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Semper Fly 2013: Marine Corps Marathon Race Day Strategies

Posted on 21 October 2013

For a few nail-biting weeks, uncertainty clouded the future of the 38th Marine Corps Marathon. But it’s all systems GO! for 30,000 runners now that the U.S. government shutdown has ended. The world’s largest marathon without prize money will be run October 27 through the nation’s capital as scheduled. “Runners, we are on,” director Rick [Read more...]

Jamie Summerlin’s 100-Day Freedom Run Across the U.S.

Posted on 04 October 2013

There are runners, and then there are runners who push the known limits of human endurance. My friend and fellow West Virginian Jamie Summerlin is one of these amazing athletes. Jamie Summerlin is a Gulf War-era veteran, having served in the United States Marine Corps for six years. Currently, the Marine veteran serves as the [Read more...]

Freedom’s Run…Through Civil War History

Posted on 23 September 2013

In just five years, local volunteers and our race committee have taken an idea to start a race in a small town that would highlight both health and history.  Our race course for Freedom’s Run takes runners past many important Civil War and Historical landmarks. Each year, the event has grown, with runners now wcoming from all over [Read more...]

Air Force & Marine Corps Marathons; Austin Eat & Run; Freedom’s Run

Posted on 04 September 2013

After a brief end-of-summer hiatus of travel for family fun, I’ll be hitting the road for several events this fall. This will provide me the opportunity to speak more about running and health, as well as meet other runners.  And, of course, I get to race. In three weeks, there is the Air Force Marathon.  [Read more...]

Documentary on Mountain Runner Anton Krupicka; and Freedom’s Run

Posted on 20 August 2013

I am looking forward to seeing the new documentary, “In The High Country”, which is the result of a yearlong collaboration between mountain runner Anton Krupicka and filmmaker Joel Wolpert. The 30-minute film will be shown in Shepherdstown, West Virginia on Friday, October 11, and the screening will be held at the historic Shepherdstown Opera [Read more...]

Natural, Minimalist Golf: New Book by Dr. Phil Maffetone

Posted on 04 August 2013

As a recreational golfer, it was with great anticipation that I received Dr. Phil Maffetone’s new book in the mail. In a departure of Phil’s previous titles, this one was centered on golf.  Phil’s work has significantly  influenced my life, running, teaching on health, and practice of medicine. I was eager to see what he [Read more...]

“Posing” the Question of Proper Running Form: Natural Running vs. Pose Method

Posted on 30 July 2013

Natural running is not some ideal, archetypal running form; it’s what happens when you let your own body figure out what works best for you when you minimize interference between the foot and the ground. It’s what happens when you let your own muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones do all or most of the work. [Read more...]

What I Have Learned From Barefoot and Minimalist Running

Posted on 21 June 2013

In June 2013, the second Barefoot Connections conference  was held in England, and most fittingly, it met inside  the prestigious Natural History Museum which is located just outside London. Several leading practitioners and thought leaders in natural lifestyle and barefoot activity (walking and running) gave talks there.  Family commitments kept me from making the trip [Read more...]

Comrades “Marathon”: What Goes Up…Goes Up

Posted on 08 June 2013

Why would I travel half way around the world to run The Comrades “Marathon” in South Africa? Not sure. Anyone who has ever run this race, which is the oldest and largest ultra run in the world, talks about it with a  reverence and describe the amazing emotional and cultural experience. This run has brought [Read more...]

Race Report:Harpers Ferry Half Marathon

Posted on 14 May 2013

It is always a challenge being a director of a race. You are always faced with things you did not anticipate.  Twelve hours before the event here in West Virginia, we were hit with a thunderstorm of massive proportions.  Most of the course markings of the run which was 40% trail were gone.  Water from [Read more...]


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