Face Off in Vegas! – Babbittville

    The email showed up the other day. Interbike, for their 2013-2014 Interbike Awards, was letting me know that I had been nominated for the 2013-2014 Triathlon Industry Leader of the Year. The nominees – Dan Empfield, myself and HOKA, the shoe brand, had all “demonstrated leadership and vision in driving the sport of…

Remembering Jim MacLaren – Babbittville

Jim MacLaren – at one time the world’s fastest amputee triathlete – passed away on August 31, 2010 at the age of 47. His life was short but amazingly impactful. The Challenged Athletes Foundation is Jimmy’s legacy. I‘m proud to say that, through the athletes we help every day, his impact will live on forever.…

Groundbreakers – Babbittville

Watching the great Mo’ne Davis throwing heat against the boys in the Little League World Series yesterday made me think back to women who have broken barriers in our sports. This photo from Peter Read Miller is from the start of the second-ever Ironman Triathlon on Sans Souci Beach on Oahu in February of 1979.…

Never A Bad Day – Babbittville

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 line, one after another is at first ecstatic with their accomplishment and then, in the blink of an eye,…

Dave Scott – Babbittville

  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 generated a lot of comments. The bike and all the memories it invoked struck a cord with lots of people. This…

Why We Race – Babbittville

What is it about this sport that drives people to get up at 4:00 am, drive over to the start by 5:00 am and then put on a headlamp so you can set up your transition area at 5:30 for an event where your wave won’t jump into the water until 8:10 am? It’s funny.…