Culpeper Races Result in Smiling Faces

Winning the 55-59 age group and holding his chili pepper trophy, Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau's time would have won many other age groups, and made the podium in every age group at the VTS Culpeper Sprint Triathlon
Winning the 55-59 age group and holding his chili pepper trophy, Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau’s time would have won many other age groups, and made the podium in every age group at the VTS Culpeper Sprint Triathlon. “Hands on” Race Director Greg Hawkins, in the hat, escorted the athletes on the course with his mountain bike with the wooden basket. The “Pepper” prizes kept with the theme for the Cul-Pepper races.

Culpeper Virginia’s Mountain Run Lake Park was the venue for a quartet of popular endurance events. This past weekend’s Gran Fondo, Olympic Distance, Sprint and Aquabike (swim, bike, but no running) benefitted several charities, including Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides scholarship grants, educational and family counseling to the surviving children of special operations personnel and financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel and their families.

The Culpeper Sprint began in 2005 to a sold out crowd. Doug Landau has competed in this race in the past, despite the fact that the warm water conditions meant wetsuits would not be allowed, and he would be starting with a greater than usual deficit when coming into the first transtion. The curved downhill run finish is popular with spectators, and the park’s playgrounds make for a “family-friendly” venue.  Because of Greg Hawkin’s and his staff’s outstanding planning, hard work and friendly volunteers, the Culpeper races continued to grow. The numbers suggest that it is one of the most popular races in the Virginia Triathlon Series.

Doug Landau competed in the sprint race, which started with a 750 meter swim in Mountain Run Lake, followed by a 16 mile Culpeper County rural country road cycling circuit. The bicycle course had hills, turns, shade and was challenging with an uphill start after the swim. The 5 km run had several hills, but a half mile downhill finish back to the transition area and spectators. Lawyer Landau was able to win his age group again, with a time that was 16th overall and good enough to have been on the podium in every age group! The best part of his day was that once on “dry land,” he passed other racers all the way to the finish line.  What’s more, Landau was on a borrowed bicycle, as his race bike was already on its way to the National Championships.

South Carroll County Swim Club was the Venue for the Meals on Wheels Sprint Triathlon

Doug Landau enjoyed the sunshine in Carroll County, Maryland the day after storms pounded the area.
Doug Landau enjoyed the sunshine in Carroll County, Maryland the day after storms pounded the area.

Isaac Moore and Doug Landau from Abrams Landau, Ltd. got up at the crack of dawn on Sunday, June 15, after tornadoes and storms pounded the area all night.

Participants were unsure whether or not this 7:00 am charity race would even take place. Luckily for the people at Racine MultiSports, the rain abated and the sun came out. In fact it was a glorious sunny day that greeted triathletes of all ages and sizes.  There were two pools ready for participants, who were allowed in the pool as prior athletes completed their laps in their own half lane.

Despite being unfamiliar with the bike course, Lawyer Landau managed a top 10 finish and an age group award, after a 400 meter pool swim, 14 mile hilly bike ride, and 5K run on Liberty Road. The race benefited Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland. Afterwards, Landau and Moore met with clients from Emmitsburg, closer to their homes, in Frederick, Maryland.  Landau often combines client meetings on “road trips” where he may also race, visit accident scenes and speak to witnesses. Since so many clients of the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU are disabled and cannot drive long distances, these ‘home visits” and “road trips”  enable clients to have “face-to-face” visits when their injuries prevent safe travel to the Law Shop.

"First Timer" Dr. Tiffani Bright and "Old Timer" Triathlete Doug Landau are all smiles at Buckroe Beach packet pick up in Hampton, Virginia

Buckroe Beach Sprint Race a hit with Tidewater Triathletes

"First Timer" Dr. Tiffani Bright and "Old Timer" Triathlete Doug Landau are all smiles at Buckroe Beach packet pick up in Hampton, Virginia
“First Timer” Dr. Tiffani Bright & “Old Timer” Triathlete Doug Landau are all smiles at Virginia’s Buckroe Beach packet pick up

Over 500 athletes signed up for The Hampton Beach area event that is now part of the Virginia and Maryland Triathlon Series . Race director Greg Hawkins was optimistic for good weather for many first time multisport athletes, after the previous Saturday’s deluge during the Colonial Beach sprint race.

The Buckroe Beach triathlon is one of the shortest open water swimming events in the VTS/MTS series schedule. Plus, the bicycle and run portions were completely flat. Other than some wind and bridge crossings, athletes could put “pedal to the metal” and test their “top end speed.”  Too warm for wet suits, the short 500 yard swim around the pier and then a 2-loop, 10 mile bike ride left competitors with plenty in the tank as they started out on the 5km course on the boardwalk. Friends, family members and spectators vacationing on the beach could see much of the racing action featuring some of the Mid-Atlantic region’s best multisport athletes.

By constantly passing athletes once on "dry land," Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau was once again able to finish on the podium at the VTS Buckroe Beach Sprint Triathlon
By constantly passing athletes once on “dry land,” Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau was once again able to finish on the podium at the VTS Buckroe Beach Sprint Triathlon

The sunny day made for a pleasant time on the water.  Herndon lawyer Doug Landau managed to get into the top 30, finishing 2nd in the Age Group and on the podium again this week.

The only person who passed lawyer Landau during the bike leg was his friend Greg Miller, a terrific Tidewater triathlete. Only one person passed the Herndon injury lawyer on the run, but otherwise, once on dry land he made up for a lackadaisical swim to pass most of the field to finish in 1:00:38.

Melissa Landau finished 4th in her age group and enjoyed seeing the area around Buckroe Beach, Phoebus, Willoughby Spit and Hampton Roads, Virginia.

Racers came from as far away as Rockville Maryland, North Carolina and Dulles Airport. From the smiles at the finish line, this is a winning event for Greg Hawkins and the Virginia triathlon series crew.

For full race results, click here.

Nationals Park

Proposed Class Action Lawsuit Against MLB

Nationals Park
Fans can sit very close to the action at Major League Baseball games. Should protective netting be installed along the first- and third-base lines?

Just one day prior to baseball’s July 14 All-Star Game, a proposed class-action lawsuit was filed against Major League Baseball (MLB).  The suit claims MLB does not do enough to protect its fans from foul balls and splintered bats.  Specifically, the suit says people sitting along the third- and first-base lines should be shielded from flying objects by protective netting.

The suit goes on to explain that the sport of baseball has become increasingly dangerous to its fans because of:

  • pitchers who throw harder
  • bats which splinter more easily
  • the presences of distractions at the ballpark (video monitors, wi-fi, etc.) that reduce fans’ response time to dangers like foul balls
  • an overall accelerated pace of play

Therefore, fans are like “sitting ducks” in their seats, unable to protect themselves, as they often sit closer to the action than the batter is to the pitcher.  Even paying careful attention may not be enough to protect a spectator from a very fast-moving object.

The issue of fan safety at sporting venues is not a new one. In fact, it has been debated in other sports as well as baseball – including hockey and soccer – and we have written about it here and here.

Some people who attend sporting events WANT to get some action and specifically choose seats that are close to the field or in “foul ball territory”.  It’s not unusual to see a fan wearing a baseball glove, standing at the ready to catch a coveted foul ball.

“It comes down to the legal doctrine of assumption of risk,” according to sports injury lawyer Doug Landau.  “A spectator knowingly accepts the risk of watching a sport live in exchange for the enjoyment of doing so.  But at what point does the venue or sports organization have a duty to protect the safety of its fans by installing protective barriers like netting?”

We will be watching for the outcome of this case.

If you or someone you know has been injured while attending a sporting event and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

After a top cyclist ran into technical difficulty, he was able to avail himself of A-1 Cycling's mechanic expertise at the municipal parking lot in Herndon Virginia.

A-1 Cycle Helps Cyclists

After a top cyclist ran into technical difficulty, he was able to avail himself of A-1 Cycling's mechanic expertise at the municipal parking lot in Herndon Virginia.
After a top cyclist ran into technical difficulty, he was able to avail himself of A-1 Cycling’s mechanic expertise at the municipal parking lot in Herndon Virginia at a Reston Bike Club (“RBC”) Thursday evening ride. A-1 has a van with tools, supplies and a mechanic at RBC rides, which is great when you need some technical help quickly.

At a recent Reston Bicycle Club evening ride from the Herndon municipal parking lot, Northern Virginia cyclists were treated to free mechanical checks, air, and advice from the experienced staff at A-1 Cycle in the Clocktower Shopping Center, in Herndon, Virginia.

The folks at A-1 Cycle have  long supported Herndon-Reston area bikers. In fact, not only are A-1 Cycle mechanics found at Reston Bike Club (“RBC”) evening rides throughout the summer, they also provided support for the Bike to Work Day, held this past May.

A-1 Cycle has two Virginia locations:  One in the Clocktower Shopping Center in Herndon, and another on Sudley Road in Manassas. A-1 crews are friendly, knowledgeable, and give generously back to the biking community. Visit them today !

Lululemon tops like this one are the subject of a recall. Hard tips on the draw cord can snap the wearer in the face.

lululemon Recall

Lululemon tops like this one are the subject of a recall. Hard tips on the draw cord can snap the wearer in the face.
Lululemon tops like this one are the subject of a recall. Hard tips on the draw cord can snap the wearer in the face.

Lululemon has issued a recall on some of its women’s tops.

Tops with an elastic draw cord with a hard tip in the hood or around the neck can pose a danger to a woman’s face if the cord is pulled or caught on something and then released.  The hard tip can snap back and hit the wearer in the face.  Ouch!

According to the safety notice, you have an affected top if you answer yes to all of the following:

  • does the top have a drawcord in the neck area?
  • is the drawcord elastic or stretchy?
  • does the drawcord have hard metal or plastic tips?

Here is a list of the styles impacted, according to PRNewsWire:

Carry and Go Hoodie; Cool Down Jacket (shown above); Course-ette Jacket; Cozy Up Jacket; Dance Studio Jacket; Dance Sweat Shirt; Don’t Hurry Be Happy Pullover; Gratitude Wrap; Necessity Jacket; Proactive Jacket; Refresh Snap Up; Run Sun Blocker Pullover; Run Track N Field Jacket; Run With It Jacket; Sanctuary Jacket; Savasana Tunic; Sing, Floss, Travel Jacket; Stow ‘N Go Jacket; Stride Jacket; Summertime Tunic; Varsity Hoodie; Victory Jacket and Wear With All Jacket (Click here to see more photos of recalled garments.)

All tops have a printed or embroidered lululemon logo, the location of which varies from garment to garment.

The tops were sold online and at lululemon stores between January 2008 and December 2014 for $75-260.

If you have one of the 133,000 tops sold in the U.S. or the 185,000 sold in Canada, you should stop wearing it and either remove the draw cord or contact lululemon for a new cord which is non-elastic. The company will also provide written instructions on how to replace the cord.

“Lululemon is a very popular brand of athletic clothing, and their garments seem to be everywhere,” notes Doug Landau. “I’ve probably seen hundreds of women — both athletes and not — wearing lululemon clothes over the past several years.  Ladies, check your tops lest you get snapped in the face!”

For more information visit lululemon online, call Customer Support toll free at 877-263-9300, or email lululemon’s Guest Education Center at gec@lululemon.com.

If you have been injured while using a defective product and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. (703-796-9555).

 

 

Amy Choi, Doug Landau, Brooke Annessa

Abrams Landau Puts Lids on More Kids!

Doug Landau with brain
Doug Landau uses a model of the human brain to teach kids about brain injury prevention.

Guilford Elementary School’s gym was abuzz with students, parents, and siblings Wednesday after school. The rain-delayed “Bike Rodeo” was about to start, and every Guilford “Gator” would get a free bicycle helmet and learn about head injury prevention. Approximately 60 students and their parents gathered for this free event organized by P.E. teacher Mark Pankau.

 

Amy Choi, Doug Landau, Brooke Annessa
Brain Injury Services Case Managers Amy Choi (l), and Brooke Annessa (r), shown here with Doug Landau, fitted helmets on every Guilford Gator in attendance.

Doug Landau, of the Herndon law firm Abrams Landau, Ltd., kicked off the Rodeo with a presentation on brain injury. Landau told students and parents alike, “you only get one brain,” as he held up models of the human skull and brain, side-by-side with a badly damaged helmet. “Who do you think wins in a crash between a 4,000-pound car and a 35-pound bike?” he asked. Attendees got the message that helmets must be worn each and every time they get on their bicycle, skateboard, scooter, or rollerblades.

In addition to helping victims of brain trauma, bike crashes, and sports injuries, Landau has published and lectured on these subjects throughout the United States. After his presentation, Landau and his team distributed printed safety information including a “bike safety contract.” By signing their name, both parents and students promise to follow safety precautions – including wearing a helmet – whenever the child participates in bike-riding and similar activities.

But the highlight of the afternoon for the kids was the helmet giveaway. In a partnership with the Virginia Trial Lawyers Foundation, Abrams Landau donated free helmets to all Guilford students in attendance. Affectionately referred to by Landau as “Putting Lids on the Kids,” this public safety program provides free helmets to children who could not otherwise afford them. Each child also received two stickers to put inside the helmet – one for the child’s name and emergency contact info and one with Abrams Landau’s phone number. If a child’s helmet is damaged or outgrown, it will be replaced – free of charge – by the Herndon law firm.

Brain Injury Services Case Managers Brooke Annessa and Amy Choi, along with Doug and Melissa Landau, fitted each child with a Bell helmet – in the color of his or her choice – and handed out tote bags for the kids to carry home their new goodies.

Kids biking on blacktop at Guilford Elementary School
The kids enjoyed the beautiful day and were happy to ride bikes — wearing their shiny new helmets!

But the day’s warm temperatures and blue sky meant not a single helmet went home in a bag. Instead, just about every child jumped onto a bike – wearing a shiny new helmet – and had fun riding around the school’s black top area. As P.E. teacher Pankau watched “his” kids enjoying their new helmets, he beamed, “That’s the reward right there. Happy kids – and safe kids!” Landau, nodding in agreement, added, “If we can prevent just one brain injury, then we have done our job.”

If you know of a school or local group who could benefit from Abrams Landau’s helmet giveaway program, please email or call the Abrams Landau office (703-796-9555).

Lightning strikes can pose a danger to athletes -- even on a seemingly clear day.

Lightning Strike Lawsuit

Lightning danger in sports
Changing weather can stir up dangerous conditions. Lightning strikes can seriously injure or even kill innocent athletes, coaches, referees, fans, etc.

Last August, an Austin, Texas boy was struck by lightning on a soccer field.  The nine year old suffered life-threatening injuries and spent several days in the hospital following the incident.

The family filed a lawsuit against its local Youth Association seeking $10 million in damages. The suit was settled for an undisclosed amount.

The lawsuit claimed the league was negligent in adhering to youth association standards regarding lighting and weather safety.  There was no use of lightning monitors or detection systems during games or practices. Representatives from the league said, however, the use of such devices is rare.

Proponents of lightning detection systems suggest these devices are not for people “dumb enough to hang out in a hail storm,” but for those clear days when it seems unfathomable that lightning could be nearby.

Doug Landau was a soccer coach in his local Chantilly Youth Association (CYA) for over a decade, and always followed the rules regarding rain, lightning, and other weather conditions for the safety of his players. “Particularly now, as we get into the hot summer weather, coaches, parents, referees, league officials, and even the players themselves must be always on alert for changing conditions.  It’s easy to get caught up in wanting to play the game, but safety must always come first,” notes Landau.

If you or someone you know has been injured or killed by a lightning strike at an athletic field or facility and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

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Doug Landau on far left, with the other Sprint Duathlon National Championship age group winners in St. Paul, Minnesota

Landau makes podium at Nationals

Doug Landau on far left, with the other Sprint Duathlon National Championship age group winners in St. Paul, Minnesota
Doug Landau on far left, with the other Sprint Duathlon National Championship age group winners in St. Paul, Minnesota

The best runners and bikers from all over the United States came to Minnesota to compete in the USAT DUathlon National Championships. The Minneapolis / St. Paul race course was especially challenging this year.

After last year’s  flooding of the muddy Mississippi River shortened the course, racers were given a mostly flat bike venue. This year was quite the opposite. After competitors ran 2.5 km at top speed, within a quarter mile of the transition to their bikes they were confronted with a 7% uphill grade!   And, they had to do this twice, as the sprint DUathlon National Championship race consisted of two bike laps. Then these elite athlete had to run another 2.5 km to the finish line.

Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau was the top of Virginia finisher at the sprint distance event. Furthermore, he finished third in his age category, to take a spot on the podium . By medalling, lawyer Landau qualified for the 2016 World Championships.

dkwl finish line  group 1Landau was pleased with the results, but commented that he could have done even better had he not had a few “equipment glitches.” His helmet was not on his bike when he came into T-1 and his cyclometer came off as he as exiting to start cycling.  He lost precious time struggling to put his bicycle computer back on his handlebars. “This race help validate my being on the United States 2015 World Championship team headed for Australia in October,” he noted. “Having never raced at the sprint Duathlon distance in a regional or national calibre race, I was concerned as to whether I had enough speed to be competitive.” Well “the jury is in,” and lawyer Landau was on the podium and very much “in the mix” with the best athletes in the country.

Jersey Sprint DUathlon Helps Landau Prepare for National Championships.

New Jersey multisport athlete & World Championships competitor Micky Syrop brought Doug Landau his Hammonton DUathlon prize when they met up in St. Paul before the US National Championships
New Jersey multisport athlete & World Championships competitor Micky Syrop brought Doug Landau his Hammonton DUathlon prize when they met up in St. Paul before the US National Championships

Preparation for a National Championship race takes months of hard work and dedication.  In order to be in top form for the USAT DUathlon Nationals, Doug Landau has been focusing his training this Spring on the “Run-Bike-Run” format.  En route to a family gathering in New York State, the Landaus participated in another wonderful DQ Events race in Southern Jersey Memorial Day Weekend.  The Hammonton Sprint DUathlon was a short race that would enable lawyer Landau to see if he had any real running speed.

Hammonton Lake Park was a perfect venue for this race, as there was no traffic on the wide dirt paths in the park, and the local roads had no cars during the run portions of the race.  The biking was essentially flat, through the blueberry capitol of the Garden State. DQ Event put on some terrific races in Southern New Jersey. The Landaus have enjoyed the unique venues, knowledgeable volunteers and comraderie among the skilled athletes they draw.  In the Hammonton race, Landau managed third in his category, though it seemed as though there were many fast 50- year olds.