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Zandy Mangold visits Diana Nyad’s 48 hour “Swim for Relief”

October 17, 2013

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This past September Diana Nyad finally accomplished a goal that has taken her 5 attempts over 35 years achieve; to swim the 110 miles between Cuba and Florida. Hammer Nutrition has been supporting Diana Nyad and her trainer Bonnie Stoll with our products for her last three attempts (notably Sustained Energy, Endurolyte Powder, Hammer Gels and our whey protein). After her momentous feat Diana turned her focus to a 48 hour swim in downtown New York to raise funds for AmeriCares efforts to support Hurricane Sandy victims. Hammer athlete and photographer Zandy Mangold was able to attend the event and let us know about his experience.

From Zandy Mangold:

Diana Nyad was 24 hours into her 48 hour swim by the time I arrived at the temporary, two lane pool floating above Herald Square in New York City. It was one of the first chill days of fall and my first thought was how could Diana’s body deal with the extended exposure to the cold temperature, let alone stay awake and active for the time period.

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Spectators cheer on Diana in downtown New York City as she swims with an Air Force service member. Photo: Zandy Mangold

I briefly met with members of her dedicated and determined crew who seemed as tough and as motivated by the woman they were supporting. Bonnie Stoll, Diana’s trainer, was in charge of the crew and dealt a combination of tenderness and tough love to Diana depending what the situation called for. I was inspired to see two people working purely as one unit, focused on an epic goal.


Diana’s diligent crew on deck, pictured at night. Photo: Zandy Mangold

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Photo: Zandy Mangold

The athlete was fueled by the crew – literally, as Bonnie spoon fed Diana reaching from the deck to her open mouth like a mother bird to it’s chicks – and the crew drew energy from Diana’s efforts.


One of Bonnie’s go to fuels for Diana to settle her stomach includes a special blend of Hammer’s Sustained Energy, whey protein, Endurolyte Powder. Photo: Zandy Mangold


Bonnie checking in on Diana. Photo: Zandy Mangold

The mood was intense and then, suddenly, Richard Simmons voice shot across the pool through the sound system. Decked out in a robe, speedos and flowered swim cap, Richard, had shown up to swim a lap with Diana.

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Richard Simmons making his grand entrance. Looks like Diana’s crew was caught off guard. Photo: Zandy Mangold

Then the two fitness moguls shared a rather emotional lap, reminiscing, and talking about the importance of raising funds and fitness in general. The mutual affection was clear and touching for all to see.

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Photo: Zandy Mangold

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Diana, Richard and triathlete Laurel Wassner sharing a laugh. Photo: Zandy Mangold

I returned after dark to find Diana and the crew pushing harder than ever to get through the night and the cold. It is hard to describe the powerful emotions I felt not as a fellow endurance athlete being able to relate to her struggle, but also as a survivor of Hurricane Sandy. Witnessing Diana’s efforts for a good cause has left me with inspiration in spades.

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Photo: Zandy Mangold


Diana swimming below the Empire State Building

To learn more about Diana’s “Swim for Relief” and to donate please visit their website. You can also learn more about Diana over on her website or you can follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

Zandy Mangold is a Hammer Nutrition sponsored ultra runner and photographer based in New York City. To see some of his work you can visit his website or follow him on Twitter.


Zandy Mangold

Local Event/Staffer Spotlight: Woodland ‘Cross and Matt Butterfield.

October 19, 2010

Leaders battle for the win at Woodland.

Here at Hammer Nutrition®, we are very proud of the annual nationwide events that we sponsor (more than 2,600 events this year!). However, we get extra excited about the ones that take place right here in our own backyard. One of those races is the always entertaining Woodland Park Cyclocross Race, put on by none other than Hammer staffer and racer extraordinaire Matt Butterfield. Matt has been making quite a splash all summer, most recently last weekend with a 3rd place finish in the 4-man championship class at 24 Hours of Moab. Continue Reading »

Betsy Solis Wins $2,500 in Hammer Nutrition Products

October 14, 2010

Picking the winner for $2,500 in Hammer Nutrition products

Everyone at Hammer Nutrition would like to congratulate Betsy Solis—winner of $2,500 in Hammer Nutrition products. We hope you enjoy the products and clothing gear!

The drawing was held at the Kona Brewing Co. at 7 p.m. on Oct. 10, 2010. Many Ironman participants were present. The restaurant and bar were full, with many people waiting to get in for the drawing and dinner. During the live entertainment break, Mike Freeman, our on-the-scene Hammer Nutrition Ambassador, held the drawing. Chloe, a pretty young lady from the audience, picked the lucky winner from approximately 300 entrants.

Breck Epic 2010

September 14, 2010

Ben Parsons & Clint Muhlfield at the Breck Epic 2010

Ben Parsons & Clint Muhlfield at the Breck Epic 2010

Author: Ben Parsons – Team Hammer Nutrition/Sportsman Ski Haus

The Breck Epic consisted of 251 miles, 42,000’ of climbing over six days, and the majority of it was trail. Trail that often made you howl with joy, and trail that sometimes left you feeling like a bag of bones hurled off the face of the Eiger. Adding to the challenge, Breckenridge sits at 9500’, so we routinely raced between 10,000’ and 12,000’ so oxygen was an asset as rare and valuable as beer in the desert. As a last minute decision, we decided to race the Open Men’s Duo instead of solo, hearing there was a super stacked field and wanting to take a shot at a podium. We were also intrigued at the challenge of completing over twenty hours of racing with a teammate. Continue Reading »

The 9th Annual Highline Hammer: Blue Skies and Big Miles!

July 27, 2010

By Phil Grove

Hammer Highline in Glacier National Park

Five days in a row of perfect weather is pretty rare in Northwest Montana, but that’s just what the campers of the 9th Annual Highline Hammer were treated to at this year’s event. Besides lucking out on the weather, these 24 folks received some soon-to-be world-famous Montana hospitality while pushing their legs to the limit all weekend long. If you’ve never made a trip to come see us, the Highline Hammer is the perfect excuse to put your worries aside and focus on the important things in life – good friends, great rides, and amazing food! Continue Reading »

Hammer Athletes at the 33rd Badwater Ultramarathon

July 9, 2010

The 33rd edition of the Badwater Ultramarathon, recognized globally as “the world’s toughest foot race,” will take place on July 12-14. Hammer Nutrition has been a longtime sponsor of this epic event, and we’re honored to be a major sponsor of this year’s edition. You can follow the race online (live updates, time splits, and results) at http://www.badwater.com/2010web/index.php.

A number of Hammer Nutrition athletes are competing in this year’s race, including women’s course record holder, Jamie Donaldson, who is seeking to “three-peat” after winning in 2008 and 2009. Ultrarunner extraordinaire Connie Gardner is attempting her first Badwater and looking forward to having an excellent race. Amy Palmiero-Winters, who recently became the first amputee to finish The Western States Endurance Run (a.k.a. The Western States 100), is looking to repeat that remarkable feat at Badwater. On the men’s side, Ray Sanchez is looking to have a solid Badwater and complete history’s first “BAD 135,” three of the hardest 135-mile foot races on the planet (Brazil, Arrowhead, and Death Valley) in a single calendar year. Jimmy Dean Freeman, an outstanding ultrarunner and highly respected coach, is ready to add Badwater to his lengthy list of accomplishments. Last, but certainly not least, is “Ageless” Arthur Webb (a.k.a. “The Grinder”). At 68 years young, Arthur is looking to complete his 13th consecutive Badwater and has set a goal of a sub-40 hour time.

Rock/Creek Videos

June 17, 2010

The crew over at Rock/Creek has been creating amazing videos at their events, many of which we sponsor. Check out their YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/rockcreeker

Here is their video from the 2009 Stump Jump 50k:

Steve Cullinan 1st at Mellow Johnny’s Classic

June 16, 2010

Steve Cullinan Mellow Classic PodiumSteve Cullinan recently won the 50+ age group division at the Mellow Johnny’s Classic in Dripping Springs, Texas. Continue Reading »

Hammer Nutrition once again sponsors “The World’s Toughest Bicycle Race”

June 10, 2010

Race Across America LogoThe 29th annual Race Across America (RAAM) is under way! This is an epic event that Hammer Nutrition has enthusiastically sponsored for several years and we’re honored to be a major sponsor of this amazing race this year. As has been the case for the past several years, we offer all competitors in RAAM—both in the solo and team divisions—discounts on their Hammer product and Hammer clothing needs, as well as technical support on how to properly fuel their bodies during this grueling, multi-day race. Needless to say, many of the competitors will be relying heavily on Hammer Nutrition supplements and fuels to help them get through this “more-difficult-than-you-can-imagine” race. Continue Reading »

Victory for Team Hammer Nutrition at 24 Hours Round the Clock!

June 7, 2010

The Hammer Nutrition 24 Hour Team

The Race

Held annually at Riverside Park in Spokane, Wash., over Memorial Day weekend, the 24 Hours Round the Clock mountain bike race is, simply put, an epic and amazing event that incorporates hard-core racing with a fun festival-like atmosphere. Beginning at noon on Saturday and finishing at noon on Sunday, riders competing in various divisions—mainly solo, two-person teams, and four-person teams—vie to complete the most laps (each lap is approximately 15 miles in length) of a point-to-point circuit within the 24-hour period. Continue Reading »