We recorded from Berkeley Park Running Company in NW Denver with an inspiring panel of athletes who experienced significant setbacks in pursuing their love for movement in the outdoors: Dave Mackey, Hillary Allen and Amelia Dickerson. Peter Downing, c0-founder of Boulder nonprofit Suffer Better and former Leadman competitor, moderates a discussion about resilience and the search for acceptance and gratitude in the face of tragedy.
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Mackey, a part-time professional ultra runner, made the incredible decision to allow doctors to amputate his leg following a freak accident on a routine run on Boulder’s Bear Peak. He’s back running on a prosthetic and is competing again (at least with family).
Hillary Allen, a full-time pro runner with The North Face, broke her back and wrists, among other devastating injuries, after falling down a 150-foot cliff during a race in Europe last year. She completed a recent 50k race but isn’t fully back in stride. She’s hoping to absorb some of Mackey’s optimism.
Amelia Dickerson holds the world marathon record for a blind woman. She lost her site as a child in a car wreck and has learned to navigate the trails and roads with her canine companion. She’s known to “ghost” pacers who run with her in races and has bumped into a few street signs and fences along the way.
A big thanks to our friends at Berkeley Park Running Company for hosting and to Suffer Better for convening the discussion!