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.
June 23, 2013 |
Rummaging through a laundry basket of clean clothing that needed to be folded, Pete Castelli had a predicament. Sock after sock Castelli pulled from the basket - a black Nike one here, a white Hanes one there. He searched the pile but couldn't find any second socks to make a pair. He recognized that they all belonged to his daughter, Denise. "Can you get two socks in the laundry at the same time?'" he asked, frustrated. "She looks at me and says, 'Dad, I only wear one.' " Fortunately for the Castellis, a trivial issue such as a lonely sock is one of the few reminders that Denise is missing half her right leg. It has been nearly four years since Denise's leg was amputated, and more than five since an awkward slide into second base during one of her final college softball games changed everything.
June 23, 2013 |
Laura Straub looked at her watch with just two miles to go in the sprint distance of the TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon on Saturday and knew she was having a good race. It would take more than an hour before she found out how good. Nearby, Tyler Ems of Moorestown waited for the results. The race's staggered start, which makes swimming less dangerous, meant the winner wouldn't have to be the first to finish. Ems, 22, had crossed the finish line first by a wide margin and wondered: Would his time stand?
June 22, 2013 |
In a triathlon, the panic more often visits the novices, but it can grip experts, even professionals. Andy Potts, an Olympian triathlete, says even he has experienced panic during a race. It's not so much the cycling or running, it's the swimming. More than 3,000 athletes will participate in this weekend's TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon, some of whom will be making the plunge into the Schuylkill for the first time. For organizers, that means extra preparation to keep everyone safe.