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Ali on the Run Show

Mar 19, 2019

"Start stuff. If you believe in something, just start it." —Mary Wittenberg

It was an honor to host this live show at New York Road Runners the day before the United Airlines NYC Half. I was joined by four exemplary leaders in the running community: Mary Wittenberg, former NYRR and Virgin Sport president and CEO; Christine Burke, VP of Strategic Partnerships and Runner Products at NYRR; Leigh Anne Sharek, co-founder of Brooklyn Track Club; and Carly Gill, a 2:47 marathoner and one of the women behind Runner Braids. These women candidly shared their stories of success, failure, and what it's like to feel shaken to your core or rattled with insecurity. They talked about starting movements, social media, FOMO, and dealing with injury, and we talked about how to make running more inclusive. We wrapped it all up with a very special audience-participation-required edition of the Sprint to the Finish.

Thanks to New York Road Runners for sponsoring and hosting this live show, which took place at the NYRR RUNCENTER Featuring the New Balance Run Hub. Go to for a full calendar of FREE events like the Ali on the Run Show LIVE event, plus group fitness classes, themed group runs, course strategy sessions, and book signings.


What you’ll get on this episode:

  • The significant moments in women’s running that have most inspired the women on the panel (4:00)
  • On getting into running at a young age, and whether it was discouraged or encouraged (7:30)
  • Running as an individual pursuit vs. team sport (11:00)
  • On pink at women’s races (14:00)
  • How do we make running more diverse and inclusive? (21:00)
  • On insecurities and failures (28:30)
  • Reflecting on the running industry and ourselves as runners (36:00)
  • What do we wish men understood about being a female runner? (46:00)
  • The downsides of social media in the running world, and falling into the comparison trap (49:10)
  • What’s next for everyone? (54:00)
  • A very special Sprint to the Finish (56:45)

Stuff we mention on this episode: 

United Airlines NYC Half

NYRR New York Mini 10K

Shape Half Marathon

Alison Desir & Harlem Run

Brooklyn Track Club

TCS New York City Marathon

Strava (use code ONTHERUN for a FREE month of Strava Summit!)

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