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💥Trail Gangsta of the Month (April '23) 💥 Mehgin Lawrence on Running with Chronic, Invisible Illness💥

💥Trail Gangsta of the Month (April '23) 💥 Mehgin Lawrence on Running with Chronic, Invisible Illness💥

Name: Mehgin Lawrence 

Age: 33

Current Residence: Davenport, Iowa

Occupation: Steel Sales

1. How did your running journey start? 

In 7th grade we had to run a lap around the track at the beginning of PE everyday. Once a month we did a timed mile. Instead of choosing to hate running and complain about it like a lot of other girls my age, I got it done and was halfway decent at it.

The next year I learned about and joined the cross country team and...


💥Trail Gangsta of the Month (March '23) 💥 Linda Kapembeza: Host of "The Running Voyager" Podcast💥

💥Trail Gangsta of the Month (March '23) 💥 Linda Kapembeza: Host of "The Running Voyager" Podcast💥

Full Name: Linda Kapembeza 

Age: 42

Hometown:  I've lived all my adult life in Johannesburg, South Africa, but I grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Current Residence: Saitama,Japan

Occupation: English Teacher

 

1. Filmmaker (and podcaster) Billy Yang was your primary inspiration for the “The Running Voyager” podcast. What aspect of his storytelling appealed to you? With the abundance of running podcasts out there, what makes yours unique? 

What drew me in about Billy was his authenticity. I think the way he spoke just seemed real to me and when I watched...


💥Trail Gangsta of the Month (Jan '23) 💥 Desert trail runner, Natalie Sandoval, is Making Waves in the Trail/Ultra Scene 🌊

💥Trail Gangsta of the Month (Jan '23) 💥 Desert trail runner, Natalie Sandoval, is Making Waves in the Trail/Ultra Scene 🌊

Name: Natalie Sandoval

Age: 30

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Current Residence: Phoenix, AZ

Occupation: Behavior Specialist

Natalie is an NAU graduate and educator in the Phoenix area. She burst onto the trail scene in 2022 with help from her coach, James Bonnett, notching top 10 finishes at Black Canyon 100k (6th F), Broken Arrow 52k  (8th F), Speedgoat 50k (9th F), and just missing the podium with a 4th place finish at the iconic JFK 50 Mile! Learn more about this badass runner below:

1. You’ve been...


💥Trail Gangsta of the Month (Dec'22) 💥 Kevin Long Runs for Timmy's Team 👟

💥Trail Gangsta of the Month (Dec'22) 💥 Kevin Long Runs for Timmy's Team 👟

Name: Kevin Long

Age: 57      

Hometown: Long Island, NY

Current Residence: Long Island, NY

Occupation: Writer (Executive and Organizational Communications)

Kevin Long is still chasing his marathon goals at age 57, but more importantly he runs to help fundraise for charities that benefit those with developmental and intellectual disabilities. To date, he has raised over $160,000 through “Timmy’s Team,” a fundraiser named after his son, Tim.

1. When did your running journey begin?

My running journey began about 14 years ago.  I...


💥Trail Gangsta of the Month (Nov '22) 💥 Zach Gonzalez of Blue Bird Running Company 🐦

💥Trail Gangsta of the Month (Nov '22) 💥 Zach Gonzalez of Blue Bird Running Company 🐦

Name: Zach Gonzalez 

Age: 49

Hometown: El Paso, Texas

Current Residence: Las Cruces, NM

Occupation: Specialty retail running store owner

Meet Zach Gonzalez, trail running fanatic and owner of the Bluebird Running Company. Zach and his wife Michelle shared a vision to open a running store which started as a mobile business in 2018. In the fall of 2021, they opened a brick and mortar store in downtown Las Cruces, NM. Read more about how their dream became a reality below! 

1. How and when did...