HydroWorx Goes Hollywood

While I was busy trying to boost Hershey Chocolate’s corporate earnings last week, I failed to write about something pretty cool that happened.  A couple Fridays ago (10/21) the season premier of “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” featured the Keefers, a local Central Pennsylvania family with a son Brian who had been paralyzed in a gymnastics accident.  Local builders and suppliers, with the help of community volunteers, redid their home to better accommodate Brian’s special needs.  While it was neat to have the local area featured in a network program, the cool part was the role played in the show by my friends at HydroWorx.  The company was asked to donate a pool to the family’s new home in order to help with Brian’s rehabilitation.  The company’s president, Anson Flake, was given some airtime with Paul Dimeo, one of the show’s star designers, as they readied the pool for the unveiling.  Then, when the home and all its features were revealed to the Keefers, they showed Brian in the pool as the therapist touted the therapeutic properties of the warm water.  I’m sure the folks at HydroWorx were pretty excited to not only see their product on national television, but more importantly to see it donated to a great cause.  The young man who will be using the pool to hopefully regain the use of his arms and legs seemed to inspire all who came in contact with him, so hopefully he will respond to the in home treatments he will be receiving and regain mobility and the freedom that will come with it.  Nice job HydroWorx!

9 miles in sunny California yesterday – from Torrance to Redondo Beach, then a couple of miles on the boardwalk before turning around and heading back.  I couldn’t think why Torrance sounded familiar until I saw a map with a small auxiliary airfield in town called Zamparini Field.  It then dawned on me that this was the home of the “Torrance Tornado”, Louis Zamperini.  Louis was the subject of the book “Unbroken”, detailing his rise to qualify for the 1936 Olympics in the 5000m, then his WWII service including the time he spent in a Japanese POW camp and his ultimate liberation.  Can’t say I channeled any of his speed, but felt pretty good considering the layoff.

LA to Newark this morning, it had been so long since I flew during the day I almost didn’t recognize the cockpit in the light.  Almost a 5 hour flight with the wind at our back, will be even longer tomorrow going back.  Ugh.  This Newark hotel not the best location to go out and grab some miles, went with the elliptical for an hour as a substitute.  Might try to brave the streets tomorrow before heading back to California, gaining some training momentum is the name of the game….

About Nick Berra

I am a 45 year old masters runner from Central Pennsylvania. I have been participating primarily in track events since turning 40 in 2009. This season has produced marks that I have not run in several years, I believe primarily due to starting a strength and flexibility program here at Elite Athletic Performance - I've felt stronger and faster than I have in a long time. That, coupled with lots of underwater running, has kept me healthy and fit - at this age those are things I no longer take for granted... I run USATF events with a team out of Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia Track Club. They are a great group who have played a big part in making the sport enjoyable for me again. I also run local races for HydroWorx Track Club, supported by HydroWorx here in Harrisburg PA. Their underwater treadmills and training center has proved to be a crucial part of my training, rehabilitation, and recovery programs. I set personal records in the 800m (1:56.06) in 2010 and in the 1500m (4:02:63) and mile (4:23.48) in 2011. Despite the fact that I am not getting any younger, I nearly PR'ed recently and set the M45 indoor world record in the 800 meters at the New Balance Armory in New York City. I ran 1:56.10, besting the 9 year old record by less than a second. I feel like there are still more big things to come... I am married and have two daughters. I am an assistant XC coach at my alma mater, Cumberland Valley High School here in Mechanicsburg PA. I am also a 1991 graduate of the US Naval Academy, currently working as a pilot for FedEx after serving 10 years on active duty flying in the Navy. Beat Army! Beat Army!
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