Chicago Athlete Magazine 2015 August/September Issue

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“If you’re a triathlete or triathlon fan living in the Chicago area, this August and September were made for you.” If you’re a triathlete or triathlon fan living in the Chicago area, this August and September were made for you. From USA Triathlon age group nationals in Milwaukee to the Chicago Triathlon to the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago, there will be no shortage of incredible racing in the area between now and mid-September. The Chicago Triathlon brings world class athletes to Chicago’s lakefront to compete side-byside with your neighbors and friends every August, and this year promises to be no different. Using the improved course from last year along with other fun updates made in 2014 including the Divvy wave of the SuperSprint, triathletes of all abilities and experience levels will have the chance to see the city from the water, bike and foot Aug. 29-30. Read up on all the details of this year’s event on page 30. If you plan to tackle three disciplines in one race for the first time this year, you might feel a little intimidated. Triathlons require more gear and different training from other endurance events, and it makes sense that this could stir up some new anxieties. Knowledge can go a long way in stopping fear in its tracks, though. If you need some reassurance about what to bring and expect on race day, check out our guide for first timers on page 52. We can’t possibly talk about upcoming area triathlons without mentioning the biggest event of them all: the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago. The top triathletes in the world will descend on our city in September for a full week of incredible competition, along with open events for age groupers who want to experience ITU-style racing. The official program for the weekend is in this issue of Chicago Athlete, and in it you’ll find everything you need to know about the most exciting week of endurance sports in Chicago this year. Still not convinced triathlons are for you? If you prefer to stick to one sport on race day but would still like a new challenge, our guide to Midwest half and full marathons on page 59 can help you out. With races in Wisconsin, Indiana and close by in Illinois, you don’t need to feel left out of the fall racing excitement.

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EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT Joan Benoit Samuelson and Deena Kastor to Run 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Arguably two of the biggest names in American women’s marathoning, Joan Benoit Samuelson and Deena Kastor will both return to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon this year to celebrate the anniversaries of major accomplishments they both achieved at the event, including an American record for Benoit Samuelson in 1985 and Kastor’s first major marathon win in 2005. The runners will take part in the “Legends of the Lakefront” series, which brings well-known runners to Chicago to speak about their careers.

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SA Triathlon announced in July that the Rio de Janeiro ITU World Olympic Qualification Event on Aug. 2 would serve as the first individual qualifier for triathletes competing for a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team. The World Olympic Qualification Event serves as a test for next year’s Olympic triathlon and carries great importance, as the top three finishers in each race will earn a spot that helps their respective National Federation earn country spots for the triathlon at the Olympic Games. Only eight nations may send full teams to the Olympic triathlon, with each of those eight countries allotted three male and three female athletes per team. The top two U.S. athletes that finish within the 14



top eight overall in Rio this August will automatically make the U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team. If zero or one U.S. athletes finish in the top eight at the World Olympic Qualification Event, one qualification spot will be available at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago in September. A final qualifying event to fill the third spot available on the U.S. team will take place at a yet-tobe-determined event between March and May of next year. Gwen Jorgensen, Katie Zaferes, Sarah True, Lindsey Jerdonek, Renée Tomlin, Kirsten Kasper, Jarrod Shoemaker, Joe Maloy, Kevin McDowell, Ben Kanute, Greg Billington and Hunter Kemper are expected to represent the U.S. at the World Olympic Qualification Event.

Geneva Triathlete Takes Silver at Pan American Games

Kevin McDowell, a 22-year-old triathlete from Geneva, took silver in the Pan American Games triathlon in July. McDowell, a 2010 Youth Olympic Games silver medalist and 2009 and 2010 USA Triathlon Junior Elite Triathlete of the Year, also finished third at the Chengdu ITU World Cup earlier this year.

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NAMED HEAD COACH OF NORTH CENTRAL COLLEGE TEAM North Central College announced in June that local elite triathlete Jennifer Garrison will serve as the school’s first women’s triathlon head coach. Earlier this year, North Central received a grant from USA Triathlon that will allow the school to lead the way in implementing women’s triathlon as a collegiate sport. The school will host its first season with triathlon as a varsity sport in 2016.

Jennifer Garrison with her husband and kids

“This is a great opportunity to work with up-and-coming elite athletes in the sport,” Garrison said in a press release. “My personal experience competing at the elite level will provide a great background for me in working with athletes at the collegiate level. I’m excited to be involved in this from the get-go, not only for North Central, but the NCAA as well.” Photo by Ali Engin

Human Kinetics



omen’s participation in triathlon increased by 10 percent between 2008 and 2013, and in the wake of that increase, Human Kinetics and USA Triathlon teamed up to produces The Women’s Guide to Triathlon, a resource for females in the sport. The book, released in early July, covers everything from training to racing, delving into subtopics including mental training, injury prevention, fueling, cross training, coaching and balancing life’s respon-


sibilities with training’s responsibilities. The book boasts an all-star lineup of contributors, with chapters from standout athletes and coaches, including three-time paratriathlon world champion Melissa Stockwell, ITU World Championship silver medalist Sarah Haskins, two-time ITU series winner Siri Lindley and 2004 U.S. Olympic triathlon coach Gale Bernhardt. You can find the book online at and at bookstores everywhere.

MY FIT FOODS With four locations in Chicago (157 W. North, 3701 N. Halsted, 2746 N. Clark and 2000 N. Clybourn), My Fit Foods provides healthy and convenient prepared food options for busy individuals and those looking to revamp their diets. My Fit Foods offers small, medium and large dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with snacks and drinks made fresh and never frozen. While you can walk into any My Fit Foods location to purchase a meal or preorder online, the company also offers a program called the 21 Day Challenge, which invites participants to work with a nutrition coach to develop a three-week meal plan of My Fit Foods offerings to help them reach their unique fitness or dietary goals. To view the menu or learn more about the 21 Day Challenge, visit




Garrison brings 10 years of coaching experience to the program. As an athlete, Garrison represented the United States at various world championship races and won overall amateur female honors at the USAT National Championships in 2006 and 2007. She finished third at the USAT Championships last year. Garrison founded her own coaching business in 2012 and holds both USAT Level 2 coaching certification along with a masters coach certification from US Masters Swimming.

St. Charles Woman Wins USAT Athena National Championship

Jamie Walden-Mather of St. Charles won the USA Triathlon Long-Course Athena 55+ National Championship in June, finishing the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 7:13:47. The race, which took place at the Grand Rapids Triathlon outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan, involved a swim in the Thornapple River, a bike that took participants on a tour of rural west Michigan and a run that traced the banks of the Thornapple River. USAT established Clydesdale and Athena National Championships as an independent event last year. For complete results from the championships, including results from triathlons of other distances, visit

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RETURN TO MILWAUKEE The best age group athletes will once again descend on Milwaukee this summer for the 2015 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships. The races, scheduled for Aug. 8-9, will take place at the Discovery World/Milwaukee Art Museum venue as it has the past two years and will take runners up and down the Lake Michigan shoreline.

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s obstacle racing has grown from a quirky alternative to a traditional road race into its own endurance sports category, different events have stepped into fi ll a variety of competitive needs. For those who take athleticism and competition seriously, the Spartan Race in particular seeks to challenge and change participants. “After 20 years of racing all over the world, I thought maybe there was an opportunity to create an event that would in less of a party way, more of an athletic way, get people off the couch, competing on a military-inspired obstacle course, and see if it would transform their lives,” Joe De Sena, founder of the Spartan Race, says. “We put on the first event and some people showed up. The second and third events were losers from an economic standpoint, but at every finish line I saw transformations.” The Spartan Race seeks to separate itself from other obstacle course races that put the focus on fun rather than athleticism, featuring a variety of race distances including the three-mile Sprint, eight-mile Super and 13-mile Beast, which, if completed in a calendar year, together make up the Spartan Trifecta to even greater challenges including the 26-mile Ultra Beast and team-based Hurricane Heats and Hurricane Heats 12 Hour, both of which take place on and off Spartan courses with challenging objectives to conquer along the way. While anyone can compete in a Spartan Race, the event also offers elite heats that allow racers to rack up points to qualify for prizes. 18



“Ninety-five percent [of Spartan Race participants] are couch potatoes who used to be an athlete or just dreamed of it. Five percent are elite athletes,” De Sena says. “[For the 95 percent], this is the impetus to clean themselves up. Who wouldn’t want to be a Spartan?” For those who need a little extra push to register, the Spartan Race this year launched its #WhyIRace campaign, which encourages current participants to share their stories and drive for competing.

The Sprint National Championship race features open registration, allowing all interested triathletes to compete. Those who finish within 30 percent of the age group winner’s time have the opportunity to qualify to represent the United States at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final and World Championships in Mexico next year. Each age group has 18 spots for all ITU World Championship events. The Olympic-Distance National Championships required a qualifying performance to compete. For more information on the weekend, visit


“We’ve been getting these stories for five years,” De Sena says. “We want to share them with the world to help motivate others. Locally, the Chicago Super Weekend, featuring a Super race, Sprint race and Hurricane Heat, will take place Aug. 15-16 at The Cliff ’s Off-Road Park in Marseilles. De Sena says participants can expect pain, but shouldn’t let that deter them from registering. “Everyone wants to be more happy,” De Sena says. “The number one way to be happier is to put yourself through something difficult. Set goals really high, somewhat unachievable goals, and when you achieve them you will have lasting happiness.” To learn more about the Spartan Race and to register, visit

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Lou Malnati’s pizzeria 439 N. Wells St., 805 S. State St., 1120 N. State St. Giordano’s 223 W. Jackson Blvd., 730 N. Rush St., 130 E. Randolph, 1340 S. Michigan, 700 E. Grand (Navy Pier) Gino’s East 162 E. Superior, 521 S. Dearborn, 500 N. LaSalle pizzeria Uno 29 E. Ohio St. And if you want to get off the beaten path, head up to Pequod’s in Lincoln Park. Located at 2207 N. Clybourn, this is a place locals rave about. If deep dish scares you off, Wicker Park’s Piece at 1927 W. North Ave. has you covered. Chicago-Style Hot Dogs This area staple features an all-beef hot dog surrounded by a steamed poppy seed bun topped with yellow mustard, relish, tomato wedges, chopped onions, a pickle spear, hot peppers and celery salt, but never, ever ketchup. Portillo’s, located at 100 W. Ontario, is closest to the race site. italian Beef Another classic Chicago food, this sandwich featuring seasoned roast beef and peppers on an Italian roll. You can try one for yourself at Al’s Beef at 169 W. Ontario or 234 S. Wabash Ave., though Portillo’s serves Italian beef as well.

Where to Visit

A Triathlete’s Guide to Chicago


ooking for something to do during your down time throughout ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago week? Whether you want to squeeze in one last workout before the event, refuel after your race or check out local cultural attractions, Chicago has more than enough options to keep you occupied while you’re in the city.

ohio Street Beach Ohio Street Beach gives swimmers the opportunity to acquaint themselves with Lake Michigan in a friendly environment. Buoys indicate 1/4- and 1/2mile marks from the beach to help you plan your swim, and you can easily access the bridge from the Lakefront Trail.

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Lakefront traiL Ideal for biking and running, the Lakefront Trail spans 18 miles of Chicago’s shoreline. Beginning at Hollywood Ave. on the north and ending at 71st St. on the south, the Lakefront Trail provides a vehicle-free option for training, not to mention unparalleled views of the city’s skyline. 20

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Deep-Dish Pizza No trip to the Windy City is complete without a slice of the city’s famous indulgent pizza. Loaded with cheese and topped with sauce, deep dish pizza likely works better as a post-race treat rather than a pre-race dinner. Downtown options include:

the art institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan The Art Institute of Chicago, ranked as the top museum in the world by TripAdvisor in 2014 features international and American pieces covering more than 5,000 years of artwork, including A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat and American Gothic by Grant Wood. Special exhibits during race weekend include Charles Ray: Sculpture 1997-2014 and Degas: At the Track, On the Stage. the field Museum 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive From Sue the T-Rex to the Vikings, the Field Museum features a huge collection of anthropological, botanical, geological, paleontological and zoological exhibits. The museum has 25 million objects, so there is bound to be something to interest everyone. Shedd aquarium 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive Just south of the race site, the Shedd Aquarium is home to 32,000 animals from stingrays to sea otters. Lines can get long, so consider purchasing an express pass if you’re short on time.


A runner since her first Ridge Run in Beverly at age 11, Julia Montag has risen to become a consistent top 10 finisher in area races this year. Most recently, Montag won the Terrapin 5K: her second win of the year, following her first place finish at the Emerald Isle Mile in March. Though Montag has particularly excelled at short distance races this year, she also set a new marathon personal record at Boston, finishing in 3:13:07, and hopes to set another PR in October at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, where she will chase a 3:05 finish with the help of her new coach, Matt Flaherty. Montag, the community manager for race review website BibRave, also tried her hand at long distance triathlons this year, taking on the half-Iron distance Toughman Wisconsin, where she finished fourth in her age group in 5:40:55.


After realizing his soccer skills came from his running ability, Austin Hendrix joined his high school’s cross country team as a sophomore and began his competitive career. The former Eastern Michigan University runner has had a successful and busy year, most recently winning the Downers Grove 5 Miler on June 28, The Original 5K on June 11 and the Quarryman Challenge on May 9 in addition to finishing fourth at the Soldier Field 10 Mile, where he set a two-minute PR. Hendrix also finished the Boston Marathon in 2:27:54 earlier this year: the second Illinoisan to cross the line on Boylston St. Hendrix, a runner with the Fleet Feet/Nike Racing Team, plans to run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon this fall. He has a 25K in northern Michigan planned as well to test his fitness for the marathon.

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Cycling Routes

SoMe oF tHe BeSt cycling RouteS in cHicago By Bryan McVey


hicago has many cycling routes to experience its neighborhoods, parks and skyline. From the interior at ground level to along the shoreline, an elevated byway or with hundreds of fellow riders taking over the streets, check out these different options to see the city in a new way. Scenic Route For the leisurely and scenic route through the many amazing Chicago neighborhoods, riding the Boulevards is a must. Planned around 150 years ago, the path retraces the historic route, marked by signage along the Boulevards. Starting from the north at Logan Boulevard and the Kennedy Expressway, it snakes south along a 20-mile route and ends at Jackson Park near the Museum of Science of Industry. This route consists of, for the most part, sections of road that are either residential one-way side streets, clearly marked bike lanes, or through one of the many parks encountered along the way. The historic Boulevard signs mark the route along greenways lined with grass filled medians, huge trees and large homes. Starting with Logan and Palmer Square, the Boulevards traverse Humboldt, Garfield, Douglas, McKinley, Gage, Sherman, Washington and finally Jackson Parks. This route also passes through the 22

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Midway Plaisance, the beautiful east/west section of the University of Chicago’s campus, with amazing architectural buildings on either side. epic ViewS The 18.5-mile Lakefront Trail rewards riders with views of one of the best skylines in the world, in addition to blue lake water as far as the eye can see to the east with parks, beaches and museums along the way. The path stretches many miles to the north and south of Chicago’s downtown. Don’t miss Promontory Point Park just north of Jackson Park, as well as one of the best views of the city skyline along the waterline just north of the Adler Planetarium. neweSt and HigHeSt Opening to the public in June, Chicago’s newest bicycle and pedestrian byway, the elevated 606 of the Bloomingdale Trail system, provides an exceptional view of the city’s northwest neighborhoods. At only 2.7 miles, it is significantly shorter than the first two highlighted routes, but what it lacks in distance it makes up for in design, utility and tranquility. Using the former Bloomingdale Line railroad, the 606 provides an uninterrupted path running east and west, two

blocks north of North Avenue from the Kennedy out west to Ridgeway Avenue. You can access the trail from several ramps along the way, making it easy to hop on and off at a variety of points. The trail system has gained quick popularity among neighborhood residents and commuters alike, so keep your speed to a minimum. MoSt Fun Not quite an anarchist parade on wheels, a Critical Mass ride might be the most fun on two (or three or four, depending on the mode of transport) wheels. Critical Mass rides run monthly across the world, leaving a designated location in the evening of the last Friday of each month. Chicago’s rides meet at Daley Plaza around 6 p.m. Riders from all walks of life gather at the plaza to receive the day’s route and head out on the approximately 20-mile course. Each month follows a unique route and normally ends at a new final destination. This ride allows participants to see areas of the city that would otherwise go unnoticed during a normal commute or Lakeshore Trail jaunt. A few Chicago Police Department bike officers lead the ride, keeping it orderly and safe. Hang around afterwards at the route’s endpoint to enjoy the impromptu party that usually breaks out when the riding stops.

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or the Gould sisters, running is a family affair.

Five years ago, Becky planned to run her first 5K with a friend. When her friend could no longer do the race, Sarah filled in, competing in her first race ever. Motivated by her finish, Becky continued to sign up for longer and longer races, eventually registering for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2012 with Sarah. “It’s kind of always been a sister thing, motivating each other, signing up for races together,” Sarah says. “It’s more fun when you have someone to wait at the start line with and meet at the end, and because we’re sisters we can give each other tough love.” When the sisters decided to run the marathon in 2012, they knew they’d need a little extra motivation to push them to complete the full distance. With that in mind, they joined Team Special Olympics Chicago: a charity particularly close to their hearts, as their brother David had been a Special Olympian for years. “We thought if we were going to do this thing, we had to pick a charity that matters to us and commit to raising money, because once people had donated to the charity, that would give us the motivation we needed,” Becky says. “We ended up doing it and had a really good experience.” 24

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David’s high school had a Special Olympics basketball team, Becky says, and as a middle schooler he became interested in the team. Once he reached high school, he started playing basketball and eventually added bowling and track into the mix. He has since finished in his school system but continues to play softball with a community Special Olympics team. “That’s been a good bridge for him to transition,” Becky says. “It completely opened the door for him in terms of having a social life and being with others who want to be active and making new friends. … We saw so many changes in him and said, ‘That’s a program making a difference for people like him.’ It was kind of a no-brainer when thinking about what charity we wanted to run for.” After taking 2013 off, Becky returned to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon last year, and this fall Sarah will join her as well. Though they both plan to run the race, Sarah’s location—she moved to Finland in 2013 for her master’s degree—will prevent them from training side by side. “So far we’ve kept each other accountable, talking on Skype or texting about running,” Becky says. “In 2012, when we ran we started a blog for all of our donors to keep ourselves accountable and to document the experience as a way to get people involved.

The blog is something we’ve kept up and we hope to do more in the next couple of months, even though we’re not together.” Despite living far from Chicago, Sarah still has connections to the local training community and follows a Chicago Endurance Sports virtual training plan to help prepare her for the upcoming race. “[Running] is a pretty popular sport [in Finland],” Sarah says. “There are really nice trails and the weather doesn’t get too hot, so it’s really nice. I have a lot of friends who don’t mind running with me.” Sarah hopes to run a half marathon in Finland in September and Becky will continue with her goal of running one race per month, but the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and fundraising for Special Olympics Chicago remains the main focus for both sisters. “[Special Olympics Chicago] is such a well-organized program and you can see where the money’s going that you’re raising,” Sarah says. “I always felt so supported in every step of the process. I can’t think of another charity I would run with.” To learn more about Becky and Sarah Gould and their fundraising, visit


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1. Matthew Eaves and Christina Eaves smile as they head to the finish line of the inaugural Imerman Angels Brunch Run 5K on July 11.

2. From left, Fernando Benvegnu, Grace Pixler and Erica Parkinson run towards the sun during the


Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon on July 19. Photo by: Jessica Rifis with Passions Photography

3. Rowers compete in the 35th annual Lincoln Park Boat Club Chicago Sprints Regatta on July 11.

4. James Andrews celebrates as he crosses the finish line of the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon on July 19. Photo by: Jessica Rifis with Passions Photography

5. Jo Mills and Rebecca Arnal round the final corner of the Imerman Angels Brunch Run 5K on July 11.



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A.J. Van Vuren, 10, recently won gold medals in his age division at the Youth NORCECA Pan By: Chris Palmquist

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“Kids have a ‘no fear’ attitude about learning to SUP,” Amy Leffingwell of Chicago Paddle Company says. “They pick it up very easily. Paddling is something that everyone can do together.”

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Chicago Paddle Company offers lessons for kids ages 8-12 on Saturday mornings and family lessons on Sundays. Chicago Paddle Company also offers kids SUP camps for churches, schools, park districts and other private camp organizations. Birthday SUP parties also introduce kids to paddling. All of Chicago Paddle Company’s instructors are SUP certified with first aid and CPR training.

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With their versatility and adaptability, you can use stand up paddleboards in almost any Illinois waterway. They don’t require deep water; their shallow board-shaped hulls slide across the top of the water. You can easily remount the board if you fall off by climbing back on top like you would with a surfboard. During warm August days, kids love to paddle, jump off to cool down and climb back on for more paddling.

As with all youth activities, make sure that your child can handle the experience. Your young paddler should have enough swimming experience to feel confident around the water. Kids should be 8 years old or older to have adequate strength and balance for SUP. Kids must always wear life jackets and be tethered to their SUP. Adults should be present and watchful. Avoid SUP in windy, wavy or stormy conditions. With proper instruction and the companionship of other kids, SUP can quickly become a favorite activity for your younger family members.

Chicago Paddle Company specializes in kids’ SUP lessons, birthday parties and camps on the lakefront at Montrose Harbor and Kathy Osterman (Hollywood) Beach. It also offers family lessons.

“The kids come for an introductory lesson, fall in love with it and usually bring back their friends and family for more,” Leffingwell says. “We have many repeat customers.”

August brings ideal weather for enjoying Lake Michigan and often also brings boredom with summer routines for kids. Stand up paddling, or SUP, provides a new adventure for families in Chicago with a cooling breeze and a view of the Chicago skyline. People have paddled watercraft standing up for thousands of years. Warriors and fishermen from ancient cultures around the world have used sticks or paddles to propel dugout canoes and boards to find food and to travel silently through waterways. More recently, the traditions of surfing and paddling in places like Hawaii have merged to become modern stand up paddling. In the last few years, SUP has become the fastest growing segment of paddle sports. You can now rent basic paddleboards from almost any outfitter that rents kayaks.




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The Modern Pentathlon, first contested at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, requires athletes to horse riding and running. During the fencing competition each athlete has to fence every other


athlete. A.J. had to fence thirty other boys and men, including one Olympian. After fencing, the


competitors head to the pool to race (A.J. raced 50 meters). The next event is the Combined Event,


get five times, run a lap and then repeat it all once more. Finally, the top ten competitors go on to the riding competition in the afternoon.

A.J.’s background racing triathlon with MMTT, swimming with the Barrington Swim Club and fencing with the Barrington Fencing prepared him for the pentathlon. He will be a fifth grader this fall at Countryside Elementary in Barrington.

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Though hard to imagine now, the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon began in a rather humble fashion in 1983, with approximately 750 triathletes competing in the very first race. Since then, participation has increased exponentially, as triathletes of all ages and experience levels have become enamored with the Windy City’s picturesque skyline views, summertime temperatures and ideal location along the shorelines of Lake Michigan. In fact, the Guinness Book of World Records named it the “World’s Largest Triathlon” in 2006, for having the most participants in an international distance competition. This year, over 7,000 triathletes have registered between the sprint and international distance triathlons, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 30. However, the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon is much more than a one-day race. The three day weekend features a myriad of events and competitions for athletes and spectators alike, beginning with one of the sport’s most popular expos.

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The Transamerica Chicago Triathlon weekend officially begins on Friday, Aug. 28 with the Multisport & Fitness Expo held at Hilton Chicago. Entirely free of charge and open to the public, the expo features over 150 exhibitors and 200 booths. All sprint and international triathletes must attend a 30-minute presentation at the expo, a policy implemented last year as a result of the triathlon’s recent enhancements, including a new bike course, a renovated transition area and another bike racking option.

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The expo runs from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, providing triathletes two opportunities to pick up their race registration packets and attend the mandatory presentation. On average, more than 18,000 guests visit the expo each year.

supersprinT TriaThlon

Nearly 1,000 athletes, who are curious about triathlons but not quite ready to invest in the equipment they need for the sport, are projected to participate in the SuperSprint Triathlon, which begins at 7 a.m. Aug. 29 at Montrose. Triathletes will begin the race on the south end of the beach, swimming for 375 meters. They will then complete a 10K bike course on closed roads near the beach, prior to running for 2.5K on paths in the area, culminating in an eight-mile race that provides spectators a preview of Sunday’s triathlons.

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One hour after the SuperSprint Triathlon begins, Montrose Beach will host another triathlon—for kids only. Over 1,000 children, divided into Junior (7-10 years old) and Senior (11-14 years old) divisions, will take part in the race. Participants will begin the race in the shallow middle section of the beach and then swim either 100 meters for Juniors or 200 meters for Seniors.

The race will then continue on Simonds Drive. Juniors will bike for 4K, while Seniors will bike for 8K. Participants will then run on paths north of Montrose Avenue for either 1K for Juniors or 2K if they are Seniors.

Sprint DiStance triathlon

Sprint distance triathletes will begin their 30.3K races in Monroe Harbor, at the intersection of Balbo Drive and Lake Shore Drive, at approximately 8:45 a.m. on Sunday morning. They will swim for 750 meters, prior to transitioning to the triathlon’s recently updated bike course, riding north along Lake Shore Drive and then turning around at Hollywood Boulevard. After riding for 24.5K, the triathletes will then begin a 5K run at a grassy reserve near Randolph Street. Throughout the course of the run, they will see some of Chicago’s most popular landmarks, such as Buckingham Fountain and Shedd Aquarium, before the race concludes on Columbus Drive.

international DiStance triathlon

Much like the sprint distance triathletes, international distance competitors will begin their triathlons in Monroe Harbor, albeit considerably earlier, as they will enter the water at 6:15 a.m. They will first swim south and then make a 180-degree left turn and swim north until they finish the 1.5K course near the Chicago Yacht Club. Participants will then begin the 40K bike course along Lake Shore Drive, prior to turning around at Hollywood Boulevard and riding south until they exit at the Wacker Drive egress ramp and ride along Intermediate Wacker Drive. Ultimately, they will also ride on the Lower Randolph Busway, essentially a private highway 15 feet below ground level. As is the case with sprint distance triathletes, international distance competitors will then begin their 10K runs near Randolph Street, eventually running just south of McCormick Place and passing the Shedd Aquarium before the race concludes on Columbus Drive. International distance triathletes will complete a 51.5K course, roughly twice the length of the sprint distance course.

a Spectator-frienDly race

“The Chicago Triathlon happens to be one of the most spectator-friendly races on earth, beginning with the unique swim course that is set in Monroe Harbor, and spans the entire lakefront path,” Scott “Hootie” Hutmacher, regional marketing manager for Life Time Athletic Events, says. “Husbands and wives can kiss each other goodbye as athletes jump into the water, and then be no further than 25 yards from them throughout the duration of the swim course.” Even so, Hutmacher advises spectators to spend some time preparing for the triathlon at least a few days before it begins. In particular, he recommends spectators know the exact time their athletes will begin their swims and establish a meeting point to say their goodbyes. “Spectators should also learn their athlete’s estimated times to be at specific parts of the course, especially those that will be more spectator-friendly,” he says. “They should also know what their athletes will be wearing so they can easily spot them. And, of course, they must wear comfy shoes and bring plenty of snacks.” Aside from Monroe Harbor, Hutmacher suggests two other ideal locations for spectators to witness the action. Although many spectators watch the bike course at Randolph on North Avenue’s pedestrian bridge, he

recommends that spectators watching international distance triathletes view the race on 11th Street’s pedestrian bridge, where they will see the competitors ride by twice in 10 minutes or less. He adds, “And the best spot to view runners is in the Museum Campus, specifically in the back of the Field Museum, where spectators can capture photographs of the skyline and the converging groups of runners in the background.”

recent tranSition enhancementS

Last year, participants had the option to rack their bikes either Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning; prior to 2014, participants could only rack their bikes and setup their transition spaces in the dark Sunday morning. This year, participants will be able to rack their bikes on Saturday once again, between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. As a result of the new bike racking option, the triathlon’s transition area, located in DuSable Harbor, was also redesigned last year, thereby allowing sprint distance triathletes with later start times to check in during other races. All timeframes and access points will be communicated to triathletes before the race begins. “The success of last year’s enhancements, including the new transition area and bike course, led to some of the Chicago Triathlon’s most highly acclaimed feedback ever,” Hutmacher says. “Veteran triathletes are returning in droves, and new triathletes are signing up to participate, as evidenced by the new Live Grit First Timers’ Program, which introduces prospective triathletes to the sport. It sold out in a month.” He concludes, “Although our team is optimistic about the event’s recent revolution, we cannot become complacent as we strive to consistently achieve our primary goal—to provide the world’s premier urban triathlon experience.” MyChiCagoathlete.CoM

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ABOUT ITU WORLD TRIATHLON GRAND FINAL CHICAGO The City of Chicago joined the ITU World Triathlon Series in 2014 and will host the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final and World Championships from Sept. 15-19. Chicago will welcome 150 of the world’s top elite Olympic-distance triathletes as they compete for world championship titles less than a year prior to the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games. Elite paratriathletes will also compete for world titles, which will automatically secure a spot for their respective National Federations to send an athlete to the sport’s debut at the 2016 Paralympic Games. In addition to the elite races, the event features topflight sprint and Olympic-distance races for age-group athletes, juniors and under-23s, as well as an aquathlon to kick off the action. In all, more than 8,000 of the world’s best elite and age-group triathletes will compete for world titles over four days of competition, centered at the iconic Buckingham Fountain in Chicago’s Grant Park.

WELCOME TO CHICAGO This is the most exciting triathlon event of the year, and we’re thrilled to have you here to witness some of the best triathlon talent in the world. With the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games set for August 2016, the athletes here for the elite ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final will be vying for more than just a world title — some countries are using Chicago as a qualifying event for the Olympic Games. As an age-group competitor or spectator, you might see someone clinch an Olympic spot in the elite races on Sept. 18-19. There are many exciting events taking place throughout the week, including the TriFestival, a can’t-miss event in Grant Park. The Tri-Festival will feature on-site Chicago restaurants, a beer garden with local craft brews, an abundance of spectator-friendly entertainment and event programming and the Closing Ceremony. Plus, over 50 vendors highlighting the latest in the endurance sport, health and fitness industries. Make sure to stop by during race week! Visit for more information on this event, including the event schedule, athlete start lists (available 30 days prior to race day) and more!


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ABOUT THE WORLD TRIATHLON SERIES The ITU World Triathlon Series is the pinnacle of the sport and the world’s leading platform to promote a more active lifestyle. • Crowns the world champions • Provides the best elite competitions in standards of quality and prize money • Has the best locations in some of the most iconic cities of the world • Consists of premium events with the highest standards in look and feel and spectator experience • Has the largest and world’s best age-group events — for sprint and standard distance • Achieves the highest numbers in global TV and media reach of the sport The entire series will be broadcast online via

2015 SERIES SCHEDULE March 6-7

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March 28-29

Barfoot & Thompson World Triathlon Auckland

April 11-12

ITU World Triathlon Gold Coast

April 25-26

Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town

May 16-17

ITU World Triathlon Yokohama

May 30-31

Vitality World Triathlon London

July 18-19

ITU World Triathlon Hamburg

Aug. 22-23

Vattenfall World Triathlon Stockholm

Sept. 5-6

ITU World Triathlon Edmonton

Sept. 15-19

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WELCOME FROM CHICAGO MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL Dear Triathletes: As Mayor, and on behalf of the City of Chicago, I am pleased to offer warm greetings to all of you participating in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago and excited to say, “Welcome to Chicago!” Chicago has a deep love for triathlon and the opportunity to host this prestigious event is a very special honor. Our city is proud to join cities like Cape Town, London, Hamburg, Stockholm and many more as part of the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series, and we are thrilled to host the 8,000 athletes who will travel here from around the world to compete for triathlon world championship titles. I have no doubt you will receive more than a warm welcome from our residents, as well as the many traveling sports fans. Chicago is a well-known host to major sporting events and athletic teams, and the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final and World Championships are a chance to showcase the world’s best triathlon talent in one of the largest, most global cities in the U.S. With select spots on the line for the U.S. and other countries for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, this event, hosted in our backyard, is sure to feature one of the most exciting triathlon events around before athletes head to Rio de Janeiro next year. As a guest in our great city, we invite you to see and do all this world-class city has to offer — we can ensure there will never be a dull moment. It is my hope that when you are not participating in or watching the triathlon, you will take time to explore and take advantage of everything Chicago has to offer. An exciting variety or restaurants, nightlife, great universities and world-class museums accented by our diverse communities, iconic skyline and incredible lakefront make Chicago one of the world’s greatest cities. I know you’ll have an enjoyable event and offer my best wishes to all of you participating. We’re glad you’re here! Sincerely,


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WELCOME FROM ITU PRESIDENT AND INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE MEMBER MARISOL CASADO Greetings and welcome to the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago, I’m thrilled to welcome Chicago as the host city of the World Triathlon Series Grand Final. Chicago was the third U.S. city to welcome a WTS race, with Washington, D.C. having hosted a race in the inaugural WTS season in 2009 and San Diego entertained competitors at its shores in 2012 and 2013. Chicago has a rich tradition of triathlon, as it is home to one of the largest triathlon clubs in the country. More than 75,000 spectators witnessed the excitement and drama of age group and professional triathlon in the inaugural WTS weekend last year. This year, one of the world’s most scenic and iconic venues will crown the overall 2015 World Champions. The Windy City will also host the under-23, junior, paratriathlon and aquathlon world championship races, as well as welcome thousands of age-group athletes to compete. Last year when Chicago made its WTS debut, Gwen Jorgensen amazed the home crowd with a come-from-behind win, while Javier Gomez claimed his fourth WTS win of the season. I have no doubt we will again see epic racing this year as only one man and one woman can be crowned the elite World Champions. I’d like to offer a warm welcome to the age-group athletes who will also compete for a chance to call themselves the fastest in the world in their respective categories. I hope throughout the week you will see the hard work we are doing to grow the sport of triathlon every single year. Thank you to USA Triathlon, the Local Organizing Committee, the Chicago Sports Commission, all of our wonderful sponsors and the city of Chicago for helping to put this grand week together. An event of this scale also would not be possible without the help of countless volunteers, whose work does not go unnoticed. Overall, enjoy the beautiful city of Chicago and a week of ITU triathlon. Have a wonderful time and best of luck to all of those competing. Sincerely,

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The venue for the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago is located within the vibrant, urban landscape of downtown Chicago in Grant Park. The event will be contested over four days along the shores of Lake Michigan in front of some of Chicago’s greatest landmarks before finishing on the blue carpet at Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park — considered to be the front door of the city. Athletes and spectators will enjoy big-city attractions along the picturesque shoreline of Lake Michigan’s Monroe Harbor. The venue is located within close proximity to an array of hotels, cafes, restaurants, bars, public transportation and sightseeing experiences. The Tri-Festival is located in Butler Field in Chicago’s Grant Park — just steps away from the heart of the action at Buckingham Fountain. It will offer product samples, showcase the latest sports apparel, health and nutritional information and much more. The age-group transition area is located just south of the fountain in Arvey Field. For more detailed course maps, visit






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SPECTATOR GUIDE Chicago will welcome more than 8,000 of the world’s best triathletes for the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final and World Championships — all competing for world titles over four days of competition. Whether you’re a multisport enthusiast, fan of world-class racing or supportive family member, you won’t want to miss the thrill of this international event. Here’s your guide to catch all the action of Olympic hopefuls, inspiring paratriathletes and devoted age-groupers as they race through the heart of Chicago. Ready to cheer for your home country and favorite athletes? Here are the recommended spectator viewing areas:


To view athletes at the start of the races, head to Queens Landing. Elite athletes will have an exciting pontoon start, and from along the shoreline you’ll get a great view of athletes diving into Monroe Harbor and heading out onto the swim leg. They have a two-lap swim course, heading directly east out into Monroe Harbor and completing a U-turn 375 meters from the pontoon. The junior and Under-23 races follow a similar out-and-back swim course, only completing one lap. For the Age-Group World Championships, athletes will have an in-water start. You’ll be able to watch the elite paratriathlon, age-group sprint and standard, aquathlon and open sprint athletes head south along the sea wall, exiting at the south end of the harbor near the Field Museum. The Chicago Lakefront Trail stretches along the entire swim, offering prime viewing spots.


Transition is a great opportunity to cheer and snap photos as athletes go from swim to bike or bike to run or swim to run. After exiting the swim, elite and junior athletes will cross Lake Shore Drive and head toward the transition area at Buckingham Fountain. Stop by the fountain for T1 and T2 to watch some of the fastest transitions you’ve ever seen. With elite athletes racing eight bike laps and four run laps, and juniors completing half that distance, you’re sure to catch lots of action. To watch the elite paratriathletes and Under-23 athletes in T1, you’ll want to make your way down to the Field Museum. Athletes transition from swim to bike on the east side of Lake Shore Drive near the harbor and ride up a concrete path toward Columbus Drive. They’ll transition to the run at Buckingham Fountain. All age-group races have a large transition area — for T1 and T2 — on the west side of Lake Shore Drive, about 360 meters from the swim exit near the Field Museum. The transition area is at the south part of Grant Park.


Most of the courses have multiple laps, so find a good spot and you’ll see athletes speed by more than once. For the elite, Under-23 and junior races, anywhere along the course on Columbus Drive is sure to be a hot spot. You’ll find similar spots for the five-lap elite paratriathlon course. The Sprint and Standard World Championships and Open Sprint bike courses extend throughout downtown, but you’ll still see the most action along Columbus. The Art Institute and Congress Parkway are also great spots.


Athletes follow a similar multi-lap course along Columbus Drive for the run, looping around Buckingham Fountain after each lap. Park yourself near the fountain or along Columbus Drive for great viewing opportunities. Plus, you’ll be close by for the finish.


There’s nothing like a World Triathlon Series finish — with athletes sprinting down the blue carpet and fans cheering from the grandstands. To secure the best seats in the house for the elite races, you’ll want to purchase grandstand finish line tickets in advance. The grandstands have the best view of the finish with Buckingham Fountain and the City of Chicago as the backdrop. Visit to purchase tickets.


If you’re looking for live updates, be sure to follow us online. Visit chicago. for recaps, galleries and more. Watch the elite races live on or tune in to Universal Sports Network. Connect with WTS Chicago on Facebook (WorldTriathlonChicago), Twitter (@wts_chicago) and Instagram (@wtschicago). Follow, share and be a part of the conversation.


• Check out the venue map on page 10 to locate food, water, bathrooms and more. The Tri-Festival and Expo is located in Butler Field in Chicago’s Grant Park — just steps away from the heart of action at Buckingham Fountain — where you’ll find live entertainment, concession stands, a beer garden, family activity area, health and fitness vendors and much more. • Stay off the course and follow designated crossing areas. It is safest for everyone if spectators stick to the sidewalks and follow instructions from course marshals and the Chicago Police Department. • Plan your travel in advance, noting what roads will be closed for the race. Visit for the latest updates and recommendations. • Be sure to share your own photos, videos and race updates on social media with the hashtag #WTSChicago.



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SNAPSHOT: ELITE ATHLETES The best elite triathletes are expected to compete in Chicago to clinch their world championship medals at the end of the 10-race ITU World Triathlon Series. The U.S. women have been a dominant force on the series circuit so far this year, with an unprecedented two podium sweeps at races in Gold Coast and London. USA’s Gwen Jorgensen seeks to defend her 2014 ITU World Championship title, and is on track to win the series again with 10 consecutive wins (and counting) in as many starts beginning in May 2014. Jorgensen’s compatriot Sarah True was the runner-up at the 2014 ITU World Championships and looks to finish on the final season podium for the third time in her career. Relative newcomer Katie Zaferes is also one to watch, having finished on the podium in each of the five races she has competed in through six races on the series schedule. Andrea Hewitt of New Zealand has already secured her spot on the New Zealand Olympic Team, and will be looking to break up the American trio to finish on the World Championships podium again this year. She finished third overall in 2014.




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Spain has been a driving force on the men’s side, holding the 1-2-3 positions in the rankings after six events. The reigning ITU World Champion, Javier Gomez, leads the way with countrymen Mario Mola and Fernando Alarza not far behind. However, the Brownlee brothers, Alistair and Jonathan, have often challenged Gomez and the rest of the field, pushing the pace on the bike and run. The Brownlees will no doubt be eyeing redemption after missing the top spot in the world championship standings in 2014. Richard Murray of South Africa is also a medal threat, making up any distance he trails on the swim with his impressive run speed. The men’s title is up for grabs as many talented athletes from around the globe have the potential to earn a spot on the podium.


NEW for 2015! Sign up for two or more shifts and receive VIP status, extra swag and be entered to win cool prizes! Help support the triathlon community by volunteering at this world-class event. See the action up close, and help make the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final and World Championships an event to be remembered. VOLUNTEER PERKS: • Official volunteer T-shirt • Complimentary food and beverages • Be part of a World Championship event • Community service hours • Meet new friends

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We have many volunteer positions available during the World Championships, including packet pick-up, course marshaling, goodie bag, T-shirt distribution, aid station support, assisting the elite athletes and many others. Over 2,000 volunteers are needed throughout the week during the Tri-Festival and the races. There’s a spot for everyone, including teams, schools, corporate groups, friends and family. We will find space to accommodate groups of any size, so reach out to us today and get your group involved!

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riathlons are often viewed as one of the hardest and most expensive forms of racing. Most people believe that they require you to be fluent in three different disciplines and have incredible fitness. In reality, triathlons can actually be quite forgiving to newcomers, especially as a sprint.


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Completing a triathlon, especially a sprint, does not take as much training as one would think. If you have an Olympic distance triathlon on your calendar, plan on two to three months of training. In these months, swim one to two times, ride one to two times and run three to five times a week, depending on your personal areas of strength and weakness. Nour Alharithi, a member of the triathlon team at Northwestern University, recommends getting comfortable in open water before the race. “Take a couple times to practice just to get used to it,” he says. Brick workouts, where you complete two disciplines in the same day practicing transitions, can also help in training.

While you can find a training schedule online for free or a low price, some feel more comfortable training with the help of a triathlon coach. Craig Strong, triathlon coach for Precision Multisport, says to “find a good group of triathletes” since there are “so many beginner missteps” and a coach can guide you both in practice and on race day. If you train on your own, make sure that you give yourself time to recover to avoid overtraining. Recovery matters just as much as the workouts you complete.

THREE DAYS BEFORE Get enough sleep! Pre-race nerves may make keep you up the night before your event, so a couple days before, start getting to bed early. Relaxing a couple days prior to the race, as any training done at this point will not make much of a difference. Instead,

first triathlon you can prepare by studying the course well and going through the race mentally. “The night before I like to lay out all of my stuff for the race the next day so I know it’s all there and ready to go,” Northwestern triathlete Theodore Ward says. For a sprint race, you likely won’t need to carbo-load, or increase your carbohydrate intake, a couple days before a race. Carbo-loading can help for Olympic distance triathlons, but don’t overdo it. “There is such a thing as too much carbs,” TJ Butler, a Northwestern triathlete, says. “You can definitely wake up the next morning not feeling well. Just eat a reasonably carb-heavy meal the night before.”

race Day The day of the race, keep your head in the game and stay relaxed. Get to the race early enough so you don’t feel rushed and have

plenty of time to scope out the race area, practice and set up transitions and memorize where your things are. “I repeat what row I’m in to myself a lot, and my shoes are bright green so they tend to stand out to me,” Ward says. Other brightly colored items like towels or hats can help make your spot stick out to make your transitions faster during the race. Stack items in the order that you will put them on for easier transitions, putting your socks in your shoes, or your sunglasses inside your helmet.

stretching will help get your muscles prepared to race. At the start, position yourself smartly (towards the front if you are faster and the back if you are slower) and focus on yourself, not other racers.

swim During the swim, know that you will come in contact with other racers and don’t go out too fast. “Take a deep breath, just focus on swimming, on getting to the next buoy. Don’t worry about the people around you,” Butler says.

Eat breakfast around 3 hours before the race to give yourself time to digest. Don’t introduce anything new on race day: equipment, food, transitions or anything else. If you plan on eating during the race, make sure you practice doing so in training.

Strong also recommends focusing on a strong and relaxed exhale and using a three to four word mantra to help you stay calm in the water. At the end, swim as far as possible, as it is much slower to run through water.

Before the race begins, give yourself time to warm up. Work backwards through the sports if you have time, ending with swimming. Dynamic

As you leave the water and get to the transition area, begin to change out of your wetsuit, cap and goggles to save time.

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Start out on an easy gear and don’t go out too fast. The bike is the easiest sport to take in calories, so plan on eating or drinking during this portion. Make sure that you stay on the right side of the road until you want to pass, and vocally warn people when passing. Remember that drafting, or getting behind another cyclist so he or she blocks the wind, is illegal in almost every event. Slowly build up throughout the bike, and make sure you do not drink within the last 10 minutes of the bike to make the run as comfortable as possible.

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Run Once again, don’t go out too fast. Keep good posture and look ahead. Having a mid-foot strike and landing softly will help you save energy, and relax your arms, letting them swing naturally by your sides. Running off of the bike sometimes results in slower or faster than usual paces, so a watch can be helpful here to check in on your pace. At the finish, leave whatever you have left on the course.


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“Too often people who are first-time triathletes end up unhappy with their results mainly because they were told, ‘Take it easy,’”Alharithi says. “It is a lot more enjoyable if you push hard and end up hitting a wall then to just cruise.”

Post-Race Keep moving after you cross the finish line to avoid muscle cramping. Do a light cool-down and some stretching, and refuel within 30-45 minutes. Most importantly, acknowledge the fact that you completed a triathlon—something not many can say they have done—and congratulate yourself, no matter the results.

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FALL HALF MARATHONS & MARATHONS With the granddaddy of Midwest races, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, filled for 2015, dozens of options remain for Chicagoans looking for full or half marathons close to the city this fall. Whether you need a warm-up race for Chicago, Twin Cities or another October marathon or you just want to experience something new, we’ve made your search easy with this rundown of races that experienced runners rave about.




Peapod Half Madness Half Marathon

SUNDAY, AUG. 30 | BATAVIA, IL Chicagoan Jenny Poore casts her vote for the Peapod Half Madness Half Marathon, now in its eighth year. “It’s known for its hills and definitely prepared me for a few rollers in Minneapolis at the Twin Cities Marathon,” says the Boston qualifier. “I also like the smaller, hometown feel of the race.” The Peapod Half Madness Half Marathon takes runners along the Fox River through downtown Batavia, about an hour west of Chicago. After the race indulge in pizza and Sam Adams beer. Oak Brook Half Marathon

Oak Brook Half Marathon

MONDAY, SEPT. 7 | OAK BROOK, IL A great Labor Day half marathon just 30 minutes from Chicago, the race starts on wide city streets before taking a turn to a wooded path and through the sprawling McDonald’s Corporate Campus. It also includes stretches on soft crushed gravel (relief for those with gimpy knees) and paved bike paths, a mix of surfaces that breaks up the monotony of your run. Just 1,000 runners share the route with you, creating a great boutique race atmosphere close to the city.

Lapham Peak Trail Races

SATURDAY, SEPT. 19 | DELAFIELD, WI Bored of road races? Then take a drive a couple of hours north Sept. 19 and change up your terrain at the Lapham Peak Trail Races in Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine State Forest. Trail runner Russell Delap started this series of races four years ago after growing tired of running the same old road races year after year. Indianapolis Marathon and Half Marathon

Madison Marathon and Half Marathon

“Trail running is just so different,” he says. “It’s a different environment, a different mindset. People who do trail runs are typically so laid-back and supportive of each other.” The beautiful course follows a winding path through the forest that provides a serious challenge. The half marathon course record is 1:31:15, about 20 minutes slower than a typical winning time at a half marathon run on roads.

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“It’s a beautiful place, hilly course, and it’s a great place to share with people,” Delap says. “It’s a great way to try something different and branch out from the flat road races.” The day includes four races—a 5K, 7 mile, half marathon and full marathon--and full marathon, and is capped at just 500 participants for all events.

Chicago Half Marathon

SUNDAY, SEPT. 27 Yes, you can find runs along Lake Michigan every weekend, and while many of them follow the same route, this one is different. The Chicago Half Marathon actually shuts down Lake Shore Drive for this Sunday morning run, eliminating the roar of traffic that can overwhelm the scene on the lakefront. 60



Chicago Half Marathon Photo by Ali Engin

Milwaukee Running Festival

Nearly 8,000 runners get traffic-free views of the skyline and the lake as the run takes around Jackson Park, Hyde Park and other southern portions of Lake Shore Drive. Another bonus: since it’s an out and back course, the amateurs among us actually get to see the elite runners sprinting to the homestretch!

Indianapolis Marathon and Half Marathon

SATURDAY, OCT. 17 | INDIANAPOLIS, IN Indiana’s capital city has earned a reputation for hosting great sporting events, whether it’s the Final Four, the Indy 500 or the Super Bowl. Add marathons to that list! Runner’s World named the Indianapolis Marathon a Top 10 race to run in 2015. This race, which starts and finishes about 20 minutes from downtown Indianapolis near Lawrence, Indiana, takes great advantage of its surroundings. Stride through Fort Harrison State Park drenched in the colors of autumn, and finish with a fully stocked post-race event. Live music, fire pits, and a free post-race meal make for a phenomenal Midwestern fall Sunday. With just under 2,000 participants in the marathon and half marathon, you’ll get a big city race without the congestion. Plus, at $69 for the half and $79 for the full through Sept. 30, the race costs less than many Chicago races.

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OCT. 30 - NOV. 1 Chris Ponteri says it’s time for Milwaukee to claim its own

“Milwaukee is the largest city in the United States without its own major marathon,” Ponteri says. “The Lakefront Marathon finishes on the Milwaukee shoreline, but doesn’t wind through the city itself.” This fall, Ponteri, who also organizes the Icebreaker Indoor Marathon at the Pettit National Ice Center, aims to change that with the first Milwaukee Running Festival. “The race will take runners past the Harley Davidson headquarters, past Miller Park and it starts and ends on the Summerfest Grounds,” he says. “It’s a celebration of Milwaukee.” The weekend includes a 1 mile, 5K, half marathon and a full marathon. Ponteri aims to draw 6 - 8,000 runners in year one.

Tyranena Beer Run

NOV. 7, 2015 | LAKE MILLS, WI Several runners raved about this race in Lake Mills, about two and a half hours from Chicago. MYCHICAGOATHLETE.COM



“We try to run a very organized event, to make it an experience more than just a run where people finish and leave.” Naperville Marathon & Half Marathon Photo by Naperville Marathon & Half Marathon

If you’ve tried Tyranena at your local watering hole, you know the beer is good, but the race is great too. “We try to run a very organized event, to make it an experience more than just a run where people finish and leave,” race director Stacey Schraufnagel says. The run is capped at 1,500 participants who get a tour of the beautiful Lake Mills area before returning to the brewery for a full meal, plenty of craft beer and free brewery tours. The small size of the race makes winning age group awards—awesome Tyranena beer mugs—a little easier.

Naperville Marathon & Half Marathon

SUNDAY, NOV. 8, 2015 Entering its third year, the Healthy Driven Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon takes runners along the riverfront in one of the more scenic suburban downtowns in Chicagoland. The 2014 races featured just over 4,600 finishers, big enough to make it feel like a major event but small enough to maintain a community race feel. If you missed out on registering for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, 62



this is a great fallback option in the Chicagoland area and includes free parking by the start line. If you do run Chicago, keep your running momentum going with the Naperville Half Marathon.

Madison Marathon and Half Marathon

SUNDAY, NOV. 8 The Madison Marathon takes advantage of one of the most beautiful mid-sized cities in the Midwest. This race used to be held in May, but after the race was canceled due to extreme temperatures, organizers moved it to November and are glad they did. “We’ve got fall colors, great course support form college students and the excitement of a college football Saturday energizing the city,” Rita Kelliher of Madison Festivals, owners of the event, says. The race begins and ends at the Capitol Square, the highest point in the city. That means the course includes some hills, but also takes you on a tour of the city, winding through the University of Wisconsin’s campus and past Camp Randall Stadium, among other landmarks. The race isn’t too big either, with 1,500 runners in the marathon and 2,500 in the half marathon.

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Bud’s Run

JUNE 2 7 , 2 0 1 5 | C A R O L S TR E A M , I L

Bud’s Run ran for the 12th and final time on June 27 and brought out hundreds of runners for the occasion. The race honored the memory of Bud Swanson, the girls cross country and track coach at Glenbard North High School for 18 years who passed away from soft tissue sarcoma in 2003. Proceeds from the event went to the Sarcoma Foundation of America to help in the fight against this aggressive form of cancer. Men’s Results Brett Lustgarten Kyle Flores Zack Young Sunil Hanoman Jonathan Hootman Dan Billish Roman Wisniewski Tyler Dixon Ryan Lotz Chase Correll

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Carol Stream

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15:57 16:39 17:48 17:55 18:38 19:04 19:15 19:42 19:47 20:10 Time


Women’s Results Alyssa Schneider Alana Austin Kim Zielinski Carrie Wisniewski Kayla Lotz Nicole Otto Mollie Holzwarth Beth Reinhardt Stacey Algozino Emily Dowden

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Barlett Wheaton Glen Ellyn Winfield Fort Bragg Hamilton Winfield Bartlett

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Proud to Run 5K/10K

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Proud to Run broke records this year with over 1,500 finishers across the two events. The 10K in particular saw close competition, with the top three men’s finishers all crossing the line within 10 seconds of each other. Men’s 5K Results Ryan Jaskiewicz Andrew Michelson Graham Marcy Name

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16:27 18:34 18:43 City


Evan Holloway Derek Schnake

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Women’s 5K Results Vanessa Righeimer Maggie Scholle Britta Dahlberg Martha Conlin Lilly Parra

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18:33 19:04 20:26 21:44 22:39

Men’s 10K Results Ryan Gordyan Jeff Edmonds Matthew Trauner Brian Paff Frank Gassmann

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36:16 36:21 36:22 36:52 39:13

Women’s 10K Results Rachael Stack Stephanie Berger Alexis Ledesma Leigh Baumgart Kathlene Maughmer

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Twin Lakes Triathlon

JUNE 2 8 , 2 0 1 5 | PA LATI N E , I L

On the last Sunday in June, triathletes came to Palatine for the 26th annual Twin Lakes Triathlon. The sprint-distance race featured a 700-meter swim at the Twin Lakes Recreational Area followed by a 14-mile bike ride through the streets of Palatine and ended with a 4.5-mile run through neighborhood streets. Jennifer Harrison easily won the women’s competition with almost a seven-minute lead on second place finisher Liz Cox, while the men’s race saw Dean Hewson cross the finish line a mere 24 seconds before Jeffrey Herman. Men’s Results Dean Hewson Jeffrey Herman Terry Crocker Christian Evans Louie Caffero Brett Porter Brock Edwards Steve Hengels Timothy Theis Glen McGowean

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Women’s Results Jennifer Harrison Liz Cox, Palatine Padra Meyer Sandra Wilkinson Kelly Clayton Tracy Balla Juli Misch Jane Icenogle Jennifer Dyer Kate Ashcraft

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West Dundee

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1:20:46 1:27:37 Des Plaines 1:28:09 Arlington Heights 1:30:44 Barrington 1:31:03 Palatine 1:31:10 St. Charles 1:31:28 Warrenville 1:31:32 Woodridge 1:32:15 Barrington 1:32:18

Downers Grove Park District 5 Miler


Some of the fastest runners in the area came out to the 38th annual Downers Grove 5 miler in June to compete in the eighth race of the CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit. Despite the rolling course, competitors turned in fast times, with Austin Hendrix winning the race in 25:51 for an overall 5:10 mile pace. Men’s Results Austin Hendrix Jeremy Ruston Joel Bendtsen Kyle Larson Adam Bruno Scott Mangum James Akita Damian Bednorz Rob Chenoweth James Weissensel Name

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Chicago East Dundee Chicago Chicago Bloomington Barrington Elmhurst Bensenville Chicago Sandwich City

25:51 26:23 26:35 27:08 27:21 27:41 27:53 28:04 28:14 28:28 Time

Women’s Results Beth Panke Bess Ritter Allison Parker Kaitlyn Clark Angelica Guerrero Christina Trapani Sophia Robinson Zoe Kind Ana Dennier Laura Kennedy

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Chicago 30:05 Chicago 30:17 Chicago 32:26 Chicago 33:34 Chicago 33:37 Arlington Heights 33:37 Dowers Grove 33:37 Oak Park 33:54 Toronto 34:26 Lake Forest 34:43

Eric Wallor Nathan Troester Patrick Austin Jim Akita William Vanos Jeff Bailey Kevin Huang

Palatine Chicago Great Lakes Elmhurst Orlando, Fla. Villa Park Willowbrook

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Antioch Run for Freedom J U LY 4 , 2 0 1 5 | AN TI O CH, I L

One of the largest July 4 runs in the area, the Antioch Run for Freedom, now in its 21st year, brought nearly 1,200 runners to the border of Illinois and Wisconsin. The men’s race in particular saw blazing fast times, with 21-year-old Will Brewster taking the title in 15:31. Men’s Results Will Brewster Grant MacKinnon Aaron Spivey Stephen Richardson Dustin Macoiba Xavier Suarez Jaime Delgado Will Kellerhals Brady Roegner KJ Matuszak Women’s Results Debbie Davies Emma Langlois Kelsey Taylor Anna Schmalfeldt Ashley LaPointe Gabriella Ross Carly Prais Pam Norris Chris Sosinski Jennifer Roth

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Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th J U LY 4 , 2 0 1 5 | E L M HURST, I L

Runners kicked off their Independence Day celebrations in fast fashion at the annual Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th. The race, part of the CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit, drew athletes from around the area and saw remarkable performances by first and second place finishers Zach Plank and Travis Morrison, who both averaged sub-5:00 miles. On the women’s end, Kristen Heckert came within 15 seconds of breaking the course record, finishing in 21:36. Men’s Results Zack Plank Travis Morrison Will Cross Name

Naperville 19:33 Hoffman Estates 19:51 Hartsburg 20:01 Age



4 on the 4th

Women’s Results Kristen Heckert Lauren Kersjes Elizabeth Bailey Columba Montes Krista Moylan Katelyn Draths Pamela Manley Bess Ritter Elisia Meyle Pamela Staton

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Glen Ellyn Freedom Four

J ULY 4 , 2 0 1 5 | GLEN ELLY N, IL

Glen Ellyn started a day full of Fourth festivities with the Freedom Four four-mile run. The race, featuring a new route for 2015, began and ended in Lake Ellyn Park and took runners through local neighborhoods, including a stretch down the east side of Lake Ellyn. Men’s Results Robbie Hohlman Andrew Danner Simon Peterson Nick Rizzo Andrew Dorgan David Hecht Jason Moderi Dan Marks Cody Dilworth Will Lindstrom

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21:24 21:42 21:54 22:01 23:09 23:10 23:23 23:27 23:30 23:51

Women’s Results Lindsey Payne MaryGrace Golden Abigail Shaver Grace Rogers Maia Dunham Caitlyn Reick Bella Lindsay Sanya Syrstad Katie Hohe Elizabeth Schreiber

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As part of the 40th annual Frontier Days, runners took to the streets of Arlington Heights for 5K and 10K races. Like many other local races that weekend, the Stampede Run saw quick times, with all of the top five men finishing in under 17 minutes.

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Women’s 5K Results Verónica Laureano Kelly Beahan Karen Majerczak Katie Fredian Lisa Kollias


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Chicago Schaumburg

18:50 20:42 20:42 Arlington Heights 20:51 21:08

Men’s 10K Results Steven Salvano Alexander Taylor Martin Wemblam Unknown Runner Josh Ruston


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Men’s 5K Results Andrew Philipose Matthew Hoffman Timothy Howley Jereme Atchison Mitchell Guittar


Women’s 10K Results Katherine Corsantino Emily Stegmeier Anneliese Schulz Katie Anstandig Ashley Miller

Arlington Heights 33:50 Chicago 35:33 Arlington Heights 36:01 36:27 Deerfield 36:38 Age




Runners took on the hills, trails and humidity of the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve in mid-July to test their mettle and earn some CARA Runners Choice Circuit points in the process on the 10th race of this year’s competition. Kyle Larson continued his recent surge towards the top of the Circuit, beating his closest competitor, James Akita, by over 30 seconds. Men’s Results Kyle Larson James Akita Dan Regalado Richard Heffron Rob Chenoweth Jan Myrda Scott Mangum Lionel Montenegro Anand Parekh Daniel Santino Name

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Chicago Elmhurst Oak Lawn Chicago Chicago Palos Heights Barrington Chicago Chicago Chicago City

55:28 56:03 57:17 57:47 58:29 58:39 59:19 59:27 59:43 59:45 Time

Women’s Results Beth Panke Columba Montes Jill Czarnik Stephanie Hughes Allison Parker Hailey Krzyston Elizabeth Chenoweth Michelle Neel Emma Sliwinski Stacey McDonough

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Imerman Angels Brunch Run 5K J ULY 1 1 , 2 0 1 5 | CH IC AGO, IL

Imerman Angels brought brunch to the Lakefront Trail in July with its inaugural Brunch Run 5K. The race featured on-course “fauxmosas” and waffles with a complete spread of breakfast food at the post-race party as well. The event raised funds for the organization, which provides one-on-one support to cancer fighters and caregivers dealing with the same type of cancer. Men’s Results Dave Crowell Bill Smith Andrew Murray Michael Freishtat Jamie Greenberg Name

Chicago 18:30 Arlington Heights 18:36 Chicago 19:28 Chicago 20:02 Chicago 20:56 Age



David Heidt Mark Agulnik Greg Quadrini Andy O’Hare

Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago

21:33 21:47 21:51 22:01

Women’s Results Heather Prekop Kaylee Rasmussen Paige Hosbein Elizabeth Bilitz Ellie Luze Amy Stewart Torrie Hagel Meg Pond Louthan Michelle Staudt Alisa Suvada

Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Hoffman Estates Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago

18:22 19:49 19:52 21:17 21:26 22:01 22:09 22:21 23:17 23:28

Miles for Melanoma

JULY 1 2 , 2 0 1 5 | C H I CA G O , I L

Nearly 300 runners came to Montrose Harbor to take a stand against melanoma at the ninth annual Miles For Melanoma. The event surpassed its fundraising goal, bringing in over $100,000 for the Melanoma Research Foundation.

Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon

Men’s Results Larry Coons Arunas Dukauskas Daniel Armbrust Nick Vdp Doug Ackerman Jake Runge Joe Skarda Jake Calkins Matt Runge Todd McMillion

18:28 20:31 21:30 21:39 21:53 22:11 22:32 23:11 23:14 23:19

3. Tony Bleull 4. Ryan Lacroix 5. Doug Schenkelberg 6. Brett Miller 7. Tom Hafner 8. David Hafner 9. Keagan Kerr 10. Juan Hernandez

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30:12 31:22 31:53 32:10 33:13 34:01 34:18 34:29

Women’s Results Lindy Clapp Allison Pink Genna Armbrust Caitlin Van Ort Carissa Coons Sharon McClowry Heather McGowan Nell Twitty Maureen Foster Natalie Lachenberg

20:55 21:35 22:02 22:04 22:41 23:35 23:49 23:58 24:27 24:42

Women’s Results 1. Mahal Schroeder 2. Zoe Kind 3. Kerry Ebert 4. Ellie Luze 5. Christina George 6. Geri Bensen 7. Eileen Skisak 8. Kate Marlin 9. Challa Cagnina 10. Michelle Staudy

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34:22 35:32 36:25 37:12 38:04 38:11 38:34 38:47 39:24 40:01

Hemingway 8K

Photo by: Jessica Rifis with Passions Photography

JULY 1 8 , 2 0 1 5 | OA K PA R K , I L

Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon

Men’s Results 1. Will Cross 22 2. Michael Wehrley 33

Over 12,000 runners finished this year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon, despite adverse conditions. After weeks of cool weather, seasonable conditions returned just in time for the race, bringing heat and humidity to the area. 2013 champion Jeffrey Eggleston came out on top, handily winning the race in 1:05:05, and Maegan Krifchin won the women’s event by an equally impressive margin, finishing in 1:15:17.

This new race, held in conjunction with the Hemingway Birthday Bash, brought over 250 athletes to the streets of Oak Park for the arguably the warmest area 8K so far this year. The race began and ended at Scoville Park and highlighted the Hemingway District of the suburb.



26:52 28:29 City


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Men’s Results 1. Jeffery Eggleston 2. Zach Ripley 3. Kevin Havel 4. Fernando Cabada 5. Tyler Pence 6. Christian Thompson 7. Hunter Motz 8. Matt Hillard 9. Ben Wellwood 10. Niko Jeftich

1:05:05 1:07:56 1:08:13 1:08:40 1:09:36 1:12:14 1:12:19 1:13:22 1:13:58 1:14:13

Women’s Results 1. Meagean Krifchin 2. Yihunlish Bekele 3. Chirine Njeim 4. Brooke Gambrall 5. Holly Nearman 6. Jacqui Giuliano 7. Bess Ritter 8. Angela Moll 9. Kim Mueller 10. Shannon Teunissen

1:15:17 1:17:32 1:21:16 1:22:14 1:23:33 1:24:14 1:24:54 1:25:00 1:25:22 1:25:25

Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago 10K

J ULY 1 9 , 2 0 1 5 | CH IC AGO, IL

For those looking to take on a shorter challenge than the half marathon, Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago offered a 10K that took place on the last 6.2 miles of the half marathon course. Dawn Grunnagle of Dallas held off the first male finisher, Nico Farr, and was the overall first place runner in 37:11. Men’s Results 1. Nico Farr 2. Shawn Michael Pridgen 3. Casey Jergenson 4. Arthur Hok Man Chan 5. Allen O’Connor 6. Hok Hin Wong 7. Hiu Hei Chan 8. Timothy Davis 9. Tylar Rodriguez 10. Shunro Nagatomo

37:32 38:26 38:36 38:38 40:31 40:53 41:47 42:21 42:58 43:41

Women’s Results 1. Dawn Grunnagle 2. Monica Pantanapichet 3. Tiffany Schwartz 4. Vincee Merrifield 5. Tricia Holbrook 6. Melissa Migliaro 7. Miranda Eckhardt 8. Sun Torke 9. Karen Evans 10. Megan Vitale

37:11 44:44 45:09 44:29 45:34 46:06 46:41 47:57 48:00 48:37








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adventure races

09/19/15 rockMan challenge Watertown WI 10/10/15 Michigan adventure race: artPrize edition Grand Rapids MI 10/24/15 Zombie survival Terre Haute IN

cycling races

09/20/15 Fall Fling cycling criterium race 2 West Chicago IL 09/26/15 Fall Fling cycling criterium race 3 West Chicago IL 09/27/15 Fall Fling cycling time trial race 4 West Chicago IL

cycling tours

08/02/15 Blood, sweat & tears charity Bike ride Mundelein IL

08/01/15 cowalunga 2015 Bike tour Gurnee IL

08/21/15 tour de la Porte La Porte IN

08/02/15 tour da u.P. Munising MI

09/19/15 Fall Fling cycling criterium race 1 West Chicago IL

08/09/15 northern Woods and Waters Bicycle tour Three Lakes WI

08/16/15 Wright ride 2015 Oak Park IL

09/20/15 north shore century Evanston IL

08/23/15 tour de la Porte La Porte IN

09/20/15 Harvest Bicycle century tour Rolling Prairie IN

09/13/15 Harmon Hundred Wilmot WI

09/20/15 HospiceHustle 2015 Hospice of the calumet area Crown Point IN

09/19/15 Peninsula century Fall challenge Bicycle ride Sister Bay WI 09/19/15 tour de cheese Monroe WI 09/20/15 september escapade triri (touring ride in rural indiana) Scottsburg IN

2nd Annual Open Water Swim for ALS

09/20/15 the ride Sun Prairie WI 09/20/15 tri right 101 ride New Lenox IL


08/01/15 sunshower Bucket list 5k (clothing optional-Must be 18+) Centerville IN 08/01/15 swedishamerican state street mile Rockford IL 08/01/15 red, White & Blue John Kurtz 5K run/Walk Bensenville IL

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08/02/15 Harbor days-run For nature 5/10 K Winthrop Harbor IL 08/02/15 the Biggest loser runWalk chicago Half Marathon/5K Chicago IL 08/02/15 Harbor days-run For nature 5/10 K Winthrop Harbor IL 08/08/15 gurnee days 10k race and 2 Mile Fun run Gurnee IL 08/08/15 tahqua trail run Paradise MI 08/08/15 Personal Best 5 Indianapolis IN 08/08/15 gopher to Badger run Hudson WI 08/08/15 Full Moon 1/2 Marathon & 5k PLYMOUTH-KOHLER WI

08/01/15 2K15 for Kids Fun run Glen Ellyn IL

08/08/15 run Forrest run twilight 5k Downers Grove IL

08/02/15 chocoholic Frolic Appleton WI

08/08/15 BaMc Waterfront Festival run Menominee MI

08/09/15 4th Annual Run for Walk at Northwestern University Evanston IL 08/09/15 The Warehouse Project & Gallery 5K Run/Walk Bedford Park IL 08/09/15 Run for Diversity 5K and 10K Oak Park IL 08/09/15 Chicago 10K Chicago IL 08/13/15 Athletico Channahon Firefly 5k Channahon IL 08/15/15 Old Farts Marathon and Half Lowell MI 08/15/15 2nd Annual Bob Hicks Memorial 5K Villa Park IL 08/15/15 Park Ridge Indian Scouts and Indian Princesses - Together Forever 5k Run & Walk Park Ridge IL PRISIP.ORG/TF5K 08/16/15 Graham’s Sundae 5K Run and Walk Geneva IL 08/16/15 Andrew Kuebrich Hero Run Plano IL

08/21/15 Tour de La Porte La Porte IN

DeKalb Corn Classic 10K photo by Toni Moon

08/22/15 Running with Faith 5K/10K New Lenox IL 08/22/15 St. Catherine of Alexandria CHARGE ON 5k Oak Lawn IL 08/22/15 Madison Mini-Marathon Madison WI 08/22/15 DeKalb Corn Classic 10K DeKalb IL 08/22/15 Cheesehead Run Hilbert WI 08/22/15 Wausau Marathon Wausau WI 08/23/15 Windrunner 10K Wheaton IL 08/23/15 Fort2Base Race North Chicago IL 08/23/15 3rd Annual High Holiday Hustle Lombard IL 08/23/15 Fort2Base 10 Miler Fort Sheridan IL


Now in its 34th year, the DeKalb Corn Classic takes runners through southern DeKalb, including a jaunt through Prairie Park. In addition to the 10K, the race also includes a family friendly 3K run/walk so everyone can enjoy the event. 08/23/15 Family Fun Day & 5k Long Grove IL 08/29/15 Running for Life Morris IL 08/29/15 Backlot Dash 5K and 1/2 Mile Youth Run Skokie IL 08/29/15 Scott S’cool Scoot Naperville IL 08/29/15 DINO Trail Run Southwestway Indianapolis IN 08/29/15 Parkie’s 5k Bolingbrook IL 08/29/15 Hometown Heroes 5K Harvard IL

08/29/15 5k Run of Everyday Champions by Northwest Compass, Inc Mount Prospect IL

09/06/15 Buffalo Grove Stampede Buffalo Grove IL

08/30/15 Calahan Foundation 5K Run4Life Chicago IL

09/06/15 The Magnificent Mile Chicago Women’s Half Marathon & 5K Chicago IL

08/30/15 Walk to Remember & Run for Hope 2015 Libertyville IL

09/06/15 Lake Michigan Trail Marathon Cudahy WI

09/03/15 RUN(317) Series Indianapolis IN

09/07/15 Oak Brook Half-Marathon Oak Brook IL

09/05/15 Boom Shakalaka Indianapolis IN 09/06/15 Twilight Shuffle 5K Run Libertyville IL 09/06/15 The Ripple Effect Indianapolis IN

09/07/15 Schaumburg Shuffle 5K Schaumburg IL 09/07/15 2015 Fling Mile Naperville IL 09/07/15 Rooster 5K Naperville IL


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09/07/15 Fling Challenge Naperville IL

09/12/15 Flossmoor 5K Flossmoor IL

09/10/15 Super Bears Shuffle 5K Chicago IL

09/12/15 8th Annual Twilight Run Walk Roll & Post-Party Lake Forest IL

09/10/15 Race Judicata® Chicago IL 09/11/15 Rock Cut Hobo Trail Runs - 10k/25k/50k Loves Park IL 09/12/15 Mackinac Island 8 Mile Road Race Mackinac Island MI



09/12/15 Last Chance BQ.2 Marathon Geneva IL 09/12/15 Leyden Township’s Trek to the Rec 5K Franklin Park IL

09/12/15 Dash In The Dark 5K Saint Charles IL

09/12/15 Matt’s Mile and 5k Grayslake IL

09/12/15 Shorewood Scoot 5K run/walk Shorewood IL

09/12/15 Respond Now 5k Run/Walk for Hunger Olympia Fields IL

09/12/15 DINO Versailles Halfmarathon Trail Run Versailles IN

09/12/15 Platzkonzert Germanfest 5K Hoffman Estates IL

Annual Run for Walk at Northwestern University

09/12/15 THE GREAT AMAZING RACE Chicago 1m/5k adventure race for adults & kids Aurora IL 09/13/15 Hartman Creek Trail Run Waupaca WI 09/13/15 Alpine Races Half Marathon & 5K/ run walk Lake Zurich IL 09/13/15 SEA Blue Prostate Cancer Walk/5K Run Chicago IL 09/13/15 The Biggest Loser RunWalk Racine Half Marathon/5K Racine WI 09/13/15 The Midway Fly Away 5K Family Run/Walk Chicago IL


looking to break out of your usual 5K routine? head to evanston for the fourth annual run for Walk, a 4.1-mile race through evanston that ends on ryan Field. as one of the races on this year’s Cara runners’ Choice Circuit, you can count on stiff competition at this football-themed event. 70

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09/13/15 5th Annual Run & Walk for Prostate Cancer Awareness Westmont IL 09/13/15 5th Annual Run & Walk for Prostate Cancer Awareness Westmont IL 09/13/15 THE GREAT AMAZING RACE Wisconsin 1m/5k adventure race for adults & kids Milwaukee WI 09/13/15 Biggest Loser RunWalk Half Marathon/5K/Kids Fit Fun Run Racine WI 09/16/15 Harvest Moon 5K Pleasant Prairie WI 09/18/15 Guardian Kids Fun Run Appleton WI

09/13/15 Bucktown 5K Chicago IL

09/19/15 Porcupine Mountains Trail Marathon Silver City MI

09/13/15 Naperville Trails Half Marathon Wheaton IL

09/19/15 Run! Forest Run! 10k & 5k Aurora IL

09/13/15 D211 Fun’D’ 5K Run/Walk Palatine IL

09/19/15 Chicago Athlete 20 Miler Elk Grove Village IL

Fort2Base Race


Take advantage of your only local opportunity to run a race measured in nautical miles rather than land miles. With 10 (11.5 land miles) and 3 (3.45 land miles) nautical mile options, the race has something for runners of a variety of abilities. A post-race party follows at Naval Station Great Lakes. 09/19/15 Dick Pond Athletics Walk 2 Run Program w/Walk N Talk Option Session 3 Carol Stream IL

09/19/15 Affinity Medical Group Orthopedics & Sports Medicine 5K Run/Walk Neenah WI

09/19/15 Indy Women’s Half Marathon & 5K Indianapolis IN

09/19/15 DuPagePads 11th Annual Run 4 Home Wheaton IL

09/19/15 Terra Sans Pave Blue Star Glenview IL

09/19/15 Spay the Stray 5K Run/Walk Lansing IL

09/19/15 KishHealth System Physical Therapy Center 5K Hunger Fun Run/walk Sandwich IL

09/19/15 Food Truck 5K and Block Party Arlington Heights IL

09/19/15 The Chicago Lung Run Chicago IL 09/19/15 Miles for James 5K for TBI Tinley Park IL 09/19/15 Women Rock Chicago IL 09/19/15 Pump it Up for Platelets 5K Lincolnshire IL 09/19/15 Run The Shores 5K Barrington IL

09/19/15 Anyone Can Do A 5k Schererville IN

09/20/15 Shoreline Classic Decatur IL

09/19/15 Ignite the Night Terre Haute IN

09/20/15 Community First Fox Cities Marathon Menasha WI

09/19/15 TheraCORE’s Race For A Cure 5k Darien IL 09/19/15 The Race to Our Place Winnetka IL 09/20/15 Beyond the Badge Indianapolis IN

09/20/15 Advocate Dreyer Fox Valley Marathon, Fall Final 20, Fox Valley Half Marathon St. Charles IL 09/20/15 I Support Community Represent 5K Naperville IL


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09/20/15 NAMI “Stamp Out Stigma” 5K Park Ridge IL

09/26/15 Harvest Fest 1/2 Marathon & 10K Sheboygan WI

09/27/15 O’Hare 5k on the Runway Chicago IL

09/20/15 4th Annual Firehouse 5K Glenview IL

09/26/15 Park Ridge Charity Classic Park Ridge IL

09/27/15 Team Teal Runs Chicago Half Marathon Chicago IL

09/20/15 D96 Dash Buffalo Grove IL

09/26/15 Trot for Theresa 5K Palatine IL

09/24/15 Oktoberfest 5K Run/Walk Chicago IL

09/27/15 Run to Read Schaumburg IL

09/27/15 Running with the Bulldogs 5K Walk/Run Oak Lawn IL

09/25/15 Light the Torch 5K Wheaton IL 09/25/15 Glow-n-Go 5k Walk/Run Romeoville IL

09/27/15 Tri Town Community Marathon and Merrillville Mini Merrilliville IN

09/26/15 Ovarian Cancer Run/Walk Indianapolis IN 09/26/15 Laps with the Chaps 5K Run/Walk Glen Ellyn IL 09/26/15 15th Annual Cougar 5K Run/Walk Chicago IL

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09/27/15 Healthy Driven Plainfield Harvest 5K Run/Walk & Kidz Miler Plainfield IL 09/27/15 HERO Half Marathon and 10K Chesterton IN

09/26/15 Holland Hospital Park2Park 1/2 Marathon & 5K Holland MI


09/27/15 Fall Into Fitness 5K Run & Walk Chicago IL 09/27/15 Chicago Half Marathon & Hyundai Hope on Wheels 5K Chicago IL 09/27/15 Wolf Lake Trail Run/Hike Kansasville WI


Destination events


08/02/15 2nd Annual Open Water Swim for ALS Winnetka IL 08/08/15 Sharkfest Chicago Chicago IL 08/22/15 Great Lake Plunge Evanston IL


08/01/15 The Experience @ Frankenmuth Frankenmuth MI 08/01/15 36th Annual Woodson YMCA Triathlon Wausau WI 08/02/15 I Tried a Triathlon Oswego IL 08/02/15 Camp Courageous Sprint Triathlon Presented by Transamerica Monticello IA

RuNNING 08/23/15 Fort2Base Race North Chicago IL 09/06/15 Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Virginia Beach VA 09/19/15 uS Air Force Marathon Wright-Patterson Air Force Base OH 09/19/15 Women Rock Chicago IL 09/26/15 Harvest Fest 1/2 Marathon & 10K Sheboygan WI 10/10/15 Queen Bee Half Marathon Cincinnati OH 10/25/15 Marine Corps Marathon Arlington VA

6K RUN/WALK O 10.25.15

Sunday, October 25, 2015 | Evanston, IL | 6k 9:45 a.m. | Kids Run 9:00 a.m.


Trick orTreat




• Chip-timed certified 6K course • Tech teeshirt and goodie bag


Shirts Short Sleeve Tech trants! to First 1,000 Regis

• Course water stations finish line refreshments • Costumes encouraged • Awards to top 3 overall M/F top 3 in five year age divisions

Trick orTreat


O I S’ FA S T E S T 6 K N I L L I A portion of the proceeds will benefit Foundation 65.

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Running events

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08/02/15 Tri Indy Indianapolis IN

08/22/15 Go Girl Triathlon Indianapolis IN

08/08/15 Sanford & Sun Triathlon & Duathlon Sanford MI

08/22/15 Three Rivers Triathlon/Duathlon THREE RIVERS MI

08/14/15 Waupaca Kids Triathlon Waupaca WI

08/22/15 ‘Head for the Hills’ Patoka Lake Triathlon Birdseye IN headforthehillspatokalaketriathlon.

08/15/15 3 Disciplines - A Girl’s Best Friend Triathlon Kalamazoo MI

08/23/15 3 Disciplines Ludington Lighthouse Tri Ludingtons ORIGINAL AND BEST Ludington MI

08/15/15 Waupaca Area Triathlon Waupaca WI

08/23/15 Michigan Titanium Grand Rapids MI

08/15/15 Indianapolis Sprint Triathlon Series #3 Indianapolis IN

Super Bears Shuffle 5K


Celebrate nFl Kickoff 2015 with the second annual super Bears shuffle 5K. the race, which begins and ends at soldier Field, features entertainment from the Bears drumline, appearances by staley da Bear, a Bears finisher medal and a themed performance shirt. the post-race party continues the theme with giveaways, music, Bears alumni and games.

08/23/15 Northshore Triathlon Wilmette IL

08/30/15 Chicago Triathlon Chicago IL

08/16/15 3 Disciplines Petoskey Triathlons Petoskey MI

08/29/15 3 Disciplines - South Beach Triathlon South Haven MI

09/05/15 St Croix Valley Triathlon Hudson WI

08/16/15 Woodridge Rotary 16th Annual Mini-Triathlon (Chicagoland’s Largest Mini Tri) Woodridge IL

08/29/15 Barron Lake Triathlon and 5K Niles MI

09/06/15 3 Disciplines Michigan’s Triathlon & Duathlon Championship Detroit MI

08/16/15 Pigman Long Course Palo IA 08/22/15 Cori’s Kids Triathlon Riverside IL


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08/29/15 Chicago SuperSprint Triathlon Chicago IL 08/29/15 Life Time Kids Tri Chicago Chicago IL


09/12/15 3 Disciplines Festival of Races - Tawas East Tawas MI 09/15/15 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago Chicago IL

09/19/15 Monsterman Unionville IN 09/19/15 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago Chicago IL 09/20/15 3 Disciplines - Tri the Creek Triathlon North Liberty IN 09/27/15 Have Fun? You Won! Kids’ Triathlon Oswego IL


08/02/15 Infinity Multisport Open Water Swim Clinic Chicago IL

08/08/15 Coach Mark Buciak Summer Running Retreat LaGrange IL 09/28/15 Max Multisport Coaching Fall Half Marathon Training Program Chicago IL 09/29/15 Chicago Marathon: Final Tips Seminar Chicago IL






NOVEMBER 22, 2015


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Partial proceed benefit the District 214 Education Foundation Canned food collection at the race site to be donated to the Elk Grove Township Food Pantry

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Our Certified Sports Physicians (CCSP) are also Certified Power-Taping Practioners (CPTP), Our clinics provide care for patients ranging from professional athletes to soccer moms. As avid hockey players/athletes themselves, Dr. Clendenin, Dr. Bocci, Dr. Hover, Dr. Danielson all know first hand the need for chiropractic specialty techniques and physical therapy for any athlete. Our practices specialize in the correction of biomechanical disorders rather than treating just the pain symptoms. We provide comprehensive treatment programs for, but not limited to: Ligament/Muscle Injury & Tendonitis | Spinal Decompression | Podiatry Acupuncture | Therapeutic Sports Massage | Rolfing | Kinesio-Taping Naturopathy | Sciatica/Disc Problems | Physical Therapy Carpal Tunnel Syndrome | Rehabilitation | Back/Neck Pain | Headaches Custom Foot Orthotics | Rotator Cuff Syndrome | Knee/Hip Pain Foot/Ankle Pain | Extremity Conditions

C.A.R.E. Physical Therapy’s mission is to provide the highest quality physical therapy services. We are individually owned and operated, and feature one on one treatment sessions lasting 45 minutes to one hour exclusively with a physical therapist. Having personal experience participating in marathons and triathlons, we specialize in running injuries, but treat all orthopedic, neck, back and sports related injuries. Our services include a comprehensive biomechanical analysis of gait and running form as well as posture, strength and flexibility assessments. We emphasize manual therapy (soft tissue mobilization/myofascial release and joint mobilization techniques) and individualized exercise instruction, but also utilize therapeutic modalities (electrical stimulation, ultrasound, etc.) Call us today for a free consultation or gait video analysis. Now offering Massage Therapy.

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3350 Salt Creek Lane Suite 109 Arlington Heights, IL 60005 847-368-3200 DC Wellness Center is a comprehensive family health facility that offers gentle chiropractic adjustments, adjunctive physiotherapy, functional nutrition with lab studies, structural postural care, exercise reabilitation, performance care with Active Release Technique (ART). Dr. Michael Davenport has been involved in the Chicago area running community for over 20 years. He presently still competes in endurance events such as Ironman Triathlons, marathons and ultramarathons. He has been a member of several local organizations which promote healthy lifestyles through training and competition. Dr. Davenport has run over 20 100 mile races including the Western States 100 mile endurance race 8 times and the Leadville Trail 100 4 times. He has also completed 6 Ironman Triathlons and hopes to complete his 7th this year in Lake Tahoe. Additionally, he has run 85 marathons. He hopes to break 3 hours again at this years Chicago Marathon, his 23rd Chicago Marathon. Dr. Davenport has treated many local athletes. He stresses living healthy with the synergy of quality nutrition, proper core muscle balance, adequate rest, and correct structual biomechanics. He incorporates specific stretching, strengthening and stabilty exercises for successful and injury free sport performances.


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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 • 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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Massage Envy Spa - Streeterville 345 E. Ohio Street (between McClurg Court & Fairbanks) Chicago, IL 60611 • 312-222-0808 Validated discounted parking up to 3 hours Massage Envy Spa - Lincoln Park South 1845 N. Clybourn (across from Buffalo Wild Wings) Chicago, IL 60614 • 773-904-1100 Free 90 minute parking available with validation Massage Envy Spa - Old Town / Gold Coast 1222 N. Wells Street (Across from Plum Market) 312-642-ENVY • Now Open ADD MASSAGE THERAPY TO YOUR MARATHON OR TRIATHLON TRAINING PROGRAM AND ENHANCE YOUR PERFORMANCE. ABOUT MASSAGE ENVY SPA Massage Envy Spa offers convenience, affordability, and professionalism. With convenient locations in the Streeterville and Lincoln Park neighborhoods, Massage Envy is the perfect place to go for your therapeutic massage therapy & Murad Facial services. Our licensed massage therapists & estheticians are trained to provide each of our guests with a customized experience. With our focus on wellness, we offer the following services: • Deep tissue massage • Relaxation / Swedish massage • Pre-natal massage • Reflexology • Sports massage • Hot Stone Therapy • Enhancements include AromaTherapy & Deep Muscle Therapy & Sugar Foot Scrubs • Murad Healthy Skin Facials • On-site chair massage at your office or event For first time guests, book your 1-hour (50 minute hands on) massage today at the member rate of $49.99 or book a 1 ½-hour massage session (80 minutes hands on) at the $74.99 member rate. That’s a 50% savings off the regular rates. We also offer first time guests a $59.99 Murad Healthy Skin Facial. ABOUT OUR MEMBERSHIP Join over 1,800,000 members nationwide! If you seek the benefits of therapeutic massage & Murad Healthy Skin facials on a regular basis, our membership program is a great value! Chicago Area Runner’s Association members receive a discount when they enroll in our 12-month program (see clinic for details): Here’s how the membership works: • $59.99 monthly dues includes a 1-hour customized massage each month • All additional services at the discounted member rates ($49.99 one hour/$59.99 Murad facial) • Monthly member massages can be rolled over to the next month, gifted to others, or used in 30 minute increments • Ask about our Corporate Wellness discounts for companies who enroll 5 or more employees • Valid at over 1,100 locations in 49 states. WE ARE PARTNERS IN THE CHICAGO COMMUNITY We are actively involved with the following organizations: • TEAM PAWS and the Run For Their Lives 8K • Sponsor of CARA Summer Marathon Training Program • Arthritis Foundation • Bright Pink’s Fab Fest Massage Envy Spa is the official sponsor of: *See clinic for full details, restrictions and member rules apply. MYCHICAGOATHLETE.COM




CHICAGO CHIROPRACTIC & SPORTS MEDICINE Dr. Joshua Akin, Dr. Jon Sebby, Dr. Frank Bucki, Shawn Mays, LMT, Sam Gao, LMT

847-881-2861 | Locations: 1847 Oak St, Northfield (located in Chicago Sports Institute) 1325 W. Randolph St, Chicago Chicago Chiropractic & Sports Medicine specializes in helping athletes and active individuals achieve optimal performance in sports, as well as body balance for every day activities. Our board certified doctors work with you to design an individualized and comprehensive treatment program – combining body-work, education and exercise – that accelerates your performance and recovery. Services Offered: • Chiropractic Care • Active Release Technique (ART) • Massage Therapy • Functional Rehabilitation • Trigger Point Needling • Kinesio Taping • Cupping Therapy • Graston Technique • Instrument Adhesion Release • Nutritional IV Therapy • Orthotics • Oxygen Therapy

RIVER NORTH: 600 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60654 LINCOLN PARK: 2105 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60614 HINSDALE: 230 E. Ogden Avenue (Inside Shred415), Hinsdale, IL 60521 312-600-7716 | THE PROBLEM Repetitive motions of day-to-day life cause muscles to contract and relax. Over time, these contractions become shorter. As they become shorter, muscles and fascia become chronically contracted, forming knots, congested tissue, and muscle tightness leading to dysfunction, disability and pain. The health of muscles is directly affected by tightness in the muscles. Blood and lymph volume is drastically reduced in hyper-contracted muscle tissue. Tremendous congestion and inflammation accumulates in the tissue from cellular metabolic wastes, all due to ineffective circulation. As this stagnation progresses, the tissue suffers increasingly destructive pathological changes. DELOS THERAPY Delos Therapy involves applied systematic pressure to the entire length of the muscle to stretch muscular fibrils, leading to elevated vascular and lymphatic circulation, improving the vital health of the affected tissue, eliminating pain and restoring function. HOW WE DIFFER FROM... Physical Therapy Conventional techniques of stretching and strengthening are ineffective for hyper-contracted muscle tissue. Delos Therapy addresses the root cause of the pain by micro-stretching muscles and fascia.

Dr. Akin is the Chiropractic Physician for the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Cubs. Contact us to find out how Chicago Chiropractic & Sports Medicine can help you with your recovery from an injury, treatments to manage your acute or chronic pain or a program to improve your performance and prevent injuries. CHICAGO SPORTS INSTITUTE 847-881-2861 | 1847 Oak St. Northfield, IL Chicago Sports Institute,, is Chicagoland’s premier sports training facility, dedicated to providing the ultimate in performance training, sports medicine and integrative health. With a passion for helping clients achieve their health and wellness goals, the experts at Chicago Sports Institute have an ongoing commitment to assist athletes at any level in achieving optimal performance in their sports and activities. SERVICES OFFERED: - Performance Training • One-On-One • Athlete Development • Youth • Program Design • Strongwoman & Strongman - Sports Medicine (Chicago Chiropractic & Sports Medicine) - Integrative Health

Chiropractic Rather than manipulating bones that may be out of alignment, Delos therapy addresses the muscle tissue, which is the force that is causing the skeletal misalignment in the first place. Massage Compared to Delos, regular massage is a superficial technique that doesn’t optimally address muscular tightness. Even deep tissue and sports massage don’t hold tissue in a stretched position long enough to be fully effective. Conventional Stretching Tight tissue doesn’t stretch, so during conventional stretching, only healthy fibers are stretched. As a result, flexibility often increases, but pain and stiffness don’t diminish. CONDITIONS TREATED BY DELOS • Headaches/migraines • Back/neck pain • Shoulder pain • Arthritis • Sciatica • IT band syndrome • Carpal tunnel syndrome • Tennis/golfer’s elbow • Hip pain • Plantar fasciitis • Tendonitis • TMJ • Bursitis • Fibromyalgia • Knee pain • Shin splints BENEFITS OF DELOS • Prevention of surgeries • Reduced rehabilitation time • Restored function • Increased range of motion

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SAUGANASH WELLNESS CENTER 6160 N. Cicero Avenue, Suite 214 Chicago, IL 60646

773.283.4470 | FAX: 773.283.4473 Sauganash Wellness Center provides quality chiropractic care and massage therapy — treatments that reduce pain and enhance your health. Whether you are an athlete in training or looking to maintain optimum performance, our non-invasive treatments will fit you and your family’s active lifestyle and individual needs. Conditions we treat at Sauganash Wellness Center include arthritis, back or neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, disc herniations, headaches, muscular pain or injury, sciatica, sports-related injuries, whiplash and more. The Sauganash Wellness Center has been recognized as a Corporate Citizen of the Year by the Lincolnwood Chamber of Commerce because they exemplify what the chamber represents – business, service and community. Founded in 2006 by Dr. Deanna Minkler and Rachel Shaffer, the center has become an important part of the community. Minkler and Shaffer have participated in and donated their services to Lincolnwood’s Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing, Turkey Trot and annual summer Fest, as well as many other events in Greater Chicago including the WTTW Family Walk and Fun Run, the Edison Park Turkey Trot and the Chicago Police Memorial Fund Run to Remember 5K Walk/Run. A licensed Chiropractic for more than 10 years, Dr. Deanna Minkler, D.C., CHt, specializes in sports rehabilitation and pediatric chiropractic. To assist athletes recover from injuries at a quicker pace, Minkler has become certified in Kinesiotaping, the treatment of muscular disorders and lymphedema reduction, and the Graston Technique, which treats acute and chronic soft tissue injuries. “Becoming a successful chiropractor has been my ambition since I was nine years old,” Dr. Minkler shares. “Being a part of a person’s transition from discomfort and impaired movement to pain free mobility is my greatest reward. My profession is challenging and stimulating and it inspires me every day!” Rachel Shaffer is a licensed and certified massage therapist who has been in practice for more than 9 years. Specializing in assisting professional athletes, Shaffer has become an expert in deep tissue and sports massage. She also excels at prenatal and geriatric therapy. Enhance your current health... and your future health with care from our certified and licensed doctors and practitioners. Sauganash Wellness Center is conveniently located at 6160 N. Cicero Avenue, just one block east of the Eden’s Expressway (I-94) and one block north of Peterson Avenue on Chicago’s North Side. Many insurance plans accepted. Now accepting new patients. For more information, visit the center’s web site at

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STACY L. CLARK, PH.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist Sports Psychology/Performance Enhancement 25 E. Washington St. Suite 1719 Chicago, IL 60602 | 773-263-0003 Train your body. Train your mind. Perform your best. Athletes are always trying to enhance their performance or find that competitive edge yet most athletes have experienced instances when they were not performing at the top of their game. While physical training is important, conditioning is only part of an athlete’s training and if the mind is not on board, physical training can often become ineffective. It is the mental focus that carries an athlete across the finish line when the body no longer can. Therefore, being equipped with tools to help overcome mental roadblocks should be as much of a part of an athlete’s training program as endurance, hydration, and nutrition. Dr. Clark specializes in helping athletes reach their optimal performance by identifying the source of the athlete’s problem, by helping the athlete set goals, and by building skills. She has considerable experience working with issues commonly encountered by athletes such as performance anxiety, struggles with motivation, focus and concentration, stress management, adjustment to injury, and life circumstances that interfere with performance.

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Dr. Clark is a clinical psychologist specializing in sports psychology and performance enhancement. She has worked with Division I athletes, marathon runners, Ironman participants, and novices just starting out in their sport. She is a member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and American Psychological Association. Dr. Clark not only works with athletes, but is a marathon runner herself who values the power of the mind on performance outcomes.



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Q What is your role with Kiwami? A KiWAMi is a France-based company and I’m the

owner of the KiWAMi America’s distributorship. Q What makes Kiwami different from other triathlon gear? A The company was started by two former professional triathletes: Helene Salomon, from France and Craig Watson who represented New Zealand at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. They have from the first days devoted their energy to create pure triathlon gear. Here in the United States, our staff is also involved daily in triathlon training or racing. So at KiWAMi, we’ll never sacrifice quality. Our products are altogether comfortable, performance oriented and also long lasting. Q What events do you and your staff members have coming up? Any big races in particular? A We’ve raced each other at Shamrock Shuffle and Big 10 10K. Now, we’re all getting ready to 82

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settle some scores at the Chicago Half Marathon. It’s too bad the Bank of America Chicago Marathon falls on Kona weekend. I’ve been lucky to compete in 22 Ironmans so now that KiWAMi is keeping us so busy, I still cross train every day but limit my racing to running races and one yearly marathon. Q If you had to pick three of your products

to recommend to local triathletes, which ones would you pick and why? A The Prima Race is our most cost-effective tri suit. It’s available in a kids and openback version. It’s very successful among beginners and athletes who do not plan on competing a full season. Its super soft fabric and anatomical padding makes it a very comfortable tri suit that dries fast and never causes chafing. Then I would particularly recommend our Spider tri shorts. The Spider line is 100 percent geared

towards performance with variable compression and extreme durability. The Spider shorts are a favorite among long-distance athletes in training or racing. The compressive support on the quads and hamstrings is very efficient in delaying the onset of muscle fatigue. Last, I will mention not a product but a service: customization. We have an in-house facility that allows us to print any logo/name on any gear. This is very convenient for teams, small or large and for those athletes racing in National or ITU competitions. Our turnaround never goes beyond five days and we have rush options. All this at a very reasonable price. Q Where can area triathletes find your products? A KiWAMi is available online or in Lake Forest, at our offices (222 E. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 15). We hope soon to be able to announce our presence in local retailers as we’ve started to accept applications.

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