Backpacker Radio Episode 32: Peter Downing on Ultrarunning, the Peace Corps, and Suffer Better
In today’s episode of Backpacker Radio, we’re joined by Peter Downing, a modern-day renaissance man. We chat about his history as an ultrarunner (including his four wins at the Buena Vista 50), his time in the Peace Corps, his career as a lawyer, and now, his latest undertaking, Suffer Better, a community of ultrarunners whose mission is to give back. It’s a fun, freewheeling convo where Peter teaches us the ins and outs of the ultra world.
We touch on what it’s like to have cold feet before a thru-hike and we get into a rather lewd edition of Would You Rather.
- Recorded at Wayfinder in Denver
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- Chaunce is on the AT, but she isn’t, but she is (but she isn’t).
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- Hoka One One trail runners (started from the former Salomon employers)
- Ultimate Direction running vests
- Chaunce gets covered in poo (again)
- The life of a law student
- Suffer Better
- Second Thoughts and Pre-Hike Blues by Christy Fairlie
- Would You Rather
- 5-star iTunes Reviews
- Danny Devito
- Song: Walking Slow by Animal Years
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