DCR Episode 19 - James Kuegler and Andrew McDowall LIVE

Photo: Kunal Kumar

Photo: Kunal Kumar

Kia Ora Whanau. Something different for you this week (and us, actually)!! Eugene and Matt bring you the first ever DCR live show, from inside Thomson Whisky Distillery at Hallertau Brewery. Nestled in amongst the copper stills were our hosts, an audience, a bunch of tasty beverages, and our guests-  Dr James Kuegler and Mr Andrew McDowall.

James Kuegler is a well established running coach, under his eponymous brand. James is a Dr of Chiropractic, and has represented New Zealand at the Oceania Trail Running Championships. James has a slew of other top results, being a previous Tarawera 60km winner, having a top ten finish at Kepler, and currently holding the course record at Total Sports brutal West Coaster adventure run. Currently, James has been “hanging out at athletics tracks” with his focus shifting more to junior athletes and his work with Papakura Athletic and Harrier Club. Having been veterans of several James Kuegler talks we were super excited to get James on to share his wisdom. As always, James is engaging, confronting, and entertaining, discussing the challenges and celebrations of the New Zealand trail running scene, how at the end of the day, we’re all just runners, and his favourite New Zealand events.

Andrew McDowall went from a man who did the Rotorua Marathon on a whim with friends and subsequently  moonwalked the last 10km of the Kepler challenge after demolishing his quadriceps, to being 5th at the Tarawera 100 mile endurance run and 4th at Northburn 100 mile 34 days later. Oh, did we mention that Andrew is just off to Taiwan to represent New Zealand at the Asia/Oceania 24 hour championships. Andrew is not a professional runner however, but a professional musician, having a degree in film score composition, owning his own studio, Digibake, and being a veteran of several bands, including playing trumpet for the globe striding Aotearoa reggae band Katchafire. Oh, and he also set up our live sound. Andrew is, to put it plainly, a good bastard.

In fact, both our guest firmly fulfill the “good bastard” criteria, and you’ll be able to hear that as you listen to this freewheeling live conversation - complete with audience interaction, beer being spilled (thanks, Tom and Thee Dave), along with  various other diverse alarums and excursions.

We’d like to formally thank both Thomson Whisky and Hallertau Brewery for their enthusiasm for the idea and their boundless generosity. We had a blast doing it and we hope you’ll have a blast listening.  Enjoy!

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Music: Chances with Wolves

Editing assistance: Kieran Nyum-Bai

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