August 2, 2022

Episode 68: Ultraman Race Director Jen McVeay

On this episode: Ultramans, the lakes of Arizona, “DFL,” and “are all race directors sadists?” We’re talking with Jen McVeay, race director for Ultraman Florida, Ultraman Arizona, and a whole bunch of events on Oahu where she lives.


Show Notes

  • 01:00 – Introducing Jen McVeay
  • 03:30 – What is an “Ultraman” race?
  • 05:00 – Crewing for a competitor
  • 07:00 – What is the maximum number of competitors at an Ultraman race?
  • 08:45 – How do you qualify to do an Ultraman race?
  • 11:05 – The role of the race director, and when do you start planning an event?
  • 15:50 – How Jen became a race director
  • 26:15 – The lakes of Arizona and in the inaugural Ultraman Arizona
  • 33:00 – Jen recruits Jeff and Jason to crew (and finding crew members in general)  
  • 36:00 – Building community among the athletes and crews
  • 42:20 – Are all race directors sadists?
  • 49:40 – The 2023 dates for Ultraman Florida and Ultraman Arizona
  • 50:50 – What advice or motivation would you give to an athlete interested in making the jump to an Ultraman race? 
  • 57:35 – Crewing an event in Alaska
  • 59:10 – Wrap-up 

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