Oct 26

In the News

Grand Rapids Triathlon

This just in!  A new triathlon is forming for next year right here in Grand Rapids!  It was just recently approved by the township board for June 5th, 2011.  They are going to have a sprint, Olympic, AND half Ironman distance.  Woohoo!  I just started working on my IM training plan the other day, so hopefully I’ll be able to incorporate the race into my training schedule.  It would be a pity to miss out on a HIM so close to home. 

If you are interested, you can friend them on Facebook if you want to get updates: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001676647001

Full article available here (unfortunately, they didn’t spell check the title and it is going to be a triahlon and not a triathlon).

Update: The article has the incorrect date.  The correct is June 5th, not June 25th.

Art Prize

Based on the comments, a lot of you enjoyed my post about the Art Prize event that Grand Rapids hosted earlier this month.  I just wanted to shared one quick follow up article with anyone interested.  You can read the full article here, but I mainly wanted to share a comment from the Art Prize director:

"I’ve been contacted by five U.S. cities that want to do an ArtPrize event, although I can’t name them because they are in the planning process, but haven’t been announced yet," said Holsinger-Robinson, noting that a group from Tokyo also has expressed interest.

So, maybe Art Prize will be coming to city near you!

Police vs. Firefighters

I stumbled across this article on the NYTimes (full article here – free registration possibly required or use a bugmenot.com login/password).  It talks about the race between the NYPD and NYFD each year at the NYC Marathon.  The firefights have won 23 out of 27 races, but the gaps has gotten tighter and tighter over the years.  It is very cool to see both the competiveness and camaraderie amongst the runners.

Betting on a Triathlete – For Charity

First off, here is the article: http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/10/26/triathlete.charity/.  I’m not sure how I feel about this one.  The basic gist is that a guy placed bets with his friends and coworkers that he could do an Ironman in under 16 hours.  For every minute under 16 hours, those that bet against him would pay $1 and for every minute over 16 hours he would pay them $1. The bets ballooned and he finished in 15 1/2 hours raising $75,000 for the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.  So, what is my problem with this?  According to the article, “He did it without any real training. In fact, it was only three weeks before the event that he decided to have a go at it, after co-workers bet he couldn’t complete the race with no training and on short notice.”  While it was for a good cause, it seems like a pretty stupid way to go about in my opinion.  What do you think?

And the Biggest News of Late…

KC @ My 140.6 Mile Journey just finished her first Ironman – The Great Floridian Triathlon.  She kicked some serious butt and was the 5th overall female!  If you haven’t already done so, head over to her blog, read her race report, and send her some well deserved congrats!

Permanent link to this article: http://www.ironmanbythirty.com/2010/10/26/in-the-news


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  1. BDD

    Hmmmm, July 25th might be a good time to head up north, I am still having a hard time with filler races before my A race.

  2. Matt Oravec

    Awesome man! We have a duathlon right down the street from our house and we pass our house 2 times on the course… we did it last year and I would feel like a slob if we did not do it forever more!

    SIGN UP! Good luck man!

  3. kc

    Aaaawwww, thanks for the shout out! I still can’t believe how much fun 140.6 miles can be. So worth all the training time. I can hardly wait to do it again.

  4. Lisa

    That new race has got to be exciting news for you!

  5. Jeff

    How far out is the race from IMWI? Might be able to work it in nicely as a long training day/figure out nutrition race!

    i heard about the guy doing an IM on no training. Apparently he is a marathoner and former D1 soccer player. Not like he went from the coach to the start line. As long as he could do the swim he should have been fine. I read someplace that the dude had an 8+ hr bike split.

  6. Emily

    Marine Corps does a similar challenge between British and American soliders. There was an article in Runner’s World about it. I had no idea but I love that it happens.

  7. Aimee (I Tri To Be Me)

    Yay for a new race! That is awesome!
    That bet sounds interesting! It’s amazing how much money he got, but things could have gone terribly wrong at the race. But, it sounds like he had a lot of fitness to do it, maybe not triathlon specific fitness, but it’s better than nothing.

  8. Jennifer

    Would love to know your thoughts on this whole Ironman Access membership program that was just announced. 🙂

  9. Mandy

    Wow, I hate anyone who can do an IM without training, no matter how much money they raised. ha

    That is awesome about the new race!

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