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February 13, 2015 | BY RAMESH PONNURU
SCOTT WALKER, the Republican governor of Wisconsin, is leading some presidential-primary polls in Iowa and New Hampshire. He was elected in 2010, and quickly drew national attention when he signed legislation to reduce the collective-bargaining privileges of public-sector unions. He prevailed in that struggle, beat back an attempt to recall him from office and became a hero to conservatives nationally in the process. Last year, he won re-election in a state that hasn't gone Republican in a presidential race for 30 years.
NEWS
December 21, 2014 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
It's that time again: for the "12 Days of Run-Mas. " So if you haven't found something for the favorite runner in your life, I've got you covered with these 12 options, from running jackets to a new twist on coffee. I don't take free samples or products, so rest assured that this is based on my research and preferences - and nothing else. 12 Clif Bars These are my go-to fuel during marathons, and the variety pack, which includes 12 bars, will match any runner's palate. My favorite flavor: oatmeal raisin walnut.
NEWS
December 16, 2014 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
If you're looking for a holiday gift for that special runner in your life - especially a runner who may be struggling with training or not sure what to do next - take a look at the Believe Training Journal , a project from professional runners Lauren Fleshman, who has been an NCAA and USA Championship winner, and Roisin McGettigan-Dumas, who ran for Ireland in the 2008 Olympics and is a sports psychology consultant. Believe is a heavy volume, more than 230 pages wrapped in a rubber cover.
NEWS
December 15, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before the Northwest Raiders stormed onto the field and dominated the Pop Warner National Super Bowl Championship for the "Midget" division, their star running back was listening to Drake's song "Draft Day," getting his mind in the game. Sometimes I laugh with God about how you can't stop me I'm his darkest angel, probably, but he still got me As Drake rapped about Johnny Manziel getting drafted, 15-year-old Isheem Young of North Philadelphia was getting pumped up - for his most high-profile game to date, playing at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., for the national championship, broadcast live on ESPN2.
NEWS
November 30, 2014 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Devon Grisbaum's Meet of Champions trophy sits in her room across from her bed. Because of its placement, she sees it all the time and thinks, "I can't believe this happened. " The Ocean City senior finished 34th in the cross-country Meet of Champions as a junior, but returned a much-improved runner. Her progress started with a promise she made to last year's champion, Haddonfield's Briana Gess. Late last June, Gess, a friend of Grisbaum's, made her promise to push herself even further so she could join her at the Foot Locker National Meet in San Diego.
NEWS
November 30, 2014 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dave Donahue saw Luke Petela in eighth grade and knew he had a natural. Donahue, Haddon Township's cross-country coach, saw the way Petela moved, his posture, and the way he carried himself inside a perfect running physique. There was only one problem. Petela was a soccer player. He did run in winter and spring track and, after Petela had more success on the track than on the pitch and his teammates encouraged him to join cross-country, Donahue finally had him on his team.
SPORTS
November 25, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dan Vassallo said the final goal in his running career was to qualify for the Olympic trials in the marathon. The 29-year-old resident of Peabody, Mass., finally achieved that goal with a bonus. On a picture-perfect day for running, Vassallo was the winner Sunday in the Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon, finishing the 26.2-mile race in 2 hours, 17 minutes, and 27.8 seconds. The qualifying time for the Olympic trials is 2:18:00. "I ran for the trials, but winning was a pleasant by-product of it," Vassallo said.
NEWS
November 24, 2014 | Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
November 4, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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