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Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- 4-Time Olympic medalist Brendan Hansen and 3-Time Olympic Gold medalist and Olympic commentator Rowdy Gaines have joined forces with the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) and PMG Aquatics for the 2009 Ft. Lauderdale Rough Water Swim on Saturday, January 3, 2009.


The open water swimming competition will help raise funds and awareness to promote water safety. Brendan and Rowdy will be present to serve as hosts of the event and to join in the festivities.


Started in 1969 by Buck Dawson, founding executive director of the ISHOF, the Rough Water Swim was first called the Galt Ocean Mile Swim. The one-mile race took place on the newly-developed condo strip of the Fort Lauderdale beach known as Galt Ocean Mile.


It was known for many years as the largest swim race in the U.S. with the largest spectator audience, over 50,000 people, who theoretically would be looking out of their condo/apartment windows. When started, no lifeguards or safety crew existed -- in fact, swimmers were asked to "BYOL" or " bring your own lifeguard" to walk the beach as they swam.


After a few years, the Fort Lauderdale Beach Patrol patrolled the course with their beach Jeeps, and in the early 1980's suggested that the swim move three miles south to the part of Fort Lauderdale Beach which maintained lifeguard stations. Eventually, it became known as the International Swimming Hall of Fame Ocean Mile Swim. It has been held here ever since and is now in its 39th year.


PMG Aquatics , a division of Premier Management Group, has partnered with the International Swimming Hall of Fame to increase the visibility of the race and help raise awareness for drowning prevention.


"We are very excited to be a part of this race, with its incredible history, and to partner with the International Swimming Hall of Fame in promoting a great open water event while simultaneously promoting a worthy cause in drowning prevention" said Bobby Brewer, Vice President of PMG Aquatics.


Originally, the race was set up as an event for the College Coaches Swim Forum -- which has been meeting at the old Casino Pool and now the Hall of Fame Pool since 1935 -- although everyone was invited to participate. Bruce Wigo, CEO of International Swimming Hall of Fame stated, "This has always been such a great event. To now have two leading entities in the swimming community, PMG and the Hall of Fame working together, should hold great things for the future for the competition and the cause to prevent drowning."


The Ft. Lauderdale Roughwater Swim will feature a one mile swim and a 5K challenge for both masters and youth swimmers, and ¼ and ½ mile swims for the younger kids. The Ft. Lauderdale Rough water Swim is a perfect excuse to escape to beautiful Ft. Lauderdale, and enjoy the warm weather and beaches of sunny south Florida.


Swimmers of all ages are encouraged to come out and support this great cause. Travel packages are available. For more information, please visit . You can register for the race here.


About Drowning Prevention

Drowning is one of the unequivocal dangers of recreational water use. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 400,000 people drown around the world every year. In children, drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental deaths.


About The International Swimming Hall of Fame

The International Swimming Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit educational organization located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Our mission is to promote the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, quality of life, and the water safety of children. We will accomplish this through operation of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, a dynamic shrine dedicated to the history, memory, and recognition of the famous swimmers, divers, water polo players, synchronized swimmers, and persons involved in life-saving activities and education throughout the world, whose lives and accomplishments will serve to inspire, educate, and be role models for all those who participate in the Hall of Fame's experience and programs.


About Premier Management Group

PMG is one of the largest athlete representation agencies for Olympic athletes in the U.S. PMG represents Olympic athletes for endorsements, personal appearances, keynote speeches, motivational speeches, infomercials, trade show appearances, celebrity endorsements, pharmaceutical spokespeople, national spokespeople, clinics, sports events, events, corporate meetings, celebrity satellite media tours, video news releases, and much more. PMG Aquatics is an aquatic marketing and aquatic event management division of PMG. For more information, please visit or .

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Before you head out for your weekend, check out some of this week's best posts from the Cool Running and Active communities:


•     So why did we start running?

” Why did you start running? Do you come from a long line of runners? Nothing else to do and its better then watching tv? Perhaps you're a criminal and you need to build get-away speed? Seen others do it and you hate to miss out on anything?”


•     Hydration Gear on Long Runs: What to use

” Triathlete training for her first marathon and would like any advice on hydration gear during long training runs: have a 2-bottle hydration belt, but those little curved bottles really don't hold much.”


•     Endurance build up?

“ I've been running for 3 months now and would like to know why I'm feeling spent so often. Two weeks ago I was able to run 3.5 miles without feeling to spent.”


•     What do you think about when swimming?

” Terry Laughlin's newest article talks about how some people zone out during activity in order to avoid thinking about pain, distance or whatever. He remarks that he once swam 9 miles with Louie, Louie stuck in his head.”


•     Critical Mass Cyclist Assaulted by NYPD

“ I just read an interesting article in the New York Times regarding the investigation against an NYPD police officer in the Critical Mass YouTube video shown below.”


•     Training for ½ Running on Grass

“ I am new to running,(at 48 yrs) as is never run before. I started running (slowly) in May and in July decided to train for a 1/2 in November. I have just done my longest run ever, 5 miles without stopping, using a training schedule I downloaded from RunnersWorld, on Monday I will try for 6.”

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After representing the U.S. at the Olympics in swimming and triathlon, Sheila Taormina will once again proudly wear the stars and stripes -- this time in modern pentathlon. She was recently nominated (though not officially finalized) to her fourth Olympic team in her third sport by the USOC (full story, including an explanation on why it isn't yet "official," here.)


Modern pentathlon consists of shooting, swimming, running, equestrian and fencing. Taormina was a gold medalist in swimming at the 1996 Games in Atlanta in the 4x200 relay. After making the transition to triathlon for the 2000 Sydney Games, she placed sixth. In Greece four years later, Taormina again participated in triathlon, finishing 23rd.


Sheila Taoarima prepares for the swimming event of the modern pentathlon competition at the 2007 Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. AP Photo/Armando Franca


Taormina's ability to adapt to new sports seems uncanny. The progression from swimming to tri may be natural, but to take up shooting, fencing and equestrian shows dedication and the willingness to learn and try new things. But she's also overcome more than having to reinvent herself as an athlete. As ESPN reports, Taormina's ordeal with a stalker has led her to become a stronger person.

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Mark Your Race Calendars

Posted by ManintheArena Dec 21, 2007

In her article "[Ten Tips for the New Year|]," Active Expert Gale Bernhardt's first recommendation is: Set a Goal.


What better way to give yourself something to work for in 2008 than to sign up for a race? But be aware, some pre-planning could save you a little money. Many races that already have registration open will be raising their prices beginning January 1.


For triathletes, that includes races such as the Accenture Chicago Triathlon, Vineman Ironman 70.3, Big Kahuna Triathlon (70.3-distance) and the Hy-Vee Triathlon in Des Moines, Iowa--which also happens to be the final Olympic qualifier for the 2008 U.S. triathlon team.


Other races will be opening registration right after the New Year. This includes the Superfrog Triathlon (70.3-distance), the 5430 Sports triathlon race series and the World Famous Mud Run, part of the Camp Pendleton (California) Hard Corps Race Series. On January 3, registration for  opens to USA Triathlon members, with non-member registration opening the next day.


Now is the perfect time to find out the registration details of your favorite race and add it to this list. Runners, cyclists, adventure racers, swimmers and anyone who wants others to be a part of an awesome event can add it to the comments section below.


What's going to be your motivation to train in 2008?

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Hey everyone, Trish and Toby here. This month we've created a guide to our best seasonal articles to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout the holidays. No matter what your active passion may be, we've got you covered.



With holiday feasts right around the corner and weather that can diminish our motivation to train, it is not uncommon to pack on a few extra pounds this time of year. Active Expert Charles Stuart Platkin’s article, The Diet Detective: Fall Into Healthy Eating Habits, offers valuable tips for maintaining fitness without a compromise in performance at winter races and ensures a return to peak form in the spring.



Have you ever heard the saying, “athletes are made in the off season”? Now's the time to target your weaknesses and build proper technique and habits to lead into a successful racing season. Check out Boost Your Endurance in 7 Simple Steps and get the most from your off-season training.



Basketball season is upon us and it’s time for fundamental workouts with and without the basketball. Mississippi State basketball coach, Sharon Fanning, shares a 45-minute Workout that will developing confidence, coordination, strength, timing, and stamina on the hardwood.



Indoor Climbing Gyms Offer Year-round Fun Fitness and a nice break from the treadmill and stationary bike routine. Don’t let the winter elements take you off belay—utilize indoor climbing gyms to build stamina and confidence in a controlled environment. When the weather warms enough to head outdoors, you’ll be in peak condition.


Activities of Interest:

Check out Sacramento Winter Softball Camp  by Olympic gold medalists Tairia Flowers and Natasha Watleyto hone your softball skills at the plate and in the field. Focus will be on increasing offensive power, slapping techniques, defensive fundamentals and pitching development. This camp will also feature practice-structure tips and drills along with valuable college recruiting advice from the pros.


Take advantage of The Classic Y-100, one of the last century rides of the year on November 25 in Ormond Beach, Florida. Crank out 100 in this inaugural ride that promises a beautiful route leading north along the Intracoastal waterway through parks and along the Atlantic coast. This event features a great safe route for beginners as well as 65- and 35-mile routes.


Folks in Southern California have already begun to register for the 2008 Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon on January 20. This was Toby’s first half marathon back in 2006 and he recommends it for runners of all abilities because of the fast course and beautiful ocean view.


See your training bear fruit at the oldest Ironman-distance triathlon held in the continental United States. Check out one of five 2008 Vineman events: Ironman 70.3, full Vineman, sprint tri at sundown, women's half or Aquabike during this weekend-long triathlon celebration.

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One Year Out

Posted by ManintheArena Aug 8, 2007

Today, August 8th, begins the one-year countdown to the 2008 Olympics Games in Beijing, China. Spending more money than any other host city ever, Beijing's venues are nearly ready for competition, with several staging test events in the next six months. To say that China is excited to show itself off to the world would be an understatement.


Fans of the Olympics should also be excited to learn that NBC will broadcast over 3,600 hours of coverage. The majority of it will be available via live streaming video online, a first for American viewers. This amount of coverage is more than the total of all previous Summer Games combined. Prime-time coverage will feature live swimming, gymnastics and beach volleyball.


Check out for a pretty inspirational video of Olympic highlights.

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My teammates and I competed in the Solana Beach Triathlon on Sunday morning. Our team,, won the mixed relay division and posted the best relay time overall. Swimmer, Carrie Smith handled the ¼-mile in 6 minutes, 59 seconds; our cyclist, Airey Baringer, biked the nine miles in 24:45; and I ran the 5K in 18:43 for a total team time of 50:27. Our performance ranked 15th place overall on the day.


Our team is satisfied with the outcome of the race and we’ve already begun planning our next event. I think we were most excited for the opportunity to compete as a team because we’ve each become used to training and competing on an individual basis. The camaraderie of the team environment proved motivational and I recommend this experience for anyone looking to get involved in the sport of triathlon or to gain valuable race-pace experience in any of the individual disciplines.


Individually, I set a PR because it was actually my first 5K distance. I felt extremely powerful throughout the 3.1 miles, and I’ve recovered well already. It’s interesting to note that on Sunday I raced at a six-minutes-per mile pace and on August 11 I will be attempting the Mount Disappointment 50-mile ultra marathon, which demands a conservative pace of approximately 10-minute miles of mixed running and fast hiking.


Here is a video I made of the event using the video editing technology, Jumpcut, which is a new feature of

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[]Kate Ziegler of Fairfax, Virginia, shattered a 19-year-old world swimming record on Sunday, June 17 at the TYR Meet of Champions in Mission Viejo, California. Ziegler powered her way through the 1,500-meter freestyle event in 15 minutes, 42.54 seconds which was nine and a half seconds faster than Janet Evans’ record-setting 1988 performance. For more information on Ziegler and her impressive swimming career, click here.



(Photo courtesy of Gettyimages / photographer Francois-Xavier Marit)




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Open-Water Swimming

Posted by Active Toby Jun 13, 2007


To care for the tendinitis that developed in my Achilles tendon while training for a marathon, my sports medicine physician set me up with a treatment plan consisting of prescription anti-inflammatory medication, stretching and strengthening exercises. It is advised that an acute tendon injury can be cured within six weeks while chronic conditions take up to 8 to 10 months to heal.



With conservative treatment and non-impact cross-training, I hope to build upon the cardiovascular base that I developed while marathon training. This will allow my Achilles to repair while preparing for my first triathlon.



With that said I’ve decided that the Bulldog 50K Ultra Run will be too much too soon so I scratched it from the list and now have my sights set on the 5th Annual Lake Arrowhead Triathlon on August 18. This sprint-distance race stood out because it represents a S.M.A.R.T goal at this stage in my rehabilitation process.



[S.M.A.R.T goal|]Next week, I’ll be training in the ocean with an open-water swim. I grew up a fresh water swimmer and gym-pool swimmer, so I lack an abundance of experience with the intricacies of open-water swimming. After reading Rachel Cosgrove’s article, Survive the surf: Entrances and exits in open water swims, I realized that swimming in the ocean is more hazardous than swimming in a pool. I feel confident in pursuit of my latest endeavor after gaining a better understanding of the imminent risks. Since Cosgrove is a USAT Level 1 certified triathlon coach, her explanation of basic techniques are helpful for both training swims as well as race situations.



Safety first, fun a close second.



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The 15-year-old paralympic swimmer, Jessica Long, is the first paralympic athlete to win the AAU James E. Sullivan Award. This prestigious award has been presented annually since 1930 and recognizes the best amateur athlete in the United States. Long, who produced 18 world record-breaking performances in 2006, was selected from a field of 15 finalists, including swimming superstar Michael Phelps, Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn, speedskater Apolo Ohno and figure skater Sasha Cohen.


Long was born in Siberia and adopted from a Russian orphanage at the age of 13 months by an American couple. Due to deformities, her legs were amputated below the knee when she was 18 months old. Long enjoyed many different sports during her childhood with prostheses, but found swimming to be her strength.


Since hitting the water, Long has set and re-set a multitude of paralympic swimming records. In addition to establishing herself as a role model and mentor for kids with physical disabilities, her recent Sullivan Award win reaches a great milestone for paralympic swimming and paralympic sports.




Click here, for more information about Jessica Long and her accomplishments.

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During a visit to Beijing earlier this month, swimmers Michael Phelps and Katie Hoff caught an early glimpse of the National Aquatics Center. Also referred to as the Water Cube, the futuristic square building -- which will host swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming -- looks like it's covered in bubble wrap.


"It's definitely pretty cool," Phelps told reporters. The structure is located in the Olympic Green, adjacent to the National Stadium, and is one of the centerpieces of Beijing's Olympic venues for the 2008 Games.


"I think it's going to paint a picture for Katie and me in our minds, to really help us prepare for next year and get us more and more excited," Phelps said.


Scheduled for completion in October of this year, the Water Cube's exterior is made up of membrane structures which comprise over 3,000 pneumatic cushions. Low-pressure air is inflated into the cushions to resist wind and provide insulation.


For the Olympics, temporary seating will allow a capacity of 11,000. Permanent seats number 6,000. In comparison, the largest indoor pool in the U.S., the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind., can hold 4,700 spectators. It will host this year's U.S.A. Swimming National Championships.


For more on Michael Phelps, visit here. And be sure to check out how Beijing is working toward staging an[ environmentally-friendly Olympics|].

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Preseason check-up

Posted by Active Toby Apr 23, 2007

Spring is here and athletes are emerging from confines of the gym much like spring flowers from the darkness of winter. Soon, scores of brightly colored spandex outfits will sprout along the streets as the sun washes away pale memories of treadmill and bike-trainer workouts. As exciting as it is to trade the smell of chlorine for the freshness of open-water swims, this transition is known for leaving overly eager athletes high and dry. It is important that we respect the vulnerability of our bodies during this adjustment period. Conduct your own Preseason Check-up and be sure to keep yourself on track toward your fitness goals.

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The 2007 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships came to an end this past Saturday in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The title was secured by Auburn, who finished with 566 points which was 169 points ahead of second place Stanford. Auburn coach David Marsh was awarded NCAA Coach of the Year and secured his 12th national championship tying the record with the most swimming and diving titles ever won by a NCAA head coach.


This model of leadership greatly contrasts second place finisher Stanford and the leadership role of their head coach, Skip Kenny, who was suspended for erasing the records of 5 of his swimmers who graduated 2006. Kenny was suspended with pay by the university for his actions <[click here for full story|]> and did not attend the 2007 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. In Kenny's absence, 2 new school records were recorded amongst the four second-place finishes.

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As per Part I, "Slovenia-born Martin Strel is an ultra marathon swimmer who has successfully completed expedition-length swims of the Danube River, Mississippi River, Paraná River, and the Yangtze River. The Guinness record holder has dedicated his current feat, swimming the entire 3,375-mile-long Amazon River, ?to the preservation of the rainforest, to raising awareness for Alzheimer´s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders, and to promoting telemedicine as a valuable tool in bringing modern medicine to remote areas." Click here to read part I of II


Martin Strel completed his historic Amazon River swim on Sunday. The unofficial Guinness Book of World Records totals are 3,274 Miles in 66 days. According to Strel's web site, he averaged 30,000 strokes per day during his unprecedented adventure. Strel was completely emaciated following his finish at the Atlantic Ocean in Belém, Brazil, and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. Initially, paramedics struggled to stabilize the swimmer suffering high blood pressure, dizziness, vertigo, diarrhea, nausea and delirium. Strel is currently in stable condition under the care of his personal doctors in a local hotel where he will remain until he begins to recover from his world-record performance.

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A question of timing

Posted by Active Toby Apr 5, 2007

By Jesse Hammond


On the heels of an incredible World Championships in Melbourne, the swimming world was suddenly rocked last week when the French newspaper L'Equipe reported that retired Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe showed high levels of two performance-enhancing substances in a drug test in May 2006.


Thorpe, who retired last November at the age of 24, denies ever cheating. He will not face losing his records (except, perhaps, to Michael Phelps) or medals, because he did not fail the test, according to swimming and doping officials. The substances, testosterone and luteinizing hormone, are both naturally occurring in a male's body, but high levels can have steroid-like effects.


In fact, the biggest controversy surrounding the report has been the actual leak itself. FINA, swimming's world governing body, plans to investigate how the confidential information reached a French newspaper. The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) performed the test and maintains they aren't the source of the leak.


The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has called the report a "serious breach of confidentiality." WADA is not yet involved in the case because it "has not led to an analytical positive result, but is rather an unusual situation which is subject to further inquiry," it said in a statement.

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