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POSTED: Saturday, November 16, 2013, 6:00 AM
Ashley (right) and her cousin Maquia in the hospital.

Thousands of people will converge on Philadelphia to watch this weekend’s marathon activities, so we set out to find a pairing of runner-and-spectator who might have an added incentive, or a little something extra to root for than a personal record or finishing in a certain time.

Meet Ashley and Maquia Kincaid, who are first cousins. Ashley isn’t just a spectator—she’s the Assistant Director of Operations for the GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon. And Maquia isn’t just a runner—she’s a living organ donor.

On March 27 of this year, Maquia donated a kidney to Ashley, who was diagnosed with lupus back in 2002. The condition led to kidney failure, and Ashley received her first donated kidney from her mother, Anita Poteat, in 2004.

POSTED: Thursday, November 14, 2013, 5:30 AM
This Sunday, Summer Barresi runs her first Philadelphia Marathon. But the real story is how she got there.

If you ever want to put your own struggles in perspective, spend a few minutes talking to Summer Barresi. It worked for me.

I was scheduled to speak with Summer one night last week when she got off work. But the truth is, I’d spent the whole day considering postponing the phone interview. I was dealing with a sinus infection, tired and a little moody. Honestly, I worried I’d sound terrible and unprofessional on the phone.

But the appointment was set, so I called her at the appointed hour. She answered, was very understanding of my apologies and we began talking about her story of how she came to decide to run the 2013 Philadelphia Marathon. How did a woman in her 30s, who’d spent her entire life in Orange County, Ca. decide to move to Philadelphia and start a new life six months ago?

POSTED: Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 10:21 AM
Michael McKeeman, from Ardmore Pa., crosses the finish line, with a time of 2:17:47, as he wins the Philadelphia Marathon, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)

It’s hard to imagine Eli Manning coming to the Linc for an Eagles-Cowboys game on his week off, or Tiger Woods standing amongst the gallery at a PGA event. But this weekend at the GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon, the race’s reigning champion will be standing and cheering along the course with thousands of others.

After winning last year’s Marathon, Michael McKeeman of Ardmore told Sports Doc he thought he’d just experienced the perfect ending to his running career. Turns out he wasn’t joking around. He’s not running in 2013.

“Sure, I still run,” McKeeman clarifies. “I’ve done a few smaller events—some 5Ks—but no marathons since last year.”

POSTED: Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 5:30 AM

This year is the 20th year of the current version of the GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon, and many runners say they enjoy the race because of its consistency — no matter how big it grows, the Marathon continues to provide the same rewarding experience.

One thing that definitely hasn’t changed is the presence of Mark Sullivan. On Sunday morning, Sullivan will stride to the starting line for the 20th consecutive year — one of only two individuals documented to have run the race every year since 1994.

(The incredible thing is that isn’t even Sullivan’s longest single-city streak—he’s run 27 consecutive Boston Marathons.)

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POSTED: Monday, November 11, 2013, 9:31 AM
US Army Major Shane Reilly reunites with his family in March 2013 upon his return from Kuwait. The while family is participating in Race Weekend-- Shane and his wife Linda will be running on Sunday, Linda the marathon, Shane the half, Charlotte, 9, and Alexander will both participate in the Kids Fun Run on Saturday.

Editor’s Note: In celebration of Veterans Day, Sports Doc asked for a few stories of veterans who will be participating in next week’s Philadelphia Marathon weekend

Scott Moyer —

U.S, Marine Corps Veteran, Running First Marathon with wife Gina. 

Scott Moyer is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and is running The Philadelphia Marathon alongside his wife Gina. 

Scott joined the Marines in 1999. He had been offered a scholarship to college to play ice hockey but instead decided to join the Marines, and within days of signing up he left for basic training. His parents were a bit shocked. He then deployed to Ashraf, Iraq in 2006. He was in Iraq for 14 months, was in the military for nine years before he met Gina (they got married in 2011)

“I believe the military shaped Scott to be the man he is today,” says Gina. When Scott and I met I had four children from a previous marriage who he has raised as his own and I think being in the military and guiding so many soldiers under him prepared Scott for a big family. He works selflessly everyday to do the best he can for our family. He puts me and our children before anything.

As for them as a couple, running is their outlet. As you can imagine, finding alone time can be hard with five kids (Gina had four from a previous relationship and Gina and Scott had a baby girl last year). So when they go for a long run it’s their time to catch up and talk.

POSTED: Sunday, November 10, 2013, 3:00 AM
Filed Under: Philly Marathon | Profiles
Nichole Duchman, who served in Iraq, is running the Half Marathon as a way to cope with PTSD.

Editor’s Note: In celebration of Veterans Day, Sports Doc asked for a few stories of veterans who will be participating in next week’s Philadelphia Marathon weekend. More stories tomorrow.

Nichole Duchman –

Army, served in Iraq, running Half Marathon, runs as a way to cope with PTSD 

Nicole joined the Army right out of high school to help pay for college. She took a year to go to basic training and military police school and was taking some classes when the September 11 tragedies occurred. She was in a college European history class in the morning and in a Hummer by nightfall—heading to DC fully locked and loaded.

POSTED: Friday, November 1, 2013, 5:30 AM
Filed Under: Children, Teens | Profiles | Running
The 2012 Lemon Run starting line. (via

Next Sunday, November 10, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation will hold their 5th Annual 5K Run/Walk and Kid’s Dash, The Lemon Run Philadelphia, presented by Volvo.

The event will originate from Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, where athletes ranging from novices to advanced runners will come together in an effort to raise money to end childhood cancer.

Participants are encouraged to register ahead of time in order to receive the reduced rates--$35 per 5K runner (timed); $25 per 5K walker (untimed) and $15 per child age 10 and under (100-meter dash). While registration is still available on the day of the event, increased rates will apply.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 6:00 AM
(Photo by Dan Ray)

If you ever have the pleasure of meeting professional bodybuilder Johnny Quinn, his wheelchair is the last thing you will notice.

Johnny is one of only 17 wheelchair bodybuilders in the entire country who have gone pro. And he has gone pro in a big way. Just last week after only three years as a pro, he placed third in the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB, the highest level of competitive bodybuilding in the world) pro bodybuilding division in Houston, Texas. Right now, Johnny is living the dream–but that wasn’t always the case.

At just 21 years old, Johnny was in a motorcycle accident where he sustained a number of serious injuries including shattering his T9 vertebrae. The injury left him unable to move below his chest. He came to Magee for his rehabilitation to recover from his injuries and learn how to live life with paraplegia. This journey was not without struggle. He had a difficult time adjusting to life in a wheelchair, especially when he realized how easy it was to quickly put on weight when you’re no longer walking. He wanted some normalcy—he wanted to get back to the gym.

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Alfred Atanda, Jr., M.D. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.
Robert Cabry, M.D. Drexel Sports Medicine, Team physician - U.S. Figure Skating, Assoc. Team Physician - Drexel
Brian Cammarota, MEd, ATC, CSCS, CES Symetrix Sports Performance, athletic trainer at OAA Orthopaedics
Desirea D. Caucci, PT, DPT, OCS Co-owner of Conshohocken Physical Therapy, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Michael G. Ciccotti, M.D. Rothman Institute, Head Team Physician for the Phillies & St. Joe's
Julie Coté, PT, MPT, OCS, COMT Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
Peter F. DeLuca, M.D. Rothman Institute, Head Team Physician - Eagles, Head Orthopedic Surgeon - Flyers
Joel H. Fish, Ph.D. Director - The Center For Sport Psychology, Sports Psychology Consultant - 76ers & Flyers
R. Robert Franks, D.O. Rothman Institute, Team Physician - USA Wrestling, Consultant - Philadelphia Phillies
Ashley B. Greenblatt, ACE-CPT Certified Personal Trainer at The Sporting Club at The Bellevue
Cassie Haynes, JD, MPH Co-Founder, Trap Door Athletics, CrossFit LI Certified
Eugene Hong, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP Team Physician - Drexel, Philadelphia University, Saint Joe’s, & U.S. National Women’s Lacrosse
Jim McCrossin, ATC Flyers and Phantoms
Kevin Miller Fitness Coach, Philadelphia Union
Heather Moore, PT, DPT, CKTP Owner of Total Performance Physical Therapy, North Wales, Pa.
David Rubenstein, M.D. Main Line Health Lankenau Medical Center, Team Orthopedist - Philadelphia 76ers
Justin Shaginaw, MPT, ATC Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute, Athletic Trainer - US Soccer Federation
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