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…

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…

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,…