Interviews Category


Posted On December 1, 2014By Coach PhelanIn Interviews

A Swimming Leif

You might find Leif (pronounced “LEAF”) at the pool with a near perfect swim stroke propelling himself through the water at incredible speeds or you might find him at White Rock Lake running loops on a Saturday morning washed in sunshine. His grin carries him through his day. His home sport is swimming, but he’s athletically gifted in other areas as well. His long, flat torso adds in generating power for various strokes. But it also comes from his shoulders and long hands that add to that momentum, giving LeifRead More

Posted On May 1, 2014By Coach PhelanIn Interviews

Shamalee Haliman

He is like a shaman. He runs purposefully and quietly, usually alone, though he has many friends who pass him at White Rock Lake, and either wave or say hello. Trudging in quiet solitude he continues, at peace with the world. You almost expect him to sit right there on the trail and begin an “OOMM” chant. But he doesn’t. He runs on as part of his approximately 30 miles per week. “I am a morning person. I start out before daylight and look forward to sunrise and the beginningRead More

Posted On April 1, 2014By Coach PhelanIn Interviews

Running with a Heart of Cole

“The hardest part of running is getting out the door.” So says NANCY COLE. “The hardest part of any race is the first mile. Running is just something I have to do.  I can’t not do it, no matter how slow I am.” It’s a beautiful morning at White Rock Lake this July 8th morning, and Nancy is in a good mood. Not that that’s unusual. But to be photographed at 6:30 a.m. as the sun is rising can be challenging for some people. “I am so flattered that youRead More

Posted On March 2, 2014By Coach PhelanIn Interviews

Alma (DAREnSburg)

There are few people in the world who are identified by their first name only. The person usually has a talent that allows him or her to own that name. Adele, Beck, Bono, Cher, Iman, Enya, Kesha, Liberace, Madonna, Oprah, Prince, Sting, and Twiggy come to mind. Alma, as in ALMA DARENSBURG, is another. She stands out in many ways. One, in which she’s very comfortable talking about, is that she’s African American. That makes her very rare, indeed, competing at a very high level (has represented the U.S.) inRead More

Posted On March 1, 2014By Coach PhelanIn Interviews

Tribendis Tremendous

What a genuinely nice guy Ron Tribendis is. Really. To meet him is not imposing at all. He’s of normal height, good looks, not a boisterous talker, and doesn’t throw his athletic accomplishments into a conversation as if he were dumping food on someone else’s fine carpet. No, it’s only after you meet him and find out all that he’s done that you are impressed, wondering if you should be sharing this guy’s air. How’s it possible this Clark Kent looking guy has completed 16 Ironman triathlons and has PR’sRead More

Posted On February 1, 2014By Coach PhelanIn Interviews

The DFW Tri Club

“We’ve accomplished more together and impacted more lives than we ever could have done on our own. That’s what it’s all about.”  – Bertrand The story of DFW Tri Club is really three fold. There’s DAVID BERTRAND, FREDDY VACA, TREY YOST, and MIKE SEXTON. It’s really a triathlon group of the people, made simple. It’s four guys coming together with their specialties, allowing all to succeed, doing what’s best for the athletes. Simple. DFW TRI Club, according to David Bertrand, was created to help make it easier to become aRead More

Posted On November 1, 2009By Coach PhelanIn Interviews

Kurt Cimino: A Tale Of Two People

This is really a story about two people: one before January 2008, and one after. Believe it not, KURT CIMINO (pronounced SIM-in-o), is the same person in both photos, before and after. Kurt did his first run ever on September 6, 2008, at the DRC five mile Breakfast Bash, directed by FRANCES and SCOTT MCKISSICK. DAVE MATLACK won that race in a time of 27:44 (a 5:28 average pace per mile). But, way down the list was Kurt, finishing in 44:27 (an 8:53 average pace per mile), 10th in theRead More

Posted On October 1, 2009By Coach PhelanIn Interviews

Stark ‘n Go!

KIM STARK is a great running name. Even her maiden name was cool: Kim Young. At 35 with a generous smile, she could easily pass for 10 years younger. One has to be reminded she’s been married for 12 years (to Robert Stark, MD) and has three children – Kaitlyn (10), Ethan (6) and Aidan (19 months). She says she follows no particular nutritional plan and likes running in the rain. Oh, forever young. To meet her in shorts and a t-shirt (She says she’s “not really” fashion conscious, “butRead More

Posted On September 1, 2009By Coach PhelanIn Interviews

Jackson’s Action

He’s known almost as much for his story-like race reports as for his triathlon prowess. The reports are usually many pages with a lot of details, but always with a CliffsNotes version at the beginning for those not patient enough to hunker down for a good read. I still have the first race report from him about the 2003 New York City Marathon, titled, “NO WALL!” GERALD JACKSON greets everyone as a long lost friend, especially the day we photographed him for this story, an openness expressed by his enthusiasticRead More

Posted On August 1, 2009By Coach PhelanIn Interviews

Justin Meaders

I was initially introduced to JUSTIN MEADERS through mutual friends, Lucy Silvas and Christine Williamson. It was at the 2008 DRC Half Marathon. I was injured and volunteering. “Neat guy,” I thought. But I meet a lot of good people at workouts and races. So I went on with my assigned job. It was later that I realized what a champion this guy is. Let’s face it: Justin wins a lot! He’s not just the fastest in Dallas, or in north Texas, but one of the fastest, if not theRead More