Posted in CheatersFebruary 28, 2009
It seems that the good folks at NBC's The Biggest Loser have engaged in some creative editing. Contestant Dane, who lost 100 pounds in just eight weeks before being eliminated from the weight-loss competition, is seen running a marathon alongside his svelte and aerodynamic wife, and seen triumphantly crossing the finish line.
The minor technicality is that the dude didn't do the whole 26.2, which sticklers seem to like in a marathon finisher.
Here's the statement issued by one of the show's producers:
As the Executive Producers of The Biggest Loser we would like to make an official apology and set the record straight with regards to the claim in last nights episode that Dane completed a marathon in Arizona.
After seeing on various online blogs that this information may be inaccurate we investigated the claim and found that Dane had not indeed completed the marathon unaided. From our internal investigation we learned that Dane ran the first 17 miles before receiving a ride from the field producer for 3 miles before rejoining the race at the 20 mile mark whereupon he completed the race.
We are incredibly proud of Dane for running 23 miles and losing over 130 lbs on his weight loss journey so far and wish him luck as he continues his new healthy lifestyle. We have also taken the necessary action to ensure that there is no future misrepresentations and sincerely apologize for misleading our loyal viewers and it was certainly not our intent but an unwitting mistake.
We hope they will continue to be inspired and motivated by all of our contestants and follow them as they continue to change their lives.
It's a shame, because big fella clearly worked incredibly hard to accomplish the weight loss. Unfortunately, this – rather than his tremendous accomplishment – is what folks are gonna remember.
Posted in Team Race ResultsFebruary 24, 2009
Chris Solarz won another climb in Philadelphia this weekend. With next week's Albany stair race coming up, Chris had better make more room in the trophy case.
Posted in Coach's CommentsFebruary 24, 2009
Every year I remind my faithful readership about several significant and meaningful events, but none more monumental than National Pancake Day. That's right – free pancakes at IHOP. We can pretend that the fact that IHOP's support of the National Children's Network is what attracts us to the event, but let be honest. Free pancakes could support the German Army and I'd probably go for it.
There's always the handy, dandy IHOP finder if you're having trouble locating your nearest location.
Posted in Coach's CommentsFebruary 23, 2009
As I mentioned, on Saturday NYRR held a race in Prospect Park. Years ago they put on You Gotta Have Park, the Turkey Trot and the Brooklyn Half, but in recent years they've abandoned the former two. So when NYRR announced to the clubs that they'd be adding some outer borough races, and would work with local clubs, it was cause for optimism among the member clubs from Brooklyn.
Then – without consulting PPTC – NYRR announced that the added race would be held the day before PPTC's annual Cherry Tree 10-miler. Since Cherry Tree is one of PPTC's two annual races, and since PPTC consistently fields sizable, paying squads in NYRR races, they expected that NYRR would a) consult with them (as they promised) and b) not schedule their Brooklyn race for the same weekend as an existing Prospect Park event. Wrong and wrong.
Once again, NYRR is totally within their rights to do this. They are the windshield of New York running, and the smaller member clubs are the bugs. They're gonna speed through wherever and whenever they want, and if they squash a few clubs or their members along the way, there are lots more where they came from.
Posted in Team Race ResultsFebruary 22, 2009
It was a busy weekend of racing in Brooklyn. Yesterday, NYRR made a visit to Prospect Park for the Snowflake 5k – more on that later – and today was the annual PPTC Cherry Tree 10-miler. Results are trickling in and will be updated as they are received. Here are the results in the order they were reported:
- Sarah Wenk – 1:25:00
- Lauri Young – 1:20:xx
- Adele Laboz – 1:16:xx
- Bobby Dweck – 1:18:07
- Emily Kindlon – DNS, illness
- Kevin Starkes – DNF, injury
Posted in Coach's CommentsFebruary 19, 2009
Applications for the 2009 NYC Marathon are now being accepted. In case you're wondering, it's gonna cost you. First, there's the non-refundable $11 processing fee. Even if you're among the majority of applicants, who are rejected, NYRR will still hit your credit card for the fee. In addition to the processing fee, if you're really lucky, you have the privilege of paying $138 if you're a NYRR member from the USA. If you're a non-member, it's $171, and if you're one of those pesky foreigners who come here and spend money at hotels, restaurants, and running shops, your pocketbook will be $231 lighter. Of course if you pay for nine races and "volunteer" for NYRR, you are guaranteed the right to pay those fees without having to endure the indignity of the lottery.
I understand that this is a simple matter of economics. Even I can grasp the concept of supply and demand, and until/unless NYRR has a hard time filling the race, I suppose there's no reason for them to charge less.
Posted in Coach's CommentsFebruary 18, 2009
The Texas Independence Relay posted the start times, and City Coach is the number one ranked team, meaning they'll start last. Better to be the hunter than the hunted.
Meanwhile, the gentlemen are continuing to cultivate their race day beards. By the start, there should be some serious facial hair working
In addition, in their race summary, the charm school dropouts broke down the entrants by region.
Area # of Teams %
Houston 91 57%
Dallas – Fort Worth 17 11%
Austin 18 11%
San Antonio 13 9%
Other Beautiful Places in Texas 17 11%
from Godforsaken parts 2 1%
New York may be Godforsaken, but our runners are faster than those hillbillies in Northern Mexico.
Posted in Killer's Blog,UncategorizedFebruary 17, 2009
Okay, sorry. I went to trim the blog and cut it all off. I tried to fix it, but it was like a bad mullet. So, it all came off. Here we are starting over. Coincidentally, I feel like I really am starting over this week. I haven't done much riding since my Ironman this past July and guess what I'm doing tomorrow? Sixty minutes on the bike. I still have the gel wrappers taped to my aero bars from the race and my number on my seat post. Yeah, sixty minutes on the bike will be interesting. To make up for my stupidity I will try to jazz the blog up a bit. Oh yeah, and yes, I need to start the running streak over again. We were at 51 days. Tomorrow will be Day One – take 3. I found out I was supposed to be recording my miles anyway. I was not. They will be included going forward.
Posted in Coach's CommentsFebruary 15, 2009
Now that Killer and Chris Solarz have both won stair climbs this month, we're loading up the City Coach coach and heading to Albany on Thursday (yes, Thursday) March 5 for the CFF Stair Climb. It's 809 steps of fun, and there's room in the car for one more. Who's in?
Posted in Coach's CommentsFebruary 13, 2009
A while back I suggested that a small gym in a laundromat would be a great way to pass the time while cleaning your clothes. Drop in a load of laundry, ride a stationary bike for 30 minutes, toss the wash in the dryer, do a quick treadmill jaunt, etc. Taking it one step further, Shane alerted me to an article about a Chinese middle school student who rigged a stationary bike to actually power a washing machine.
Of course if you work hard enough while you ride, you'll dirty up a new set of clothes and then have to do another load of laundry.