CARA ORGANIZATIONAL DIRECTORY Full-Time Staff
Board of Directors
Greg Hipp Executive Director
Chris Hennessy, President Kerl LaJeune, Vice President Anne Baker, Past President Matt DeBruin, Treasurer Betsey Madden, Secretary Jill Ciminillo Rob Chenoweth Tom Klimmeck Gina Magsombol William McKeever Philip Skiba
Leah Bohr Director of Training Alona Banai Director of Partnerships Astrid Grimes Organizational & Membership Coordinator
Part-Time Staff Tom Cuffe CARA Coach Greg Itahara Graphic Design / CARA Store Howard Kambara â€˜Go Run Program Coordinator Scott Erwin Race Certification Janice Brink Bookkeeper
Race Committee Rob Chenoweth, Chair Nick Bensen Guy Nickelson Beth Onines Ed Packel Doug Pearson (Scorer) Kimberley Stedman Jeff West (Scorer) Robert Wiegand
CARA History CARA is the voice of the every-runner; whether you run a few miles a week, are training for your first marathon or competing for an age group win. Since 1978 the Chicago Area Runners Association -- CARA, a nonprofit organization, has been dedicated to running advocacy in the Chicago area…city and suburbs. Starting as the local running club, CARA has grown into the organization that championed the running movement across Chicagoland. We help runners by offering paths to a wealth of training, social, outreach and advocacy programs, while promoting friendships and personal fulfillment. CARA has a tradition of successful engagement and actions on issues important to runners and the community. Stretching back nearly four decades, CARA has been firmly rooted in giving a voice to runners’ concerns and improving the running experience in Chicagoland. We are dedicated to bridging the diverse concerns of everyone interested in running – running groups and clubs, and municipal, businesses and community leaders – to make this a great place to run. Our advocacy and social outreach efforts have expanded to include ‘Go Run, a community based running program designed to activate neighborhood parks, build communities and encourage active lifestyle through running and volunteerism. ‘Go Run, in cooperation with the Chicago Park District, hosted 72 free timed 5K and 1-Mile events in local parks in 2017. Over 6,000 finishers of all ages and abilities have already completed a ‘Go Run. Striving to be the best and most active source for running information, CARA shares its expertise, enthusiasm and passion for excellence with runners in a helpful and approachable way. We do this by bringing together the interests and enjoyment of an active and diverse running community across the Chicago area. In support of our year round training programs, racing competitions, advocacy and social outreach initiatives, we welcome new members, new sponsors, and new charity partners. CARA is devoted to expanding, motivating, supporting and celebrating the running community of Chicagoland, connecting runners to resources that enable them to run—farther, faster, better, for life.
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1-Mile & 5K Community Runs | Saturdayâ€™s at 9:00am | Returning In April
FROM CHRIS HENNESSY, PRESIDENT Greetings Runners! Every year we come together and celebrate our most dedicated racers who have completed the CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit Races. Your dedication to racing and to your clubs is remarkable. Congratulations to everyone on a fantastic racing season! Coincidentally, or perhaps not so, the Chicago running community has had some milestone anniversaries of late. Just a few months ago, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon celebrated 40 years as the premier running event in Chicago, and one of the largest marathons in the world. From small beginnings -- 4,200 runners finished the first Chicago Marathon in 1977 -- more than 40,000 runners crossed the finish line. In addition, race day crowned the first American winner in 15 years. It was truly a historic event. This year, CARA celebrates 40 years of helping runners reach their goals. From its humble beginnings -- in 1978, CARA has grown to the third-largest local running organization in the United States, and approximately 2,000 CARA-trained runners finished last year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Beyond training runners to complete races of all distances, or simply to complete their very first run, CARA has expanded its advocacy and outreach programs. Through ‘Go Runs held in parks around Chicago, CARA has helped motive children, families, and communities to share in the sport that we all love. As we reflected on all that we have accomplished over the years, we thought it appropriate -- and long overdue -to recognize the lifetime of achievements of a man integral not just to the success of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon but to running in Chicagoland in general: Carey Pinkowski. Since joining the marathon almost three decades ago, Carey has helped to transform the race into a truly global event. Carey leads a remarkable team that year after year puts on a premier running, spectating, and social event. We honor Carey with the CARA Lifetime Achievement Award, and look forward to more years of a great race. Finally to the CARA Staff and all of our member leaders, I thank you for the work you do to make running better for all of us! I will see you on the path, the trails, the sidewalks, and the roads … Christopher Hennessy CARA Board of Directors, President
FROM GREG HIPP, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Dear CARA Members, As we celebrate 2017, I cannot help but feel proud of all that CARA has accomplished this past year, our 39th year. Yes, we are about to turn 40 in 2018! This year we look forward to celebrating our history, and most importantly, the members who have made CARA one of the largest and most impactful local running organizations in the country. Running changes lives, and at CARA we have long understood that through the "Power of the Group" we can make running more than sport. As much as we love chasing personal goals, competing, and working towards fitter and healthier lives, I believe running’s most powerful benefit is its ability to build community. CARA is and has long been, a community of incredible people and accomplishments. A look around a CARA training site, a Saturday ‘Go Run or a Circuit race starting line can be inspiring. You see crowds of what may appear to be normal people. But they are doing extraordinary things, such as running a marathon, giving back, or racing their way to new achievements. But through it all, they are together and finding community through running as they work towards their common goals. We live in one of the greatest running communities in the world. We enjoy World Class races; robust training programs, incredible trails and greenways, and a race circuit other communities envy. In addition, let us not take for granted all of our local running clubs, running stores and races that are among the best in the country. Resolve to support local running this year by doing business with these running community drivers. From our early days, CARA leadership has worked hard to serve Chicagoland running. As we move into another year our principle of "member-driven" will continue to be our identity and our strength! I look forward to all we will accomplish together this year, and that when people say who is “CARA”, they know it is our members. We are “CARA” and I am so proud to together be part of the amazing and caring community of runners we have become over the past 40 years. All the Best, Greg Hipp CARA Executive Director
CARA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: CAREY PINKOWSKI Presented by Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K Since its inception, recipients of the CARA Lifetime Achievement Award have been those who have made significant and impactful contributions to the Chicagoland running community. Award recipients are chosen through nominations and feedback from CARA membership, CARA staff, the CARA Board of Directors and the Chicago running community at – large. As executive race director of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K, Pinkowski is a leader in the running industry both locally, and around the world. Chicago is a part of the global running scene thanks to the quality and competition of these events. The Bank of America Chicago Marathon reached its 40th year in 2017 and was highlighted by Galen Rupp becoming the first American male to win the race in 15 years. Carey Pinkowski
“Pinkowski has made a unique impact on running in Chicago. His events inspire runners to train, race and fundraise like few others can. Carey and his team’s impact goes beyond sport!” say’s Greg Hipp, CARA’s Executive Director. Carey Pinkowski came to the helm of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon nearly three decades ago, serving as its executive race director since 1990. During his tenure, the Chicago Marathon has experienced astronomical growth, expanding from 6,000 registered runners in 1990 to more than 44,000 finishers today, including runners from all 50 states and more than 130 countries. For CARA, the Chicago Marathon has long been the inspiration for the organization’s popular Summer Marathon Training Program. Nearly 2,000 runners participate yearly at sites across the city and suburbs, with nearly 40% of those runners running for a charity fundraising team. Pinkowski is a regular visitor to CARA training sites and clinics, always providing encouragement to local runners and unique incites on race preparation. Throughout the growth of the event his connection to the local running community has remained visible and strong. “CARA trains Chicagoland’s runners, but it is the marathon that provides the inspiration. We are not able to make
Lifetime Achievement Award, Continued... the impact that we do in local running without events like the Bank of America Chicago Marathon”, say’s Hipp. Pinkowski was born in Harvey, Ill. and raised in Hammond, IN. He has run only one marathon himself: the 1983 Chicago Marathon, stopping the clock in an impressive 2:20:43. As a teenager, he cemented his legacy as a track star at Hammond High School in 1975 when he and two teammates, Tim Keough and Rudy Chapa, each ran two miles in less than nine minutes, becoming the first high school trio to ever accomplish such a feat in the same season. As a solo performer, Pinkowski picked up two state championship titles in the mile. He went on to compete at Villanova University where he was a three-time All American in cross country and track.
Pinkowski has received numerous awards including the Illinois Track & Cross Country Coaches Association Meritorious Service to the Youth of Illinois Award (1998), Chicago Area Runners Association Gold Medal Award for Event Production (1999), MarathonFoto/ Road Race Management Race Director of the Year Award presented by Running Times magazine (2001), Runner’s World magazine’s Best Race Director Award (2002), the National Distance Running Hall of Fame’s Fred Lebow Award (2004) and USA Track & Field’s Allan Steinfeld Award for Lifetime Achievement in Men’s Long Distance Running (2009).
RUNNERS’ CHOICE CIRCUIT AWARD WINNERS Participation Award
Long Distance Award
Erin Chan Ding
Erin Chan Ding
New for 2018! Circuit Award: Finish five 2018 CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit races to receive the “Circuit Award” Participation Award: Finish 10 2018 CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit and/or Certified Races to receive the “Participation Award”. Note: The Long Distance Award will be eliminated.
AWARD WINNERS Youth Circuit
15 & 16 Girls
8 & Under Boys
1. Sarah Cardona (33 pts)
1. Eric Erspamer (74 pts)
1. Alrik Swan (72 pts)
Clydesdale / Athena
8 & Under Girls
1. Annika Swan (75 pts) 2. Sophia Galiano-Sanchez (72 pts) 3. Alejandra Hernandez (28 pts)
1. Lynn Crim (120 pts) 2. Greg Smith (112 pts) 3. Jeff Gilffin (70 pts)
1. Nora Ferguson (96 pts) 2. Sarah Peterson (62 pts)
9 & 10 Boys
1. Alan Urbano (75 pts)
1. Guy Nickelson (120 pts)
1. John Craig (110 pts) 2. Derick Anhalt (100 pts) 3. Joe Vukits (27 pts)
9 & 10 Girls
1. Lizeth Montes (75 pts) 2. Kenya Perez (73 pts) 3. Yanilese Santiaguillo (67 pts)
1. Chris Stephenitch (120 pts) 2. Richard Osborne (114 pts) 3. Jeff West (80 pts)
1. Kathryn Schaefers (70 pts)
11 & 12 Boys
1. Gael Santiaguillo (72 pts) 2. Aryan Krishna (30 pts)
1. Sarah Buerger (118 pts) 2. Rachel Meiner (118 pts) 3. Debra Evans (103 pts)
11 & 12 Girls 1. 2. 3. 4.
Tamira Estrada (75 pts) Guadalupe Sanchez (28 pts) Itzel Sanchez (24 pts) Leslie Fuerte (24 pts)
Athena “B” 1. Leslie Kelpsch (105 pts) 2. Lovie Twine (103 pts) Age Group
15 & 16 Boys
1. Tonatuh Chavez (45 pts)
1. Brendan Thielsen (116 pts)
Male 35-39 1. James Akita (119 pts) 2. Nathan Pavlik (115 pts) 3. Matthew Jeromin (106 pts) Female 35-39 1. Columba Montes (119 pts) 2. Allison Parker (80 pts) 3. Stacia Klasen (68 pts) Male 40-44 1. Jason Rush (111 pts) 2. Frank Cira (101 pts) 3. Andrew Mullen (86 pts)
AWARDS WINNERS Female 40-44
1. Carolyn Martineau (107 pts) 2. Wendy Jaehn (87 pts) 3. Rumbi Chidavaenzi (64 pts)
1. Angelica Guerrero (120 pts) 2. Eileen Dolan (102 pts) 3. Ann Ryan (101 pts)
1. Stacia Taylor (120 pts) 2. Muriel Odeen (110 pts) 3. Eileen Malec (98 pts)
1. Lance Caldwell (118 pts) 2. Rob Chenoweth (116 pts) 3. Ken Kansa (95 pts)
1. Michael Brosilow (120 pts) 2. Keith Holzmueller (111 pts) 3. Keith Burns (101 pts)
1. Ron Thomas (118 pts) 2. Ed Packel (118 pts) 3. John Fermanis (110 pts)
1. Susan Malnati (108 pts) 2. Lisa Rodriguez (102 pts) 3. Maureen Ingold (53 pts)
1. Grace Wasielewski (120 pts) 2. Kaori Maeshima (112 pts) 3. Debra Evans (56 pts)
1. Doris Shertz (120 pts)
1. John Collet (120 pts) 2. Matthew Abbott (109 pts) 3. Jim Cassioppi (97 pts)
1. Bob Richards (114 pts) 2. Doug Walder (112 pts) 3. Peter Bender (96 pts)
1. Geri Bensen (115 pts) 2. Kristin Otto (114 pts) 3. Renee Severa (98 pts)
1. Linda Lynch (120 pts) 2. Isola Metz (114 pts) 3. Catherine Saccany (73 pts)
1. Craig Gunby (120 pts) 2. Barry Brandt (112 pts) 3. Eugene Callaghan (103 pts)
1. Jonathan Cohen (116 pts) 2. Mike Hilgart (109 pts) 3. Donald Jensen (107 pts)
Male 80-84 1. Nick Koplos (118 pts) 2. Russell Scott (114 pts) 3. Kirby Anderson (106 pts)
Award Winners Age Graded
1. Nancy Rollins (200 pts) 2. Angelica Guerrero (195 pts) 3. John Collet (181 pts) 4. Michael Brosilow (157 pts) 5. Grace Wasielewski (144 pts) 6. Doris Schertz (133 pts) 7. James Akita (127 pts) 8. Jason Rush (123 pts) 9. Nathan Pavlik (118 pts) 10. Tony Bluell (116 pts)
1. James Akita (178 pts) 2. Nathan Pavlik (171 pts) 3. Brendan Thielsen (170 pts) 4. John Craig (151 pts) 5. Matthew Jeromin (128 pts) 6. John Collet (126 pts) 7. Jason Rush (125 pts) 8. Lance Caldwell (105 pts) 9. Rob Chenoweth (92 pts) 10. Derick Anhalt (83 pts)
1. Columba Montes (174 pts) 2. Angelica Guerrero (163 pts) 3. Nora Ferguson (149 pts) 4. Allison Parker (107 pts) 5. Wendy Jaehn (96 pts) 6. Carolyn Martineau (86 pts) 7. Geri Bensen (73 pts) 8. Stacia Klasen (71 pts) 9. Valere Guertin (61 pts) 10. Lauren Zumbach (61 pts)
CARA Comeback Runner of the Year Sarah Kentner CARA Race of the Year Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th
Runners of the Year Overall Runners of the Year James Akita | Columba Montes
Masters & Veteran Runners of the Year John Collet | Angelica Guerrero
Runners of the Year Senior Runners of the Year Michael Brosilow | Grace Wasielewski
Super Senior Runners of the Year Jonathan Cohen | Nancy Rollins
2017 CARA Hall of Fame Inductee: Columba Montes Hall of Fame status is earned through participation in the CARA Runnersâ€™ Choice Circuit. Runners must accumulate 30 points to be inducted. Points are earned by placing in the top three in oneâ€™s age category. Five points are awarded for a first place standing, three for second and one for third.
Columba Montes Hall of Fame Points History 2009 1st F30-34 (5pts) 2010 1st F30-34 (5pts) 2012 3rd F30-34 (1pt) 2013 2nd F30-34 (3pts) 2015 1st F35-39 (5pts) 2016 1st F35-39 (5pts) 2017 1st F35-59 (3pts)
2017 CARA Hall of Fame Inductee: Ron Thomas Hall of Fame status is earned through participation in the CARA Runnersâ€™ Choice Circuit. Runners must accumulate 30 points to be inducted. Points are earned by placing in the top three in oneâ€™s age category. Five points are awarded for a first place standing, three for second and one for third.
Ronald Thomas Hall of Fame Points History 1989 3rd M45-49 (1pt) 1990 1st M45-49 (5pts) 1991 2nd M50-54 (3pts) 1993 2nd M50-54 (2pts) 1995 3rd M50-54 (1pt) 2006 1st M65-69 (5pts) 2007 1st M65-69 (5pts) 2016 1st M75-79 (5pts) 2016 1st M75-79 (5pts)
CARA Hall of Fame Inductee: All-Time List Hall of Fame status is earned through participation in the CARA Runnersâ€™ Choice Circuit. Runners must accumulate 30 points to be inducted. Points are earned by placing in the top three in oneâ€™s age category. Five points are awarded for a first place standing, three for second and one for third. Rollins Gilmore Lamermayer Schertz McDonough Holzmueller Taylor Packel Moss Clarke Summers Wasielewski Williams Nebel Meyer Taylor Krentz Metz Estka Cortes Sarowitz Azzaro Chenoweth Pearson McCabe Gudbrandsen Burgess Gunby Savage Kummerer Conheady Nicholson Townsend Guerrero
Nancy Lois Dick Doris Kathleen Keith Robert Ed Gary Anne Marilee Grace Algene Sue Cam Stacia Terri Isola Tom Sam Steve Anthony Rob Doug Connie Peggy Eric Craig Dan Barbara Timothy Frank Gary Angelica
2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2008 2009 2005 2005 2005 2013 2005 2005 2005 2011 2005 2012 2005 2006 2013 2005 2014 2010 2005 2005 2013 2016 2005 2006 2012 2014 2005 2016
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Walkwitz McKeague Nelson Hanson Hosh(Treat) Draheim Montes Arnold Billups Blasier Lipa Maisel Brandt Hosokawa Thomas Volkman Behnke Seymour Bruns Croll Finn/Hughes Egle Quinton Dziagwa Vandervoort Cochran Johnson Smith Kowalski Tanner Dean Suozzo
Faith Bob Jack Catherine Angelle Janet Columba Joe Ernie Laurin Christine Stephanie Barry George Ron Otto Jay Michael Julie Susan Stephanie Mike John David Martha Richard Warren Gregory Marion Dorothy Craig Andrew
2005 2009 2005 2005 2007 2015 2017 2009 2005 2005 2010 2007 2013 2005 2017 2010 2011 2005 2016 2007 2016 2009 2005 2013 2005 2005 2005 2013 2005 2005 2008 2015
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Club Standings Combined Club
Female Open Club
1. Oak Park Runners Club (115 pts) 2. Fast Track Racing Team (114 pts) 3. Fleet Feet Nike Racing Team (112 pts) 4. Evanston Running Club (111 pts) 5. Lake Forest / Lake Bluff Running Club (105 pts) 6. Elmhurst Running Club (94 pts) 7. DW Running (84 pts) 8. Track and Trough Athletic Union (82 pts) 9. Bootleg Runners Coalition (56 pts) 10. Frontrunners/Front Walkers (36 pts)
1. Oak Park Runners Club (117 pts) 2. Fast Track Racing Team (117 pts) 3. Fleet Feet Nike Racing Team (112 pts) 4. Evanston Running Club (104 pts) 5. Elmhurst Running Club (102 pts) 6. DW Running (95 pts) 7. Track and Trough Athletic Union (79 pts) 8. Lake Forest / Lake Bluff Running Club (75 pts) 9. Bootleg Runners Coalition (63 pts) 10. Frontrunners/Front Walkers (18 pts)
Male Open Club
Male Masters Club
1. Fast Track Racing Team (120 pts) 2. Oak Park Runners Club (107 pts) 3. Lake Forest / Lake Bluff Running Club (107 pts) 4. Fleet Feet Nike Racing Team (104 pts) 5. Elmhurst Running Club (100 pts) 6. Evanston Running Club (101 pts) 7. DW Running (88 pts) 8. Track and Trough Athletic Union (87 pts) 9. Frontrunners/Front Walkers (40 pts) 10. Bootleg Runners Coalition (37 pts)
1. Fast Track Racing Team (118 pts) 2. Oak Park Runners Club (116 pts) 3. Lake Forest / Lake Bluff Running Club (112 pts) 4. Evanston Running Club (106 pts) 5. Elmhurst Running Club (99 pts) 6. Track and Trough Athletic Union (90 pts) 7. DW Running (80 pts) 8. Fleet Feet Nike Racing Team (69 pts) 9. Frontrunners/Front Walkers (44 pts) 10. Bootleg Runners Coalition (25 pts)
Female Masters Club 1. Oak Park Runners Club (120 pts) 2. Fast Track Racing Team (116 pts) 3. Elmhurst Running Club (108 pts) 4. Evanston Running Club (108 pts) 5. Fleet Feet Nike Racing Team (101 pts) 6. Track and Trough Athletic Union (83 pts) 7. Lake Forest / Lake Bluff Running Club (78 pts) 8. Bootleg Runners Coalition (34 pts) 9. DW Running (26 pts) 10. Frontrunners/Front Walkers (18 pts) Male Veteran Club 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
Oak Park Runners Club (120 pts) Fast Track Racing Team (114 pts) Elmhurst Running Club (110 pts) Evanston Running Club (106 pts) Lake Forest / Lake Bluff Running Club (100 pts) Fleet Feet Nike Racing Team (81 pts) Frontrunners/Front Walkers (55 pts) DW Running (17 pts) Track and Trough Athletic Union (7 pts)
6. Fast Track Racing Team (30 pts) 7. DW Running (11 pts) Female Senior Club 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Evanston Running Club (120 pts) Fast Track Racing Team (115 pts) Oak Park Runners Club (114 pts) Elmhurst Running Club (102 pts) Lake Forest / Lake Bluff Running Club (35 pts) DW Running (13 pts)
Corporate Circuit 1. Molex (75 pts) 2. Sargent & Lundy (70 pts) 3. Deloitte (14 pts)
Female Veteran Club 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
Oak Park Runners Club (120 pts) Evanston Running Club (1109 pts) Elmhurst Running Club (109 pts) Fast Track Racing Team (105 pts) Fleet Feet Nike Racing Team (102 pts) Lake Forest / Lake Bluff Running Club (63 pts) Bootleg Runners Coalition (27 pts) DW Running (10 pts) Frontrunners/Front Walkers (9 pts)
Male Senior Club 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Oak Park Runners Club (118 pts) Evanston Running Club (117 pts) Elmhurst Running Club (112 pts) Lake Forest / Lake Bluff Running Club (101 pts) Fleet Feet Nike Racing Team (69 pts)
Special thanks to our volunteer circuit scorers! Jeff West Individual, Age-Graded, Clydesdale / Athena Competitions Doug Pearson Club Competition Jeffrey Vorreyer Corporate Competition Howard Kambara / Greg Hipp Youth Circuit
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CARA Awards Party Program for 2017 Awards. Party hosted Feb. 3, 2018.