieu of Mother’s Day
- Their initial thoughts on the Ahmaud Arbery shooting
- Thoughts on inclusion within running
- What they wanted to be when they were eight years old
- What it’s like living in Boulder, Colorado
- How they bring their best to challenging workouts and life experiences
- What they plan to do once some restrictions are lifted
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