237 Miles in 3 Days to Support Frontline Workers

In this episode we speak with ultrarunner and long-time listener to the MTA podcast Eric Strand who recently set the Fastest Known Time on the Katy Trail to raise money for front line hospitality workers. Plus, Coach Angie will share tips on how to mentor a new runner.

Interview with Eric Strand

Our friend Eric Strand ran the entire Katy Trail in 3 days, 14 hours and 6 minutes. Though the trail is 237 miles long, because of detours due to washed out bridges his total mileage was 245.1. This run helped raise money for Frontline Hospitality Workers who have been impacted by the shutdown. The GoFundMe page has currently $42,485 of a $10,000 goal for the Above and Beyond Foundation. Learn more here:

Eric and Tami Strand

Eric Strand is the Sr. Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at the Drury Hotel Company. He’s been running marathons and ultras since he finished grad school at age 39 and hasn’t looked back. He’s completed the Leadville Traill 100 a total of 8 times.

The Katy Trail


The Katy Trail is the longest recreational rail trail in the U.S. stretching from Kansas City to beyond St. Louis. Prior to Eric’s run the record for covering the Katy Trail on foot was 3 days 18 hours 12 minutes and 3 seconds.

Also Mentioned in This Episode

Eric’s GoFundMe Page: The Above and Beyond Foundation – organization that gives grants to housekeepers, front desk agents, meeting planners, food & beverage associates and others who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic.

The Drury Hotels -official hotel sponsor of the MTA Podcast! Use this link to save 15% off the cost of your stay! https://www.druryhotels.com/mta

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