About this episode

While we are releasing this episode ahead of the 2023 Western States Endurance Run, this talk on all things crewing and pacing is truly evergreen. This is a double-header episode hearing from two experienced pacers and crew members: Amelia Boone and Alex Hildebrandt. As well as being an accomplished elite ultrarunner and obstacle course racer herself, Amelia is preparing to pace top Western States contender Meg Morgan in this year’s race. Fuelled by his love of the trails and running community, Alex also has experience crewing elite athletes and has a reputation for being a “lucky charm”. Off the trails, Alex works full time in the tech industry and Amelia as an attorney and pop-tart connoisseur!

In this episode we talk about:

  • tips for assembling your perfect crew team, starting understanding your crew needs: logistics help, gear and nutrition, cheerleading, pacing, and more
  • advice for crew members and things to discuss with your athlete, including logistics and crewing by bike 
  • ealing with DNFs, curveballs and different challenges faced by athletes and crew 
  • ultra pacing 101: pre race considerations, running etiquette, and real time responses 
  • navigating aid stations and race plans

Tune in to Episode 47 and Episode 97 to hear Amelia Boone’s previous appearances on the show.

Follow Amelia on Instagram @arboone11 and  Alex @alex__hildebrandt and For The Long Run @forthelrpod 

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Past guests on For The Long Run include: 177. Molly Seidel; 226. Mike “Kofuzi”; 228. Kara Goucher; 59. Shalane Flanagan; 234. Camille Herron; 198. Courtney Frerichs; 229. Jes Woods; 207. Tyler Andrews; 197. Dean Karnazes; 206. Katie Arnold; 220. CJ Albertson; 153. Joe Holder; 199. Kelly Roberts; 188. Gwen Jorgensen; 205. Emily Abbate; 209. Sara Vaughn; 174. Nick Bare; 97 Amelia Boone; 101. Courtney Dauwalter, 219. Dylan Bowman; 191. Matt Chittim; 200. David Roche; and more!


This episode of the For The Long Run Podcast is sponsored by PUMA. For 75 years, PUMA has been pushing sports and culture forward with innovative design and development. We are honored to have PUMA supporting this show, and supporting the running community at large.  I’ve been running in the Deviate Nitro First Mile and I love how it has a focus on sustainability, made from at least 20% recycled material. Check out a pair for yourself at PUMA.com and use the code FORTHELONGRUN for 20% off any PUMA run or train products.


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