Why I Run

Why I Run

By Red Bull

The Why I Run podcast from Red Bull celebrates the extraordinary and the everyday stories of running, to inspire you to pick up those running shoes and just get going! Runners of every skill level are welcome, from passionate regulars, to runners who struggle themselves to get out the door, and everyone in between.

We had some incredible episodes in Season 1; an F1 driver, a writer, an activist, and a BMX rider, who discuss topics such as running to spend time with others (including your dog), running to clear your mind, even running to be creative and much more!

In this season we’ll be meeting even more unexpected runners, where we’ll be asking them the question why they run and building our team for the 2023 Wings For Life World Run. We really hope you can join us!

Meet your hosts: Erin Azar became a TikTok sensation when she documented her running journey. Though she doesn’t run to hit the fastest speeds or go the longest distances, her passionate love for running has brought a lot to her life. Ayo Akinwolere is a broadcaster and world record-breaking swimmer, who at one stage could do a half-marathon, but has since relaxed into a casual runner. Together, they’re going to meet a whole world of different kinds of runners to find out why they run.

The tenth anniversary of Wings For Life World Run – the run for those that can’t – takes places on May 7th 2022. Participants will be able to run individually or join one of the many organised App Runs in various countries around the world. 100% of all entry fees and donations go to spinal cord research and help find a cure for spinal cord injury.

We’d love to hear from you! Get in contact on Instagram at @wflwordrun or with our hosts @ayoakinwolere and @immrsspacecadet

Listen to all episodes at www.redbull.com/WhyIRun

Want to be part of our team? Join the Why I Run Podcast team at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/whyirunteam

Episodes

I run for the inner buzz with Ironman triathlete Lucy Charles-Barclay

Ever had a natural buzz after really pushing yourself at something? Well that’s achievable no matter who you are according to this week’s guest, multiple Ironman champion Lucy Charles-Barclay. Lucy is a professional swimmer-turned-triathlete, so she knows first-hand the joys that adding running to your training regime can offer, and she’s here to share some tips and tricks for how to stay motivated and get that running buzz, no matter your ability.Find every episode on redbull.com/WhyIRunBe part of the big movement and run with us as part of the Why I Run Podcast team at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/whyirunteamWe’d love to hear from you! Tell us about your run this week or let us know what you thought of our guest… whatever it is, you can drop us a note on our team feed at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/teams, leave a review, or message us at @wflworldrun @immrsspacecadet @ayoakinwolere
26/01/23·28m 10s

I run for simplicity with US Team Skipper Jimmy Spithill

It’s our first episode of season 2 and hosts Erin Azar and Ayo Akinwolere couldn’t be more excited about it. To mark this ceremonious occasion, Ayo chats with highly decorated yachtsman Jimmy Spithill. Jimmy has won world championships, been named World Sailor of the Year and currently leads the U.S. team on the global SailGP tour. Jimmy tells us about growing up in the Australian outback and how he uses running to get back to basics on busy sailing trips.Find every episode on redbull.com/WhyIRunWant to run with us? Join the Why I Run Podcast Team at https://www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/whyirunteam We’d love to hear from you! Tell us about your run this week or let us know what you thought of our guest… whatever it is, you can drop us a note on our team feed at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/teams, leave a review, or, message us at @wflworldrun @immrsspacecadet @ayoakinwolere
12/01/23·23m 36s

What to expect from Season 2

We’re back with Season 2! The Why I Run podcast from Red Bull celebrates the extraordinary and the everyday stories of running, to inspire you to pick up those running shoes and just get going! Runners of every skill level are welcome, from passionate regulars, to runners who struggle to get out the door – and everyone in between. We had some incredible episodes in Season 1: an F1 driver, a writer, an activist, a BMX rider. They discuss topics such as running to spend time with others (including your dog), running to clear your mind, running to be creative, and much more!In this season we’ll be meeting even more unexpected runners, where we’ll be asking them why they run and building our team for the 2023 Wings for Life World Run. We really hope you can join us!Episode 1 drops Thursday, January 12! We’d love to hear if you’re joining us this season, so get in contact on Instagram at @wflwordrun or with our hosts @ayoakinwolere and @immrsspacecadet.
05/01/23·1m 10s

Bonus episode: Hear how the Wings for Life World Run 2022 went

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 and reactions from the run can be found at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com [wingsforlifeworldrun.com] as well as info on how to register for 2023. The Why I Run podcast from Red Bull was hosted by Ayo Akinwolere and Erin Azar. Mixing was by Mark Pittam and Chris McLean. The assistant producer was Bukky Fadipe, the producer was Philippa Geering and the executive producer was Alex Hollands for Storyglass.
12/05/22·23m 10s

I run for those who can't with Olympic hurdler Colin Jackson and wheelchair tennis player Nico Langmann

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 https://www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/whyirunteamFind every episode on redbull.com/WhyIRunGive us your burning questions – drop us a note on the feed at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/teams or leave a review!
05/05/22·38m 26s

I run for fun with Wesley Butstraen

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 reasons for getting their shoes on and getting out there. Find every episode on redbull.com/WhyIRunWant to run? Join the Why I Run Podcast Team on https://www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/whyirunteamGive us your burning questions – drop us a note on the feed at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/teams or leave a review!
28/04/22·38m 16s

I run to connect with my environment with climber Sasha DiGiulian and runner Erik Ahlström

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/WhyIRunWant to run? Join the Why I Run Podcast Team on https://www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/whyirunteamGive us your burning questions – drop us a note on the feed at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/teams or leave a review!
21/04/22·37m 50s

I run to spend time with others with freeskier Kelly Sildaru and runner Adolfo Salgueiro

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 freestyle skier, but her competitive nature doesn’t stop at the slopes. She joins the podcast to tell us about her regular running companion, a husky, who loves getting out on the trails as much as she does.Find every episode on redbull.com/WhyIRunWant to run? Join the Why I Run Podcast Team on https://www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/whyirunteamGive us your burning questions – drop us a note on the feed at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/teams or leave a review!
14/04/22·39m 3s

I run because I'm hooked with BMXer Matthias Dandois and runner Hellah Sidibe

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 habit.Find every episode on redbull.com/WhyIRunBe part of the big movement and enter the run. Join the Why I Run Podcast team at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/whyirunteamGive us your burning questions – drop us a note on the feed at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/teams or leave a review!
07/04/22·37m 15s

I run to feel part of a community with DJ Charlie Dark and ultrarunner Dylan Bowman

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/WhyIRunBe part of the big movement and enter the run. Join the Why I Run Podcast team at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/whyirunteamGive us your burning questions – drop us a note on the feed at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/teams or leave a review!
31/03/22·44m 7s

I run to open up the world with runner Rahaf Khatib and F1 driver Pierre Gasly

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 podium. He travels, and runs, all over the world, and he shares how running helps to ground him, wherever his career might take him next.Find every episode on redbull.com/WhyIRunWant to run? Join the Why I Run Podcast Team on https://www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/whyirunteamGive us your burning questions – drop us a note on the feed at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/teams or leave a review!
24/03/22·38m 28s

I run to explore with athlete Mario Rigby and racer Ida Mathilde Steensgaard

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 gives them the joy of exploration and the thrill of adventure.Find every episode on redbull.com/WhyIRun Be part of the big movement and enter the run. Join the Why I Run Podcast team at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/whyirunteamGive us your burning questions – drop us a note on the feed at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/teams or leave a review!
17/03/22·38m 48s

I run to clear my mind with wheelchair-user Sandile Mkhize and B-Girl Angyil

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 www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/whyirunteamYou can tune in to every episode on redbull.com/WhyIRun, and let your voice be heard – drop us a note on the feed at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/teams or leave a review!
10/03/22·35m 41s

I run to be creative with triathlete Courtney Atkinson and writer Helen Mort

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 in to every episode on redbull.com/WhyIRun, and let your voice be heard – drop us a note on the feed at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/teams or leave a review!
03/03/22·42m 43s

Why I Run... available now

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/WhyIRunSign up and join the Why I Run podcast team at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/whyirunteam Got anything you’d like to hear/like to ask us/comments – then either drop us a note on the feed at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/teams or leave a review!
15/02/22·43s
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