Sonja Wieck: Tales of Toughness

Sonja Wieck, adventure racer, wades on foot across a river.
Sonja Wieck. (Sonja Wieck)

Ironman athlete turned adventure racer Sonja Wieck recently competed in the World’s Toughest Race: Eco Challenge Fiji. Wieck talks with host Martha Rosenstein about what it was like to compete with a team of Ironman athletes, how a mental health crisis turned her into an adventure racer, and her shift in mindset from racing to win to racing for the journey.

HOST: Martha Rosenstein


  • Sonja Wieck: Ironman athlete turned adventure racer


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Eric Bork, or you can just call him “Bork” because everybody else does, is the FM Operations Manager for KSKA-FM. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the FM broadcast. He produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, the Alaska-focused outdoors program. He also maintains the web posts for that show. You may have heard him filling in for Morning Edition or hosting All Things Considered and can still find him operating the soundboard for any of the live broadcast programs.

After escaping the Detroit area when he was 18, Bork made it up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Communications/Radio Broadcasting from Northern Michigan University. He spent time managing the college radio station, working for the local NPR affiliate, and then in top 40 radio in Michigan before coming to Alaska to work his first few summers. After then moving to Chicago, it only took five years to convince him to move back to Alaska in 2010. When not involved in great radio programming he’s probably riding a bicycle, thinking about riding bicycles, dreaming about bikes, reading a book, or planning the next place he’ll travel to. Only two continents left to conquer!

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