November 24, 2014 |
Philadelphia came alive long before sunrise Sunday, with runners from around the world in a race that went off almost without a glitch. It wasn't just the near-perfect weather for the more than 30,000 runners and thousands of family members who came to cheer them on. Everywhere, strangers loudly encouraged Philadelphia Marathon participants. "It makes such a difference as a runner to have people cheering for you," said Jerome Robinson, who stationed himself on Lincoln Drive, where he urged on those completing the first 14 miles and the returning runners as they were near the finish line.
November 16, 2014 |
The Shawnee girls' cross-country team always searches for inspiration entering its state meets. Last season, the runners tied multicolored ribbons around their shoes, with each color representing a different virtue, such as courage or passion. Sometimes they write small messages on their hands. Once it was trust, as in trust in teammates, coaching, and training. This season, what they chose for inspiration is visible to everyone. Each of the runners at last Saturday's sectionals at Delsea used blue glitter glue to write a 22 on the back of her left leg and a 24 on the right.
November 4, 2014 |
Bryan Mahon jokes that he and his nine siblings all became runners to ensure they got seats at the dinner table at home in Southern California. He kept running, first to the East Coast, thanks to a track scholarship at St. Joseph's University, and later as part of an entrepreneurial test of endurance no less daunting than the five marathons Mahon, 37, has logged. It was 10 years ago that he and partners opened a store catering to runners in a city whose running community wasn't especially cohesive or noticeable.
October 5, 2014 |
David Scholl and his brother were driving home from a funeral in South Carolina in 2008 when they started talking about what people would remember about them when they die. "We didn't really have anything, so we thought maybe we should run something," said Scholl, a database marketer for Siemens Healthcare who lives in Glenside. The funeral was a month after the Broad Street Run, so they decided to run that the following year. "That's how it started, and I'm trying not to stop," he said.
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.