Monthly Archives: October 2011

BOB Stroller Recall – Choking Hazard

BOB Strollers are facing their second recall this year.  The first in February was due to a drawstring that could get wrapped around a child’s neck.  This month’s recall is due to a piece of cloth that may get detached posing a choking hazard.

From the Consumer Product Safety Commission:

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: B.O.B.® single and double strollers

Units: About 411,700 in the United States and 27,000 in Canada (357,000 units were recalled in February 2011 due to strangulation hazard posed by canopy drawstring)

Importer: B.O.B. Trailers Inc., of Boise, Idaho

Hazard: The stroller canopy’s embroidered logo’s backing patch can detach, posing a choking hazard to babies and young children.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received six reports of children mouthing the detached patch. Gagging and choking were reported in two incidents. The backing was removed from the children’s mouth without injury. In each of the reported incidents, the children were seated in an infant car seat attached to the stroller.

Description: This recall involves all B.O.B. strollers manufactured between November 1998 and November 2010. Strollers manufactured after October 2006 have a white label affixed to the back of the stroller’s leg with the manufacturing date. Strollers with no manufacturing date listed were produced prior to October 2006 and are included in this recall. The strollers were sold in single seat and double-seat models. The BOB®, Ironman® or Stroller Strides® brand name is embroidered on the canopy of the strollers.

Sold at: REI, Babies R’ Us and other children’s product and sporting goods stores nationwide and between November 1998 and October 2011 for between $280 and $600.

Manufactured in: Taiwan and China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled strollers until they remove the embroidery backing patch from the interior of the canopy’s logo. Consumers should contact B.O.B. Trailers for instructions on removing the backing.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact B.O.B. Trailers toll-free at (855) 242-2245 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at

Note: Health Canada’s press release is available at

Picture of recalled buggy showing location of logo on canopy

Detail of recalled buggy canopy underside

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on

CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or resell this or any other recalled product.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, go online to:, call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain this news release and product safety information at To join a free e-mail subscription list, please go to

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TC 10 Mile – Race Review

10 Mile SwagYou couldn’t have asked for a more perfect morning for a 10 mile race in October.  The leaves have started changing, it was in the mid-upper 40’s for the start, and it was a clear day with a slight breeze.  The day quickly warmed up and for the 3+ hour marathoners it started getting quite toasty, but for the duration of the 10 mile it was awesome! As part of the Twin Cities Marathon Weekend, the 10 mile is the “Shortcut to the Capital” and boy did I fall in love with this shortcut!

My goal was under 90 minutes, my stretch goal was under 80 minutes.

TC 10I watched the elite women take off before heading into my corral.  The women got a head start and I was safely tucked in the back half of Corral 1 when the horn went off and we shuffled to the line.  I very carefully didn’t do anything stupid and watched as hundreds of people passed me.  I started off nice and easy.  I stayed on the right hand side, knowing that I’d see Christy and Nadia within the first mile, waved at them and continued my relaxed pace.  I was a little surprised to see 8:04 when I came through the first mile.

The second mile was pretty much all down hill into the Bohemian Flats area and my watch said 16:11 (8:07).  I still felt really good and I mentally decided that I would try to maintain a near 8 minute pace – with out killing myself on the upcoming hills.  I knew there would be a couple of steeper climbs before hitting the long, slow uphill known as Summit Ave.  The hill to Franklin is longer and steeper than most in the area and I mentally stepped back and didn’t push up it, but also didn’t lollygag around.  Mile 3 was on the bridge heading to the East side of the Mississippi.  I don’t remember my time, but it was still in the low-8 minute range.  At the top of the Franklin hill the TC 10 mile and marathon courses collide.

While the TC 10 is billed as the “Shortcut” in my opinion it has the toughest part of the marathon course.  Though it did feel a lot easier with only 3 miles of fatigue on the legs instead of the 18 or 19 miles for the marathoners. Up to this point the crowd support had been a little sparse, though it would pick up throughout the race.  Nathan and Deb helped cheer me across the bridge!

I actually don’t remember a lot of the details from the race.  I saw Christy and Nadia again around the 5 mile mark (right before St. Thomas) and then Mike later on when I was starting to struggle.  I took a Gu around mile 8 and was glad I brought it along.  At mile 6 I saw that my times were starting to drift up a little bit and decided to try and make some of that back – kind of stupid, especially since that mile had one of the steeper short climbs.  I did make up time and fortunately didn’t completely roast myself.

It had been a couple of years since I’ve run the Summit stretch.  Sure I’ve biked it once or twice, but I forgot about all the little nuances (the short little up-hills and really how long it actually is). I slowly ticked off the miles, continuing to push myself to maintain my pace.  I kept trying to think of a reason to push and dig deep like I did at Ragnar – but there was no spark  or a stupid prideful comment to make me go faster.  I was content to maintain and to know that I should easily make my 90 minute goal.

At the 25 mile marker I knew we were getting close. 1.2 miles to go – time to pick it up.  Pick it up for a bit and then back off.  Remember I couldn’t find the confidence to push it hard. Through the 9 mile mark and I knew it would be close.   Onwards, keep moving, keep pushing.  It seemed to take forever for that last mile, a few turns and boom – there is the finish line down the hill. 1/2 mile to go. Its time to go.  Even that close I still struggled to really push the pace.  I worked the downhill and did my best to stretch it out for the last flat 10th of a mile.  My Garmin had me dipping down to 6 minute pace for the last stretch.  The clock was past 2 hours and I wasn’t sure what my differential was.

PA022574I crossed the finish line and actually felt pretty reasonable.  Much better than either of the last 2 times I’ve crossed that line on John Ireland Blvd. My Garmin said, 1:19:58.  I had unofficially broken 80 minutes!!  My Garmin also matched my official results so I had done it!!

And the nice thing – I was definitively exhausted and my legs hurt – but by the time the marathon was over with, I felt pretty good!

We hung around at the 26 mile mark and watched  most of the marathoners finish.  I cheered for both Team World Vision and MDRA runners. It was a lot of fun, even if I did get a bit of sunburn.  The range of emotions as people approached the 26 mile mark is amazing.  A friend on Twitter, posted a link to this race review which I really liked.  You can see my pictures here.

September 2011

Read 12 books with a variety of topics, genres, and styles. I read Teatime in Mogadishu which was an inspiring story about a Somali man who tried to spread peace in Somali.

Complete a Triathlon Square Lake Short Course, September 10. 0.5 Mile Swim 16.5 Mile Bike 5 Mile Run. Done! I am a Triathlete! I unofficially finished in 1:58. Results still aren’t posted. Check out my full review.  But I was happy and am thinking about doing it again next year. 

Finish this YouVersion devotional plan (Bible Study).  Continuing to go well.

Make a substantial change to one of my programs at work. Completed. I’m about 75% into the second programmatic change which is creating a school supply store with an all student staff.

Blog Regularly Getting sick and then not running for several weeks have left me not very motivated to post.

Learn how to use my digital camera and experiment with its features. I’ve abandoned this goal.  There is still time, so we’ll see.  I’ve been using my phone a lot since it has an 8mp camera and my camera is 10mp.

Curing Plantar Fasciitis, was the most viewed post again. The order doesn’t change: number two was Treating Plantar Fasciitis, and a close third was Twin Cities Running Stores.

September Data:

Running: 20.9 miles

Biking: 137.1 miles

Swimming: .5 miles