Mario Fraioli & Dinée Dorame

Ali on the Run Show Episode 501: Friendship Fest with Dinée Dorame & Mario Fraioli

“I could tell he wasn’t mentoring me because he wanted it to be this public thing that made him look good. I wasn’t his charity case.”

Dinée Dorame had a dream: to launch a podcast that would explore the intersection between running, land, community and culture. So she applied for the first-ever Tracksmith Fellowship program — and she won. Dinée was one of the first recipients of a Tracksmith Fellowship grant, which gave her the support she needed to bring the Grounded podcast into existence. She was also paired with a mentor: Mario Fraioli, host of The Morning Shakeout podcast and creator of The Morning Shakeout newsletter. Dinée and Mario started as total strangers, formed a fast mentor-mentee relationship, and now, one year later, are close friends with a “big brother, little sister” bond. In this conversation, they talk about their first phone call, the first time they met in real life, and how their differences have made their relationship stronger.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Dinée and Mario became paired together as mentor-mentee through the Tracksmith Fellowship (5:20)
  • All about Dinée and Mario’s first phone call (15:15)
  • How a phone call became a friendship (26:10)
  • On podcast rejection! (37:00)
  • Dinée and Mario share the moments when they felt especially proud of each other (44:00)
  • On finally getting to meet in real life (48:00)
  • All about Common Ground (55:00)

For more, check out:

Dinée Dorame on Episode 402 of the Ali on the Run Show

Dinée Dorame on Episode 239 of the Ali on the Run Show

Mario Fraioli on Episode 266 of the Ali on the Run Show

Lauren Fleshman on The Morning Shakeout

Dinée Dorame on The Morning Shakeout

Billy Mills on the Grounded podcast

Ali Feller on The Morning Shakeout

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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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