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On November 21. 2014, attorneys for the Competitor Group filed a motion to dismiss in the case of Liebesman v. Competitor Group (4:14 -CV- 01653-RLW) (for a synopsis of the lawsuit check out my previous post here).  The purpose of a motion to dismiss is to have the court dismiss the case “as a matter of …
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We received a lot of feedback on the previous post about the Ironman Foundation (when I say “we” I am referring to myself and to Ryan Heisler and Dark Mark — together we have combed through hundreds of pages of IRS filings and compiled findings).  The biggest take aways from all the feedback was the need …
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I love animals.  My dream is to have a farm with dogs and cats and goats and chickens and any other critter Shaun lets me keep.  I also a huge sucker for sea creatures.  Shaun and I have been members of the Mystic Aquarium for years and last year I jumped into the North Atlantic …
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Arizona, you got lucky

In 2012 I raced Ironman Florida using an “Ironman Foundation Slot.”  Back in November of 2011, I was unsure if I wanted to do Florida again and I  didn’t register on site.  By the time I got home all the general entry slots were sold out, so I purchased a Foundation slot.  The way a …
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Run Tongue

Everyone who participates in triathlon has their own reasons for toeing the start line.  No reason is better than any other.  My reason is always that I want to see how fast I can push my body with all of its imperfections.  I probably want to be fast more than I want anything else (including …
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This past summer I wrote a blog post on whether volunteers at for profit races should be paid under federal and state wage and hour laws.  My conclusion was that “[i]n a lot of ways this appears to be a collective action waiting to happen.”  My prediction turned out to be correct.  On September 23, …
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On June 29, 2014 I flipped my bike over a guard rail at Challenge Atlantic City, which resulted in a deep horizontal laceration above my right knee.  My first thought once I landed twenty feet down an embankment on the other side of the guard rail was “can I finish the race?”  After looking down …
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I do lots of things with various degrees of professionalism.  I am an attorney, I coach, I write about pro triathlon, I rant about pro triathlon, I obsess about pro triathlon and three times a year I get to race direct.  I’m lucky enough to direct the Greater Hartford 1/4 Marathon in April, the Solstice …
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Atlantic City is a great race but it probably can't compete with Coeur D'Alene (yet).

Last week Rev 3 and Challenge Family announced a merger whereby all Rev 3 races would become Challenge Events beginning in 2015 (in reality it looks more like an acquisition by Challenge of Rev 3, I’m guessing no actual money exchanged hands and that Challenge simply assumed Rev 3’s debt).  This merger was met with …
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In response to my blog post about how to get World Triathlon Corporation (“WTC”) and Ironman to listen to concerns about the professional prize purse and gender equality in the sport I made two suggestions: (1) choosing not to race in WTC / Ironman events; and (2) educating WTC / Ironman sponsors about these concerns. …
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