Trish Trout said she would crawl across the finish line at the Boston Marathon if she had to. But the good news is, she didn’t — the Wesley Chapel woman completed one of the world’s most famous running events in a time of 6 hours, 14 minutes.
And for that one day, Trout had a chance to be the center of the universe.
“I was in the center of the Boston Marathon,” Trout told reporter B.C. Manion. “You’re a rock star for a day. It’s like everybody’s your best friend.”
Trout competed in the race despite a hip injury, and received some special motivation from a Land O’ Lakes trainer — despite the fact that Jacqueline Pastika wasn’t even there.
How did she do it? Check out this week’s print edition of The Laker/Lutz News.
Boxing returns to Wesley Chapel on May 3, but while these competitors might not have the name recognition of a Joe Frazier or a George Foreman, they could someday.
The American Olympic League at 5807 Ellerbee Road, will host up to 20 bouts next week, and one of them will feature Wesley Chapel High School freshman Benjamin Vazquez.
“I’m read for it. I feel confident,” Vazquez recently told reporter Michael Murillo. “The conditioning is intense. There’s a lot of stamina, running. It’s not easy.”
Finally, it’s been more than a decade since Pasco County decided that business signs should be on the ground and not high in the air. But county commissioner Kathryn Starkey — who helped bring those signs down long before she sought elected office — says it’s about time the rest of the “grandfathered” signs come down as well. And Pasco County commissioners could start exploring such ideas as early as this fall.
“One of the biggest complaints I get is the old signs that are still up, so we got to figure out a way to help those businesses bring those signs to our new look,” Starkey told reporter Michael Hinman. “It’s difficult. It’s a financial investment, but I think we should incentivize them to bring them up to the current code.”
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