Hello Run Boundless Family. My name is Erin Tsurumoto Grassi and I am grateful to be able to guest host today along with Run Boundless creator, host and over-all-incredible human being Kenneth Pinckney.
Today we are going to switch gears a little and talk about walking – race walking. But, don’t let that fool you! We have with us on the show today Robyn Stevens and Nick Christie, the top two race walkers in the United States, and they can walk faster than many of us can run! This dynamic duo lives and trains together at altitude in the Mojave Desert in California and has their eyes on the now 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Before we get started, let me share a little about both of them. They both have extensive bios and accomplishments, so I’m going to do my best to provide a summary. First, let me introduce you to Nick Christie.
Nick Christie is the top US male race-walker. He was born in Fairfied, CA and grew up in east San Diego County, attending Grossmont High School and later Cuyamaca and Grossmont College before transferring to Missouri Baptist University. It was at Cuyamaca Community College that Nick was first introduced to race-walking by 2 x Olympian Tim Seaman in 2011. Nick picked up the sport quickly, qualifying for his first USA team in 2012 for the World Racewalking Cup held in Russia. While in college, he set the NAIA record for the 3000m racewalk in 2013 and in 2015. In 2018, he won the racewalking “Trifecta” – the USA indoor 3000m, USA 20K Outdoor Nationals and the USA 50K Nationals. Just recently, he won the USA 50k Nationals – his 20th USA National Title.
Aside from race-walking, Nick enjoys eating cereal dry, plain water, tuna in sunflower oil, has a penchant for the perfect marshmallow and buys rice candy for the prize stickers.
I also have the pleasure of introducing you to Robyn Stevens, a long-time friend from our cross country days together at Vacaville High School. Robyn grew up in Vacaville, California and was introduced to race walking in her youth by her running coach, Claudia Wilde. Robyn was a standout junior race-walker, as well as runner – as a junior she held the distinction of being undefeated in racewalking and was the #5 ranked distance runner in the US. She is still the ONLY USA racewalker to win GOLD at a big international championship – the 1999 U20 Pan Am Cup. Similar to Nick, Robyn has also won the racewalking “Trifecta” and is the only US woman to do so. Robyn is an 11 x American record holder and 7x American Masters record holder, and just comes off winning the 2021 Womens' 35K National Title. Nick and Robyn are currently the only two USA race walkers in the Tokyo Olympic Quota. A couple of fun facts: In 2019, Nick and Robyn taught Kevin Hart and Keegan Michael Key how to racewalk for their 2020 “What the Fit” Going for the Gold Netflix episode – and if you haven’t seen that, it is absolutely hilarious.
During the pandemic, Robyn was a body double and off-camera for Kristen Bell’s role as a racewalker in “Queenpins” – which is scheduled to premiere in 2021.
Social Media Instagram: instagram @robyndesigns @nick.s.christie
Robyn's website: www.RobynDesign.net
View their interview podcast youtube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oorxc2JQ-q0
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