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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: Thursday, October 17, 2013, 5:30 AM
Filed Under: Profiles | Robert Senior | Running | Women
Elizabeth Proffitt at one of her races.

So what did you get for your last birthday?

This Sunday, Elizabeth Proffitt of Birdsboro will travel to Des Moines, Ia. to accomplish the feat of running at least one marathon in all 50 states. What’s more, Proffitt will do so just months before her 50th birthday early next year.

That’s right—it’s 50 in 50 by 50.

POSTED: Friday, October 11, 2013, 3:44 PM
Filed Under: Football | Robert Senior

In light of today’s report of another breakout of MRSA among the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the NFLPA expressed concerns about the Eagles and Buccaneers playing this Sunday’s game in Tampa.

The NFL has since announced that the game will go on, as nothing has been observed to compromise the ability for the two teams to play. This week, two Buccaneers players have been diagnosed with MRSA infections.

MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) infection is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that over time, becomes resistant to the antibiotics used to treat most staph infections. According to the Mayo Clinic, the majority of MRSA infections are seen in hospitals or other health-care centers and are typically associated with invasive procedures.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 6:00 AM
Filed Under: Profiles | Robert Senior

Next Sunday, October 20 marks the 27th annual AIDS Walk Philly, the largest HIV/AIDS awareness and fundraising event in the Delaware Valley.

Participants can choose between a 12K walk and 5K run to show their support. The day starts bright and early with a 7:15 a.m. yoga session, followed by on-site registration at 7:30 a.m. The 5K Run begins at 8 a.m. but the Opening Ceremony for the main event—the Walk—begins at 8:30 a.m., allowing the walkers to be on their way by 9 a.m.

As for the 5K Run, each runner is asked to do fundraising of at least $50 in order to enter the event (Top fundraisers to date are listed here.) Runners who enter by October 15 are eligible to pick up their bibs and t-shirts ahead of time, rather than waiting until the day of the race. Early check-in will take place Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 17-19, at the AIDS Fund Office located at 1315 Spruce Street. If you are running as part of a team, the team captain can turn in all donations at the early check-in.

POSTED: Saturday, October 5, 2013, 6:00 AM

Past App of the Week features have looked at programs that help you track your daily workouts, your calorie intake, or your mileage while running or biking.

This week’s App attempts to combine a number of these features—and more—into one to promote all facets of healthy living.

ARGUS Motion and Fitness Tracker allows you to automatically track all fitness activities, record your distance and pace while running, keep records of your dietary habits—even monitor your sleep patterns to ensure you’re getting sufficient shut-eye.

POSTED: Monday, September 30, 2013, 6:00 AM

On the heels of Dan McQuade’s epic “How Far Did Rocky Run?” blog post two weeks back, local resident Rebecca Schaefer has take the next step. She’s organizing a December early-morning trek through the streets and neighborhoods of Philadelphia, retracing the Italian Stallion’s famous journey while training to take the heavyweight championship from Apollo Creed in Rocky II.

Schaefer, an avid runner and Center City resident, has tweaked the course (but only very slightly) to be exactly 31 miles long (or 50 kilometers). The race will take place on Saturday, December 7 starting at 7:00 a.m. on the corner of Wolf and South Lambert Streets—Rocky’s home block in the sequel.

Sports Doc talked to Rebecca Schaefer to learn more about the race.

POSTED: Thursday, May 9, 2013, 9:56 AM
Roy Halladay should have learned from last year that any kind of discomfort should be disclosed. (Michael Perez/AP)

Wednesday’s press conference confirmed some of our worst fears when Roy Halladay announced he would undergo arthroscopic surgery to address a partially torn rotator cuff and a fraying labrum in his right shoulder.

Uncertainty was the theme of the press conference, as Halladay shared that doctors are optimistic he can return to pitching later this season. Later, however, he admitted that doctors could find more extensive damage once they are able to see the shoulder during surgery.

Sports Doc went in search of some hints as to the most likely outcome for Halladay in 2013—and beyond. The key may be the bone spur in Halladay’s shoulder that is causing the fraying of the labrum.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 1:41 PM

Last night, former Phillies pitcher J.A. Happ was struck in the head by a line drive while pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays.

This morning, Happ is in stable condition and undergoing tests at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Perhaps most troubling, however, were this morning’s reports and headlines that referred to Happ as the latest pitcher to sustain such an injury. He is the fourth MLB pitcher to be struck in the head since September. What can the league do to prevent or lessen the likelihood of further instances?

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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
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