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Shinola, a Detroitmanufacturer of watches, bicycles, leather goods, journals and pet accessories that recently opened a store in Wicker Park at 1619 N. Damen, has added two new bicycles to its lineup.
Earlier this year, Shinola added a women’s version of its popular Runwell 11-speed bike to its lineup. This hand-assembled bike has a lower stand-over height but maintains the model’s custom Shinola front rack and fenders. In March, Shinola announced its first single-speed bicycle, The Detroit Arrow. The bike is Shinola’s third offering and comes in three men’s sizes and one women’s size. This bike, also hand-built, features a Shinola leather saddle, cork grips, fenders and chain guard. “With the success of The Runwell 11-speed and The Bixby 3-speed, we
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The Big Shoulders 5K and 2.5K Swim sold out in record time this year, fi lling the field in less than one week.
“It’s been going that way,” race director Chris Sheean says. “Three years ago we sold out in five months. Last year we sold out in five weeks. This year we sold out in five days.” The race, which will serve as the U.S. Masters Swimming 5K National Championship this year, takes place at Ohio Street Beach on Sept. 12 at 8 a.m. The race has become a popular event for swimmers recently, even those beyond Chicagoland.
“It’s listed by Open Water Swimming as one of the 10 swims you have to do before you die,” Sheean says. “I think there’s defi nitely sort of a tradition that has been put into place. We’re drawing people from all over. We’ve got people from France, New Zealand, a good crowd from Canada.” To learn more about the event, visit www.bigshouldersswim.com.
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Alicia Bird and Scott Golas, both xXx Racing-Athletico members, recently opened the doors at the Spoke & Bird, a bistro, coffeehouse and beer garden in the Prairie District of the South Loop. The café is located in the Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens Field House at 205-209 E. 18th St. The Spoke & Bird emphasizes healthy food at a reasonable price and aims to be a bike-friendly establishment. The café has two Divvy stations nearby, is located along the only direct bike path to the lake between Roosevelt and 31st Street and intends to set up a repair stand on its patio in the future.
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EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT Local Man Nears End of Seven Summit Challenge Retired Chicago Fire Department engineer and endurance athlete Viorel “Wally” Stirbu recently returned from climbing Mt. Vinson, the highest point in Antarctica. In May, he will travel to Asia to climb Mt. Everest, thus completing the Seven Summits: a challenge that has climbers take on the highest peak in every continent.
Area Spring Training Programs Provide Companionship, Motivation Local training groups, including the Chicago Area Runners Association and Experience Triathlon, kicked off half marathon and 10 mile training programs in mid-February. These programs will prepare runners for late April and early May races and give them company along the way.
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The Abbott World Marathon Majors revealed a new structure to its race series this year, starting with the Tokyo Marathon that took place on Feb. 22. Under the new system, the series will follow a one-year cycle that rotates its start event through all six races that make up the series. While this year’s AWMM kicked off with the Tokyo Marathon, next year’s series will begin with the 2016 Boston Marathon. All following series will begin and end at the next AWMM Series race on the calendar, which, in order, are the Virgin Money London Marathon, the BMW Berlin Marathon, the Bank of
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SA Paratriathlon, a division of USA Triathlon, announced in late February that it has joined forces with local paratriathlon club Dare2tri for the 2015 USA Paratriathlon Development Race Series. “With the ever-growing paratriathlon landscape, USA Triathlon has identified the need to offer a mid-level competition platform for emerging paratriathletes in the United States,” Amanda Duke Boulet, USA Triathlon paratriathlon program manager, said in a press release. “Paratriathlon will make its debut in the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and this domestic series is a vehicle where emerging talent can assess potential success on the ITU circuit and upcoming Paralympic Games.” The USA Paratriathlon Development Race Series presented by Dare2tri will feature four races between May and August intended to add racing options to
the national calendar. The series kicks off with the 2015 USA Paratriathlon National Championships on May 25 in Austin, Texas, and continues with the Pleasant Prairie Triathlon on June 21 in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, the Nantucket Triathlon on July 18 in Nantucket, Massachusetts and ends with Tri Santa Cruz on Aug. 9 in Santa Cruz, California. All events but the National Championships offer a $5,000 prize purse divided evenly between men and women in each of the five sport classes. Dare2tri will also present an additional $500 to the overall series winner in each sport class.
The Olympic Marathon and IAAF World Championships Marathon will also count towards AWMM scoring in years they occur.
To qualify for awards and prize money, athletes must compete in at least three series events, hold a valid USAT annual license, race in the paratriathlon division and have a “C”, “R” or “P” sport class status from USAT or ITU.
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to the top male and female finisher, plans to strengthen its anti-doping efforts by creating a pool of championship-eligible runners drug testing. Winners will no longer receive one lump sum of money, but rather
Powerman and usa trIathlon Partner USA Triathlon and the International POWERMAN Association announced in mid-February that the two have joined forces to promote and elevate duathlon in the United States. POWERMAN, a global duathlon race organizer, organizes long-distance duathlon events, including the POWERMAN Zofingen: a 10K run, 150K bike and 30K run entering its 26th year. With the partnership, USAT will sanction all U.S.-based POWERMAN races, five of which are part of the 2015 USA Triathlon Duathlon Race Series. USAT members will also receive a 20 percent discount on U.S. POWERMAN events. Collegiate and 18
military athletes will receive a 50 percent discount on the same races. POWERMAN Wisconsin, scheduled for June 7 in Kenosha, will serve as a qualifier for Team USA for the ITU Long Course Duathlon World Championships, which will take place on Sept. 6 in Zofingen, Switzerland at POWERMAN Zofingen. All 16 POWERMAN events will count towards end-of-the-year Duathlon National Rankings for USAT members.
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will receive five $100,000 payments over the course of five years, allowing AWMM to take advantage of long-term biological mapping to ensure winners abstain from performance-enhancing drugs.
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The DuPage Cycling Foundation announced its creation in late February. The 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization aims to combine cycling and philanthropy by using cycling events to raise funds for community nonprofits in greater DuPage County. Along with founding organization Elmhurst Masters Competition Cycling, Inc., the organization may also support charities that use cycling as a form of fundraising. “We’re pretty pleased that we can enhance our community with cycling as our tool,” DuPage Cycling Foundation board president Rob Hocking said in a press release. “Cycling has a way of bringing people together, which is the basis for all thriving communities.” The premier fundraiser for the DuPage Cycling Foundation, the Superior Ambulance Elmhurst Cycling Classic, will this year feature twilight criterium racing. The race, part of the Intelligentsia Cycling Series, will take place on July 24, with its fastest races scheduled after 5 p.m.
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The Flatlander Ultrarunners began as February turned to March last year with a handful of people. Today, the club boasts nearly 600 members.
everybody, and we all chip in equally. No one can ever make money off this name or sell things for profit to the members.”
“I think a lot of it has to do with the unique way the club is put together,” Scott Kummer, one of the founding members, says. “It’s not owned by anybody. It’s more like a co-op.”
While you may not find the entire club all together at one event, Flatlander runners do often run area trails together, meeting at Bullfrog Lake in Palos Hills weekly and hosting floater runs during warmer months. Floater runs allow any member to host a run on a local trail, giving club members the chance to explore the area.
Using Facebook as a hub, the group has connected ultrarunners from Chicagoland and the greater Midwest to each other, which is not entirely surprising given the nature of ultra clubs. “When I got into ultra running, you look for a club and you just join all of them,” Kummer says. “There’s a ton of overlap between groups. I wouldn’t be shocked to find someone in all of them.” Flatlander’s non-profit, co-operative focus sets it aside from other groups. The club puts great emphasis on transparency and making sure to no one makes any financial gains from the group. “There’s a lot of Flatlander shirts, buff s, hats,” Kummer says. “We get a quote, share the receipt with
Flatlander runners create Facebook events both for floater runs and for area ultra races, which lets others know who will be at which events and helps spread information. “Anyone can see that [event],” Kummer says. “Others will join the event as well, and people can talk about the race. Everything’s open to the public. No one owns anything. It’s not a company, not an entity. It’s a concept.” Beyond running, Flatlander members must contribute in some way to the ultra community by crewing, pacing or volunteering at at least one event every year. The group organizes aid stations at various races, including the Chicago Lakefront 50K and Lakefront 50/50 and the Hennapin 100 this coming September.
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“Twilight racing is among the most exiting and wellattended type of cycling event in the country,” race director Tim Radcliff said in a press release. “The community and racers really love it. Elmhurst is unique in that it has all the right ingredients for successful twilight racing.” In its first two years, the Elmhurst Cycling Classic has donated over $21,00 to area organizations including United Community Concerns, the Yorkfield Food Pantry, the Elmhurst Children’s Assistance Foundation, the Elmhurst Walk-In Ministry, the District 205 Foundation and the Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation.
To learn more about the event, visit www. elmhurstcyclingclassic.com. To learn more about the DuPage Cycling Foundation, visit www.dupagecyclingfoundation.org.
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What began as a way to stay in shape for soccer turned into a passion for Sean Choate. After joining track and field his junior year of high school, Choate learned he loved running and turned his focus to that instead. He ran for the track and field and cross country teams at Knox College and now runs for the Dick Pond Fast Track Racing Team. Last year, Choate won the male 20-24 age group for the CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit and he hopes to continue to compete on the circuit this year as well while staying healthy after a hip injury and stress fracture derailed much of his 2014 season. Choate, an assistant coach at St. Patrick High School, also wants to help his athletes achieve their goals and strengthen their passion for the sport in 2015.
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hile the best way to improve at a sport is to increase your practice and training hours, cross training can be a beneficial method to see substantial gains, especially when getting outside on the road is hard and your motivation is low. Building supporting muscular groups will make overall performance and the ability to stave off injury come race season even greater. But all cross training doesn’t benefit every sport equally. The following activities and training methods can benefit cycling performance the most: Running - The best bang for your buck, running can also get you outside to accomplish a good endurance workout effectively. Take it slow, though, as running tests stability muscles in your feet and calves. Running will help protect the muscles used on the bike from rapid fatigue, yet injury from too many miles pounding the pavement might creep in. Just take it slow, listen to your body and stretch even more than you would after a workout on the bike. 24
Weight lifting - Lifting encompasses many varieties of resistance training to build strength, and each type has its merits. Creating a circuit of strength activities can increase the heart rate, which will build more lean muscular endurance than added bulk. You can do kettlebell swings, squats, pushups, sit ups and dips for in a timed circuit training to keep your heart rate up while building added strength. Yoga - Power on the bike is the key to going fast. Your biggest opponent to power output while riding is aerodynamic drag. Cheating the air as much possible in an aerodynamic position allows for maximum power output so you can generate your fastest speeds. Yoga can help you achieve this goal through a combination of stretching and core strength to feel comfortable on the bike while you churn out the watts. Rock climbing - Keeping the mind fresh is just as important as the legs, making indoor rock climbing a fun and beneficial activity to add to your regimen. Rock climbing teaches and develops strength, endurance, balance and problem solving skills. Working
the mind while tired simulates a late race situation where you need to think as much you need to pedal hard. You can train your mind to accomplish this just like you can train other systems of your body. Cross country skiing - Quite possibly the best cross training one can do as a cyclist. It is close to zero impact, allows you to be outside in fresh air and works both endurance and muscular systems. Since cyclists generally don’t use much upper body strength, cross country skiing will help to build lean muscle in the arms and back. This in turn will help fight fatigue while on the bike during longer races or when racing over uneven terrain that shocks the muscles into submission. However, cross country skiing does have its downsides. Equipment can be pricy, technique a bit difficult to learn and conditions and terrain must be ideal. There aren’t many places to go near Chicago, but in the west and north suburbs there are groomed trails with even more in Wisconsin for a weekend training session. So get out there and mix it up and see your improvements this spring!
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until his introduction to Ride 2 Recovery. While he’s quick to acknowledge that he’s not among the fastest riders on a Challenge, that doesn’t at have a negative impact on his experience. “They break you into groups: A riders, B riders, C riders. I’m a D rider, the Delta Company,” Paddor says. “There’s no shame in being in Delta. It’s probably one of the most social of all the groups. A lot of riders like to come back to Delta because we know how to have fun.” The social aspect of the rides plays an important role in the mental rehabilitation aspect of Ride 2 Recovery. “The key to these programs is to get these guys and women to talk, and that’s the beauty of riding,” Paddor says. “We ride two by two, so we talk. You get very friendly with many of the riders, share your feelings on how you’re doing and talk about struggles.” In addition to his participation in Ride 2 Recovery Challenges, last year Paddor organized Honor Ride Chicago. Honor Rides, another program sponsored by Ride 2 Recovery, are one-day events with rides of varying distances. “This year we’ll have an 18-mile, 38-mile and 53mile route,” Paddor says. “All levels can ride.” The rides, which begin and end at Evanston Subaru in Skokie, take riders all around the area, including to the Naval Station in Great Lakes for those that will take on the 53-mile route. John Masson, a triple amputee, serves as the lead rider for the event.
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ob Paddor entered the cycling world as a result of an auction.
Paddor, a long supporter of the USO, attended the organization’s gala at Navy Pier in 2010 and bid on the chance to participate in a Sept. 11 memorial ride with Ride 2 Recovery, a group that uses various cycling events around the United States to benefit rehabilitation programs for veterans. Paddor won the auction prize, and in September of 2011 participated in a 560-mile bike ride that began at Ground Zero, traveled to Shanksville, Pennsylvania and concluded at the Pentagon.
“It was the most emotional eight days I’ve ever spent on a bicycle,” Paddor says. “People knew we were coming, and all of the rest stops and most of the dinners were hosted by American Legion halls. It gave you a chance to be in Americana and support veterans.”
“He’s an amazing American,” Paddor says of Masson. “He rides in a hand cycle, propelling himself with an arm and a prosthetic arm.” This year, Honor Ride Chicago will also include a 5K Honor Run that will take participants through the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park along the north channel of the Chicago River. Injured veterans can participate in the events at no cost.
Since then, Paddor continued his involvement with Ride 2 Recovery, participating in both domestic and international Challenges: multi-day, long distance events organized by Ride 2 Recovery.
Runners and riders are encouraged to fundraise for participating in the event, and a variety of prizes exist at various fundraising levels, including X X2i Optics racing glasses, a Ride 2 Recovery jersey and a Ride 2 Recovery hoodie. Top fundraisers will also receive the opportunity to take part in Ride 2 Recovery programs around the country.
Though Paddor has ridden bikes for most of his life, he never took cycling particularly seriously
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What to Look for in a Great Youth Coach By: Chris Palmquist Navigating the youth sports world is difficult. Wellmeaning parents want the best for their kids but often choose a path that negatively impacts their children’s sports experiences. How can we choose a coach, team and organization that will best nurture young active kids into happy, competent athletes? Coaching for the Right Reasons Kids respond best to coaches who truly care about them as individuals. The best youth coaches focus on their athletes rather than their own record and reputation. They frequently talk to each athlete about goals, successes, challenges and feelings. Young athletes are more likely to feel optimistic about their training and competing when shown this kind of careful concern by their coach. College scholarships are wonderful but truly good deals are very rare. Parents should choose teams and coaches based on the quality of the athlete experience rather than the possibility of a championship or a scholarship. That said, some teams and coaches do produce champions because they follow the best practices in youth coaching. Others produce champions because of recruiting and poor coaching practices that leave many kids discarded on the sidelines. Parents should interview, research and be willing to leave if the organization is not good for their child. Certified It is common to seek coaches who were talented athletes, but this does not mean that they will be talented or effective coaches. Good coaches may or may not have been the best in their sport, but they show care for their trade by seeking coaching skills from certification clinics, membership in the organizations that govern their sports and safety measures such as frequent background checks, 28
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A good coach has the youth-specific education to know developmentally appropriate training for their team members. This includes how and when to teach the sport’s vital skills. Athletes should emerge from their program with the ability to apply these skills to more rigorous competitions as they age.
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Safe Safety should be the top priority at every training session. Coaches should include the strength and skill development necessary to help prevent common injuries before challenging their athletes to higher and riskier levels of play. Practice venues should be safe and coaches should provide supervision of all athletes from drop-off to pick-up. At least two adults should always be present when working with young athletes.
are in 7th and 6th grade at Geneva Middle
Beyond the Game Your child will look back on youth sports with wonderful memories if you can find a program that makes fun a priority and makes every kid feel a sense of importance and belonging. This is different from always giving every kid a medal. Kids don’t need to win to be happy, but they do need to feel as if they have conquered some challenges to feel hopeful about their future. As they have their ups and downs in sports, if they feel like they are a vital part of a group that has fun together, they will rise to the challenges and meet their potential in that sport.
age groups in several local 5Ks and youth
Finally, a good coach and team will show the kids that there is more to life than their sport. Volunteer opportunities and fundraisers can help kids become good citizens while they put their own athletic experiences in a proper and healthy perspective.
Two very active brothers from Geneva show
their considerable talents by running, kick-
ing and scoring through several different sports. Ethan Hipp, 13, and Lucas Hipp, 11, School North. Both boys started year-round TCSA travel soccer programs in 3rd grade, Geneva Feeders travel basketball in 4th
grade and Geneva Baseball Association in kindergarten. During the summer, they
keep up their training through various weeklong camps. Both boys have won their
mile races. The boys were also active in Cub Scouts throughout elementary school. Lucas enjoys art during his free time and hopes to be an artist one day. His work appeared in Art for All at City Hall and he has a project on display at his school. The brothers like to cross country ski up in northern Wisconsin and Ethan enjoys fishing.
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1. Frozen superheroes emerge from the frigid waters of Lake Michigan at this yearâ€™s Polar Plunge on March 1. photo by: Chicago photopress
2. Over 4,500 plungers jumped
in the water to support Special Olympics Chicago at the Polar Plunge on March 1. photo by: Chicago photopress
3. Runners head towards the finish at the Oak Forest Fleadh 5K on March 7.
4. Shark Week came to the shores of Lake Michigan on March 1 for the Polar Plunge. photo by: Chicago photopress
5. Tammy Juby and Ashley Juby get into the Irish spirit at the Oak Forest Fleadh 5K on March 7.
on a Treadmill By BeThany STripp
In 2011, a standard medIcal procedure changed erIc o’connor’s lIfe forever. after tearIng hIs menIscus whIle playIng soccer wIth hIs son, o’connor underwent 12-mInute surgery to repaIr the tear. the surgery went well, and o’connor stIll planned to run the Bank of amerIca chIcago marathon that year, untIl one week later when hIs health suddenly changed. “I was In the garage, totally and completely sweatIng,” o’connor says. “my heart rate was lIke 130; my normal restIng heart rate Is lIke 50. I couldn’t functIon. I couldn’t Breathe.” O’Connor called his wife, an emergency room nurse, who came home and brought him to the hospital. There, he learned that three of the four deep veins in his calves were full of blood clots that had broken away and traveled through his heart to his lungs, creating pulmonary emboli: artery blockages in the lungs that kill one out of three people who have them. Still determined to run the 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, O’Connor returned home from the hospital three days later and found that his fitness had taken a major hit.
“We had a newborn son, and I couldn’t push him around the block without stopping to take a break,” O’Connor says. “I had just run a marathon in April.” Before his blood clots, O’Connor had been training to qualify for the Boston Marathon. It took him a full year to return to marathoning form, and even then he finished much slower than usual, his time over an hour longer than a Boston qualifier. “I was in bad shape and really had to fight to get back,” O’Connor says. “I was running 15 minute miles when I first
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“It’s really prevalent and people just don’t know about It. the bIggest thIng Is awareness. our cure Is awareness.”
started and had to run/walk because I couldn’t make it through the whole mile. I was really frustrated.”
backwards, rest for 90 minutes, then run the full marathon with the rest of the race’s field.
Discouraged by his slower times, O’Connor switched to ultra running, where speed comes second to endurance.
“When you find something that people’s first reaction is, ‘What?’, they’ll give you more money, or at least click on the link,” O’Connor says. “It gets people asking questions, and that’s when they read my story and start to understand blood clot recovery.”
“I thought, ‘Let’s try long and slow,’” O’Connor says. “I did a 50 mile [race] and thought it was pretty great. I thought I was going to die, but I loved it, and that got me into the ultra world.” At the same time, O’Connor began to research what he could do about blood clots and discovered the National Blood Clot Association, a non-profit organization that aims to raise awareness about blood clotting to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment efforts. He began assisting with the organization’s social media presence and later joined the board. Blood clotting has come into the national spotlight in recent years as a result of some high-profile cases involving athletes such as Serena Williams, NASCAR driver Brian Vickers and Miami Heat star Chris Bosh.
“I like the idea of pushing myself to do something new,” O’Connor says. In addition to being a personal challenge and growing awareness, O’Connor’s run will also serve as a fundraiser for the NBCA. “Obviously to do our educational programming and awareness programming we need to raise funds, so that’s what Eric’s doing,” Fellinger says. “He’s been a terrific volunteer and board member in all regards but especially in that one.”
While O’Connor learned that he had factor II prothrombin, a genetic mutation that causes disordered blood clotting, blood clots can strike anyone.
O’Connor will do his 24 hour treadmill run at Run Today in Glen Ellyn from 12 p.m. on April 10 to 12 p.m. on April 11.
Several other risk factors, including obesity, smoking, the use of estrogen-based hormonal birth control, pregnancy, hormone replacement therapy, hospitalization, injury and immobility can make a person more likely to develop blood clots.
“[O’Connor] has been a customer of ours for quite some time, so when he came to me and asked what I thought, there was no question that we would support him and do whatever we could,” Run Today owner Paul O’Neill says. “We’ve never had an event like this, but we’re really looking forward to it. It’s such a great opportunity to gain awareness for what he’s gone through and a lot of other people have as well.”
To that end, O’Connor has dedicated his running to advancing blood clot awareness, taking on incredible distances and challenges in hopes of starting a conversation and raising funds for the NBCA. Last summer, for example, O’Connor participated in Worth the Hurt: an event that has participants run the entire San Francisco Marathon course april 2015
On the hunt for a new challenge that would get people talking, O’Connor decided to move his ultrarunning indoors. Having already completed a 100-mile run, he considered attempting to do the same on a treadmill but chose to run 24 hours and a minimum of 100 miles instead, inspired by Christopher Bergland’s book The Athlete’s Way and his 153-mile run on a treadmill.
“[We’ve] seen it in the NBA,” Randy Fenninger, CEO of the National Blood Clot Alliances, says. “Even people in superb physical condition can have clots.”
“It’s really prevalent and people just don’t know about it,” O’Connor says. “The biggest thing is awareness. Our cure is awareness.”
O’Connor has set up tread24.com to share his story and document his challenge and provide complete details on the event. “We want to bring in a countdown clock, bring in music and food and make a party out of it,” O’Connor says. “I really want to make it a party. It should be a good time.”
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With ultra running becoming an “it” sport, the calendar steadily fills with new races, and even the established events draw ever-bigger fields. “Trail running as a whole is slowly growing in numbers,” says Rich Skocaj, race director of the Potawatomi Trails Runs in Pekin, which have been around in one form or another since 1999. “That’s been reflected in the number of entrants we’ve had.”
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In 2015, ultra runners have several races throughout the region from which to choose. The variety is impressive, both in terms of the terrain and the events themselves.
HERE’S A GUIDE TO THIS YEAR’S ULTRA RACES: Potawatomi Trails Runs APRIL 10-12 | POTAWATOMITRAILRUNS.COM Originally called the McNaughton Park Trail Runs (due to its location in McNaughton Park in Pekin), this event was christened with its current name in 2011. The Potawatomi Trails Runs traditionally have featured 50-, 100- and 150-mile races. This year, however, the organizers will stretch the bounds of the imagination—and the endurance of runners—by adding a 200-miler. “We only brought that one out because people asked for it,” Skocaj says. “There are people out there who are just looking for more punishment. They want to see exactly how far they can push themselves, and 150 miles apparently wasn’t enough for them.” The trail itself, a 10-mile loop, is deﬁned by its hills, with runners traversing 1,600 total feet of elevation change. “People think of central Illinois as farmland, but it’s been described that they’ve taken all the hills from Illinois and put them here in McNaughton Park,” Skocaj says. Included in the weekend is a 30-mile “fun run,” which begins at 8 p.m. on the second day. “For the 100 and 150 milers, it gets kind of quiet on the second night because the 50 milers are all done,” Skocaj says. “So a few years ago, we decided to start this race on Saturday night to put more bodies on the course and keep the 100 and 150 milers company.”
Earth Day 50K APRIL 18 | MUDDRUNNER.COM The Earth Day 50K, which debuted in 2012 and takes place at Veteran Acres in Crystal Lake, is mostly about inaugurating spring. “It’s nice after a hard winter,” race director Michele Hartwig says. “The trees are starting to bloom and it’s just a refreshing race.” Both novice and experienced ultra runners will be able to make the most of this single-track course, which Hartwig calls “gentle,” with some rocks and roots but mostly forgiving dirt. This is also an event with a social conscience—hence its name. “We work hard on promoting Earth Day with this race,” Hartwig says. “We try to keep the race as green as possible. We’re requiring everyone to carry their own water bottles so that we don’t have throwaway glasses. Every year we try to come up with new ideas so that we have less landﬁll at the end of the race.”
Christmas in July JULY 17-18 | CHRISTMASINJULY24HOUR.COM Who says ultras can’t be a hoot? This will be the second year for the Christmas-themed event. The one-mile course, located at Lisle Community Park in Lisle, is adorned with all manner of Christmas decorations. The ultra portions of the event consist of six-, 12- and 24-hour runs. Adding to the uniqueness, the races all start at night under the lights. “It’s very festive,” says race director Ed Kelly. MYCHICAGOATHLETE.COM
There’s a new entry this year on the ultra calendar: the Hennepin Hundred. Slated for Sept. 12 and 13, the Hennepin Hundred is the brainchild of Michele Hartwig, a trail racing veteran who also is the organizer of the Earth Day 50K in Crystal Lake. “One of the things I do is I’m a park district commissioner for the Crystal Lake Park District,” she says. “We went to a conference in downtown Chicago, and one of the conference sessions was about making trails count. I left the session and I was totally inspired.”
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AUGUst 22 | shtrs.orG You won’t find many, if any, ultras like this one. Race director Kirsten Pieper started it last year as something of a novelty.
october 10 | fArmdAletrAilrUn.com The Farmdale Trail Runs will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. Taking place on an 800-acre tract of land in East Peoria, the event’s ultras include 30-, 50- and, for the first time, 100-milers. Says race director Jack Cook of the addition of a 100-mile race, “Basically, we got enough requests for it. It will be part of our 10 year anniversary. We’re not sure if it will be a one-shot deal.”
“It’s approximately a 4.25-mile loop,” she says of the course at Evergreen Lake in Hudson. “Contestants have one hour to run that loop. If you finish the loop in 45 minutes, you have a 15-minute break; if you finish it in 59 minutes, you have a one-minute break; if you finish it in one hour and one minute, you’re eliminated.” The 12-hour run is catching on quickly. Says Pieper, “I think it’s going to be very popular.”
Evergreen Lake Ultras september 13 | shtrs.orG Want to go back to the basics? Then this race, held at Evergreen Lake in Hudson and entering its fifth year, is the one for you. “We really are a grassroots organization,” race director Pieper says of the event’s organizing group, the Shady Hollow Trail Runners. “We try to keep a small-town feeling while putting on a quality event.” The Evergreen Lake Ultras consist of 51- and 34mile races as well as a 17-miler. The course is a 17-mile loop that features a little bit of everything, highlighted by a view of Evergreen Lake all the way around. “The trails incorporate everything from open grass to wooded single tracks,” Pieper says. “We go through pine groves and open fields with goldenrods that are waist-high. It incorporates everything central Illinois has to offer.” 38
Cook calls the course a “good mix of runnable trails and technical terrain,” with six challenging hills. “It’s an intermediate-type course, but there’s also enough of a challenge for experienced runners,” he adds. Organizers have tweaked the course slightly each year, but they’re keeping it the same in 2015. “It’s a good thing because more people want to be able to compare their times to previous years,” Cook says.
DPR Trail Races october 17 | desplAinesrivertrAilrAces.com Entering its sixth year, the DPR Trail Races continue to grow in popularity. Kelly, the race director, says that last year’s edition attracted runners from 27 states and three countries. The event also features a half marathon and marathon in addition to an ultra 50 miler. The races take place along the Des Plaines River Trail in Lake County, a course known for producing robust times. “The trail itself is flat, fast and favorable,” Kelly says. “It’s crushed limestone. We have a lot of firsttime ultra runners, and we also get a lot of PRs set.” The course is enhanced by its scenic appeal. “It’s really beautiful,” Kelly says. “It’s held at a time of year when the leaves are turning.”
Hartwig applied that inspiration to the Hennepin Canal Trail, a 103-mile tract that stretches from Sterling to Colona. She was taken by the both the area’s beauty and history. “The canal started being built in the 1800s to connect the rivers together for the barges. When it was a working canal, it had a trail that ran alongside it for the horses and donkeys to pull the barges. After the canal went out of business, the trail became basically a huge state park.” And, she figured, the perfect location for an ultra race. The Hennepin Hundred, which also will feature a 100-mile relay and a 50-miler, is somewhat unique in that it is a point-topoint race, meaning it’s not a loop that runners traverse a series of times. “We think that makes it more exciting,” she says. “You’re seeing something new the entire way.” Those sights will include a race-long view of the canal, as well as wildlife such as bald eagles. Mostly, though, Hartwig is looking forward to the competitive excitement the trail will provide. “The course is flat and fast,” she says. “We think a world record can be set at the 100mile or 50-mile distance. We’ve reached out to some people who we think are capable of doing [setting a record], and we’re hopeful we can entice them to come.”
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A CENTURY. EVEN THE WORD BRINGS TO MIND IMAGES OF GRANDEUR, OF A LONG, ENDURING AND EPIC JOURNEY. A NICE ROUND NUMBER: 100. THE DISTANCE FROM CHICAGO TO WISCONSIN AND BACK. A century ride, in a way, is cyclingâ€™s marathon: six plus hours of pedaling circles, trying to keep energy levels up by eating and drinking enough to stay ahead of the looming bonk that wants to force your body into submission, to make it stop. However, completing a century ride on your bike is an attainable goal for even the most recreational of cyclist. Your body will hurt and ache, but with no pavement to pound, you may be able to push beyond limits you could experience in running. But where to begin?
Start by planning with time on your side. Pick an event at least two to three months in the future and work backwards. You need to have a schedule that allows you to devote at least five to 10 hours of training time a week on a consistent basis before ride day. You do not need to devote all of these hours to ride time, but after the first month your training should focus most on riding. A month before the ride, you should have enough time to do three hour rides at least once a week, most likely on the weekends.
Second, you need to own a decent road bike. You will spend a lot of time on this bike and will grow to know it intimately. From its fit and feel to changing a flat, it is your vehicle for pain and suffering as much as joy and accomplishment. Treat it nicely and it will carry you far distances. Check out your local bike shop and talk to a salesperson about your century plans. Focus on a good saddle and pair of cycling shorts with a good chamois, as saddle time will be a very important aspect of your training.
your own plan, you will need to exercise a bit more discipline and willpower to get in the right workouts.
There are many training plans out there to follow to increase endurance and power on the bike and each one will work differently for each individual. You can train alone or with a coach, but know that if you choose to create
After a week of this, change one more of your easy rides into a long distance ride of two to three hours. You can accomplish this on one of the many group rides in and around the city on a Saturday or Sunday
Start with easy to steady rides of 30 to 60 minutes three times per week with some cross training two to three times a week on non-riding days. After three to four weeks of this, change one of the rides to a long interval workout. Shoot for 3x20 minutes hard (80 percent of maximum effort for 20 minutes) with five minutes of rest in between.
“On the day of your century choose a nice relaxing pace and enjoy the day.”
morning. Check out chicagobikeracing.com for times, distances and general effort information for each ride. Continue to cross train at least two to three days per week, with at minimum one day completely off, exercising with light stretching or walking only.
do not go outside of a normal meal for yourself. Trying something new at the last minute with nutrition can be the kiss of death for a long day in the saddle. Follow the same guidelines the morning of the ride, eating a full breakfast of familiar foods.
“If you are really time crunched, [focus on] core work off the bike and relative power and intensity on the bike,” Mike Farrell, Prairie Path Bicycle shop owner and Athletes by Design cycling coach, says of how you should structure your training. “If you only have 90 minutes in any day to workout, it’s much more efficient to train hard during that time.”
Bananas, energy bars and gels are all good choices for nutrition while riding. Experiment in your long training rides beforehand to find what works for you. Practice eating on the bike during these rides, as this task can be harder than it seems. In general you should eat at least one energy bar or equivalent and take one to two bottles of liquid, preferably with a light energy mixture in it, every hour. This should provide the necessary fuel to get through the day. Again, there will likely be aid stations, but some might run out of food and drink or stock different items than what you normally consume while riding.
Three weeks before your century, start to ease off both the hard riding day and the cross training, perhaps taking an added rest day. Keep up the long ride once a week to help keep soreness at bay during your century. By ride day you should have good endurance, power from the 20-minute intervals and enough saddle time to feel comfortable on your bike for the long duration. Also remember to practice your pacing and draft-line technique. You can do this on your long ride in a group setting. Most group rides will form a double pace line which will allow you to simulate how a century ride creates group formations along the route to allow for quicker paces. To feel comfortable on your century, you should know how to change a flat tire. Carrying a saddlebag with tire irons, a spare tube, patch kit and multi tool will help with this. While the ride will most likely be supported with aid stations, there could be long stretches where you may be on your own to fix your tire if needed. “If you own it, bring it,” Farrell says. “There are so many different scenarios that could unfold on the morning of the ride. Weather alone could dictate 10 different items.” Nutrition on and off the bike is important given the length of the ride. The night before, eat a decent sized meal heavy in carbohydrates, but 42
“On the day of your century, choose a nice relaxing pace and enjoy the day,” Farrell says. “The most fun part is owning the road. A popular century that has been going for a few years will have the local drivers avoiding the area for most of the day. It feels extremely relaxing being able to ride along with only fellow cyclists in sight.” In the end, this is a journey that you get to take with hundreds of others around you. “Before the ride starts there’s energy and excitement in the air, but it’s not intense or competitive because Swedish Days isn’t a race, it’s a ride,” Swedish Days Ride—one of the area’s most popular century options— committee member Beth Greenlee says. “During the ride there’s a sense of community and encouragement. We have a shared passion and goal. At the end of the ride, there’s camaraderie in the shared accomplishment, satisfaction in achieving a goal and a sense of, ‘Wow, we did it!’” Pick your century ride, set your goals, write down your training, nutrition and preparation plans and get ready for an amazing experience riding your bike a century for the first time. And don’t forget the sunscreen!
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Double Challenge Women’s Results Kay Reusnow 50 27,977.2 yards Maike Meyer 39 27,907.6 yards Lin Roberts 60 21,885.2 yards
Mardi Gras Chaser 5K and 10K CH I C AGO , I L | 2 / 2 1 / 1 5
Over 400 runners came out to support Back on My Feet Chicago, an organization that aims to change the lives of those experiencing homelessness through running, at this Mardi Gras-themed race. With colorful masks, beads and a post-race brunch at Fat Cat in Uptown featuring a New Orleans-style brunch, participants had the chance to get into the spirit while supporting a local cause. Men’s 5K Results Alex Wagner Nash Pirie Nick Rekenthaler Mike Wong Henry Stone Jake Spitz Brian Steiner Kevin Wasielewski Adam Osborne Joe Schuch
31 21 33 19 29 31 52
17:34 17:37 17:52 18:08 18:14 19:48 20:17 20:21 20:42 21:01
Women’s 5K Results Karrie Hamstra-Wright 38 Corey Parker 34 Emily Rowlands 30
19:07 20:44 21:09
Abigail Sheridan Amanda Marwitz Maayan Malter Ellie Luze Sabra Abbott Dawn Perres Victoria Fasano
22 23 38 30 13
21:12 21:21 23:06 23:13 24:09 24:20 24:22
Men’s 10K Results Bob Geiger Christopher Willis Walter Martinez David Dilcher Francisco Torralba Chris Flynn Marshall Munro Michael Rosenstiel Jon Hermanson Dan Wywrot
44 32 45 52 37 26 33 38 32 25
38:34 38:49 41:49 42:59 44:52 45:14 45:14 45:47 46:24 46:26
Women’s 10K Results Kelly Thielbar Janet Franco Rania Garde Yesenia Ortiz Kristi Battalini Cass Gunderson Ashley Purvis Maggie Murphy Laura Sayen Adreana Mauer
30 24 21 31 40 25 28 26 29 45
40:06 40:33 44:22 45:32 46:11 46:26 47:17 47:29 48:44 48:49
Hot Chocolate Frosty Footrace 5K R OU ND L AK E B EAC H , I L | 2/ 22/ 15
Runners bundled up to raise funds for the Round Lake Area Park District on Feb. 22. This annual event benefits the park district’s senior fitness programs and drew some speedy competition, with nine of the top 10 men finishing below the 20-minute mark. Former Clif Bar Athlete of the Month Pamela Staton handily won the women’s race, defeating second place finisher Yvonne Delongchamp by almost two and a half minutes. Men’s Results Sam Stein Ryan Hlinak Dan Palmer Paul Harris Patrick Etherington Xavier Suarez Garett Sillanpaa Brian Schoenborn Nathan Etherington Ricky Galla
34 32 38 48 42 22 47 51 15 54
Round Lake Fox Lake Roscoe McHenry Round Lake Park Round Lake Kenosha, Wis. Grayslake Round Lake Park Grayslake
18:22 18:38 18:58 19:11 19:13 19:14 19:47 19:50 19:59 20:12
Women’s Results Pamela Staton Yvonne Delongchamp Rachel Sierminski Wendy Curry Shanna Piggott Kimberly Skaff Nicole Edwards Valentina Hierzer Jessica Cuna Bonnie Schirato
28 43 32 37 37 30 31 45 14 47
Ingleside Grayslake Chicago Chicago Round Lake Round Lake Antioch Round Lake Round Lake Lindenhurst
18:52 21:18 22:14 22:20 22:32 22:58 24:45 25:12 25:28 26:41
Hustle Up the Hancock C HIC AG O, I L | 2 /2 2/ 15
Climbers put their legs to the test against one of the tallest buildings in Chicago at the annual Hustle Up the Hancock. The stair climb, which benefits the Respiratory Health Association, included both a half climb of 52 fl oor and a full climb, taking participants all the way up 94 fl oors of stairs. Men’s 94 Floor Climb Results Eric Leninger 31 St. Charles 9:51 Daniel Walters 29 Chicago 10:12 Jesse Berg 42 Chicago 10:40 Todd Smith 37 Chicago 10:41 Kyle Larson 24 Chicago 10:50 Nick Hird 31 Naperville 11:10 Thomas Scott 50 Royal Palm Beach, Fla. 11:21 Andy Newman 40 Wheaton 11:31 John Coleman 36 Chicago 11:45 John Kubacki 56 Lemont 11:48 Women’s 94 Floor Climb Results Cindy Harris 46 Indianapolis Liz Ruvalcaba 30 Winfield Name
11:44 11:47 Time
Brett Chody Trisha Hess Shelby Bernard Barbara Barreno
14 39 33 30 Natalie Doolittle Shadel 30 Daphne Kolody 14 Catherine Demet 47 Gail Campbell 50
Men’s 52 Floor Climb Jacob Langbehn Clifton Donaldson Reid Kendryna Michael Psaltis Casey Clark Keith Dutton Joey Hayes Matt Sabatini Satyadev Damaraju Frederick Collison
18 41 19 30 30 53 17 17 12 35
Women’s 52 Floor Climb Jane Radvan 55 Sojung Kim 35 Jill Paha 34 Allison Swisher 34 Ameerah Shabazz 36 Alex Kowalewski 23 Erin Masters 35 Donna Woolsey 40 Jen Steele 32 Ashley Schabes 9
Lake Forest Crystal Lake Sycamore Chicago Elgin Batavia Lake Forest Madison, Wis.
12:25 13:06 13:17 13:25 13:27 13:47 13:57 13:59
Crown Point, Ind. Frankfort Alsip Downers Grove Downers Grove Chicago Elmhurst Elmhurst
6:01 7:15 7:21 7:22 7:24 7:26 7:36 7:37 South Barrington 7:37 Chicago 7:39
Chicago Northbrook Grayslake Plainfield Joliet Streamwood Chicago Woodridge Chicago Long Grove
Irene Listro Cortney Dornhecker Jamie Hartford Kristina Woods Liz Novak
Orland Park Oak Forest Orland Hills Monee Oak Forest
24:11 24:11 25:05 25:49 26:03
Manhattan Irish Fest Parade 5K M AN HATTAN , I L | 3/7/15
The Manhattan Irish Fest Parade started off the festivities with an early March 5K. Runners began at the start of the parade and finished at the Beer/Entertainment tent to celebrate their accomplishments with drinks and Irish music. The race served as the third event on the Prairie State RoadRunners Circuit.
6:20 7:16 7:35 8:14 8:22 8:22 8:22 8:32 8:33 8:34
CNB Oak Forest Fleadh 5K O A K F O RE ST, I L | 3 / 7 / 1 5
Runners came out to Oak Forest to kick off the suburb’s annual fleadh with a 5K. Even with a few hills on the course, participants turned in fast times on one of the first warm days after a cold February. With bagpipers at the start and finish, the race got runners into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit. Men’s Results Sean Choate Rich Heffron Rob Chenoweth Jonathan Cain Michael Connolly Matthew Abbott Tonatiuh Chavez Francisco Guerrero David Hensely Raymond Gobis
Chicago 16:29 Chicago 16:38 Chicago 17:12 Des Plaines 17:44 Arlington Heights 17:47 Arlington Heights 18:09 Kenosha, Wis. 19:00 Chicago 19:12 Wheaton 20:35 Oak Forest 20:44
Women’s Results Andrea Clark Lisa Edison Lauren Moranz Estela Rangel Katie Plecki
Grant Park Frankfort Oak Forest Burbank Tinley Park
23:01 23:13 23:32 23:46 23:59 Time
H-F Indoor Triathlon photo by H-F Racquet & Fitness Club
Men’s Results Evan Sather Emmanuel Angomas Clark Anderson Patrick Foley Jess Conboy Javier Martinez Jared Kreis Erik Donovan George Sasek Phil Hitson Name
Willowbrook Romeoville Romeoville Manhattan Channahon Minooka New Lenox Manhattan New Lenox Manteno Age
17:26 18:18 18:38 18:58 20:27 21:25 21:39 21:40 21:47 21:55 Time
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Manhattan Irish Fest Parade 5K
Women’s Results Kristin Kotara Eileen Skisak Ashley Adelmeyer Myriam Lallemand Mary Farrell Jennifer Rodgers Nikki Kuehl Cheryl Donovan Andrea Regan Eva Rahn
Mokena La Grange Park Chicago Chicago Heights New Lenox Peotone Chicago Manhattan Manhattan Channahon
20:11 23:02 23:19 24:20 24:26 24:33 24:50 25:02 25:11 25:16
Fight for Air Climb
C HIC AG O, I L | 3 /8 / 15
Participants tackled the Presidential Towers at the city installment of the Fight for Air Climb. The event, which supports the American Lung Association, invited climbers to take on one, two, three or all four of the Presidential Towers for up to 2,340 steps. The event also featured 45-floor and 585-step options. Men’s Four Tower Climb Results Eric Leninger 31 Dan Walters 29 Josh Duncan 37 Brian Scott 31 Name
15:11 15:54 16:22 17:58 Time
Bradley Waller Christopher Navin Robert Klinko Tony Iosue Dave Kestel Mark Tomezak
30 34 40 43 52 32
18:12 18:39 19:10 19:22 19:27 19:32
Women’s Four Tower Climb Results Liz Ruvalcaba 30 Kristin Frey 31 Olga Starikova 37 Jackie Hamlin 27 Jill Paha 34 Kendra Frigo 42 Stephanie Vetter 33 Karen Geninatti 57 Sheryl Leonard-Schneck 50 Susan Glaser 38
17:26 20:22 21:59 23:18 23:46 24:01 24:03 24:29 24:38 25:07
Running O’ the Green TI N LEY PARK , I L | 3 / 8 / 1 5
Runners in Tinley Park celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with the town’s annual Running O’ the Green 8K. The race took participants through the residential streets of Tinley Park and saw tight competition in both the men’s and women’s events. Name
Men’s Results Dave Janet Mitch Gilbert Frederic Nielsen M.J. Moore Nate McPherson Mark Luttrell Scott Zajac Dariusz Lisowski Brian O’Donnell Jamie Parks
26:15 26:43 27:34 28:20 28:31 30:43 31:39 32:13 32:32 34:11
Women’s Results Kaila Konecki Olivia Tesher Colleen Tesher Sandra Voltarel Jennifer Traina Margaret Marron Andrea Clark Amber Rohead Teresa Kirby Amanda Brode
35:22 35:59 36:33 36:49 36:59 37:34 37:59 38:06 39:09 39:38
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Compete on the Cara runner’s Choice Circuit at this classic oak Park race formerly known as the race that’s good for life. now in its 34th year, the event will once again feature separate men’s and women’s races, a one-mile youth race and a Junior dash for those 5 and under. 48
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Arbor Day 10K SuNDAY, APRIL 19 LISLE, IL
Ring in spring at the Morton Arboretum with the fifth annual Arbor Day 10K. The course traces the east side of the arboretum and provides runners with a tech shirt, complimentary post-race beer for those 21 and older, food, music and free admission to the arboretum.
04/25/15 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Champaign IL www.illinoismarathon.com 04/25/15 Longwood PTA Run with the Lions 5k Run/Walk Warrenville IL www.runwiththelions.com 04/25/15 Greater Chicago Epilepsy 5K Wheaton IL www.EpilepsyChicago.org 04/25/15 The Soldier Dash Peoria IL raceroster.com/events/2015/ 04/25/15 3rd Annual RACERS Superhero 5K Benton Harbor MI www.racerssuperhero5K.com 04/25/15 Marlas 5k Truffula Shuffula Lombard IL www.marlas5k.com
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did you put in your training this winter? Find out at the live grit lakefront 10 Miler. With a scenic course along lake Michigan and a jaunt up Cricket hill to keep you honest, this Cara runner’s Choice Circuit race is great for competitive and casual runners. 50
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Ravenswood Run 5K
SUNDAy, APRiL 26 | CHiCAGO, iL
Show off your speed at one of the fastest 5Ks in the city. after running through the streets of Ravenswood and lincoln Square, stick around for a post-race pancake breakfast, the proceeds of which benefit the Ravenswood Community Services Food Pantry at all Saints’ episcopal Church.
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The Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation’s nationwide signature event that unites communities across the country to put an end to arthritis. The event features a three-mile and one-mile course, with entertainment and fun activities for the entire family. Dogs are welcome too!
Walk to Cure Arthritis Lake County April 25, 2015
Old School Forest Preserve Libertyville, IL 10 a.m.
South Suburbs May 17, 2015 Centennial Park Orland Park, IL 1 p.m.
Chicago June 6, 2015 Montrose Beach Chicago, IL 5:30 p.m.
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Put a little jingle in your step and join us for the Jingle Bell Run/Walk, the Arthritis Foundation’s annual holiday 5K race series. Thousands of runners and walkers will hit the nation’s pavement, pathways, and parks to help conquer the debilitating pain of arthritis.
Rockford | Nov. 21
Chicago | Dec. 12
CHILDREN’S FUN RUN Kankakee | Dec. 13
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Dr. Lisa M. Schoene GURNEE PODIATRY & SPORTS MEDICINE ASSOCIATES: 351 S. GREENLEAF ST. #C PARK CITY, IL 60085 847-263-6073 401 W. ONTARIO ST. #240 CHICAGO IL 60654 312-642-6020 Dr. Lisa Schoene is a sports medicine specialist who is triple board certified in Surgery, Orthopedics, and Primary Podiatric medicine, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgery and the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine. She is also a licensed certified Athletic Trainer as well. She has been practicing Podiatric Sports medicine for over 22 years. She has treated and worked with numerous Olympic, Professional, Semi-professional, and Elite athletes of many sports, including runners, triathletes, and dancers. Dr. Schoene has supervised and covered numerous sporting events and races, and lectures nationally and internationally on many sports medicine topics. Dr. Schoene trains Medical and Podiatry students, residents and fellows. She was one of 17 Podiatrist’s to work at the Olympic Games in 1996 and has worked at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado and with the World Cup Games. She has been a Podiatric consultant for the DePaul University athletic department for over 20 years, and has worked with many professional dance companies in the Chicagoland area, including the Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance, Ballet Chicago, Inaside Chicago Dance as well as many others. Dr. Schoene will thoroughly evaluate overall posture, and functional abilities, she will examine the complete lower extremity, for strength, flexibility, biomechanical alignment, functional capacity and shoe gear. Emphasis will be placed on quick recovery from the current injury, and proactive preventative treatments for the future. This may include physical therapy treatments, strength, and flexibility work, orthotics for biomechanical control, massage therapy, nutritional counseling, and alternative therapies including acupuncture, homeopathic, or magnetic therapy.
Physicians Plus -Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation 1700 W. Diversey Pkwy. Chicago, IL. 60614 www.TheSportDocs.com • 773-FIT-0033 Dr. Paul A. Marando D.C., C.C.S.P. (Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician) Dr. Tim P. Marando D.C., N.D. Physicians Plus is a progressive physical medicine and sports rehabilitation center that treats musculoskeletal injuries from the feet to the head. Dr. Paul Marando and Dr. Tim Marando emphasize thorough, comprehensive evaluations to provide individualized rapid treatment programs that keep our patients doing what they love. When combining detailed patient education, our patients learn to take care of themselves and see us less often. No therapist referrals will be necessary as we are your doctors and rehabilitative therapists in one. Our goal in working with you is to quickly eliminate pain and provide you with quick, easy access to care. For years, Physicians Plus has enjoyed treating professional and Olympic athletes, as well as providing the same standard of care to all our patients. Physicians Plus provides performance care to athletes looking to get an edge on the competition. We are part of the ART Ironman Performance Care Team and can be found on the Ironman Provider Network. Performance care is a system of treatment which helps lengthen and strengthen muscles before they become injured which results in improved athletic performance. Therapies: • Active Release Techniques® (ART®) • McKenzie Method® • Functional Rehabilitation • Naturopathic Medicine
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Q What sparked your interest in endurance sports? A I played professional football in the NFL for seven years, and obviously you can’t do it forever. It’s very hard to make the adjustment into civilian life without some kind of physical fitness goal. It’s hard to work out for vanity’s sake. I just started doing what everyone else does, and that is we were all born to run, and I started running. That later turned into doing triathlons, because you wanted to balance yourself. It served me well. I’m 65 years old and still kicking. Q Are your Ironman days behind you now? A You know what, I’d like to think I have maybe
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overweight and I said, “I’ve got to do something.” You can’t do anything to do it for vanity’s sake. I made a declaration: I’d like to do an Ironman. About four days after I made that declaration the people from Ironman called me up and said, “Hey Mike, you’ve been a good friend of ours, covered the race several times with NBC. This year we’re offering media sponsorships. Would you like one?” I thought it was a sign from heaven. I had no idea how to train. I went to camp in Boulder run by Paula Newby-Fraser. After about two days voted as athlete least likely to finish an Ironman and camper most likely to drown during the swim. But I got through it and then I realized that I liked it so much I wanted to do it again and see what would happen if I really trained for it. About four years after that I went to Lake Placid back to back times and knocked two hours off my time. The thing that was exciting was that assuming you weren’t a world champion distance runner or cross country runner, you can reasonably expect to get better as you get older. The bike is incredibly technical and you can never stop learning
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