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The Racing Industry is a Humble Abode TO ALL CHICAGO ATHLETE READERS: In my introductory editor’s note, I mentioned that I did cross country and track and field in high school, and I absolutely loved it. However, I did not run competitively in college, and while I thought the nearby bike paths fulfilled my hobby, I did not realize how much I actually missed the race atmosphere. Already in the time I’ve been Editor at Chicago Athlete, I’ve attended three races, and whether I’ve ran or just took pictures, I had a blast. Each race had its own energy, but all of it was optimistic and motivational; as race season continues to pick up speed, I look forward to all of the other races I’ll get to attend. I’ve also had the opportunity to work on the set of a photo shoot with a professional triathlete model who is on this issue’s cover (look on our website to read about that experience) and also interviewed an Olympic triathlete. Both of these athletes spoke with such passion, and were very friendly, making my overall perception of athletes a positive one. Aside from the great experiences I’ve had already, I’ve also met some other people in the industry who have been nothing but welcoming. I went to the CARA office downtown and met those behind the scenes there (feature story on page 34), and I met some of the leaders behind the Bank of America Chicago Marathon at a company Cubs game. I’ve also received a plethora of emails and calls from various companies, such as Dick Pond Athletics, Fleet Feet, and TriRight Coaching, congratulating me on the new position and hoping to form strong relationships. While I shouldn’t be surprised by the graciousness of everyone I’ve met, I truly am; obviously as a newbie in the industry, I expected people to be helpful, but I did not expect them to be as excited about my new job as I am. I am quickly learning about this niche industry, and everything I learn makes me love it more – it’s a world in itself, a world I can’t wait to continue to explore. And as I sit here and write this note on my one-month anniversary as Editor in Chief, I could not feel more at home, all thanks to you!
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Silvia Ribeiro Professional triathlete and athletic model Silvia Ribeiro rides her bike along Chicagoâ€™s lakefront path. Ribeiro will return to the Windy City this August to compete in the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon for her first time. Photo by: ali engin
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ost people go to college, graduate and get a job. Silvia Ribeiro got three.
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Ribeiro was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and began swimming at age 5. She went to college at the University of Sao Paulo, and played volleyball professionally from 1994 to 2000. While most of her life had been dedicated to sports, she got her degree in odontology, and became a dentist upon graduation. But it didn’t stop there. One day on her way home from work, Ribeiro’s beauty was recognized by a modeling scout on a street in Brazil, and Way Models quickly signed her. Almost immediately, Ribiero put aside her odontology career and became a traveling model, and worked in Mexico, Miami, New York, Paris, Milan, Barcelona and others. This busy lifestyle, however, made it hard to keep up with her love of athletics. “Things happened so fast – I started traveling a lot, and when I was in Germany for modeling, I was watching videos on triathlons and ironmans and got hooked,” Ribeiro said. “Then I started to run by myself.” Ribeiro then moved to New York for two and a half years, and while it was a difficult place to train, she continued to run when she had time. “I remember I went for a jog in Central Park, I saw this guy riding a bike and I thought it was awesome,” Ribeiro said. “I actually stopped him to ask about his bike, and he was super nice. Then I got my first bike.” Although the bike was just a road bike and hard to ride, Ribeiro became a more comfortable cyclist, which led to her first race: the Spring Triathlon in Miami in 2011. From there, she started training with a coach and a team, and her triathlon career took off. 10
Now, living in Boulder, Colo., Ribeiro continues to be a fashion model while competing in races all over the world. She has done both sprint and Olympic distance Ironmans, but her favorite is the Ironman 70.3 Miami, where she placed in the top 15 twice. Unfortunately, Ribeiro injured the femoral nerve in her thigh in early spring, and has been taking time off to recover for the Chicago Triathlon in August. It will be her first time competing in Chicago. “I think the worst part for me is when I get injured because you’re not able to train,” she explained. “But even when I’m struggling, it’s good because I’m doing what I love.” Jim Garfield has managed athletes for 10 years at JLG Management in Los Angeles, and when he first met Ribeiro, he knew he had to jump on the opportunity to work with her. “I first met her in Hawaii, where her husband was running an Ironman,” Garfield said. “I thought she was an interesting looking woman, and I soon realized she’s also very unique. The more I knew about her, the more I was intrigued.” Two years later, Garfield expressed how he loves how approachable, humble and inclusive she is.
“She is open to being a constant ambassador to the sport,” he explained. “When you have someone that is so embracing to everything the sport has, it makes my job very easy… She is really willing to share the journey and that makes a big difference.”
“Enjoy the ride, Triathletes get so anxious because they want to ride fast and run fast... be patient and consistent and enjoy it.” — Ribeiro Along with everything else Ribeiro does, she maintains her own blog on www.silviaribeiro.com/blog. Here, she shares her thoughts and experiences, and also gives advice to athletes. “Enjoy the ride,” Ribeiro encouraged. “Triathletes get so anxious because they want to ride fast and run fast ... be patient and consistent and enjoy it.”
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Man’s Best Friend
ChiCagoans Can Compete With Canines
t’s often been said that a dog is a “mans best friend.” Runners especially bond with their pets, as, like humans, they need exercise too. While some races are dog friendly, most dog-lovers are restricted to running on the nearby bike path with their canines. Luckily, though, a new dog-powered sport allows humans to be competitive with their dogs.
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Canicross, much like dogsledding, is the sport of cross-country running but with dogs. Usually ran with one or two dogs, the canines are attached to the human with a harness and bungee cord. Races can range from two to 30 miles long, and can be performed on the same trails that running races take place on.
“Canicross is considered a dog-powered sport in that you are not just running with your dog, but your pup is actually helping you run faster then you would have alone,” said Richard Kisseloff, an experienced athlete in dog-powered sports. “You and your best friend are a team working in unison.” Unlike dogsledding, canicross can take place at any time of year and does not require much equipment – all that’s needed to participate is a good pair of shoes, a pulling harness and a quality belt, Kisseloff said. Currently, canicross races are most popular in Europe, he added. However, the United States is beginning to adapt the sport; in fact, nearly 200 dog/human teams competed at the end of May at a race in Maine. “In France and much of Europe it is not uncommon to go into a running store and find the proper equipment to perform this sport,” Kisseloff said. Recently, a canicross group was started in Chicago. Windy City Mushers, which Kisseloff co-found, allows dog-lovers to participate in dog-powered sports. For those with only one or two dogs, this group opens the doors up to be active with their pets and others. “Our goal is to promote an active and healthy lifestyle for both pet and owner,” the Windy City Mushers’ Facebook page said. Windy City Mushers also offers clinics for about $50, where participants can learn about and train for canicross, as well as nutrition and safety precautions for both humans and dogs. “Here in the United States, we are many years behind. While many races are dog friendly, there are not many canicross specific races or activities,” Kisseloff said. “We’d like to see the sport of canicross grow, much like in Europe, but also understand this will always be a niche sport.” Other dog-powered sports include skijoring, bikejoring and scootering. 12
before the start Line menu option What you put inside your body is just as important as what you make your body do during training. Are you sick of eating pasta every night before a race? Luckily, that’s not the only meal that gives you the necessary carbo-load.
No-Cheese Pizza (serves 3) This cheese-less pizza is not only a delicious option for vegans, but has the veggies and carbs to provide high-energy during a workout or race.
IngredIents: 1 box Simple Mills Almond Flour Pizza Dough 2 Tbs. Apple cider vinegar 2 Tbs. Grapeseed oil (or any other unflavored oil) 6 Tbs. Water 1 Cup Spinach ½ Cup Basil, plus extra for topping ½ Cup Olive oil ¼ Cup Cashews ½ Lemon squeezed 3 Tomatoes (I mixed cherry and vine tomatoes), sliced thin ½ Avocado, sliced thin ¼ tsp. Salt Red pepper flakes, for garnish dIrectIons: 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. In a large bowl whisk apple cider vinegar, oil, and water. Add mix and combine well until a dough forms. 3. Spread a light layer of oil on the parchment paper. Place the dough on the baking sheet and flatten onto the baking sheet, using your palms to create a raised area for the crust. It’s helpful to put oil on your hands, so the dough doesn’t stick. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until crust is lightly browned. 4. In the meantime, in a food processor, process the spinach, basil, olive oil, cashews, lemon, and salt until smooth. 5. Remove the pizza dough and spread dressing evenly over the center of the pizza. Top with tomatoes, avocado, and basil. Garnish with red pepper flakes and serve warm.
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THE BLIND Riding a bike is one of the first skills a child learns, and should be an inclusive activity throughout ones entire life. Not being able to see though, makes riding a bike much more difficult. That’s where tandem bikes come in. A new organization, Route 66 Tandem Cyclists, provides bicycle rides for blind people in the Midwest. Their goal is to include people who can’t ride on their own due to physical impairment. Originating in May, 2015 as a tandem bike club in Joplin, Mo., organizer David Carey decided one day that putting blind people on the back would add adventure and freedom to their lives. Photo by Holly Petrovich
Race Participation Drops FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR
he number of athletes competing in road races decreased for the second straight year, according to Running USA.
From 1990 to 2013 was called the “running boom,” as race participation had increased from five million to over 19 million in the two decades. Participation decreased 1 percent in 2014 and another 9 percent in 2015, bringing the total number of finishers to 17,114,800. On the other hand, the number of races increased by 2,300 from 2014 to 2015, totaling 30,300 running events in the United States; but still, the number of races with 30,000 or more finishers decreased, and races of every distance had a decline in finishers of at least 3 percent. “For the past 25 years, road running has grown tremendously year-over-year,” said Running USA
CEO Rich Harshbarger. “What we’re seeing is something all industries face, as eventually the momentum starts to slow down, and it’s those who adapt to consumer behaviors who continue to grow both in the short-term and long-term.” And not all races were lacking; six races in the top 50 largest races in the United States gained more than 1,000 runners each in the last year. Additionally, the 2015 finisher total of 17.1 million ranks as the third most finishers in history, with the 15.5 million finishers in 2012 ranking fourth. Of those racing, females represent 57 percent of fi nishers, and half of the fi nishers were in the 25 to 44 age group. The most popular race continues to be the 5K, with 7.6 million fi nishers, followed by the half marathon with 2.1 million fi nishers.
On June 4, nine people hopped on the back of a tandem bike and felt the wind in their face as the front-riders rode them around Springfield, Ill. In September, the second Burn Your Buns event will take place, where blind riders will get to enjoy a 32-mile ride through Water’s Edge Campground in Joplin. All proceeds benefit the Midwest Low Vision Technology Center.
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Born and raised in Chicago, Melissa Pizzaro originally took up running to lose weight, and it ended up becoming her favorite hobby. Pizarro began training for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2012, and throughout the course of that year she lost 80 pounds. Instantly, she was hooked, and began competing in several Ultra-length races. The following June, Melissa competed in the Kettle Moraine 100 mile Ultra Marathon, and then the Potawami 150 in Pekin in April 2014, where she placed third female and seventh overall. After having her daughter Emilia, however, Melissa struggled to continue with training, until Melissa was surprised with the registration of the Potawatomi Ultra Marathon as a gift. She only had about four months to train for the April 7, 2016 race due to some hip injuries, but she finished the 200 mile race in 66 hours and 53 minutes. Despite being the only female finisher, Melissa placed third overall.
When Ryan Blackwell decided he wanted to lose some weight, he gradually got into the sport of running by jogging 1/4 mile at a time with steady increases. Jumping right in, he and his wife, Elizabeth, set some extended goals for their health and fitness, and started training for the Chicago Rock ‘N Roll Half Marathon in July 2014. Shortly after, they ran the Chicago Triathlon in August, and Ryan did his first full marathon that October. After several more races, the couple was “bit with the triathlon bug,” and made the Ironman their ultimate goal. Ryan completed the Ironman 70.3 Steelhead in Benton Harbor, Mich. in 2015, and soon the entire family of five was doing triathlons together. Ryan’s 2016 season has been busy as well, and is currently working towards getting the ultimate title of Ironman on Sept. 11. Aside from competing, Ryan collects donated items and creates care packages for 75 to 125 homeless people in Chicago a week. On Sunday and Wednesday nights, Ryan and Elizabeth go out and distribute these items on the streets between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. “Not only is he killing his training for Ironman WI, he is setting an example of what true humanity is,” Elizabeth says about her husband.
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Plan your fall running schedule to include the flat, fast, scenic route of the 2016 Frank Lloyd Wright Races, featuring a 5K Run/Walk, the 10K Run, and the Youth Mile for ages 7-14. All events are on Sunday, October 23 and start and finish at Oak Park River Forest High School (201 N. Scoville Avenue in Oak Park). The course passes by eight Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, including the Home and Studio!
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The Race of Truth time trialing tiPs and tricks
By Bryan McVey
panning multiple disciplines and cycling race mediums, time trialing, often referred to as the race of truth, is an ultimate test and combination of an individual’s speed, power and grace. As a road cyclist, it can define an entire stage race. As a triathlete, it can be an area to make up (or lose) large sums of time. And as a track cyclist on the velodrome, riding the physical and proverbial line can mean the difference between being on the podium or not. In any medium, there are a number of things that go into riding a fast time trial. The following are some training tips and tricks that can help you propel your next time trial into a higher level. Power Time trialing is a competition to see how much sustained power (or power to weight ratio) you can muster out of yourself and the bike, as compared to your competitors. This means that while training on the bike, focus on long sustained high power intervals to get the feeling of riding fast for an extended period of time. You will feel the wind increasing, your position faltering, your heart rate and breathing rising, and your mind going crazy telling you to, “please, stop.” The more comfortable and accustomed you can be in this state, the better you will fair come race day. In the weight room, focus on low repetition high weight intervals such as squatting and lunges. This will help build your leg muscles to sustain the high power needed for fast times. 18
Position (strength in flexibility) Even when two identical people put out the same amount of power, their results can be vastly different. This is because your biggest enemy to going fast is wind resistance. If one person can maintain a more aerodynamic and tucked position, they can cheat the wind and use that power to propel forward, versus pushing wind out of the way. Work on getting into the most aerodynamic position that feels comfortable to you for the amount of time projected for the race. As you get tired, your position will start to falter, and your body will want to break good position by using other muscles. Yoga is the perfect complementary activity to time trialing because it focuses on strength and flexibility in positions for extended periods of time.
race it to determine how hard you should push in each section. Uphills are areas to push harder to make up time, whereas downhills can be slight reprieves where you will not be able to push out the same kind of power. Use each segment to its advantage. This technique also helps trick your mind by breaking up the race into smaller, more manageable chunks.
breathing The importance of proper breathing can sometimes be overlooked, and be detrimental to your overall performance if not done correctly. Long steady breaths that are in sync with your motion can put you into a zenlike state and help pass the time, tricking your mind that you aren’t as tired as you are. The goal is to get as much oxygen with each breath, which can be hard to do in a tucked position. While doing yoga poses, and during training intervals, try to concentrate your breathing by expanding your lungs into your stomach region, letting it balloon out when inhaling. It feels weird at first but this technique will allow your lungs to expand to their greatest volume, maximizing oxygen intake with each breath.
accessorize Many times people get too hung up on the accessories that help you go fast, but it’s true that better equipment can equal faster times. But focus on this last, versus making these items your go-to answers to chip time from your race. Time trial bikes can be very expensive, so here are some cheaper accessory items to help you shave seconds: • Clip on aero bars - The fastest way to get your road bike time trial ready. Being relaxed in this position will save you the most amount of time. • Aero Wheel covers - Forget a brand new wheelset and opt for rear wheel a disc cover instead. • Nose strips - Put one on after your warm up and you will feel like you can breath again. • Ear plugs - Another jedi mind trick, which will help you stay within yourself, and not get discouraged by the high wind speeds around you. If you think you can go faster, many times you can.
Pacing Like all good endurance races, negative splitting is usually the gold standard. But since courses can be so varied, ensure you study each segment before you
warm UP There is no luxury of racing your way into good form in a time trial. As soon as you roll over that start line, you’re exposed with no hiding behind other riders. Because of this, a thorough warm up is crucial for success. You should still be sweating on the start line, with muscles warm and ready to go.
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This year, a Team Danny Did Cheer Station will be held at mile 13.5 to motivate their team members and other runners. “I’ve run the Chicago Marathon before, so I don’t have the desire to do it again, but the group motivates me to do it,” Doran explained. “I feel like I have to help spread the awareness.”
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that gets you out the Door, anD forces you to realize there’s more
— CalEy doran
Aside from coordinating a group to run in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, TDD hosts several events throughout the year. Doran is on the donation and sponsor committee of the Hearts and Hugs Gala, the foundation’s large annual fundraiser. The seventh annual gala will take place on Oct. 29 at Germania Place on North Avenue, and will raise money to help those with epilepsy with an auction and comedian. Photo by diego Martirena from Maplewood Photography
Caley Doran charity: team Danny DiD
rowing up with the mindset that running was a “sports punishment,” Caley Doran didn’t stray from soccer and swimming until her college roommate began training for a marathon. Eighteen marathons later, Doran not only runs as a way to relax herself, but to raise money for her son and others with epilepsy. In fall 2015, Doran’s 2-year-old son Raymond was diagnosed with epilepsy, a disorder in which nerve cell activity in the brain is disturbed causing seizures. Not knowing much about the condition, Doran did a lot of research, and stumbled upon Team Danny Did, a foundation that raises awareness for people with epilepsy by participating in several fitness events around the country. Immediately, Doran felt a connection to the organization and wanted to get involved. 20
“Team Danny Did took over me … everything they’re involved in just really captured me,” she said. “They provided a lot of excellent resources that taught us and guided us during an overwhelming time.” Because TDD helped her so much in the beginning stages of Raymond’s seizures, Doran wanted to do the same for others; in March, she attended the group’s St. Patrick’s Day event, and met the leader of TDD, Tom Stanton. There, she learned about the foundation’s involvement in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. For the last six years, TDD has recruited runners from all over the country to represent its organization in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Each runner is expected to raise at least $1,000 to go towards its cause.
Doran says Raymond is on medicine, goes for regular EEGs and is doing well; but, there is still abnormal activity, and because he’s so young, he doesn’t know what’s going on. “I am a nervous wreck all the time,” Doran said. “But I don’t think he has a clue.” TDD was founded by Mike and Mariann Stanton, parents of Danny Stanton, who began having seizures at age 2, and died at age 4, according to the foundation website. Unfortunately, Danny was never diagnosed with epilepsy, so Mike and Mariann were unaware of the severity of the condition, and Danny was not properly treated. As a result, the couple wanted to raise awareness and ensure other children with the disorder do receive proper treatment. Doran thinks of this story every time she looks at her wrist and sees “TDD” on her bracelet. “It’s a motivation that gets you out the door, and forces you to realize there’s more powerful things,” she said. “All I have to do is go for a run, and I can do that to make someone else’s life better. By running I can help someone afford something they need with a donation.”
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1. One of the corrals from Wave Red take off at the annual Soldier Field 10 Miler in Chicago on May 28. The popular race is an out-and-back course along the lakefront, and finishes inside the stadium home to the Chicago Bears.
2. Runners lineup at the start for the annual Michelob ULTRA Chicago Spring 13.1 & 10K on May 22. Nearly 4,500 runners participated.
Photo by: ali engin
3. A group of runners kick off their racing season during the Michelob ULTRA Chicago Spring half marathon. It was a nice, sunny day for the late May race. Photo by: ali engin
4. Katarzyna Przekop crosses the finish line at the 8th annual The Chase 5K in Des Plaines, Ill. Przekop was the top female finisher, and placed sixth overall with a time of 21:42.
5. Two runners smile during the Michelob ULTRA Chicago Spring race, and look forward to the gourmet breakfast and Michelob ULTRA provided at the finish line. Photo by: ali engin
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Youth Racing: Pros and Cons By: Chris Palmquist
As hundreds of Chicago area kids aged 7-14 gear up for the Lifetime Kids Tri on August 27, we might wonder whether or not racing endurance sports at a young age is beneficial. Clearly, young kids can benefit from participation in endurance sports, but some have negative experiences. So why are some benefitting and some not? The Pros: Challenges, Identity, Friendships, Families Endurance sports offer young athletes powerful rewards. Kids build confidence by conquering challenges and endurance races provide perfect challenges. Young athletes learn that they can get through side-stitches, foggy goggles, bad weather and early alarms as they train for and participate in races. Endurance kids form a strong identity as an athlete for life. It is wonderful to see young kids describe themselves as someone who “loves to run (or swim, bike, etc.).” Kids who have a strong, positive “sense of self ” are more likely to stay out of trouble and thrive. Young runners, swimmers and triathletes tend to make great friends and so do their parents. Teams often travel together to parks, lakes, neighborhoods and towns that one would never have otherwise seen. The best reason of all is that families who are active together are strong, fun families; it is amazing to be able to enjoy something like a bike ride together as a family. The Cons: over-Zealous Adults From my experience as a coach and as a parent, there are no drawbacks if the adults in the sport
have the right approach. But if not, there is a real chance the young athlete will be discouraged from further participation in these life-long fitness sports. I cringe when I see a coach or a parent yelling from the sideline, focusing far too much on race place/ times or only celebrating when a child manages to win something. Those are the kids that will be most likely to quit the sport when they enter adolescence and develop an opinion. Instead, find good coaches who focus on the appropriate, positive, long-term development of the athlete. It is important to have a patient, athlete-centered approach that respects developmental differences in each athlete rather than a “win-this-year” approach. Good coaches encourage athletes to race appropriate distances, which allows kids to focus on speed, skills and coordination rather than tackling adult-length races. Good coaches make every athlete feel equally important to the group and they keep practices and racing fun. Above all, good coaches teach athletes how to celebrate their best effort, whether or not it results in a podium. Parents play the greatest role of all in determining a young athlete’s success. Good parents leave the coaching to a qualified coach, and celebrate every good effort, not only when their child takes home a medal. It can feel counterintuitive to an excited parent to just step aside and enjoy their child’s journey with its ups and downs, but that is exactly what will allow the child to know that they are safe to love their sport at whatever level they wish.
Alex, 11, will attend Traughber Jr. High in Oswego as a sixth grader. When not in school, Alex enjoys playing handball, dodgeball, Ultimate Frisbee, training with Mach II Triathlon Team for triathlons
and swimming with the Delta Aquatics Swim Team. He also likes to watch bike races, especially the Tour De France time trials. Alex’s favorite athlete is Steve Prefontaine.
Alex has won first place in the Oswego Kids Tri for the last three years. He also won the Jayhawk
Early Bird Youth triathlon and the MMTT Kids Tri earlier this season.
“Alex seemed destined to ride a bike. When he was four… he hopped on the bike and took off. Never fell, never wobbled,” says his dad, Aaron. Alex also enjoys video games, Legos and fishing. In the future, Alex plans to stick with triathlons as far as his abilities will take him. He would also like to be an architect or a math teacher.
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WAUCONDA, ILLINOIS, IS A TRIATHLON PARADISE.
WHERE I TRAIN WITH
According to the fastest Ironman in American history, Chicago’s far-north suburbs are the ultimate place to train. B Y: B RA D C U L P
180-pound former water polo player into the fastest cyclist in the history of triathlon (his ridiculous 4:02:17 bike split at Ironman Florida in 2013 still stands as the fastest 112-mile ride in Ironman history). “If I’m going to get some big miles in, then it’s usually right along the border between Illinois and Wisconsin,” Starykowicz says. “I think the longest I’ve gone from home is 65 miles straight west, then I just dropped down a couple of country roads and find a parallel road to head home.”
Boulder, San Diego, Tucson, Austin, Central Florida: When triathletes think of ideal training locations, these are usually the first places that come to mind. Most have great weather almost year-round, wide-open roads with little traffic, and long climbs to really test your fitness. It’s no wonder that most of America’s top professional triathletes call one of these places home, with the overwhelming majority residing in Boulder during the summer months. But the fastest American Ironman finisher of all time prefers a much different training environment, one that his fellow professionals would likely scoff at. According to Andrew Starykowicz—the only American ever to break the eight-hour mark in an Ironman—Wauconda, Illinois, is a triathlon paradise. Starykowicz (pronounced “star-kuh-witz” but known to most in the triathlon world as simply “Starky”) was born and raised in nearby Long Grove and has lived in Wauconda for the past five years with his wife, Jill, who is an Ironman finisher herself. The pair settled on Wauconda in part because of the accessibility to hush country roads for riding and seemingly endless trails for running. “I didn’t want to live in a place where I had to get in the car and drive in order to find a good place to train,” he says. “From where we live I can head north, northwest, straight west or even southwest and find great riding.”
No, it’s not the name of a country band you’ve never heard of, it’s where Starykowicz claims you’ll find some of the best cycling routes in the entire world. Along the state line are the roads that have turned 6-foot-2,
Starky’s favorite long ride starts by heading northwest from Wauconda toward the neighboring town of Volo on State Road 26. From there, he can take any number of traffic-less country roads to parallel Route 120 and continue to the northern tip of Wonder Lake, where he turns to head straight west. From Wonder Lake to Hartland he can ride 12 miles straight along Thayer Road without once having to worry about using his brakes and he can count the number of cars he passes on one hand. Once he gets into the town of Harvard on McGuire Road, he’ll start to head southwest along Flat Iron Road toward the outskirts of Rockford. After a quick loop around the tiny towns of Belvidere and Timberlane, he’ll hop on State Route 30 (Woodstock Road) for a 35-mile straight shot back to Wauconda. The entire ride covers 105 miles with just over 2,500 feet of elevation and is one of his staple rides when he’s getting ready for events like the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. “Where my riding starts is where most people from Chicago’s rides end. If they want some hills they’ll head to Barrington, but the real hills are all farther north,” he says. “I have sections of road that are 30 [kilometers] straight where I don’t have to worry about ever touching the brakes. It’s a little different from racing from stoplight to stoplight on Sheridan Road.”
RIDING ON AND OFF THE GRID
For Starykowicz, one of the best parts about training in Lake and McHenry counties is that almost all of the county and farm roads are on a grid system, so getting lost is nearly impossible as long as you have a decent sense of direction. Once Starykowicz gets west of Highway 47 (which runs straight through Woodstock), he knows he’s on the grid so he can
turn down an unfamiliar road without worrying about getting lost. “Living on the grid system is pretty cool,” he says. “I can turn on pretty much any road and know exactly where I’m headed, so it’s not like I have to ride the same roads over and over again.” Those of us who spend most of our miles riding up and down the lakefront path might appreciate such a novelty. When Starykowicz really wants to get off the beaten path, he does just. If he wants to get off the grid, he can turn down any number of dirt and gravel farm roads to really spice up his training. “I really like doing long rides on my touring bike. I’ve got 30 [millimeter] tires on it, so when a road turns to gravel I just keep riding.” he says. “That’s a lot of fun. I do a lot more gravel riding than I ever tell people. I think it really helps you build strength.”
NO PAVEMENT POUNDING
One of the big secrets to Starykowicz’ success is his ability to do nearly all of his running on trails, which helps him stay injury free and maintain consistency in his training. “Our house is 100 meters from a great crushed limestone trail. I’m able to do at least 90 percent of my running on trails.” Starykowicz’ small neighborhood is surrounded by a two-mile loop of crushed limestone, which he treats as an extra-long track for doing speed work. For longer runs, he’s able to connect to the still-under-construction Millennium Trail, which connects a number of the forest preserves between Lindenhurst to the north and Mundelein to the south. Alternatively, he can head southeast from Wauconda to connect to the north end of the Des Plaines River Trail at Half Day Forest Preserve in Vernon Hills. According to Starykowicz, he can easily get in a 20-mile run from his door with only two or three miles on pavement. If you’re looking for a break from pounding pavement in the city, it might be worth a trip up north to treat your legs to a little trail training. For dozens of maps outlining Starykowicz’ favorite rides and runs, follow him on Strava so you can steal a few routes for your own Ironman training. MYCHICAGOATHLETE.COM
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SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2016
Official Program August 28, 2016
Welcome to Tri-Town
Make no mistake, the Second City may be the nation’s third largest city, but Chicago stands proudly as the epicenter of the multisport movement. Since 1983, the Chicago Triathlon has welcomed more than 250,000 participants across the ﬁnish line. By our count, 40 percent of these ﬁnishers were ﬁrst-timers, earning the coveted title of “triathlete.” In 2016, we plan to add more than 2,500 newbies to that count. Southern California may have invented our sport, but Chi-Town really is Tri-Town. Beyond the event’s history and behind the huge numbers lies the answer to the question: “Why Chicago?” History indicates the sport was born in 1974 as a cross-training opportunity within the San Diego Track Club. The ﬁrst event featured 40 individuals who ran a 10k, then biked 8k and later swam 500 meters in the dark using car headlights. The idea caught ﬁre, and soon morphed into organized events. John and Judy Collins, both participants in the original SDTC event, went on to create the Ironman in 1978 - combining three Hawaii endurance races into one competition. In 1982, ABC’s Wide World of Sports televised Julie Moss as she collapsed and crawled across the Ironman ﬁnish line – captivating the world and inspiring millions of viewers. That same year, our governing body (U.S. Triathlon Association) was born, as was the ﬁrst known race series (U.S. Triathlon Series). In 1983, Chicagoan Jan Caille partnered with the USTS on an opportunity to expand the tri series beyond the west coast. Although permits weren’t secured until the last minute, the event went oﬀ without a hitch. Locals fell in love. By 1984, the Chicago Triathlon grew beyond 2,000 participants, claiming (and retaining) the title as “World’s Largest Triathlon.” Chicagoans were hooked on the multisport challenge, solidiﬁed by the realization that our lakefront landscape provides the ultimate training grounds for our sport. Ohio Street Beach, coupled with the 18 miles of cycling and running trails, allows athletes of all abilities and interest levels to safely enter into triathlon. Thirty two years later, we haven’t stopped. While the participant counts, venue locations and race courses may have changed over the years, this city’s love for triathlon has never waivered. Last year we hosted the World Championships. There’s an honorary street named after this event. Our Mayor is an accomplished triathlete. Chi-Town is Tri-Town. As you journey through the Expo this weekend, as you rack your bike in Transition and as you toe the line at the Swim Start, know that you are an integral part of a 34 year tradition in this city. Your commitment and dedication to this sport is what deﬁnes the grit and strength of this incredible city. Here’s to an incredible weekend,
Julie Coleman | Race Director Mary Beth Kunz | Regional Event Director Gloria Aguilera | Accounting Manager Dan Lakin | Marketing Manager Jose Rangel | Production Manager
New Saturday Race Schedule
In order to alleviate wait times and congestion, Saturday’s Kids Tri event will begin first at 7:00 a.m. at Foster Beach, followed by the SuperSprint race at 8:30 a.m.
Final Open Water Swim Clinic
Plan to attend the Open Water Swim Clinic ﬁnale, held Tuesday, August 23 at Ohio Street Beach. Beyond a clinic, the event oﬀers an Aquathlon (swim and 5K run), will attract nearly 1,000 athletes and oﬀers a beachfront Course Talk. Space is limited, participants must RSVP.
Mandatory Course Talks
Prior to picking-up packets, all participants must attend a 30-minute course talk at the Expo. Participants may RSVP online in advance.
Optional Saturday Racking
Sunday competitors have the opportunity to check their bikes into the DuSable Harbor Transition area on Saturday afternoon, between 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. Only bikes may be dropped early, no bags.
Regional Paratriathlon Championship
The Chicago Triathlon is proud host the Mideast Region’s Paratriathlon championship. Athletes will compete to earn a spot at the 2017 Paratriathlon National Championships. Many of the athletes have already qualified for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.
Big Ring Bike Support Crew
Twenty roving bike mechanics will patrol Sunday’s bike course to ensure safety, ﬁx ﬂats and aid athletes with any mechanical problems throughout the day.
Trolley Service David Rosenbrock | Charity/Team Coordinator Yasamin Sabeti | Hospitality & Volunteer Coordinator Tim Brazel | Regional Sales Manager Scott “Hootie” Hutmacher | Life Time Tri Brand Manager
Complimentary shuttle rides for participants and spectators getting from the Transition area to the Finish Line and back. Chicago trolleys will run nonstop loops throughout Race Day.
Participant Numbers at a Glance April Untitled 1
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18 Number of Countries Represented
Ironman International Half Ironman
Longest Triathlon Completed to Date
Previous Chicago Triathlons Completed
Sunday Participants, at Time of Registration
Total Number of Participants
Median Age for Kids Tri
46 Number of States Represented
Individual Race Composition
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Boulder Peak Triathlon Boulder, Colorado July 9, 2017 Registration now open!
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Official Program August 28, 2016
Race Week Schedule * ALL DATES/TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Monday, Aug. 22
Saturday, Aug. 27
Transition Open – Foster Beach
Life Time Kids Tri Chicago Race Start (Seniors) – Foster Beach
Athlete Guide/Wave Starts Distributed
Tuesday, Aug. 23 6:00 p.m.
Final Open Water Swim Clinic & Aquathlon— Ohio St. Beach
9:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 26 1:00 p.m.
Life Time Kids Tri Chicago Race Start (Juniors) – Foster Beach
Chicago Triathlon Multisport & Fitness Expo Open – Chicago Hilton Chicago Triathlon SuperSprint Race Start – Foster Beach
Transition Open – DuSable Harbor
Chicago Triathlon Multisport & Fitness Expo Open—Chicago Hilton
Sunday, Aug. 28 Get the Race App
Spectators are encouraged to download this all-inclusive information depository. Users can explore schedules, view maps, track athletes, search results, communicate with fellow users, share photos and more. Download the free Life Time Athletic Events App from the Apple Store or Google Play.
Transition Open – DuSable Harbor
Finish Festival Open – Finish Area
8:30 a.m. est 3:00 p.m.
International Race Start — Lake Shore Drive at Balbo Drive Sprint Race Start – Lake Shore Drive at Balbo Drive
Finish Festival Closes, Trolley Service ends
Race Weekend Events
Chicago Triathlon Multisport and Fitness Expo Friday, Aug. 26 and Saturday, Aug. 27 Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan
The Multisport & Fitness Expo, one of the best in the industry, is the site of packet pickup and course talks for the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon, SuperSprint and Life Time Kids Tri races. All Sunday participants (including all relay members) are required to attend. More than 150 exhibitors oﬀer the latest and ﬁnest in swimming, cycling, running gear and more. The event is free and open to the public.
Chicago Triathlon Supersprint
Saturday, Aug. 27 Foster Beach, 9:30 a.m.
A beginner’s triathlon for anyone 15 years and older, it includes a 375-meter swim, 10K bike and 2.5K run. This year’s race Wave, integrating 100 of Chicago’s again includes the famous blue commuter bikes.
Transamerica Chicago Triathlon
Sunday, Aug. 28
Life Time Kids Tri Chicago
Saturday, Aug. 27 Foster Beach, 7:00 a.m.
The kids triathlon is one the largest events of its kind in the U.S., featuring 1,200 aspiring triathletes. The Life Time Kids Tri Chicago is the perfect launching pad for youth, ages 7-14, to break into the sport.
The Sprint and International distance races take place in and around Grant Park, with the swim at Monroe Harbor and a ﬁnish at Columbus Drive and Balbo Drive.
Transamerica Live Athlete Tracker
Use the Transamerica Athlete Tracking during the race to track participants as they cross various course checkpoints. The tracking features an interactive map, live streams from oﬃcial timing pads, estimated arrival times and more. Live tracking is included with the Race App and at racemyrace.com/chicagotri
COURSE MAP KEY
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Race Day Spectating
The Transamerica Chicago Triathlon is the world’s largest multisport event. Just as all athletes should properly prepare for the enormity of race day, so should spectators. It’s not uncommon for many to show-up without a plan and become overwhelmed. A few tips to help the Sunday race viewing experience: • Know exactly what time your athlete starts the swim, and set a meeting point and time to say your goodbyes! • Plan your logistics, both into Grant Park and throughout the race venue. Public transit, parking garages, cabs and/or Divvy bikes are all great options – assuming you know which roads remain open to the public. Don’t forget about the free Transamerica Chicago Trolleys that circle Grant Park. • Learn your athlete’s estimated time to reach specific parts of the course, especially at spectator-friendly spots. • Know what your athlete will be wearing, to easily spot them on the fly. • Regardless of where you spectate, remember that triathlon is an individual sport. Unlike the marathon, where handing-off a jacket is common, triathletes can be penalized for outside assistance. This creates unfair advantages in our sport.
Where to Watch
Regardless of the event’s size, the Chicago Tri happens to be one of the most spectator-friendly races on earth, beginning with the unique swim course set in Monroe Harbor. SWIM: The Swim Course spans the entire lakefront path. Families can kiss each other goodbye as athletes jump in the water, then be no further than 25 yards from them through the duration. BIKE: The Bike Course is a bit tougher to spectate, considering the inaccessibility of Lake Shore Drive. Sprint athletes can easily be spotted at the Bike In/Out area at the Randolph Circle Drive, and on the North Avenue pedestrian bridge. For International athletes, the best vantage point is atop the 11th Street Pedestrian bridge, overlooking the McCormick Place Busway. Athletes will fly underneath twice, within 5-10 minutes, before venturing on the lakefront Run Course. RUN: The best spot to view runners is in the Museum Campus, specifically in back of the Field Museum. This is a great spot to photograph your athletes, capturing both the skyline and converging groups of runners in the background. This area is eloquently referred to as the “spaghetti bowl” and is an easy walk back to the Finish Line, only a few hundred yards away on Columbus.
While the Chicago Triathlon may be the world’s largest, what makes it special is the amount of boutique programs and special competitions. Popular programs include: Wave
The sold out program integrates 100 Divvy bikes to Saturday’s SuperSprint race. Although the program was built for new athletes looking to dabble in the sport, nearly half of this year’s participants are speedy veterans looking to test their own mettle.
175 participants will compete in the unique 59 mile Triple Challenge, which sold out in record time. Participants will race all three distances throughout the weekend, starting with Saturday’s SuperSprint race.
In its second year, the Live Grit First-Timers’ Program has grown to 450 participants. Priority registration for the 2017 edition will open within the Multisport & Fitness Expo.
100 Club Challenge
This year we have revamped the First-Responders’ Competition. It has been renamed in honor of a new partnership with the 100 Club of Chicago. More than 200 firefighters, police, military and EMS personnel will test their endurance on race day.
Workday Executive Challenge
This year’s VIP program, sponsored by Workday, features more than 50 C-level athletes from around the world competing to earn accolades as the “world’s fastest executive.” Visit www.ChicagoTriathlon.com to find out more info. about these unique competitions.
Official Program August 28, 2016
Dare2Tri brings Multisports to Disabled Athletes 8
Four local athletes, with four diﬀerent disabilities, credit their success stories to the same program By: Betsy Noxon | Photos by: Ali Engin
The ﬁrst Paralympic Games took place following the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, allowing athletes with a range of physical disabilities to compete for their own chance at an Olympic title. Since then, the Paralympics has grown in popularity and participation, but this September will be the ﬁrst Paralympic Triathlon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The debut event will feature a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike ride and a ﬁve-kilometer run with three of the ﬁve classiﬁcation divisions. While this is the first universal competition for triathletes with disabilities, the Chicago group, Dare2Tri has been providing opportunities for people of all abilities to compete since 2011. Founded by three and joined by many, “Dare2Tri serves youth, adults and injured service members who have a physical disability such as amputation, spinal cord injury, stroke, spina biﬁda, cerebral palsy and those with visual impairments and blindness,” its website states. With a goal of having a dedicated triathlon-training center in Chicago, Dare2Tri wants to help anyone who wants to be active achieve his or her goals. From completely diﬀerent walks of life, four local athletes tell their stories on how Dare2Tri jumpstarted their careers and passions.
Official Program August 28, 2016 The Beginning of the Future
It was a spring day in 2004 when, at 24, Melissa Stockwell found herself in a Baghdad hospital. Thankfully alive, Melissa suﬀered a severe leg injury. She was deployed in the Iraq war when a roadside bomb changed her life, resulting in an above the knee amputation of her left leg. “At Walter Reed Army Medical Center, I was ﬁt with a prosthetic leg and heard about the Paralympics. I wanted to be in the Olympics since I was a young gymnast and wear the USA uniform. I knew it would be a lot of hard work,” says Melissa. With swimming as part of her rehabilitation, she trained diligently, and went onto qualify for the 2008 Paralympic swim team in Beijing, given the honor to carry the American ﬂag in the closing ceremonies. In 2009, Melissa tried a triathlon, and fell in love with multisport. That same year, she met Keri Serota through a mutual friend, and together they signed up for a computrainer class. Dan Tun was in their ﬁrst class, which was lead by current Head Coach of Dare2Tri, Stacee Seay.
“The people with Dare2Tri are passionate about what they do and it’s all about you achieving your goals yourself,” James said. “They care about you being a better athlete and a better person.” Now 34, James is racing and training regularly. He competed in Leon’s triathlon, the ITU World’s tri in Chicago, and the Chicago Triathlon in 2015, where he ﬁnished ﬁrst in the Para-wheelchair division. This year he’ll reunite with the Chicago Triathlon, while also competing at Nationals for the ﬁrst time. In preparation, he goes for ﬁve-hour bike rides, swims two to three times a week, and borrows a race push chair to simulate the run for one to two hours.
Keri and Dan, both able-bodied athletes, along with Melissa, saw the need for a triathlon program for the disabled in Chicago, and with a grant from the U.S. Paralympics, the three founded Dare2tri. Together they pursued triathlon-coaching certiﬁcation, and launched Dare2Tri in 2011 for people with amputations, spinal cord injuries and visual impairment. In 2012 their goal was to train eight athletes, but exceeded their expectations and trained 20 athletes in just the ﬁrst year.
“Triathlon has given me more focus and something to look forward to,” James says. “I like being able to move and do something while moving. It makes me feel good and proud.”
Today, the program has soared to over 300 athletes, including an elite team. Dare2Tri holds a three-day weekend training camp each spring in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., which helps ﬁrst time athletes from around the country attend clinics, try equipment, swim in the lake and pool, learn tips on training and compete in a race on the ﬁnal day.
Being visually impaired for 20 years, Alberto began attending Dare2Tri’s Tuesday night sessions in 2015, which was an hour of cardio and strength, followed by an hour in the pool. He struggled with the swim, but worked hard continuing to train twice a week.
Now at 36, Melissa has competed around the world in all triathlon distances, winning three World Championships. On July 8, she qualiﬁed to represent the United States in this year’s Olympic Games in Rio. As a wife and mother of a 2-year-old, Melissa continues to inspire not only athletes, but people of all ages and abilities around the world.
Training equipment has been a key factor to 49-year-old Alberto Guzman’s entry onto the triathlon scene.
Through Dare2Tri, Alberto received a grant to purchase a bike trainer so he can ride inside his home. Now, he is able to ride, swim and run several times during the week, and most days Alberto does two-sport workouts. He’s proud to be a part of the Dare2Tri team, ﬁnding the experience personally rewarding.
James Veltri competed in track and football before joining the U.S. Navy in 2003. When he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, he left the Navy on honorable medical retirement.
“Dare2Tri found the aspects of what prevents people with what’s needed to participate in this event. They help with access to equipment, resources and a network to guides,” Alberto says. “They’ve opened the doors to a great community, and are all stimulating and supportive.”
While in college in Virginia in 2005, he was shot trying to break up a ﬁght. Bullets braised the back of his head and his spine causing him to be paralyzed. He returned to Chicago to live with his mom, and suﬀered from depression.
Alberto now feels he’s the strongest and ﬁttest he’s ever been, thanks to Dare2Tri. He is now on the Development Team, where he is considered an emerging Paratriathlete with high-level coaching and support skills to help others reach their personal goals.
Training Camp Inspiration
Things turned around for James eight years later, when he decided to move to Milwaukee and he met his current girlfriend. One day, the two were visiting the Morten Arboretum and they ran into Coach Stacee, who said she “has a thing for guys in wheelchairs.” She encouraged him to come to the Dare2Tri camp and try a triathlon, and in 2015, he did, and was hooked.
Despite having bursitis in his knees, Alberto competed in the Chicago Triathlon last year, where he decided he’d continue to pursue triathlons. His current goal is to qualify for Nationals, where he’s a mere eight minutes away from the qualifying time.
On the Road to Rio
Hailey Danisewicz, a 25-year-old Chicagoan and Dare2Tri Elite athlete, is training for the Paralympics this fall, with sights on the gold. At the age of 12, Hailey battled bone cancer in her left leg. Two years later, after chemotherapy and several surgeries, Hailey decided to have her leg amputated, but was limited prosthetically to what she could do. She skied and dabbled in tennis to try and stay ﬁt, but wanted something more. Having learned about the Dare2Tri program by doing an Internet search ﬁve years ago in college, Hailey has risen quickly onto the competitive paratriathlete scene. In 2011, she connected with Serota, who oﬀered to take her on as a Dare2Tri program intern. Hailey happily accepted, with the understanding that she was to complete a triathlon at the end of the summer. Dare2Tri opened up her circle of support and introduced her to others with physical disabilities. “Keri took away all excuses,” Hailey says. “She’s a passionate person and oﬀered all types of opportunities.” Hailey had Rio on her radar early on when she realized her times were competitive. She stayed focused on making Team USA and is now training full time for the Paralympic Games, swimming ﬁve days a week, biking ﬁve to six days, running four days, and strength training each week. Hours of recovery include ice baths, compression boots and massages, all critical to her training, as it’s important she starts each training session fresh. As for others wanting to dip their toes into triathlon, Hailey says, “Triathlon is an intimidating prospect, but trust the process, trust yourself, go all in, don’t be afraid to do something that seems scary. Once you step outside your comfort zone, great things can happen.” (Conclusion) In conjunction with the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon, the 2016 USA Triathlon Mideast Regional Paratriathlon Championships will take place Aug. 28 in Chicago. Dare2Tri will not only have several athletes competing in this event, but also will be present as a support system and represent triathletes with disabilities everywhere. Also in Chicago will be Dare2Tri’s second annual gala event, An Evening2Inspire, where all athletes with disabilities will be honored. The event will also celebrate the debut of the paratriathlon as a Paralympic sport at the 2016 Paralympic Games. All funds raised through the event will support Dare2Tri athletes and the community of paratriathlon.
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Official Program August 28, 2016
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Honoring Our Fallen First Responders By: Chris Lewis | Photo by: Ali Engin
It all began as a friendly wager among seven members of the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Oﬃce of the FBI. But in less than 10 years—from its founding in 2007 up until 2015—the First Responders’ Competition hosted more than 1,000 participants from approximately 25 agencies across the United States. In retrospect, the triathlon’s steady rise in turnout was not overly surprising. After all, it was hosted during the weekend of the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon, the world’s largest multisport event, which has hosted at least 250,000 triathletes since 1983. But the competition’s popularity caught the attention of Chicago-based organizations nonetheless. Last year, Life Time Fitness (the producer of the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon) approached the 100 Club of Chicago, a non-proﬁt organization that provides monetary resources for the surviving spouses and dependents of local law enforcement oﬃcers, ﬁreﬁghters and paramedics who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The organization agreed to partner with Life Time Fitness and rename the First Responders’ Competition the 100 Club Challenge. On Sunday, August 28—one day after the 50th anniversary of the 100 Club of Chicago—the ﬁrst annual 100 Club Challenge will begin at Chicago’s Monroe Harbor. Presently, the triathlon’s administrators are focused on generating more than $25,000 in direct contributions to the 100 Club of Chicago through public donations, as well as private fundraising efforts. The funds will be provided specifically to widows and dependents of federal, state, county and local officers, firefighters and paramedics stationed in Cook and Lake Counties. “When a ﬁrst responder in Cook or Lake County is killed in the line of duty, the 100 Club of Chicago is at their home within 24 hours, giving the spouse or dependent the ﬁrst of two checks totaling $50,000,” says Joe Ahern, CEO, 100 Club of Chicago. “There are no forms for them to ﬁll out, no bureaucracy, no lines to stand in and no delay. It’s just our family—the 100 Club family—helping their family with their grief. And that’s just the beginning of our support.” In addition to oﬀering $50,000 to spouses or dependents, the 100 Club of Chicago also provides ﬁnancial assistance to the ﬁrst responders’ children so that they can complete their undergraduate, vocational education or graduate studies.
Official Program August 28, 2016 “We are supporting 21 young adults in college right now and will have 67 more children who will have our support once they attend college,” Ahern adds. “We also have partnerships with 20 universities who have committed to providing scholarships to our kids if they choose to attend one of those higher education institutions.”
Trophies, Camaraderie and a Great Cause
Since 100 Club Challenge participants will vary in age and experience levels, they will have two diﬀerent types of races to choose from on August 28: the International, which will begin at 6 a.m. CT, and the Sprint, which will begin at approximately 9 a.m. CT. The International race will feature a 1.5K swim course, a 40K bike course and a 10K run course, while the Sprint race will be much shorter—featuring a 750 meter swim course, a 24K bike course and a 5K run course. The participants will also comprise two teams: Police, consisting of local, state and federal law enforcement, including all military personnel, as well as members of the CIA and FBI, and Fire, which will include local and regional ﬁreﬁghters, paramedics and auxiliary EMS personnel. Upon the conclusion of the International and Sprint races, a winning team will be determined according to a points system. First, International participants will earn three points for their respective teams by simply ﬁnishing the race; Sprint participants, on the other hand, will earn two points. In addition, the top 20 ﬁnishers in the International and Sprint races will each earn points for their team. First-place ﬁnishers will earn 20 points, 2nd-place ﬁnishers 19 points and so forth. First responders may also participate in a two- to three-person relay team competition (International race distance only). If they complete the Relay, they will earn one point for their respective team. The fastest 10 teams will also be awarded points—10 for 1st place, nine for 2nd place and so on. Once all of the points are tallied, the team with the most points—either the Police or the Fire team—will be announced as the winner. The winning team will not only acquire the 100 Club Challenge trophy, but will also be presented a promotion check to the 100 Club on the team’s behalf. At the same time, each team’s top three performing males and females (in the International and Sprint races) will also receive an award, in addition to the top three overall fastest relay team. Civilians, including 100 Club members, beneﬁciary families and non-active duty personnel, as well as the general public, are also welcomed to support the 100 Club of Chicago as an oﬃcial charity team participant. All charity team participants may enroll in the 100 Club Challenge as an individual (for the International and Sprint races) or as a member of a two- to three-person relay team, again for International race distance only.
Comfort for Families in Need
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agents, are expected to participate in the first annual 100 Club Challenge on August 28, 2016. “Given the heavy integration of the police and ﬁre departments, athletes and spectators will see a huge presence from both departments—including pomp and circumstance at the start of the event, ﬁre boats on the water, police helicopter ﬂyovers and honor guards,” says Scott “Hootie” Hutmacher, brand manager, Life Time Tri. “It will be memorable!” For LaVar Merrell, a personal trainer at Chicago’s East Bank Club, the 100 Club Challenge will especially be memorable since it is his ﬁrst-ever triathlon. Merrell is a recipient of the 100 Club of Chicago’s services, as his father, a long-time Chicago Fire Department veteran, died in the line of duty in 2000. Merrell was only 13 years old. The 100 Club of Chicago helped Merrell’s family pay its funeral expenses, and also oﬀered him ﬁnancial assistance so that he could complete his college education. Since then, Merrell has remained in touch with the organization’s administration, as well as other recipients of its services. “The 100 Club really brings the recipients together to create a family bond,” Merrell says. “I was able to ﬁnd peers who lost loved ones and create a friendship with them.” He adds, “In addition, the 100 Club’s administration members have become friends of mine whom could never be replaced. I have been to various events for the organization and spoken to non-members about how helpful the 100 Club has been in my educational and personal life.” Michelle Coon, an assistant ﬁre chief for the Country Club Hills Fire Department, has also never participated in a triathlon. However, she is interested in participating in the 100 Club Challenge, as she believes in its primary mission. “The 100 Club alleviates one component of an already overwhelming time, and it helps families realize they can still have a future,” Coon says. “There is comfort in knowing this valuable resource is available for people in need.” Mark Krizik, a member of the Posen Fire Department since 1984, will also be participating in the 100 Club Challenge. Krizik has extensive triathlon experience, as he has competed in nine Transamerica Chicago Triathlons. He ﬁrst learned about the 100 Club of Chicago through his brother, Bryant, a deputy ﬁre chief in South Holland, Ill. “I’m a big believer of what the 100 Club does to support the families of fallen ﬁreﬁghters and police oﬃcers,” Krizik says. “Also, it will be neat to have a little spirited competition at the 100 Club Challenge to see who ‘oﬃcially’ comes out on top—the cops or the ﬁreﬁghters.” To support the 100 Club of Chicago by donating or becoming a member, visit www.100clubchicago.org.
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Experience the Bank of America Chicago Marathon weekend.
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Every October, runners around the world travel to Chicago to experience this international city by running through it at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Whether you’re running the Chicago Marathon, cheering on friends or looking to be part of the excitement of race weekend, we invite you to join us!
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From Geneva to Rio
By: holly petrovich
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arents often tell their children that with a little bit of hard work, they can do anything they dream of. Ben Kanute definitely took his parentsâ€™ advice to heart: as a young spectator at his fatherâ€™s triathlons, Ben aspired to be like him. Flash forward 16 years, and Ben is one of the three males representing the United States in the Olympic Triathlon this summer in Rio, Brazil.
Growing up in Geneva, Ill. but currently residing in Tucson, Ariz., Ben feels lucky to be able to combine his three favorite sports, swimming, biking and running, into one. “I can’t pick one sport and I think that’s the reason why I continue to do triathlons,” Ben says. Ben has been dreaming of standing on an Olympic podium since he was sitting in a classroom at Marmion Academy in Aurora. And now, at just 23-years-old, Ben can almost feel that heavy medal hanging from his neck. “Nobody remembers the fourth place and down, but everyone remembers those who win medals,” Ben says. “That’s obviously the main goal, but as long as I can go out and give it my all, I’ll be happy no matter the result.”
triathlon in his Blood Triathlons have been on Kanute’s radar since before he could ride a bike. His father, Michael, first competed in the Chicago Triathlon in 1994, when Ben was 2, and continued to compete for several years after. Ben joined a local swim team at age 7, and his mother, Eileen, co-organized the first Delnor Kids Triathlon, now called the MMTT Youth and Elite Triathlon, in Geneva in 2001.The first annual race was also Ben’s first triathlon.
“I had it in the back of my mind that being a professional triathlete was what I wanted to do,” Ben says. “I looked all over the country, and [The University of Arizona in] Tucson had my major and the big university feel … I got that college experience, but also had really great training and a good active swimming experience.” While his training took up much of his time, Kanute kept up on his studies and graduated with a degree in physiology in just three years. He then began the extensive process to try and qualify for the Olympics.
ready for rio “The triathlon qualifying process is not simple. Swimming and track are based on times, and the best three qualify. For tri, it’s a little more complicated,” Ben explains. “You’re not in consideration unless you’re doing a lot of the world triathlon races, and you have to be ranked. Plus, the U.S. has its own qualification criteria too, which complicates it.” Basically, it works like this: one way to get in is to automatically qualify at specific races, but none of the U.S. men did that this year. Next, they take each athlete’s best two out of five race times from the past five months, and pick the team from those with the fastest results. It goes back even more, Ben describes, but it’s complicated to determine other ranks to get into those races.
About a year later, Michael’s friend started a local youth triathlon team called the Multisport Madness Tri Team, which introduced Ben to the Olympic style of racing. Ben’s younger brothers, Josh and Nick, have also grown up with triathlons, and participated at young ages. “I launched Ben into the sport, and then our whole family got into it,” Michael says. “There were races where we all five competed.” From there, Ben became much more competitive, and was named the 2007 USA Triathlon Youth Elite National Championships winner and earned the USA Triathlon Junior Elite national titles in both 2008 and 2010. Ben also represented the U.S. at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 International Triathlon Union Junior World Championships, and began traveling the world for different races. “As Ben got older and qualified to go to the World Championships, I would travel with him,” Michael explains, “I’ve taken him to Beijing, Australia, Budapest, Mexico and Canada.” And the traveling is one of Ben’s favorite parts of the sport; in fact, he says that seeing different places around the world has helped him create his own bucket list of countries he’d like to visit again. After graduating high school, Ben knew he wanted to pursue triathlons in college, which ultimately influenced his decision on which school to attend. MyChiCagoathlete.CoM
“To be considered for an Olympic team takes a lot of consistent performance, and for me it took a lot of consistent improvement to reach the level of racing to get the right amount of points to qualify,” he says.
As the games get closer, Ben remains busy. Before August, Ben has competitions in California, Florida, Colorado, New Mexico and even Germany. He’s very excited for Brazil, though, simply to experience the atmosphere of the Olympics.
Michael remembers watching the race in which Ben officially qualified for Rio this past May; the race was in Yokohama, Japan, and with the time difference, it began at 11 p.m. Central Time, and didn’t end until 1 a.m.
The Olympics officially begin on Aug. 5, but the triathlon takes place at the end of the two-week competition, so Ben and his team won’t head to Brazil until after the games have already begun. Luckily, they were given the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the Rio course last year, when the team went down for a dry run of the race.
“I always felt goofy sayIng to people ‘Ben’s tryIng to qualify for the olympics,’ But now that he made It, i can’t help myself.”
— Michael Kanute
“We knew what he had to do as it got close to the end, and when he crossed the finish line and my wife and I looked at each other like ‘did that just happen?’” Michael reminisces. “I always felt goofy saying to people ‘Ben’s trying to qualify for the Olympics,’ but now that he made it, I can’t help myself, I just want to brag all the time.”
The Olympic triathlon is a 1.5 km (0.93 mi) swim, 40 km (27 mi) cycle, and a 10 km (6.2 mi) run. “The real course is pretty tough all around,” Ben remembers. “It’s a one loop ocean swim, that could be choppy with the wind. The bike course is unique as it has two big hills pretty close to each other, and partial beach riding, which could also be hard if it’s windy. The run is flat so it’ll be fast but it could be really hot.” While he obviously plans to compete his fastest, Ben explains that this race will not be so much about time as it will be about how others are performing. Because the main goal is to get a medal, “everyone’s looking at each other” to try and place in the top three, rather than competing with their own past personal records. The other two U.S. qualifiers on the men’s triathlon team, Greg Billington and Joe Maloy, have been training in San Diego, leaving much of Ben’s training up to himself and those around him.
IllInoIs Olympians “I am a little more unique in this type of triathlon race,” Ben says. “I am on my own in Tucson, but I have been able to assemble an untraditional team around me, where I’m swimming with local swim clubs and riding with other local cyclers.” Because triathlon is an individual sport, Ben explains that he thinks this setup works well for his training, as he is particular about the different workouts he does. As far as coaches go, Ben has an entire squad; he has a different coach for swimming, bicycling and running, along with different mentors and a sports psychologist. However his coach Ryan Bolton, who competed in the Olympic triathlon in 2000, is one of Ben’s biggest role models. Additionally, Adam Zucco, who introduced Ben to Bolton, has been his coach since his youth triathlon team.
THe kanuTes: before and afTer Although he hasn’t lived in Illinois since before college, Ben still values his family more than anything. He attributes much of his success to his parent’s support; both of them have competed in various triathlons, including the Ironman, so their understanding and love of the sport not only introduced him to the triathlon community, but motivated him to continue competing. “My parents are the ones who drove me to the swim practices and encouraged me to pursue the unique lifestyle,” Ben says. “If I had to pick two people who are the most influential on my life, it would be them.” Michael and Eileen still live in Geneva, and his brothers are both in Wisconsin. Despite the family’s physical distance, they remain close at heart. Come August, the Kanutes will reunite to travel to Rio and watch Ben compete, along with other friends and family. “Geographically were not close anymore. All of the boys are out of the house, but I still consider myself very close, and obviously a lot of that grew out of the sport,” Michael says. In fact, Josh, the middle Kanute son, travels to San Diego to train with his swim team every year, and Ben often joins to train with him and his team, according to Michael. While Ben has his own support network, he makes the effort to support others as well. While he plans to return to Tucson after the games, Ben will be making several trips to Chicago to see his family. He also has quite a few more races on his agenda through October, when he will then allow himself to enjoy his other hobbies of watching Netflix and drinking coffee. “I love the sport of triathlons and I love competing. I feel like I have so much more to get out of myself in the Olympics scene and in the non-draft long distance races,” Ben says. “I’m not planning anything long term, one year at a time, but I see myself trying a bunch of different races.” Root for Ben when he races at 9 a.m. CT on Aug. 18 in Rio, Brazil on NBC. The women’s triathlon is at 9 a.m. CT on Aug. 20.
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Ac t uAl ly? by: Ho l ly P et r o v i cH
You see its logo at races, and maybe have even gone to a training session or two, but is there more to the Chicago Area Runners Association than its volunteers working water stations? Absolutely.
If you are a runner in the Chicagoland area, add “CARA member” to your running resume. Many know the Chicago Area Runners Association for its marathon-training program. While that continues to be one of its largest and most successful programs, CARA is much more than that. CARA’s modest staff of seven – yes, only seven employees – does a lot behind the scenes that most are unaware of. Here at Chicago Athlete, we recognized that many might be uninformed, and we want to make sure the “largest running club in Chicago” gets the credit it deserves. The organization originally started in 1977 as an advocacy group, protesting to move the Chicago Marathon from September at 10 a.m. to a morning start in October. Now, nearly 30 years later, CARA aims to reach all runners, paying members and nonmembers, in the Chicagoland area, and help them succeed. “CARA is a community,” Johnpaul Higgins, director of membership and community development, says. “All of our members, the people we serve who are not members, and the people we touch who don’t know about us are still CARA.” Basically, CARA is split up into four pillars: membership, training, racing and advocacy. Each pillar has a different goal, but fits under its mission to give back to the running community of Chicago.
Currently, CARA has about 8,000 members, but that number tends to fluctuate throughout the year, Higgins explains. “It is my job to create the best possible member experience,” he says. “There are lots of perks and benefits to being a member.”
“We are member-based … and we are mission-based. “Everything we do here that generates revenue, like membership, the proceeds go back into CARA, and that’s significant.” — Ed Zylka One of the most enticing incentives for becoming a CARA member are the heavy discounts on training programs, events and even races. Because CARA focuses heavily on community development, Higgins has assisted in forming partnerships with 55 companies; these partnerships, both local and national, consist of mutual promotions, and ultimately allow CARA to give discounts to its members. For those who compete in multiple races each year, joining CARA is a no-brainer in Higgins’ eyes: “just by participating in a handful of races per year, you make back the money you spent on the membership.” CARA also has a Marathon Incentive Program, which allows members to secure their entry into the Chicago Marathon before the lottery even opens. Members also have more opportunities to volunteer at races, and receive an annual subscription to Runners World magazine, which they can renew each year. Finally, members have access to a 24-hour Injury Hotline and NovaCare physical therapists. As far as membership fees, there are different tiers; for a one-year individual membership, it costs $44, and can be renewed the following year for $35. CARA also offers family memberships, along with youth and senior memberships for $25. However, Higgins says he is currently working with CARA’s membership committee to restructure the system and make it clearer. Although membership fees do help with paying the staff and covering events, executive director Ed Zylka says, a portion does go back into the community by supporting CARA and its runners. “We are member-based … and we are mission-based,” Zlyka says. “Everything we do here that generates revenue, like membership, the proceeds go back into CARA, and that’s significant.”
To become a member of CARA, simply log on to its website, cararuns.org, and click “membership” at the top.
While CARA is definitely Chicago’s largest training program, it is also in the running for one of the largest training programs in the country, according to the director of events and road race service Greg Hipp.
“I would like people to think that when they become a member of cara they are getting more than just a person to run with and a simple training schedule. I want them to know they are paying to be a part of a community that cares about them, and that has a lot of resources for them.” — Leah Bohr
“New York’s [training program] isn’t as large as us, and neither is Atlanta’s, and those are the two running clubs bigger than us, so we can only make that assumption,” Hipp says. Each year, CARA trains about 2,000 to 3,000 people. Understandably, the summer training program is the most popular, but there are also winter marathon and half marathon-training programs that typically attract 100 to 200 people. CARA is also recognized for training about 10 percent of the runners in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, according to Zylka. CARA has nine training sites this year, including one in Libertyville, one in Schaumburg, one in Oak Forest, and six scattered around Chicago. These training groups typically meet on Saturdays, where the group leaders of that site run that day’s workout for the members. As of early June, CARA hired a new director of training, Leah Bohr, who comes from DePaul University where she worked as a coach for the Division I Cross Country and Track teams. Coming into CARA in the peak of the running season, Bohr plans to observe and reassess for next year’s training; she wants to work closely with the group leaders, as they are the ones who are with the members constantly and know what they need and want. “We have so many programs at CARA, so I’m just going to play as much of a role in them as I can,” Bohr says. One idea Bohr has is to implement a beginners program; currently, CARA has ‘Go Runs, which are free, timed 1 Mile and 5K runs around the Chicagoland area. While these are meant to build the CARA community in other areas, Bohr sees this as a good introduction to the training programs as well. Overall, Bohr plans to be the “head coach,” and the group leaders will be her assistants; she wants to be a big resource and share her extensive training experience with those who need it.
“I would like people to think that when they become a member of CARA they are getting more than just a person to run with and a simple training schedule, you can get that anywhere,” Bohr says. “I want them to know they are paying to be a part of a community that cares about them, and that has a lot of resources for them.”
For all the time and effort put into training, CARA is also heavily involved with the racing environment. Not only does it run and sponsor several events each season, but CARA also has other programs to help runners in every phase of racing. Throughout the year, CARA hosts between 70 and 80 racing-related programs, Hipp says, who is in charge of coordinating these events. CARA hosts the Lakefront 10 Miler and 5K every March to help runners kick off their racing seasons. After that, members can participate in its ‘Go Runs, clinics, and other series to help them prepare for races they may be competing in. The CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit program is another popular option for members, where they compete in specific races, chosen by CARA, to work on personal goals and continue experiencing the running community; the circuit program was designed to promote participation in local races. “We do a lot of informal consulting with race directors who call and ask questions about running a race,” Hipp explains. “A lot of them are first timers, and they ask things like how much Gatorade to put at each station … we will answer the phone and talk with anybody who needs help with their races.” When it comes to hosting an event, Hipp says it’s a lot of work, but it all pays off for the members; for races, he serves as the race director, and encourages CARA members to volunteer as well. Similar structures run for other events, including the awards banquets, circuits and clinics. “We’re just working to build a better business model for a nonprofit, that allows us to do more for the running community,” Hipp adds. ”Everything that comes in goes back out, which I think is the most fulfilling part of working for CARA, rather than being a race director for a for-profit race.”
From its roots, CARA endorsed advocacy, when that group of people wanted to change the start time of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Today, CARA continues that message through its nonprofit model.
“People tend to look at CARA and see the size of our organization, and automatically think we are for-profit, but we’re not,” Zylka says. “I’m not saying we want to break even every year, but if that was the case and we are fulfilling our mission then that would be a good goal.” Over the years, CARA has increased the number of local races, got more women involved in the sport, designated a running path along the lakefront and provided the only source of year-round hydration on that trail, its website states. They also have worked with more than 100 nonprofits, by training charity runners and raising money for other causes.
rich running background. Hipp started running track in fifth grade; Zylka has been running since high school; Higgins is a group leader for CARA and Bohr, a runner herself, has been training runners for eight years. These four, along with all other CARA volunteers and members, bring their individual experience to share with their neighbors in the CARA community. “If you race, there’s programming and benefits for you. And it’s not just the fastest guys either – it is about relationships and camaraderie as much as it is about kicking people’s butts,” Hipp says. “We are not a traditional running club, we probably never could be, but there are still ways to be involved.”
When Zylka first started his role as executive director, his main goal was to promote running through advocacy, so he started the ‘Go Runs. He worked with the Chicago Park District and the mayor with the hopes of bringing running to neighborhoods that don’t typically prioritize health and fitness. Zylka would love to see this program grow into the suburbs in the next year as well. Another advocacy program CARA runs is its Road Scholars Program. This summer running program takes high school students from economically underserved neighborhoods, and helps them train for the Rock ‘N Roll Half Marathon. A majority of the students in this program are female, and 53 percent are Hispanic and 46 percent are African American. “We recruit mentors and pacers from all walks of life for this program,” Zylka says. “They build a relationship with the students over the summer, and provide structure and mentoring in a sense to help shape the kids’ life for the future.” This is CARA’s most expensive program, costing roughly $100,000 a year, but every penny is worth it to Zylka. In addition to paying for the kids transportation and race registrations, all their racing gear is paid for. Aside from these programs, CARA promotes advocacy by certifying over 100 races each year through their Best Practices Guidelines, to ensure runners’ safety. They also maintain various paths throughout the state, and advocate for “green races.”
Even though Hipp admits that working in the running industry doesn’t allot much time for actually being a runner, all four directors have a
Hipp suggests that in addition to becoming a CARA member, runners should all be a part of their own local running club, as “one doesn’t work well without the other.” “[CARA is] a nice vehicle for people to not only compete but also feel a community within itself,” Zylka says. “I think people do it more for the camaraderie, to see everybody and participate in friendly competition.”
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Chicagoland Spring Marathon and Half Marathon
Chicagoland Spring Marathon and Half Marathon
MAY 1 5 , 2 0 1 6 | HO F F M A N E S TATE S , I L By Jonathan Cain
The weather was perfect for a marathon or half and, standing in the start corral, you got the feeling there could be a lot of PRs coming in the next few hours. There were a ton of runners up towards the front of the race this year and the first two miles was just a sea of people. After that, we entered into Busse Woods and ran along the bike path. You can’t always control the conditions on race day, but when you are given a pretty flat course and a perfect day, you have to take advantage of it and it seemed like most of the runners there did just that. Male Half Marathon Results 1. Alexander Taylor 26 2. Austin Wright 21 3. Ricardo Esqueda 20 4. Matt Gill 42 5. Robert Sharer 32 6. Tristan Jung 19 7. Patrick Walsh 25 8. Anthony Wells 26 9. Joseph Werner 42 10. Robert Allison 32 Name
Chicago, IL 1:14:36.8 Marinette, WI 1:16:10.5 Evanston, IL 1:17:50.0 Downers Grove, IL 1:20:13.1 Chicago, IL 1:21:30.8 Warwick, IL 1:22:59.3 Arlington Heights, IL 1:22:59.7 Dixon, IL 1:23:15.2 Wauconda, IL 1:23:18.2 Crystal Lake, IL 1:23:20.1 City
Female Half Marathon Results 1. Etta Eckerstrom 19 Lake Bluff, IL 1:27:52.2 2. Isabel Polsky 44 Chicago, IL 1:30:38.9 3. Karen Frum 40 Northbrook, IL 1:30:50.4 4. Karin Glenn 46 Naperville, IL 1:31:07.1 5. Anne Herbert 22 Naperville, IL 1:31:27.5 6. Erin Blaze 31 Evanston, IL 1:33:57.3 7. Madelyn Macejik 29 Chicago, IL 1:35:38.8 8. Liz Stetson 35 River Forest, IL 1:35:48.3 9. Alexis Benavente 27 Schaumburg, IL 1:37:00.4 10. Olivia Bukowski 23 Batavia, IL 1:37:30.7
3. Lydia Rudd 4. Kiersten McCartney 5. Katie Power 6. Lauren Davis 7. Lindsey Skrocki 8. Amy Meier 9. Amanda Carpo 10. Tiffany Merrick
22 24 25 26 29 30 41 36
Wheaton, IL Chicago, IL Chicago, IL Chicago, IL Lansing, IL Brodhead, WI Evanston, IL Coralville, IL
3:22:08.6 3:22:22.0 3:25:31.9 3:26:31.8 3:26:36.2 3:28:42.7 3:29:16.1 3:31:45.9
Move For the Kids 5K Walk/Run M AY 1 5 , 2 0 1 6 | CH IC AGO, IL By Holly Petrovich
Male Marathon Results 1. Eiichiro Kamikawa 33 2. Benjamin Stewart 29 3. Dan Zielinski 34 4. Gary Krugger 31 5. Doug Mckenney 34 6. Patrick O’Connor 26 7. James Baek 22 8. Charles Hoffert 22 9. T.J. Butler 20 10. Eric Cooper 36 Female Marathon Results 1. Alice Baumgartner 28 2. Ashley Tucker 28 Name
Chicago, IL Milwaukee, WI
Chicago, IL Flagstaff, AZ Evanston, IL Chicago, IL Mount Prospect, IL
Montpelier, IL Evanston, IL Northbrook, IL
Chicago, IL Villa Park, IL City
2:45:49.4 2:50:33.4 2:50:51.7 2:52:39.4 2:54:42.7 2:54:45.2 2:55:08.4 2:57:11.9 2:58:27.3 2:58:42.4
3:07:06.4 3:18:57.6 Time
Over 15,000 participants ran in the annual Move For the Kids 5K this year, which helped raise over $450,000 for Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Every year, Lurie Children’s treats more than 173,000 kids, and is the largest pediatric provider in the region. The race began in 2005, and has raised nearly $3 million since to ensure patients have the best possible care. The May 15 race took place at Soldier Field in Chicago. Male Results 1. Jeremy Fretz 31 2. Christopher Burrows 21 3. Michael Roth 32 4. Cole Rodgers 15 Name
17:52 18:07 18:36 18:38 City
5. Benjamin Hotz 6. Colin White 7. Sean Cooper 8. Luke Patrick 9. Ethan Simanek 10. Scott Simanek Female Results 1. Kayane Fitzgibbons 2. Whitney Anthony 3. Cate Baldwin 4. Jennifer Colgan 5. Allison Pink 6. Tricia Marks 7. Kristin Saad 8. Chelsey Krull 9. Lauren Robers 10. Paula Queens
25 24 34 17 16 45
18:52 18:58 19:08 19:30 19:31 19:31
20:41 20:50 20:53 20:57 21:01 22:10 22:39 22:47 23:18 23:27
28 36 48 34 33 38 41
Universal Sole 4 Mile Classic MAY 19 , 2 0 1 6 | C H I CA G O , I L By Jonathon Cain
Soldier Field 10 Mile
By Nicole Keston
By Holly Petrovich
Close to 10,000 runners participated in the Soldier Field 10 Miler On May 28 morning in Chicago. The annual race honors past and present military personnel with fundraising efforts going to Salute Inc. The start and finish were both at Soldier Field, and the course was out-and-back, starting south from the stadium.
Nearly 2000 runners gathered on Memorial Day to compete in the Beverly Area Planning Association’s annual Ridge Run. The 10K/5K race is named one of the Runner’s Choice races by CARA, and it is known as one of Chicago’s friendliest races because of the nearby Beverly/ Morgan Park neighborhoods who support runners. The races start and finish at Ridge Park, and goes through the Ridge Historic District. The Ridge Run is known for the challenging hill, which is Chicago’s highest.
M AY 2 8 , 2 0 1 6 | CHI CAGO , I L
Men’s Results 1. Keith Bechtol 31 2. Dan Kremske 27 3. Matthew Blume, 34 4. Jordan Horwitz 29 5. Austin Hendrix 27 6. Joel Bendtsen 30 7. Curtis Weisenberger 26 8. Nick Bowerman 33 9. Braulio Benitez 34 10. Cameron Rieger 24
Madison, WI Woodstock, IL Chicago, IL Chicago, IL Chicago, IL Chicago, IL Mchenry, IL Dubuque, IA Chicago, IL Chicago, IL
M AY 3 0 , 2 0 1 6 | CH IC AGO, IL
49:39 49:47 52:21 53:28 54:25 54:50 55:12 55:19 55:25 56:00
It was a beautiful Thursday night for a race on Montrose Harbor. The course headed north on the lakefront paths before coming back and, after a quick jaunt up and down Cricket Hill for an extra bit of “fun,” it was back to the finish line. Thursday night races have a different feel to them, and I highly recommend trying to make it into the city someday this summer to give your legs a good “post-work speed session.” Events like the Universal Sole Four Mile Classic just add an extra aspect of enjoyment to the Chicagoland racing scene and provide a reminder of just how cool Chicago runners really are. Male Results 1. Bobby Hartnett 2. James Weissensel, 3. Roger Pinon 4. Rich Heffron 5. Todd Quednau 6. Matthew Jeromin 7. Jeff Hojnacki 8. Jonathan Cain 9. Brian Barclay 10. Luke Patrick
28 22 27 32 34 35 42 34 37 16
Chicago, IL Sandwich, IL Chicago, IL Chicago, IL Chicago, IL Roselle, IL Chicago, IL Des Plaines, IL Chicago, IL Chicago, IL
Female Results 1. Kylen Cieslak 2. Kaylee Rasmussen 3. Alyson Zellner 4. Emily Jurlina 5. Barbara Bernstein 6. Debra Marzano 7. Leigh Baumgart 8. Nora Baumgart 9. Kate Bongiovanni 10. Zenaida Garcia
27 29 38 28 51 50 34 35 36 11
Chicago, IL 24:21.3 Waconia, MN 25:39.7 26:13.3 Chicago, IL 26:18.2 Chicago, IL 27:54.5 Schaumburg, IL 28:56.5 Chicago, IL 29:07.3 Chicago, IL 29:22.2 Chicago, IL 30:05.4 30:44.7
20:49.0 21:21.6 22:08.6 22:09.5 22:47.1 23:02.1 23:25.6 23:59.8 24:09.0 24:36.6
Soldier Field 10 Mile
Women’s Results 1. Kristen Heckert 2. Loryn Kromrey 3. Pamela Stanton 4. Elizabeth Panke 5. Meshelle Rich 6. Wendy Jaehn 7. Enriqueta Hernandez 8. Elizabeth Bailey 9. Kristie Hawkins 10. Megan Murphy Name
29 32 29 25 42 41 50 29 35 25 Age
Bolingbrook, IL Chicago, IL Ingleside, IL Chicago, IL Chicago, IL Chicago, IL Park Ridge, IL La Grange Park, IL
Chicago, IL Chicago, IL City
58:58 1:02:15 1:02:19 1:03:17 1:03:37 1:03:52 1:04:01 1:04:03 1:04:09 1:04:43 Time
Male 10K Results 1. Kyle Hauser 21 2. David Janet 24 3. Dan Regalado 29 4. Eric Hofmann 29 5. Daniel Santino, 18 6. Jan Myrda 44 7. Thomas Shanabruch 37 8. Juan Munoz 49 9. Luke McGovern 20 10. Ryan Berba 31
Palos Heights, IL 33:49
Oak Lawn, IL Oak Lawn, IL Homewood, IL Chicago, IL
34:18 34:34 34:54 35:32 Palos Heights, IL 35:53 Chicago, IL 36:48 Cicero, IL 39:05 Chicago, IL 39:35 Chicago, IL 39:48
Female 10K Results 1. Erika Edmonson, 2. Megan McGreal 3. Meg Sullivan 4. Elizabeth McGreal 5. Robin Oberle 6. Paula Hayes 7. Sean Ogrady 8. Jennifer Harkins 9. Lauren Roberts 10. Judee Kakos
35 23 36 23 36 34 31 41 38 44
Riverside, IL Oak Lawn, IL Oak Park, IL Oak Lawn, IL Woodridge, IL Chicago, IL Chicago, IL Chicago, IL Chicago, IL Chicago, IL
Male 5K Results 1. Lars Juhl 2. Dan Regalado 3. Chris Wolf 4. Jacob Lorenz 5. Diego Arana 6. Jan Myrda 7. Jake Christiansen 8. Peter Jaros 9. Anthony Tuman 10. Lyndon Vickrey
39 29 42 19 16 44 27 24 17 16
Oak Park, IL Oak Lawn, IL Chicago, IL Plainfield, IL Chicago, IL
16:26 16:39 16:56 16:57 17:06 Palos Heights, IL 17:18 Oak Lawn, IL 17:18 Homewood, IL 17:20 Chicago, IL 17:29 Chicago, IL 18:01
Female 5K Results 1. Jennifer Pfaff 2. Megan Anderson 3. Stacy Hague 4. Abbey Lawler 5. Ashley Canner 6. Mary Blake 7. Erin Hallaren 8. Emily Gleason 9. Maggie Soborewski 10. Stephanie Ebert
40 30 26 18 18 35 28 34 21 44
Chicago, IL Chicago, IL Chicago, IL Chicago, IL Crestwood, IL Chicago, IL Cincy, OH Park Ridge, IL Orland Park, IL Palos Park, IL
41:41 42:13 43:46 44:20 44:29 46:03 46:52 47:16 47:41 48:06
18:56 19:19 19:59 20:55 21:04 21:56 21:57 22:32 23:09 23:19 Time
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Leon’s Triathlon Photo by: Edda Taylor and Mark Davis
JUNE 5 , 2 0 1 6 | HA M M O N D , I N By Nicole Kesten
A few hundred athletes participated in Leon’s Triathlon in Hammond, Indiana. Race weekend kicked off Saturday with the first annual Patriot Walk 5K to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Service Organization. Proceeds of the walk supported the USO of Indiana and WIRED Athletes Foundation. After the 5K, triathlon festivities took over with packet pick-up, a practice swim and demo day at the Wolf Lake Pavilion. This event has always supported veterans and paratriathletes. Athletes participated in either the Olympic or Sprint distance. The bike course was new this year and proved to be fast for many; Sprint competitors did one loop and Olympic racers went around the course twice. Although there were some turns, the pavement was in good condition and the winds kept athletes alert and humble. The run followed the same course as the Patriot Walk. Sprint distance athletes had an early turn around while the Olympic went around the entire lake. Male Olympic Distance Results 1. Ryan Giuliano 32 2. Alex Arman 28 3. Timothy Huber 21 4. Kevin Hughes 46 5. Christopher Sweet 36 6. Michael Stanek 29 7. Jon Lott 43 8. Matthew Pahnke 44 Name
1:50:57 1:51:07 1:59:37 2:01:11 2:01:31 2:05:14 2:06:10 2:07:38 Time
9. John Paul McCarthy 53 10. Jonathon Dugas 42
Female Olympic Distance Results 1. Ryan Streicker 27 2. Susan Fanning 37 3. Sara Fix 50 4. Anne Caudill 40 5. Lauren Matricardi 31 6. Stephanie Schuck 28 7. Alexa Steffl 19 8. Janet Katz 52 9. Kate Amaral 47 10. Jamie Jeromin 30
2:14:53 2:15:49 2:19:31 2:20:46 2:21:24 2:23:22 2:23:43 2:24:08 2:27:46 2:29:09
Male Sprint Distance Results 1. Mark Higgins 37 2. Jacek Kafel 40 3. Brian Condron 46 4. Andre Cilliers 33 5. Jeffrey Ramirez 30 6. Eduardo Hernandez 38 7. Tim O’Donnell 48 8. Shane Harmon 29 9. Luis Martinez 30 10. Glen Brittich 34
58:27 59:29 1:03:02 1:03:40 1:04:13 1:06:45 1:08:18 1:08:41 1:09:48 1:11:00
Female Sprint Distance Results 1. Danielle Schumacher 25 2. Christine Armbruster 31 3. Kelly Anicich 33 4. Lorenza Jimenez 47
1:12:45 1:13:21 1:14:51 1:15:07
5. Jeri-Lou Zike 6. Carol Herlocker 7. Denise Cunill 8. Kristin MacCarthy 9. Sofia Vazquez 10. Emily Ruffner
55 51 44 47 17 34
1:16:21 1:18:00 1:18:17 1:19:23 1:19:39 1:21:03
Esprit De She Triathlon
J UN E 1 2 , 2 0 1 6 | NAPERVILLE, IL
By Nicole Kesten Over 1500 women competed in the Esprit De She Sprint Triathlon in Naperville. This long-standing event has gone through a few name changes over the years but the message has remained consistent: empowering women to reach their own potential. The swim took place at Centennial Beach, an old stone quarry turned into a swimming pool with sand. After transition, racers biked the two loop course of closed roads around Naperville. Participants finished the tri with a 5K run along shaded paths and neighborhood roads. Sprint Results 1. Audrey Ernst 17 2. Jennifer Arbetman Garrison 38 3. Eryn Kubinski 42 4. Pamela Staton 30 5. Elaina Mertens Biechler, 30 6. Karen Snyder 43 7. Heather Glynn 38 8. Jessica Rangel 36 9. Anne Caudill 40 10. Heather Anderson Grier 39 Name
South Elgin, IL 1:05:41 Naperville, IL 1:07:20 Shorewood, IL 1:09:46 Chicago, IL 1:10:14 Dubuque, IA 1:11:00 Naperville, IL 1:11:26 Naperville, IL 1:11:44 Aurora, IL 1:12:18 Glenview, IL 1:12:36 Naperville, IL 1:13:20 City
Sprint Relay Results 1. Betty Multisport 2. Not far from Normal 3. Practiteam 4. Team MDJ 5. Blast Tri Ever 6. 5 ft & Under 7. Tri Hard, 8. Sully’s Tribe 9. 2 Girls 1 Ginger 10. Trigeminy West
Aurora, IL 1:22:31 Normal, IL 1:22:58 Woodridge, IL 1:23:30 Naperville, IL 1:30:28 Bartlett, IL 1:31:21 Bloomington, IL 1:32:42 Villa Park, IL 1:37:37 Mokena, IL 1:37:43 Western Springs, IL 1:37:50 Maywood, IL 1:38:02
ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run
JUNE 1 6 , 2 0 1 6 | C H I CA G O , I L By Holly Petrovich
the hopes to combat hatred in all forms, and proceeds go to YWCA Evanston/North Shore to assist its efforts in racial justice and violence prevention. 10K Male Results 1. Christopher Schmidt 2. Joseph Dadabo 3. Addisu Dowling-Brown 4. Mick Brown 5. Eric Hobbs 6. Zeke Markshausen 7. Fernando Cueli 8. Daryl Santiago 9. Virgil Hughes 10. Mike Moreau
41 27 31 43 39 29 46 29 36 30
35:03 36:12 36:52 37:52 38:41 38:50 39:09 39:44 39:53 39:58
ABC7 News gives runners a chance to be famous in the annual ABC7 Gibbons 5K. The 22nd annual took place in Grant Park at 6:25 p.m, and was shown live on ABC7 News. All proceeds from the race benefited the Leukemia Research Foundation in the fight for a cure of all blood cancers. After the race, a Heroes of Hope tent honored those touched by blood cancer, and remembered those lost by it. The event used the hashtag #MoreThanARace to promote the importance of the cause. Male Results 1. Kyle Larson 2. Boulmier Dominique 3. Ryan Gordyan 4. Matthew Stanesby 5. Ryan Hall 6. Marc Lemmons 7. Philip Cullinane 8. Miles Henderson 9. Kyle Coates
26 47 27 34 37 32 28 34 28
Female Results 1. Gabrielle Hesslau 2. Sarah Rosenwinkel 3. Madison Heidemann 4. Shera Minor 5. Laura Legernes 6. Mary Rosenwinkel 7. Lisa Carroll 8. Rachel Sotelo 9. Tarah Knaresboro 10. Jean Hausman
21 25 28 40 35 21 29 29 26 16
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Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate
JUNE 1 9 , 2 0 1 6 | EVA N S TO N , I L By Holly Petrovich
Over 5,000 runners participated in the annual Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate in Evanston on Father’s Day to make a stand against racial hatred and violence. The race honors legacy Ricky Byrdsong, the former men’s basketball coach of Northwestern University who was murdered by a white supremacist in 1999. His widow launched the Race Against Hate with Name
37 19 40 26 41 14 35 52 55 14
18:47 18:55 19:13 19:58 20:30 21:10 21:17 21:27 21:49 22:02
Chicago Bears 5K J UN E 2 5 , 2 0 1 6 CHI CAGO , I L By Holly Petrovich
If you missed the chance to run on Soldier Field at the Soldier Field 10 Miler in May, another opportunity was presented at the PNC Chicago Bears 5K.
16:37 16:48 16:49 16:52 17:21 17:35 17:43 17:55 18:18
18:03 20:10 20:46 21:27 21:32 21:39 21:49 22:05 22:26 22:32
Female 5K Results 1. Columba Montes 2. Mimi Smith 3. Jennifer Pfaff 4. Mariana Perez 5. Michelle Rogers 6. Emma Hupp 7. Allison Pink 8. Nadine Scodro 9. Kayoko Hamamiura 10. Eavan Norman
Universal Sole 4 Mile
The race was previously known as the Super Bear Shuffl e and took place in September during preseason; however, race directors decided to move it to June to allow finishers on the field. And the change was worth it – not only did runners get to feel the actual grass that the Chicago Bears play on, but they saw themselves on the big screen as they crossed the finish line. And better yet, Staley Da Bear congratulated many finishers with a high five. In addition to the memorable finish, the course itself was quick and enjoyable; although it was an out-and-back route, the first half ran towards McCormick Place and through the tunnel, while the second half remained alongside the lakefront. It was a very hot and sunny morning, but the consistent music and water stations along the way made the run go very quickly.
10K Female Results 1. Laura Batterink 2. Colleen Baker 3. April Likhite 4. Maggie Graham 5. Jessica Neushwander 6. Jania Bonilla 7. Elizabeth Lynn 8. Becky Honnold 9. Julie Snow 10. Angela Blaising
31 25 44 24 31 27 19 20 48 41
36:21 39:42 40:13 41:33 44:17 44:33 45:53 46:32 46:41 46:57
Male Results 1. Eric Lindelsee 2. Markus Living 3. Shane Gillespie 4. Jeff Chaney 5. Trevor Serrao 6. Alex Kurtz 7. Thomas Zero 8. Nico Farr 9. Bradley Osuch 10. Ed Novak
22 26 35 26 24 16 30 34 16 39
15:58 17:26 17:37 18:15 18:27 18:35 18:40 18:43 18:51 19:07
Male 5K Results 1. William Hague 2. Matthew Blume 3. Matt Marol 4. Jeremy Soloman 5. Ben Schmeckpeper 6. Alexander Burck 7. Jeff Hojnacki 8. Henry Harper 9. Scott Mangum 10. Matt Contreras
22 34 25 33 33 18 42 18 40 18
15:00 15:09 15:29 15:54 16:19 16:29 16:29 16:33 16:50 17:13
Female Results 1. Brittany Schwarz 2. Elizabeth Deutsch 3. Molly Esche 4. Esmeralda Soto 5. Carol Coady 6. Reese Crowley 7. Lyn Schneider 8. Mary Buckley 9. Emily Keip 10. Alexis Capps
20 21 30 37 31 11 27 24 37 24
19:12 19:12 20:00 21:46 22:10 22:22 22:44 22:48 22:51 22:57
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Transamerica Chicago Triathlon
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28 | CHICAGO For more than 30 years, triathletes have gathered on the shores of lake Michigan for one of the largest triathlons in the world. the transamerica Chicago triathlon is an action-packed tour through one of america’s signature metropolises. also during race weekend is the life time Kids triathlon and the Chicago supersprint triathlon, both on saturday. 44
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Naperville Trails Half Marathon
SUNDAy, SEPTEMBER 11 | WHEATON Training for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon? Then September is a great time to do a half marathon! The Naperville Trails Half Marathon offers a scenic course on limestone paths of Danada Forest Preserve. This race helps raise money for the Special Olympics Illinois. 09/24/16 World Airline Road Race Chicago IL worldairlineroadrace.org 09/24/16 Dances with Dirt Hell Hell MI www.danceswithdirt.com
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Chicago Half Marathon & 5K
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 | CHICAGO the Chicago half Marathon & 5K is Chicago’s premier hometown race! the races start and finish in historic Jackson Park, just south of the Museum of science and industry. runners will wind through beautiful hyde Park before running along traffic-free lake shore drive offering sweeping views of the Chicago skyline and south shore. 46
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# 2 KNEE: Note your ability to keep the knee of the stance leg directly over the foot as you step down. Note if the knee collapses in or out. # 3 HIP: Note your ability to keep your hips level, torso upright, and shoulders level as you reach the foot forward.
If you were unable to maintain a neutral arch, keep the knee in line with the foot and maintain level hips throughout the full movement—your foot-knee-hip alignment is off and running is likely to produce symptoms. Injury Free Running Foot-knee-hip weakness or misalignment is responsible for many conditions that can be chronic and difficult to manage clinically without a full understanding of the factors involved. This explains why just treating plantar fasciitis or IT- band syndrome doesn’t fully address the causative factors. Free Running Assessment
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Nick name: JZ Hometown: San Diego, Calif. Lived in Chicago: 1993-1995 Now Living in: Boulder, Colo. Family: Husband, Mark Shenk and our furry friend Diesel the dog – who is, by the way, an amazing running partner! Schools and Degrees: Brown University, B.A., Northwestern University, M.S. and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health: Ph.D. Interests other than athletics: Writing! I just finished my first book actually. Number of years … Swimming: 1976 - 2015 (I am on swimming hiatus until I can resolve my rib injury issues) Running: 1992 - present Biking: 1993 - 2010 Personal Bests: Triathlon: I was never concerned about my times, so I do not know my PR’s for most distances. I do know my 70.3 PR since it was set when I won the world champs – 4:02 Half marathon: 1:14:03, Evergreen, CO 2014 54
Marathon: 2:43, CIM 2011 Swimming: 1650 – 16:33, 400m IM – 4:58, 200m breast stroke – 2:37 How did your career as a pro triathlete begin? My first year as a pro was in 1998. I was still in graduate school at Johns Hopkins, so it was difficult to balance school with training. However, the previous year I won my age group in Kona and at the Olympic distance national championships, so I wanted to challenge myself in a new way. You finished fourth overall in the 2000 Olympic games, is this still the best place ever achieved by an American Olympian? In 2004, Susan Williams won bronze, and the American women we are sending to Rio are incredibly strong and are gold medal contenders. Tell us about your Olympic experience and what you remember most. My Olympic experience was amazing! I never imagined that two short years after turning pro I would qualify for the Olympics or finish fourth. My two best memories are crossing the finish line carrying the American flag, and the sheer number of spectators on the course. Why was the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials the most meaningful races of your life? I toed the line with a very serious rib injury that required surgery six days later. I only found out a
You won the World Triathlon Championships; what do you remember about this accomplishment? I won the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in 2008 in Clearwater, Fla. My initial goal for 2008 was to qualify for the Beijing Olympics in triathlon. I did not qualify, so I turned my attention to the 70.3 distance, and I won or podiumed every 70.3 race that season. My fitness going into the World Championships was incredibly high, as was my confidence. I had an excellent swim and came off the bike as one of the top four athletes. As soon as I started the run, I knew I was going to win. It was one of those days when everything came together. Winning that race was a highlight of my athletic career. How are you spending your time now that you are no longer competing in triathlons? I retired from triathlon in 2010. In 2009 I suffered a career ending bike crash, which left me with a damaged rib cage. Since then, I have been running as a competitive master’s runner. Professionally, I coach endurance athletes and I work as a consultant for a company that specializes in biostatistics. And, I write articles and books. What is the most memorable race for you? It is so hard to pick one race – there are so many good ones. The St. Croix triathlon was one of my all-time favorites, and I am very partial to the California International Marathon in Sacramento, Calif. What advice or encouragement could you share with determined athletes? Believe in yourself. You are your best advocate for success and if something isn’t working, make changes. Can you tell us about the book you are writing? “The Champion Mindset: An Athlete’s Guide to Mental Toughness” will be published by St. Martin’s Press in February. It is about mental aspects of sport and how to become mentally tougher to succeed. Joanna and Coach Mark were training partners during the 1990’s while she lived in Chicago and attended Northwestern University. These were some of the toughest and most enjoyable runs of their careers.
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