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Water Wagon pours H2O at area schools

Water Wagon pours H2O at area schools

As part of an effort to encourage healthy habits for kids, the city's "Water Wagon" will make stops at five Madison elementary schools in the next two weeks.

Madison Water Utility is taking its water unit to Chavez Elementary, Huegel Elementary, Van Hise Elementary and Marquette Elementary. The tour kicked off last week with a stop at Muir Elementary, the city said.

The Water Wagon tour is meant to promote healthy choices, like staying hydrated, as part of a challenge to students over two weeks to walk or bike to school, also called the Walk or Wheel Challenge.

Cancer survivor starts walk to raise awareness

Cancer survivor starts walk to raise awareness

Too many cancers are called the "silent killer" because so many of them show very little symptoms before diagnosis. Often, by then, it's too late.

It was six years ago that Fitchburg resident Jan McNally, then 44, saw the doctor about long-term symptoms. Doctors chose to look into her situation, and what was expected to be an exploratory surgery turned out to be ovarian cancer.

"I had told my kids, it was going to be a very simple, one-day surgery. I'd be home for dinner and everything would be fine," said McNally, "Well when he got in there, he realized my ovary was actually encapsulated with the cancer."

Jan was fortunate, in that she had a curable form of the disease with a very small likelihood of it metastasizing or recurring. She was able to beat the disease with the help of the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center Gynecologic Oncology program, and five years later wanted to take her fight one step further.

Madison musician rescued from Colorado floods

Madison musician rescued from Colorado floods

Catastrophic flooding in Colorado stranded a Madison man and his family on vacation in the Big Thompson River Canyon.

Last week, the mountains north of Denver received an influx of rain that caused flash flooding in canyons. Mark Noxon was on a break from playing bass with his Madison-based group, the Mighty WheelHouse. He was spending time with family in the area that was ravaged by floodwaters. The unrelenting rain had washed out the road, leaving Noxon and his family stranded for three days.

"I never felt the way I felt last week when I was completely helpless," Noxon said. "There was no power, no nothing.  Just rationing food and water, surrounded by this raging river."

Rhett Miller to headline epilepsy org benefit

Rhett Miller to headline epilepsy org benefit

An organization created in honor of a man's son will hold an evening a music on the east side Thursday night.

A benefit concert will be held at the High Noon Saloon featuring Rhett Miller of the Old 97's, Miles Nielsen and Wynn Taylor. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and music begins at 7 p.m., organizers said.

Tickets are $20 at the door.

The Joey's Song organization, which was started by Mike Gomoll after the death of his son Joey in 2010, supports special needs kids and those suffering from seizures. The foundation raises money through CD's and concerts and donates the funds to charitable groups focused on seizure-related disorders.

Watch Gomoll discuss the concert and the mission of his son Joey's foundation:

Ranking: Madison No. 8 healthiest city in U.S.

Ranking: Madison No. 8 healthiest city in U.S.

The Huffington Post has named Madison one of the country's 25 healthiest cities, according to a release.

Madison was named No. 8 behind San Francisco, Fargo, San Diego, Anaheim, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and San Jose.

The rankings looked at disease incidence, depression measures, unemployment rates and FBI crime statistics to determine the country's healthiest cities.

According to the release, Madison had the highest scores in low crime rates and affordable fresh produce. The city also has the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, which includes prairies, savannas and 20 miles of trails.

Madison was the No. 1 pick for city life with more than 120 distinct neighborhood associations, according to the release. Civic involvement was also listed as a factor with opportunities to get involved in the university community or with capital-city politics.

Madison Marathon sold out; half-marathon has openings

Madison Marathon sold out; half-marathon has openings

Madison Marathon organizers announced Thursday the full marathon has sold out but there are still openings in the Madison half-marathon.

The 18th running of the road race is being held Nov. 10, according to a release. Anyone over the age of 14 can register online until Nov. 9 if space is available.

The marathon is organized by Madison Festivals, which took over the race in 2001 and uses the event to raise money for the Badger Honor Flight, YMCA, My Team Triumph and 40 area nonprofits that provide volunteers for the event, water stations and course, officials said.

The fall half-marathon will be held in honor of veterans, according to the release.

Ironman Wisconsin brings out athletes with disabilties

Ironman Wisconsin brings out athletes with disabilties

Thousands of athletes came to Madison's streets and lakes on Sunday for the annual Ironman Wisconsin competition.

The grueling day starts with a 2.4 mile swim followed by a 112-mile bike ride, and of course, a marathon.

Athletes of all backgrounds imaginable competed, including a special pair that crossed the finish line together this year.

The Pease brothers, Brent and Kyle, were out on Sunday morning among the sea of swim caps ready to lap Lake Monona.

Though they were two of many, they were easier to spot than most: In a current made choppy by the freestyles of 2,500 swimmers, Kyle, who has cerebral palsy, was out of his chair and racing in a kayak with brother Brent as his personal tug boat.

Now fast-forward four hours to mile 45 of the bike route.

That's where you'd find Brent, pedaling enough to push both Pease brothers

But this story isn't just about any of the bikers or the runners rounding the corner of Dayton and Henry streets.