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The On Being Project

Billy Mills, Christina Torres, Ashley Hicks, et al.

Running as Spiritual Practice

For the Summer Olympics, we explore a topic our listeners have called out as a passionate force and a connector across all kinds of boundaries in American culture: running. Not just as exercise, or as a merely physical pursuit, but running as a source of bonding between parents and children and friends; running as an interplay between competition and contemplation; running and body image and survival and healing.

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  • Christina Torres

    Christina Torres

    is a teacher, writer, and runner based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Torres received her B.A. in English and Theatre from the University of Southern California. After joining Teach For America, she received a Masters in Education from Loyola Marymount University and followed her passion for education all the way to O‘ahu, where she now teaches at Punahou School. When she's not teaching kids, she's writing, running marathons, and searching for the best cheeseburger. Find more about her at www.christinatorres.org.

  • Billy Mills

    Billy Mills

    grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He is the first and only American to win the men’s 10,000 meters race in the Olympics. He is the co-founder of Running Strong for American Indian Youth.

  • John Cary

    John Cary

    is a trained architect who thinks about human-centered design. He is also a strategist for the TED prize and the co-founder of FRESH Speakers.

  • Christy Marvin

    Christy Marvin

    is a two-time winner of the Mount Marathon race in Seward, Alaska. She is from Palmer, Alaska.

  • Mike Stavlund

    Mike Stavlund

    is a pastor, writer, professor and father. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia. He is the author of A Force of Will: The Reshaping of Faith in a Year of Grief.

  • Justin Whitaker

    Justin Whitaker

    recently earned a PhD in Buddhist Ethics. He is originally from Montana and has taught in the Religious Studies Department at the University of Montana.

  • Roger Joslin

    Roger Joslin

    is an episcopal priest in Bentonville, Arkansas. He is the author of Running the Spiritual Path.

  • Sarah Khasawinah

    Sarah Khasawinah

    is a Health and Policy Fellow with the American Political Science Association. She was born in Chicago, and raised in Missouri.

  • Mallary Tenore

    Mallary Tenore

    is a journalist and the executive director of Images and Voices of Hope. She grew up outside Boston, and lives in Austin, Texas.

  • Ashley Hicks

    Ashley Hicks

    is the co-founder of Black Girls Run. She lives in Atlanta.

  • Simran Jeet Singh

    Simran Jeet Singh

    is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at Trinity University in New York. He is the Senior Religion Fellow for the Sikh Coalition.