Taz the Wonder Dog – Babbittville

From the Never a Bad Day archives, a classic story about the unbreakable bond between Danelle Ballengee and 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 14,000…

Top Ten List: Racing Kona – Babbittville

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 you’re in Kona to race the Ironman World Championship.   10. We apologize…..you’re bike somehow…

1986 Ironman – Babbittville

  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 ever in Kona, something in the 1:02 range. Great. So I took a few minutes off…

The Promise – Babbittville

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 number of challenging training days, he could just tell that his body wasn’t right. “It’s not good when you…

USA Triathlon Hall of Fame Inductees – Babbittville

Babbittville salutes the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame Inductees   COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Olympic bronze medalist Susan Williams, IRONMAN World Champion Tim DeBoom, multisport contributor Dan Empfield, age-group multisport stars Bill Bell and Karen McKeachie and paratriathlete pioneer Carlos Moleda were today announced as the seventh induction class of the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame.…

A Look Back at 2014 – Babbittville

2014 was a very special year in the wonderful world of endurance sports. When I look back at the year that was, there are three moments – and people – that stick out more than the others.   [dropcap style=”round”]1[/dropcap]  At the very top of my list is Australian John Maclean who was the first paralyzed athlete…

A Real Keeper – Babbittville

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, basketball and track, was part of the 1st Calvary Division, 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. “We were a special operations group that…