Diane Van Deren’s Record-Setting MST Run

first_imgDiane Van Deren is no stranger to adversity.  Following a long professional tennis career, Van Deren developed epilepsy. After 10 years of battling seizures, trying every medication available, and with her family hanging in the balance, brain surgery was the only option.Fortunately, Van Deren’s surgery was successful, and while she was happy to be free of her ailment, the operation did have side effects. She now has some short-term memory loss, difficulty reading maps, and sometimes cannot recall how long she has been engaged in a particular activity. She uses a system of notecards and other reminders to navigate her way through her life.In spite of these limitations, Van Deren has continued to flouirsh athletically. She is now a professional athlete sponsored by The North Face, and she has competed in ultrarunning events and expeditions around the world. She has run on the Great Wall of China, completed the Hardrock 100 endurance race in Colorado, and trudged through -40 degree temperatures in the brutal Yukon Ultra 300. She has embraced her new life and realizes that she is now capable of getting into the zone more easily than ever before.Van Deren recently set a new record on the 1,000-mile Mountains to Sea Trail in North Carolina, arriving beside the Atlantic Ocean in a time of 22 days, 3 hours, and 50 minutes. That’s over 45 miles per day.Her record-setting run was not without obstacles. Here is a look inside her mind during a few of the most dramatic moments:“We are in a war zone, and everything is threatening to rip out of the sand and fly away. There is nothing to do but keep placing one foot in front of the other.“The downpour is driving sideways and blurring the light of my headlamp.“The winds are fierce, the conditions are brutal, but they seem par for the course for this expedition. Nothing has come easily for us. Only 30 minutes after leaving the Clingmans Dome trailhead, I got lost. Dense fog and rain pressed down on me for the first six days, and I literally didn’t look up for that entire time. I have run all over the planet, but that was the most technical running I have ever done. One slip on the roots or mud, one twist of my ankle, and the trip would have been over.“So I didn’t slip.“Now I have traveled over 900 miles across the state, and I am closing in on the terminus of the trail in the Outer Banks. But I am being battered by the remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl.“Today I have 45 miles to go and eight hours to do it in, my crew tells me. I have to catch a ferry at the end of the day, or my record-setting attempt will be over. The team has become like a Nascar pit crew: I run into a stop, they sit me down and fly into action. Duct tape is put on my feet, food is shoved into my mouth, shoes are changed, and BOOM, I’m off again!“My body feels empty. I’ve been operating on less than three hours of sleep for 19 nights in a row, and the wind gusts are knocking me to the ground more and more regularly. We haven’t spoken for hours, but Chuck keeps nervously glancing at his watch. He tries to feign optimism, but I can tell that things aren’t looking good for us.“Suddenly, I hear a savage and malicious sound coming from the darkness to our right. ‘What is that?’ I yell to Chuck. He assures me that it’s an airplane and nothing to worry about, yet he continually looks over his shoulder as we run. I keep slogging in the darkness as the roar fades away. I am happy to have him with me in the midst of this chaos.“Finally, a cluster of lights come into view, and we are back on pavement again. With twenty minutes to spare, we run into the ferry terminal where the whole team is waiting. Chuck and I collapse, elated to be under shelter and with friends. One person chimes in: ‘Did you guys see the tornado that just touched down? It was less than a mile from the trail!’ Chuck smiles knowingly, but I am stunned. ‘Whose idea was this anyway?’ I yell. The ferry begins pounding into the waves and the wind, but my exhaustion makes it feel distant, and I slip into a much-needed sleep.“Two mornings later, we are still running, chipping away at the final 82 miles to the finish. It took me a long time to stand up today. The past few mornings I have needed to crawl for a while before I could put any weight on my feet. They are in rough shape, and may need significant medical attention when I get home. As I plod through the sand, all of the faces of the people that I have met over the past 22 days flash through my mind. They represent the beauty of running—a loving, caring community that is brought together by one collective passion. I think about Annette Bednosky, an ultrarunner who I usually compete against. She gave up her own time to come out and support me in my journey. I know that all of these people will be friends for life.“Throughout the expedition, I have refused to allow myself to think of the end. Finally, after 1,000 miles of trail, I see one final sand dune come into sight. On top of that dune is a group of people cheering and yelling my name. Tears of joy overwhelm me.” •last_img read more

NHL rumors 2019-20: Will Detroit Red Wings, Ottawa Senators be early sellers?

first_img (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e1/69/pierre-dorion-ottawa-senators-122419-getty-ftrjpeg_1x1bcojwzzycl11wbb35fr82tr.jpg?t=987536031&w=500&quality=80 Los Angeles KingsThe Kings’ Stanley Cup glory years are well behind them. Attempts at quick fixes, such as the 2018 signing of aging winger Ilya Kovalchuk, ended in failure. Last week, they and Kovalchuk mutually agreed to terminate his contract.With the Kings in need of a long-overdue rebuild, free agents such as Tyler Toffoli, Trevor Lewis and Kyle Clifford could soon hit the trade block. Rival clubs could come calling about defenseman Alec Martinez once he returns from injury. Signed through next season with an annual average value of $4 million, he’ll draw interest from teams seeking blueline depth beyond this season. Detroit Red WingsMired at the bottom of the standings, the once-mighty Red Wings have more rebuilding ahead of them. First-year general manager Steve Yzerman made a couple of early-season additions by acquiring Robby Fabbri from St. Louis and Brendan Perlini from Chicago. Given his club’s ongoing difficulties, he could be motivated to get an early start shedding players who no longer fit into his plans.Unrestricted free agents like defensemen Mike Green and Trevor Daley are obvious trade candidates. Center Andreas Athanasiou could be another; he’s a restricted free agent with arbitration rights whose production is well down from last season’s career-best 30-goal performance.From Raptors in 6 to The Golden Goal: The top 10 Canadian sports moments of the decade (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/7a/52/mike-green-detroit-red-wings-122419-getty-ftrjpeg_rjx0o6zyjsys1vc3ecsdpxniv.jpg?t=987013527&w=500&quality=80 New Jersey DevilsHaving traded former Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall last week to the Arizona Coyotes, Devils GM Ray Shero might not be done dealing. While he’s dismissed the notion that the Hall trade signaled the start of another rebuild, he could shop one or two pending UFAs before the trade deadline.Defensemen Sami Vatanen and Andy Greene, along with winger Wayne Simmonds, fall into that category. There’s also talk winger Miles Wood could be available. He’s signed through 2020-21 with an affordable $2.75-million annual salary-cap hit. Chicago BlackhawksAnother former champion fallen on tough times, the Blackhawks’ efforts at rebuilding are hampered by having too many veterans carrying expensive, almost untradeable contracts. GM Stan Bowman could be forced to peddle a couple of pending free agents.Defenseman Erik Gustafsson isn’t expected to be re-signed and regularly pops up in this season’s rumor mill.  Bowman will have to choose between re-signing long-time starting goalie Corey Crawford or 2019 Vezina Trophy finalist Robin Lehner. One of them could be shopped in the coming weeks. All-Decade Teams: Calgary Flames | Edmonton Oilers | Montreal Canadiens | Ottawa Senators | Toronto Maple Leafs | Vancouver Canucks | Winnipeg Jetscenter_img Ottawa SenatorsThe rebuilding Senators are more competitive than expected this season. They’re getting good results from talented youngsters including Thomas Chabot and Brady Tkachuk and reclamation projects like winger Anthony Duclair.While the Sens appear to have a bright future, they could be forced to shop some pending free agents. Topping the list is leading scorer Jean-Gabriel Pageau, whose speed and two-way skills make him an attractive trade target for playoff contenders. Center Vaclav Namestnikov and blueliners Dylan DeMelo and Mark Borowiecki could also draw interest. The NHL is under its annual holiday roster freeze until 12:01 a.m. ET on Dec. 28. With the Feb. 24 trade deadline only two months away, non-contending clubs will be targeted by playoff hopefuls attempting to bolster their rosters with rental players.Here’s a look at five clubs that could soon become early sellers in the trade market. Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/65/bc/alec-martinez-getty-112619-ftr_14p4ii0imoh791bhepyyy5hm8q.jpg?t=-1449269266&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/45/23/robin-lehner-120819-getty-ftr_1s1u9fq8kue0b12ywlfu7r4wlc.jpg?t=-390964474&w=500&quality=80 Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/32/cf/ray-shero-getty-120319-ftr_1ubzzwz2de4111iq9pm0mffhx2.jpg?t=-819823970&w=500&quality=80last_img read more

Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested for Misconduct, Grand Theft

first_imgOfficials say Silberberg claimed he had worked a regular shift and an overtime shift on the same day, when he only actually worked the overtime shift.The 16-month investigation also revealed the deputy said he worked a full day.However, records show he either did not leave his home, or worked part of his shift before returning home.Ultimately, investigators found 57 occasions on which Silberberg claimed to have worked the entire day, when records showed he had been at home for some or all of those shifts.BSO’s investigation found that over four months at the end of last year, Silberberg was overcompensated $15,540 for 368 regular hours and 16 overtime hours that he falsely claimed to have worked.He was arrested Thursday afternoon at BSO’s Public Safety Building.Silberberg has been suspended without pay. He had already been suspended with pay since February until Thursday’s arrest.He was hired by the sheriff’s office in 2006, when he initially worked as a detective in the robbery unit. Deputies with the Broward Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday they have arrested one of their own on charges of grand theft, official misconduct, and obtaining property under $20,000 by fraud.According to investigators with the BSO”s Public Corruption Unit, Det. Luis Silberberg falsified overtime forms seven times and lied more than 50 times about working a full shift when records showed he did not, thereby defrauding the sheriff’s office out of more than $15,000.last_img read more