COACH JIM IN THE MEDIA
Famous Athletes Who Have Transformed Their Lives

Published December 6, 2018

Over the course of time, there have been many athletes who have transformed their lives and have inspired people to achieve great things in life. These professionals have personified the term inspiration as their careers have helped millions of people feel the urge to take control of their lives and aspire to be better and do better… Read Article >

Signs That You Hired the Wrong Fitness Trainer

Published December 2, 2018

Every human being is well aware of how a fitness trainer can help us develop the body of our dreams… Read Article >

THE INAUGURAL TBR CERTIFIED COACH PROGRAM

Published September 3, 2016

Since I started running in 2006, one of the biggest frustrations I’ve had over the years was witnessing how some runners who had a few years of experience of running under their belt and perhaps a medal here and there transformed themselves into “running coaches” practically overnight… Read Article >

HIGH HOPES FOR PH TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES IN RIO

Published July 20, 2016

The Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) on Tuesday formally sent off the three athletes who will represent the country in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on August 5… Read Article >

TORRES HOPES TO QUALIFY FOR LONG JUMP FINALS IN RIO

Published July 10, 2016

After dramatically qualifying for the long jump event in the 2016 Rio Olympics, Filipina track-and-field legend Marestella Torres is now hoping to at least make it to the finals of the competition in August… Read Article >

KEY ELEMENTS FROM MY OTTAWA MARATHON TRAINING

Published May 30, 2015

Last Sunday I achieved a dream — running a Boston Qualifying (BQ) marathon. l clocked in at 3:30 hours during the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon… Read Article >

WHEN DAVID OUTRUNS GOLIATH

Published March 3, 2015

In 1982, Richard “Dick” Beardsley took on a world record-holder in a race that changed how the world looked at marathon… Read Article >

MARATHON LEGEND TELLS FILIPINO RUNNERS: LISTEN TO YOUR BODY

Published February 24, 2015

It was the race that changed the sport of marathon all over the world. During the 1982 Boston Marathon, an unassuming farm boy from Minnesota took on the world’s no. 1 in a race now known in running history as the “Duel in the Sun.”… Read Article >

RUNNING GROUPS: PUKE SESSIONS WITH JIM LAFFERTY AND THE PUKERS

Published September 13, 2013

Let’s start this off with one very close to my heart as its led by my TBR Dream Marathon co-founder Jim Lafferty and started with a core group of TBR Dream Alumni. Meet the Pukers and their Puke Sessions… Read Article >

ASIAD PROSPECT: A PAIR OF LONG JUMPERS

Published September 19, 2014

For the second successive Asiad, long jumper Marestella Torres is Philippine athletics’s best bet to win a medal in the quadrennial games.. Read Article >

TORRES TAKES LAST TRIP TO INCHEON

Published August 28, 2014

Ace jumper Marestella Torres will be competing in the Incheon Asian Games, after all… Read Article >

WHAT? ‘ADOPT AN OLYMPIAN’ PROGRAM HAS EASIER TIME FINDING CEO BACKERS THAN WILLING ATHLETES

Published August 5, 2014

WHAT? No takers? An American business executive who has launched a private sector initiative to financially support track and field athletes has found that getting sponsors is easier than finding athletes… Read Article >

END OF AN ERA: GO TENG KOK STEPS DOWN AS PATAFA HEAD

Published July 25, 2014

Marking an end of an era in local athletics – and perhaps in Philippine sports as well – Go Teng Kok stepped down on Friday… Read Article >

AMERICAN EXECUTIVE’S LEAP OF FAITH BRINGS LONG JUMPER MARESTELLA TORRES CLOSER TO OLYMPIC MEDAL

Published May 23, 2014

Marestella Torres is taking the road less travelled in her journey to the Rio Olympics… Read Article >

3 MORE TRACK ATHLETES GET ELITE US TRAINING

Published April 28, 2014

Decathlete Jesson Ramil Cid, steeplechaser Christopher Ulboc Jr. and long jumper Katherine Kay Santos have found a generous “godfather” for their respective bids to qualify for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics… Read Article >

CORPORATE-MINDED COACH DREAMS OF OLYMPIC GOLD FOR THE PHILIPPINES

Published April 6, 2014

Corporate hot shot James Michael Lafferty stands by his creed: “Unleash your Passion.” And he wants to use it to help 20 Filipino athletes win Olympic medals… Read Article >

 

PH COACH JAMES LAFFERTY URGES PHILIPPINE ATHLETES TO TRAIN SIGHTS ON OLYMPICS AND NOT ON SEA GAMES, ASIAD

Published April 3, 2014

For American track and field head coach James Lafferty, training for the Olympics and the Olympics alone is the only way to go. “Train for the Olympics and nothing else,” he said… Read Article >

$1 A MONTH: US COACH TO TRAIN TORRES

Published April 3, 2014

For $1 a month, Marestella Torres got herself a world-class foreign coach and a whole lot more. American track and field coach James Michael Lafferty personally took the country’s long-jump queen under his care with an ambitious goal of producing a medal in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics… Read Article >

 

WITH AN AMERICAN COACH AND TEAM OF EXPERTS, MARESTELLA TORRES EXPECTED TO HIT NEW HEIGHTS IN RIO OLYMPICS

Published April 2, 2014

For making the Olympic standard with meager resources and training, former Asian champion Marestella Torrres can be considered the top long jumper in the world, according to her new American coach… Read Article >

 

 

EXPAT NURTURES THE FILIPINO DREAM FOR A FIRST OLYMPIC GOLD

Published June 16, 2013

Every Filipino athlete has dreamed of giving the country its first gold medal in the Olympics, a dream that was almost realized by boxer Mansueto Velasco had he not been robbed of the top honors in the 1996 Atlanta Games… Read Article >

BAT’S LAFFERTY: COACHING IS MY FIRST LOVE

Published June 3, 2013

When James Lafferty, the general manager of British American Tobacco Co. Philippines, talks about running, he really talks about work, desire  and life… Read Article >

BULL RUNNER DREAM MARATHON MAKES RECORD

Published September 11, 2012

The Bull Runner Dream Marathon (TBRDM) has clocked a new record – selling out 750 slots within 48 minutes during its online registration held last Sept. 2… Read Article >

OLYMPIC MARATHON: OBIEKWE AIMS HIGH

Published April 10, 2012

Nigeria’s sole representative in the marathon event of the 2012 Olympics in London, Esther Obiekwe, says her target is not to win a medal but to improve on her personal best… Read Article >

MEETING WITH JIM LAFFERTY

Published July 13, 2009

I finally met the CEO of Procter & Gamble Philippines in a lunch meeting at the California Pizza Kitchen, Glorietta last Friday. I really admire this guy for being straight, frank, sincere, and honest to his words… Read Article >

WORLD’S FIRST BLIND PERSON TO CLIMB MT. EVEREST IS BLIND TO FAILURE

Published June 8, 2008

Climbing is not a battle with the elements, nor against the law of gravity. It’s a battle against oneself. — Walter Bonatti… Read Article >

BOSTIC LEARNS VALUABLE LESSON — FOREST PARK TRACK STAIR AIMS FOR FOUR STATE TITLES

Published June 8, 2008

Calvin Bostic had a tough time holding back the tears. Disciplined in front of his friends by Jim Lafferty, Forest Park Junior High School’s track coach, Bostic left a team meeting six years ago bigger and disappointed… Read Article >