• Summary

  • Sports Backers is a nonprofit active living organization based in Richmond, Virginia. Our mission is to get people moving and this podcast will focus on keeping people active and moving, mostly through the lens of running. We put on outdoor endurance events, host training teams year round, and have programs aimed at bringing fitness opportunities to all corners of our area. All this brings us in contact with stories and ideas that are interesting and inspiring, and we’ll share them on this podcast.
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  • #13: Gene Dykes, 'The World's Fastest 70-Year-Old Runner'

    Dec 13 2021
    Our guest on today’s special bonus (meaning: very short) episode is Gene Dykes. The self-described ‘Ultrageezer’ has set multiple official and unofficial age group world records in a variety of running distances and continues to go after big goals and accomplishments. The 73-year-old from outside Philadelphia visited Richmond in November for the Richmond Marathon, and we caught up with him for a few minutes on November 12, before the marathon at the pre-race expo. He was gracious enough to join for a quick interview to share more insight on his accomplishments and experiences and it was great to speak with him. Gene ended up finishing the Richmond Marathon with a time of 3:20:40, which was good for first place in his age group. It also helped him move into 2nd place in the World Marathon Majors rankings for the age 70-74 category. And we’ll continue to look for more incredible accomplishments from Gene in the future. Thank you for listening to this episode of the On the Move podcast and for your support throughout the year. Be sure to share any feedback at www.sportsbackers.org or on social media @SportsBackers. Until the next episode, thanks for tuning in!
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    6 mins
  • #12: Richmond Marathon Preview with Race Director Megan Schultz

    Nov 3 2021
    Our guest on this episode is Megan Schultz, Chief Operating Officer of Sports Backers. Megan has been with Sports Backers for 15 years and has just about seen it all in terms of events during that time. She’s also Race Director for the VCU Health Richmond Marathon, so she’s the perfect person to help preview this year’s race, which is coming up on November 13 and includes the CarMax Richmond Half Marathon and Allianz Partners 8k. We take a deep dive into everything that participants can expect, and I hope it’s a great way to help you prepare for race day. As we mentioned, all the information that was discussed can also be found at RichmondMarathon.org, or on social media @SportsBackers. And if you have any feedback on the podcast, let us know at www.SportsBackers.org or on social media. Thanks for tuning in!
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    34 mins
  • #11: Getting Kids Active Every Day with Jacki Quinlan of Sports Backers

    Oct 19 2021
    Our guest on this episode is Jacki Quinlan, Director of Youth Programs for Sports Backers. Jacki leads programs and events that create active living opportunities for thousands of kids across the Richmond region on an annual basis. She has spent most of her career working in youth programming and is a dedicated advocate for creating equity through active living. It was great to learn more about her work, her experiences, and her own active living pursuits, including an upcoming marathon and ultramarathon. You can learn more about the events we discussed, including Marathon Jr. and the Fall Fit Club, as well as Kids Run RVA, NextUp, and the Scholar Athlete Awards, at sportsbackers.org, or follow @KidsRunRVA and @SportsBackers on social media. As always, thanks for tuning in!
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    49 mins

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