243: Peyton Thomas on Changing the World Through Running and Marine Biology


“Everyone needs to speak out about injustices and these are real major issues. The economy is a really big issue, but also just, society is a big issue. Like everything. There is so much wrong and so many things that could be changed and it could be so simple but I think people just get hung up on little things and don’t let stuff go”
Peyton Thomas

Peyton Thomas is an elite runner and PhD student in Marine Biology at the University of Northern Carolina Wilmington. She ran a PR of 2:42:54 to place 78th at the US 2020 Olympic Marathon trials, and was the only American born black female to start. She qualified for the trials at CIM, which was her first road marathon. She has also run the Bigfoot 40 miler, a sister race to the Bigfoot 200 miler. Peyton is driven in all that she does, and this engaging conversation covers a range of topics including the following:

  • Running the Olympic Marathon Trials
  • The support and community at the Olympic Trials
  • Her growing awareness of being a role model and impacting the community
  • Her experiences of racism growing up, and speaking out about injustices
  • Having difficult conversations
  • Growing up in a predominantly white neighbourhood
  • Her love of marine biology and the specifics of her study
  • Climate change and how that affects marine life she studies
  • What running means to her and future running goals
  • Reflections from the COVID 19 lockdown

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