We Want to Hear Your Running Stories
For our Strides Behind the Mic mini-episodes, we will be sharing listeners running stories. Submit your 1-3 minute audio story. We'd love to share it. Photo by Howie Stern
Roads to Boston: 9 Runners, 1 Finish Line
The stories of 9 women runners, from around the world, who are all preparing for the historic 125th Boston Marathon on October 11, 2021.
Women's Stories About Running
Stories about running as told by women: Challenges, victories and what they have learned along the way
Women and the Comrades Marathon
Stories of women runners' experiences at the oldest and largest ultra-distance race in the world: South Africa's 90km/56-mile Comrades Marathon, "the ultimate human race"

We want to hear your stories

In each Stories Behind the Mic Mini-Ep. we share listener stories. We want to hear from you. The story prompt is Share a Memorable Moment from a Recent Run. Submit your 1-3 minute recording any time.

Click on the Submit Your Story link for more information and how to submit your story.

We’ll play a selection of three to four listener stories on each SBTM episode.

Most Recent Episodes


On this podcast formerly known as Strides Forward, we share stories about running, told by women runners from around the world. Many of our episodes feature one woman’s story, focused around a topic that is central to her journey or central to her experiences as a woman runner. Some topics we’ve covered: aging and longevity, community building, RED-s, pregnancy, and the mental game, and we have an entire series about  “experiences at South Africa’s 90-km/56-mile Comrades Marathon.” We also feature an entire series about 9 women’s journeys to the 2021 Boston Marathon: Roads to Boston 2021. This series traced the running stories of all these women, from the beginning, to earning their Boston entry, all the way to the finish line! We hope this series will continue to inspire runners to pursue their Boston or other running dreams for years to come.

Host, producer, and 52-year-old runner Cherie Louise Turner takes you into the experiences these women have with this deeply rewarding and forever challenging sport. Musician and runner Cormac O’Regan provides original scoring and sound design, which helps bring these stories to life. And April Marriner of Bonfire Collaborative keeps the show looking good through excellent design work.

Runners featured vary widely: from world record setters to mid-life fitness seekers, the stories are as different as the runners who share them. The one thing they all have in common, however, is that they love to run. You may be even be inspired to follow in their footsteps. Where can your body take you?

Women’s Running Stories is made for runners and nonrunners alike. And, we believe that everyone should feel welcome at the start line, the group run, the trail adventure, the road workout, the track session, and the post-race BBQ.

We also believe in the power of stories to inspire and empower, and we recognize that mainstream sports media has ignored these stories, especially the stories of women of color, for decades. In hand, we agree with Dr. Cheryl Cooky that the future of media for women in sports is in niche media outlets, not legacy media. We created our Rad Stuff page for this reason: to highlight the many places you can find stories about women athletes and/or created by women; we primarily focused on running and endurance adventure.  Women’s Running Stories exists to help bring powerful stories about women athletes to light, as well as topics that impact women that aren’t talked about enough. We exist to be part of this ever growing collective effort.

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Women’s Running Stories is hosted and produced by Cherie Louise Turner, in the Boston area, where the support for running is exceptional. Cherie’s current running focus is recovering from the 90km/56mi Comrades Marathon, which she completed August 28, 2022, with an eye toward returning to track racing and 5kms. This was her first Comrades and the longest distance she’s ever tackled.

Original music and sound design are created by Cormac O’Regan, founding member of Playtoh, from the great city of Cork, Ireland. Cormac is currently training for the 2022 Amsterdam Marathon and is always inspiring his two young daughters.

Graphics, logo, social media, and website are created by April Marriner of Bonfire Collaborative, in the most excellent town of Truckee, CA. When she’s not creating excellent graphics and branding materials, April is enjoying the Sierra Nevada Mountains that surround her and being a rad mom to her two rad kids.