Byron earns redemption in Iowa for first XFINITY win

first_imgRELATED: Race results | Detailed breakdownNEWTON, Iowa — Last week, a blink-of-an-eye moment weighed heavily on William Byron.Saturday, the driver of the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet lifted his head and shouted out a pent-up yelp that formed the suitable soundtrack the rookie’s first career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory.“I feel it all kind of comes around in racing and last week we were so close,” said Byron, who finished a mere .012 seconds behind Joe Gibbs Racing veteran Denny Hamlin last Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. “You’ve got to have a little bit off luck to win every race that we win and I feel like we got one back for last week.”The final restart with 10 laps to go came just 11 laps after the previous one during which Byron pitted and capped off fuel while taking tires.Good fortune finally found Byron again, who never was seriously challenged down the stretch, but only had four or five laps of fuel left before his last pit stop helped set the stage for victory.“We definitely got a huge break the way the caution fell right there,” Byron’s crew chief, Dave Elenz, told FS1 pit reporters during a caution period with 15 laps to go.Byron made the most of it. He won last year at Iowa, but in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.“It’s awesome just to kind of come this far,” said Byron, who received a congratulatory call from Rick Hendrick after the win.The ninth caution of the night also benefitted some less familiar top-10 finishers, including Ryan Sieg, who ran second to notch his fourth career top-five finish in 117 series starts. Tyler Reddick took third.“It was fun racing with Tyler at the end,” Sieg said. “We had a little bit of a battle.”RELATED: Sieg finishes career-best secondChristopher Bell — in the second leg of his first double-duty weekend — started on the pole and remained on point the entire first stage, fending off an early challenge from teammate Kyle Benjamin, and a late charge from Sam Hornish, Jr., who made his first start in nine months.Hornish led 183 laps while winning last season at Iowa, but misfortune struck 19 laps into stage two as Bell made contact with his rear fender — an encounter that sent Hornish careening into the wall.RELATED: Sam Hornish Jr.’s day ends earlyIt also ended the veteran stock car and open-wheel racer’s first night back with Team Penske.“He came up pretty hard when he got loose and hit me,” said Hornish, who is slated to run a limited schedule this season. “Of course, we got the brunt of it. I’m disappointed. This is one of my favorite places to come to.”Points leader Elliott Sadler shares that sentiment — even though mostly bad luck plagued his night.He qualified fourth, but was sent to the rear after an unapproved pre-race adjustment was made on his car. No matter. He’d ascended to fifth by the end of the first stage and ended up eighth.Bell settled for 16th after he was collected in an incident involving Brennan Poole and Ryan Reed — the very caution that benefitted Byron and others.RELATED: Leader Bell taken out on final cautionBell led 152 laps to Byron’s 78, but as both drivers know, it’s the last lap that counts.Especially Byron, who vocally and visually celebrated this week after enduring quiet disappointment the last.“To get second last week kind of hurt, just because we were that close,” Byron said. “But I feel like it gave us extra motivation, and I feel like last year the beginning of the summer was when I kind of hit my stride and I think we won back-to-back, so to now have a second and a first feels really good.”— By Rob Gray, NASCAR Wire Servicelast_img read more

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Kahne breaks through for Brickyard 400 victory

first_img“Kasey did a heck of a job today and drove a hell of a race,” Keselowski said. “I’m happy for him. I thought we were in the right spot. You had seen the same thing all day when you’d get somebody on the outside, and in the corner you got real loose. Kahne status in the No. 5 car has been grist for the rumor mill this season. Asked Sunday morning about plans for the ride next year, team owner Rick Hendrick would say only “That’s another day,” during a press conference heralding Alex Bowman as the successor to Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. RELATED: Hendrick mum on Kahne’s status for 2018 That ended the event with Kahne in the lead, and when he took the checkered flag under yellow a lap and a half later, the driver of the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet had his first victory since an eleventh-hour win at Atlanta in August of 2014 that propelled him into NASCAR’s postseason.Kahne was breathless with exhaustion in Victory Lane, the result of withering heat inside the cars in a prolonged race that featured three red flags, one for rain and lightning and two for incidents. But the implications of the triumph weren’t lost on him. “The career is big, for sure—but the win and the history here,” Kahne said. “To win at this track is unreal. We used to always be really close. We lost to Jeff (Gordon) and we lost to Tony (Stewart); just some fast cars back then. “Today, strategy got us here. This Farmers Insurance Chevrolet was great once I got out front. I just had to get there. I’m exhausted. But, an unbelievable win. The team just kept working. We had great pit stops.” The pit stop that mattered most occurred on Lap 150, when Kahne came to pit road moments before a vicious wreck on the frontstretch eliminated the cars of Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch and Erik Jones, all of whom had been running in or near the top 10 throughout the afternoon.WATCH: Busch, Truex wreck for lead | Wild ride for Bowyer Asked post-race what the victory does for Kahne’s future, Hendrick replied, “It puts him in the (playoff).” With a phenomenal restart in the second overtime of Sunday’s Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400, Kahne cleared race leader Brad Keselowski through the first two corners and crossed the overtime line on the backstretch before NASCAR called the record 14th caution of the race. Kahne had fresh rubber and stayed on the track when the cars ahead of him came to pit road for tires on Lap 151. Suddenly at the front of the field, Kahne battled Keselowski on three successive restarts before the decisive second overtime. For the second overtime, Keselowski chose the outside lane, leaving Kahne on the bottom in a racing groove covered with Speedy Dry fluid absorption material. But Kahne pulled off a magnificent restart and powered into Turn 1 at full steam. Notes: The victory was the first for Kahne’s crew chief, Keith Rodden… Kahne visited the infield care center for treatment after Victory Lane ceremonies in which Kahne looked drained. … Jimmie Johnson, with his eye on a record-tying fifth Brickyard victory, spun in Turn 3 while battling Kahne and Keselowski for the lead on Lap 159, causing the caution that set up the overtimes that eventually took the race seven laps past its scheduled distance. But the uncertainty that surrounds Kahne’s status in the No. 5 did nothing to diminish his accomplishment at the vaunted Brickyard. “He drove in there and it just stuck. I don’t know. I may have had the wrong lane there or made the wrong call. I’m not sure. The car was on edge and then some.” “Well, the one before just didn’t work,” said Kahne, who picked the outside lane and lost the lead on the short-lived restart for the first overtime. “Everything went wrong. On the final one, everything went right. And once I got to Turn 1, I had good power and was able to clear him off (Turn) 1. I’m exhausted. And, it’s pretty crazy.” RELATED: Emotional victory for Kahne a long time in the making Keselowski, who was trying to give team owner Roger Penske a first Brickyard 400 victory, gave credit where credit was due. Keselowski had taken the lead during the first overtime restart, but a huge wreck on the frontstretch—triggered when Trevor Bayne turned sideways after a push from Michael McDowell as the cars approached the start/finish line—aborted the attempt. By the time Kahne took the checkered flag, the two fastest cars in the race had long since been eliminated—in the same wreck. Polesitter Kyle Busch, who led a race-high 87 laps, was racing side-by-side with Martin Truex Jr. after a restart on Lap 111 when Truex’s No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota got loose underneath Busch’s No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, causing a collision that crippled both cars. Ultimately, it was Kahne who seized the opportunity their exit presented. RELATED: Race results | Series standings | Detailed breakdownSHOP: Winner gear | VIP TicketsSPEEDWAY, Ind. — In semi-darkness, as the sun set behind the frontstretch grandstand at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Kasey Kahne did all he could to dispel the shadow overhanging his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season and his racing career.last_img read more

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Flying Debris Injures 10 at NYC Aircraft Show

first_imgNEW YORK – A U.S. Marine Corps aircraft’s powerful propellers whipped up a wind that sent branches hurling off a tree and into a crowd of about 150 people watching a Memorial Day demonstration in a park, leaving 10 people with cuts and other minor injuries, officials and a witness said. As the Osprey MV-22 aircraft landed at Staten Island’s Clove Lakes Park on Monday morning, the wind generated by its twin rotors stirred tree limbs, dirt from a nearby baseball field and other debris into a swirl that sent spectators scattering, witness Ann Hirsch said.“It was like a storm of sand and garbage and people running,” said Hirsch, 66, of Staten Island. “Branches just came down. They were all over the park. … It was really scary.”One tree lost all its branches on one side.The MV-22 is a Marine Corps version of the V-22, which combines airplane-like wings with rotors that let it take off and land vertically. It “stirs up a lot of wind, and that’s apparently what did it,” Marine Corps spokesman Lt. Josh Diddams said.Seven people were taken to a hospital and were released later Monday, Navy officials said in a release. Three other people refused medical attention for their injuries, firefighters said.The V-22, a joint venture of Boeing Co. and Textron Inc.’s Bell Helicopter, is designed to carry 24 combat troops and fly twice as fast as the Vietnam War-era assault helicopters it was to replace.The Osprey program was nearly scrapped after a history of mechanical failures and two test crashes that killed 23 Marines in 2000. But development continued, and the aircraft have been deployed to Iraq.While the General Accounting Office questioned the V-22’s performance in a report last year, the Marine Corps has called it effective.last_img read more

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Guy Wins $45K On Game Show With World’s Best Guess

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAll the Wheel of Fortune player knew was that the answer was a ‘thing’, it was three words of varying length and started with an “NE”.Incredibly, Emil, who the host Pat Sajak called a very good puzzle solver, pulled the answer out of nowhere.Sajak was so amazed, he became suspicious and playfully pretended to search him for hidden devices. (WATCH the video below from AOL) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Thanks to Andrew N. for submitting the link!last_img read more

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Alumnus gifts $35 million

first_imgAlumnus Richard Corbett has gifted $35 million to the University to endow the head football coach position and to fund the construction of a new building that will house the psychology and anthropology departments, as well as a new media center, according to a Notre Dame press release.Twenty-five million dollars of the gift will be put toward the new Corbett Family Hall, located on the east side of the renovated Notre Dame Stadium, while the remaining $10 million will endow the coaching position, the press release said.“For many generations of Notre Dame faculty and students to come, Corbett Family Hall will represent a full integration of teaching, research and advanced technology on our campus,” University president Fr. John Jenkins said.“Likewise, the endowment of the head football coaching position will underwrite salary, provide stability and resources for the long term and create funds for use within the department and across campus.“We are humbled by and tremendously grateful for these extraordinary gifts from Dick.”Construction of the new building will begin in November and will be completed in August 2017, the press release said. The digital media center will occupy the first floor of the building and will include a main studio with audio/visual control rooms, editing and mixing studios and classrooms, the press release said.The Department of Anthropology will reside on the second floor, consisting of classrooms, offices for faculty and staff and labs for teaching and research, the release said.The third through fifth floors of the new Hall will house the Department of Psychology and will include teaching and research labs, classrooms and departmental offices, according to the press release.The top three levels will have hospitality space for football games, including food and beverage service, a press box for media, premium seating and open-air terraces, the release said.“This remarkably generous gift will help the University continue its commitment to provide its students with the finest college experience,” Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick said.Irish head coach Brian Kelly will be the first Corbett Family Head Coach; the head football coach position is the third athletic coaching position to be endowed at Notre Dame, after women’s basketball and men’s lacrosse.“I’m honored and quite humbled to be a part of this incredible gift from Dick,” Kelly said. “He has offered the University of Notre Dame and its football program an incredible gesture that will help so many people on this campus.“His generosity, vision and unyielding support reinforce our University’s commitment to provide all of its students with a truly unique and exceptional college experience. “Corbett earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Notre Dame and was class president his senior year, and he went on to earn a master of business administration from Harvard, the press release said. Corbett worked on John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign, financial manager for the Kennedy family, business manager for Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign and in the White House, according to the press release.Corbett is now chief executive officer and president of Concorde Companies, a real estate investment firm in Tampa, Florida, the release said. He is also a supporter of the Notre Dame Sorin Society and MBA program.Tags: Brian Kelly, Corbett Family Hall, football, Richard Corbettlast_img read more

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Port Arthur man arrested on drug charges

first_img Port Arthur Police SWAT Team and members of the Port Arthur Police Narcotics and Guns Unit executed the search warrant at approximately 1:10 p.m. at a home in the 1600 block of 19th Street for the possible discovery of cocaine, according to a press release from PAPD.When inside they found the 26-year-old, whose name has not been released, reportedly converting powder cocaine into crack cocaine using a process of baking soda, water and a microwave. A search of the home produced about 24 grams of crack cocaine, an SKS style firearm and a .40 caliber handgun.Police said the man has ties to an active Port Arthur street gang but did not give the name of the gang. He was arrested and booked for possession of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony. Additional gun charges may follow. Next Up A 26-year-old Port Arthur man that police say has ties to an active gang was arrested on a drug charge after a search warrant was executed Friday.last_img read more

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Alé Bike Wear tries on U.S. Market with affordable, high end Italian kit

first_imgWith so many clothing brands already vying for floor space in shops across the U.S., the thought of yet another company might be hard to process. On the outside, Alé Bike wear looks like a lot of high end cycling kits. It boasts interesting design, clever use of technical fabrics, and some of the best  construction methods which come straight from Italy. Then what will set Alé apart from the rest of the crowd? The price.Don’t let the affordability fool you though, Alé Bike Wear looks just as good as some of their high priced competitors. And it should – there is a good chance they made those, too. Well, Alé Bike Wear’s parent company APG, that is. As the clothing equivalent of a bicycle component manufacturer introducing their own house brand of components, Alé is poised be quite competitive when it comes to selling you your next kit… At the top, PRR uses carbon stitching, fast drying carbon fabric, and their LG gripper system to create a kit that feels as good as it looks. The Krakatoa pattern in the photos above has a decidedly Italian flare, though there are a few other patterns that are slightly more subdued. Provided with a test kit including the Krakatoa kit, cycling vest, and arm and leg warmers (not pictured), I can attest to the fact that it really does feel like a much more expensive kit. Standard retail pricing on the PRR Krakatoa is $150 for the jersey, and $160 for the shorts plus $140 for the matching vest. After a few warmer Winter rides, the LG grippers and bib harness are the real standouts, though the chamois gets high marks for going unnoticed.Completely new for 2015 is an addition to the line called PRR 2.0. Modeled here by Alé Bike Wear President Pietro Caucchioli, PRR 2.0 was created to use dyed fabrics for a lighter weight construction. Because of the desire to make it lighter the jersey and shorts do not use carbon fabrics and instead use fabrics chosen for their breathability. The construction has changed as well with all seams now on the inside of the garment to reduce drag, and there are less of them. The sleeves have been designed with a rib knit elastic to keep them tight and aerodynamic. Pockets are positioned on a longer tail for easier access, and the jersey includes reflective piping to keep you visible.Similar changes have been made to the PRR 2.0 shorts with a woven crotch area for better breathability while staying durable. Like the PRR, the 2.0 bibs still use a Free System harness for comfortable support and a 4 hour chamois. The PRR 2.0 line will be available later this year.alebikewear.com Like most clothing brands it seems, Alé offers a production line as well as a full custom program. Spanning nearly their entire range, teams or anyone else looking for custom apparel can work with APG to produce their ideal kit like the DIVO bikes jersey above. Alé’s standard line includes the Plus, Ultra, and top of the line PRR or Pro Racing Reasearch. Across their entire line each piece of men’s clothing is also available in a woman’s cut. Available with 2 hour, 4 hour, and 8 hour (custom only) chamois, APG prides themselves on their construction of each garment and it shows.last_img read more

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Castleton Poll: Vermonters nervous about economy, want an Ethics Commission

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Castleton University’s Castleton Polling Institute released its “Vermont Issues Poll” today. As is generally the case, jobs and the economy are seen as the most important problem facing the state of Vermont. The recent Castleton Poll found one-third of all respondents citing the economy as the most important issue facing the state. This is the issue most on Vermonter’s minds. The Poll also asked questions about a possible Ethics Commission, legalizing marijuana, and school district consolidation.Figure 1 illustrates the range of responses to this open-ended question.Figure 1. Vermonters views on the most important issue facing their stateIncluded in the “other” category were a wide-range of responses that touched on concern for the state’s infrastructure, abortion, partisanship, and concern for the state’s senior citizens.  While in total they represent a large number of respondents (14 percent), no single issue within this group overall represents more than 2 percent of the total sample.The economy and taxes and spending were more likely to resonate with older respondents, while drugs and opiate addiction as an issue was more likely to resonate with younger Vermonters; Figure 2 illustrates these difference. The economy is seen as more salient as one’s level of education increased, and conversely, taxes and spending is seen as less salient as education levels rise. Figure 2. Importance of three major issue areas, by age Figure 4. Perception that there is a need for a state ethics commission, by party MarijuanaSupport for legalizing and regulating marijuana if Vermont for recreational use has remained steady since the last time that Castleton put the question to the general public. In February 2015, a Castleton Poll found a slim majority (54 percent) favored and 40 percent opposed legalizing marijuana; in the poll that just concluded September 14th, we found 56 percent favor legalization and 34 percent oppose. The percent without an opinion on the matter rose slightly from 6 percent to 10 percent, but this difference is not significant.  Overall, support remains level even as talk about taking the issue up in the next legislation session increases. Castleton will release more data on support and opposition to marijuana legalization in a later and more extensive report. Source: Castleton University www.castleton.edu/about-castleton/the-castleton-polling-institute(link is external) 9.23.2015center_img Act 46The Castleton Poll asked respondents, “The Vermont legislature passed and Governor Shumlin signed Act 46, a law designed to encourage and help local school districts partner together to create districts of at least 900 students. How familiar are you with Act 46?” Given the brief introduction to the question, 12 percent said that they were very familiar with Act 46, and 48 percent said they were somewhat familiar.  Forty percent of Vermonters are completely unfamiliar with Act 46. Regardless of familiarity with Act 46, a clear majority (59 percent) favor state actions to encourage consolidation of schools. There is no clear relationship between respondents’ familiarity with Act 46 and their support of state actions to consolidate schools.There is also little differences in support for school consolidation by political party affiliation or by one’s level of education; however, age appears related to ones views on the issue; 54 percent of those under 45 years old support consolidation, compared with 61 percent of those age 45 to 64, and 65 percent for those age 65 and older.Ethics commissionTo assess the degree to which support for creating a commission to address ethics in state government is linked to a perceived need for such a commission, the Castleton Poll randomly assigned respondents to receive one, and only one, of the following questions:Right now, Vermont state government is considering whether or not to establish an independent panel to investigate potential ethics violations where state officials are involved. Would you support or oppose the establishment of a state ethics commission in Vermont?- OR -Some have argued that as a small state, Vermont does not have the problems of other states, and therefore an independent ethics commission is not necessary and would only be a bother. Others have argued that Vermont needs an independent oversight body to address concerns about the ethical behavior of public officials. With whom do you most agree?The first question asks about support without concern for the degree to which respondents feel such a commission is necessary, while the latter question measures respondent’s sense of need for such a commission in Vermont.  This experiment was done because it possible that Vermonters would support an ethics commission even if they thought there was little need for one. There is both support for the establishment of an ethics commission (74 percent, n = 302) and a perceived need for such a commission (67 percent, n=315), both with large majorities.  Ironically, the perception of need is highest among Republicans, and the support for the establishment thereof is highest among Democrats.  These differences are illustrated in the following two figures.  It is possible that Republican perception of need for an ethics commission as well as their reluctance to support such a commission have the same root: trepidation about government and governmental solutions. The opposite may explain the Democratic higher support level and lower sense of need for the commission.Figure 3. Support and opposition to establishing a state ethics commission in Vermont, by partylast_img read more

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Giving cancer the cold shoulder at London Winter Run 2015

first_img Related Wimbledon might be in its second week, the Tour de France just around the corner and the school summer holidays shortly upon us – but Londoners are already being called upon to conquer the cold this winter. Getting outside to run is certainly easier when the sun is shining, but to keep the motivation through the winter is something not everyone can sustain; 26% of runners supposedly never run in the winter.The Cancer Research UK London Winter Run is challenging people to keep running through the winter by taking on a 10K run on 1 February 2015. 15,000 people are expected to fill the streets early next year, making their way past London’s most iconic landmarks where they will brave the elements to raise vital funds to help beat cancer sooner.The run, delivered in partnership with Cancer Research UK by Human Race – ‘the UK’s largest organiser of running, cycling, triathlon and swimming events’ – will see runners gather at ‘Base Camp’, which will be set up by the River Thames on London’s Embankment. From there they will set off along a stunning looped course featuring views of the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben, the Tower of London and many more of London’s iconic sites.Areas of snow, being dubbed Snow-Zones, are anticipated to feature on the winter themed route, but, as Human Race points out, ‘runners won’t let that stop them making it to the finish as they conquer the cold in aid of Cancer Research UK.’Clive Sanders, Head of Events at Cancer Research UK, said “We’re delighted to be launching this exhilarating running event for London and we hope thousands of participants will unite to help beat cancer sooner. By taking part in the Winter Run men and women of all ages can give cancer the cold shoulder and demonstrate that the fight to keep more families together for longer is year-round.”The timing of the Cancer Research UK London Winter Run is also well-timed to put those New Year’s resolutions into practice. For anyone aiming to get fit and healthy in 2015, the London Winter Run provides some inspiration to dig out the trainers and see the city in the best possible way ‘by foot, on safe closed roads with thousands of cheering supporters.’Human Race points out that the event also gives runners hoping to maintain their fitness throughout the winter something fun to aim for and is ‘an ideal distance to conquer as part of a spring marathon training plan.’Nick Rusling, CEO of Human Race, said “The London Winter Run is part of our vision to get thousands of runners to take on the challenge of running in stunning central London in the heart of winter. To achieve this vision we will work with our partners Cancer Research UK and London in order to inspire people to keep active all around the year.“We’ve organised many events in the winter before and they have a wonderful added sense of camaraderie and collective spirit which should make this event magical.”Runners can register their interest now to take advantage of the early-bird price of £34 for a limited time only. The entry price will rise to £39 on 16 July.www.londonwinterrun.co.ukwww.cancerresearchuk.orgwww.humanrace.co.uklast_img read more

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UnitedHealthcare on-board with IRONKIDS Racine Fun Run

first_imgUnitedHealthcare is teaming up with IRONKIDS for the first UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS Racine Fun Run, aimed at inspiring and motivating young people to lead active, positive and healthy lifestyles.The one-mile and quarter-mile UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS Racine Fun Run will take place on Saturday 18 July, at 08:00 local time at North Beach Park, Racine, Wisconsin.Onsite registration begins at 07:00, and each athlete will receive a race bib, t-shirt, goodie bag and finisher medal. The fun run course for ‘triathletes to be’ will take place along portions of the IRONMAN 70.3 Racine course, which begins the next day.UnitedHealthcare mascot Dr Health E Hound will lead youth and their parents in warm-up exercises and join the kids at the starting line to officially kick-off the fun run. The cost for registration and to participate is US$15 for kids ages 3 to 15.“The IRONKIDS fun runs give our community the opportunity to have fun together, and begin their day being active and healthy. Walking and running are exercises everyone can do to maintain a healthful lifestyle,” said Ginger Dzick, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Wisconsin Vice President.“UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to partner with IRONMAN to help children in our community live healthier lives.”This is the fourth year UnitedHealthcare is supporting IRONKIDS as part of the company’s commitment to help stem the rising tide of childhood obesity through healthy lifestyles. The UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS 2015 Series features nine one-mile fun-runs and a dip-and-dash.Obesity among children and adolescents in the United States has almost tripled since 1980, with nearly one in every three children being overweight or obese, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Children from low-income and low-education households are three-times more likely to suffer from obesity, which is a leading risk factor for diabetes, heart disease and many cancers, according to America’s Health Rankings, an annual comprehensive assessment of the nation’s health on a state-by-state basis. Wisconsin ranks 29th in the country with nearly 30% of adults and nearly 12% of youth estimated to be obese.“We are thrilled to have a partner in UnitedHealthcare to sponsor these youth events as part of our IRONMAN series,” said Carola Ross, Chief Sales Officer for IRONMAN. “The opportunity the IRONKIDS fun-runs offer young athletes is tremendous, as these races can be the catalyst for a lifetime of exercise and healthy living.”IronKids is owned by Ironman brand owner World Triathlon Corp (WTC). After being acquired from the Sara Lee Corporation, which owned the event series since 1985, IronKids relaunched in 2009 with nine events in the IRONKIDS National Triathlon Series. Since the inaugural year, IRONKIDS has seen more than 60,000 participants and has grown to over 40 events worldwide including races in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America.The brand represents a ‘multi-dimensional approach to creating positive experiences for athletes, families and communities as well as embodies achievement and determination while fostering self-esteem.’ The IRONKIDS mission is to inspire and motivate through the sport to live an active, positive and healthy lifestyle.www.ironkids.comwww.uhc.com Relatedlast_img read more

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