Running with reality

Out and Back July 30, 2014 0 Comments

by Dante Zappala On the beaches of the East Sea, the sun literally shines everywhere. It makes perfect sense. The winters this far north are long, desolate and cold. It’s reason enough to want to take your clothes off during the few weeks of peak summer when it barely breaks 80 on the hottest of […]
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Down on the farm in Treunbrietzen

Out and Back July 23, 2014 1 Comment

by Dante Zappala Follow the road out of Berlin down towards Wittenberg. Just before you get to the town of Treunbrietzen, make a right. You’ll rumble over cobblestones and cross a one lane bridge. Hang a left. Take the first dirt road you see to the barn with the solar panels on the roof. It’s […]
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Running into the night

Out and Back July 16, 2014 0 Comments

by Dante Zappala The apocalypse had come and gone. The gale force winds had subsided. Light rain misted sideways, riding the roller coaster of lingering gusts that swept across the fields of Germantown Academy. Even as lightning still flashed in the distance, Ben Szuhaj wanted to race. He had come to the track meet this […]
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Local runner strikes gold at U.S. Track and Field event

Out and Back July 9, 2014 0 Comments

by Dante Zappala We’ve gone 6 years without a championship in Philadelphia. Before that, it had been 25. My most formative years as a sports fan lies right in between that abyss of success. I haven’t been to therapy yet but when I get there, I think this is where we’ll find the root causes […]
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Hired training partner beats his employer in Czech half marathon

Out and Back July 2, 2014 0 Comments

by Dante Zappala Pace Men stood tall atop the winner’s podium, his funny name emblazoned on his running bib for the world to see, casting a long shadow over the great Wilson Kipsang who stood next to him in the runner’s-up spot. If you found yourself in Moravia last weekend, you certainly came home raving […]
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Running as a spectator sport – seriously

Out and Back June 26, 2014 0 Comments

by Dante Zappala Lawi Lalang. Edward Cheserek. If you’re a runner and these names mean nothing to you, please read on. It starts on a Friday night, which in my house usually means the great unwinding – pizza, ice cream, and lots of horseplay with the boys. But a recent end-of-week party consisted of me, […]
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Out and Back: A father’s running wisdom

Opinion, Out and Back June 18, 2014 0 Comments

by Dante Zappala The humidity on Kelly Drive rebuffed a welcoming breeze and kept the consistency of the air somewhere between soup and Jello. My head floated about 3 feet above my body and I couldn’t feel my legs. “Glorious,” I thought, “I’m 3 miles out; this will be fun getting back.” As the name of this […]
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Competing for medals that matter

Out and Back June 11, 2014 2 Comments

by Dante Zappala “Hey, Dad?” “Yes, son?” “Are you going to win a medal?” “Nope.” Kid stares off into the twilight, not sure how to respond. “Well, will you win something?” “Not a chance.” Dad puts on his racing flats and heads down to the track. “But cheer for me, yeah? I’ll be coming around […]
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Join the parade down any street

Out and Back June 5, 2014 0 Comments

by Dante Zappala We’re a long-suffering sports city that doesn’t get many parades down Broad Street. That made the recent Broad Street Run even sweeter. Close to 40,000 people made their way on the 10-mile jaunt from Broad and Olney to the Navy Yard. The sun glare created by all the fluorescent shirts and shoes […]
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Out and Back: Running to church

Out and Back May 29, 2014 0 Comments

by Dante Zappala I went to church early. I put on my Sunday best: 3-inch split shorts, a tech T, a pair of well-worn Mizuno Wave Riders. At 5:30, I started my watch and began running south through the quiet streets of Germantown. I cruised down the middle of Wayne Avenue, not a care or […]
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