Two-for-one in “Terrain”

Terrain, the region’s premier source for news and features about outdoor and endurance sports, is growing up. What started as a quarterly publication has expanded to six issues a year. Working with them has been an honor and a ball, so it’s kinda neat to see the publication grow.

My work is well-represented in the January-February 2017 issue. Included is a feature on RAAM, the Race Across America. It profiles local cyclists who
competed and Joe Ferguson, the owner of Revolution Cycles in Washington, Mo.,  who serves as host of a timing station. Each of them can scolleen3pin a ripping yarn about the beauty, mayhem and suffering of a cross-country bike race.

The second story is a Q&A with Colleen Quigley, aka @steeple_squigs, a graduate of Nerinx Hall High who finished eighth in the steeplechase in the Rio Olympics. She is many things to many people: model, little sister, coach’s daughter. Most importantly, she has become her own woman.

I hope you enjoy getting to know each of them.

Raising an Outdoor Enthusiast in “Terrain”

Brad Kovach, editor of Terrain magazine, gave me another plumb assignment: 1,500 words on raising an outdoor enthusiast, which you can read here. Met some great people from the Ozark Trail Association, Camp Ondessonk, Girls on the Run and Upper Limits.  Thanks for your time and patience.

The common thread in their advice: Share your love of endurance sports and the outdoors with your little ones, and have the good sense to know when to follow their lead. Their message calls to mind the lyrics of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

You who are on the road
Must have a code that you can live by
And so become yourself
Because the past is just a good-bye.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

In case you’re unfamiliar, take a listen.

Ten years of Musials in the books


Best night on the St. Louis sports calendar. Too many highlights: Arnold Palmer honoring Stan Musial, Stuart Scott’s daughters honoring Ernie Johnson, Brett Hull honoring the selfless gesture of a young Winnipeg Jets fan to a girl fighting cancer.

This stuff’s been celebrated for a decade here, and I covered the event annually for the Post-Dispatch. The event’s organizers, the St. Louis Sports Commission, asked me to write a reflection. It’s reprinted below. 

My fondest wish: The event gains the national and international audience it deserves.

The Musial Awards havi6XFq6lLe done a lot of growing up over the last 10 years or so, to the point that the trappings of this evening are hardly recognizable to those of the first edition in St. Louis, back in 2005.

The venue has changed: from the hotel previously known as the Renaissance Grand, to the Khorassan Room of the Chase, to the headquarters of Edward Jones, to the Peabody Opera House.

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