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Medals of Courage 2014

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Medals of Courage 2014

In 2012 our athletic community came together to help us collect hundreds of running and triathlon medals to donate to patients at the Loma Linda Children’s Hospital. The medals were presented to the children by none other than Olympic Medalist Meb Keflezighi. This year they’re collected medals for two more children’s hospitals, and I hope that we can send them even more medals.

Our friends at JackRabbit Sports (with four locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn) as well as Brickwell Cycling ...

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Happy Holiday

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Happy Holiday

 

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D-Rod Is Dopey

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D-Rod Is Dopey

Congratulations to David D-Rod Rodriguez on completing the Dopey Challenge at Disney World. Mr. Rodriguez completed a 5k, 10k, half-marathon and marathon on consecutive days. Personally, this sounds like it’s as much fun as a rusty nail to the forehead, but I commend D-Rod for setting his sights on this goal and making it happen.

What’s on the agenda for today D-Rod?

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A Tribute to My Teacher

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A Tribute to My Teacher

Sam Ulano passed away today at age 93. I wrote the following tribute to him in 2013. He was a wonderful man, musician and teacher. May he rest in peace.

As some of you know, I was a musician all through high school and college. While my friends were out celebrating, I spent the evening of my high school graduation on stage. I continued to play the local club scene for years after that. I studied music in college as well ...

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2013 State of the City (Coach)

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2013 State of the City (Coach)

As always, I’m grateful to be surrounded by such a wonderful group of athletes, staff, friends and family. So as 2013 comes to an end, let’s take a look at some of the highlights of the year.

We set out to make some noise at the national level in duathlon, and the ladies of City Coach didn’t disappoint. Sheila Monaghan and Isang Smith travelled to California to race their way to a slot on the National team, ...

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Start the Year with a Faster Finish

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JackRabbit Sports is bringing their popular and successful Targeted Training for a Faster Finish group to Prospect Park, and we’re running the show. Tom Buffolano, who has headed our Brooklyn Half and NYC Marathon programs will be in charge. The weekly meetings will focus on quality miles – tempo, intervals, hill repeats, etc. – and will help you prepare for anything from 5k to marathon racing. If you’re interested in learning more about the program, stop by JackRabbit’s Park Slope ...

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Singapore Runner Takes Cheating to New Heights (Depths?)

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Singapore Runner Takes Cheating to New Heights (Depths?)

Remember my last post where I said I didn’t want to embarrass anyone for cutting a course during a marathon? Please disregard that nonsense.

Tam Chua Pah, a 43-year old pastry chef has admitted to repeatedly cheating at marathons. Most recently, he ran only the last 6k (3.7 miles) of the Singapore Marathon. He then took a shortcut to the finish line, crossing in 2:46, and initially being identified as the top local runner.

Tam’s explanation? “I am sorry if I offended ...

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Philadelphia Marathon On Cheating: Who Cares?

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Philadelphia Marathon On Cheating: Who Cares?

Last week I was contacted by a concerned friend, who witnessed course cutting at the Philadelphia Marathon. He was worried that the cheaters had gotten away with it, but I assured him that justice would be done. After all, even though it appears at first glance that Philly’s out-and-back second half makes it a course cutter’s dream, I pointed out that in addition to the announced mats (start, 10k, HM, 30k and finish), it was known that additional (unannounced) mats ...

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NYRR 60k Race Results

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NYRR 60k Race Results

Last weekend Jessica Purcell decided that 26.2 miles isn’t enough, so she (voluntarily) registered for the nine fun-filled laps that make up the NYRR (I’ll Always Call You Knickerbocker) 60k. Apparently Jess didn’t like it that much because she chose not to stay out there nearly as long as the other ladies. In fact, Jess only took 6:02:18 (9:45/mile), which was good enough for 12th out of the 104 women in the field, and 2nd in her AG.

Congratulations JZ.

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Brooklyn Marathon Results

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Brooklyn Marathon Results

Apparently Jeffrey “J-Train” Dweck didn’t get the memo that you’re not supposed to run a marathon just two weeks after setting your marathon PR. Nor did he see that if you do indulge in such nonsense, you should choose a gentle course, rather than something that involves multiple laps and significant climbing. Lucky for Jeff, since he ran 3:10:02 at the Brooklyn Marathon, which was good for 2nd in the 40-49 AG.

Additional congratulations to J. Geoff Badner (3:30:29) and ...

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