Julia Beckley – Adaptive Athlete – Making a Difference!
Wowza! It has been a hot, hot summer thus far! It can undoubtedly be challenging to run in training and races. Are you an intelligent runner, staying hydrated and not overheating? I hope so!
August is upon us and the fall race season is just around the corner. Where did the summer go? It is flying by so fast. Not fair!
My guest in this episode is Julia Beckley from here in Denver. Julia is an AWD adaptive athlete that is making quite a difference. What is AWD, you ask? Athletes with Disabilities.
See, Julia is a push-rim athlete who pushes herself to the limit. Unfortunately, however, she has several medical conditions. One is hypophosphatasia, a rare condition that keeps bones and teeth from developing the right way, making them more likely to form incorrectly or break. Since she was eight years old, she has broken close to 45 bones.
An athlete from childhood, she has competed in races from a 5K to a 100-mile ultra. And she is making a difference being an advocate to bring push-rim wheelchair inclusion to more Colorado races. Julia is also the Director of the AWD side of the Human Race in Ft. Collins, Colorado, to be held on Saturday, August 5th.
Julia is a rock star, and her incredible story will inspire you. Also joining are Eddie Perez and Josh Gomez, who were on her support crew for this year’s Colfax Marathon. We recorded this conversation at Runners Roost on Colorado Blvd. in Denver.
In my intro, I also talk about the nasty pre-race jitters!
Enjoy this episode! And if Julia’s story inspires you, please send me a note to let me know your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Remember to be kind to others, even if some are not kind to you. The world is terrifying these days, especially in our wonderful country. We all need to make a difference now more than ever. So happy running; stay hydrated and cool during these hot summer days! Peace everyone!
[00:40] – Host Jim Lynch
[11:59]- Julia Berkley Interview (w/Eddie Perez & Josh Gomez)
[1:08:27] – Inspirational Running Quote /Jim episode close
Julia Beckley – Adaptive Athlete
Human Race – Ft. Collins, Colorado – August 5 & 6, 2022
New Belgium Brewing – Ft. Collins, Colorado – Julie on Panel for Human Race – Stop By – August 4, 2022
ABC 7 News – Para athletes hope return to full Colfax Marathon is permanent – April 2022
Esposwimbikerun – Long Video Interview on YouTube – March 2022
Achilles International – Website
Soft Bones – Article (written by Julia)
ABC 7 News – Denver – News Story – July 2021
New York Road Runners – 5 part series during Covid – July 2021
Coloradoan – Ft. Collins – Human Race – August 2021
Base Performance – Interview – October 2021
Fox 5 News – Las Vegas – January 2019
We are Superman – Podcast – ( Bill Stahl’s podcast, was David Clarke)
Runners Roost Colorado – Colorado Blvd Store
Jason Romero – Feel Good Running Podcast – Episode #16
Runners World On-Line – Sorry, the article by Coach PJ Thompson was only through the Email. However, Runners World On-Line is a great site for runners. Check it out!
Inspirational Running Quote
” Know me for my abilities, Not my disability ~Unknown
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