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Celebrating Jazzy Jordan, round-up and recap

As I noted in my brief post yesterday, it's wonderful to see Jasmine "Jazzy" Jordan looking as happy as she does in this photo, taken just after her 3,162-mile run's finish yesterday in Times Square. Jazzy's father, Lee, had this to say about his daughter's happiness: "She deserves to be that happy. It’s tremendous that she made this." Here here. As I've noted elsewhere, Jordan at 17 is the youngest woman to ever even attempt such a ...

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Congrats, Jazzy

Jasmine "Jazzy" Jordan's father, Lee, forwarded this pic my way, taken after her finish just a couple hours ago in Times Square. Doesn't she look happy? Yes, I'd say she does. For my story about her run, check out this month's cover story in Truckers News.

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Talking recession, recovery and history in Oklahoma City with Marvin Rush

Amid recent headlines trumpeting growing manufacturing activity, freight volumes and truck and trailer sales, it’s tempting to look at Rush Enterprises’ expansive new facility in Oklahoma City off I-40 at the Council Road exit as yet another sign of the growing consensus that the Great Recession is either over or nearing its close and the trucking industry is in full-bore recovery. But not so fast, says Rush Chairman W. Marvin Rush (pictured here with Oklahoma Congresswoman ...

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Close encounters on the Alaskan ‘Haul Road’

Carlile Transportation driver Jim "J.D." Dobbs sees "a lot of wildlife" on somewhat regular runs on the Dalton Highway in Alaska to and from the Prudhoe Bay oil fields. "Moose, caribou, things of that nature," he says. "Some are close calls – when you come over a hill on the way to Prudhoe Bay and a large herd of caribou may be crossing the road, for instance." But whoa, right? Dobbs describes the experience pictured here as "once in ...

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Finding Places

It is not easy to find safe places to exercise near truck stops.  Truckers News is trying to help. We are compiling a list of trails near truckstops. If you know of any please get a hold of Misty Bell (mbell@rrpub.com). She is the tech guru. You can email me, the tech idiot, marathon trucker@yahoo.com, or post it to the Truckin' Runners group on Facebook. I have always preferred playing to exercise. Escaping reality and losing ...

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SpongeBob Squarepants underwear OK in truckstop coffee line

If you know Mike "Mustang" Crawford, Overdrive's 2010 Driver of the Year, you probably hear from him from time to time with an epic, often quite hilarious story. Last time we checked in on the Prime-leased Missouri owner-operator here Crawford told of his rig's accidental involvement in the Miami MLK Day parade. Just yesterday, though, he called with another heck of a tale while I waited for an Omaha Orange-painted Bluebird bus (pictured) to ferry me to a demo at Schneider National's Driver Training Center in Green Bay, Wis., about ...

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Come walk for your health

The healthy truckers are at it again. The Trucking Solutions Group Driver Health Council, who put on the health walk in Louisville earlier this year will, along with HTAA and our Fit for the Road program, be hosting a 1.5-mile health awareness walk. All drivers are encouraged to attend, and registration is free. To participate, you must register at www.healthytruck.org. The walk will be held prior to show hours on Thursday, June 17. Participants should be lined ...

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Take charge and do something

I will never try to convince you that a marathon runner is healthier than a 5k runner. An elite marathon runner will be out on the course running hard for more than 2 hours. An elite 5k runner will be out there less than 15 minutes. They each expend everything they have. The 5k athlete will recover quicker, but when they cross the line they are completely spent. The 5k athlete trains just as hard but ...

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Good guy gone bad?

Dear Carolyn, I am described by most of my friends and family as a “good guy.” I go to church, volunteer in my community and am a loyal, faithful husband. I’m the first one to help a friend move or just listen to a family member’s problem. My kids look up to me and my company just asked me to be a trainer. Life is great. However, I have this terrible urge to just blow it ...

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New Truckers News photo contests starting in July

In July, Truckers News, via its photo group on Flickr.com, is embarking on a new monthly series of photo contests -- the winner will have his/her photo published in the magazine and will receive an instructional book on photography. Each contest will be themed, so it may require a little looking around/searching -- I'm posting this early on so you can get to scanning the horizon for some scenes including JUNKED or FORGOTTEN TRUCKS/TRAILERS, such as ...

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