Mario Fraioli

Ali on the Run Show Episode 266: On the Record with Mario Fraioli, Host of The Morning Shakeout

“I won’t use my voice unless I can back up whatever argument I’m trying to make. But I’ve gotten increasingly more comfortable putting myself in those situations and taking a stance on something and then being able to back it up, whether it’s systemic racism, whether it’s diversity in the sport, whether it’s how we should be handling the pandemic right now as runners. We all have thoughts on those things. A lot of us are afraid to share those thoughts. Not all of us have platforms where we can share those thoughts and have it have an impact, and I am very cognizant of the fact that I do, and I want to make sure I’m using my platform for good in those ways and spurring up healthy conversation and debate.”

Today, we wrap up the On the Record series with Mario Fraioli, host of The Morning Shakeout podcast and creator of The Morning Shakeout newsletter. Mario comes to podcasting with a background in journalism: He’s a longtime sports writer and was the editor of Competitor magazine. On this episode, Mario talks about taking that journalistic approach when it comes to having conversations with running’s top athletes, and opens up about getting comfortable taking a stance and using his voice. And he explains why sometimes, you have to let the silence do the work.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How and why Mario got into podcasting (11:00)
  • How Mario prepares for his interviews (18:40)
  • What’s on Mario’s mind right now? (29:00)
  • On choosing guests for The Morning Shakeout (35:50)
  • Mario shares his dream-come-true moments (43:00)
  • On speaking out (53:50)

What we mention on this episode:

Ali Feller on The Morning Shakeout

Subscribe to The Morning Shakeout newsletter

Tommy Rivers Puzey GoFundMe

“Interview: Mebrahtom Keflezighi,” by Mario Fraioli for

“Retraction Reaction,” by Mario Fraioli

Erin Strout on Episode 73 of the Ali on the Run Show

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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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