Category Archives: People

Running for the Dog

Yep, this is one Disney movie plot line you wouldn’t want to miss. Once there was this one innocent pup, got beat up by some douche 10-year old kid and got superstar status. How did that happen? It’s only once in a blue moon that getting your bones broken because of maltreatment get that kind of media attention. I guess the last time I have known of was Rodney King, I think.

Thanks to the Montgomery County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Pennsylvania runner Kim Bursner, the dog is now in safe hands. “I read about it in the paper” says Kim, whose own dog had died two years earlier. “After the second or third time I saw the story, I thought, That dog really needs a good home. I want that dog. So I e-mailed the district attorney’s office, they put me in touch with the SPCA, I filed an application, and I got her.”

But the road to recover does not end there. Since she is a runner, she hooked up the dog into it too.
“Last fall, I thought, Let me take her (running) and see how she does,” Kim recalls. “We did four miles, no problem. Ever since then, she’s been running with me.”

In April she decided to sign up for Lehigh Valley Half-Marathon to run alone and do a fundraiser for SPCA. With media connections, she was permitted to run with Rhiannon, the dog, granting they would start from the back of the pack. And with the dog being so nervous with all those people around them, they managed to finish the race. “We felt great,” says Kim. “It went well.”

More details at Runnersworld.


Bannister Day

I never thought that May 6 would be a significant day in the running world. All the while Cinco de Mayo is enough for me to stretch out my feet on the couch and watch my fave TV series. But no, today is Bannister Day!

You may say, who the friggin’ six ounce of salsa is he? Or what is it, in the first place? For one, Bannister is a dude.First name Roger, today marks the 56th anniversary when he was the first man to run the mile under four minutes.

Even I am having a hard time to reach that time! Anyways, here’s to that heroic effort. And for those who want to watch a video on that ‘event, here it is.

Bart Yasso to Run 56-mile Marathon in South Africa

I don’t know much about Lyme Disease, but from the sound of it, it sure seem deadly. RunnersWorld guy Bart Yasso has it. And at 54 years old, he is determine to hurdle this rather insourmountable trial in his life by finishing his “last race” of his life which is the 56-mile long Comrades Marathon in South Africa.

Will his ageing body and disease deny him of that dream? Or his determination and sheer guts prevail to get the job done? Find out as RunnersWorld holds the 1st installment of this series at their account in Facebook.

HS Track Coach Cheered by Students to Win Austin Marathon

Not very far from a typical triumph of the spirit movie when some obscure figure shot into fame after inspiring his underlings to not give up. For being the super mentor to his students,Vandergrift HS Track Coach Keith Pierce was egged on by his students throughout the Austin Marathon to win the race in the end, 10 minutes faster than the second place.

And as the local news that covered that would say, “that’s instant credibility with your students. Watch the clip here.

25 Celebrities Who’ve Run a Marathon

Little that you know that celebrities are also into fitness these days. With the demands of their work, staying healthy and buffed is an imperative. Running is one of their healthy choices. Although marathon is such a tall order, these luminaries from the world of showbiz, politics and sports have the guts to complete the 42km race. Just who are on the list? There are the usual suspects, but you’ll be surprise by some of them. Read on to the list by Completerunning. Wow, I never knew David Lee Roth was a marathoner!

Q&A With Meb Keflezighi

Just who is Meb Keflezighi? Well, he just  became the first American winner of the New York City Marathon since 1982 last year. Aside form that, he has won numerous racing events. This April 19, he will take part in the Boston Marathon. Runnersworld talked with Keflezighi on how winning the New York Marathon changed his life and how he didn’t give up in pursuing that dream of winning it, outdoing injuries along the way. He also tells about his plans and strategies on the upcoming Boston Marathon. Truly, a legend on his own. More details here.