Pennsylvania man, 75, a true Ironman
MOUNT LEBANON, Pa., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- A 75-year-old man in the Pittsburgh suburb of Mount Lebanon, Pa., says he won his age group in the recent Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said Thursday while Roger Brockenbrough is the first to admit he was not always a stellar athlete, he completed the exhausting triathlon faster than nine other men at least 70 years of age.
"The bike ride was tough," the Pennsylvania senior said of the 112-mile bicycle ride portion of the triathlon. "It's always very windy there. This year it was the headwinds that got us. It was also very hot. After the lava fields it was hitting over 100 degrees."
Brockenbrough completed the lengthy bicycle ride, along with a 2.4-mile open ocean swim and 26.2-mile run in 14 hours and 47 minutes.
The senior, who has won six triathlon events since he started participating in 2000, said the triathlon itch runs in his family. His son, John, was able to finish 53rd of 101 participants in the 50-54 age group at the Oct. 11 Hawaii event.
"That's really good, considering he was really sick just a few days before the race," Brockenbrough told the Post-Gazette.
Moose at Fargo, N.D., hotel taken to wild
FARGO, N.D., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Authorities in North Dakota said a moose spotted grazing in a hotel courtyard was tranquilized and transferred to a wildlife area.
Police Sgt. Jeff Skuza said authorities were first notified of the moose's presence at the Mainstay Suites in Fargo, N.D., early Wednesday, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported Thursday.
Skuza said a veterinarian was called when the moose showed "no sign of trying to leave" and the vet shot the moose with a tranquilizer dart.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department said the moose was transported by a front-end loader to the Erie Dam Wildlife Management Area, located northwest of the city.
Officials said the moose was marked with a white "X" on each shoulder to warn away hunters, as the tranquilizer remains in the animal's muscle tissue and could be harmful if eaten.
Model car collection record: 12,000
WESTON, Fla., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The Florida man who holds the world record for largest collection of model cars, 7,000, said he broke his own record by growing the collection to 12,000.
Sergio Goldvarg, 53, said Guinness World Records informed him this month that it is replacing his old record, certified in 2005, with a new record reflecting his current 12,000 total, which he reached in May with the addition of a model Formula One Ferrari featured in the 2008 Chinese Grand Prix, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Thursday.
"In my house, I have a museum of the history of cars," Goldvarg said.
Gregg Hutchings, editor of Model Cars Magazine, hailed Goldvarg's achievement.
"Twelve-thousand is a pretty good number," he said. "Hopefully it re-sparks the interest that everybody had when they were younger for model cars."
Girl's yearbook photo pulled over tuxedo
WESSON, Miss., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- A Mississippi high school student says she is fighting to get her picture in the yearbook after officials rejected it because she wore a tuxedo.
Ceara Sturgis of Wesson, a senior at Wesson Attendance Center, said officials rejected her senior portrait because she chose to wear a tuxedo for the picture instead of traditional feminine clothing, WLBT-TV, Jackson, Miss., reported Thursday.
"It makes me feel I'm not important enough. Like just because I'm wearing a tux I can't be in my senior yearbook. It's like I never even went there. That's my yearbook. This is my senior year and I'm not gonna be able to be in there because I'm wearing a tux. I don't think it matters what we're wearing" said Sturgis, who is openly gay.
A Copiah County School District spokeswoman said yearbook photo decisions are left up to the principal.
Principal Ronald Greer declined to comment.
Sturgis' mother, Veronica Rodriguez, said she has hired an attorney to help get her daughter's picture in the yearbook.