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Memories of running cross-country for the Slinger Owls motivated Tom Held to get his body moving again when he turned 30. Almost two decades later, he's still on the move. The 49-year-old bikes, runs and skis, and covers news for similarly active people as a freelance writer and blogger.

He spent 26 years as a daily news reporter, and applies that experience to dig out stories about athletes, races, endurance sports, fitness and self-propelled transportation. His work has appeared in Silent Sports Magazine, Wisconsin Trails and Cross-Country Skier.

Held lives in the Bay View neighborhood, where he counts being Dad to twin daughters part of his daily workout.

Recent Articles
 Sports - August 15, 2014
 The GIVE Shirt Runathon gives around the world
 Many people will find it easier to wrap their heads around the idea of a 24-hour run than to grasp what Thomas Budde seeks to accomplish with a charity called The GIVE Shirt. Larger nonprofits raise millions to fight cancer, save endangered species or fight domestic violence. Budde raises thousands, primarily to encourage people to give. Give what? Whatever they can.
 Sports - July 31, 2014
 MyTeam Triumph Wisconsin leaves disabilities in the dust
 Adam Voisin used to travel to races and watch his mom run, while sitting in a wheelchair at the mile markers. Now, he counts them.
 Sports - May 14, 2014
 Images of Us puts girls in the game
 Even if they're on the sidelines, Bernell Hooker wants girls to be in the game. That simple concept is the driving force behind Images of Us Sports, the small, non-profit organization Hooker founded to encourage girls to use athletics to improve themselves physically and mentally for a lifetime.
 Travel & Visitors Guide - March 26, 2014
 Menomonee River Parkway headed for a makeover
 Wauwatosa officials strongly support plans to add a multi-use path for bikers, runners and walkers during a parkway reconstruction over the next two years.
 Buzz - February 17, 2014
 Wii bowling adds to sisters' lives of spiritual success
 The most impressive bowlers in Milwaukee don't knock down pins in the AMF Bowlero, but share dignity, grace and camaraderie by Wii bowling in a placed called the Motherhouse. I immediately thought it would be a fun, even comedic story, describing what these nuns were doing. After visiting with them, I found the more impressive and accurate tale rested in what they have done.
 Kids & Family - January 26, 2014
 Bay View Middle School's unique bike build
 Going beyond the dream of riding a bike, students in Bay View Middle School will design and build one, as part of the curriculum transforming the school into an engineering and technology academy.
 Kids & Family - November 26, 2013
 Operation Dream teaches youths to build a solid foundation
 On a miserably dreary Saturday morning in November, a half-dozen young men set about the menial task of chipping mortar off bricks piled in a wind-swept parking lot in the Schlitz Park office complex. Despite the chill, the gray sky and the seemingly unrewarding labor, all six worked without complaint. The young men have embraced the value of a job, a paycheck (even if small), discipline and respect through their participation in the Operation Dream mentoring program and its Operation Work component.
 Sports - October 29, 2013
 Taking on the challenge to test CrossFit
 Last month, I wrote about the dangers of CrossFit. I was then challenged to try it. I did, and was surprised by the result.
 Buzz - September 20, 2013
 Volunteers, emotion fuel Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
 More than 18,000 people will gather on the Milwaukee Lakefront Sunday morning with the goal of raising $1.2 million to support the Komen Fund and breast cancer treatment and research. Their day of mourning, celebration, support and courage is made possible by the roughly 1,000 volunteers who spend about 10 months of the year devoted to the event and the cause.
 Sports - August 31, 2013
 Surviving and thriving after cancer, Strutz inspired to tackle Ironman Wisconsin
 At age 50, Laura Strutz is already a warrior, having defeated breast cancer. But on Sept. 8, she'll be an Ironman when she completes the storied triathlon.

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