March 12, 2013
Iram Leon in Gusher Marathon 2013

Iram Leon in Gusher Marathon 2013     Photo: YouTube

Brain Cancer Patient Wins Marathon

Pushes daughter in stroller

Iram Leon, a 32-year-old Austin, Texas, resident with a tumor in his left temporal lobe, won the Gusher Marathon while pushing his daughter in a stroller. Doctors told Leon that, with treatments, they hope he can reach the age of 40.

"This is supposed to eat away at my memory in the end," Iram Leon told the Beaumont Enterprise. "But I hope this memory is one of the last things to go and one she never loses."

The marathon does not allow strollers, but Leon asked for an exception so that he could push his daughter in the race. He crossed the finish line with a time of 3:07:36, but he made sure to point out to others that his daughter crossed first.

"People shouldn't wait to live until they're told they're dying," Leon told the Beaumont Enterprise. "Go home and hug somebody and don't wait to be told you have a disease that's going to kill you. I ran my entire life and I was dumb enough to wait until I was told I was dying before I ran with my daughter."

For more on Leon, read "Brain Cancer Patient Wins Gusher Marathon" in the Beaumont Enterprise.


    Photo: Courtesy of Jed Porter and Ian McEleney

Palisade Traverse Gets First Winter Ascent

Guides climb it over five days

Climbing guides Ian McEleney and Jed Porter have made the first winter ascent of the Palisade Traverse, an eight-mile ridge route that is likely the longest technical climb in the contiguous United States. Porter and McEleney took five days to complete the route, which crosses six 14ers in California's Sierra Nevada, without using any pre-cached gear or food, finishing on March 2. In a blog post on Monday, Porter said that while he had come down from the climb "wrecked," four full days of rest followed by six of light activity had left him ready for more adventure. "Initially, true rest was crucial," he wrote. "However, couch time had its limits."

Via Climbing


    Photo: Steve Snodgrass/Flickr

Wrigley To Release Caffeinated Gum

Equal to half a cup of coffee

Let’s be honest, drinking liquid is pretty difficult. Enter: Wrigley’s new “Alert” gum, a chewable pellet containing 40 milligrams of caffeine that will be released next month.

One piece of “Alert,” as shown on the front of the pellet’s packaging, is equivalent to half a cup of coffee.

Marketplace reports that Wrigley's is looking to keep its head above the foundering gum market:

“The gum category has been in decline for a number of years,” says company spokeswoman Jennifer Jackson-Luth. “So Wrigley is really focused on restoring relevance, and getting people to think about functional, or what we call 'occasion-based' reasons, to chew gum.”

In the event that you come across the proper occasion to chew your caffeine, a pack of Alert will set you back $2.99.


    Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Iditarod Musher Withdraws After Dog Goes Missing

Former champ Mitch Seavey in the lead

Canadian musher Gerry Willomitzer was forced to withdraw from the Iditarod trail sled dog race in Alaska after losing one of his dogs. Willomitzer was about 25 miles from the race’s halfway point on Sunday when his dog came loose and ran off. After searching for 36 hours, he learned that the dog has been found and taken elsewhere. The rules of the Iditarod require that mushers arrive at checkpoints with as many dogs as they had leaving the previous checkpoint. When officials decided that Willomitzer did not have enough time to retrieve his missing dog, he was removed from the race. Former champion Mitch Seavey was in the lead as of Monday.

Via The Guardian