Bill Burt, Eagle Tribune:
McGillivray’s inner drive to not only attempt but complete such big events is unmatched.
”Why scale Mount Everest? Why run across the country?” he said. “People want to be challenged. Some people, like myself, need to be challenged.
“For me, a lot of this is self-esteem, self confidence,” he said. “It’s important for me to set a goal, achieve it — getting it done and feeling good about myself.”
Three Nigerian women are about to make history. When the Winter Olympics kick off in Pyeongchang, South Korea next month, they will become the first Africans to compete in the sport of bobsled.
Yomi Kazeem, writing for Quartz:
“For the athletes, their success has not come easy. All three used to be track and field athletes and pretty much had to learn the new sport. But participating in a sport that many Nigerians have likely never heard of or found interesting was always going to be a difficult sell. That much was clear when the team had to set up a national bobsled federation in December 2016 because, well, Nigeria has never had one.”
Also take a look at: Nigerian bobsled team enjoys ‘mind-blowing’ ride to Pyeongchang, by Steven D’Souza, CBC News
Erin Strout, writing in Runner’s World:
Molly Huddle became the fastest American woman ever at the 13.1-mile distance on Sunday, setting the American record of 1:07:25 at the Houston Half Marathon.
Averaging 5:08 per mile to run to a seventh-place finish, she was 9 seconds faster than Deena Kastor, who held the previous record, was in 2006. On the way to that history-making mark, Huddle, 33, also set national road records for 10 miles (50:52) and 20K (1:03:48).
William J. Kole, writing for the Associated Press:
The Massachusetts marathoner, who won the 2016 World Marathon Challenge — seven marathons in seven days on all seven continents — will attempt to become the only person to twice complete the odyssey, which begins in Antarctica on Jan. 30 and ends in Miami on Feb. 5.
Why? “I’m certifiably crazy,” the Belmont woman jokes.
The Associated Press caught up with Pizzi, 37, a single mom with a singular mission:
AP: Why in God’s name would you do this again?
Pizzi: The locations! I get to run marathons in Novo, Antarctica; Cape Town, South Africa; Perth, Australia; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Lisbon, Portugal; Cartagena, Colombia; and Miami. I love to run and I love to travel. I’m literally seeing more of the world, which is really fun for me.