In today's Lava Java interviews, we catch up with Rip Oldmedow, an old friend who broke his back and went through a 7 year recovery filled with prayers and miracles. It's apparent that he's back, no pun intended. His goal: to be the first Hawaii resident to finish this year.
Also in this first interview below is Jamie Windrow, a 13 year Radio City Music Hall Rockette (the precision dance company performing out of the Radio City Music Hall in NYC). During the Christmas season, she performed five shows a day, seven days a week. Perhaps their best-known routine is an eye-high leg kick in perfect unison in a chorus line, which they include at the end of every performance. Jamie said, if she can, she is going to try to do a kick at the finish for her finish line photo this year.
In the second interview below, we catch up with Normann Stadler and his new son. He seems to be in the zone this year. I told him I raced the 5k this morning and came in forth. His reply? In a German accent "Mitch, you do know that 4th place is just the third looser." We laughed, but he was serious. He will be racing in full force this year - chasing the Iron Grail.
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