"Running with Purpose"

with Daniel Maluleka

“This is something, like, at some stage, this was impossible. At some stage, a Zulu guy running around Egypt, a Zulu guy running around France or something was just very far from a lot of realities, you know? So I was feeling very fortunate that it was my reality and I kinda just wanted to really make more of it. So I could share it better with my family and my friends back home, and that’s when I started doing the videos. So the running videos, I guess that’s when the project really happened, where I try to do a running video that involves Zulu dancing in every place that I go to as a way of really taking my family with me.”

— Daniel Maluleka

In this episode, we sit down with Daniel Maluleka, a Zulu runner who has a deep passion for traveling. Daniel shares stories of how running has changed the way he sees himself and the world around him. He talks about the lessons he has learned and how running has allowed him to explore his identity and connect deeper with his family roots.. Join us for an inspiring conversation with this exceptional human, and learn about the power of running to connect with others.

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About Rickey Gates

Rickey Gates had the good fortune of being born in the mountains and brought up interacting with this planet in a manner that has brought him both joy and understanding – about himself, his fellow humans and this delicate spaceship that they share. His adult life has been defined primarily by the search for a freedom that our bodies, our minds and our environments can provide. For him, this search has taken form in running, skiing, meditation, but primarily running.

Through his writing, photos and guided runs, it has been his goal to translate and convey this interface with his human counterparts.

You can learn more about him on his Instagram account, @rickeygates.



Aside of being the host of Beyond Running, Kenaia is a distance runner/coach, coffee addict and writer. 

She is the blogger behind kenaianeumann.com, where she encourages others to live life to the fullest. Though she lives near Houston currently, she explores new places as often as she can. The first time she traveled with the Aire Libre crew she knew she’d found something special, and hopes to encourage more people to join their adventures and find themselves on the trails. 

Connect with Kenaia via Instagram.


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