On Top of the World

I wrote this article several years ago, and it stays with me to this day. On the anniversary of 9/11, I think of the Birnbaum family, and all of the families who were changed forever.   About four and a half hours into the January 2002 edition of the San Diego Marathon, race director Lynn Flanagan…

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…