National Treasure: Remembering Bill Bell

Above photo from Bill Bell’s 96th birthday celebration November 2018, by Daniel Burr, with Cherie Gruenfeld at Bill’s choice: Five Guys.   Taking a look back at the legendary Bill Bill. I wrote National Treasure for the May, 2012 issue of Triathlete Magazine, when Bill was nearing 90…..   Bill Bell was in his late…

Ironman Class of 1980

  What a great party! Over 150 people joined us at our Challenged Athletes Foundation headquarters on Sunday, March 8th to honor the Ironman Class of 1980, to kick off the 2020 triathlon season, and to remember two amazing people we lost in 2019: Mike Levine and Mike Plant.     It was a total…

Always Keep Moving Forward

It happened 40 years ago on Sunday, January 12, 1980, and it’s a day that changed my life forever. There were 108 of us there on the island of Oahu to attempt the third-ever Ironman Triathlon. In both 1978 and 1979, the event attracted 15 starters and 12 finishers. Because of a long article in…

Top Nine 2019

Thank you to all our great Babbittville on Instagram friends for following along with us in 2019 as we celebrated the wonderful world of endurance sports and all the amazing athletes we got to spend time with and the events we got to enjoy. Here’s a look back at our Top Nine Instagram posts from…

Dave Scott: Still Lord of the Lava

Leading into the 1994 Ironman World Championship, there were rumors that 6-time champion, Dave Scott might be racing again. Reflecting on the buzz he was generating, I wrote about the Dave Scott mystique for Competitor Magazine: Still Lord of the Lava.   You’re standing at a trade show. Any trade show. It could be a…

Temptation Island

My feature on Tim DeBoom’s 2001 Ironman World Championship for our December, 2001 issue of Competitor Magazine     Tim DeBoom needs it. Badly. Sure, he’s happy for his friend Peter Reid. But fair is fair. He has waited in the shadows long enough. His year, his life, and his career are wrapped around this…

Remembering Mike Plant

I was a PE teacher at a small private school in San Diego when I first met Mike Plant, the creator and founder of Running News which later became Running and Triathlon News. When I mentioned to him in the early 1980’s that I was putting on an Ironkids Triathlon at our school and that…

The Big Four

Triathlon’s Big Four: Dave Scott, Scott Molina, Mark Allen, and Scott Tinley For our October, 1987 issue of Competitor Magazine we featured the four triathletes who dominated triathlon’s grand era of the 80’s, particularly the showcase races in the Fall. Between the the four of them, they had won seven Ironman World Championships, five Nice…