Dave Mackey Breaks Leg in Trail Fall

Dave Mackey underwent surgery to repair his left leg after falling from a ridge during a run.     Photo: Dave Mackey/Twitter

Dave Mackey Breaks Leg in Trail Fall

In stable condition after surgery

Trail ultrarunner Dave Mackey suffered severe leg injuries after a fall from a ridge near the summit of Bear Peak in Boulder, Colorado, on Saturday morning. He was evacuated by members of the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group and is recovering in stable condition.

Mackey, a three-time U.S. Ultrarunner of the Year and former Rim to Rim to Rim record holder, was coming down a route on the west side of Bear Peak when he stepped on a rock—one he had stepped on hundreds of times, he later told Competitor.com—and it gave way. He reached out for another rock as he was falling, but that gave way as well. After he fell 20 feet over stones and branches, a boulder weighing between 300 and 400 pounds landed on his leg, the tibia and fibula bones of which were already broken.

Mackey called for help. Other runners and hikers kept him warm, called 911, and levered the boulder off with a large stick, according to 9News. Fellow Boulder trail runner and climber Bill Wright helped stabilize Mackey before the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group arrived. “If there is a tougher, more badass dude than Dave Mackey, well, I don’t believe that,” he told Competitor. “His ability to stay calm, endure intense pain, and handle a horrific injury was inspiring, astounding, and had everyone involved shaking their heads.”

Over four and a half hours, Rocky Mountain Rescue volunteers were able to stabilize Mackey and belay him down to a wheeled litter. They then took him down a trail to a waiting ambulance. At the hospital, Mackey underwent surgery to repair his left leg. He now has a metal rod, plates, and screws in his leg and will need further operations to heal the soft tissue and clean the wound.

“If anyone can come back from this, it’s Dave,” Wright told Competitor, “and I’m sure he will, but I suspect that it is going to be a while before he’ll be once again beating us all at everything.”


Bank Robber’s Loot Found in National Forest

Bradley Steven Robinett buried dozens of firearms and other stolen goods in a heavily wooded area of Olympic National Forest.     Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Bank Robber’s Loot Found in National Forest

Man spent five years on the run

Law enforcement officers uncovered seven storage containers of stolen goods in Olympic National Forest on May 22, after convicted bank robber Bradley Steven Robinett revealed its location as part of a plea deal. 

The recovered items include dozens of firearms and stolen goods, according to a joint press release from the Seattle divisions of the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Robinett had buried them two feet beneath a clearly visible tarp in a heavily forested area.

According to the press release, Robinett spent five years on the lam after failing to report to a halfway house following his release from federal prison in September 2009. He stole equipment from the Seattle Police Department and evaded police in a stolen vehicle at least three times before his June 2014 arrest. Robinett pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Following Robinett’s arrest, investigators also discovered his underground bunker near Sammamish, Washington, and previously unearthed two other caches in Oregon. The FBI has asked the public to look out for similar caches.



The number of runners who finished marathons in 2014 increased more than 9,000 over 2013.     Photo: Sascha Kolmann/Flickr

Record Number of People Finished Marathons in 2014

Average times slowed

A record number of runners finished marathons last year, while average times for finishers slowed overall, according to Running USA’s 2014 Annual Marathon Report, released this month. 

Last year, 550,637 runners finished a 26.2-mile race, an increase of more than 9,000 people over the total from 2013. This continues 38 straight years of growth, with the exception of 2012, when Hurricane Sandy canceled the New York City Marathon.

Not surprisingly, average times slowed with the increase in participation. The averages of 4:19:27 for men and 4:44:19 for women were each up about three minutes from 2013. These times are each more than 40 minutes slower than the corresponding averages in 1980.

The 2014 NYC Marathon’s field of 50,386 was the largest ever for a marathon, according to Runner’s World. There were more than 1,200 marathons in 2014, compared to just 300 in the year 2000.


Dane Sets New Plank World Record

Tom Hoel held a plank position for four hours and 28 minutes.     Photo: IHRSA/Twitter

Dane Sets New Plank World Record

Goes for 4 hours, 28 minutes

Fifty-one-year-old Danish fitness instructor Tom Hoel reclaimed the Guinness World Record on Friday for the longest time in an abdominal plank position, according to the Local, a news source in Denmark. His time of 4 hours and 28 minutes was two minutes longer than the previous world record, set last September by Chinese police officer Mao Weidong.

An abdominal plank is a core-strengthening exercise that involves supporting the body’s full weight on the forearms, elbows, and toes. The exercise greatly strains the abdominals, shoulders, arms, and glutes. Even some professional athletes struggle to hold the position for more than a few minutes. 
Hoel spent nine months training for this latest record attempt. “I’ve had no alcohol the last four months, have eaten healthy foods, and focused a lot on getting enough sleep,” Hoel told the Local

Hoel set the new record at a cultural event in the Zealand town of Jægerpris. Hoel held the plank position on a table in front of spectators at the event. He beat his previous personal best by a full 80 minutes.

“I have never pushed myself that far,” Hoel said. “After mentally arguing with myself, I finally asked for the time at 3 hours and 41 minutes. I thought that I was still under three hours and was ready to quit, but when I realized that I had beat my former record and the goal was in sight, I mobilized every resource in my mind and body.”

Hoel said he wouldn’t be surprised if Weidong responds with another record attempt.