November 20, 2015 |
I WAS 17 years ago this week that colleague Bill Fleischman wrote about a Swarthmore cross country runner named Jeff Doyon, who was hit by a deer while competing in the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional cross country championships. Doyan was knocked to the ground and his glasses were damaged, but he managed to finish the race, which was hosted by Allentown College. Incredibly, this past weekend, another Swarthmore runner - senior Jenna Cody - was also hit by a deer at the Mideast Regional hosted by Dickinson.
October 30, 2015 |
Marina and Viki Mancoridis weren't thinking about winning the Public League cross-country title as they crested the hill above the Aegean Sea this summer. Their coach wasn't, either. He was thinking about winning World War II. When Masterman coach Luigi Borda found out the Mancoridis twins would spend part of their summer running in the Greek islands, he pictured one of his favorite books, Natural Born Heroes, by Christopher McDougall. "It's about a runner who saved World War II in Greece," Borda said.
September 22, 2015 |
"The Maz Runner: The Scorch Trials" edged out "Black Mass" at the box office on the first weekend of the fall movie season. 20th Century Fox's sequel to "The Maze Runner" earned an estimated $30.3 million, according to studio estimates yesterday. Although that came in slightly below the debut of the 2014 young-adult dystopian sci-fi original, it counted as a win for a movie that cost $61 million to make. Warner Bros.' "Black Mass," starring Johnny Depp as Boston gangster Whitey Bulger , premiered with $23.4 million.
September 20, 2015 |
Hayley Hanby and her boyfriend were on an evening bike ride on the Schuylkill River Trail last month when they saw a group of teenagers blocking their path. Hanby had only begun to bike seriously a few months before, and watched as her boyfriend skirted off the path and around the group. She tried to follow him, she said - and that's when one of the boys on the path stepped forward and shoved her off her bike. Thrown to the ground and bleeding from her elbow and knee, Hanby tried to grab her bike back.
July 19, 2015 |
When John L. Parker, Jr. self-published Once a Runner in 1978, he had a good feeling about his novel - even if traditional publishing didn't. "I had faith in the book all those years that the world of publishing just didn't understand it," he said. "I figured sooner or later somebody would see the light. " They did - after the book become a cult classic, was dubbed "the best novel ever written about running" by Runner's World, and original copies sold for hundreds of dollars on eBay.
June 26, 2015 |
BOSTON - Johanna Hantel got up Wednesday morning and went for a half-hour run around Boston Commons. It seemed appropriate. The Malvern woman was in Boston to speak for the runners. Hantel was 10 feet from the first bomb, closer than almost any other runner, when it exploded April 15, 2013, killing three and injuring 254. A police officer later died in a shootout with the bombers. One of the proudest days of Hantel's life was the first time she qualified for Boston. Wednesday was even prouder.
June 5, 2015
IT IS OUTRIGHT stupefying if not downright dubious for former Council member Jim Kenney to be front-runner for mayor of Philadelphia, but not have a concrete plan for improving Philadelphia schools or supporting U.S. veterans. Since 1991, Jim Kenney sat as a Council member at-large. Under his stewardship, the School District of Philadelphia laid off nearly 3,800 teachers and shifted nearly $727 million to charter schools. As for veterans, the Philadelphia VA office is now being investigated for misrepresenting and ignoring veterans' claims.
May 7, 2015 |
RACERS HAVE plenty to focus on during a 10-mile run. How to keep a man's heart beating and lungs pumping isn't usually one of them. But that's exactly what a group of about 12 health-care workers competing in the Broad Street Run went through on Sunday when one of their own collapsed right in front of them. Thanks to their efforts, that 31-year-old man is alive today. After seeing their colleague off in an ambulance, those lifesavers all went on to finish the race. "People stopped out of the kindness of their hearts as soon as he went down," said Kristen, a physician's assistant who didn't want her last name published.
May 6, 2015 |
AS 40,000 RUNNERS barreled down Broad Street, four law-enforcement officials were in a race of their own. The prize was more than a medal and bragging rights - it was a man's life. FBI Special Agents Erik Negron, Tom Powell and Brian Hoffman, as well as Philadelphia Police Officer Matthew Fleming, took action Sunday morning during the Broad Street Run, working together to revive a 35-year-old man, one of two runners who had gone into cardiac arrest, authorities said last night. It happened in a split-second, according to Special Agent J.J. Klaver, an FBI spokesman.
May 5, 2015 |
Allie Ilagan usually would have run about 150 training miles before hitting the pavement in the Broad Street Run. But by Sunday, she had covered less than 50. So after some soul-searching, she decided to skip the race and spend the day cheering on her husband, Mikey. "The harsh winter was the biggest culprit," said Ilagan, 26, a veteran runner who lives in South Philadelphia. Some other runners said they felt the same way Sunday, their legs a little underprepared - but their enthusiasm undiminished, the field of 40,000 creating a pageant of color and motion during the 36th Broad Street Run. One man ran in a Superman cape.