Fiona Oakes & Keegan Kuhn Are Running For Good

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“Being vegan doesn’t hold you back from anything and in fact, it might make you better at what you want to do.”

Keegan Kuhn


Today’s episode features a conversation conducted before a live audience at the Laemmle Royal Theatre in Los Angles with acclaimed British ultra-runner Fiona Oakes and friend, multiple podcast guest and filmmaker Keegan Kuhn — one-half of the team behind both Cowspiracy & What The Health.

Vegan since she was 6 years old, Fiona is an extraordinary athlete and exemplary human hailing from the UK who holds four world records for marathon running. Perhaps best known as the world’s fastest woman to run a marathon on all seven continents and the North Pole, in 2013 Fiona won both the Antarctic Ice Marathon and the North Pole Marathon. But what makes her accomplishments all the more amazing is that at age 14 she was told she would never walk properly, let alone run, due to an illness that required more than 17 radical knee surgeries that culminated in the removal of her entire right knee cap.

This week marks the release of this dynamic duo’s latest creative collaboration, a new documentary entitled Running For Good. Visually arresting, the film follows Fiona as she attempts to set a new world record and complete Marathon des Sables – a 250km race through the Sahara routinely dubbed the toughest footrace on Earth.

Fiona runs not for podiums or glory, but instead to promote a compassionate way of living and break the stereotype that veganism holds you back from anything — all while tending to her true passion, operating Tower Hill Stables, where she cares for more than 450 rescued animals everyday.

A departure from Keegan’s recent provocative fare, Running For Good is a more contained yet cinematically stunning portrait of an undeniably unique, compelling, funny, self-deprecating, inspiring and essentially anonymous figure deserving of far more notice, attention and acclaim than she has historically received.

Executive produced by actor James Cromwell, I had the honor of providing some voice over to the film, as well as co-hosting the recent LA premiere of the film several weeks ago, where we recorded this conversation — which includes clips from the movie itself — post-screening before a live audience.

Fiona is someone I respect and admire deeply and have wanted to get on the show for a very long time. My admiration for Keegan and his work is well documented by his many appearances on this show. So I’m delighted to bring them together for you today. In addition, we are setting a new audio production high water mark in this episode. Jason Camiolo (who composed the film’s beautiful score) did a masterful job weaving segments of the film into today’s exchange to elevate the dynamic quality of your listening experience.

Big Announcement: Running For Good premieres globally on Vimeo October 11, 2018. For the first four (4) days of release (October 11-14), Keegan is generously making the film available to stream for FREE to the public. All you have to do is visit RunningForGoodFilm.com and type in the code FREE at checkout.

To support Fiona’s life work at Tower Hill Stables, click here.

For the visually inclined you’re not going to want to miss the video version of the podcast, which includes clips from the movie itself. Watch it here: bit.ly/runningforgoodpod

I hope Fiona’s story inspires you to dig deeper, reach higher and explore how your gifts can be leveraged for a better world.

Peace + Plants,

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Portrait of Fiona, Keegan & Rich by Reece Robinson

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Running For Good will be streamed FREE to the public between October 11-14. Visit RunningForGoodFilm.com And type in the code FREE.

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Special thanks to the Laemmle Royal Theater in West Los Angeles for hosting the screening and podcast. Thanks to Jason Camiolo for audio recording, engineering, production, show notes and interstitial music; graphics by Margo Lubin and Blake Curtis. Sponsor relations by David Kahn. Portraits by Reece Robinson. Theme music by Ana Leimma.

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