Billy Yang Podcast
Billy Yang Podcast
Billy Yang
Join podcaster & filmmaker Billy Yang as he sits down for one-on-one conversations with some of the most prolific and rising athletes, creatives, entrepreneurs and many others on what drives and inspires them.
Timothy Olson | BYP 070
In this episode, I sat down with ultra endurance athlete Timothy Olson for a conversation about his record setting run on the famed Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). We unpacked all that went into his 51 days along the 2,653 mile route (averaging 51+ miles a day!) that runs from the southern terminus of the Mexican border to the Canadian border traversing vast terrain from the desert to alpine mountains. We talk through various challenges including rerouting from fires, missed water drops, animal encounters and some injuries that cropped up. We also break down the positive including the support from his family/friends/fans, moving through beautiful topography and much more. + Our Conversation on YouTube + Timothy Olson's Website + The Unknown (Timothy's 2016 Hardrock 100)   ______ 
Dec 3, 2021
1 hr 45 min
Zach Miller | BYP 069
In this episode, I sat down with ultra athlete Zach Miller talking running and racing, coming back from injury and some of his overall life philosophy. The conversation picks up where we last saw Zach in his film as a caretaker at Barr Camp to a now, a life on the road in his converted bus traveling through North America. We cover our summer at Hardrock, uncertainty around coming back from his injury, the pros and cons of social media, the recent passing of his grandmother and her legacy and much more. + Our Conversation on YouTube + ZACH: In Relentless Pursuit Of His Best + Zach Miller on Strava + All Gas No Brakes + Zach's Conestoga Race Report + But What If It's Good?   ______ 
Oct 25, 2021
1 hr 57 min
Katie Asmuth (Plus Dylan Bowman, Corrine Malcolm) | BYP 068
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Katie Asmuth, an emerging ultramarathoner from Southern California who turned many heads by finishing 5th at the 2021 Western States Endurance Run in a historic year for women. We talk through her running journey, how running plays a part in her life as a mom and nurse practitioner and much more. I also had a conversation with Dylan Bowman and Corrine Malcolm, a few days removed from broadcasting the very first livestream for the 2021 Western States Endurance Run.  + Our Conversation on YouTube + Katie Asmuth on Instagram + Western States Livefeed: Part One, Part Two, Part Three  ______ 
Jul 7, 2021
1 hr 18 min
Dr. Andy Pasternak | BYP 067
Dr. Andy Pasternak is a family physician with a background in epidemiology and infectious disease and is also the newest medical director of the Western States Endurance Run. In today's episode, we go over the latest CDC findings regarding outdoor and surface transmission of Covid-19, the latest on vaccine efficacy and potential harm, the future of outdoor events...and much more.  + Bill Maher: Give It To Me Straight, Doc  + Dr. Andy Pasternak on Twitter + Monica Gandhi on Twitter  ______ 
May 2, 2021
1 hr 11 min
Brendan Leonard "Semi-Rad" | BYP 066
Excited to bring on Brendan Leonard of "Semi-Rad" fame on the podcast to talk about a variety of noteworthy topics today. If you aren't familiar with his work, start with his now viral 2018 film he made for REI called "How To Run 100 Miles". We chat about that, his journey into becoming a writer, his blue-collared approach to the creative process, some darker patches of his life that involved alcohol and even a jail stint, what it was like to run 52 marathons in 52 weeks...and much more.  + How To Run 100 Miles + I Hate Running and You Can Too + How Rainbow Cake Sprinkles Are Made  ______ 
Mar 26, 2021
1 hr 40 min
Jerry Garcia | BYP 065
US Forest Firefighter Jerry Garcia's path to becoming an ultrarunner was an improbable one. From growing up around gangs and violence in Los Angeles, finding trouble in the Navy and then getting mixed up in drugs and alcohol - even ending up homeless on the streets - it was hard to imagine a future around a healthy lifestyle of clean living and running. In today's episode with Hoka Ambassador and firefighter, we cover his incredible journey to becoming the athlete he is today, his tireless work battling blazes in the wilderness, overcoming drug addiction and so much more!  ______ 
Mar 12, 2021
1 hr 21 min
Anton Krupicka, Judge Craig Mitchell & Gabi Hayes | BYP 064
Honored to have Judge Craig Mitchell (39:20) and filmmaker Gabi Hayes (1:17:11) on to discuss the documentary "Skid Row Marathon" and the Skid Row Running Club which was founded by the judge to help recovering homeless addicts find their way back to society. Also spoke with Anton Krupicka (3:20) again about his double crossing of the illustrious Grand Canyon. Also caught up on his life, talked Western States, future run plans and other various topics. + Skid Row Running Club + Skid Row Running Club Facebook + Skid Row Marathon + Unbreakable  ______ 
Jan 29, 2021
1 hr 49 min
Sally McRae & Jason Koop LIVE | BYP 063
It was a blast going LIVE on YouTube with athlete coaches Sally McRae and Jason Koop. In an effort to kick off 2021 the right way, we answered your questions ranging from strength training, 100K race tactics, when one should hire a coach, sleep training for a 250 mile race...and much more! + YouTube LIVE + Sally McRae + Jason Koop  ______ 
Jan 7, 2021
1 hr 53 min
Jacob Puzey | BYP 062
Our guest Jacob Puzey has been the face and voice for his brother Tommy Rivers Puzey as he continues his fight to survive and beat cancer (Primary Pulmonary N/K T-cell Lymphoma). In today's podcast, we talk about his latest condition, how the family is coping but of course cover Jake's journey as well, including some really great insight and stories about his father Kim Puzey, running a 120 mile stage race with Tommy, leaving an unsuccessful relationship, finding love again and how he's learning to pivot in these challenging times.  + Craft x Tommy Rivs Collection + GoFundMe For Tommy + AJ LeGrand + Peak Run Performance Virtual Races + The Billy Yang Running Community:  ______ 
Dec 7, 2020
2 hr 29 min
Helen Russell, Corrine Malcolm | BYP 061
Had a great conversation with two incredible women. First up, Adidas athlete Corrine Malcolm and I discuss her amazing FKT (Fastest Known Time) on the 171-mile Tahoe Rim Trail traverse. What went right, what went wrong on her magical day. Then a long form conversation with co-founder Helen Russell of Equator Coffees in Marin County, CA. We discuss her entrepreneurial journey, what goes into a cup of coffee, LGBTQ/social issues...and much more! + Equator Coffees + Corrine Malcolm + The Billy Yang Running Community:  ______ 
Nov 6, 2020
1 hr 54 min
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