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page 22 From Sports Backers....................................5 Jump-Start ......................................................6 Body Smart......................................................8 Camping Out with Kaine ......................12 An avid outdoorsman, a long-time booster for Virginia’s parks and trails and a participant in the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k, and the Ntelos 8k, Governor Kaine spent some time discussing his family’s recreation, Richmond’s athletic events and his efforts to encourage active youth lifestyles. Strength in Numbers ..............................14 Running with the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team Meet & Compete ....................................15 page 26 If you’re looking for a fun way to get fit while meeting new people, the River City Sports page 19 and Social Club is an option that combines a fun mix of sports and socializing. Adult Soccer Leagues ............................16 Baseball may be known as our nation’s pastime, but soccer has taken over that spot in Richmond. BikeWalk Virginia ......................................18 As an outdoor enthusiast with a love for cycling and physical health, Dr. Kimberly Perry is the ideal leader for an advocacy group like BikeWalk Virginia. Almeta Jones ..............................................19 For Almeta Jones, fitness has always been the watchword. Now more than ever, as a fifty year-old grandmother, she is, as she puts it, “practicing what I preached.” Olympic Spirit ..........................................20 Built For Speed:World-Class Sprinters Inspire RegionalYouths; Faster Higher Stronger: For coaching page 20 legend Jim Holdren, summer vacation doesn’t mean hiatus. He can still be found at tracks around the world, observing and advising young athletes; Anna Pichrtova: Olympic marathon runner Anna page 24 Pichrtova knows firsthand about unexpected challenges. Strategic Cycling ........................................22 Cycle racing’s growing popularity has been fueled by active local organizations that promote the sport at collegiate, community, and professional levels. National Duathlon Festival ..................24 page 8 What has two feet, two wheels, and three legs? Answer: duathlon, a multi-sport event that consists of a running leg, followed by a cycling leg and another running leg. page 15 Triathlete Trek ............................................26 As of this summer, Andrea Randle is the new Multisports Trainer at the Weinstein Center for Recreation and Wellness at the University of Richmond. Try This: Retail | Resources | Gear ......28 Upcoming Events ....................................30



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SPORTS BACKERS QUARTERLY Athletics, Recreation & Healthy Living

Summer 2008|VOL. 2 ISSUE 1

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Olympic Magic with a Richmond Connection SPORTS BACKERS The 2008 Olympics in Beijing has put the sporting world on center stage for 16 days. No other sporting event captures the hearts and minds of television viewers worldwide like the Olympic Games. A little bit of that five-ring fever has made its way to central Virginia this year.

ming has purchased that same pool and will be putting it inside their new aquatic complex in Chesterfield County. Perhaps in future years some of those swimmers setting world records at the Olympic Trials will have grown up training here in Chesterfield County.

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One local Olympian, Queen Harrison graduated from Hermitage High School just 3 years ago and is a rising Junior at Virginia Tech. She will be racing in the 400 meter hurdles. It seems like just yesterday we were watching her win numerous track events here at Sports Backers Stadium. This spring tens of thousands of Richmonders watched as Abdi Abdirahman, of Tucson, Arizona, successfully defending his national championship title in the USA 10k Men’s Championships at the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k. Abdi went on to win the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene Oregon, where his celebration showed his enthusiasm and love for the sport and ended with a belly flop into the steeple chase pit. The Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha Nebraska were a thrill to watch as world records were being set daily. Even more exciting is knowing that Poseidon Swim-

As a past participant in the Olympics, I have my own special memories of the Olympic Games. Stargazing at my fellow Olympians as I walked in the Olympic Stadium on picturesque Montjuic in Barcelona during the Opening Ceremonies. Being at the starting line on August 1, 1992 at 10:26 a.m. feeling faster and more prepared than before any race in my life. Feeling the disappointment of performing below my expectations and living through the “agony of defeat” in real life. The sheer joy of watching my friends and teammates Joe Jacobi and Scott Strausbaugh win the gold in the two-man canoe slalom race.

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The Games inspire and motivate us like no other sporting event. But this year those special Olympic moments seem a little bit closer to home thanks to Queen Harrison, Abdi Abdirahman and Poseidon Swimming.

Sincerely, Jon Lugbill Sports Backers Executive Director An Olympic athlete (Summer Games 1992), Jon Lugbill is a five-time world champion in whitewater canoeing and sports innovator who redefined his sport through innovations in training, equipment design and techniques. | 5

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Patrick Henry Improves Event

American Family Fitness Opens New Facility

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Patrick Henry Half Marathon

The Patrick Henry Half Marathon is scheduled to go off with a bang this year on August 23 in Ashland, and there have been some changes. The course will continue to highlight Ashland’s quaint railroad district where spectators line the roads and cheer the runners, though some minor course changes mean runners will explore more of Ashland’s rural farm roads as opposed to winding through the town’s southern residential areas.

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“We’re going to avoid part of the southern end of the town of Ashland,” says Ray Patterson, Sports Backers event manager. “It’s going to be out and back through the cornfields on Elmont Road,” Patterson says, “this course should be faster and easier now because you won’t be zigzagging through the southern residential area of town.” As was the case last year, the course will start and end in Poor Farm Park and improvements have been made to maximize runner comfort. Athletes will be ending in the shade in Poor Farm Park, rather than last year’s open field setting, which will be a definite bonus after the 13.1 mile trek. There will also be plentiful water stops including one per mile from miles 8 to 13. An earlier start at 7 a.m. will allow runners to take advantage of the cooler weather in the morning hours. Runners can also look forward to a post-race festival with food, drinks and a

live band. The fun will just be starting after you cross the finish line. The Patrick Henry Half Marathon is a combined event of the Richmond Road Runners Club, who will be organizing the chip-based timing, and Sports Backers.This race honors Patrick Henry, Hanover County’s famous colonial era patriot, who proclaimed the battle cry of,“Give me liberty or give me death.” To sign up or for more information, visit

American Family Fitness Opens New Short Pump Facility American Family Fitness’s new Short Pump location is ready for action. The new facility is located at 11760 West Broad Street on the back side of Short Pump Town Center across from Macy’s. It is larger than the current Short Pump club, which opened in August 2007, with much of the additional space dedicated to children’s and youth programming. Expanded areas include a regulation-size basketball court for youth and family play and a Kids Zone with

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supervised activities for children under age eight. Popular group exercise classes like cycling and Zumba

Parrish Captures Winning Image

Richmond’s David Parrish was the first ever Best Buy Digital Photo Contest winner at the James River Adventure Games presented by Dominion. Parrish, who was using a Pentax 10 D camera and a Tamron 28/300mm lens, captured the winning image at Hollywood Rapids beside Belle Isle during the River City Rodeo Kayak competition. “I loved watching all the 6 | S B Q n o w. c o m

are offered in family-friendly sessions where parents and children can workout together.

events and shooting the athletes,” said Parrish. “I’ve done a couple of magazine photo contests, but I’ve never done an event like this.” Nevertheless, his winning shot nailed the intensity and spirit of what the James River Adventure Games are all about and he earned the $250 first prize, which he tells us he used to buy a new camera lens. Ryan Patterson earned $100 for his second-place photo and Dave Coleman received $50 for his third-place shot. All three may be viewed at

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OurSB: Finding Motivation Online Unleashing Her Inner Athlete Since September 2007, Dana Bland, 39 of Richmond has unleashed her inner athlete and lost 83 pounds by signing up for local races like the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k and the James River Scramble. She has also found other ways to keep motivated by blogging and posting on OurSB, Sports Backers interactive online community. “ OurSB has helped motivate me to continue on,” says Dana, “I believe that if you surround yourself with other active and motivated people, you too can be moved to become successful at reaching your fitness and sports goals.” When Dana ran into sluggish stints

within her training, she would turn to OurSB for support and encouragement throughout her training. “ The people on the OurSB Community are team spirited and really want to promote a better lifestyle by helping to share their experiences and passion for sports, even the ups and downs,” she said. She plans to run the Suntrust Richmond Marathon next year to raise money for Donate Life and will continue to blog about her journey on OurSB for support and encouragement from the

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local community. If you want to stay updated with Dana’s progress or just write your own story, you can log onto OurSB at

More Olympic Notes

From Omaha to Chesterfield

When they complete their journey from the Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Nebraska, Richmond’s Poseidon Swimming Foundation’s two newest swimming pools will win the prize for Greatest Distance Traveled. The two pools, a 50-meter competition pool and a 50-meter plus 25meter offshoot, will be installed in their new home at the upcoming regional sports complex in Chesterfield County. The complex is a collaboration between Poseidon Swimming and the Richmond Kickers Youth Soccer Club. It will also feature four lighted turf soccer fields and two lighted natural grass fields. Construction is expected to begin later this year. Several Poseidon team members

swam in those pools, beating best times and seeing significant advancement over seeded rankings in June’s Olympic swimming trials. Tyler Harris’ 400-meter individual medley time of 4:21.99 clipped one second off the old Virginia Swimming Senior record. Harris also recorded best times in the 200 butterfly and 200 individual medley all-team records. Kallie Golden competed in the 100meter and 200-meter backstroke events and set a new Poseidon 15-16 100 backstroke team record time of 1:04.25. Stuart Ferguson splashed to a 1:03.03 in the 100 breaststroke, setting new Virginia Swimming and Poseidon 17-18 records while moving up from 61st to 28th! Ferguson also qualified for the USA Junior National Team in a second event and will be the first athlete to represent the USA on the National Junior Team for the third consecutive time. Poseidon alumni Ryan DeWeese cut two seconds off his entry time in the 400 freestyle.

Hermitage High’s Queen Harrison, now a track star at Virginia Tech, is the one Richmond athlete who will be in Beijing with Olympic medal hopes after coming back from a mid-spring hamstring injury to accomplish a stunning second place finish in the women’s 400 meter hurdles in Oregon on June 30th. Other regional athletes who competed in the Olympic Trials include: Swimmers: Stuar t Ferguson, Kallie Golden, Tyler Harris, and Ryan DeWeese via Poseidon Swim Club and Nova Swim Club’s David Wren, Rachel Naurath, Rebecca Rainer, Ian Vogt, Liz Shaw, Lee Rober tson, Katie Sieben, Lauren Beaudreau and Emma Nunn. Marathoners: Casey Smith (24th place), Cheryl Anderson (32nd place), Maureen Ackerly (74th place) out of 124 finishers. | 7


Half the Distance, Twice the Fun

Photos | Gary Gillam

Half Marathons Gain Popularity in the Region Offering Fun for Runners of All Levels To walk—or run—a mile in Michael George’s well-worn shoes would be overwhelming for most of us in River City. When he’s not burning up the pavement, this local running phenom gives an administrative boost to the Richmond Road Runners Club (RRRC) where he has served has a board member since 1992. From his post George is in the perfect position to monitor running trends and the spike in the sport’s popularity. “The running scene has grown considerably in Richmond in the last 10 years,” explains George.“We used to think that if we had 150 runners out for a race that we had a big event. Now, 150 is the norm for a small local event.” While marathons once snagged all the headlines, George points out that his increasingly popular sport is now witnessing a boom in half marathons to boot. And George should know. An avid runner for the past 21 years, he is the current co-race director of the Patrick 8 |

Michael George (foreground) has been a regular member of the Richmond Road Runners Club’s Thursday Night running group for ten years. The group meets regularly at Benedictine H.S. to train for races ranging from 5k to 50k.” by Paul Spicer

Henry Half Marathon and has served as the Director of the Battlefield Half Marathon for 12 years. George says the half marathon growth charge is simple—“half the distance, twice the fun—I stole that line from someone, but it’s true. It is the perfect long distance for most runners.” He also attributes the popularity to the fact that many events now offer marathons and half marathons, allowing these friendly competitions to boast something for runners of all ability levels. Nationally this trend has seen over 55 marathons adding half marathons to the lineup. In Greater Richmond there are four half marathons this year alone. George suggests the Patrick Henry Half Marathon in August, the Maymont Half Marathon in September, as well as this year’s McDonald’s Half Marathon held in conjunction with the SunTrust Richmond Marathon. SBQ

Pick Up the Pace Looking to shave a few minutes off the clock at your next event? “Nothing beats track workouts once a week and running with a group once a week to improve speed and endurance,” advises avid runner and RRRC board member Michael George. Laurie Benton, who joins George in a Thursday night run with the “Art Museum Group” adds, “You don’t have to run all the time, run only three days a week…one being a speed workout, one being a distance run, and the other a tempo run.” Benton also suggests cross-training as yet another way to add that extra zip to your step. And let’s not forget the obvious— good nutrition, stretching, and making sure to hydrate should also be part of any balanced approach to your workout.

We’re always looking for ways to reduce the amount of time we’re sidelined due to an injury. Advances in equipment and technology can help make that recovery time much shorter. One example is the G-Trainer, which takes the treadmill to a whole new level. This gravity-defying technology was developed at NASA and prototype-tested by Nike’s Oregon Project for distance runners. “The G-Trainer uses an advanced air pressure regulation system to create a lifting force,” said Lars Barfod, CEO of Alter-G. “This achieves unweighting without altering natural body movement and enables users to walk or run with reduced impact on the body.” So how can you try out one of these high-tech machines? The only one in the area can be found at Commonwealth Sports Medicine. “The G-Trainer is wonderful way for athletes recovering from injury or surgery to continue to train through their rehabilitation because we can remove up to 80% of the body’s weight from the lower

extremities,” says Teresa Stadler, M.D., of Commonwealth Sports Medicine. Richmonders can now improve mobility and health, overcome medical challenges that limit movement, and enhance physical performance by taking

advantage of this innovative unweighting technology. “ M a ny p ro fe s s i o n a l sports teams in the NFL and NBA, such as the Chicago Bulls and the Oakland Raiders, have been working with the GTrainer, but very few private doctor’s offices have this equipment yet,” says Dr. Stadler. “We’re finding that training with this equipment provides tremendous improvements in athletic performance for our patients, as well.” Enthusiasm for the GTrainer is spreading among athletic trainers, conditioning specialists, and exercise facilities, as well as elite athletes around the world. Major medical facilities also offer the GTrainer for physical therapy. Unweighted workouts with the G-Trainer are also used in rehabilitation after lower extremity injury or surgery, aerobic conditioning, and weight control. SBQ




Fuel Your Running this Fall!

Grilled Mushrooms with Ginger and Scallions

by Dorothy Shaver, R.D.,L.D./N

“I can eat that. I ran today.” We all know we’ve said that at one point or another. Whether it’s after running five or twenty miles, it probably has come out of your mouth once or twice. We say this as we sit down to eat a 1,000-calorie cake and ice cream treat after burning 500 calories on our last run. The cake and ice cream is loaded with carbohydrates, sugar, and fat and has a little calcium and protein. All of these nutrients are necessary, but it’s the amount that matters when it comes to health, weight and performance. As we gear up for fall races and runs, our goals are improved performance and increased lean body mass, not weight gain. When we train harder, we eat harder, and the goal is to balance our calories burned with our calorie intake. Balance is key! Follow these simple steps to find your balance. 1. Determine the approximate amount of calories needed to maintain your current weight. Simply multiply your weight by 12. One pound equals approximately 3,500 calories. If you’d like to lose one pound per week, decrease your intake by 500 calories or burn an extra 500. A one-mile run burns approximately 100 calories. 2. Calculate the distribution of calories. You want to aim for 50 percent of your calories from carbohydrates, and 25 percent from each protein and fat. Therefore, you want to divide your total calories in half to determine how many calories you should get from carbohydrates. If you want to know how many grams of carbohydrates you should have, divide that number by 4. To determine your protein needs, divide your total calorie needs by 4, and then divide by 4 again to establish your protein goal in grams. To figure out your goal for fat calories and grams, divide calories by 4 (for calories from fat), and then divide that number by 9 to determine your fat gram allowance. For example, if you determined your total daily calorie need is 1,600, your carbohydrate calories should be 800 and fat and protein calories would each be 400. This would amount to 200 grams of carbohydrate, 100 grams of protein, and 44 grams of fat daily. It’s not necessary for

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every food to be 50 percent carbs, and 25 percent fat and protein. Instead, you are aiming to get your daily calorie intake to fall within these guidelines. 3. Choose the best carbohydrates, proteins and fats to get the most nutritional bang for your buck. The best carbohydrates:  Fruits  Vegetables  Beans  100% whole wheat products  Whole grain cereals (at least 5 grams of fiber per serving)  Quinoa, barley, oats, bulgur, brown rice  Fat free dairy products The best proteins:  Skinless chicken or turkey breast  White fish fillet  Canned, water-packed tuna  Shellfish  Eggs  Fat free dairy products The best fats:  Olive, canola, coconut, walnut and grape seed oils  Avocado  Almonds, walnuts, filberts  Nut butters  Fish (salmon, swordfish, tuna) 4. Create your pattern for running and eating. The key to fueling your body is timing. Enjoy most of your carbohydrate calories around the time that you are the most active. Fuel up with carbohydrates before and after you exercise, and go for foods containing fat and protein when you’re sedentary. Don’t go more than four hours without eating because your brain will signal starvation mode and could slow your metabolism. Go for three meals and snacks evenly spaced out daily, just make sure your total is within your calorie goal range.

Tired of the typical cookout foods? Looking for a healthy option? Try this delicious, easy and nutritious dish at your next cookout! Ingredients 1 ½ tablespoons dry Sherry 1 tablespoon Kroger® low sodium soy sauce 1 tablespoon minced, peeled fresh ginger 1 ½ teaspoons rice vinegar ½ teaspoon sugar 2 ½ tablespoons extra light olive oil 1 ½ lb large, fresh shiitake mushrooms (3 inches wide), stems cut off and discarded ½ teaspoon black pepper 2 scallions cut into very thin strips (2 inches long) Procedure 1. Prepare grill for cooking over mediumhot charcoal, and allow it to heat up. 2. While the grill is heating, stir together Sherry, soy sauce, ginger, vinegar, sugar, and ½ tablespoon of oil in a large bowl until sugar is dissolved. 3. Toss mushrooms with pepper and remaining 2 tablespoons oil, then grill on a lightly oiled grill rack. Turn occasionally, until lightly browned and tender, about 4 to 6 minutes total. 4. Transfer mushrooms to the bowl with sauce, then add scallions and toss until combined. 5. Enjoy with toasted bread or whole grain crackers. Nutrition Facts Serves 4. 185 calories, 9 grams fat (1g saturated), 0mg cholesterol, 300mg sodium, 27g carbohydrates, 4g fiber, 3g protein

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5. Enjoy! Choose foods and fluids that you enjoy and keep you satisfied. Find a form of exercise you love and stick with it! Good luck!

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Camping Out with Kaine An avid outdoorsman, a long-time booster for Virginia’s parks and trails and a participant in the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k, and the Ntelos 8k, Governor Kaine spent some time discussing his family’s recreation, Richmond’s athletic events and his efforts to encourage active youth lifestyles. SBQ: You and your family camp together. Governor Kaine: Yes, we usually go hiking on the AT every spring break. That is kind of a family tradition. SBQ: On the Appalachian Trail? Governor Kaine: Yes, the boys and me. Anne is a really good camper. My oldest son Nat, who is the kayaker, is quite an accomplished camper. In fact, he has way surpassed me in the ability to pack for six days with very little weight. He is a spectacular hiker, he can build the fire under any conditions, he can fix anything. He has really gotten very, very good. He has now done Appalachian hikes on his own or with friends, they will go hike three or four days. He feels completely comfortable in the outdoors doing that. And my son Woody and Annella, they’re not quite on his level yet, but they are younger, but they also—Woody, my middle boy, he is not the organized and ingenuous camper that Nat is, but he has got the most endurance of anybody in the family. If you’ve got to roll somebody out by 5 AM, “Hey, we got to go, it is so cold, let us get walking so we can warm up,” he’ll just be up and going. He has got a lot of resilience.

was the big ride in Iowa. I did that in 1996 with some friends. It was about 500 miles in a week. Then we have done Bike Virginia, the Virginia version, maybe three or four times. Twice we did the whole thing and then a couple of times we have done part of it, and all the kids have been on that at least once. We just did the first day of the MS 150, rode down at Williamsburg, a couple of Saturdays ago. We could not do both days because I had something going on Sunday. But my middle son, Woody, and Anne and I did the first day, rode with some friends and had a good time. So, we look for opportunities like that. We really enjoy it. SBQ: And that is a great way to keep not only your family connected, but also maintain your health. Your health is improved that way. Governor Kaine: Yes, it is. I was in very good shape, naturally, until about the

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SBQ: Your family also does fitness events together. Governor Kaine: Yes. Woody kind of started us on—he was big into running 5k and 10k races, so he ran his first 10k when he was probably seven or eight years old. He really likes doing those and so that kind of got us running. I was not a big runner. I mean I would go out for a run every once in a while just to clear my head or get in shape a little bit. But I would not do these running events, but Woody really liked doing them. So, Anne started to run. She had never been a runner. She started to run and then I started to run a little bit more, so we have done the (Ukrop’s) Monument Avenue 10k, —four to five times. We have done the Ntelos 8k in the fall. The kids at the elementary school—Holton—do a 5K every year that we would run. We also have gotten into cycling. I did this RAGBRAI ride which 12 |

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birth of my second kid. Then when Woody was born in ’92, the combination of two kids, Anne and I both working and I was starting to get into politics, for about 11 or 12 years, I did not—I mean, I would still go camping and backpacking, but I was not keeping in the kind of everyday shape that I needed to. But when I got elected governor, I

said, ‘Look, I cannot be a candidate just drinking coffee and eating fast food and not exercising, I’ve got to be really disciplined about this.’ So, I exercise now four or five times a week. In the morning, I will do like 25 or 30 minutes on the elliptical and then maybe 10 minutes on a set of weights. Then Anne runs just about every day. She will run three or four miles. She is not a fast runner, she never has a great time when she does the (Ukrop’s) Monument Avenue 10k, but that is not her goal. Her goal is to be in shape. And living here at the mansion, what she loves to do is run down, run over the bridge at the Belle Isle, run around Belle Isle and run back up. It’s just a great run, beautiful setting. SBQ: What about from your seat as the governor, looking at the issue of child obesity in Virginia, rates are increasing, what more can be done about that? Governor Kaine: Well, there are a couple of things. I think that Marilyn Tavenner, my Secretary of Health and Human Resources, is really focused on the childhood obesity issue. I recently had the opportunity to hire the new State Health Commissioner—Bob Stroube—who had held that office for many years. And I hired Karen Remley, who is a pediatrician, who is really interested in these childhood issues. So, on the health side, we are looking at things, just encouraging health. I banned smoking in all state buildings. We are trying to look at the health—we are not there yet—but the health of the food that is offered in vending machines, in cafeterias and state buildings. I am taking the principal, state cafeteria over in the Monroe Building and converted it into one that really emphasizes healthy food. And then, we are trying to do the same thing with schools, with school lunches, with school snacks and promot-

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ing school physical activities. Marilyn handles kind of the health side. Tom Morris is my education secretary. We go out and give awards to schools that have done a good job in Kaine at the 2005 Ukrop’s improving the health Monument Avenue 10k of the meals and food offerings they have and emphasizing physical education and activity. About once a year, I will go to one of the schools to present them with an award and hopefully get some press to give them attention so that other schools can learn about what they do. But I think there is a lot more we can do. So the notions of —there are so many expectations of teachers in schools these days, but what can we do to revive better physical education and make that a part of an expected and valued part of education? Too often I think we only value the subjects that we’re giving the tests on. So we get the test in math, English, science and social studies and we

do not test anything else. So people think that the other stuff is not important. Well, we kind of have to bring back into people’s awareness things like these that are really important because they set people on patterns that can be good patterns for the rest of their life. SBQ: You run in the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k, and you’ve done the Ntelos 8. Governor Kaine: I do. A lot of people see those races first as spectators. They are fun, they are fun to watch. Then an awful lot of people will say, “Gosh, I am going to run next year.” We use them in the office. There is a little group, usually around the (Ukrop’s) Monument Avenue 10k, there would be kind of an office challenge: how many people are going to run it? We get a lot of folks from the office to run it. I have had a longstanding competition with my policy director where we have run it three times together and he beat me this year for the first time. So, we kind of have to have a competition going. A lot of state employees have ridden this MS 150. When I rode it a couple of weeks back, there were probably 20 or 30

On Friday, June 6, the Flame of Hope blazed its way into Richmond. At the State Capitol, Governor Tim Kaine and First Lady Anne Holton helped celebrate the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which kicks off the 2008 Virginia Special Olympics Summer Games. The Torch Run is a year-long benefit which includes fundraisers, tournaments, and the main running event. Each year, the Flame travels more than 2,000 miles around the state, burning bright in the hands of law enforcement officers. This year, more than 3,000 law enforcement officers joined in the relay, helping to raise over $800,000 for Special Olympics.

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Strength in Numbers

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Running with the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team unners Beth Burdette and Tricia McNamara are both planning to run the SunTrust Richmond Marathon on Nov. 15. And both are training with the Richmond Sports Backers Marathon Training Team to achieve their goals. But one is a seasoned marathoner, and the other is aspiring to run her very first marathon. “I’m excited, but I’m nervous. It’s my goal to finish without walking. It’s not about how fast I can do it,” says Burdette, who is on the novice Pink Team. But McNamara, on the veteran Black Team, is after a personal best. “I’d like to improve my time a lot,” she says. These two might have very different experience and training goals, but they

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have the same reasons for being on the Marathon Training Team. Both say it’s all about the people. “It makes the really long runs go a lot faster when you have someone to talk to,” says McNamara, who previously trained alone. And Burdette, who has never trained to run more than three to five miles, says, “I think it definitely will help —the longer the runs get—to have a conversation while you’re running.” But it’s about more than just talking away the miles. The support boosts morale and performance. “It helps you pull it through,” Burdette says, “being involved with 50 other people who have the

same goals.” And even though McNamara’s been doing this awhile, she feels the same.“Definitely my performance is better. Running with people who are more knowledgeable than me and faster than me has definitely improved my time. And it’s improved my confidence overall,” McNamara says. Beyond their running goals, Burdette and McNamara also value the camaraderie that comes with the training— which was a bonus for these two relatively new Richmonders. McNamara says,“I’ve made some really close friends on the team. We’re just like a little family.” And Burdette is looking forward to building that same level of connection.“When you have other people relying on you to be there,” Burdette says, “it makes you stick it out.” SBQ


Meet & Compete

by Lisa O. Monroe

If you’re looking for a great way to get ďŹ t while meeting new people, the River City Sports and Social Club is an option that combines a fun mix of sports and socializing. he coed sports league, started in 2004 by Sean Small, is growing in popularity in the Richmond area, especially with 25- to 35-year olds. The club, open to anyone ages 22 and up, features the games most of us grew up playing as kids: kickball, twohand touch football, dodgeball, wiffleball and volleyball. Kickball is the most popular among members. “These sports all make for good team participation that everyone can be involved with,â€? says Small. “It’s a good way to relax and have fun again with all the stress going on in the world.â€? Small modeled his club after a coed sports league he joined after moving to Baltimore about eight years ago. “I had a blast and got to know lots of people in a matter of months. It really helped me become comfortable in a new city. I thought something like this


would be perfect for Richmond,� he says. The socializing aspect is what makes the club unique, according to Small. Each sport has its own bar and grill sponsor which provides

a relaxing place to socialize after games, as well as t-shirts for each team member. Sponsors are very important to the club. “Coors Light and the bars—Easy

Street CafÊ, SinÊ, Banditos, Mulligans, Home Team Grill and BlackFinn—all take great part in providing a fun and friendly atmosphere after the games are done,� says Small. Besides holding coed sports throughout the year, (except for December), the club also participates in a number of charity events. During the summer, it sponsors Crawl for the Cure to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research. And in December, the club holds a year-end party to collect toys for Sgt. Santa. SBQ To learn more, visit online:

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hether adults are ferrying anklebiters to watch the Richmond Kickers play or to compete in their own weekend soccer matches, soccer has become a year-round activity. And it’s not just for kids. Adult league soccer is huge in Richmond. Twenty-seven years ago, Jose Sanchez started the Chesterfield Area Soccer Association (CASA). He and some other coaches from Greenfield Soccer began kicking the ball around and decided that there needed to be leagues for adults. CASA started with co-ed leagues, but now has twenty-four men’s teams in their international division, and twelve teams in their 50+ and women’s divisions. “We have over 1200 people involved now,” says Jessica Sanchez, CASA’s registrar. “We’re trying to expand the women’s league,” she adds. “Any skill level is welcome.” CASA added the CASA International and Copa Libertadores leagues last year.

Sanchez: “Any skill level is welcome.” Sanchez says the players like CASA’s relaxed structure.“Most teams don’t practice, and there’s no travel, so it’s not a huge time commitment.” CASA holds inter-league competitions every Sunday at Robious Middle School and Midlothian Middle School. “The teams are semicompetitive,” Sanchez says. “We want to have fun, but we also want to win.” 16 |

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The Richmond Indoor Sports Experience (RISE) is a fairly new organization that promotes adult soccer. Located in Midlothian, the facility has (obviously from the name) indoor fields with 3-inch rubber fill. Facility Director Christopher Robinson says, “It’s better on the knees and we have less injuries over the old style turf.” RISE has been around only since 2004 when four local families started the group. They’ve grown so much in just four years that they average 120 teams April to December, and 250 teams January to March. “We have teams going from 7AM to midnight,” says Robinson. RISE houses a full adult Hispanic league, a 50+ men’s league, and a 16+ league. The main women’s league is 30+ and meets on Monday nights. The men also have a 30+ league Wednesdays, and a 40+ league on Thursdays nights. “That’s the ‘I’ve still got it league,’” says Robinson. “They have a lot of fun and head for the beer afterwards.” Yes, RISE has a full service snack bar and beer on tap. “People stay until all hours of the morning,” says Robinson. “Our most popular league is the Co-ed Social Night League on Friday and Saturday nights. Usually couples come out for it.” That league has male-female alternate scoring. This means goals must be made alternately by a male, then a female, or vice versa. “It keeps everyone involved,” explains Robinson. Because of the layout of the facility, RISE is very family friendly. Kids can watch while their parents play. The facility has two regulation size soccer fields surrounded by professional dasher boards and tempered glass. The eight-foot high glass walls keep the kids safe from any flying soccer balls (or players!).

Robinson: “Our most popular league is the Co-ed Social Night League on Friday and Saturday nights. Usually couples come out for it.”

The Central Virginia Soccer Association (CVSA) is yet another adult soccer league—the oldest and largest in the Richmond Metropolitan Area. The league is sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation and holds local, state and national competitions. At last count, the CVSA had 7,100 registered players, with 1,900 active players. Other adult leagues can be found in the area, including those through Henrico County’s Parks and Recreation, or the Richmond Strikers. It seems no matter where you live around Richmond, someone is playing soccer nearby! Soccer is great exercise, for all ages. Whether you are college-aged or older, if you’re looking for a fun, familyfriendly activity, RISE and CASA both offer opportunities to get out there and kick the ball. Both organizations encourage women to join, as the women’s leagues don’t have the level of participation that the men’s leagues do. (And there’s the bonus of all those cute men in soccer shorts!) SBQ

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BikeWalk Virginia As an outdoor enthusiast with a love for cycling and physical health, Dr. Kimberly Perry is the ideal leader for an advocacy group like BikeWalk Virginia. ecoming executive director in April of this year was a “dream come true” and a chance to “marry personal passions with a career that would really make an impact on the state.” BikeWalk began as a cycling event company called Bike Virginia over 20 years ago. In 2000, it evolved into a statewide agency that addresses issues related to cycling, walking, and trails. With seven chapters around the state, the organization continues to host cycling events like the 5-day Bike Virginia tour, the Tour de Chesapeake, and the Northern Neck River Ride. Formerly headquartered in Williamsburg, BikeWalk moved to Richmond this past spring. Perry cites “important networking opportunities” as the major reason behind the relocation.“I can already feel a stronger connection to key parties that are integral to fulfilling our mission,” she says. The agency, a community-driven initiative, works with the DMV, the Virginia Departments of Transportation and Health, and the Virginia Conservation Network to sustain its advocacy and educational programs. As Perry puts it,“Our goal is to create a Virginia that has bountiful and safe nonmotorized recreation and transportation…by working on transportation issues with state level organizations [and] developing conservation initiatives that preserve and create access to green-ways and waterways.” Educational programs serve to “increase safe practices in cyclists and pedestrians.” Staff duties include serving on committees, speaking at public meetings, researching, writing, and promoting the organization through word-of-mouth. A group of committed and enthusiastic members not only help fund BikeWalk, but act as a “grass-roots network of advocates.” The moment couldn’t be better for an agency that fights for a blend of civic, ecological, and health concerns. Perry remarks that,“There are three important factors coming together to help leverage our work: the cost of fuel, environmental concerns, and the rising incidence of obesity.” These issues, along with the dedication of ardent members, a devoted staff, and a passionate new leader, will help BikeWalk continue to pedal the community forward. SBQ


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Almeta Jones

For Almeta Jones, fitness has always been the watchword. Now more than ever, as a fifty yearold grandmother, she is, as she puts it, “practicing what I preached.” In recent years, she has taken up vegetarianism, running in competitive events, and educating others on the importance of physical fitness.


t a young age, Jones was interested in “how to eat to live instead of living to eat,”often reading health books and playing team sports like basketball, softball, tennis, and track.These days, she has renewed her love for exercise by running almost every day and frequenting the YMCA gym and pool.“I try to walk one to two miles and run one mile, five days a week at least. I love to run,” she says of her routine. Jones started running in 2000, with a breast cancer benefit in New York.“It was so exciting to see so many people running for a good cause,” she recalls. Since then, she has run the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K twice, an event that she calls one of the “most exciting” in Richmond. It’s a challenge she relishes,“a natural high to be engaged in.” Jones is also committed to encouraging others to live her motto— “eating healthy and putting exercise in your diet.” This year, she helped ADT Security, where she works as a corporate sales representative, to sponsor 10 people in the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k. She also participates actively in Henrico Health Plus seminars and evening classes on fitness. As she puts it,“challenging others to do good is also a blessing to me, because we all need it.” With the support of her family, Jones has been able to seamlessly incorporate physical activity into her daily life. Participating in races challenges and motivates her and pre-work runs help her to tackle the office with more energy. Her lifelong dedication to fitness has not diminished as she continues to inspire herself and others to exercise, eat right, and stay strong. SBQ | 19














Built For Speed World-Class Sprinters Inspire Regional Youths

Photos this page and of Jim Holdren | Chris Owens


Young is the current world record holder in the 400 meter hurdles and Olympic Gold medalist from the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.

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onventional thinking often goes that speed cannot be taught. In two recent two-day sessions at Deep Run High School, instructors Ed Lovelace and Kevin Young certainly disproved that notion. The two world-class sprinters brought their PHEWsioneering company’s concepts to Richmond and partnered with Adrenaline Sports USA, the brainchild of Paul Caminiti, to instruct local kids on improving their athletic speed. “PHEWsioneering is geared towards fusing speed with any sport, and life,” Lovelace says. “We use heavy science, physics, and physiology to improve athletes’ running styles and overall speed.” Lovelace and Young began by “breaking the children down” on the first day to negate their bad running habits and followed up on day two by demonstrating the nuances of proper running to the youngsters. Lovelace and Young employed their six-step system which is geared towards handling a large volume of kids. The results were impressive: the athletes (ages 12 and up), who participated in several sports including soccer, baseball, and softball, were able to knock seconds off their prior sprinting times by applying the concepts they’d learned over the course of the two days. The methods used by PHEWsioneering and Adrenaline Sports USA included personalizing the tutelage with the kids, even giving them nicknames and encouraging them to open up in a social atmosphere amidst their exercise routines. “We can tell that the methods are working when the kids start to interact with each other and enjoy themselves,” Lovelace says. “It’s then that we can tell we’re beginning to reach them.” Caminiti noted that the two-day event was treated as if it were a school environment. “We use the time as if it were a path to graduation,” he says. “We teach them to walk before running, and at the end of the two days when they see tangible results, it’s like they’ve just graduated.” PHEWsioneering, headquartered in New York, hopes to educate youngsters nationwide in seminars such as these. “This was our first trip to the Richmond area, and we’re glad to fall into a gap here where there’s nothing quite like what we do going on,” Lovelace said. “We’re looking forward to being successful here and making a name for ourselves in this region.” SBQ

Faster Higher Stronger

Anna Pichrtova

For coaching legend Jim Holdren, summer vacation doesn’t mean hiatus. He can still be found at tracks around the world, observing and advising young athletes. SBQ talked with him as he was heading to the stadium in Eugene, Oregon to watch the Olympic track and field qualifying trials.

“Really enjoy your running because life can change in a minute.” Olympic marathon runner Anna Pichrtova knows firsthand about unexpected challenges, but she always chooses to focus on the positive.

in the business of molding lives,” he says. “Sports are the medium for doing that. Most of my athletes don’t compete past college, so sports become training for life.” Ask Holdren’s runners at Maggie Walker what makes their coach effective, and they point to his support of all of his team members. “He takes interest in everyone,” says senior Justin Pierce. “It doesn’t matter if you are unranked or if you are Susannah [Piersol] with a record-breaking time. He treats everyone equally.” None of his athletes is surprised to learn that he gets Father’s Day cards from runners he coached in the ’60s. This December, Holdren’s runners and more than 3,000 athletes from all over the United States will have a chance to compete nationally at the 2008 USA Track & Field Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in Hanover County. As president of Virginia USATF, Holdren will be involved in organizing this national event. He expects a spike in national championship participation among local youth. Sports Backers executive director Jon Lugbill agrees. “We hope to motivate Richmond region youth to take up running after seeing the best from around the country compete here.” Holdren’s work with athletes at all levels has taught him that “nobody gets there alone.” People can’t usually name all their teachers, he says, but they can name all of their coaches. “The highest honor I can think of is to be called ‘Coach,’” he says. SBQ


lthough now living in the Czech Republic, Pichrtova lived in Richmond from 2005 to 2006 and has been a familiar face at the Richmond races. She is widely admired for both her international reputation and her kindness. Richmond Road Runners race director Kevin O’Connor cites her “tenacity, impressive talent, and always-cheerful attitude” and says that these qualities inspire other runners, as well. Pichrtova represented the Czech Republic in the marathon at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. She was hoping to do the same this year, but those dreams came crashing down when she experienced an injury last spring. At the Ottawa Marathon trials in May, Pichrtova tumbled at the four-mile mark, accidentally knocked down by another runner. Despite torn quadriceps and a badly injured knee, she picked herself and kept going.As she describes it, “I decided to carry on until I [couldn’t]. The ambulance would have to carry me away. I was practically running the rest of the miles on one leg.” Pushing through the pain, Pichrtova finished in remarkable time—2:39:44. But it was two minutes shy of what she needed to qualify for the Olympic trials. Pichrtova is no stranger to tremendous comebacks. She recently won the women’s World Mountain Running Trophy in Ovronnaz, Switzerland. It’s an incredible feat considering she spent much of 2007 recovering from a car accident that threatened her running career. She plans to bounce back this time, too, saying, “I’m not discouraged. I imagine myself running again soon.” SBQ | 21

Photo | Robert Woo


ike everyone in Eugene last June, Holdren was focused on Beijing. But unlike most of them, Holdren has also attended the Olympics in Munich, Montreal, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, and Athens. The 46-year veteran coach and co-athletic director at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School embodies the Olympic motto “Faster, Higher, Stronger.” As a teenager, Holdren knew exactly what he wanted to be: a research scientist. He describes himself as having had “more enthusiasm than talent” for sports. But William and Mary track and field coach Harry Groves saw that his brand of enthusiasm is a talent, one that maximizes the performance of an entire team. The summer before Holdren’s senior year, Groves passed him the baton of coaching duties. Because it was a young team coached by a student, few expected the performance that followed. The underdog team went undefeated in the state and southern conferences and became the first William and Mary team to compete in the national championship. “After that, there was no question in my mind about what I should be doing,” he says. “I was the future rocket scientist who came home and said, ‘Mom, Dad, I’m going to be a track coach.’” After graduation, Holdren returned to Thomas Jefferson High School, his alma mater, to teach math and science and coach track. No interview or application was necessary—he was invited by the principal, and stayed for 37 years. Holdren is the only Virginia coach to be named a National High School Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the Year in two sports, girls’ track in 1988 and girls’ cross country in 2006. He has 1298 wins in high school competition, a 79% winning record in dual meets (109 - 0), and a 16-year undefeated streak in girls’ outdoor track. He has coached 115 state champions, 10 national record holders, 3 national champions, and 56 All-Americans. Despite the impressive statistics, he believes that the real impact of good coaching is seen off the field. “We are

Strategic Cycling

Richmonders are hitting the trail and taking to the streets—on two wheels. Bike racing’s growing popularity has been fueled by active local organizations that promote the sport at collegiate, community, and professional levels.

Photos | Chris Owens


nlike most university-level sports, collegiate cycling is not governed by the NCAA but by USA Cycling. Division I and II rankings are based on individual performances, not school or team size. Collegiate cycling is not without its perks. Brian Shelton, a highly regarded local runner, attended Lindsey-Wilson College in Kentucky on a partial cycling scholarship from 1998 to 2003 that covered close to half his tuition. “The men’s fields in collegiate racing are just full of Cat II riders,” said Shelton who gave up competitive cycling to focus on a career. “There are a lot of strong guys and it makes for a very competitive event.” At Lindsey-Wilson, Shelton and his teammates had a manager and field sup22 |

port, including lodging and food during race weekends. They competed in the Midwest Division of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics against riders from Ohio State, Indiana University, Michigan and Wisconsin who were primarily club teams. “It was an environment where it was accepted that I was focusing on bike racing at my best level while doing my studies much like other college athletes would focus on football or basketball while doing their studies.” Shelton started with Lindsey-Wilson as a mountain bike racer, and then added road racing as well. “The mountain bike season was the fall, and the road racing season was the spring,” he said. Altius Racing is a community cycling

The Altius Racing Team on a Tuesday night race in Bryan Park.

group in Richmond whose mission is two-fold: provide local riders with racing opportunities, and give back to the sport. The group has 18 members ranging in age from 9 to early 50’s. The organization was formed this year by Dr. Matt Marchall to provide races for intermediate and experienced cyclists. Team members are required to race regularly, and Altius organizes races year round, including weekly Tuesday night races from May through September. “Racers from different teams line up and excitement builds. It is a little like NASCAR, but with two wheels,” says Marchall. Marchall often serves as race doctor and works frequently with Sports

“I love racing guys,” Caravella says. “It’s great training and forces me to stay in there and be aggressive.”

Backers, which he credits with raising the profile of cycling, and of Richmond as a sports community. Pro cycler Sarah Caravella agrees. “Richmond has so many little pockets—teams, clubs, triathlon groups. Everyone comes together to promote races and youth development.” Active in Richmond Pro Cycling, Caravella also participates in Altius training races, which she finds challenging. “I love racing guys,” she says. “It’s great training and forces me to stay in there and be aggressive.” Craig Dodson founded Richmond Pro Cycling earlier this year to bring world-class professionals to Richmond and help athletes give back to the community.

Team members compete in more than 80 races a year and volunteer with local youth programs including the I Have a

Dream Foundation. “We don’t have a bunch of stiffs on the team. We try to break some of those adult-child barriers,” Dodson says. Some of their youth outreach is bike-oriented, but more often they help young people with problem solving and team building skills—skills that professional cyclists have to perfect. “The raw strength and physicality of bike racing is easy,” says Dodson. “The chess match of it and the strategy literally takes years to learn. You have to outwit your opponent to win. I have had some of my best races when I was not on top of my game physically. When that happens, you have to think, and that is what makes for a great race.” SBQ | 23


National Duathlon Festival What has two feet, two wheels, and three legs? Answer: duathlon, a multi-sport event that consists of a running leg, followed by a cycling leg and another running leg.


uathlon has come of age in Richmond, thanks in large part to the National Duathlon Festival, an event presented by Sports Backers and USA Triathlon. The 2008 Festival took place in Richmond April 26-28. For several Richmonders, the next race will be the ITU Duathlon World Championship in Italy. The September 26-28 event will take place in Rimini, an ancient city on Italy’s Adriatic coast. Dr. Teresa Stadler qualified for the US National Duathlon Team and to go the World Championship in Rimini and plans to combine her championship race with a trip to see relatives in Venice. A lifelong cyclist, she describes her relationship with running as “love-hate.” Before a major race, she trains intensively for 3 months with Coach Karen Holloway.

Stadler qualified for the US National Duathlon Team and to go to the World Championship in Rimini.

“ I can tell you that the duathlon/triathlon community in this area is unbelievable. Their commitment to others becoming involved is amazingly welcoming.

[This photo and opposite page]: In 2003, Jeffrey began participating in duathlons and now competes professionally. 24 |

Stadler met her husband, Dr. Carlton Stadler, 13 years ago at a RABA bicycle event. At the time, he was a professional athlete and she was a sports medicine physician. Now each is both. Their family is sports-minded, too. Their 7 and 4 year-olds compete in children’s triathlon. “Our 1 year-old is mastering the art of walking,” says Stadler. Jill Tar began duathlon training a year and a half ago, at age 53, and also qualified for Rimini. “I can tell you that the



duathlon/triathlon community in this area is unbelievable. Their commitment to others becoming involved is amazingly welcoming,� she says. Tar was looking forward to representing the US in September, but a torn meniscus and subsequent knee surgery took her out of the running. She plans to keep training and competing, citing the support of her coach Michael Harlow and Endorphin Fitness as significant factors in her development. Richmonders Marty Stiegmann and Grayson Cobb also qualified for the World Championship in Rimini. Duathlon coach Michael Harlow founded Endorphin Fitness in 2005. Harlow and his colleagues specialize in endurance coaching. He sees the role of the duathlon




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Randle has been a competitive athlete for nearly forty years; competing in age group swimming, to Ironmans, adventure races, marathons and Xterra.

As of this summer, Andrea Randle is the new Multisports Trainer at the Weinstein Center for Recreation and Wellness at the University of Richmond. While the Center currently offers personal training and group classes, Randle’s goal is to attract students and faculty to reach better fitness by exposing them to triathlon training. Seth Hickerson,Assistant Director of the Center, recruited Randle after she toured the new facility last year. It all started with a conversation about ways 26 |

she could become involved in the center. Seth signed her up for personal fitness certification and hired her to coach UofR students and faculty interested in becoming triathletes. While the focus of the workouts will be on the three tri events—swimming, biking, running, —clients can choose just one sport if they want to start slowly.

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Get in Gear: Fun Technology for Active Living High tech has usually earned low marks when it comes to encouraging athletics. Sure it’s fostered a generation of virtual athletes glued to Playstations and Xboxes. But there are loads of new gizmos to heighten the thrills of life outside of your laptop. Sunscreen, layers, hats, gloves— the list of apparel we wear to protect us from

Sometimes the best

the elements is endless. But what of the technological devices that keep us

part about an outdoor

tuned in, up-to-date, and connected to the world? A drop of sweat or a grain of

adventure is reliving it

sand can turn your iPod into an iCan’t or your PDA into a paperweight. Luckily,

later. With one-touch,

Otterbox is here to help, with a line of cases that can protect your gadgets

on-the-go recording

from the most vigorous or adventurous of workouts.

and instant playback, the Flip Ultra video

Founded in 1996, the Colorado-based

camera lets you do

company offers cases that defend against

just that.

dirt, dust, drops, scratches, UV rays, and even water. Their website,,

The sleek, lightweight

dedicates their work to “klutzy, sponta-

camcorder has just four

neous, chaotic, graceless individuals who

buttons—record, play,

have broken a device or valuable due to

delete, and digital zoom. It doesn’t take photographs

their active lifestyle.”

or make phone calls or cook your breakfast, but this simplicity is its best feature.

Otterbox’s innovative products can safeguard the latest electronics, including

There are two versions, 30-minute ($125) and 60-

iPods, iPhones, handhelds, laptops, and

minute ($150), each with a 1.5” no-glare LCD screen.

Smartphone’s like Palm Treo and Black-

Small and compact, it fits perfectly into pockets and

Berry. There are two styles—the Defender

backpacks alike.

Series, a sleek semi-rugged version, and the Armor Series, a rugged version with

The Flip is available in four colors, and comes with a

the added advantage of water protection.

soft carrying case, a wrist strap, and a built-in USB adaptor for easy editing and sharing. Optional acces-

Built to withstand any workout, Otterbox can keep you connected whether

sories include a tripod, an action mount that attaches

you’re running, biking, hiking, rock-climbing, camping, skiing, or even swim-

to handlebars and helmets, and a protective

ming. Durable, long-lasting, and interactive, they allow continuous access to all

underwater case.

your device’s features. Promising to be “as rugged as you are,” the cases come in handy on outdoor adventures, vacations, and fitness routines.

The Flip puts the power of video at your fingertips no matter where you are, without the hassle of compli-

iPod cases come with lanyards, belt clips, or both, as well as optional accessories like armbands and waterproof headphones. Polycarbonate shells and absorbent rubber permit use in rain or shine, and defend against the common problem of broken screens. Laptop cases can be adjusted to different sizes, and include bumpers that help control temperature. Each case also comes with an unconditional life warranty. Whether it’s UV rays that can damage LCD screens or water that can clog a hard drive, Otterbox has it covered—literally. Mother Nature is just no match.

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cated features. The Flip Video Action Mount securely attaches your camcorder to handlebars, helmets, and other gear.

A good workout can require a good memory, a knack for remembering when you started or how many sets you have left. But simple electronic devices, like the SportCount Ring Lap Counter, can help you keep track. Waterproof up to 50 meters, the timer is perfect for both swimmers and joggers. The ergonomic design fits on your index finger, allowing for easy one-hand operation. It displays split times and lap number, recalling summary statistics like fastest, slowest, and average lap times. It retails for $29.95.

Or if you prefer a little conversation to keep you

Also from Sportline, the Solo 960 Sport

company on your speed-walking routine try

Watch combines a built-in heart sen-

Sportline’s 343 Talking Calorie Counter

sor and a pedometer which utilizes

and Pedometer. This unique pedometer

motion-sensing accelerometer

not only tracks your steps, distance, calo-

technology. That means you can

ries burned and exercise time, but it also

accurately monitor your heart rate

tells you about it in a clear voice. No need to

with one-touch technology and no

stop to check the pedometer. Now you can

bulky chest strap. It features a target

hear about your progress while you focus on

heart rate zone program, out-of-zone

the road or trail ahead.

alarm, and calorie-burn monitor.

Liquid Image has taken scuba-diving to a new level, introducing the world’s first

The camera feature works in up to 15 feet of water, so it’s perfect for snorkeling or swim-

digital camera swim mask. A five-

ming. Crosshairs on the goggles help you line

megapixel camera is integrated into

up your shot, and 16 megabytes of internal

the eyewear, and can take pictures or

memory store your underwater images. The

video at the click of a button.

clever device retails for about $100.

Forget your iTunes. Your iPod wants to get you

ing Hatha yoga, total body workouts, Pilates

in shape. Well, the folks at PumpOne do, that’s

mat and cardio cross-training. The trainers

for certain. They produce video, audio & image

focus on weight loss, endurance, flexibilty and

instructions that you can download to most any

heart health. You name it, PumpOne has a dy-

handheld device such as an iPod, iPhone, Zune

namo personal trainer just for your needs. And

and more. Offering a variety of options includ-

best of all, they fit in your pocket! | 29

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