Thursday, July 03, 2008

Trail Nerds and the Media

The Trail Nerds' had an interesting "media day" yesterday.

First on the daily agenda - Kyle Amos and I were on the 10-11 a.m. Walt Bodine Show, on the local NPR affilliate, KCUR FM. Kyle had been down at Lake of the Ozarks on a family vacation, and drove-up just for the show. The show was a lot of fun...just a quiet one-hour conversation about trail and ultrarunning.

Gina Kaufman, Walt Bodine's co-host, filled-in for the absent Walt. She's very good at what she does, and picks-up on key words and subject matter quickly.

Right after the show, Carolyn from The Pitch called me. She met and interviewed me for quite a while. She's run with the Nerds a couple of times, and might do a profile/story on a couple of the Nerds. By the way, we were voted Running Group of the Year last year by The Pitch's readers.

(So far, the New York Times hasn't called to do an in-depth story on the Nerds).

By the way...the News Director (and award-winning reporter) Frank Morris, originally clued the Walt Bodine Show's producer to do a show about the Trail Nerds. Frank has participated in our events before, and seems to like our quirky ways. But then again, who wouldn't? I'm quite the news-hound and researcher myself, and found out that 15 years ago or so, Frank was quite the local Grunge-era Rocker, in a band called "Guard Rails" or (something similar). Yeah, he's quirky and cool enough to be a true Trail Nerd!

I then gathered up our new event shirts and supplies, and headed up to WyCo Park to do some trail maintenance and marking for our race, with Shane, Adam, Oscar, and CynicalMudBabe. Afterward, we went to Shane's house and his wife Brandy had prepared some munchies and beer for us, and we proceeded to get our race packet stuffing completed. The lights went out quite a few times, due to a major thunderstorm.

Quite the day.

Here's where you can either listen to or download the show we did.


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