We create documentary-style audio stories that explore focused topics with female marathon and ultramarathon runners from around the world. Each episodes features one woman’s story; each season features a new topic.

Host, narrator, and long-distance runner Cherie Louise Turner takes you into this deeply rewarding and forever challenging endurance sport. The aim: to discover why and how women run these distances and get insight into what running brings to our everyday lives.

Along the way, also learn more about the topic at hand.

Runners featured vary widely: from world record setters to mid-life fitness seekers, the stories vary as much as the runners who share them. You may be even be inspired to follow in their footsteps. Where can your body take you?

The inaugural 12-episode season focused on experiences in and around South Africa’s 90-km/56-mile Comrades Marathon: it’s the oldest and largest ultra-distance footrace in the world.

Our second season launches in January 2021 and is focused on running and the female body: topics include menopause, RED-s, and running through and after pregnancy. Each episode tells one women’s story about one such topic.

Strides Forward is made for runners and nonrunners alike. And, we believe that everyone should feel welcome at the start line, the group run, the trail adventure, the road workout, the track session, and the post-race BBQ.

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Strides Forward is hosted and produced by Cherie Louise Turner, in the Boston area, where the support for running and podcasting is exceptional: Cherie is a member of the PRX Podcast Garage and Somerville Road Runners.

Graphics, logo, and website are created by April Marriner of Bonfire Collaborative, in the most excellent town of Truckee, CA.

Original music and sound design are created by Cormac O’Regan, founding member of Playtoh, from the great city of Cork, Ireland.