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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

The Promise

While he was in high school, Dustin Brady raced both mountain and road bikes. In 1996 he won the California Junior State Championship on the trails and his division at the Redlands Road Race. After a...

A Real Keeper

The date was April 4, 2004. Camp Taji is located 30 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq.  Army Major Anthony Smith, a former scholarship athlete at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Miss. in football, bask...

On Top of the World

About four and a half hours into the January 2002 edition of the San Diego Marathon, race director Lynn Flanagan received a call on her headset. It was Donna at the volunteer check-in area. “Lynn, ca...

Ken McAlpine

Ken McAlpine was taking a writing class in the mid 1980’s and one of his assignments was to pitch a newspaper or magazine a story. Luckily, Ken reached out to me with his story idea and the rest is h...

Never A Bad Day

I am standing at the finish of the 1998 Ironman in Kona, Hawaii. Standing next to me is Michael Collins, the son of the Ironman founders, Commander John and Judy Collins. As people filter across the ...

Dave Scott

  A few weeks ago, I came across this classic Dave Scott Centurion in the transition area at a triathlon on the base at Camp Pendleton. I posted the photo to Twitter and Facebook, where it gener...