September 21, 2016 |
Negotiators for Pennsylvania state universities' faculty union and administration are in marathon talks, trying to avert the first strike in the history of the 105,000-student system. They met Friday, Sunday, and Monday and are scheduled to be back at the table Tuesday and Wednesday. "If it takes meeting every single day until we reach an agreement, we're committed to doing that," said Kenn Marshall, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Both faculty and coaches, by a vast majority, have authorized the union's negotiating committee to call a strike at the 14 state universities if necessary.
May 14, 2016
Rain drenched but didn't dampen enthusiasm for last week's 36th Broad Street Run, with nearly 40,000 participants thought to have joined the soggy jog. The 10-miler's runaway success has been in increasingly dramatic contrast to the Philadelphia Marathon, which has been content with a leisurely stroll by comparison. Fortunately, the Kenney administration has begun to correct the flaws that have reduced the latter race to a distant second. As the latest Broad Street Run neared, the city announced that the Philadelphia Marathon's operations would be ceded by the Office of the City Representative - a political appointee with a host of ceremonial, marketing, and special-events duties - to a more logical and experienced agency, the Parks and Recreation Department.
May 1, 2016 |
The Philadelphia Marathon and half marathon will be run on different days, creating a race weekend in November, organizers announced Friday. In the past, the half marathon and marathon were run together. This year, the half marathon will take place on Nov. 19 and the full marathon will be run the next day. "This will give the opportunity to increase both races and give both their full justice," new race director Jim Marino said in a telephone interview. "Everybody could be part of the marathon experience without it being as crowded.
April 22, 2016 |
It was an image that raced through social media on Monday: Two runners carrying a third toward the finish line of the Boston Marathon. 2 #BostonMarathon runners assist a fellow runner towards the finish line... ������ pic.twitter.com/6HFrJDHuGi — Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) April 18, 2016 Ari Ofsevit, suffering from heatstroke, had collapsed about 100 yards from the end. Jim Driscoll, of West Philadelphia, and another runner, Mitch Kies, from Texas, lifted Ofsevit from the pavement and draped his arms over their shoulders.
April 11, 2016
Protective apparel had better be more functional than fashionable if it's to travel with me. In the case of the ever-useful windbreaker, that means lightweight, efficiently insulated for serious chill resistance, but also breathable, and equipped with at least one sturdy zippered pocket for my cellphone and other small essentials. I want a bright color, too, for maximum visibility outdoors and in my luggage. The designers at Ultimate Direction, an athletic-gear manufacturer, happily take the same view.
January 17, 2016 |
Kyle Dawson's first marathon will be a big one. On Feb. 13, he is to run in the Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles. The top three male and female runners are to go on to represent the United States this summer in the Rio 2016 Olympics. "I've been working towards this goal for a while and to finally achieve it is pretty incredible," he said of qualifying for the opportunity to try out for an Olympic team. Dawson, 27, is from Coatesville and ran for Penn State. Since graduating in 2012, he's run for the Bryn Mawr Running Company, but he didn't set his sights on the marathon.
January 15, 2016 |
Is a scheduled binge really a binge at all? In an effort to replicate the coveted Netflix model, TBS is playing of all of Angie Tribeca - the new Rashida Jones-starring comedy created by Steve and Nancy Carrell - in a marathon format. For 25 commercial-free hours on Sunday and Monday, TBS will run the first 10 episodes of Angie Tribeca back to back to back. TBS isn't the first network that has tried to adapt the binge-watching model to cable. But no one has been particularly successful at it yet. And Angie Tribeca is a weird choice for TBS to use as a test case.
December 22, 2015 |
BOLSHOI BABYLON 9 tonight, HBO No wonder ballet movies tend to be dark. In a week dominated by Christmas programming, we get this sugarplum-fairy-free documentary, which looks at Russia's celebrated ballet in the wake of an acid attack on ballet director Sergei Filin. Prima ballerina Maria Alexandrova (pictured) is just one of the dancers whose workplace is apparently not as beautiful as the audience might imagine, although you'd have to read between the subtitles to know for sure what's going on. THE I LOVE LUCY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 8 p.m. Wednesday, CBS3 The Christmas and famous "Vitameatavegamin" episodes have been colorized and combined.
November 24, 2015 |
ONE MAN was running his 64th marathon, the other was running his first since he got a prosthetic leg. For both, finishing yesterday's Philadelphia Marathon was an achievement. When William Reynolds' son Malachi, 6, rode his bike for the first time this summer, the father of four ran at his side. And that would not have been possible the previous summer. Reynolds' story, like the legend surrounding the 26.2-mile races called marathons - a messenger ran from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens to announce the defeat of the Persians in 490 B.C. - involves a war. It's been more than a decade since an IED gravely wounded the Army vet outside Baghdad, leaving his left leg a few inches shorter than the other and with greatly restricted movement after more than 20 surgeries to restore blood flow.
November 23, 2015 |
Sunday's Philadelphia Marathon is expected to bring 25,000 runners and 60,000 spectators to Center City, West Philadelphia, Fairmount, East Falls, and Manayunk. The competition begins at 6:57 a.m., when participants with wheelchairs and handcycles will be allowed to start the race, but roads will be closed earlier. The winding 26.2-mile route starts and concludes at 22d Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Starting at 3 a.m., officials will shut down streets along the marathon route, including the entire length of the Parkway, and parts of Martin Luther King Drive, Kelly Drive, 18th through 22d Streets, Columbus Boulevard, South Street, Chestnut Street, 34th Street, Ridge Avenue, and the 22d and 23d Street off-ramps of the Vine Street Expressway.