Be inspired by stories of remarkable women runners!
Each episode features a uniquely uplifting journey to inspire your running goals.
Roads to Boston: 9 Runners, 1 Finish Line
The running stories of 9 women who ran the 2021 Boston Marathon: how they earned their spot, and how it all went down. If Boston is a goal, this is a must listen!
Race Reports: An Inside Look at Runners & Racing
Hear the story of one top ten finisher at a major race: Get to know the runner and fascinating race insights.
Women and the Comrades Marathon
Stories of women at the oldest, largest ultra-distance race in the world: South Africa's 90km/56-mile Comrades Marathon, "the ultimate human race"

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Women’s Running Stories features inspiring stories told by exceptional women runners. This is a podcast rooted in the audio storytelling tradition, so get ready for a listening experience that’s a little different.

Hear from women who are achieving excellence and changing their lives through the sport of running, in the myriad ways that can happen. Discover the many ways running shows up to improve women’s lives. Get motivated to discover and reach your own running goals by women who’ve been there.

Regular episodes feature one woman’s running story. From stories of motherhood like from Molly Huddle and Sally Kipyego, to masters excellence from Sue McDonald, to stories from pros on the rise, like Erika Kemp and Emma Grace Hurley. There are changemakers, like Kelly Bruno, activists, like Alison Marielle Désir, and community builders, like Liz Rock. Over 100 stories await!

WRS features episodes that focus on big events! Learn all about South Africa’s grand gem through the series about “experiences at South Africa’s 90-km/56-mile Comrades Marathon.” And, the Roads to Boston 2021 series traces the journeys of 9 women from the start of their running pursuits through to the finish line of the 2022 Boston Marathon. WRS also follows the USATF Road Circuit series of races through Race Reports. Each Race Report features a top-10 finisher telling how the race went down from her perspective. Get an inside look at racing and learn more about the US professional field through these exciting episodes.

Host Chérie Louise Turner shares much of her own running journey. She’s run the 90km Comrades twice, in 2022 and 2023. Currently, she’s on a mission to run a sub-20-minute 5k, at age 54. You can follow her journey in real time in the Over 50, Sub-20, 5k project episodes.

The upshot is this: runners featured vary widely, from world record setters to community change-makers to legends in the sport. And the stories are as different as the runners who share them. The one thing they all have in common is an interest in achieving excellence through the sport of running.

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Women’s Running Stories is hosted and produced by Cherie Louise Turner, in Somerville, Massachusetts, and Cork, Ireland. Cherie has spent her career telling stories in print and more recently audio, and she’s been a lifelong competitive athlete. Creating Women’s Running Stories is Cherie’s ideal coming together of these two worlds.

Original music and sound design are created by Cormac O’Regan, one of the founding members of Playtoh, in the great city of Cork, Ireland. Cormac is an avid distance runner with a focus on marathons, and he hopes to inspire his two young, energetic daughters.

Graphics, logo, social media, and website are created by April Marriner of Bonfire Collaborative, a website development and brand identity company. When April is away from work, she’s out enjoying the Sierra Nevada Mountains near her Truckee, California, home and being a rad mom to her two fantastic kids.