48: Running 15 Years of Miami Marathon: Talking with Frankie Ruiz

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#MRuns 48: In this episode, I talked with the co-founder of Miami Marathon Frankie Ruiz. Frankie has been life time runner as well local high school Cross Country Coach. He is a big part of running community in South Florida.

In this episode, we talk about following:
-Frankie’s Running Journey
-Miami Running Community
-Start of Miami Marathon
-Ins and outs of Miami Marathon
-Advice to those want to be future Race Director or grow their race
– Behind the sense of running a big city marathon

Here is Frankie’s Bio:

Frankie Ruiz co-founded Miami-based PR Racing, Inc which served as the launching pad for the Miami Marathon. In ’13, the company was acquired by Life Time Fitness. Currently, Frankie is the Chief Running Officer of the company. He is also the cross country coach for Belen Jesuit School since ’02, during that tenure he has lead them to 7 State Championships. Ruiz was a T&F collegiate athlete at FIU. In ’09, Frankie Ruiz launched the popular Run Club Network together with Nike, which encompasses over 15,000 runners each year. He is now Miami’s Nike+ Run Club Head Coach. Not too long ago, he was invited to give a TEDx Miami Talk on the Running Movement in Miami. He is also involved in Plan Z, Ludlam Trail & the Underline among several other major park initiatives. He sits on the Miami-Dade County GMCVB Sports Advisory Board, Green Mobility Network Board, Miami Foundation’s Our Miami Committee and the Parks Advisory Board. Frankie is also part-owner of GoRun Running store.


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47: From Couch Potato to Boston Marathoner to Ironman: Story of “Fast” Eddie McCoy

#MRuns 47: In this episode, I talked with a long time running friend – “Fast” Eddie. Eddie is very active runner and the former host of “Marathon Show” podcast. Eddie has many stories to tell about his running journey where he went from being a couch potato to a Boston qualifier less than a year. In recent days, he start to take on triathlon.

In this podcast, we talk about:
– ups and downs of Eddie running journey
– on becoming triathlete
– more

Enjoy the podcast!

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46: Pacing and Racing the world: Talking with Gary Dixon

#MRuns 46: In this episode, I talked with fellow pacer Gary Dixon. Gary is MRuns’ the first intentional guest from Liverpool England. Gary and I paced several Chicago Marathon and recently at Miami Marathon. Gary not only has passion for running, but also has passion for pacing and helping others. It was interesting to hear Gary’s story about pacing in UK and USA, as well running different parts of the world. Miami Marathon was Gary’s 127th marathon/ultra which includes 27 marathon pacing. He will pace 2017 London Marathon as well Berlin Marathon. If you are running either marathon, please look up Gary. He will be there to help or pace you.

In this episode, we talked about:
*on being a pacer
*pacing different events
*running different events around the world

Find Gary on twitter at @gdixon61

NOTE: In the UK pace groups refer as buses. So each time slot is classed as a ‘bus‘!

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45: How to Prevent Running Injuries? Talking with Dr. Beau Beard

#MRuns 45: In this episode, I talked with Dr. Beau Beard about running injuries prevention. As a runner as well as Doctorate of Chiropractic and Masters in Sports Science, Dr. Beard brings wealth of knowledge about running injuries and injuries perversion. Personally, I learned a lot listing to Dr. Beard.

In this episode, we talked about:
-Dr. Beard’s running/active life journey
-Common runners injuries
-Runners injuries prevention

visit the FARM website: http://www.chirofarm.com

Bio of Dr. Beau Beard:

Dr. Beau Beard was raised in small town middle America, where he enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing a variety of sports.  This is also where his chiropractic path began.  He suffered a femur fracture in middle school requiring surgery, and was told he would never play sports again.  With proper rehabilitation and a phenomenal chiropractor he was back to playing multiple sports within a year.  This is what sparked Dr. Beard’s passion for manual medicine and rehabilitation.  Dr. Beard attended Southern Illinois University where he obtained a business degree in 2006.  After his undergraduate education Dr. Beard lived and worked in Florida, Colorado and Alaska before attending Logan College of Chiropractic, where he graduated with his Doctorate of Chiropractic as well his Masters in Sports Science and Rehabilitation.  Dr. Beard has worked intimately with athletes of all levels and all sports.  He has worked with the University of Missouri, Bradley University, Lindenwood University and most recently Samford University, and has served as assistant medical director of several trail and road races. He has extensive training in chiropractic adjusting, myofascial release, kinesio taping, sports rehabilitation, exercise prescription, athlete assessment and sport specific development.  


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From Stay at Home Mom to Social Runner and Social Media Influencer: Story of Kristin Long

#Mruns 44: In this episode, I talked with Kristin Long aka @BamaGirlRuns. Kristin was not always a runner. Once she took on running, her passion for running grew in may directions. Now, she is not only runs races, she also helps other to achieve their running goals and dreams. Over the years, she also become a great ambassador for running as well as Social Media Influencer. You can find Kristin on most of Social Media platforms with @Bamagirlruns handle. Busy mother of 3 growing teenagers, Kristin has managed to complete 44 half marathons, 12 full marathons, and numerous 5ks and 10ks.

In this episode, we talked about following:
-Dopey Challenge at the Walt Disney World Marathon
-Kristin Running journey
-Being Social Media Influencer
-Be a mom runner
-New City Marathon’s Social Media ambassador for a day
-Being a Social runner

Blog post: http://bamagirlruns.blogspot.com/


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43: Seeing the world One Mile at a time through Running: Talking with Meghan Hicks

#MRuns 43: In this episode, I talked with Meghan Hicks, Senior Editor at iRunFar.com, about her running journey as well as seeing the world one mile at a time and one event at a time through running. It is interesting to listen how far a running can take a person beyond their comfort zones. There are so much to see and so much to discover through running. If you ever want to get out of your bubble zones and see the world, this is a great podcast to listen.

-In this episode, we talk about :
-Meghan’s running journey
-Running trails and covering events around the world
-How to run races beyond your comfort zones/regions
-Building great running community and environment

Note: Podcast hosting moved to SoundCloud.com from Mruns.com. If you are use iTunes to listen to Mruns’ podcast, nothing changed for you.

@MaratonRuns on SoundCloud: @marathonruns



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42: Setting New Year’s Resolution Goals & Achieving It: Talking with Cary Morgan

#MRuns 42: In this episode, I talked with Cary Morgan. Cary has many stories to tell about running, including setting big running resolution goals and achieving it. Cary was not always a runner. In 1994, he took on running, but he did not stay with it. Since he took on running again in 2004, he has not looked back. Now, he is a running coach, marathon pacer, a big part of running community here in Birmingham area, and more.


In 2016, Cary had goal of running 4000 miles and by the end of 2016, he was able to achieve it. As runners, we always have weekly/monthly/yearly and life time goals. Sometime, it is hard to stay with all those goals. We hope that this episode will help you find ways to achieve your yearly running goals as well as staying active goals. 

In this episode, we talked about:

  • how to set running resolution goals
  • how to train year around
  • pacing/coaching 
  • more

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41: MS Blues Marathon & more: Talking with John Noblin

#MRuns 41: In this episode, I  briefly talk about the First Light Mobile marathon as well as short interview with the race director of MS Blues Marathon John Noblin  about race cancellation, next year, and more. It was interesting to listen to other side of event. It is not always easy to cancel a big event like the MS Blues Marathon.

Note: Elevation climb for First Light Marathon was less than 700 ft. on my watch. 


Marathons Links:

MS Blues Marathon: www.msbluesmarathon.com

First Light Mobile Marathon: www.firstlightmarathon.com 

Enjoy the podcast. 

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40: Youth Sports Safety & Birmingham Wine 10k: Talking with Joseph Longoria

#MRuns 40: In this episode, I talked with Joseph Longoria, Executive Director of The National Center for Sports Safety. Joseph is a long time running friend and the person behind the Wine 10K.

In this episode, we talked about following:

  • National Center for Sports Safety
  • Youth sports safety
  • Birmingham Wine 10
  • 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist Emma Coburn coming to Wine 10k
  • More

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Photos from 2016 Inaugural Birmingham Wine 10K 

Birmingham Wine 10k website: Wine10K.com

National Center for Sports Safety: www.SportsSafety.org



About The National Center for Sports Safety (NCSS) 


The National Center for Sports Safety (NCSS) was founded to promote the importance of injury prevention and safety on all levels of the youth sports community through education and research. NCSS focuses on decreasing the number and/or severity of injuries through developing and teaching sports safety courses and collecting, analyzing and researching injury data.



In 2001, the National Center for Sports Safety (NCSS), a nonprofit, was founded by renowned orthopedic surgeon Lawrence J. Lemak, M.D. NCSS was created to promote the importance of injury prevention and safety on all levels of youth sports through education and research.


To raise national safety standards and discuss the growing concerns of youth sports, NCSS held a “Setting the Standard” Summit in Birmingham, Alabama (2002). The purpose was to “Raise the Standard” in youth sports through sports safety awareness. The summit was a success with more than 30 delegates from across the country coming together to collaborate their expertise to develop content for a sports safety course.


Two years later, after intensive research and content development, NCSS launched a sports safety course called PREPARE. PREPARE educates coaches, volunteers, parents and anyone who is responsible for an athlete vital skills that could help save a child’s life on the playing field or court. The PREPARE course gives the sports community the confidence and knowledge to prevent and respond to injuries and emergency situations until a qualified medical professional arrives. PREPARE is also available as an online course.


In 2007, NCSS achieved 501(c) (3) status after satisfying state and federal requirements. NCSS continues to partner with many national governing bodies, youth leagues and state high school athletic associations to educate coaches on the importance of sports safety.


In 2010, NCSS produced a parent and athlete video to educate parents and athletes on preventative measures and ways to be proactive in youth sports safety. The 16-minute video covers five essential topics that parents and athletes need to be familiar with in the event of an emergency on the field or court. The video includes information regarding concussions, pre-participation physicals, cardiac and genetic disorders, heat illnesses and staph (Staphylococcus aureus)/ MRSA infections. The parent and athlete video has been reviewed and approved by the AHSAA medical advisory committee and can be viewed here. 


This same year, NCSS began focusing on event fundraisers to help build further support for NCSS so that additional tools and resources for coaches, parents and athletes could be built and provided to continue “Raising the Standard” in youth sports safety. 


Furthermore, NCSS continues to expand by educating coaches, parents and volunteers in basic safety techniques and emergency responses to ensure the playing fields and courts are safe for youth athletes across the nation. 


In June of 2016, NCSS was selected as a finalist for the Birmingham Business Journal Nonprofit Awards. NCSS was nominated in the $500k-$999k category alongside the following nonprofits: Magic Moments, Triumph Services, and the Birmingham Education Foundation


39: Running Everyday for 5 Years : Mindset of a Streaker : Talking with Randy Lyle

#Mruns 39: In this episode, I talked to long time friend and fellow runner Randy Lyle. Randy was not always a distance runner. His distance running journey started from Couch to 5k challenge in 2008. Since late Dec 2011, Randy has been running every day. During his 5 streak years, Randy has run more than 12,000 miles with any distance from 5k to ultra distance race with highlight of finishing Boston Marathon 2014.

In this episode, we talk about follow:

  • Running journey
  • Running every day for 5 years
  • Ups and Downs of running everyday
  • more


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Happy New Year 2017. Thanks for listening to MRuns’ podcast in 2016. Looking forward to bring you great podcast episode for 2017!


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