Erin Strout

Ali on the Run Show Episode 73: Erin Strout, Runner’s World Contributing Editor

“If you want to give yourself a fair shot, you have to be willing to take a leap and take a risk.” —Erin Strout

Erin Strout was at the Boston Marathon finish line when Meb Keflezighi won the race in 2014. She was there when Shalane Flanagan won the New York City Marathon in 2017, and she was one of the first people to chat with Desiree Linden after her historic 2018 Boston Marathon victory. As a freelance writer and contributor to Runner’s World and Outside Magazine, Erin has made a career out of covering elite athletes at major marathons, small-town races, and the Rio Olympic Games. On this episode, she talks about how she got her start in journalism (she used to be on the front lines at crime scenes!), what it’s really like being a member of the media at high-profile sporting events, and whether she reads the comments on her stories.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • An inside look at the making of Erin’s “Behind the Scenes of Desiree Linden’s Incredible Boston Marathon Win” story for Runner’s World (2:00)
  • Erin’s take on the 2018 Boston Marathon, and what it’s like being a member of the media during major race weekends (6:35)
  • What it was like being at the finish when Meb Keflezighi won the 2014 Boston Marathon — and what it was like the year before, covering the Boston Marathon bombings (15:45)
  • How Erin got her start in journalism in rural Pennsylvania, and how she ended up as a freelancer in Flagstaff, AZ (24:00)
  • Why Erin loves covering the running industry (34:00)
  • What Erin says is the biggest challenge in her career right now (41:30)
  • Whether Erin reads the comments on her stories for Runner’s World (44:20)
  • Erin’s best advice for aspiring writers, reporters, editors, and freelancers (53:10)

What we mention on this episode:

“Behind the Scenes of Desiree Linden’s Incredible Boston Marathon Win” via Runner’s World

Desiree Linden on Episode 64 of the Ali on the Run Show

Boston Marathon

Sarah Lorge Butler

Runner’s World

Boston Athletic Association

Josh Cox

Molly Huddle on Episode 66 of the Ali on the Run Show

Shalane Flanagan

Sarah Sellers on Episode 69 of the Ali on the Run Show

Fairmont Copley Plaza

Scott Douglas

Galen Rupp

Penn State University

Sales & Marketing Management

New York Road Runners

Chronicle of Higher Education

Charles Butler

Running Times

“This is a Huge Moment for American Women Marathoners” via Outside Magazine

“Running Home: Inside Shalane Flanagan’s Journey to Win Boston” via Runner’s World

Race Everything

Bart Yasso

Bowerman Track Club

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One Response

  1. Just read the article on Runners World after listening to this episode. AMAZING idea for the story. LOVED IT and will definitely reread it before every next Boston!

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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