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The BibRave Podcast Episode 256: Behind the Scenes of the Weirdest Olympics Ever

What’s Up, Runners! 

We have such a fun and interesting episode of The BibRave Podcast that we decided to give it to you early! Tim and Jess are talking with Jay Holder, recently back from the Tokyo Olympics where he worked as Deputy Venue Media Manager for the Olympic Stadium. In this episode, Jay gives us the inside scoop on what can only be called the weirdest Olympics ever!

Jay’s duties in Tokyo covered everything from building out press operations (for all Athletics competition as well as Opening/Closing Ceremonies), coordinating press seats for each Athletics competition, moderating all post-competition medal press conferences, and so much more! Jay also works as Marketing and Communications Director for the Atlanta Track Club, so his experience and skills were perfectly suited to support the Olympics in a COVID world.

Jay’s high-level role in coordinating media and athlete interviews throughout the Tokyo Olympics gave him the perfect access to all of the best “behind the scenes” stories. He was in Tokyo for 9 weeks total, the first 16 days of which were under an extremely strict quarantine. Jay did an amazing job sharing his experience in real time via his Instagram account, and we’re thrilled that he was able to chat with us to share more details! If you love the Olympics, you are definitely going to want to give this one a listen! 

This week’s episode is sponsored by Athletic Brewing – your new fav non-alcoholic beer! As runners, we love to plan our long runs on the weekends… but we’d also like to enjoy a cold one or two! Check out their numerous options, get FREE shipping on two six-packs or more, and use code “BIBRAVE15” for 15% off at checkout

This week’s episode is also sponsored by A Runner’s High by Dean Karnazes. In his latest memoir, ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes chronicles his extraordinary adventures leading up to his return to the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run in his mid-fifties after first completing the race decades ago. You can purchase his book here or at your local bookstore.

For a deeper podcast dive, check out this week’s show notes 📝! And if you enjoyed this episode, we would love it if you could leave us a review on iTunes!

Want to join the podcast conversation? Message us on social – Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook – and don’t forget to use the hashtags #BibChat & #BRPodcast

Show Notes:

For those digging the sweet ukulele intro music, 🎶 that comes to us from the talented musician and running coach, Matt Flaherty. Check out his site for more audio goodness!   

If you like what you hear and want to get more, please subscribe in iTunes and leave a review. That pleases our overlords at iTunes… 😉If you want more from the BibRave running community, check out our race review page at BibRave.com or follow us on Twitter @BibRave.

Thank you,

🧡 Michael – BibRave Community & Account Coordinator

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