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SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 • 07:48 AM

PUR-PAK, MACCA...AND ME? WAIT, WHAT JUST HAPPENED?

There have been a couple of times in my life where if I’d told someone that I’d just become an ambassador for a top-end supplement company because of my healthy lifestyle, it would have been met with laughter. In particular, those you of who were around during the Terrorizer, Iron Monkey and Raging Speedhorn eras in London would be laughing particularly hard. But times change and things change, and I’m now very psyched to be able to say I’ve just been chosen to be an ambassador for Pur-Pak, which is an excellent vitamin supplement for people with really active lives. This essentially means that I now use Pur-Pak every day and threw out a bunch of other supplements, and I’ll be more than happy to talk about why when the subjects of health and diet come up in conversation.

Pur-Pak was developed by three people (Steve McPherson and Bernard & Gina Baski) who are all triathletes. Therefore, it was unsurprising to learn that many of Pur-Pak’s early enthusiasts, daily users and ambassadors are triathletes, marathoners and other similarly-minded folks who have absolutely no idea whatsoever about how to do things halfway. And this past weekend Pur-Pak sponsored a free lecture over at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica in which the most celebrated triathlete in history (and the biggest “face” of Pur-Pak) Chris “Macca” McCormack talked about his career, his training, how it happened, and how it almost didn’t happen.

There were a couple of great things about the talk in general, with the main one being Macca’s cool, easy demeanor and ability to happily and hilariously recount his shortcomings almost completely masking how off-the-scale competitive he actually is. His relaxed delivery and Australian accent make him sound pretty mellow, too. But then there are these stats: he’s won two Ironman World Championships and over 200 races worldwide since 1993. He’s won 76% of all the events he’s ever entered and has ended up on the podium 88% of the time. ESPN has declared him The World’s Fittest Man. At one point he even got a pleading email from a competitor’s mother that begged him to stop embarrassing her son so publicly. The other great thing was to look around the room and see health-conscious people of all shapes and sizes soaking up every word and getting inspired – there were triathletes, marathoners, weightlifters, and families wrangling kids all over the place. All in all, it was cool and I was very happy to be one of the people there.

Michelle Symmons Goldberg gets a public shout-out for being the catalyst for this and connecting me with Steve McPherson. Thank you, Michelle. You are awesome.

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