78-year-old Ron Hill from Accrington, England, ran at least one mile every day for 52 years and 39 days, the longest running streak ever. The streak started Dec. 20, 1964 and came to an end last Sunday due to heart problems. Hill reported feeling pain in his chest 400 meters into a run, and after one mile, he thought he was going to die. Out of respect to his family, he decided to stop his streak and take a day of recovery.Ron Hill has run through many injuries and setbacks over the decades. In 1993 Hill broke his sternum in a car accident and managed to run the next day. In another instance Hill had bunion surgery and ran a mile in a cast with walking canes around his local track everyday for a week.Hill had a very successful running career in his younger days, competing in the 1964, 1968, and 1972 Olympics, a course record of 2:10:30 at the Boston Marathon in 1970, and he held world records in the 10 mile, 15 mile, and 25 kilometer road races. Outside of his running career, Hill created Ron Hill Sports, a brand that revolutionized fabrics in athletic clothing.The next longest streak after Hill is 66-year-old California runner John Sutherland, who has run every day since May of 1969—that’s 17,420 consecutive days.
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr You don’t have to be from Nashville to appreciate country music or its rich history—and you certainly don’t have to be from there to understand the impact of the Man in Black on music and American culture.Of the many things that I learned in studying the life of Johnny Cash, I want to share three that had an impact on me well beyond his music:1. Pursue your dream.When he was about four years old, he heard a song on a Victrola. Immediately, he knew that singing on the radio was his goal. Nothing could stop his determination to make that dream a reality. continue reading »
When is the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest?The annual event occupies its traditional July 4 spot on the calendar this year. The women’s competition will begin at 10:45 a.m. ET, with the men following at noon ET.How to watch the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating ContestThere’s no need to fear missing the contest. ESPN’s family of channels will air the event seven times in a 15-hour window. Live coverage of the women’s contest begins at 10:45 a.m. ET on ESPN3. Coverage of the men’s contest coverage follows on ESPN2 at noon ET. The men’s competition will also re-air on ESPN2 at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 1 a.m. ET., and at 7 p.m. and midnight ET on ESPNEWS. You can also stream the action online at WatchESPN.com and on the WatchESPN app.Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest winners Along with a fancy championship belt and a full stomach, winners of the contest also receive a $10,000 prize. The timing of the contest has varied over the years, with 10 minutes being the official duration since 2008.YearWinnerHot dogs eatenTime2018 men’sJoey Chestnut7410 mins.2018 women’sMiki Sudo372017 men’sJoey Chestnut7210 mins.2017 women’sMiki Sudo412016 men’sJoey Chestnut7010 mins.2016 women’sMiki Sudo38.52015 men’sMatt Stonie6210 mins.2015 women’sMiki Sudo382014 men’sJoey Chestnut6110 mins.2014 women’sMiki Sudo342013 men’sJoey Chestnut6910 mins.2013 women’sSonya Thomas36.752012 men’sJoey Chestnut6810 mins.2012 women’sSonya Thomas452011 men’sJoey Chestnut6210 mins.2011 women’sSonya Thomas402010Joey Chestnut5410 mins.2009Joey Chestnut6810 mins.2008Joey Chestnut5910 mins.2007Joey Chestnut6612 mins.2006Takeru Kobayashi53.7512 mins.2005Takeru Kobayashi4912 mins.2004Takeru Kobayashi53.512 mins.2003Takeru Kobayashi44.512 mins.2002Takeru Kobayashi50.512 mins.2001Takeru Kobayashi5012 mins2000Kazutoyo Arai2512 mins.1999Steve Keiner21.512 mins.1998Hirofumi Nakajima1912 mins.1997Hirofumi Nakajima24.512 mins. One of America’s greatest tradition returns on the Fourth of July as the 2019 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest returns to Coney Island. Joey Chesnut looks to defend his title after eating a record 74 hot dogs and buns in the 2018 competition. Chestnut already holds the most titles in the contest with 11, and he’ll look to make it 12 later today. Miki Sudo is back to defend her Pepto-Bismol-sponsored pink belt after eating 37 hot dogs and buns to win the women’s division, her fifth victory. Her personal best was set at the 2017 edition where she downed 41 hot dogs.Below is all the information you need on how to watch the 2019 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, including past winners.
An Army veteran who shot and wounded a doctor at a West Palm Beach VA Medical Center in Riviera Beach last year was sentenced Monday up to 25 years in a mental health facility.According to the FBI, 61-year-old Larry Ray Bon pulled out a small handgun and opened fire Feb. 27, 2019, inside the emergency room at the VA Medical Center, striking at least two people. One of those people was a doctor who suffered minor injuries.A judge accepted the plea deal for Larry Ray Bon during a sentencing hearing held via video conferencing. The judge said Bon “will be a very old man if he is ever released from custody.”According to testimony, Bon is currently in poor health. Bon could face up to 25 years in a treatment facility.When he is mentally able Bon will be brought back to court and sentenced between 12.5 and 25 years.
An 11-year-old girl in Broward County has died from complications of the coronavirus, according to state health department records and the county’s medical examiner.The medical examiner says Yansi Ayala, of Fort Lauderdale, died on Wednesday at Broward Health Medical Center.She had underlying conditions including cerebral palsy, epilepsy and asthma.The state’s database says her infection is not believed to be travel-related.Ayala is the youngest Broward resident to die from COVID-19.Health officials last week confirmed that an 11-year-old boy from Miami-Dade County had also died from the coronavirus, becoming the state’s youngest known fatality from the disease.
By Judy O’Gorman Alvarez PHILADELPHIA – Pope Francis was not expected until 4:45 Saturday afternoon, but that didn’t stop the thousands of fans and devotees to flock to Independence Mall, some as early as 6 a.m.The day proved kind, with fair skies, pleasant temperatures and even a mysterious rainbow that sneaked between the clouds – that had some people blessing themselves.The city of Philadelphia proved prepared to deal with the onslaught of people. With bridges closed to traffic, PATCO trains shuttled New Jerseyans and travelers from afar into and out of the city with organization.Security was tight with uniformed personnel – Philadelphia police officers, state troopers, U.S. Marshals, TSA agents, National Park Service officers – plus sunglass-clad, wired Secret Service agents, rooftop sharpshooters and bomb-sniffing dogs, milling about.Within the secured zone of Independence Mall, it was a city unto itself. Seemingly, it was one free of homelessness, bulky trashcans and even big-city rudeness. Instead, people seemed to be united in their papal excitement, where people shared essentials, chatted to strangers and a handful spontaneously burst into a rendition of “Amazing Grace” while waiting to clear security.“I just felt everyone we met was full of joy,” said Kathleen Kelleher Cangialosi of Middletown who left her home at 4:45 a.m. with three friends to attend the event. “And the pope’s message really resonated with everyone who was there. Everyone was on good behavior and happy to be there.”A group of Dominican Sisters visiting from Nashville,Tennessee, rode the PATCO train into Philadelphia.Photo: J. AlvarezKelleher says she found Pope Francis – his smile, his stamina and his statements – “amazing.” She said she has been glued to the TV listening to the pope’s message and watching activities throughout the week’s visit and hopes his message won’t be lost. “You try and maybe not judge people so harshly and look at people with a softer eye,” she said. “Sometimes we get caught up in our own lives and you don’t see the big picture. If we’re all a little bit kinder, then it’s a successful day.”“There’s nothing like the Pope,” said Connie Wild of North Carolina who was part of a group with disabilities. “I’m excited about being in the presence of Pope Francis and recognizing all that he has done for us. Especially because he has elected to recognize everyone – the immigrants, the disabled, the deaf, the poor, everybody. His message is so awesome: it’s all about love and family. So he really does encourage us, he gives us a lot of hope for the day.”A Jumbotron screen set up on the lawn of Independence Mall allowed viewers to watch some of the other pope-centered activities in Philadelphia, such as the morning Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul and the evening Festival of Families.When Pope Francis arrived he addressed the crowds, many of them with the Hispanic community and immigrants for the Meeting for Religious Freedom – using the same lectern that President Lincoln used to deliver his Gettysburg Address.In Spanish, the pontiff spoke about religious freedom, diversity and compassion and reminded immigrants to not be discouraged, hold onto their traditions and to be responsible citizens.Mother and daughter Donna and Mary Callahan from Medford, New Jersey, came to hear Pope Francis’ message. A senior at Fordham University, Mary said she considered herself and her family very spiritual and was especially inspired by Pope Francis and the Jesuit message, “It’s so exciting that he’s a Jesuit pope,” she said. “The message of love and the philosophy of service…It’s something I value and how I see the world.”Megan Mannix and Peter D’Antonio come from the Cherry Hill area of New Jersey and were waiting on line to see the Pope pass by in the Popemobile. “Most of our friends are leaving the city,” said D’Antonio, “and we were coming in.”The young couple, who have been together since high school, will marry at the end of November, holding a reception across the street from Independence Mall.“This is exciting because the church isn’t always as welcoming as we want it to be,” said Mannix, a 4th grade teacher at a Camden Catholic school. And “that’s part of the excitement.”She says her students have had fun talking about the pope’s visit. “They don’t understand the magnitude of his visit,” she said. “But they will.”Suzanne Shur of Middletown described the day as heart-warming. “It was the overall feeling of everybody coming together, and the camaraderie and the peaceful feeling that the pope just gives people.“I felt like his message was one of not judging other people and not holding people to some standard that doesn’t really apply to them. It’s not just about religion or being Catholic – or even having to go to church every Sunday – it’s more about taking care of the earth and all living things. That’s really what I was taking out of it.”For Rosemary Rauh from Lincroft, part of a group that secured their event tickets through the Diocese of Trenton, said it struck her that she understood the oft-quoted description of Francis as a Pope of the People. “I realized the day really was all about people,” she said. “We spoke to so many people – whether they were cops, a bishop from Uruguay, a group from Puerto Rico, a family from Florida, a group of nuns from Nashville, and a couple from New Jersey. When thinking about it, people all over the world were here just to see this one man.”Although Rauh said she wished she could’ve gotten a closer view of the pontiff, and found following the subtitles of his speech, which was in Spanish, intended for the Hispanic community a little hard to follow, she was especially thrilled to join Pope Francis as he led the group in the Lord’s Prayer – in English. “I was praying with the Pope,” she said. “How wonderful it is to be part of this!”