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.
April 19, 2015 |
Ghanasyam "Sam" Adhikari was an athlete in his youth. At Jadavpur University in his native Calcutta, he excelled in cricket, soccer, and volleyball, and he captained both the soccer and volleyball squads. But there was friction between him and his soccer coach. Though Adhikari hustled on the field, he hated to run. He especially loathed running laps after practice. Little could he have imagined at the time that he would undergo a late-life transformation into a long-distance runner.
April 5, 2015 |
You can almost picture Taylor Winkelman cringing as she retells the story over the phone. She was a freshman at Springfield (Delco), starting in the outfield. It was the first game of the softball season and her first varsity experience. Coach Todd Odgers moved the promising young player, a shortstop by nature, to center. Winkelman was happy to do it, but she was nervous. Then the ball flew off the opponent's bat and soared close to the fence. Winkelman, now a senior, recalls that day vividly, saying she, "tracked it wrong - horribly, horribly wrong.
April 4, 2015 |
Jogging and running races did more than ease daily stresses for Bruce C. Brotzman. "It saved his life," his son, Michael, said. Mr. Brotzman had started running recreationally in the 1970s, but after a business trip to Dallas in 1993, his son said, "he began experiencing shortness of breath. " Tests revealed that "the heart muscle had been attacked by a virus. " But because years of running had given him "cardiac capability to spare," his son said, "he would continue to run nightly," just not as far nor as fast as before, until recently reducing his exercise to walking.
February 22, 2015 |
Runners are acutely aware of their bodies. They are constantly monitoring their aches and pains. They know about stride length, pronation, and strike style. Many are experts at analyzing the form of others, but few are as astute about their own way of moving because rarely do they see themselves run. Drexel University's Running Clinic and Research Lab now offers a solution: a personalized running mechanics profile and gait analysis that will enable you to answer such momentous questions as: How's my form?
February 13, 2015 |
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.