Austin Murphy's story on endurance events was inspiring and could not have come at a better time. I am an overweight working mom who is competing in triathlons to get into shape. Marathoner George Melichar said it best when he said, "You don't have to be an elite athlete to achieve an elite goal." That is the epitome of who I am and what I am trying to accomplish.
Audrey Natale, Littleton, Colo.
Age over Beauty
I loved the article on America's second running boom (Mud, Sweat and Beers). I am one of those rock and roll plus-sizers that Murphy writes about, and I'll be running my second Zombie 5K next month. It would have been nice if the article featured a few pictures of competitors who look more like me—a 53-year-old, 215-pound guy gutting it out and working his tail off despite the pain—instead of the predictable, physically fit twenty- and thirtysomethings.
Bob Wermers, Crown Point, Ind.
The cross-check that Duke attackman Josh Dionne put on Syracuse's Brian Megill in your photo from the NCAA lacrosse championship game (LEADING OFF) is both illegal and dangerous. Thankfully, Dionne was called for the infraction and sent to the penalty box.
Bryan Fichter, Ellicott City, Md.
In his story on the Champions League final (SCORECARD) between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, Grant Wahl implies that German soccer wasn't cool between 1977 and 2013. Germany won the World Cup in 1990 and was runner-up in '82, '86 and 2002. It also won the European championship twice (1980 and '96). Before this season German teams won the European club championship three times (Hamburg in '83, Borussia Dortmund in '97 and Bayern Munich in 2001) and finished second eight times. That sounds pretty cool to me.