HR Pod: Amanda Loudin on HOKA NAZ Elite’s String of Successes

Scott Fauble crosses the finish line at the 2019 Boston Marathon, as sketched by Carly Peil.


Freelance writer Amanda Loudin joins host James Rogers to discuss her May feature entitled “HOKA NAZ Elite: Inside the Hottest Team Going” for PodiumRunner. Northern Arizona (NAZ) Elite—a professional running group based in Flagstaff, Arizona, and led by head coach Ben Rosario—partnered with HOKA in 2015 and had a breakthrough 2018 with multiple team members posting eye-catching results.

Now a 13-member team, NAZ Elite’s most notable performance came this year at the 2019 Boston Marathon, where 27-year-old Scott Fauble finished seventh in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 9 seconds (2:09:09) to become the 11th-fastest American ever for the 26.2-mile distance.

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HR Pod: Boston Marathon Recap with Amanda Loudin

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Photo of Desiree Linden by Erika Hildegard Johnson, from September 2011 issue of Running Times.


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Desiree Linden, 34, en route to her first Boston Marathon victory on April 16, 2018.

Boston 2018 was historic. Cruddy weather didn’t stop 34-year-old American Des Linden from gutting out a victory on the women’s side. Linden became the first American woman to win Boston since 1985. On the men’s side, Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi took top honors. It was the 31-year-old’s fourth marathon of 2018 and his first major victory. James Rogers does a quick solo recap, then health and fitness freelance writer Amanda Loudin (aka Miss Zippy) joins James to give her reactions to this wild day. James and Amanda also discuss the depth of American distance running.

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Hooray Run Podcast Debut Episode: Boston Marathon 2017 Recap

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Desiree Linden (USA) leads the elite women near mile six of the 2017 Boston Marathon.


Hooray Run Podcast’s debut episode! It’s a Boston Marathon 2017 recap hosted by James Rogers, who brings on friend and former teammate Tyler Brinks, aka T-Dot. Notable topics include: Galen Rupp’s second-place finish; Jordan Hasay’s 26.2 debut dandy; Meb Keflezighi’s Boston farewell; Des Linden’s fourth-place showing; Edna Kiplagat’s dominance; Kathrine Switzer’s return in bib No. 261.

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