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…

Top Nine 2018

Thank you to all our great Babbittville on Instagram friends for helping make 2018 so great. As we look back over our Top Nine Instagram posts, we reflect on some awesome highlights from the year….   9. Mark Allen and Greg Welch at the 1991 Ironman     View this post on Instagram   #FlashbackFriday…

The Sweetest Kiss

I was interviewing cycling coach Chris Carmichael for the Triathlon Club of San Diego back in 2009. In the audience, there was one person who stood out from the rest. His skin was pasty, his t-shirt seemed way too big for him, his eyes were sunken deep into the sockets and he was wearing a…

Mile Marker 86

Editor’s Note: I wrote this about David Bailey as part of our pre-race coverage of the 2009 Ironman World Championship   It was the day after the 2008 Ironman World Championship. David Bailey, who had been one of the best motocross athletes on the planet before he was paralyzed, was barreling down the Queen Ka’ahumanu…