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Ep. 5: Pro trail runner Dakota Jones

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Professional trail runner Dakota Jones stops by after the Lake Sonoma 50 to talk about racing, his love for the Hardrock 100, what inspires him and how Durango has shaped him as a person. We also dive into his inspiring work with nonprofit environmental organization Protect Our Winters and his message for politicians and high school audiences. Music courtesy of Kevin Macleod, Incompetech.

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Ep. 4: Pro skier Sven Brunso
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Durango-based professional skier Sven Brunso drops in to talk about the in-town skiing that hadn’t been accessible for a decade, until this year, as well as his career that has spanned more than two decades and included thousands of published photos and countless covers in some of skiing’s biggest publications. Find out about the sketchiest chair lift he’s ever ridden on and the mountain that still captivates him no matter how many times he skis it. The answers may surprise you. Thanks to Kevin MacLeod and Incompetech for our theme music.
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Ep. 3: Pro cyclist Payson McElveen
Monday, April 1, 2019
Payson McElveen, a 2016 graduate of Fort Lewis College who continues to call Durango home, crafted a plan nearly a year ago to attempt the fastest known time (FKT) record on the White Rim Trail in Moab. Though debated in cycling networks, the widely accepted FKT record of 5 hours, 59 minutes, 34 seconds was set by Salt Lake City-based endurance athlete and well-known skier Andy Dorais in 2016. On Wednesday, McElveen blew past that mark with a final time of 5:45:16 on his Orange Seal Off-Road Team Trek Top Fuel bike. He sits down with John to talk about the White Rim Trail, his career path and why Durango is a special place.
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Ep. 2: World class mountain biker Christopher Blevins
Friday, March 29, 2019
Fresh off a pair of wins in California and with some time back in Durango after wrapping up another quarter at California Polytechnic State University, Christopher Blevins sits down to talk about his singular focus on mountain biking, his goals one year after a silver medal at the world championships and he even gives us a verse of his spoken-word poetry. In the first half, John is joined by former radio co-host Rick O'Block to talk about the NCAA tournament, Rockies, Nuggets, Avalanche and more local sports.
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Ep. 1: Cyclist Quinn Simmons
Friday, March 22, 2019
Professional cyclist Quinn Simmons, 17, talks about his road cycling journey, his recent competitions and what the rest of the season holds. Welcome to the first edition of Living Sports, a podcast covering local sports for The Durango Herald. John Livingston, regional sports editor for Ballantine Communications, talks high school sports, cycling, professional sports and more. Join Livingston and his guests as we shine a spotlight on area athletes. Song “Breakdown” courtesy of incomptech.com.