Rose Bowl Half Marathon
As I have traditionally done after a race, I write a summary of the race for those people that have supported my racing efforts through Team Tisser Foundation (TTF), the non-profit charity co-founded by my wife Laurie and me. The following is a summary of my latest race.

Surf City Marathon
My 2007-2008 marathon and triathlon season was supposed to start at the end of 2007 with a half marathon race (13.1. miles). Unfortunately, due to injuries and not feeling well, I didn’t do that race.

The Perfect Season (and more) Accomplished
Let me give you the bottom line first. I achieved a lifetime personal best in the Ironman triathlon (a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run) at Ironman Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on June 24, 2007. I finished the race in 13 hours 54 minutes, almost 2 hours faster than last year’s time of 15 hours, 45 minutes.

Ford 70.3: The Dream Continues for the Perfect Season
As you may recall, my goal for the 2006-2007 season is to have my Perfect Season, which will consist of breaking my lifetime personal best time in 4 different races, a half marathon, a full marathon, a half Ironman triathlon and a full Ironman triathlon.

As you know, I competed at Ironman Coeur d’Alene, in Idaho, on June 25, 2006.

Woodland Hills, California to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho: 4,410 Miles
Have you ever had a dream you were working towards? Do you remember how nervous and excited you were as the day approached for making your dream come true?

168 Mile Thanksgiving Bike Ride
On Friday November 25, 2005, I set out to do something I had never done before; I was going to ride my bicycle from the San Fernando Valley to Santa Maria, California over the course of three days as part of my fund-raising efforts on behalf of Team Tisser Foundation, raising monies to fight cancer and other diseases.

Doron Tisser Completes Big Kahuna Triathlon
September 11, 2005 is a day I will remember as the day I set a new personal record for completing a half Ironman distance triathlon at the Big Kahuna Triathlon on a beautiful day in Santa Cruz, California.

Doron M. Tisser Completes California Half Ironman
April 3, 2004 is a day I will not forget. In addition to it being my uncle Zev’s birthday, my aunt Sara (his wife), was very ill with cancer, and I dedicated this race to her.

5430 Triathlon: My First Half Ironman Distance Race
Today is the big day I have been training for. I have had so much support from friends and family that I can’t even explain what it means to me.

Triathlon - The Early History of the Sport
Four years before the Ironman, the first triathlon was held on Mission Bay in San Diego. It was directed and conceived by Jack Johnstone and Don Shanahan and sponsored by the San Diego Track Club. What follows is the story of the beginnings of this new sport as remembered by one of its founders.
Rose Bowl Half Marathon

As I have traditionally done after a race, I write a summary of the race for those people that have supported my racing efforts through Team Tisser Foundation (TTF), the non-profit charity co-founded by my wife Laurie and me. The following is a summary of my latest race.

Sunday, January 22, 2012. The Rose Bowl Half Marathon. The day I hope to remember as the day in which I returned to racing. This day was not only important to my return to racing, but it was also important to me because I was doing this race in memory of my close friend Steve, who died last year, as well as in honor of Robin, someone close to me who has Chron's Disease.

For the last 1 1/2 years, I have suffered injuries and family tragedies which put me in a position in which I could not train. As many of you know, a couple of these injuries were to my head from an accident in a triathlon and from being hit by a car while riding my bike. My injuries seem to have healed and my family situation seems to have stabilized.

My failure to exercise, while eating foods I should not have been eating, have resulted in my putting on weight that I need to lose. This should happen as I start training and racing again.

My day started at 4:30 a.m. when my alarm clock went off. I woke up with anticipation and trepidation. I had not run farther than 8 miles in the last two months, and I had only done that once. In addition, the race was going to be on dirt trails, some of which would be very steep, around the Rose Bowl.

Was I ready to run 13 miles this morning?

Was I ready to run most of those miles on steep trails?

Would I get injured trying to run that far at one time, especially in a race?

Those and others thoughts kept going through my mind as I woke up and went through my pre-race routine.

I started my day by doing a slow run on my treadmill just to loosen up. I then ate my peanut butter and banana sandwich, which is my favorite pre-race meal. I got dressed and packed up all sorts of clothes to take with me to the race.

It was about 43 degrees outside, and it had rained the day before. I was not sure what the whether would be like during the race, so I packed arm warmers, a ski cap, gloves and other items.

The race was set to start at 8 a.m. My friend Haim and I arrived at the Rose Bowl at 6:30 a.m. to make sure that we had enough time to park our car, pick-up our race packets and follow our pre-race routines

As cold as it was, the sun coming up in the east over the Rose Bowl was an amazing site, turning the skies a beautiful purple. That alone was a good enough reason to wake up and be outside at 6:30 in the morning.

At 7:15 a.m., about 45 minutes before the start of the race, I was walking in front of the Rose Bowl and could not stop my teeth from chattering, it was so cold. I decided to wear my arm warmers.

The gun finally went off and we took off towards the dirt trails. With so many of us trying to get on to the narrow trails, it took a while for us to really get moving. The trails were muddy from the prior day's rain, but not as bad as I had expected. After 4 miles, we exited the trails and headed back towards the Rose Bowl. We ran around the east side of the Rose Bowl, past the golf course, and towards the trails behind the course.

These trails were even steeper than the first set of trails we ran on. At one point, the trail went up about 150 - 200 feet at an elevation so steep and rocky that we could not run up the trail; instead, we had to walk up as fast as we could. After running trails for 4 miles, we headed back towards the Rose Bowl. But before we made it back to the road around the Rose Bowl, we first had to go down the steep trail I described at the beginning of this paragraph. Not only did we have to walk down that hill, we had to do this while other runners were coming up the same trail.

We cruised around the south and west roads surrounding the Rose Bowl, finally coming to the last quarter mile of the race, which was the most exciting part.

The last quarter mile of the race went into a tunnel under the Rose Bowl and finished at the 50 yard line inside the Rose Bowl.

To say I was excited at the finish line is an understatement. The combination of finishing a 13.1 mile race on such little training (which I do not recommend to any of you), finishing inside the Rose Bowl and finishing in a much better time than I had anticipated was an incredible feeling that has left me with an excitement to get out and train again for future races.

Whether my future races this year include triathlons, I am not sure. I am going to take this season slowly and make sure I stay healthy as I continue my comeback to racing.

I want to thank my friend Haim for not only encouraging me to get out and start training again, but also for "forcing" me to do this race with him. Haim is an inspiration to me and to all who know him.

As I begin my comeback season, I will once again start raising money for various charities through TTF. All money collected by TTF will be donated to charities in need of the monies.

If any of you are interested in making a donation to TTF in honor of my training and racing, you can either go to the TTF web-site and make a donation by credit card at or by sending a check to TTF at:

5425 Farrlone Ave
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Thank you for your past support of TTF and me and for the support I hope to receive in the future.