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Marathon Training without Running.Running the Race with Mouth Taped Shut.Anthony Lorubbio, the fo

Marathon Training without Running. Running the Race with Mouth Taped Shut. Anthony Lorubbio, the founder of Recal, is training for a marathon without running and using only breathwork. He will then attempt to complete the race with his mouth taped shut. Fundraising proceeds will go to raising awareness of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women crisis.

Minneapolis, MN, November 1st, 2022 – Anthony Lorubbio, founder of the mindfulness + adventure travel company Recal, is putting his breathwork practice to the ultimate test while raising money and awareness for an important cause. In one month, on November 26, 2022, he will attempt to run the Seattle Marathon, however his unorthodox training regime will not include running. Instead, he will train using breathwork, pulling from the Wim Hof Method, Oxygen Advantage, and Peak Flow styles. And on the day of the race, he will tape his mouth shut and attempt to run the marathon breathing entirely through his nose. “Yes, I know it sounds a bit crazy. I agree with everyone who’s told me that so far, many of which have run marathons before,” Lorubbio says. “They might be right! However, what motivates me is the concept of pioneering a new way of training for the most popular event in endurance sports and doing it while supporting a good cause.”

Lorubbio, above, will attempt to run the Seattle Marathon with his mouth taped shut.

This endeavor took shape as a manifestation of many of the core principles of his mindfulness, adventure travel company, Recal. The marathon attempt is a fusion of these values.

  • First, breathwork is a big part of the mindfulness practices that Recal coaches; many of it in the realm of mindfulness to reduce stress and anxiety, but also for proper mechanics and general health/wellness. And in select instances, breathwork training is used as a form of training for high-altitude climbing and trekking.

  • Secondly, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the outdoor industry are at the core of what Recal stands for and strives to change. The company believes there is so much to learn from and, as an ally, alongside Indigenous communities. Research shows that while less than 5 percent (370 million people) of the world’s population identifies as Indigenous, they watch over 25 percent of Earth’s land and 80 percent of its biodiversity. The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) crisis is impacting these vital communities, and all fundraising efforts from the marathon will be donated to MMIW. The marathon attempt is a fusion of these values. Having first learned about the MMIW crisis when attending a DEI panel discussion at the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s 2021 Sedona AdventureELEVATE event, Lorubbio felt it was important to bring attention and raise awareness of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women crisis.. According to Native Women’s Wilderness, as of 2016 there were 5,712 cases of missing American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls. Indigenous women are murdered at a 10x higher pace than all other ethnicities, and is, in fact, the 3rd leading cause of death for Indigenous women (Centers for Disease Control). “It struck me how little awareness - especially for me, really - there was around this major issue in the world. It was a humbling moment that has stuck with me,” says Lorubbio.

A red hand over the mouth is the symbol of the MMIW crisis. Shown here is runner Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel.

While studying to become a certified Oxygen Advantage breathwork instructor, Lorubbio learned about techniques to train your body to run nasally. With the image in mind about MMIW’s red hand covering the mouth of Indigenous women, the marriage of these two concepts came together. Lorubbio recalls, “I realized that the MMIW symbol, a hand over the mouth, and the concept of nasal breathing for endurance paired seamlessly together.” From there, the choice to run a marathon and fundraise for MMIW fell into place. Lorubbio is aware that he’s pushing the limits – both in his approach to train for and run a nasal marathon, but also in this delicate subject for many in the indigenous community. “I realize that I am a white male attempting to do my part in building awareness of the MMIW. I can only hope that this endeavor is received with the level of reverence and respect that I intend it to be.” For more about the nasal marathon go to To support fundraising efforts, interested parties can fill out the form on the page. For more information, contact: Jeff Wagner Jeff Wagner Agency

Breathwork to Run video on YouTube:

Media Inquiries Jeff Wagner: More about Recal Travel: Recal — short for ‘recalibrate’ — is a company that specializes in Mindful Adventure Travel as a way to combat the effects of burnout. It was founded in 2021 by Anthony Lorubbio, a two-time founder, three-time CEO, and formerly burned out executive. Under his direction, Recal has designed guided, retreat-style trips that help people reconnect with nature in an immersive way by utilizing mindful and adventurous experiences in the outdoors. With the use of mindfulness, in particular breathwork, attendees are able to center themselves, renew their sense of energy, and recalibrate their mind and body. Each trip is co-hosted by a curated group of independently-owned, racially-inclusive, and sustainability-minded outfitters, in tandem with a Recal Mindfulness Coach. More about Anthony Lorubbio:

Anthony, the founder of Recal, is part of the new breed of purpose-driven, social entrepreneur. He is a certified breathwork coach, transformational travel designer, and Minnesota’s first Wim Hof Method instructor – which is the combination of cold exposure, breathwork, and mindset training. His winding path through the grind of modern life -- as a two-time founder and three-time CEO -- finally gave way to his launch of Recal in 2021 and its approach to mindful adventure travel as a means to combat the effects of stress, anxiety, and burnout. You can follow his journey on LinkedIn or Instagram.

More about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: As of 2016, the National Crime Information Center has reported 5,712 cases of missing American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls. Strikingly, the U.S Department of Justice missing persons database has only reported 116 cases. The majority of these murders are committed by non-Native people on Native-owned land. The lack of communication combined with jurisdictional issues between state, local, federal, and tribal law enforcement, make it nearly impossible to begin the investigative process. You can learn more about MMIW here or review the Missing and Murdered Indigous Women and Girls report.


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