April 14, 2015
A LI JACKSON, 27, of Bala Cynwyd, is owner and head personal trainer of Never Give Up Training, a total-body fitness center in Manayunk that offers a variety of group fitness classes and personalized training. Jackson, an Ironman triathlete, opened her studio in March 2013. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: I'm a personal trainer and had taught fitness classes around Philadelphia. I realized there was a void for a studio that offered both personalized training and group activities.
December 6, 2013 |
Athletes will get a chance to test their endurance next fall when the first half-Ironman distance race comes to New Jersey. World Triathlon Corp. announced plans to hold its first Ironman triathlon in the state on Sept. 21 in Mercer County Park in West Windsor. "It was time to develop an event there," Steve Meckfessel, managing director for Global Race Operations, said Wednesday. "It's a beautiful part of the country. " The event, known as Ironman 70.3 Princeton, is expected to attract more than 2,500 professional and amateur competitors from across the country.
June 23, 2013 |
Laura Straub looked at her watch with just two miles to go in the sprint distance of the TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon on Saturday and knew she was having a good race. It would take more than an hour before she found out how good. Nearby, Tyler Ems of Moorestown waited for the results. The race's staggered start, which makes swimming less dangerous, meant the winner wouldn't have to be the first to finish. Ems, 22, had crossed the finish line first by a wide margin and wondered: Would his time stand?
October 18, 2012 |
Candace Gantt bends over her Trek handlebars, her back racer-flat. She's concentrating on the stretch of pavement ahead as she negotiates the gentle hills and valleys of the narrow, two-lane road in Willistown Township. Biking is one of her fondest joys. Two weeks earlier, this tall and tanned 48-year-old, with a resting heart rate of 48, had completed her first Half Ironman at Lake Placid, N.Y. On this clear day, July 21, 2005, while daughters Carter, 11, and Morgan, 4, are at camp, Gantt and her training buddy Mary Wood are four miles into a new 15-mile route.
June 22, 2012 |
FOR THE PAST decade, two things have consumed large chunks of Malvern native Tom Kramer's time. The first is his training regimen. Kramer, 46, is a practicing triathlete who will compete Saturday morning in the eighth annual Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon in Fairmount Park. The second is the search for a bone-marrow match for his wife Pam, also a triathlete, who was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in 2000 and eventually willl need a bone marrow transplant. At some point, Kramer made a creative decision to have those cumbersome obligations intersect.
November 22, 2011 |
G. CHRIS Gleason was no weekend warrior. He was one of those rare, elite, finely tuned athletes who had mastered the world's toughest triathlon, the Ironman. He completed the grueling event three times. To hear the announcer proclaim, " You are an Ironman!" at the finish line, Gleason had to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, then run a full 26.2-mile marathon - in succession without a break. Each time, Gleason got faster. He finished his last Ironman in Lake Placid, N.Y., in July in an amazing 10 hours 11 minutes 4 seconds, placing 64th out of 2,902 competitors.
November 21, 2011 |
WITH ARMS raised high, resembling the iconic Rocky statue in the distance, Ethiopian runner Folisho Tuko crossed the finish line in front of the Art Museum victorious yesterday morning. With ideal weather conditions in his favor, Tuko took first place in the 18th annual Philadelphia Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 19 minutes, 16 seconds on the 26.2-mile course, which ran though the city and along the Schuylkill River. "I was thinking I could win this," said Tuko, 25, who took home the $3,500 grand prize.
June 27, 2010 |
After her second fall in as many weeks of Ironman bike training, Maria Simone could hear the Voices. Fortunately, the Rowan University associate professor - who is blogging and raising scholarship money as she prepares - listened to her husband instead. "He told me to be an Ironman," Simone, 36, recalls. "And something about that got in my head. I got back on the bike, and we finished the ride. " Simone and her husband, John Jenkins, 37, live in Absecon and are training for the July 25 Ironman triathlon in Lake Placid, N.Y. It's one of 24 qualifying races worldwide for the Big Kahuna - the Oct. 9 Ironman in Hawaii, where the first of these extreme endurance competitions was held in 1978.
June 20, 2007 |
The moment of truth for Andy Rosebrook occurred five years ago, when he stood in front of a mirror, counted more than one chin, learned that his percentage of body fat was in the low 30s, and realized that the scrawny teen who once excelled at cross-country had become the Pillsbury Doughboy. "I thought to myself, 'I can do better than this,' " Rosebrook said. "My percentage of body fat was telling me I was obese. " Rosebrook's transformation from a puffy 5-foot-10, 230-pounder to a lean 175 pounds began commonly enough with a weight-loss program at work.
April 29, 2007 |
When Richard Hauptschein's 11-year-old son, Jeff, a swimmer and baseball player, told him a year and a half ago that the father needed to do something competitive, Hauptschein wasn't about to let the challenge go unanswered. After all, the 48-year-old Kennett Square resident and manager for the DuPont Co. had been a swimmer for Columbia University for four years, and was good enough to win a triathlon (biking, swimming and running) in Massachusetts, which qualified him for the Ironman competition in Hawaii in the mid-1980s.