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What do the highly acclaimed television show The Biggest Loser and the nation’s leading seller of therapy and exercise pools have in common? They are partnering for the 11th installment of the series, helping two dozen contestants tackle one of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States, obesity.

Thanks to a generous donation from Endless Pools, Inc. the contestants will have daily access to a custom built Endless Pool, complete with two adjustable speed swim lanes and two underwater treadmills. Due to the contestants weight, regular water exercise will be key in their early training and essential for injury rehabilitation later in the season. Water’s natural buoyancy will facilitate whole-body exercises while cushioning stress on joints and bones, enabling exercises not possible on dry land. Contestants will build cardiovascular endurance while increasing confidence and burning fat. “As a Certified Athletic Trainer, I’m constantly looking to incorporate the finest equipment in our contestant’s daily care. I look forward to using the Endless Pool and incorporating a high level of conditioning to keep our contestants functional!” Sandy K. Athletic Trainer

This marks the second Biggest Loser appearance for Endless Pools, who also participated in Season two. “Having Endless Pools back for a second season was a natural fit, our trainers love using the Endless Pool as a complement to their training regimen.” D Norton, Sponsor Producer “Every year our products help thousands of people manage their weight and stay fit, we’re pleased The Biggest Loser will be highlighting the importance of regular water exercise to a larger audience.” Mark Langan, Marketing Manager.

“The Biggest Loser” has become a worldwide hit, airing in over 90 countries since its debut in 2004. “The Biggest Loser” has grown to become a standalone health and lifestyle brand with tools and products inspired by the show and approved by its doctors and experts. Tune in to The Biggest Loser Tuesdays 8/7C on NBC.

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Island Challenge: 75-year-old Santa Fe County resident prepares for Ironman Hawaii
By Judy Giannettino
Albuquerque Journal
Image courtesy GREG SORBER/Albuquerque Journal

SANTA FE — On the morning of Oct. 9, Hunter Temple plans to be in Kailua Bay in Hawaii with about 1,800 other people to begin one of the biggest sports challenges around: Ironman Hawaii.

He has been twice before — first in 1990, when he placed fourth in his age division; the second time in 1997, when muscle cramps prevented him from finishing. This time, he says, will probably be his last.

That’s partly because Temple will turn 76 years old three days after the race.

“I’m going to keep doing triathlons,” says the Santa Fe County resident who retired to New Mexico in 2001 after a long career as a headmaster of private schools. But trying to get to Hawaii again might not be one of his goals.

Even this time, Temple says, “I don’t care if I place or not. I just want to finish. It’s a dream.”

Tens of thousands of triathletes try to qualify for Ironman Hawaii, officially known as the Ford Ironman World Championship, each year. About 1,600 do. Each age division — there are typically about a dozen for men and a dozen for women — has a certain number of slots and qualifying events are held worldwide. About 200 more competitors are allowed in through a lottery system and a few slots are auctioned on eBay to benefit charities, says Catie Case, PR coordinator for the Florida based World Triathlon Corp.

Temple qualified for the 2010 event in the 75-79 age division. The oldest person to ever finish Ironman Hawaii was an 80-year-old man who accomplished the feat in 2005, according to Case.

On race day, the competitors begin with a 2.4-mile swim in Kailua Bay, jostling each other for position as they also fight the currents. Once out of the water, they hop on bicycles for a 112-mile ride. After that comes a marathon, literally. The final stage of the triathlon is a 26.2-mile run.

So many experiences

Temple, who has been married for more than 50 years and has three children and five grandchildren, says he was a “reasonable” high school athlete but didn’t participate in college sports at Colgate, where he obtained his undergraduate degree. He later earned a Ph.D. from Stanford.

He says smoking led him to where he is today as an athlete.

When he was about 40, Temple says, he took up running as a way to stop smoking. “I’ve always had somewhat of a compulsive personality,” he says.

Then one day he picked up a triathlon magazine, started “thumbing through it and thought, ‘This might be kind of fun.’”

With a borrowed wet suit and a “clunker” of a bike, he entered his first triathlon. “I broke a spoke and had to carry (the bike) up the hills and pedal down,” he recalls. Nonetheless, he was hooked.

Temple says he enjoys the sport because it’s “singular.”

“It’s me against myself, or the elements, or whatever. It’s age appropriate and it’s singular. I like to ski; I bike — they’re all singular.”

He says he’s attracted to it also because “your body goes through so many different experiences. In swimming, you’re trying to breathe. On the bike, it’s the experience of speed. The run is a different kind of experience. It’s three different challenges, experiences.”

He adds that triathlons allow a person to be “average” in a couple of areas and still do well.

His forte, he says, is the swim. “I think I have the body type for swimming,” says Temple, who is tall and lean.

Every other day, for 40 to 45 minutes, he swims against the current in an endless pool that he had installed in a room attached to his garage five or six years ago.

On days he doesn’t swim, he works out with weights.

Other training at this point involves bike rides. “I’m retired, so I can get on it when I want to.” He also will compete in a few events before October.

What he doesn’t do much of is run, thanks to knee replacement surgery in 1998.

“I don’t run,” he says of his training regimen. “And if you would see me in the event, you would think I’m not running then either.”

Temple says he “shuffles” instead and modestly contends he only does as well as he does in triathlons now because of his swimming ability and because he’s in an age group with few other competitors (the number of people he’ll be up against in October isn’t known yet but Case says eight men started the race in the 75-79 age division in 2009).

Temple says he’ll ramp up training for Ironman Hawaii in August.

Hunter Temple checks his time as he completes the swim portion of a race.
‘Nothing like it’

Temple left the sport for awhile after his knee surgery. “I thought it was the end of triathlons,” he says.

To fill the void, he took up flying, but he says he missed the competition.

He was forced to take another break a few years ago when a growth was discovered on his pancreas. Surgeons couldn’t remove the tumor because it was connected to a blood vessel but did determine it wasn’t cancerous, he says.

Still, “that stopped triathlons” for about a season.

Temple says he lost 35 pounds during the ordeal and was on a feeding tube for months.

To motivate him to regain his strength, he says one of his daughters pinned a competition photo of him to a new wet suit and hung it from his IV pole.

She is also a triathlete who has been to Ironman Hawaii twice. She is hoping to qualify again this year, Temple says. “Her vision is to swim, run, bike with me so we can finish together.”

Temple, who is also a certified EMT, says there is nothing like the Ironman world championship, during which competitors often face intense heat and wind in addition to the grueling length of the event.

When he raced in 1990, Temple finished in 12 hours and 49 minutes. Participants must complete the race within 17 hours. “The first year I did it,” says Temple, “the crosswinds were so strong a woman was blown right off her bike.” In 1997, he recalls, whipping winds made the swim a choppy experience. That year, he had such severe cramps he had to be taken to the medical tent during the run instead of continuing the race. Despite the obstacles, Temple looks forward to October.

“There is nothing like it in this world,” he says, explaining how it feels to go from running — or shuffling — along the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway, alone and exhausted in the dark, to the finish line, where throngs of people wait to cheer for the athletes.

“You turn to come into town … the lights, thousands of people. It is the most thrilling experience you can imagine.”

And, he says, few people push their bodies the way triathletes do.

Which is especially true at age 75.

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Article courtesy of Business Lexington, by Kathie Stamps

Lexington, KY – Is it possible to open a storefront business and keep your day job? Sure. On February 1, Sam and Noelle Dick opened Swim Bike Run of Kentucky, a 2,700-square-foot retail store and training facility for triathletes. He is a news anchor at WKYT-TV and she is in sales at WTVQ-TV.

“We are not big on debt,” said Noelle Dick. “We wanted to make sure we have two incomes to support the business.” She is expecting it to take three years to break even with the business.

Sam Dick has competed in 17 triathlons (swimming, followed by biking, followed by running). He will be in Budapest this September, competing in the triathlon world championships. In June 2009, he started thinking about opening a “tri shop,” after realizing he couldn’t find everything he needed in one place and even had to buy a tri suit online, sight unseen. He has a passion for the sport, but passion alone doesn’t make a great business plan. The husband-and-wife team (Noelle also competes in all three sports) found out there are quite a few triathletes in central Kentucky.

“We looked at the numbers,” said Noelle Dick. “We saw growth.” Organizers of triathlon races are having to cap the number of participants, as there are more people who want to compete than the events can handle. By October ’09, the Dicks were serious about opening a one-stop shop in Lexington. They talked to every business owner they knew to pick their brains.

“It was a huge education,” said Noelle Dick. “We got cold water thrown on us.”

She gives a lot of credit to Luther Deaton and Paul Thornsberry at Central Bank for their advice and support.

“We couldn’t have done it without them,” she said. “They put us through the ringer, but their approach to small business was ‘How can we say yes?’ instead of ‘How can we say no?'”

It was important to Sam Dick to reach out to existing fitness business owners early on.

“We’re not trying to go head-to-head with you,” he explained. “We can send customers each other’s way. We want to be a good neighbor.”

The couple knew one of the keys to success hinged on finding a director of operations they could trust. Eric Atnip, Sam Dick’s personal triathlete coach, agreed to take the job. A certified race director and coach, he is the only full-time employee at Swim Bike Run of Kentucky; there are six part-time employees, including Atnip’s wife, Beth, all of whom have competed in triathlons.

“Whether you are a beginner or advanced, you’re talking to someone who can help you,” said Noelle Dick.

Summer is typically big for retail, but Swim Bike Run of Kentucky needed a plan to sustain the business year-round. They offer five levels of monthly training memberships, ranging from $50 to $150, that can be purchased in 6- or 12-month increments.

“We found a need for a bike-fitting station and bike maintenance,” said Noelle Dick. “We came up with scenarios for training.”

With the CompuTrainer system, cyclists ride a stationary tri-bike and watch a screen with a virtual course on it. In the endless pool, an indoor 18-foot-by-six-foot fiberglass structure, people can set the speed of the water and swim in place. It also has a coaching platform with videotaping capabilities.

Given a triathlete’s height, weight and racing style, and using measurements, lasers and his knowledge, Atnip fits people to a particular bike.

“This is a service very few facilities offer in the state,” said Sam Dick. He and his wife both started off with used road bikes, which is common for beginner triathletes. Tri-specific bikes range from $1,000 to $10,000. They’re extremely lightweight.

“People see the Ironman race in Kona, Hawaii,” said Sam Dick. “Most triathletes don’t do Ironman. They start with sprint triathlons, which is eight laps in the pool, 15 miles on the bike and a three-mile run.”

“Any personal trainer will tell you people will stick with fitness if there’s a goal,” said Noelle Dick. “Triathletes work out for 12 weeks to compete in a triathlon, and you see every body type, every age.”

Most of the couple’s marketing dollars are being spent on race sponsorships, including the April 17 Heart & Sole triathlon in Versailles, the July 31 Lame Duck Try-Athlon at Mallard Point in Georgetown and the September 5 Susan Bradley-Cox Tri for Sight Du/Triathlon at UK.

“It shows people we are serious about the sport,” said Sam Dick. “It’s important we’re at the races and supporting them.”

The learning process of owning a business is fun and exciting for the couple. “I hope we never say we’re doing everything perfectly,” said Noelle Dick. “When you get too confident, something isn’t going to work.”

To learn more about Swim Bike Run of Kentucky, visit

Kathie Stamps is the co-founder of, an online directory of independent/small business owners.

Swim Bike Run of Kentucky
320 North Ashland Ave.
Lexington, KY 40502
(859) 455-3384
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9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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Swimming into the New Year

Thursday, January 14, 2010 11:56 AM EST
For 25 years my husband Stu has been yearning to have an Endless Pool in his house. He had seen, for years, an ad for the pool in The New Yorker magazine. The ad ran every week and he always thought about the possibility of owning one. Well, it took 25 years and now his wish has been fulfilled. See, advertising pays!

Our Endless Pool is 12 X 20 feet in size and is installed inside the house. It runs a current that you swim against so you are basically swimming in place because the current is so hard. We decided to put one in a sunroom and, after six months of construction and installation on Sunday, I had my first swim in it. What fun!

The water was heated to about 80 degrees and when I put my toe in chills filled my body because it was too cold. But I wasn’t going to give in to my shivers. I proceeded slowly and put one leg in, then the other and I was in up to my knees. I wasn’t sure how many steps would put my body totally underwater. As it turned out on the last step I “fell” into the four-foot-deep pool. With a few screeches and hollers my body adjusted to the temperature and I began my breaststroke to the other end.

Stu adjusted the current so I wasn’t pushed back to the wall. Swimming in the middle of pool is where the current is strongest. It was a great workout, swimming, kicking and cycling in the water. It felt so good … then a few hours later Stu’s grandsons Zac and Ben came over and they took a swim too. The pool really only permits one person at a time to swim, but Ben was able to swim on the side where the current is gentle and Zac took on the middle space. Stu bet Zac – a strapping, 5’9”, 14-year-old athlete – that he couldn’t reach the end, and as strong as Zac is and as hard as he swam, he couldn’t do it. That’s the power of the current.

A bonus of the pool is that, when you turn off the current, you can put on a Jacuzzi, which has four spouts. I needed the soothing feeling after a half hour of swimming against the current. I hope it burned enough calories to make up for the cupcakes I had cooked and eaten with my grandson Blake the night before. The battle of the bulge continues and now I have the help of the Endless Pool to challenge my eating habits.

A wow experience with my “WOW” friends

It was a great way to begin the year – with a “staycation” at Pouran Spa, a getaway that is right here. We were a group of six friends who retreated to the North Shore Towers for a few hours of pampering.

Every six weeks we gather for a wonderfully-decadent morning of massage, facials, manicures, hair and total rejuvenation. In the quiet, calm spa environment with soft music playing, we got to experience each professional, trained to perfection.

This time I had a body exfoliation and massage. I never had that service before and the purpose is to rid my body of dead skin and get back the glow and softness of my skin — like when I was a baby! It didn’t quite get there, but it was close. It’s like peeling a cucumber, scraping off the top layer to get to the best part, which for me was to have my relaxing massage after the exfoliation.

To add to our feeling of being away, Pouran had prepared a feast of a lunch. Besides being a talented salon/spa/boutique owner, she’s also a great chef. She prepared for us platters of chicken salad, eggplant rolls, salad, lightly fried cutlets, tea and cookies – all tantalizingly delicious.

What a great getaway to relax and rejuvenate in our own “backyard.”

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Fancy a "Sheddie"?

Ready, Steady, Sheddie: Andrew Wilcox

Nov 6 2009 Andrew Wilcox, South Wales Echo

WITH the winter months coming, do you dream of warmer climes and then go out to the shed and find it’s freezing, damp and smells a bit?

Well think about what sheddies Sarah and Guy Bowden do when they disappear to their shed at the bottom of their garden in Caerphilly.

They said: “We’ve got an Endless Pool from the USA and we did all the internal work on the shed ourselves, and put the pool in ourselves too.”

They join the list of a lot of sheddies who live the good life via their sheds

Lili’s Bar owned by Lili James was built because it was getting to be a bit of a pain getting out of the hot tub to go and get another bottle from the kitchen. The idea developed and her shack built by hand.

And finally, the shed to beat all leisure sheds – a sauna in the garden owned by Andy.

“My son and I built our Shedna on a trailer because we couldn’t work out where to put it. It is made to a proper spec and weighs more than one and a quarter tons, but stays lovely and warm for hours.

“It has a homemade woodburner and seats 10 in the sauna.”

So follow their example this winter and get comfortable, sheddies.

Article courtesy Martha’s Vineyard Magazine Online

By Richard C. Skidmore

Not many labs have a pool, fewer still include a sauna, and it’s safe to say none include Anna Edey’s mix of pool, sauna, and chickens. Anna’s innovative, green- designed building at Solviva, her farm in West Tisbury, looks like a nicely finished, twenty-four-by-eighteen-foot cottage nestled amid the greenery not far from her main house. It faces south, and was built from the bottom up to embody her environmental ways. Because this pleasant little building is actually a lab to monitor its own design elements, all of its systems are being measured and notated for their energy generation and usage, including the chickens. To Anna, “a pound of chicken” has a different meaning than it does at Cronig’s Market, as we shall see.

Anna Edey has been working on sustainability issues at Solviva for more than thirty years, and wrote a book documenting her findings, called Solviva, published by Trailblazer Press in 1998. This new building is the latest manifestation of her “solar dynamic, bio-benign” quest – a sort of model home that is, in Anna’s terms, solar-powered and good for life.

In a lilting voice showing traces of her Swedish heritage, Anna says the motivation for building the lab was to answer this question, “Could I have a structure, in this climate, that has a zero-carbon footprint – all solar powered with wood back-up?” (But doesn’t burning wood contribute to carbon emissions, you ask? Anna says it is carbon neutral, because wood releases that same amount of carbon whether it decays naturally or is burned.)

On the lab’s ground floor, filling much of the main interior space, is a large, insulated wooden chest containing a solar-heated, seven-by-fourteen-foot and four-feet-deep Endless Pool – designed for swimming in place against an artificial current. A small upstairs room is the sauna, and the chickens’ room is on the ground floor.

Both Endless Pool and sauna tie into the solar-heating system, and it seems to be working just fine. The interior temperature of the building in winter is in the seventies during sunny weather. Anna’s record book, which she’s kept since February 15, 2008, notates the building’s temperature history. It shows that even under the most extreme weather conditions – which were on the night of March 3 when it was 17 degrees outside – the interior temperature never went below 55 degrees. At that point Anna could decide to put on another layer or light the small wood stove.

Anna Edey swims year-round in the pool inside her new lab.
The primary solar component of the heating system is the south-facing, sun-absorbing, black, tin roof, which warms the air moving under it. There is an enclosed air-channeling system below the solar roofing, and inside the channel at the roof’s peak, the hot air begins its descent down ducts in the sides of the house to a heat sink under the floor comprised of a two-foot-deep layer of small stones covered by an eight-inch concrete slab. With much of the heat deposited in the heat sink, the now-cooler air begins its travel up the south side of the building, cooling some more as it moves up the exterior wall and back to the hot roof again. Solar-powered fans keep the air moving in a circular flow around the envelope of the building. The hot air, having been sucked down in a continuous doughnut-shaped path enveloping the lab, warms the center of the doughnut – the interior space – mostly by the radiant heat emanating from the floor and the under-floor heat sink.

What is known from the monitoring of the system is that the rise in temperature of the flowing air can be significant in the two to three seconds it travels under the fourteen feet of south, sun-facing roof. The most extreme example was on the day the solar roofing was installed. That sunny, winter day, the air temperature at the bottom of the duct was 45 degrees coming up from the stone heat-sink layer, and 120 degrees after passing under the solar roof.

The two fans that move the air around the envelope of the building are powered by one twenty-by-thirty-five-inch photovoltaic (PV) solar cell, and they begin to operate only when the sun shines. If the sun is only halfway out, the fans turn at half speed, which is fine, because the roof, as the heat collector, is only producing half the heat. When it’s completely overcast, Anna uses the wood stove. During the warmer months, the fans can be unplugged and vents at the roof’s peak can open for air-cooling of the lab.

Anna has formulated a way to incorporate chickens into the design of the lab to supplement the heating. “I wanted to find out if people and chickens could really live together,” she says. This question, one that few are asking, is an insight into Anna’s investigative methods. It harkens back to the early times when humans and domesticated animals routinely sheltered together and hygiene was an unknown word. Anna is proving that this symbiosis is useful and healthful for both parties.

The first greenhouse of Anna’s at Solviva, built in 1983, gave the clue. She remembers the first winter as being particularly cold and on days that were around zero degrees Fahrenheit the plant areas of the greenhouse were about 45 degrees – well above freezing – but the separately enclosed area of the greenhouse where rabbits were housed was 55 degrees, and the chicken area was 72 degrees.

Body heat is a free byproduct of the egg- and meat-producing chicken that has been ignored in the modern era. But back in the three-dog-night days, animal heat could be crucial for winter survival. In fact, Anna says the chicken heat is 8 Btus per pound of chicken per hour – a new way of thinking of a pound of chicken. Today, Anna’s twenty-four chickens can be a substantial source of heat, creating the equivalent heat of about a barrel and a half of oil during the six continuous heating months. That heat is free if you consider that the chickens pay for their upkeep by the eggs, meat, and compost they produce.

The chicken area is behind an interior wall of the lab, which has a see-through panel, and is enclosed by the north-facing outer wall. In the cold of winter, the chicken heat will keep the interior wall at 60 degrees. There is also a wire-fenced enclosure outside where they can exercise their scratching and pecking needs.

In their domain, the absence of olfactory evidence of the bustling chickens going about their business is striking. The lack of chicken scent is one of the keys to living this closely with fowl. Anna’s smell-free chicken coop is the result of her studies of the earth under our feet. A ryegrass planter inside the lab produces grass to feed the chickens in winter and is also an “earthlung filter.” The soil mix in the planter absorbs air that is blown in from the coop by a solar-powered fan and contains both beneficial carbon dioxide and any traces of harmful ammonia from chicken droppings. This process feeds the ryegrass, while removing the chicken odors. The amazing ability of microbial life in topsoil to transform organic matter is why Anna also employs it on the coop’s floor to handle the chicken droppings; she sprinkles a combination of about one-third topsoil and two-thirds leaf mold where needed to further eliminate odors. The lab’s composting toilet uses some of these same bio-benign principles to deodorize, digest, and transform the waste matter into useful compost.
inside the lab
The lab features the Endless Pool downstairs and a sauna upstairs.

The Endless Pool, as you might expect, is heated by solar, and again that hot, black, tin roof is the source. For this purpose, there are copper pipes that cycle water pumped from the Endless Pool to zig-zag through the air-channels under the roof, absorb the heat, and send it back to the pool. That same pump also sends the water through a filter made of copper and silver, both of which are natural germicides and kill bacteria, for the most part eliminating the need for chlorine. (There is a trace amount, only about 5 percent of what the pool would otherwise require, which Anna says could only be detected in a lab test and not by smell.)

Anna likes the Endless Pool temperature to be in the range of 81 to 84 degrees, which is no problem for the solar-heating system. With a wall-mounted hand-winch, Anna is able to open the hinged, heavily insulated pool cover for swimming, and then close it to retain the pool’s heat. (She says it also helps keep the humidity in the room at a healthy level, averaging about 50 percent.) When closed, the pool loses only one degree per twenty-four hours. A second pump creates a current to swim against. Twenty PV solar panels mounted along the ridge of the roof power the electrical needs of the pumps and lights, and send excess power into the NSTAR grid. Anna says, “I love to use the pool all year, but especially thrilling under the coldest winter conditions, alone or with family and friends, swimming or walking against the current, doing aqua aerobics, and floating.”

As to the sauna, Anna says, “The wood stove stove-pipe, surrounded by a copper coil for back-up pool heating, goes right through that little, very insulated room, which gets very hot with just a couple of minutes of wood fire. It also gets plenty warm when you open the small door of the large duct that leads the 105- to 120-degree solar-heated air down to the stone heat sink.” So, in daytime, the sauna can be solar heated, and at night it uses the wood stove. Along with the sauna and pool, Anna has five different pieces of gym equipment in the lab, so there is plenty to do besides notating twice-daily temperature readings from ten different thermometers.

Looking toward this coming winter, the experiment continues. Anna says, “Now that the heat sink has had a chance to warm up to about 85 degrees over the summer, I expect that the interior temp of the house may never fall below, say, 64 degrees, while the top temp of the air going through the solar roof may exceed 130.”

Anna sees the lab’s heating system as a marriage between sun and home. With the sun merely rising and setting, turning it on and off, it is a self-regulating system, with no batteries, no controls. In this era, when solar is being touted as one solution to our energy problems, Anna Edey and Solviva are innovating simple and efficient methods to make that solution a pleasant one – with no carbon footprint (and with chickens, if you like).

Back by popular demand, the Ford Ironman World Championship is excited to announce the return of “Demo Days,” an interactive race expo designed to allow athletes, friends and all those attending the Ford Ironman World Championship the opportunity to test drive and learn about the latest and greatest equipment from the leading companies in triathlon.

Endless Pools will be on-site at Demo Days, giving athletes the chance to try on and test their swim skills in the newest wetsuits and speed suits from companies like Aqua Sphere, Louis Garneau, Orca, Zoot, TYR & Rocket Science.

Demo Days will be conveniently located inside the Ford Ironman Village at Hale Halawai in the heart of downtown Kailua-Kona on Ali’i Drive. It will be open during the four days leading up the Ford Ironman World Championship. Kick off begins immediately after the Ironman Parade of Nations on Tuesday, Oct. 6th and will conclude on Friday, Oct. 9th.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Eye on Ft. Stockton: Brand-New Physical Therapy Wellness Center 8/18/09

Eddie Garcia
CBS 7 News
August 18, 2009

Fort Stockton, Texas – It’s been half a decade in the making but today Pecos County unveiled a brand new physical therapy center.

After millions of dollars and 5 years of building; this mammoth new state of the art facility is ready to serve the people of Pecos County and beyond.

“Dialysis care, the specialty doctors, the dental clinic, the fitness area, the state of the art fitness equipment, the Endless Pool, the indoor walking track,” said Pecos County Memorial Hospital CEO, Russell Tippin.

It’s the new crown jewel of Pecos County Memorial Hospital…displaying the latest in rehabilitation technology.

“You could take this facility and everything that it has in it and you could plant it smack center San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Dallas,” said District 19 Texas Senator Carlos Uresti.

Patients don’t have to travel to all those big cities anymore for treatment, now they can do it at home.

“People can come here, get their treatment and be back home in a matter of minutes instead of a matter of hours,” said Tippin.

Even though millions of dollars were spent on it’s construction, many believe to results will be priceless.

“I think it shows the wisdom of Pecos County in investing not only in their health but in their future and generations to come,” said Senator Uresti.

Sisters compete in 17 events at Senior Games

By Jessica Bernstein-Wax

Daily News Staff Writer
Posted: 08/12/2009 10:21:19 PM PDT
Updated: 08/12/2009 10:21:20 PM PDT

Coming to Palo Alto for the 2009 Summer National Senior Games was something of a homecoming for sisters Claudia and Chris Simpson, both of whom were born at Stanford Hospital.

It also was an opportunity for the two women to connect with family members, spread their parents’ ashes — and compete in more than 15 athletic events, some against each other.

This was 56-year-old Claudia Simpson’s third time at the national senior games, and the Baltimore yoga teacher participated in 11 swimming and track and field events, earning second place in her age group in the high jump, third place in the pole vault and sixth place in the 400-meter dash. She also came in eighth in the 50-yard breaststroke.

All that after falling into a storm grate and badly bruising her leg in a car accident on the way to the airport heading to the senior games.

“It just trashed my left leg,” Simpson said Tuesday. “Fortunately, I didn’t have to run for another week.

“I’m happy to be here. I’m happy to be alive, and I had a lot of fun,” she added.

Chris Simpson, a 58-year-old Vermont resident, said she was so inspired by her sister’s performance in previous senior games that she installed an Endless Pools stationary swimming machine in her home and began training.

The high school art teacher said she never participated in team sports as a student, and the national senior games were her first real competition. She raced in six swimming events,
Advertisement placing ninth in the 50-yard backstroke and even managing to beat her sister in the 50-yard freestyle with a 15th-place finish.

“I was thrilled I came in the upper middle most of the way, plus everybody was so nice with all the competitors helping to coach,” Chris Simpson said. “It was more a spirit of having fun than winning.”

Good athletic genes might have something to do with that stellar first performance.

The sisters’ parents, Leroy and Helen Simpson, ran the 1500-meter dash together in the Virginia senior games and planned to head to the nationals in 1991. But Helen Simpson’s cancer and subsequent death prevented them from competing.

In 1999 Claudia Simpson was diagnosed with breast cancer, an experience she said made her a more determined athlete.

“Every time I run a hard race or a hard distance it’s like, if I can go through a year of cancer treatments I can finish this race,” she said.

Throughout the week, about 10 relatives, including Claudia’s 17-year-old daughter and a third sister, Carol Simpson Yee, cheered the two women on.

Asked whether Simpson Yee plans to compete with her sister in the next senior games, Chris Simpson laughed.

“She’s claiming she’s going to,” Chris said. “She would love to do volleyball, but she has to get a team together.”

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