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October is one of my favorite months with the Exceeding Expectations kids.  As you all know, our top priority for the kids is, and always will be, education. That said, every October we participate in two athletic events that I feel are significant in laying the groundwork necessary for them to be successful in the academic world and in their adult lives.  The first of these events is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon, aptly called “The Best Day in Triathlon.” Here’s a brief overview from their website:  “In 1994, three friends started a triathlon fundraiser to help one man regain his independence after a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. From one came many, and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) took root in the belief that sports and an active lifestyle are a pathway to more in life. Since that fundraiser 25 years ago, CAF has been committed to breaking the financial barrier that individuals with physical challenges face to participate in sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.”  Participating alongside challenged athletes in a very tough race gives our kids an additional perspective on their own lives. The racers on the course with them face obstacles that they

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TEAM BOINGO: Cherie Gruenfeld Wins Another Ironman World Championship

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She’s done it again! Our resident butt-kicker and personal hero extraordinaire recently captured her 11th age group win at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawai’i. Continue reading

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Olympics Musings by Cherie

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I confess – I’m an Olympics junkie. I love everything about them. Whether we’re talking about a gold medal favorite or an athlete whose Olympic dream is simply to participate for his country, I believe the entire endeavor brings out the best in most everyone. Continue reading

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Age, Determination, and the Olympics: An Interview With Resident Butt Kicker, Cherie Gruenfeld

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This week, the world watched in wonder as 12-time Olympic medalist Dara Torres attempted to make her record sixth Olympic team at the jaw-dropping age of 45. While she just missed qualifying – finishing fourth with a time of 24.82 – her performance was nonetheless staggering. It got me thinking about our Resident Butt Kicker, Cherie Gruenfeld, who at the age of 68 continues to compete at the highest levels of Ironman competition. What, I wondered, is the secret to these athletes for whom age appears to be nothing more than a number? Here’s a snapshot of my conversation with Cherie. Continue reading