June 28, 2016 |
Spenser Popeson passed the Art Museum and felt inspired. He got a second wind Sunday in navigating the bike portion of the TriRock Philadelphia Olympic Triathlon. Part of it, he said, was because his new coach stressed bike training and he was prepared. The other part of it was passing the Rocky statue. "I'd lie if I said I didn't hum the Rocky theme song when I went by," said Popeson, 30, who won the race with a time of 1 hour, 58 minutes, and 54 seconds. J.R. Creekmore of Wilmington was second in 1:59:54.
June 27, 2016 |
Sean Fenoff didn't feel great when he woke up Saturday morning. He was fatigued and had a stomach ache. Still, Fenoff, 16, was the top male finisher at the TriRock Philadelphia Sprint Triathlon. "You've got to work with what you have," Fenoff said. Elizabeth Edwards, 17, of Kennett Square, was the top female racer. The course, along the Schuylkill near Fairmount Park, featured a half-mile swim, a 15.7-mile bike race, and a 3.1-mile run. Fenoff had a time of 1 hour, 15 minutes, 26 seconds, and Edwards finished in 1:25:18.
June 26, 2016 |
Karl Wicks received a call from his doctor at 5:30 on a Friday afternoon to meet him. When he arrived, he was sent right into the office. That, Wicks said, should have been his first clue. It was serious. Wicks' doctor sat him down and explained the situation. His white blood cell count was way too high, and Stage 4 leukemia was diagnosed. At the time, in January 2007, he didn't know much about the disease, but he started asking questions. "From there, it was, 'What do I need to do next?
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.