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Rich Roll Podcast-Interview with Mike Fremont

The Rich Roll Podcast is about wellness. Each week Rich delves deep into all things wellness with some of the brightest and most forward thinking, paradigm busting minds in health, fitness, nutrition, art, entertainment, entrepreneurship and spirituality. Rich Roll is a ultra endurance athlete and plant based nutrition advocate. In episode 697, he has a conversation with Mike Fremont who at the age of 100 is still running. Fremont describes why he began exercising and the changes made to his diet when diagnosed with cancer. This episode is enjoyable to listen to and Fremont leaves you with an inspirational message.

Mike Fremont first began running leisurely across a dam by his home in his 30s. Over time, his love of running intensified and he began running competitively in his 60s (40 years ago). Since then, he has raced consistently and even competed in marathons. Amazingly, he broke records for running marathons at 88, 90, and 91. He set the American one mile record for the 95-99 age group. Up until recently, he was running 10-miles three times a week. On top of his impressive running feats, at 99, he was the oldest person to race in the Canoe National Championship. To hear him talk about this list of accomplishments at such an old age is simply astonishing. 

When Mike was 69 years old, he was diagnosed with cancer. To combat it, he changed his diet and became a vegan. Since having a tumor removed, he has been cancer free. He credits his diet for the cancer’s remission.  He also describes being free of aliments he had prior to his diet including arthritis. When asked for examples of meals he has on a typical day, he said that he eats oatmeal with fruit, black and kidney beans, and broccoli with ketchup. He laughs when he says this because he knows it is nothing fancy.  It is interesting learning about the benefits of a vegan diet and I felt motivated to eat healthier after listening to this episode.

When not exercising, Mike is an advocate for environmental protection of nature. This has been especially the case for the Little Miami River where he frequently canoes. Besides just talking about the beauty of the river, he has argued to government officials about the economic value of it. An example of this is the tourism that brings people to the Little Miami River.  As Rich Roll says in the episode, Mike is appealing to the state government’s pocket. It is a clever way to advocate for protecting nature that hopefully can be used more. 

Besides listening to Mike’s amazing stories in the episode, it is also enjoyable to hear his jokes and his            good sense of humor. At one point in the episode, he jokes about people wanting to move to Mars and the problems they would have grocery shopping there. He makes fun of himself frequently and is humble despite his incredible accomplishments. Rich allows Mike to shine by not asking him too many questions and letting him talk. Mike Fremont is a joy to listen to and you will be inspired by his stories through this podcast episode.   

The Rich Roll Podcast can be heard on the podcast’s website. You can also listen to it on podcast apps such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more.

Michael Walsh

Adult Services-Will Branch