Ever wonder who’s standing next to you in your corral at the start line, or cheering you on when you’re about to give up during a race? We love featuring guest bloggers that have a passion for Rock ‘n’ Roll and inspire us by their dedication and commitment to the sport of running. You may recognize their faces, but the purpose of these posts is to put a face behind the name to better understand their journey to self-discovery.
Today’s post comes to us from guest contributor, Darren Weissman (aka Doctor Dribble), marathoner, Certified Personal Trainer, ball handling drills & skills specialist, and 2013 Guinness Book of World Record holder. Read about his path to self-discovery and how it changed his life for the better.
It took Happy Gilmore awhile to embrace himself as a golfer. Adam Sandler’s character was a hockey player who happened to have a hidden talent to hit a golf ball very far and accurate. Like Happy, I somehow stumbled into a sport other than the one I’ve dedicated most of my life to. Growing up, basketball was my first love, and running was usually a punishment for missing a lay-up or a free throw!
For over a decade, I’ve been known for my unique ball handling drills as a skills specialist, hence the nickname Doctor Dribble. Running marathons while dribbling two basketballs simultaneously has enabled me to give back more than I could have ever imagined. It proves that anything is possible with hard work. It also has inspired me to create a charity of my own. In 2014, Doctor Dribble’s Helping Hands will launch along with www.doctordribble.com, with a goal to donate new basketballs to children who are underprivileged, sick, or overcoming traumatic experiences. Donations can be made from my website.
This past year, I shared my story of breaking a Guinness World Record for running the Fastest Marathon Dribbling Two Basketballs with children in hospitals, youth programs, and schools to find that it left everyone wanting to discover something internal. We all possess talent and can take it as far as we can imagine, but it requires three things: vision, initiation, and persistence.
This year I look forward to dribbling in as many cities as possible. I would like to earn a Rock Idol Medal. In 2013, I bounced basketballs through a total of 11 half and 6 full marathons, 9 of which were Rock ‘n’ Roll events (1 short of the medal). More importantly, I met so many wonderful people in the running community. Thank you all for your support. It’s because of you that I will dribble on into a brand new year! Good luck my friends!