Elite runner Leah Thorvilson was the featured storyteller for a very special Tales from the South Tin Roof Project on April 2.
The live taping of the radio series was at Starving Artist Café in the Argenta Arts District, Downtown North Little Rock.
Thorvilson is a renowned elite distance runner. From 1999-2003, Thorvilson ran for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she won a Sun Belt Conference title, was named to the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner’s List, and achieved All-Region honors for cross country. She was also the most improved female distance athlete in the NCAA.
Her running performance has only strengthened since her collegiate years. She has a career marked by continued success at all distances and frequently sets course records in her favorite distance, the marathon. To date, she has won the women’s field in over 10 marathons and ultras.
After qualifying for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Team Marathon Trials, but failing to make the Olympic Team, she built the longest winning streak of any distance runner in the world, according to statistics compiled by Race Results Weekly and the Association of Road Racing Statisticians, by winning 12 races in a row, including five standard marathons, setting nine course records, and posting the fourth fastest women’s 50-mile time in US history. In two of the races, Thorvilson was the overall winner, beating all of the men. In October 2012 she was invited to be one of only 50 elite women runners in the New York Marathon.
Leah has appeared in and been featured in multiple local, regional, and national magazine and news programs. Originally from Robbinsdale, Minnesota, Leah has made her home in Little Rock for the past 14 years. It was her first appearance after surgery to repair a torn tendon in her leg.
Tales from the South is recorded during "Dinner and a Show" at Starving Artist Café. The show airs locally on KUAR Thursdays at 7 p.m. and is syndicated by World Radio Network (WRN), a satellite radio distribution service, available to more than 130 million listeners worldwide via WRN Europe, WRN Asia, and WRN Africa. Shows are also distributed nationwide to multiple American public radio stations via PRX (Public Radio Exchange) and heard on NPR Now Satellite Radio. Podcasts are available on ITunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, the NPR website, the KUAR website, the PRX website, and the Tales from the South website.
"This show will air on KUAR (89.1) in Central Arkansas on Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m," said Paula Morell, executive producer of Tales from the South.
Tales from the South is presented by the Argenta Arts Foundation and Temenos Publishing Company, with AY Magazine as the official media sponsor, publishing a story each month in the magazine. Additional support provided by the North Little Rock Visitor’s Bureau, The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, and The Oxford American Magazine.
This show was sponsored by William F. Laman Public Library.