View full sizeRyan JonesRyan Jones, 33, runs the Leadville Trail Run, a 100 mile race in Colorado.The Leadville Trail Run has been coined the "Race Across the Sky" for its breathtaking beauty. After all, it traverses the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.Beauty, however, can only last for so long. Sometimes beauty is just a front for pain.Only four of 13 competitors from Pennsylvania completed the 30 hour cut off requirement during the 29th annual Leadville Trail Run, a 100 mile race in Colorado that began August 18 and finished a day later.In fact, of the over 900 competitors, roughly just 30 percent finished under its required finishing time including State College's John Fegyveresi, who was Pennsylvania's first finisher in 24 hours, 17 minutes and 30 seconds.The altitude certainly plays a crucial role for east coasters looking to conquer the reputable Rocky Mountain ascents."It is breathtaking," said Ryan Jones, Pennsylvania's second place finisher in 27 hours, 9 minutes and 1.94 seconds. "It's gorgeous. There are some sections where you're 2,000 feet above the tree line and you can see for miles. It was really gorgeous, but at the same time every step you take, it becomes harder to breath."At Leadville, elevation fluctuates from a baseline of 10,200 feet to an ascent at Hope Pass at 12,620 feet. And lucky enough for the brave competitors, it's traversed twice Leadville is an up and back course.The 33 year old Jones, who works in sales, competes for Team Type 1, a world class athletic program for athletes with diabetes. Team Type 1 is a global sports organization that houses a running team, cycling team and tri athlete team.Jones, a resident of Morrisville, Pa., joined Team Type 1 in 2008 after meeting with the organization's founder. Diagnosed with diabetes at the age of eight, he continued to excel in sports, and found a passion for running in college."Diabetes has given me more discipline in my life," he said.Jones has completed eight iron distance races, nine 100 mile races with a personal record of 17:36 and has taken first place in four ultramarathon races in the last four years. He is, like his finish indicated, a very successful distance runner.Last week's adventure across Leadville was his second attempt at the course. In 2009, Jones said, he covered the course in 29 hours, just 60 minutes away from the dreaded "DNF" title.This year, however, with more of an understanding of the course, Jones recorded a better time, pacing his miles in 16:17. The most difficult point, he said, was the climb from mile 76 to 80."We climbed from 10 to 12,000 feet and that climb took a toll," Jones said. "Every three or four steps I had to walk. At that point I had some doubts. But I had a couple guys pacing me, encouraging me and walking with me."After a first checkpoint of 13 miles, aid stations were scattered along the course every 10 miles. As a diabetic, that meant Jones had to be very careful measuring his blood glucose levels.View full sizeJones continues on during the Leadville Trail Run."The most important thing is discipline," Jones said. "A race like this, I had to carry insulin and blood glucose meters often. I would check, every hour and half to two hours to check my levels. It's keeping an eye on yourself and identifying whether your blood sugar is staying within normal limits." 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Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up and knows it has to be able to outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed and eaten. Every morning a lion wakes up and knows it must be able to outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve and die. It doesn't matter if you're a lion or a gazelle: When the sun comes up, you'd better be running. Welcome to our jungle, where today for a few precious hours we can slow down to decide where we go from here. The world outside is not waiting to welcome us. The economic climate is bad. The psychological climate is worse, and those are the conditions awaiting college graduates who aren't in prison. So what is the purpose of offering a college education to a prisoner? National statistics indicate that 60 of every 100 convicts return to prison within five years of release. Only five of every 100 who obtain a degree while incarcerated return to prison. One need not be a math wizard to compute the enormous savings to taxpayers, especially since the annual cost to keep us in prison is about $30,000. Budget problems of local, state and federal governments continue to worsen, and many people have questioned the wisdom of paying for a prisoner's college education. They suggest spending the money to hire more police, build more prisons and keep convicts inside longer. The recidivism statistics I just quoted are facts. The get tough solutions are fantasy. Nearly all prisoners one day will be released. Whom would society rather have released those 60 angry, uneducated convicts with low self esteem looking for new victims, or the 95 who held prison jobs while attending night college classes and, with hard work and self discipline, learned to control and modify the behavior that originally caused their incarceration? To do less meant losing their jobs, going on segregation and being denied the privilege of earning a college degree. A positive change was a byproduct of getting an education. When Frederick Douglass came to Baltimore as a slave to work for the Auld family, Mrs. Auld began teaching him to read. Mr. Auld commented that teaching Douglass to read would forever make him unfit to be a slave. I believe a college education will forever make us unfit as prisoners. It will prepare us to be free. . . Prior graduates will be extremely pleased to learn that beginning in June, a master's degree program will be offered. This bold step forward shows that our message was heard, so I won't beat a dead horse. But I will propose a wish list for future students. More research materials are desperately needed. At the very least, a current set of encyclopedias is needed. Funds must be provided to keep the library open seven days a week. The current four days will not suffice, certainly after the master's program begins. College graduates who are unable to transfer to other prisons could be hired to run the research department as a separate entity funded and stocked by Coppin State, BCCC, inmate welfare funds and private donations or fund raising projects of the Alumni Association. It can and should be done. Former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis said in ruling in a case before him, "It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears." I wish my speech could free my brothers from their bondage. It can't, but the degree you are receiving today just may. Air Jordan 6 Rings Black Varsity Royal,(AP) MIAMI Mike Redmond remembers how difficult it was to lose 100 games in a season, and how enjoyable it was to go from baseball laughingstock to its champion. He hoping the Miami Marlins can one day follow that path. The Marlins are 100 game losers for the second time in franchise history, reaching that most unwanted mark with a 2 1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night. The then Florida Marlins of 1998 lost 108 games, and Redmond was a rookie who played in 37 games for that team. "People forget about the 108 losses that I endured," said Redmond, the Marlins first year manager. "Nobody talked about that in 2003 when we won the World Series." These Marlins are a long way from baseball mountaintop, but Redmond insists that strides were made this season, even though the record won necessarily support that theory. Miami has baseball worst offense by just about any measure, and once again, it didn take much offense for the team in the other dugout to beat the Marlins. The Phillies got both their runs in the first inning, without as much as a run scoring hit. Darin Ruf drew a bases loaded walk, Kevin Frandsen followed with an RBI groundout and that was all the offense that the Phillies would need. The Phillies are now 6 47 this season when scoring two runs or less, and two of those wins are against the Marlins. "It more fun when we win," Phillies starter Zach Miner said. Michael Stutes (3 1) got the win by working a scoreless fifth inning in relief, and Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his 29th save in 36 chances. Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez (4 6) allowed five hits and struck out five in seven innings. Justin Ruggiano had two hits for Miami, one of them an RBI double where he was thrown out at third. It was the 44th time this season the Marlins (58 100) have scored less than two runs. They 2 42 in those games. "I don think we going to lose 100 games next year," Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich said. "No one thinks that way." Alvarez gave up a one out double to Jimmy Rollins in the first, then walked the next three batters _ Chase Utley, Domonic Brown and finally Ruf, the last two of those free passes coming on 3 2 pitches, and the one to Ruf allowing Rollins to score. Frandsen ground ball brought in Utley, and Alvarez got another grounder to escape without more trouble. The Marlins answered in the second with a run off Miner. Giancarlo Stanton singled to start the inning, and scored on Ruggiano double to left center. But the relay from Brown to Rollins to Freddy Galvis caught Ruggiano trying to get to third, and the potential for a bigger inning ended there. "That was big at the time," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "A runner would have been in scoring position, that came in handy. Jimmy got the throw right down there on the bag. Good alert play." Miner left after working four innings, giving up four hits and striking out three. He also got the second big league hit of his career after an odd sequence _ he fouled one off the backstop in the second inning and nearly hit teammate Cesar Hernandez, then lined the next pitch right up the box, narrowly missing Alvarez. "I wasn sure what to expect coming in as far as the players and how many games we would lose, whatever," Redmond said. "Obviously, nobody wants to be a part of that. I guess if there was anybody who was prepared for this season out here, it was me _ since I been through it." Those 98 Marlins finished 52 games back in the standings. Five years later, the franchise won its second World Series. "I was trying to come up with something clever to say, when you lose your 100th game of the season," Redmond said. "All I could come up with is, at least it was by one run." NOTES: Sandberg is now 19 18 as Philadelphia manager. . Phillies RHP Roy Halladay, who left Monday game with arm fatigue, was not experiencing any pain Tuesday. "Classic dead arm. It happens," Sandberg said. . LHP Cole Hamels (8 14, 3.62) makes his final start of the season for the Phillies on Wednesday against Miami LHP Brad Hand (1 1, 2.92). The Phillies haven had a pitcher lose 15 games since Mark Leiter in 1997. . Marlins RHP Kevin Slowey (right forearm discomfort) threw a bullpen session that was intended to serve as a confidence booster heading into the offseason. He hasn pitched in a game since July 25. . Cameron Rupp got his second start of the season at catcher for the Phillies.
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