If you have never thought about running a marathon, put the Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon on your list. Yes, I said ‘never’. 8 months ago, I was barely a novice runner and it wasn’t until I met Bob and Ia Hilliard, that they convinced me to run their Marathon. While it may be the toughest course in Ireland, or as the locals like to put it, “The Gentle Slopes of West Cork”, I promise, it is worth it.
The breathtaking scenic views, the smell of the ocean, the multi-colored ponies, the castles, and going “down the rabbit hole” that is Rathbarry, the scenes are out of a fairytale. But it was the people who truly made the experience one of the most inspiring and motivating trips of my life.
On Saturday September 24, 2016, Phil Kaminski and his wife, Marie Jo, will compete in the 100km de Millau, France’s most famous and oldest 100 km race! The two of them will race along the Tarn, make a round trip between Millau and Saint-Affrique, and pass under the Milau Viaduct. They will take in all the sights, and experiences together, as Marie Jo is pushed in a Team Hoyt Running Chair by Phil.
Hello Everyone, meet Daisy! Daisy is a 4 year old, pure-bred, American Staffordshire Terrier. She is a foster pup from the organization, Last Hope K9, and has been in my care for almost one year now. Daisy loves coming to the Shop at Southbridge Tool and Manufacturing. She gets to play with all her buddies (Mike and my Father), sit in on our meetings, and be a part of The Blade manufacturing process. From riding in the Blade, to testing out the most durable carrying bag materials, Daisy is always happy to help.
Triathlon Grand Villerupt 54
TGV54 is a group of adults and children who participate in Triathlons. They are located in Villerupt, in the region of Lorraine, along the France/ Luxembourg border.
My mother, my sister, Katie, and I were invited to Villerupt, France, to present 2 Blade Chairs to TGV54. The event took place at the City Hall of Villerupt. The Mayor of Villerupt- Monsieur Alain Casoni, Representatives of the Lion’s Club, Sponsors, members of TGV54, and local media were all present for the event.
Les P’tits Potos is a one-of-a-kind team in France. Les P’tits Potos translates to “The Little Buddies” and they are located just along the France / Luxembourg border.
We knew they were a special team even before meeting them over the summer of 2015. In any picture, whether running or posing, the members of Les P’tits Potos always look like they are having a great time! They are a team of around 200 members (growing over the span of 1 year) and in any race they work together and stay together as a pack.
Michael DiDonato and Kyle Brodeur met in 2011 and started running 5K, 10K, and triathlon races. The two make up “Team Unstoppable” and their motto is “Never Stop Dreaming”.
Kyle Brodeur became paralyzed November 1, 1997 when a drunk driver hit their family’s mini van head on. The car accident killed Kyle’s father, Michael Brodeur instantly and left Kyle in a comatose state for a full year. He now has traumatic brain injury and has had 25 major surgeries. Before the car accident, Kyle was very athletic and loved all sports. Kyle was very fortunate when he met Mike DiDonato and he gave Kyle the opportunity to become an athlete again. Together they make up Team Unstoppable. Kyle chose this name because he feels as though through the years he has been unstoppable and never let his disability stop him from achieving his goals. Their quote “Never Stop Dreaming” was chosen because Kyle never stopped dreaming that one day he would become an athlete again.
We hope everyone had a nice (chilly!) weekend! Did you travel somewhere new to race? Did you have a big event and meet some fun people!? With the Blade being built to travel, we want to hear your stories of your AWESOME weekend. If you loved it, maybe someone else will want to check it out…
We’ve recently discovered brettapproved, a travel review site for people who need accessible travel accommodations.
We believe you will find this site useful for when you travel to races, or welcome others to your local events. You can search reviews and leave a review for hotels, restaurants, entertainment centers, ground transportation and more. As well as leave reviews of the accessibility of your favorite spots so we can all travel confidently.