Running on a trail of memories

Out and Back August 20, 2014 0 Comments

by Dante Zappala On the night of Aug. 5, 2009, Kevin McShea started his shift at the Northwest Detectives unit of the Philadelphia Police Department. He was presented with a case. A young girl had died on Forbidden Drive when, inexplicable even to fate, a tree branch fell and struck her while she was running. […]
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Encounter with a wise senior

Out and Back August 14, 2014 0 Comments

by Dante Zappala I met Rolf before we even said hello. I spotted him a good block away as he vibrantly bounded through the old city of Schwerin. Glowing against the gray background of formality and reserve, he pierced stares to find smiles around him. With Rolf, strangers become instant friends, and I was no […]
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Running in Germany as an Ausländer

Out and Back August 6, 2014 0 Comments

by Dante Zappala Rule # 1: Don’t hop the barrier to cross the road. Rule #2: No running in the bike lane. Rule #3: Fail to follow the rules and someone is sure to call you out. Even on the banks of the Müritzsee, a majestic lake in northern Germany surrounded by endless woods, the […]
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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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