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The Sound of Cheering from Within
December 25, 1978
They are athletes too, although they are not concerned with multiyear contracts, product endorsements or national fame. They will never see their performances on videotape replays, nor hear the roar of the crowds when they achieve something special, except perhaps inside their heads. And yet they are out there, often alone, sometimes uncomfortable, working their bodies, pushing themselves to personal goals dictated from within. And for what? Physical fitness, of course, but surely there is something more. They run, they swim, they climb—it doesn't matter exactly what. What does matter is that they do, and having done, they are pleased and proud.
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December 25, 1978

The Sound Of Cheering From Within

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There goes Harry Rutten, 45, the president of the Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey, whose membership ranges in age from 12 to 70. Rutten is a good one for the road. "I average 5,000 miles a year," he says. "It's a great way to keep in shape."

What do Nordic skiers do when there is no snow on the ground? Mark Lahtinen, a biologist who works for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, circles Lake of the Isles on regular skis with roller-skate wheels attached.

These California girls belong to the American Youth Soccer Organization, which includes 250,000 youngsters. One thing that makes AYSO so popular is that everyone who Joins gets to play at least half of every game.

George Smith is a Denver real-estate man, but much of the real estate he and his four sons cover is vertical. Only 20 people have succeeded in climbing every peak over 14,000 feet in the U.S.; five of them are Smiths.

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