Countdown to the 2017 Boston Marathon!

This week on Babbittville….Counting Down to Boston! This week on Babbittville we look forward to the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 17th with a look back at a few of our favorite features and inter...

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 ...

Davis Phinney

  The Holy Grail By Bob Babbitt   You can tell it still hurts. When you ask Davis Phinney to think back to July 29, 1984, America’s winningest cyclist of all time, the guy they nicknamed Th...

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 ...

My 11 Favorite Competitor Magazine Covers

Because these go to 11….. Even though I left Competitor in 2014, I will always treasure the brand that I am proud to have created and nurtured with my partner Lois Schwartz. I have kept copies ...

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...

I Get To Ride My Bike Today!

Bill Walton is a basketball legend. He led UCLA to 88 straight wins and two national titles. He was the number one draft pick of the Portland Trailblazers, led them to the NBA championship back in 19...

The Puzzle

The pieces are small and scattered all over the jagged emptiness of the Big Island lava fields. The edges have been blasted to bits by the hellacious winds that can, at different times of the day, he...

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...