June 29, 2015 |
The first day of the Philadelphia TriRock Triathlon was an exercise in improvisation. Because of the heavy rains, the Schuylkill was unsafe for swimming, forcing event organizers to cancel the 800-meter aquatic portion of the race at the last minute. So what was supposed to be a sprint-distance triathlon turned into a duathlon, with competitors running 1.6 miles, biking 15.7 miles, and then retying their running shoes for a final 1.6-mile run. Although the change was rather abrupt - many athletes did not find out about the swim cancellation until arriving less than an hour before the start of the race - it did not faze Scoogie Snyder, 47, and Brooke Kessler, 30, the eventual overall winners of the men's and women's divisions, respectively.
June 26, 2015 |
Surrounded by a verdant canopy of trees, the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center sits about 500 meters behind the finish line of the Philadelphia TriRock Triathlon on Martin Luther King Drive. To the majority of the field, the building is little more than another landmark along the historic course. But to Katherine Rosenberg, 34, and John Stolz, 39, the building is a little more important: It will host their wedding just over eight hours after the duo competes in the sprint distance triathlon race Saturday.
June 24, 2015 |
On Sunday mornings, Bobby Hammond takes to the road. He goes for long cruises, often taking 70-mile routes through the streets in and around his native Flanders, N.J. But Bobby Hammond still can't drive a car. The 16-year-old's preferred set of wheels is his $10,000 Blue road bike. That bicycle has carried Hammond through thousands of miles of training, sustaining the teen's dream of becoming an elite triathlete and perhaps earning a berth on the U.S. Olympic team in the 2020 Tokyo Games.
March 12, 2015 |
Age was creeping up, and Linda Garrett, 67, decided to do something radical. She went into the kitchen, propped the iPhone on a soup bowl, and recorded a plea to CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta to be part of his Fit Nation triathlon challenge. She wanted to be chosen as one of six Americans - among 200 applicants - who will be trained and equipped to compete for the first time in the grueling sport. Garrett, a retired school nurse, had never swum a lap, never clipped into a bike pedal.
June 24, 2014 |
When Cameron Dye approached the red carpet leading to the finish line of the Philadelphia Triathlon, he stole a glance over his shoulder to check for the competition. He saw no one but spectators and pumped his fist at the welcome sight. The 29-year-old from Boulder, Colo., was looking for his chief competitor, Andy Potts. When Dye crossed the finish line in 1 hour, 48 minutes, 6 seconds, it marked the third straight time he had won the event's Olympic race. When Potts finished the race more than a minute later, it marked the third consecutive time he had finished second in the triathlon.
June 23, 2014 |
Swimming never has been a problem for Michael Phinney, a former swimmer at Villanova. It turns out he is pretty good at cycling and running, too. Saturday morning, Phinney won the Philadelphia Triathlon's sprint race by finishing in 1 hour, 9 minutes, 18 seconds - four minutes ahead of second-place Adam Alper. The sprint course in Fairmount Park consisted of an 800-meter swim, a 15.7-mile cycling ride, and a 3.1-mile run. At Villanova, Phinney swam the 200-meter, 100, and 50 freestyles.
June 20, 2014 |
Cliff Cheek competed in his first triathlon in 2001 on the recommendation of two doctors. The first was his general physician, who noted Cheek's good health and athletic ability and suggested a triathlon as a way to expand his exercise repertoire. The second doctor was one of Cheek's friends, Richard Hamilton. Hamilton had raced in triathlons before, and he invited Cheek and another runner, Austin Meehan, to compete with him. And just like that, the trio from Jenkintown participated in their first triathlon together in Stone Harbor, N.J. They didn't stop there.
June 24, 2013
THE NAME of the event changed but the guy crossing the finish line looked familiar. Cameron Dye won the Johnson & Johnson Trirock Philadelphia Triathlon yesterday with a time of 1:49:02. It was his second consecutive win in the event, previously called the Philadelphia Triathlon. Dye, of Boulder, Colo., was among 1,200 athletes who hit the streets and dived in the Schuylkill River for the event, which involves a 1,500-meter swim, 24.8-mile bike ride and 6.2-mile run. Andy Potts finished 35 seconds behind Dye. Matty Reed came in third, 3 minutes and 51 seconds behind Dye. Max Fennell, who is looking to become the first African-American professional triathlete, came in 51st overall, 46th among male competitors.
June 24, 2013 |
As Cameron Dye grinded toward the finish line of the TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon on Sunday, the competitor he calls his "bogeyman" was gaining ground, 15 seconds - sometimes 20 - per mile. Andy Potts has haunted Dye and caught him from behind so many times that Dye didn't even entertain thoughts of winning until the final mile and a half. But by the time Dye reached the final straightaway, even Potts couldn't catch him, and Dye threw his hands up and high-fived the crowd lining the finish line on Martin Luther King Drive.