Gathering a “Relay of Voices” along the Mississippi River

Victoria Bradford Styrbicki collects stories of the river, from its headwaters to the Gulf. by Jesse Davis for Memphis Magazine Artist, athlete, and cultural producer Victoria Bradford Styrbicki has been thinking about water recently. Maybe that’s the norm in these days of rising heat indexes, or maybe it’s just her Louisiana roots asserting themselves. Styrbicki originally hails from Lake Charles, Louisiana, a place where water is in the very name. Three bayous flow through the city, and it’s bordered by the Calcasieu River. Maybe that goes a little way to explaining why Styrbicki is running (and biking) such a long way …

Couple running, biking along Mississippi River for “Relay of Voices”

BY ANDREA FLORES of WQAD Channel 8 LECLAIRE, Iowa — Two artists are running and biking along all 2,348 miles of the Mississippi River. It’s called “Relay of Voices,” and they’re collecting stories of people from 104 different communities along the river. They stopped by Mississippi River Distilling Company in LeClaire, interviewing local business owners. Victoria Bradford Styrbicki and her husband Tom call this trip a “pilgrimage,” to learn more about people of all different backgrounds. “I think water as a natural resource, and the river as a sometimes serene, but also volatile natural resource is a very powerful mechanism in …

Artistic Team Traveling The Length Of The Mississippi Makes Stops In Iowa

By KATE PAYNE from Iowa Public Radio Victoria Bradford Styrbicki and her husband Tom are traveling from the headwaters of the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico as part of a story-telling project about life on the river. KATE PAYNE/IPR An artistic couple who are largely running and biking their way along the length of the Mississippi River passed through LeClaire Friday. The trek from the river’s headwaters in Minnesota all the way to the Gulf of Mexico is part of a storytelling project that spans 10 states. The Relay of Voices project is the vision of Louisiana native Victoria Bradford Styrbicki and …

Duathletes tackling all of Mississippi River

More than endurance test, 4-month expedition looks and listens for stories to document social fabric by Jim Boyle Editor Aug 2, 2019 Relay of Voices, a four-month-long expedition from the headwaters to the mouth of the Mississippi River, launched on July 9 and pulled into Monticello on July 27 before making its way to Elk River on July 28. It’s part research, part artistic endeavor and part endurance challenge. Victoria Bradford Styrbicki and her husband, Tom Styrbicki, are running and bicycling the entire length of the river from Itasca State Park to the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana. They are …

Looking for stories along the Mississippi, she’s found love

Britta Greene Crosby, Minn.July 29, 2019 4:00 a.m. | MPR News Victoria Bradford Styrbicki had just finished a 20-mile trek, by foot and bike, between the northern Minnesota towns of Aitkin and Crosby. Now it was noon, and she was cooling off at a town park in Crosby. That 20 miles may seem like a long distance, but it’s a hop compared to her goal: She’s following the Mississippi River from the headwaters at Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico. That’s roughly 2,500 miles. Traveling only by land, she intends to complete the trip in about four months. It’s a physical feat, but for her, the journey really centers around …

Married couple runs the length of the Mississippi River for ‘Relay of Voices’

by Sheila McCoy, Morrison County Record Victoria Bradford Styrbecki and her husband, Tom Styrbecki left the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Itasca State Park, July 9. The couple is on an expedition, running and cycling, determined to reach the mouth of the river by the Gulf of Mexico — a distance of about 2,375 miles, she said. Bradford and Styrbecki are currently on their way to Little Falls and are expected to arrive Tuesday, July 23. Kris VonBerge, executive director of the Little Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau said after their arrival and they have showered and eaten, both …

Woman travelling the length of the Mississippi to make Prescott stop this month

By Zane Douglas on Jul 16, 2019 at 9:39 a.m. | River Falls Journal Running a marathon is hard. Extremely hard. The training that goes into it is extensive, difficult and time-consuming. Victoria Bradford Styrbicki won’t let that get in the way of her mission which is to run the length of the Mississippi River. She’ll have to run or bike a marathon every single day. Bradford Styrbicki is the creator of a project called Relay of Voices. She plans to run from Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota to Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way, she’ll be stopping in …

A Relay on the river: Relay of Voices group stops in Bemidji to learn about the Mississippi

Written By: Annalise Braught | Jul 11th 2019 – 3pm BEMIDJI — Relay of Voices made a stop at Paul Bunyan Park on Thursday to visit with local officials and members of the community with the goal of learning about the impact the Mississippi River has on the Bemidji area.  Relay of Voices is a program spearheaded by Victoria Bradford Styrbicki, executive and artistic director of A House Unbuilt based in Louisiana.  Styrbicki is working with community members in 104 towns along the 2,400-mile stretch of the Mississippi River to select people in each of those towns to visit with and shadow for …

Love the Mississippi River?

by Lynn Mizner A Relay of Voices is looking for area runners, cyclists, paddlers, and even walkers to participate in this relay movement on the Aitkin leg of the run along the Mississippi River this July 20-21. The run is organized by artist and athlete Victoria Bradford Styrbicki. To learn more about the event, see the May 15, 2018 Aitkin Independent Age article previewing the relay. Interested parties can contact victoria@ahouseunbuilt.com for more information. Link to original content.

The Adventure Podcast

by Kraig Becker After taking a week off for travel and other projects, The Adventure Podcast returns this week with an all new episode. The last time we recorded a show was just before the big summit push on Everest and the other Himalayan peaks, and in that episode we warned listeners that things could be a bit dicey. Little did we know that it would turn out to be one of the deadliest years in the history of the mountain, with traffic jams and other challenges making things difficult. That prompted our main topic this week, which is examining ways …