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Ep. 66 The Naak story. With Minh Pham

Ep. 66 The Naak story. With Minh Pham

A healthy obsession and a radical vision

“I think it's why we've been successful in the past few years. The fact that we are obsessed by the quality, right? We listen to our community. I am a runner myself. All our employees run, so we're super into it. We have that obsession of delivering the best products.”

Minh Pham and his business partner started Naak in 2016 and have found success in the highly competitive running nutrition market, although it’s not always been easy. Over the years they’ve managed to find success by listening to their customers, working with their athletes, and continuously looking for ways to improve. This “obsession” is what Minh believes makes Naak successful, and he had a very driven message that he shared when he thought about the journey so far.

“There's going to be a lot of up and downs, a lot of lessons learned, a lot of failures, but it's like an ultra, right? I think that we can do the comparison with an ultramarathon. A lot of up and downs, but at the end, if you have the perseverance, if you believe in what you do, if you are curious enough and if you are motivated enough, you're going to make it.”

Minh is super passionate about Naak and the conversation was interesting for me, I enjoyed learning more about his company! I have to apologize as I called him Ming at the end of the episode and that was my mistake.

I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I do and let us know in the comments below what you think.

We’re also incredibly excited to have Naak products on hand for the first 2 dozen folks through the door at the Vancouver screening of the Trail Running Film Festival!

Early Bird Trail Running Film Festival tickets on sale now

Thursday, April 4, 2024. The Rio Theatre. Doors at 6, show at 7.

Bring your noisemakers!

Yes, I’m so excited to host all of you amazing trail runners once again here in Vancouver, BC! The Rio Theatre is booked for Thursday, April 4, 2024, with the doors opening at 6 and the show starting at 7. We’re gonna do it bigger and better than last year and give this thing a festival vibe.

We have amazing sponsors lined up once again, we’ll have some great giveaways (like Naak!), another awesome guest, and a secret show opener that you’re going to want to make noise for. Bring your cowbells, your tambourines, or whatever you have to get loud, and let’s rock the Rio together!

Tickets are on sale now for $25 and go up to $30 on January 1, so pick’em up for your holiday shopping and save a few bucks.

Buy your tickets here.

We’re bringing the films to Alberta

And a big step for us as we’re bringing the film festival to Edmonton, Calgary, and Canmore! I’m incredibly excited to be able to hang out with more of you and share the film festival vibes. We’re still finalizing contracts with theatres, but it’s looking like our dates will be:

Tuesday, June 4, 2024, Edmonton

Wednesday, June 5, 2024, Calgary (Globe Cinema)

Thursday, June 6, 2024, Canmore (ArtsPlace)

Keep an eye peeled for official announcements as we will let you know the moment these become official and tickets are listed for sale. I’m so pumped to hang out with you all!

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A 15-minute (ish) trail running podcast featuring informative and entertaining guests. Trail running is inclusive, adventurous, and fun. So is this podcast. This podcast is part of the Community Trail Running newsletter and extends the trail running community for your listening pleasure.