A few years back, I had the pleasure of meeting Upper Darby triathlete Stephen Brown. He was a finalist in our very first Health Hero Challenge, and I remember, when we made his video for the contest, leaving the photo shoot feeling pummeled over by his unwavering optimism, a can-do, will-do attitude that wouldn’t quit, even in the face of a chronic blood-cancer diagnosis.
This past Sunday, over a thousand amazing athletes competed in the first-ever Challenge Atlantic City Triathlon. They also might be a little bit insane, because this triathlon covered a whopping 140 miles. INSANE, right? The Ironman-distance race kicked off with a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bike ride, and ended with a 26.2-mile run. If your jaw is on the floor in amazement, I’m totally with you: It’s kind of unbelievable. But this race is real, and there are a bunch of very impressive Instagram photos to prove it.
Feast your eyes on these 10 shots of folks totally rocking the Challenge Atlantic City Triathlon (and a few sign-holders cheering them on), below.
I don’t know about you, but I have a drawer full of race medals that I haven’t looked at since I got them. They’re fun to grab at the finish line and pose with for a few photos, but after that, what are you really supposed to do with them?
I’d almost forgotten they were there, until I saw a tweet from Philly runner Malinda Hill earlier this week putting out the call to fellow runners in the area who might like to donate their medals to sick kids at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Turns out, Malinda is the newly minted (i.e. she took up the post just this week) Philadelphia chapter coordinator for a nonprofit called Medals4Mettle, which takes old race medals and redistributes them to kids and adults facing chronic and life threatening illness. “The idea is to celebrate their courage for fighting for their lives,” says Hill.
This weekend, Oaks will host what claims to be the biggest, baddest, raddest running, cycling and triathlon expo in the country: the fifth annual Endurance Sports Expo.
Presented by Competitor and produced by two Philly-area business owners, this year’s ESE will host over 200 brands and vendors and 4,000 attendees. It’s a great place to research event information and plan your race schedule for the year (yes, you should try a triathlon!). You can also meet local and nationally recognized fitness experts, Olympic athletes, authors, coaches and industry insiders at the expo’s 60 hours of “Endurance University” seminars. Also on site: an extensive outdoor demo area where you’ll find the latest road, mountain and tri bikes—with access to the Perkiomen Trail for test rides.