Super Bowl

Editorial By Bob Babbitt Competitor, January/February 1998   Nervous?  Sure, I guess you could say I’m nervous.  The big man in front of us is pacing slowly back and forth, arms folded, a scowl ...

My Camelot

I love racing. There is nothing better in the whole wide world. Some people I know get stressed out just thinking about race morning. But for me, if it’s a Saturday or Sunday and there are no numbers...

Rod and Pre

Their first meeting came after the 1972 Olympics. At those games in Munich, America’s young gun, Steve Prefontaine, took fourth place in the Olympic 5000 meters while New Zealand’s Rod Dixon took hom...

Boston Marathon Stories

Leading in to this year's Boston Marathon, I filmed a few of my favorite Boston Marathon stories for our friends at Hylands.   Dave McGillivray In this episode, I share how it all started for Bo...

Mr. Lucky

  Scott Brown and Chris Fuller fit the profile for Muddy Buddies perfectly. After all, the Muddy Buddy is for folks looking for a good time running and cycling with a little bit of pizzazz added...

February 18, 1978

Clockwise: A scene from the bike course of the original Ironman on Oahu. The founders: John and Judy Collins, with a Hole in the Head trophy, first created by John himself. Sunset at Sans Souci Beach...

The Man in the Mirror

  The room is 90 square feet and, when he works out, he simulates the toughest race day conditions by pumping up the temperature to 100 degrees and the humidity to 100% . He trains by riding his...

Stories from the Lava Fields of Kona

  BJ Christenson is 6’7” tall, ran the steeplechase in college in Utah, and this was his ninth time racing Kona. He has a PR in Kona of 9:03, but he has never placed in his division, finishing a...

Always Keep Moving Forward

  Always Keep Moving Forward   I went over to the 1980 Ironman on Oahu and had no idea what I was in for. This photo is of me right after I finished the 2.4 mile swim. I wore number 3, not ...

Fuel for the Fire

It is early January 2011. Three-time U.S. Olympic triathlete Hunter Kemper should be training or helping his wife, Valerie, with their three boys. But instead, he is lying motionless with an intraven...

Changing Everything

I knew I had definitely gained some weight over the past 30 years, but in my mind the solution was simple. All I had to do was start training for a long-distance triathlon again and I’d be magically ...

Apple Almond Berry Muffins

From my Changing Everything plan…..       4 omega-3 eggs                                                4 dates, chopped 2 tbsp. olive oil                                        ...

Fourth of July in River Forest

    I am lightheaded. Floating on air somewhere between Squaw Valley and Auburn, California. Vaseline has proven useless. The blisters between my toes are bloody and rubbed Howard Stern raw...

Boxing Lessons

From the archives: Remembering my dad on Father's Day…… The ceiling above my head is a mere four feet high. The pavement my knees are scraping against is raw and abusive. As a child, the ...

Mother’s Day

I can tell she is pissed from the way she is walking toward me. Long steps, purposeful steps, I-can’t-believe-I-just-did-that steps. I am doing the announcing up in the tower at what is affectionatel...

Boston Billy Elvis

We knew him as Boston Billy Elvis. He joined us for the first time at the Las Vegas Marathon before the event became Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas. We put the word out that we wanted to create a huge conti...

Taz the Wonder Dog

  What do you do now, Danelle? That had to be the question rampaging through her mind. Forget winning the Eco Challenge and Primal Quest multi-day adventure races, climbing all 54 of Colorado’s ...

Sharron Ackles

Sharron Ackles was the race director for the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii from 1992 to 2002. I received this letter from Gerry Rott, race director for the Lavaman Triathlons, and a ...

Your Move, Sebastian

I was on stage at the Ironman World Championship Carbo Party in October of 1993 interviewing Mark Allen and Germany’s uber-cyclist Jurgen Zack. At that point in time, Allen was the dominant guy in Ko...

Top Ten List: Racing Kona

In honor of the great David Letterman retiring from Late Night, we thought it would be fun to put together our own Top Ten list. Here you have the Top Ten list of:  Things you don’t want to hear when...

1986 Ironman

  The year was 1986, and for some reason I felt it was important to focus on my swimming for that year’s Ironman. I swam pretty much every single day that summer and ended up having my best swim...