Podcast 010 – Zeke Tiernan Interview

Zeke Tiernan is the guest for the 10th podcast. Fitting because he was an All-American at 10,000m in Cross Country and at 10,000m on the track when an athlete at the University of Colorado. Also fitting because ten years ago he gave the best wedding toast I’ve ever heard at our wedding in Boulder in the summer of 2002 where he graciously agreed to be our best man.

This past Saturday Zeke finished second at the Leadville Trail 100. The LT100 is a 100 mile trail race that starts at 10,200 ft. in Leadville, CO and take runners over 12,500 ft. Hope Pass as part of the out and back course (see elevation profile here). This year marked the 30th year of the race and Zeke ran the fourth fastest time ever by running 16 hours and 44 minutes. Impressive for a husband with a full time job and a toddler.

Zeke and I spend the majority of the interview covering this year’s race, yet fans of the podcast will no doubt gain a great deal from Zeke’s philosophical – dare I say spiritual – view of running.

It’s a sincere pleasure to introduce you to one of my favorite people on this earth, Zeke Tiernan.

As always, you can listen to this podcast via iTunes here.

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  • Kieran

    DC is right on the money. Zeke is a beast!

  • http://coachjayjohnson.com CoachJay

    From Gary Brimmer via Facebook:

    “amazing event…that’s all I can say to describe my experience this past weekend in Leadville. I’ve paced and crewed before for other ultra runners in different 100s but nothing…I repeat…NOTHING compares to this event. I read so often, where basement dwelling, never-was-has-beens, troll internet boards talking crap about Ultra Events and Ultra Runners…they should spend 32 hours crewing runners trying to hit the 30 hour cut off limit at Leadville. One of the most emotionally enjoyable times of my life…and I didn’t even get to run! Congrats to Zeke!”

  • Neal

    Completely agree with the comment below. Got to see this event for the first time this weekend, first time I’ve seen an Ultra. Crewed a good friend, unfortunately he didn’t make the cut off at May Queen, so I paced a stranger in for the last 13. What an experience to witness this runner just making it under 30hrs. The emotion was contagious. Really enjoyed listening to the podcast! Thanks

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  • http://coachjayjohnson.com CoachJay

    Zeke is now blogging – http://zeketiernanrunning.blogspot.com/2013/02/synergy.html

    Check it out!

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