Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Mike McKeeman is a member of Bryn Mawr Running Co.
Ardmore resident and Bryn Mawr Running Co. member Mike McKeeman won Sunday morning's Philadelphia Marathon, a race finished by more than 11,000 people, organizers reported. From the recap on the marathon website: In the men’s division, local favorite Mike McKeeman was the clear winner, outpacing the second place finisher, Scott MacPherson, by 42 seconds. MacPherson took second in his first-ever marathon competition. McKeeman, with a winning time of 2:17:51, runs locally with Bryn Mawr Running Club, and does most of his training in Philadelphia. "It is so special to win this marathon in my hometown," said Mike McKeeman. "Knowing every inch of the course helped but what really spurred me to a victory was the crowd which was full of my …
Saturday, November 17, 2012
See which streets are closing, and when, for the Sunday morning race.
The 26.2-mile Philadelphia Marathon, which starts at 7 a.m. Sunday, will require many city streets to be closed during certain periods this weekend.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Resident runs in honor of late cousin.
As if running a marathon wasn't enough pressure, one Roxborough resident also took on the task of charitable fundraising. Abby Davis will attempt the complete the Philadelphia Marathon Sunday, and the Roxborough resident will also raise money for Team In Training, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s sports endurance charity program “I love to run, so I thought Team In Training was a good opportunity for me to train for my first marathon, while also having a chance to make a difference in the lives of other people by raising funds for cancer research and patient services,” Davis said. The 19th annual Philadelphia Marathon brings 27,000 runners to compete Nov. 18. Davis intended on running the race with her boyfriend, Ryan Flynn. When she …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Annual city marathon set for Nov. 18
Sunday morning, the City of Philadelphia will closes 26.2 miles of roadway to accomadate the Philadelphia Marathon, including stretches of Manayunk and Roxborough. The Office of the City Representative announced closures and delays expected for the 19th annual race set for Nov. 18. Although some Center City roadways will be impacted all weekend, local Manayunk and Roxborough streets should only endure Sunday morning inconveniences. According to a news release, the following local streets will be closed at 6:45 a.m. on Sunday and will reopen, as runners pass through the race course. This means highway access in the Manayunk-Roxborough area will be restricted to the Green Lane/Belmont Avenue entrance on I-76. "Motorists and pedestrians …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
A profile of several locals who made it to the finish line Sunday.
Running a marathon is no small feat. To some, medical school, starting a business, or making a million dollars seems far more achievable than running such a race. Yet the 25,000 spaces available for the 2011 Philadelphia Marathon were completely sold out. Yes, 25,000 people paid good money to pound the pavement for 26 miles. In theory, I can write about the benefits of running. But since I have no personal enjoyment of running anything other than a 100-meter sprint, I decided to speak with some locals who ran the race this year, to get their perspectives and motives on running the race. Jana Baker, of Bala Cynwyd, ran the Philly Marathon in 2008, and ran the half marathon this year. She told me that having enough time to train is …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
A snapshot of Manayunk's contribution to the race.
Last year, I made my way down the hill to experience my first marathon ... from the sidelines. Though I personally loath long distance running (I'm a sprinter whose knees are shot), I have great admiration for those who engage in this sport. I had so much fun cheering last year, that year I took my kids down the hill to enjoy the experience as well. They quickly learned how much fun it can be to cheer for people. When we cheer, they are empowered. The streets were lined with people looking for friends and family to pass by, and many just out to enjoy the cumulitive energy of the event, and cheer for the runners. Music blasted to make the street feel like a party. And when the theme from "Rocky" played, a small cheer rippled through …
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The pros and cons of running vs. being overweight.
With the Philadelphia Marathon only days away, an article on running seems appropriate. Running can be a fantastic full body workout. Every muscle in the entire body is engaged: legs for the running motion, arms for pumping, and core (stomach and back) for staying upright. Endorphins (feel good brain chemicals) are generated, heart and lungs are exercised, and calories are burned. And, runners are rarely overweight. For every 10 pounds of weight we add about 45 pounds of pressure to our knees when we walk. So someone who is 25 pounds overweight (using a BMI index as a general guideline) has 112 pounds of undue pressure on their knees with every step. It is reasonable to say that someone who is only 25 pounds overweight is doing the …