June 12, 1987 |
There we were, hunched over the dining-room table - a table topped with guidebooks, travel tips, brochures, fliers, coffee cups and the empty paper trays from a bag of Pepperidge Farm cookies - putting the finishing touches on the itinerary for a jam-packed weekend of theater, music, museums, dining, dancing, sightseeing, shopping and whatnot. We were ready. Ready for a weekend in New York, you say? Boston? Baltimore? Washington? Wrong, hoagie-breath. Ready for a cultural and culinary marathon in our own proverbial back yard, we were.
September 17, 2012
STANLEY BIWOTT won the Rock 'N' Roll half-marathon through the streets of Philadelphia on Sunday in a time of 1 hour, 1 second. Paul Lonyangata was second in 1:00:42, followed by Dathan Ritzenhein in 1:00:56. Sharon Cherop won the women's race in 1 hour, 7 minutes and 19 seconds. Mare Dibaba was second in 1:07:44, followed by Jemima Jelegat Sumgong in 1:08:37.
July 29, 1991 |
Ray Schailey will take a leisurely excursion around Absecon Island on Sunday. But he won't see most of the sites that make Atlantic City famous. He may take in a handful of curious fish, though. Come 8 a.m., Schailey, from Woodbury, will jump in the water at Historic Gardner's Basin, and begin the World Championship Ocean Marathon Swim, known locally as the Around-the-Island Swim. For almost 10 hours, he and 24 other swimmers from more than a half-dozen countries will brave torturous inlet currents, choppy waves, unpredictable water temperatures, and mental and physical fatigue to compete in the 22 1/2-mile event.
September 18, 1986 |
A mini-marathon will start off Main Line Week, the annual series of events sponsored by the Main Line Chamber of Commerce and designed to promote the patronage of Main Line businesses. The 10-kilometer race, sponsored by Villanova University, will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at North Ithan Avenue on the Villanova campus. The entry fee is $5 if runners preregister at a local sporting goods store and $7 the day of the race. More than 100 events have been planned by local businesses and institutions for Main Line Week, which runs Sunday through Sept.
January 15, 2000 |
After Guided By Voices frontman Robert Pollard sang the last line of "The Official Ironman Rally Song," which talks about triggering a synapse "to free us from our traps," he looked around the Theatre of Living Arts with the smug air of a professor who'd just revealed a semester's worth of secrets. "That's what rock and roll is all about," he said as he downed another mouthful of beer and fingered what later became a tattered set list. In the course of Thursday's marathon performance, which started promisingly but ended as a sloppy, drunken mess, Pollard and his less-lubricated backing quartet surveyed lots of what rock and roll is about.
November 28, 2007
THE PHILADELPHIA Marathon is a life-transforming event for even the most experienced athlete. For 35 runners, it was part of a much larger journey - a challenge that began transforming their lives long before the starting gun. They were among the youngest runners, and easy to spot. In royal blue, they were part of Students Run Philly Style - a unique program that uses marathon training as a catalyst for changing lives and helping some of the city's most disadvantaged teens go further in life.
July 13, 2012
Temple and three other Atlantic Ten schools will participate in the 2012 ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon on Nov. 13, the network announced on Wednesday. The Owls, Butler, Massachusetts, and Xavier will all play in the 24-hour slate of games. Massachusetts will be the first A-10 team to tip-off in the marathon, hosting in-state rival Harvard at 10 a.m. Temple will immediately follow, playing at Kent State at noon. Butler, in its first season in the Atlantic Ten, will play at Xavier at 4 p.m., but that game will be counted as a nonconference game.
February 28, 2000 |
A mother of two from Alaska who does the majority of her training indoors on a treadmill stunned America's best female marathoners by winning the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon Saturday in a personal-best time of 2 hours, 33 minutes, 31 seconds. Little-known Christine Clark, seeded 22nd in the field of 171, reeled in Anne Marie Lauck at the 20-mile mark, built a 20-second lead over the next mile and cruised to her biggest marathon win ever. Clark's time was a remarkable seven minutes faster than she had ever run. "I was in shock when I caught Anne Marie," said Clark, who qualified for the trials with a less-than-elite time of 2:40:38.
September 12, 1990 |
The calendar may show that it's September 1990, but the look along Moorestown's Main Street on Sunday was that of a bygone era when men, dressed in top hats and morning coats, and women, wearing long skirts and hats with flowers and bows, took out the family carriage and went for a Sunday ride. With hooves and carriage wheels beating time to a different era, the horses and their drivers were out for a carriage marathon, a five-mile saunter through Moorestown streets that ended with a gambler's choice - an obstacle course - in the center ring of the Moorestown Horse Show.
August 5, 1991 |
Choppy water, coastal debris and stinging jellyfish are known to make ocean marathons less than pleasant for swimmers. But for Shelly Taylor Smith of Perth, Australia - who yesterday cruised through a 22.5-mile course around Absecon Island in record time - the ocean was "great fun. " Her muscular frame powered through the Brigantine Inlet, passing Harrah's Casino/Hotel Atlantic City and crossing the finish line at Gardner's Basin to make her...