September 22, 2014 |
The end of school used to mean the beginning of vacation for Dan Helfand. The Cherry Hill East senior would enjoy two months with his mother's side of the family on the South Shore of Long Island, where he spent a lot of time on his boat, at the beach, and enjoying his time out of class for two full months. This year, though, he watched his mom and brothers go away for vacation. Helfand stayed home. He had a purpose. Last season, the Cherry Hill East boys' cross-country team won its first South Jersey Group 4 title since 1985.
September 15, 2014 |
Ryan Howard's numbers are fascinating, and they are worth a longer look from any American League team that might be interested in adding the Phillies' first baseman as a designated hitter during the offseason. Obviously, the Phillies would have to eat a lot of the $60 million remaining on Howard's contract over the next two seasons, but if they swallow enough, it could be a nice move for an American League team based on Howard's ability to produce with men on base. The Howard statistic that has received the most attention this season is his number of at-bats with men on base and with runners in scoring position.
July 27, 2014 |
When Anna Piskorska of Blandon, Pa., crossed the finish line in Fairmount Park on Sunday, she'd been on her feet for 24 hours straight. But it was worth it, she said. She took the top prize for female runners in Back of My Feet's Urban Ultra, a 24-hour race held in the park in which runners try to run as far as possible in that one-day period. It was her second win in the Philadelphia race. The only year she hasn't run since it started in 2009 was 2013, because she competed instead in Western States, a 100-mile trail run. Piskorska, 42, first heard about the 24-hour race from a friend.
July 22, 2014 |
If you're looking for another runner to pace you in a marathon, ask a woman. She's more likely to hold an even pace for the entire race than a man, according to two recent studies that looked at race performances. The first study, published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, looked at nonelite runners from 14 U.S. marathons, including the 2011 Philadelphia Marathon. In total, 91,929 people's marathons were included in the study. They surveyed first-half and second-half times of those runners and found that women were 1.46 times more likely than men to maintain an even-race pace.
June 22, 2014 |
Earlier this month, I went to Moorestown to watch my mother run the Scott Coffee Moorestown Rotary 8K. I saw her take off, but I didn't see her finish. That's because at the time of her finish, I was trying to get a woman and a half-dozen kids off the course. The approach to the finish line is also the site of the town's spirit day. Vendors set up along the course and wait until the race is over to start hawking their wares - or at least they're supposed to. While the race was still going on, one vendor directed a half-dozen kids with sidewalk chalk to take up half the road.
May 22, 2014 |
Superior Court staff in Atlantic County will join Baltimore Ravens fans and fantasy football leagues in keeping an eye on running back Ray Rice for at least the next year. Rice, 27, was approved Tuesday for a pretrial program designed to lead to dismissal of an assault charge stemming from an altercation with his then-fiancee in a Revel Casino Hotel elevator Feb. 15. Rice will have to complete at least 12 months of a supervised program that will likely require counseling, employment, and staying out of trouble.
May 6, 2014 |
An hour before the start of the race, J.P. Cappiello stood ready to go, immune to the morning chill but fighting the pre-run jitters. "It's like before the curtain goes up, every possible bit of dread - and excitement," said Cappiello, a 41-year-old singer and bass player from Drexel Hill. "It's an end and a beginning all at once. " Beside him, likewise awaiting release from a color-coded corral, 59-year-old Joyce Sanyor battled her own nerves. "One foot in front of the other," the West Chester woman said.
May 5, 2014 |
I can already feel the wave coming: "Put a qualifying time on the Broad Street Run to get rid of all the slow runners. " I hear this every year after Broad Street, usually from very fast runners who either didn't get into the race because it sold out before they registered (or, in the last two years, didn't make the lottery), or they are complaining about how slower runners crowd the race. I cringe every time I hear it. Sometimes, they're talking about the back-of-the-pack runners, and sometimes they're talking about average runners like me. This is ridiculous.
May 2, 2014 |
Joseph Farrell got chemotherapy on a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and then ran the Broad Street Run on a Sunday. He has tripped over a trolley track at the four-mile mark, gashed his knee, and finished. In fact, Farrell, 66, of Glenolden, Delaware County, has run the Broad Street Run 34 times, every time, and Sunday will be his 35th - one of only six people to have run each one since it began in 1980. And though the 10-mile course from North Philadelphia to South this Sunday will be lined with fans, he has never heard one cheer.
April 23, 2014 |
IF A PICTURE paints a thousand words, this was an American classic. A runner collapsed near the finish line of yesterday's Boston Marathon, not far from where the first bomb exploded last year. Wesley Lowery, a photographer for the Washington Post, tweeted pictures of what happened next. First one runner stopped to help. Then three more. Two lifted the exhausted runners by the legs, while the other two grabbed his arms. Together, the five crossed the finish line, prompting what Lowery called "the loudest cheer I've heard today.