Episode 129: Running Towards the Sun – Verna Volker

Episode 129: Running Towards the Sun

Interview with Verna Volker of Native Women Running

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Verna is Navajo, a mother of four, and days away from running a 50-mile ultra run. She started running after having her second child 12 years ago. Hear about Verna’s journey as a runner and how it’s underlined her resilience as a person. Now she’s bringing native women together by uplifting their running journeys, too.

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Featured in this episode: Verna Volker

Hosted by Gale Straub

Music is by Swelling, Josh Woodward, Kai Engel, and Monplaisir using a CC by A license. 

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • About growing up Navajo in Northwest New Mexico
  • How Verna took up running after her second child
  • The ways running has emphasized Verna’s resilience
  • Why Verna shares the stories of other native runners through her Instagram: @native_women_running
  • Verna’s annual virtual run to raise awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women
  • Why Verna places an emphasis on safety (not fear) when running
  • What excites her about the future of Native Women Running

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