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“Despite the inherent fear factor, the Chicago Triathlon in particular makes the sport welcoming to newcomers.”

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riathlon, to the uninitiated, can come across as an intimidating and insular sport. The gear, the terminology, the fact that you have to complete three disciplines in one event: a triathlon requires much more thought and preparation than a casual weekend 5K fun run. Despite the inherent fear factor, the Chicago Triathlon in particular makes the sport welcoming to newcomers. This year, the Chicago Triathlon underwent many changes, including the addition of a new Divvy wave to Saturday’s SuperSprint triathlon, incorporating Chicago’s popular bike share system into one of the best races around to experience triathlon for the first time. Chicago Triathlon changes won’t only impact SuperSprinters, though. Sprint and International distance racers will enjoy a new start sequence and more accommodations in relation to the transition area, and International distance competitors will also experience biking on roads usually reserved for vehicular traffic. For all the details, be sure to check out Emily Stone’s article on page 28. The Chicago Triathlon draws incredible talent to the lakefront, including members of one of the most prestigious paratriathlon clubs in the country, dare2tri. This local club boasts many of the top paratriathletes in the country as members and has made an incredible impression on the sport of paratriathlon in general. Chris Lewis writes about the history and programming of the club on page 32. Athletes, whether planning to compete in three disciplines or not, generally have one major goal during race season: stay healthy. Unfortunately for many of us, injuries pop up from time to time, and for those training for fall races, aches and pains may start to set in right around now. Nipping an injury in the bud often allows you to make it to the start line of your target event, but at what point do you need to seek medical attention, and what should you do if you do get injured before your race? Kate Bongiovanni consulted with several local physical therapists and doctors for advice, and you can read about her findings on page 38.

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on the WEB Stay up to date on the Chicago endurance sports scene between issues at mychicagoathlete.com. Haven’t been to the site lately? Here’s a quick look at what you might have missed:

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he Warriors Running Group began as just that: a running group initiated by Joseph Sobus a few years ago with a small collection of athletes in an area of Chicago without many running clubs. Today, the group has grown to encompass much more than just athletics. Though primarily a running organization, the Warriors Running Group features two outreach programs: the Little Warriors Running Group and an internship program, both designed to provide low income youth with productive physical and creative outlets. “In certain areas, there are no summer programs that are free,” Sobus says. “There are summer camps, but they still have to pay. A lot of parents in the city: everyone’s kind of hurting for cash.” To fill that need, the Little Warriors Running Group provides children between the ages of 8 and 12 with a six-week training program at little to no cost. Through sponsorship donations, children enrolled in the Peace Program or Proyecto Juventud through Mujeres Latinas en Acción receive gym shoes, team shirts and registration and transportation to the Spartan Kids Race on Sept. 27 for free, while children of active Warrior Running Group members can enroll their children at a reduced cost. With its internship program, the Warriors Running Group aims to give students, particularly those who did not secure summer employment through One




Summer Chicago, hands-on experience in small business operation while developing entrepreneurial skills. Interns create shirt designs and profit from gear sales featuring their designs. “We’re hoping to expand [One Summer Chicago] into a better model where people will be interested in supporting young kids, especially when every dollar goes into their pocket,” Sobus says. Of course, the core of the Warriors Running Group still revolves around running. The group has five tribes that meet in Pilsen, Cicero, Bensenville, Midway and Portage Park at various times throughout the week and provides its members with professionally designed training programs and access to medical experts from Sports and Ortho Physical Therapy. In addition, it recently opened the WRG Box, a gym featuring TRX Suspension Training at 6277 S. Kolin near Midway International Airport, to provide members with a unique cross training opportunity. The group welcomes runners of all levels, from novice to advanced and prides itself on the wide range of members it attracts. “Sometimes when you go to running clubs you see young people or a lot of guys in their 30s,” Sobus says. “We have a lot of diversity. We’re a minority-owned business embracing more diversity and achieving it.” To learn more about the Warriors Running Group, including meeting times and locations, visit www.wrgrun.com.

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endy Jaehn, executive director of the Chicago Area Runners Association since November of 2010, resigned at the end of July to take on a position opening and running a Chicago office for an international energy consulting company. Under her leadership, CARA added new marathon training locations and charity partners, more than tripled the size of its Road

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Scholars program and expanded member benefits, among other accomplishments and partnerships. Though Jaehn will no longer head up the organization, she plans to stay involved through volunteering and racing on the CARA Runners Choice Circuit. As of mid-July, CARA had not announced a new executive director.

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TRiaThloN GReaT

MaRk alleN To Release Book Mark Allen, six time Ironman World Champion, will release a book, The Art of Competition, in September. The book combines stunning nature photography by Nick Borelli with quotes and phrases designed to inspire the reader to achieve greatness. Between collections of photos, Allen provides motivating messages to readers, encouraging them to stick with things even during times of difficulty or frustration. Allen also tells the story of both his first Ironman World Championship in 1989 and his remarkable come-from-behind victory in 1995. With chapter themes including “Change,” “Reflection,” and “Action,” among many others, Allen invites readers to learn about what he calls the Art of Competition. The book will be available for purchase in September.

Runners who enjoy combining their love for football for with their passion for road races now have another opportunity to mesh the two with the new Super Bears Shuffle 5K, scheduled for Sept. 4 at Soldier Field. The event coincides with the Bears’s annual Back to Football Week celebration leading up to the regular season home opener on Sept. 7. The event begins with a Kickoff Pep Rally at 5:30, where attendees can catch the NFL’s Thursday Night game between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers. Food, beverages and Bears gear will all be available at the Pep Rally, which remains open until 9:30 p.m. The race itself will feature four waves, with the first wave taking off at 6:30 p.m. Registered participants will receive a gender-specific Chicago Bears Nike Performance event tee, a Chicago Bears commemorative race bib, a “Back to Football Week” exclusive poster, entertainment from the Bears Drumline and Staley the Bear and a special reward for Nike+ members. Visit: www.chicagobears.com/events/bears-shuffle.html


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James akita

James Akita began his running career in sixth grade and he continues to grow in the sport. After running track in college, Akita turned his focus to marathons in his mid-20s. This year, he added the CARA Runners Choice Circuit to his marathon training, and it couldn’t be going any better. Adding many race to his calendar makes things tricky at times, but Akita welcomes the challenge. Through the Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th, Akita had a 26-point lead in the circuit, thanks to dominating performances at the Roselle Run for the Roses and the Downers Grove 5 Mile in June. With eight races left on the circuit, Akita says he knows he will have to keep up the strong finishes. While he will still keep racing the CARA Circuit, the 33-year-old hasn’t lost track of his main focus, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, where he hopes to run a sub-2:26.



Naperville Running Co. Jennifer Garrison

Separately, training for a triathlon and raising young children take a significant amount of time. Finding time to do both may sound like a challenging balancing act, but you wouldn’t know it by Jennifer Garrison’s race results. Since mid-May, Garrison has won two triathlons and had a third place finish in the Age Group Olympic-Distance race at the ITU World Triathlon Chicago. Even with these impressive accomplishments, Garrison says that she has had to tone down her training and competing now that she has two young children. The 36-year-old won the Galena Triathlon and her hometown race, the Athleta Esprit De She Naperville Triathlon. The Naperville Triathlon was the first multisport race Garrison ever competed in when she was 18. Garrison still has two big races on her immediate horizon this year. She plans to compete in the USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals in Milwaukee and later will take on the Chicago Triathlon.


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USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals Return to Milwaukee


The best age group triathletes in the nation will once again descend on Milwaukee during the second weekend of August for the USA Triathlon Sprint and Olympic-Distance Age Group National Championships. The event, centered around Discovery World in Milwaukee, takes racers on a tour of the city’s Lake Michigan shoreline and highlights various points along the lakefront. The weekend kicks off with the Olympic-Distance National Championship on Aug. 9. The race features a 1500-meter swim, 40K bike and ends with a 10K run. On Aug. 10, sprint athletes will take on a 750-meter swim, 20K bike and 5K run. 16

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The races hold particular importance this year as they serve as the qualifier for the 2015 International Triathlon Union Short Course Triathlon World Championship and ITU Sprint Course Triathlon World Championship, both of which will take place in Chicago. Each age group has 18 Team USA slots available, with slots rolling down to 25th place after the age-up rule, which awards different results to individuals who will age-up into a new age group for 2015. These ageup results determine a person’s qualification for Team USA. For more information on both national championship events, visit www.usatriathlon.org.


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This isn’t just a race; it’s the perfect tune-up for the huge Chicago Marathon. Runners will wind through beautiful Hyde Park before running along a totally traffic-free Lake Shore Drive that offers sweeping views of the Chicago skyline and South Shore. We hope to see you at the starting line Sunday, September 7 for the grand finale of the Chicagoland Half Marathon Series, the Chicago Half Marathon and Hyundai Hope On Wheels 5K. Register now at chicagohalfmarathon.com.

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Racine Teens Compete in Ironman 70.3 To Raise Awareness for Substance Abuse Prevention


atching everyday people compete in endurance sports can inspire even those with no previous experience in running, cycling or swimming to give it a try. This inspiration came over David Barreto and Alonzo Sandoval while volunteering along the bike course at Ironman 70.3 Racine in 2013. Barreto and Sandoval, upcoming high school seniors at the time, approached Jason Meekma, co-founder of the sTRIve Triathlon Club, to ask for his help training them for Ironman 70.3 Racine in 2014, but Meekma’s skepticism got the best of him. “You know high school kids always get crazy ideas,” Meekma says. “They had just volunteered for [Ironman 70.3 Racine] and came to me caught up in the moment. They thought it’d be cool because they saw everyone do it.”


says. “It would be 24/7, we had to train and take advice and stay committed: do what we say and do what he says.”

VAD wouldn’t have to sit out any races due to prohibitive costs, for which all three are extremely grateful.

Last October, the three—collectively known as VAD—started training, balancing jobs and their last years of high school with their first-ever triathlon training cycle, including twice-weekly 5:30 a.m. swims before school.

“All their race registrations, all their gear has been because of donations people have made,” Meekma says. “It’s been heartwarming to know the community rallied around these guys. The boys have raised over $1000 on their own for this, but with other people coming through, it’s really just been so amazing in how this all came together.”

“I understand why there are a lot of triathletes in their 30s after they’ve settled down a little more,” Sandoval says “It’s hard to balance but I gained this love for the sport.” Throughout training, VAD competed in several races, including their first triathlons. The three took on the International distance for the first time at the Pleasant Prairie Triathlon on June 22.

Meekma suggested they wait and think about it some more, but Barreto and Sandoval persisted, drawing in a third area high school senior, Victor Huarota. When the three came back to Meekma, he struck them a deal.

“It was really awesome to be able to compete and actually race,” Barreto says of the Pleasant Prairie Triathlon. “I’ve never had that experience before at that long of distance. Seeing everyone with their bikes and giving it all and racing: I found it really fun.”

“He said he’d help us train and be a coach to us, but we had to take this as almost a job,” Huarota

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In addition to competing, VAD also hopes to raise awareness and funds for substance abuse prevention programming. “I know a lot of teens who are really into things they probably shouldn’t be into,” Barreto says. “I want to help raise awareness for prevention of substance and alcohol abuse. You don’t have to be doing that. If you took the opportunity to not do it, this is what you could be accomplishing.” On July 20, all three finished Ironman 70.3 Racine. Sandoval had the fastest finishing time of VAD, completing the race in 5:36:31. Barreto and Huarota followed in 5:42:04 and 6:58:55, respectively. In August, they plan to take on the sprint distance race at the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon.

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Chicago Cyclocross SEriES PrEviEW

By Bryan McVey

With the summer road cycling season fully underway, it’s a great time to start gearing up for the approaching fall cyclocross campaign. Thirteen races in and around Chicago fill the 2014 schedule, with venues catering to everyone from the seasoned racer to first time participants and superfans looking for a fun outdoor party atmosphere. Starting in 2004, the Chicago Cyclocross Cup (Chi Cross Cup) has grown substantially, with some of its biggest surges in rider participation over the last few years. Racing and riding your bike outside quickly becomes less fun and more of a chore when the weather makes a turn for the worse, but in cyclocross, riders relish in the gritty conditions that often come with racing late into the fall. While typically for road racing you need more time on the bike and lots of open space to train, you can prepare for cyclocross in any condition, making it ideal for Chicagoans. Races consist of short punching bursts of speed, an abundance of handling and 20

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technical skills and shorter race lengths, so you can train in a variety of ways. If you are thinking of competing in a race or the whole series, keep the following in mind: Equipment: Pick a good tire! The right bike will help a lot, but the right tires (and pressure) will help even more. Avoid bike frames that only have clearance for 23 (skinny) tires. A proper cyclocross frame will accommodate wider treaded tires (28-33) with additional room for mud from a wet course. Training: Mix it up! Cyclocross started as a cross training discipline of cycling. Running, lifting and intervals on the bike will help you navigate the courses quickly. Don’t overlook the importance of cornering and handling ability as well, as some courses literally involve hundreds of turns throughout the duration of a race. A second saved through each one will add up to a lot of time by the finish line.

Logistics: Plan a routine! This means get to the course early and prepare for anything. Don’t overlook the importance of pre-riding a course, as they change from year to year and even by the hour as earlier races alter the feel of the soil and may create mud and slick spots on the course. Weather conditions may change quickly in the fall, so bring a rain jacket and a change of clothes for after the race. Spectating: Have fun! Plenty of races take place throughout the day to watch. Feel free to heckle (in good fun) and stick around for the peak of the party atmosphere later in the day with the category 4 and 4/5 races. There are usually plenty of food carts and concessions present with good refreshments. Beer and bike racing never went so well together. Check out more information at chicrosscup.com for each day’s specific race information, including race times, registration and more.




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Running foR team D in honoR of Pekala’s motheR-in-law

October race. Though Spagnola never had the chance to see Pekala run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, he hopes that wearing a bib with her name will inspire others in the same way charity runners in the past have inspired him. “I love seeing bibs and signage on runners,” Pekala says. “It’s so motivating. People know the main ones, but you see all the small ones and think, ‘Man, there’s a lot of nice people really trying to help people out.’” Though Pekala has never run for charity before, he had no trouble with fundraising, surpassing the $1,000 minimum requirement and hitting his goal back in February. He does have a time goal for this year’s race as well, but ultimately sees running for Team Diabetes as his top priority for the marathon. “I’ve run enough where it was really for me,” he says. “It still is a goal to break four hours, but I’m really going to try to do it for this cause and do it for my mother-in-law. It feels like the right thing to do, to start running and continue running for a cause.” The fact that Pekala intends to use this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon to honor Spagnola ref lects a greater theme in Pekala’s running career. Family often intersects with his running, as shown by his regular participation in the MMRF Race for Research, which he and his daughter first ran in 2009 on behalf of his wife, who had multiple myeloma. Some of his long-term running plans involve family as well.

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Charity: teaM Diabetes

When Neal Pekala runs the Bank of america Chicago Marathon this October, he’ll take one of his biggest fans along with him. Pekala’s mother-in-law, Eleanor Spagnola, strongly supported his running career, asking about races and encouraging him to run faster throughout his training. When Spagnola passed away last November after a struggle with diabetes, Pekala knew he wanted to honor her memory, but didn’t know the best way to go about it. The restructured registration process for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon offered him the perfect way to combine his passion for running with his desire to honor his mother-in-law. 22

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“I love to run and I wanted to do something,” Pekala says. “I couldn’t think of what to do for my mother-in-law, and with the changes to the [Bank of America Chicago Marathon], we thought, ‘Is there a diabetes group I could team up with?’ I found a Chicago chapter of the American Diabetes Association Team D, met [associate manager of fundraising and administration for the ADA] Claire Griffith, and from that point on Claire couldn’t have made it any easier.” Like many other charity runners, Pekala created a special bib in memory of Spagnola that he’s run with all year and plans to wear during the

“My daughter’s running a little bit, and she loves Disney, so I said, ‘Listen, if you get to the point where you really like it, I’ll make you a deal. If you are diligent enough, I’ll take you to Anaheim and we can do the Disneyland Half Marathon. If you’re really diligent, I’ll take you to Disney World and do the annual full marathon,’” Pekala says. “She’s not quite there yet, but I think that’s a pretty good incentive for her. I’d love to start running with her.” Pekala may be relatively new to the running scene—he ran his first marathon in 2010— but he thinks his quick progress shows the accessibility of the sport. “I’m 51 now,” Pekala says. “If I can do it literally out of nowhere, anyone can do it. I think that’s why running has taken off the way it has. If you’ve got good knees and your feet are okay, you can do it.”

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1. Elite women head back into the water for the second lap of the swim at the ITU World Triathlon Chicago on June 28. Photo by ali engin

2. Joao Pereira, Javier Gomez and Mario Mola pose atop the podium at the conclusion of ITU World Triathlon Chicago weekend on June 29. Photo by ali engin

3. Ian Pudge competes in the annual Proud to Run 5K and 10K on June 28 at Montrose Harbor. Photo by emily Stone


4. Logan Handibode, Bryant Wells, Susie Hufstader and Andrew Sutherland wait at the start line for Proud to Run to begin. Photo by emily Stone

5. Joann Clemen and Troy Clemen smile during the YOUth Make a Difference 5K on June 22. Photo by emily Stone


6. Elite athlete Shalane Flanagan breaks the tape at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon Chicago on July 20, recording the second fastest half marathon by an American woman in 2014. Photo by emily Stone

7. Andy Wacker wins the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon Chicago in epic fashion on July 20, kicking down the finish line tape. Photo by emily Stone




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Dealing with Competition Anxiety

By: Chris Palmquist

Participation in a competitive sport can be a wonderful experience for kids. Even so, most kids experience real fear or anxiety before a competition. As parents and coaches, we can help our kids learn to effectively deal with these fears. Fear is Normal As your child gets older, more aware and more invested in performing well, they will likely notice some pre-race fears. At this point, as parents we should teach them that this gives them that special energy on competition day. At the same time, we need to provide them with some skills for managing these strange feelings: • Teach them breathing techniques. With five slow exhales, they can focus on relaxing five different parts of their body. • Guide them through some visualization. Visualize positive outcomes like scoring a goal, running across a finish line or hitting a three pointer. Also visualize how the child can deal with some competition challenges like missing a point, getting a flat tire in a triathlon or working through some cramps. • Simplify their goal to one simple, controllable objective. For example, “Your goal today is to run with a quicker cadence,” or “kick strongly,” or “stay close to a certain player.” Coax them away from goals such as getting first place, scoring four baskets or winning the game. Nervous parents make kids more anxious Children can sense your nervousness and in turn

feel more anxious themselves. To help create an appearance of calm even when nervous, parents can try relaxation techniques like massage, extra sleep, deep breathing and increasing their distance from the game or race. If a parent cannot portray a calm image, consider not attending the competition. Things that help Get to the competition early and well rested. Check that you have all the necessary equipment. Do race simulations in practice and study the course ahead of time. Speak very carefully to your athlete before an important competition. Say things like, “I love to watch you race/ compete/play,” “I am proud of you,” and “I love you.” Leave the coaching to the coach. Teach them a routine that encourages appreciativeness. One triathlete that I know goes through this with his dad on race morning: Dad asks, “What do you get to do today?” The triathlete replies, “I get to race a triathlon!” This puts a smile on their faces and puts the day in perspective for everyone. What if they aren’t anxious? If your child is happy, relaxed and seems even alarmingly unfocused before a game or a race, don’t try to change anything. You want to keep this wonderful scenario going for as many years as you can. To these kids, a competition extends playing, and that is absolutely right. Once the game or race starts, they will snap into an age-appropriate level of focus.

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* Noah Bliss


cord setter entering 5th grade at the Kenosha School of Technology Enhanced Curriculum this

fall. In May, he ran the half marathon distance in 1:37:15 at the Wisconsin Marathon and broke the Association of Road Racing Statisticians (ARRS) single age world record for ten year olds. Noah started running at age 7 and has run almost 70 races including five half marathons. He is very proud of raising $1250


for RACC (Racers Against Childhood Cancer) this past winter at the Great Lakes Multisport


Winter Run Series where he ran the 10K races. Earlier this summer, Noah ran Chicago Ragnar relay races on a team with his parents. Noah



also received the Kenosha Mayor’s Youth Commission Award this past June for his running and fundraising accomplishments. Noah also enjoys playing and watching football, basketball and baseball and loves sports statistics.

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cARA Youth ciRcuit PRovides oPPoRtunitY foR comPetition As road racing grows, so do distances offered at events. While many races pair a longer distance event with a shorter option—half marathon and 5K, full marathon and half marathon—events looking to cater to families often incorporate kid-appropriate distances as well. While some kids may enjoy simply participating in a race, others like the competition aspect. For those who fall into the latter category, the Chicago Area Runners Association offers a version of its popular Runners Choice Circuit tailored to youngsters. Started in 2012, the CARA Youth Circuit includes nine races throughout the year with distances ranging from 0.6K (.37 miles) to 4.1 miles at races in and around Chicago. Children 12 and under can compete for a year-end prize handed out at CARA’s annual Awards Banquet in February. “We try to mix up the race distances so there is a variety to choose from for different age groups,” Matt Perez, road race services and volunteer coordinator for CARA, says. In order to qualify for year-end awards, a child must run at least four of the nine races offered on the circuit and have a CARA membership, which, for anyone 22 or younger, costs $15 annually. The CARA Runners Choice Circuit tends to draw repeat runners actively working to place high on the circuit, and to some extent this applies to children running the Youth Circuit as well. “I’ve noticed that the kids in the younger age groups (8 and under, 9-10) tend to come back from year to year, unlike the older age group (11-12),” Perez says. “However the program has only been around for a couple of years so there has not been a lot of time to build those loyal youth runners.” Though at the moment many participants fall in by chance, Perez hopes that over time, the Youth Circuit will grow to a similar—albeit younger—competition to the Runners Choice Circuit. “I want kids to set out to run the Circuit and view it as something more than what it is,” Perez says. “It could be a great competitive Circuit that kids use to have fun, network with other runners and even prep for high school competition. I want our retention rate to be much higher as the program grows, and I want the kids in the Chicagoland area to build a long lasting relationship with CARA and our mission to serve their community.” Three events, including the 1K at the Schaumburg Shuffle on Sept. 1, remain on the CARA Youth Circuit for 2014. To learn more about the circuit, visit cararuns.org.


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n e w C o u r s e , n e w s Ta r T s e q u e n C e , new wave and More On June 5, Life Time - The Healthy Way of Life Company, in partnership with the City of Chicago, announced major changes for the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon presented by Toyota. This 32-year-old event will bring 9,000 athletes to the Chicago lakefront on Aug. 22 and 23 and will feature a revamped bike course, a different start sequence and a brand new Divvy wave, among other improvements. The biggest change made to this year’s triathlon comes to the International distance bike course. As the first major course change in 18 years, the new bike route takes athletes up Lake Shore Drive, down Lower Wacker Drive and through the McCormick Place Busway. In past years, the bike course consisted of two loops on Lake Shore Drive. “Congestion is why we changed the bike course,” Scott Hutmacher, regional marketing manager of the Chicago Triathlon, says.


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Now, with the changes made to ease congestion, the elongated route limits ridership on Lake Shore Drive. “Athletes benefit from use of new, fully-closed, über-fast roadways,” Hutmacher says. “The ITU race proved the worthiness of Lower Wacker Drive as a cyclist’s personal Autobahn.” The Chicago Triathlon also made changes to the start sequence of Sunday’s races. The professional race will take off first at 6 a.m. followed by the International distance race. Sprint racers will have the last start of the day at 9 a.m. The change to have the pros start first creates less congestion and an open gap for the International race participants, allowing the sprint distance participants to follow earlier and avoid overheating. In addition to having the pros start the race first, the 2014 Chicago Triathlon also features redesigned transition area entrances and exits to allow for quicker transition times. Athletes in Sunday’s Sprint and International distance races now have the option to check in their bikes on Saturday to the DuSable Harbor transition area, which will include overnight security to keep equipment safe. Placards will help athletes find their rack assignments, increasing transition area organization. All these changes allow flexible transition access hours on race day. Athletes with later race times can check in while others race, and those who started earlier can pick up their belongings from the transition area while the race is still happening. Along with individual competitions, the 2014 Chicago Triathlon will host two team events. The Chicago Triathlon Team Challenge program, which had 35 teams participate last year, allows non-elite participants in Sunday’s races to compete against each other in a team format. In addition, the Chicago Triathlon will host the USA Triathlon Club National Championships for age-group clubs in Super Sprint, Sprint and International distance races across five divisions based on club size. Elite and Paratriathlon athletes registered with a USAT club can also score points for their respective clubs in their waves. USAT will award almost $9,000 to the top teams across the races. Saturday’s SuperSprint triathlon, long championed as an ideal way to test the waters of triathlon, becomes even more first-timer friendly this year with the inclusion of a new Divvy Wave. This 100-participant wave will introduce athletes who may be interested but intimidated by triathlons to the sport. This new race category features the same 375-meter swim, 10K bike and a 2.5K run as the regular SuperSprint. Divvy Wave participants get to use a Divvy bike, compete for special Divvy trophies and receive an 8-week training program, coaching from Life Time Tri-certified coaches and other gift items such as a 24-hour Divvy pass.


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“The Chicago Triathlon worked with the marketplace, educating them, letting them break down those barriers,” Hutmacher says of adding of the Divvy Wave and incorporating the use of Divvy bikes into the race.

“It’s evolutionary to try to change our race, and we are very community based,” Hutmacher says. “If you know how to cycle in an urban environment like this, consider the sport of triathlon.”

The addition of Divvy bikes into the 2014 Chicago Triathlon allows those who want to participate but don’t have a bike or don’t want to buy one to be a triathlete for the day. According to Divvy General Manager Elliot Greenberger, the partnership has already generated a significant amount of positive feedback.

Though triathlon may seem intimidating to outsiders, in reality it is a welcoming and inclusive sport and race.

“It’s important for the public to see who Divvy is,” Greenberger says. “Hopefully, people will be talking about it, and people talking about it will turn into people being curious and trying it out.”

In particular, he notes many have anxiety surrounding the swimming event. To that end, the Chicago Triathlon hosts swim clinics. Over the course of the summer, the event offers six swim clinics at the Ohio Street Beach, allowing participants to experience swimming in Lake Michigan before the race. Approximately 33 percent of participants are first time athletes.

Although the Divvy bikes do weigh 43 pounds, making them a bit slower, individuals competing in the Divvy Wave only compete against each other, eliminating any disadvantage due to the bike’s speed or design. The Divvy bike has three gears, an adjustable seat, a low step-through frame that makes it easy to get on and off, rear fender guards to protect from mud and puddles and front and rear lights. The bike’s design allows a variety of people to use it in a new and interesting way, which is one of the goals of the Divvy Wave. “You get 100 blue bikes competing against each other,” Greenberger says. “It’s a fun sight.”

“One of the biggest challenges we face as an organization,” Hutmacher says, “is getting people to commit to the race, suit up and enter the water.”

With all these changes to the Chicago Triathlon weekend, athletes must attend a mandatory 30-minute presentation at the Hilton Chicago, the host hotel, during the Multisport & Fitness Expo. Athletes will need to show a wristband to prove they attended the presentation. “Ultimately, this is a different experience,” Hutmacher says. “This is now the world’s premier triathlon.”


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Believe it or not, no USA Triathlon-sanctioned paratriathlon club existed in the United States until Chicago’s very own dare2tri broke the mold in January 2011. Created by three friends who shared a passion for adaptive sports and a vision to provide opportunities for athletes with disabilities to change their lifestyles, dare2tri did not begin with the intent to serve the hundreds of people that currently participate in the club’s practices, camps, clinics and races. In fact, co-founders Keri Serota, Dan Tun and Melissa Stockwell only expected the club to have 10 members at most.

But word quickly spread within and outside of the greater Chicago area after the club formed partnerships with the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association and the Chicago Park District. Before long, athletes ages 6 to 71 traveled from all around Illinois as well as southern Wisconsin to compete in paratriathlons, develop individualized training plans under the guidance of certified coaches and fulfill their personal fitness goals.

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“Dare2tri is now one of the largest programs in the country recruiting, training and serving paratriathletes with physical disabilities and visual impairments,” Serota, executive director of dare2tri, says. Athletes of all experience levels can become club members completely free of charge. A well-versed trainer of athletes with disabilities, USAT Level 1 certified coach Stacee Seay oversees more experienced club members that comprise dare2tri’s Elite Team. Elite Team members have participated in Paratriathlon National and World Championships, where some have won gold, silver and bronze medals. Young athletes can also further advance their triathlon skills while participating in the annual two-day Kids Paratriathlon Training Camp, available for children and young adults ages 6 to 21, whether or not they have previous triathlon experience or belong to dare2tri. Held in July at Chicago’s 63rd Street Beach, the camp offers a variety of clinics, ranging from cycling and open water swimming to nutrition and transition. “One of my favorite aspects of dare2tri is being able to mentor kids with disabilities,” Brian Norberg, a dare2tri member and volunteer, says. “I really enjoy giving them advice and seeing them improve as the camp progresses.” Furthermore, to honor former service members, including co-founder Stockwell, an above-the-knee amputee who previously served the nation in the Iraq War and received a Purple Heart, dare2tri strives to pique veterans’ interests in triathlons in hopes of helping them lead healthy, active lives in spite of their injuries and consequent disabilities. “Each of dare2tri’s coaches show athletes what they can still do, even with physical disabilities,” Stockwell, also a USAT Level I certified coach, says. “Whether they are seeking swimming, biking, or running advice and assistance, our coaches will work with them and help them cross the finish lines of their future triathlons.”

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ATHLETES OF ALL EXPERIENCE LEVELS Novice and intermediate club members also have access, either online or in person, to individualized training plans initiated and overseen by dare2tri coaches. Novice plans introduce members to the overall triathlon training process, typically lasting from four to eight hours per week. Intermediate plans, on the other hand, provide experienced triathletes more time to train and condition, often for eight to 12 hours a week. Dare2tri offers its members two training sessions each week throughout the year, including summertime bike and run (or push racing) practices at 31st Street Harbor and open water swims at Ohio Street Beach, as well as wintertime pool and gym practices. “Most of the swim and bike training is very low impact, so it’s a great way for anyone wanting to become physically active to begin their triathlon training regimens,” Norberg 34



says. “The club also provides any adaptive equipment that is needed to get started.” Every June, both dare2tri club members and other paratriathletes have the opportunity to take part in the three-day dare2tri Paratriathlon Training Camp. Participants travel from all regions of the United States, attending two-day clinics focused on swimming, cycling/handcycling and running/pushing, amongst other topics. During the final day of the camp, each participant utilizes the knowledge and experience they gained throughout the clinics by actually competing in the annual dare2tri Tri It Triathlon. If athletes can’t attend the camp, they also have an opportunity to participate in another training event, the One Day Multisport Clinic, held every March in Highland Park and open to the public. Throughout the day, participants train with certified coaches while receiving advice on swimming, cycling, running, yoga and functional strength training. Each of these training opportunities, camps and clinics culminate in five or six community races in which club members usually participate. This year, members competed in the Pleasant Prairie Triathlon, the ITU World Triathlon Chicago and the Wauconda Triathlon, and in August will take on both the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon and the Fox Island Triathlon in Fort Wayne, Indiana, which serves as the 2014 USAT Mideast Paratriathlon Regional Championship.

INSPIRING ATHLETES TO IMPROVE EVERY ASPECT OF THEIR LIVES These recreational and competitive triathlon opportunities empower athletes with disabilities to achieve more than they ever thought possible, all while positively impacting each aspect of their lives. “Physically, participants are stronger and lead healthier lives. Emotionally, they feel better about themselves, while setting and working towards goals. And socially, they are more connected with people–with and without disabilities–who share common interests, as they get outside and enjoy life,” Serota says. “Being able to witness the growth of these paratriathletes is so fulfilling,” Tun says. “And knowing you are part of an organization that is able to provide opportunities to maintain the health and well-being of individuals with a physical disability is incredible.” Norberg, for example, lost 25 pounds within a few months of joining dare2tri. “When I first joined, I was out of shape and not leading a very healthy lifestyle,” Norberg says. “But after one full season as a team member, I qualified to race for Team USA in two races this summer, including a fifth-place finish at the Elite Paratriathlon.” Norberg’s involvement with dare2tri actually began when he looked for an opportunity to volunteer in the Chicago area. He soon learned he could volunteer for the club and participate in events as a member all at once. “For anyone looking for a volunteer opportunity, I recommend dare2tri because every event is a fun and rewarding experience,” Norberg states. “Volunteers get to see lots of inspiring athletes, help them reach their goals and have great workouts too.” The next time you can attend a dare2tri clinic or race, consider doing so and witness the ways the club raises awareness about adaptive sports while also inspiring disabled and able-bodied Chicagoans. “Dare2tri’s motto is ‘One Inspires Many,’” Stockwell says. “Whether one of our athletes is inspiring other athletes with disabilities, or able-bodied spectators during a race through their actions, dare2tri members encourage other people to also participate in triathlons and see what they are capable of.” To learn about dare2tri’s presently available membership and volunteer opportunities, or to donate to the club, visit dare2tri.org.




Never, Never, Never Give Up Mary Kate Callahan “I believe anything is possible if you put your mind to it,” she says. “My parents embedded the quote, ‘Never, never, never give up,’ into my mind when I was little and I try to live by these words on a daily basis. It’s not always easy, but it is always worth it.”

For as long as she can remember, Mary Kate Callahan’s life has been anything but ordinary.

another one?’ Now, four years later, I am competing at the international level,” she says.

Before she turned 6 months old, Callahan contracted transverse myelitis, triggered by a rare neurological virus. The disease left her as a T8-T10 paraplegic. Since then, she has overcome one obstacle after another in astonishing fashion, with the guidance of her parents, the love of her family and the support of her friends.

Recently, she participated in various paratriathlons, garnering second place honors at the ITU World Triathlon Yokohama, finishing runner-up at the Dallas PATCO Triathlon Pan American Championships and capturing the ITU World Triathlon Chicago. She also raced with the University of Arizona’s triathlon club, the TriCats, during her freshman year of college.

“I believe anything is possible if you put your mind to it,” she says. “My parents embedded the quote, ‘Never, never, never give up,’ into my mind when I was little and I try to live by these words on a daily basis. It’s not always easy, but it is always worth it.” Callahan’s tenacity shone through when she joined a local swim club as a 6-year-old, rode bikes with her friends while using a hand cycle and competed on Fenwick High School’s varsity swim team. She even made history along the way. “As part of an effort to swim at the high school level, I teamed up with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and Equip for Equality, forcing the Illinois High School Association to create an opportunity for disabled swimmers to compete at the state championship level,” she says. “As a result, six other girls and I were the first disabled athletes to ever compete at an Illinois state championship swim meet.” Despite participating in a variety of adaptive sports ever since her paralysis from the waist down, she had never competed in triathlons until she met dare2tri’s executive director, Keri Serota. “When I crossed the finish line in my first triathlon four years ago, my first thought was, ‘When can I do


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To compete at such an elite level, Callahan recommends that triathletes focus on one workout and race at a time, setting aside specific training intervals in which they focus on goals, previous races and upcoming events. She also suggests maintaining a healthy balance between training, traveling and racing. To do so, she spends as much time with friends, who she considers some of her greatest supporters, and family as possible, often vacationing with relatives at her grandparents’ Wisconsin lake house in the summertime. This balance, along with a passion for the sport and a lifelong resolve to exceed expectations, has led her to establish yet another lofty goal: participation in the 2016 Summer Paralympics. “The paratriathlon will make its debut in the Paralympic Games that year,” she says. “The competition is growing, so it won’t be easy, but my road to Rio has already begun.” Considering all she has accomplished in just 18 years, anyone who knows Callahan will not be surprised if her Olympic dreams do indeed become reality and she makes history once again. As Callahan would say, “It’s not always easy,” Callahan says, “but it is always worth it.”




By Kate Bongiovanni


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RunningPains An ounce of prevention is worth A pound of cure close to rAce dAy

Ask enough runners about their goals while training for a race, and you’ll likely hear a common t h e m e : “ S t a y h e a l t h y. ” F r o m m i l d s h i n s p l i n t s t o chronic plantar fasciitis to debilitating stress fractures, injuries can do ever ything from temporarily cramping your running style to knocking you out of the game for months. While injuries are never convenient, they can really be a pain when they happen weeks out from that major race you’ve had on the calendar for so long.

“Runners—myself included—tend to be ver y stubborn and not want to stop running when injured,” Meg Sullivan, the Chicago Area Running Association’s director of training, says. “Sometimes, all they need is two to three days of no running to prevent losing two to three months, and it’s only after learning that the hard way that I fully understand that.” MychicAgoAthlete.coM

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p h y s i c a l t h e r a p y a n d y o u ’ v e g o t t e n y o u r d o c t o r ’s p e r m i s s i o n t o r e s u m e y o u r r e g u l a r t r a i n i n g . Yo u ’ r e ready to run, but you don’t want to find yourself on the sidelines once again. “One of the biggest fellowship factors for injury i s p r e v i o u s i n j u r y, ” G l e a s o n s a y s . “ O n c e y o u h a v e h a d a n i n j u r y, y o u m a y b e s u s c e p t i b l e t o h a v i n g i t again. The reason for that is primarily that people don’t rehab 100 percent.”

How we deal with those injuries resembles a Choose Your Own Adventure book. Take path A—ignore it—and you risk doing more harm than good. “If [runners] have an injury or they’re dealing with some pain, they don’t want to see a doctor or a physical therapist because they’re afraid they’re going to be told they can’t run,” Laura Gleason, a physical therapist at Athletico and co-manager of its endurance program, says. Take path B—address it—and you may save yourself the disappointment of pulling out of your goal race. “There are some injuries that can be rehabilitated in a short amount of time so that even if the runner develops an injury towards the end of the training, they can still participate in the event,” Dr. Sara Brown, a board-certified family and sports medicine physician with Chicago Primary Care Sports Medicine, says. Granted, recovery time does depend on the injury. “If they have suffered from a stress fracture or a torn muscle or tendon a month or two before the race, then they will likely not be able to participate in the event,” Brown says.


You want to catch the injury before it reaches that point where you’re looking at weeks in a boot or surgery. Tightness and pain can both indicate a developing problem. “If pain persists after running, I recommend seeking medical advice,” Brown says. If you’re running with CARA, you have access to a hotline fielded by Novacare’s staff members where you can have your injury-related questions answered. Alternatively, you can visit a physical therapy office for a free injury screening. “If you feel pain somewhere, you obviously want to get it checked out, consult your physician,” David Reavy, a physical therapist who founded React Physical Therapy, says. “You can always go to a physical therapist for free screenings as well so they can help point you in the right direction.”

H o w d o e s t h i s h a p p e n ? O n c e y o u f e e l b e t t e r, y o u may give up on the exercises you learned at physi c a l t h e r a p y, q u i t w a r m i n g u p b e f o r e y o u r r u n t o muscles to prepare for activity or let your running technique regress to its former problems. Stick with what you learned during rehab and don’t overdo the running. As Sullivan says, “I think the key to staying healthy is finding the balance that works for you.”




Your best bet? “A sports medicine physician is the most appropriate choice for a running injury,” Brown says. “They would be able to treat the whole body, so it does not matter where the injury is located.” A physician can order the tests necessary to rule out a stress fracture, refer you to a sub-specialist or prescribe anti-inflammatories or physical therapy.


With everything on your already-full plate, scheduling a doctor’s visit to investigate a pinch or some tightness may not happen until you’re struggling to walk. But the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality doesn’t exactly work with running, especially if you wait to seek some relief from your ailments until a week before your event. “Unfortunately there’s just not as much that we can do right before the race,” Gleason says.

From the physical therapist’s perspective, you don’t want to reach the point where you can’t run anymore. “Get potential injuries checked out early,” Gleason says. “One of the most common mistakes I see with runners training for a big race is they ignore those nagging aches and pains and then it can turn into a more serious injury. If a runner has pain two or three months out from a race, it’s much easier to treat.”

Running’s not oveR, it’s diffeRent.

An injury treatment plan depends on the type of injury you have and its severity. But even at their worst, injuries don’t necessarily mean hanging up your running shoes and kissing your marathon dreams goodbye. “Our absolute last resort is to shut a runner down,” Gleason says. “Our goal is to keep them running and enable them to achieve whatever goal they’re looking to reach.” You may spend some time on the Alter-G or the Sproing, alternatives to regular treadmills that lessen the impact underfoot and can help reinforce good running positioning. “While you’re rehabbing you want to keep your endurance up,” Denise Smith, a physical therapist at Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers who heads up its Love to Run program, says. “You don’t want to lose what you had.” You may also change your running technique, which may have caused you to overuse some muscles and misuse others.

“As physical therapists, we’re movement specialists, so why shouldn’t we be the ones teaching someone how to move the right way?” Smith asks. Sure, your running routine might take a bit of a hit as you re-train your muscles, but doing so can allow you to continue running and keep up your fitness levels. “A lot of our patients continue to run when they’re in therapy because what we do is treat the cause as well as the symptoms,” Reavy explains. “When you’re treating the cause, you’re taking the force off the injured area allowing it to heal.”

How mucH does it HuRt?

Yo u d o n ’ t w a n t t o s t o p r u n n i n g , b u t s o m e t i m e s y o u r p a i n s i g n a l s y o u h a v e t o . D r. S a r a B r o w n o f f e r s three guidelines to keep in mind with regards to pain while running: 1. Pain that causes you to limp or change your gait. 2. Pain that gets progressively worse 3. Pain worse than a 3 out of 10 (or 5 out of 10 for race day) on the pain scale. If your pain fits one of the three categories, seek medical advice. MYChICagoathlete.CoM

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Short Run on a Long Day 5K

YOUth Make a Difference 5K

June 1 8 | F r ank F o rt The race lived up to its name as this short run seemed even shorter, especially on the men’s side. All of the top ten finished in less than 20 minutes with the top spot going to Nathan Troester, who had more than a one-minute lead on second-place Ben Hedges. Men’s Results 1. Nathan Troester 23 2. Ben Hedges 18 3. Zachary Hutchinson 14 4. Michael Conrad 16 5. Jeremy Stepien 29 6. David Hansen 22 7. Brett Gardner 12 8. Mike Trost 14 9. Nick Diaz 18 10. Eggis Jakstas 41

16:14 17:38 17:46 18:08 18:13 18:14 18:16 18:30 19:01 19:04

Women’s Results 1. Kristin Kotara 2. Caroline Gerritsen 3. Maggie Sutor 4. Lauren Clark 5. Katherine Somerfield 6. Carrie Forystek 7. Kim Smith 8. Cara Giovanazzi 9. Caitlin Nelligan 10. Margaret Marron

20:23 20:38 20:56 21:17 21:39 21:58 22:21 22:37 22:45 22:52

36 32 23 31 42 35 33 24 18 48

YOUth Make a Difference 5K

G l en vi ew | Ju ne 22 Over 300 participants from ages 6 to 78 came to the 10th annual YOUth Make a Difference 5K held on June 22 at Gallery Park in The Glen. Proceeds from the race supported Youth Services of Glenview and Northbrook. An award ceremony in the park followed the race with medals awarded to top finishers. Men’s Results 1. Anton Sella 2. Charlie Castelli 3. Bruce Noxon 4. Matt Sullivan 5. Alex Hanskat 6. Douglas Baker 7. Greg Kurtock 8. Gostavo Morales Sr. 9. Bobby Shaw 10. Leopold Mayer

30 18 46 21 16 28 51 41 18 16

Chicago Glenview Glenview Glenview Northbrook Chicago Glenview Glenview Glenview Northbrook

17:42 18:20 18:46 18:48 19:23 19:33 19:52 19:54 20:14 20:21

Women’s Results 1. Elizabeth Shaw 2. Michelle Thom 3. Carol Sullivan 4. Mary Witte

14 44 48 31

Glenview Chicago Glenview Chicago

20:17 20:49 21:10 21:34



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5. Bridget Erickson 6. Katherine Mattin 7. Jolene Moore 8. Susanne Michalek 9. Amelia Papajohn 10. Idit Epstein

27 17 48 25 14 47



Mountainside, N.J. 22:11

Northbrook Chicago Glenview Northbrook

22:22 22:25 22:27 22:55

Downers Grove Park District 5 Mile

D o wn e rs Gro ve | J un e 2 2 As part of the CARA Runners Choice Circuit, this five mile race always boasted a deep field and stiff competition. The unusual distance gives runners a chance to try something different from the typical 5K or 10K. This year’s top finishers were filled with former and current Clif Bar Athlete of the Month winners, including this month’s winner, James Akita, who took the top spot. Men’s Results 1. James Akita 2. Ryan Clevenger 3. Jared Spilky 4. Scott Mangum 5. John Craig 6. Rob Chenoweth 7. Eric Erspamer 8. Kalen Yeager 9. Derek Berube 10. Joe Carter

33 17 18 38 31 45 25 14 32 17

Elmhurst Downers Grove Downers Grove Barrington Chicago Chicago Carol Stream Glen Ellyn Des Plaines Woodridge

26:13 27:08 27:29 27:48 27:49 28:29 28:29 28:50 28:53 28:57

Women’s Results 1. Laura Batterink 2. Pamela Staton 3. Lindsey Payne 4. Megan Sullivan 5. Tiffany Cruiskshank 6. Angela Homberg 7. Angelica Guerrero

29 27 14 34 44 42 52

Evanston Chicago Glen Ellyn Oak Park Burr Ridge Downers Grove Chicago

27:43 30:11 31:26 31:59 32:27 32:33 32:34





8. Hannah Hottle 9. Veronika Tylova 10. Eleanor Brandt

25 30 26

Lombard Palatine Evanston

33:19 34:06 34:27

Disco Dash

Chi CaG o | J un e 26 In its four years of existence, the Disco Dash has quickly become a fan favorite, mixing a fun theme with some fast feet. While wigs and costumes filled the pack, the top runners put on a show as well, with each of the four winners crossing the finish line at least 30 seconds ahead of their closest competitor. Women’s 10K winner Kati Petry had the most dominating performance, winning by more than a minute. Men’s 10K Results 1. Daniel Buechel 2. Eric Chan 3. Timothy Payne 4. Derrick Ledesma 5. Francisco Diaz 6. Cesar Morales 7. Dan Porcz 8. Maxwell Crawford 9. Anthony Hansen 10. Filiberto Puga

24 20 28 35 16 15 21 16 21 42

35:50 36:45 37:35 38:24 38:33 38:35 39:35 39:53 40:49 41:52

Women’s 10K Results 1. Kati Petry 2. Heather Weirath 3. Robin Oberle 4. Katherine Jones 5. Corrylee Drozda 6. Stacy Nigrelli 7. Laura Nozicka 8. Blair Pircon 9. Melissa Kuhlman 10. Margaret Keefe

29 41 34 28 24 59 24 28 32 23

42:49 44:03 44:20 44:22 45:22 45:27 45:47 45:50 45:56 47:00





Men’s 5K Results 1. Sean Smith 2. Emil Bojanov 3. Mark Kolar 4. Unknown 5. Unknown 6. Jim Ritter 7. Rob Beltz 8. Chris Rybacki 9. Ryan Thomas 10. Brian Karlow 11. David Churchill 12. Reuben Cox Women’s 5K Results 1. Brittany Dlhy 2. Elyse Ogletree 3. Maureen Kirby 4. Melissa Leggero 5. Athina Xirogiannis 6. Jenna Fletcher 7. Maggie Rummells 8. Amy Kuska 9. Lori Warda 10. Ashley Kooy

23 30 40

44 41 28 30 46 24 37

17:42 18:24 20:17 20:22 20:48 20:58 21:07 21:16 21:17 21:20 21:28 21:41

24 50 33 47 26 23 32 44 28

21:49 22:26 22:37 23:24 23:57 24:30 24:45 24:50 24:56 25:02

XTERRA Dairyland and QuarryMan

sh ebo yg An, W i s . | J u n e 28 Triathletes headed north to the Dairy State for a challenge unlike most others. Both distances went off road for the single track course. Cyclists and runners navigated through the wooded terrain of Sheboygan after finishing the open water swim. The two women who took the top spots in their races did so with a winning margin over a minute. Men’s Dairyland Olympic Triathlon Results 1. Christopher Rodriguez 27 2. Matt Riley 23 3. Mark Kitral 49 4. Kyle Harris 28 5. Aaron Brandt 27

Women’s QuarryMan Sprint Results 1. Wendy Boehm 27 Name



28 44 52 30

1:09:53 1:14:58 1:22:50 1:24:12

Proud to Run

Ch i C Ago | J un e 2 8 This annual event 10K and 5K run/walk celebrates LGBTQI&A pride. Families, teams, and runners of all ages gathered along Chicago’s lakefront for this colorful and joyous run. Many dressed up for the event and wore bright colors and accessories, and finishers received a rainbow medal to commemorate their success. Proceeds from this race go towards supporting the greater Chicago area LGBTQI&A community and beneficiaries. Men’s 5K Results 1. Matt Frey 2. Daniel Hillman 3. Andrew Sutherland 4. Randall Shaw 5. Ryan Flynn 6. Joseph Roeges 7. Dan O’Connell 8. Joseph Halverson 9. Nate Warden 10. Hale VanKoughnett

35 17 30 33 34 30 48 29 24 50

17:15 17:45 18:41 19:07 19:09 19:20 20:10 20:12 20:15 20:33

2:30:33 2:30:51 2:42:11 2:49:23 2:50:01

Women’s Dairyland Olympic Triathlon Results 1. Holly Lavesser 33 2:56:53 2. Pam Nielsen 38 2:59:00 3. Michelle Wilson 29 3:06:59 4. Yoshiko Tischler 48 3:27:38 5. Janelle Holt 33 3:29:48 Men’s QuarryMan Sprint Results 1. Mike Roethel 32 2. Tom Wildenberg 36 3. Rebora Caid 17 4. John Grosz 46 5. Mike Lindeman 52

2. Maryanna Barcus 3. Karen Huston 4. Lee Buell 5. Molly Hillig

1:04:21 1:04:38 1:07:57 1:08:41 1:09:01

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Proud to Run

Women’s 5K Results 1. Susie Hufstader 2. Lindy Clapp 3. Renee Hardt 4. Rocio Henciek 5. Lauren Zaluda 6. Caitlin Bergh 7. Ivy Jacobs 8. Rachel Toor 9. Lauren O’Malley 10. Ti’Akka Johnson Men’s 10K Results 1. Kevin Garcia 2. Jared Reynolds 3. Brian Paff Name

24 37 43 47 25 28 9 52 24 31

21:30 22:45 24:01 24:08 25:12 25:19 25:35 25:35 25:35 25:36

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4. Ian Labelle 5. Matthew Trauner 6. Frank Gassmann 7. Adam Tobler 8. Derek Griffiths 9. Andy Pereira 10. Ron Pauley

25 28 49 29 39 46 33

37:52 39:01 39:48 40:01 40:21 40:54 41:13

Women’s 10K Results 1. Maria Baad Andersen 2. Denise Mannella 3. Anastasia Netzel 4. Sharon Dillon 5. Rumbi Hilborn 6. Erica Vanderburg 7. Tiffani Darling 8. Rachel Clark 9. Emily Ironside 10. Katharine Rutkowski

37 27 27 30 37 27 29 29 27 33

38:08 42:43 43:04 44:24 45:28 45:39 46:28 46:57 47:49 47:56

Waucondafest Challenge

WAu Co n dA | J une 29 Participants fought through early morning heat to reach the finish line at this year’s Wauconda Fest Challenge. Brothers Joe and Daniel Raupp both finished in the top five in their respective distances. Older brother Joe took a spot in the top three of the 5K while Daniel placed fourth in the 10K. Men’s 5K Results 1. Nathan Sweet 2. Jose Garcia 3. Joe Raupp 4. Roy Mielle 5. Dave Schlagman 6. Ian Nichols 7. Joe Salaban 8. Kyle Foley 9. Paul Nelson 10. Douglas Dortch

43 35 26 42 45 37 35 14 52 44

Mundelein McHenry Wauconda Mundelein Ingleside Waukegan Volo Barrington

Women’s 5K Results 1. Christina Paulsberg 2. Rosie Adams 3. Michaela Havemann 4. Madison Kubas 5. Stacy Haling 6. Beverly Howarth 7. Cheryl Baumann 8. Lisa Rohlwing 9. Grace Yonkers-Talz 10. Trena Yonkers-Talz

36 25 52 14 44 51 48 33 12 45

Wauconda Wauconda Crystal Lake Grayslake Lindenhurst Wauconda Vernon Hills Island Lake Barrington Barrington

22:41 23:30 23:43 24:00 24:18 24:20 24:24 24:37 25:04 25:04

Men’s 10K Results 1. John Horan 2. John Schmidt 3. Christophe Dohmen 4. Daniel Raupp 5. Scot Henderson

37 15 35 23 49

Chicago Round Lake Nivelle, Belgium Wauconda Antioch

40:42 41:08 41:10 44:45 46:34




19:04 19:59 20:32 20:47 21:35 21:40 22:18 22:39 Elk Grove Village 22:44 Lake Villa 22:55



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RACE RESULTS 6. Michael Geary 7. Nathan Prado 8. David Benavides 9. Rob Mraz 10. Jeff Wagner Women’s 10K Results 1. Marta Johnson 2. Janine Newman 3. Carolyn Cabanban 4. Anne Haseman 5. Rochelle Pfeifer 6. Nadia Aiba 7. Shirley Schall 8. Deanne Hettich 9. Kristi Lundine 10. Felicia Para

34 30 42 49 47

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25 40 44 52 30 24 50 42 39 28

47:03 47:09 47:14 47:23 48:00

Chicago Wauconda Round Lake Crystal Lake Wauconda Zion

47:15 48:07 50:02 52:34 53:30 54:08 54:45 Wauconda 55:10 Stillman Valley 55:15 McHenry 56:35

4 on the 4th

El mh u r s t, Ju ly 4 The annual Independence Day run has developed a reputation as one of the fastest races on the local running calendar. The top finishers often complete the four mile race before many runners would finish a 5K. Johnny Crain took the men’s title holding off three former Clif Bar Athlete of the Month winners. Laura Batterink continued her dominant summer with a win on the women’s side. Men’s Results 1. Johnny Crain 2. Kyle Brady 3. Lex Williams 4. Pablo Ramirez 5. Eric Wallor 6. Arturs Bareiuis 7. Evan Prizy 8. Emil Bojanov 9. Ronald Hedman 10. Emisael Favela

Dunlap Naperville Normal Schaumburg Palatine Crestwood Schaumburg Chicago Elmhurst Berwyn

Women’s Results 1. Laura Batterink 2. Kristen Heckert 3. Amanda Mirochna 4. Maria Lindberg 5. Alyssa Poremba 6. Pamela Staton 7. Lindsay Graham 8. Columba Montes 9. Kate Deprosperis 10. Liz Bailey

Evanston Sugar Grove Naperville Elmhurst Oak Lawn Chicago Glen Ellyn Chicago Downers Grove Villa Park

19:17 19:37 19:45 20:00 20:03 20:12 20:18 20:19 20:29 20:33

21:21 22:06 22:08 23:04 23:17 23:27 23:39 23:45 23:55 23:57

Frontier Days Stampede 5K/10K

Ar l in g t on hEi g hts , J u ly 6 The flat, fast course offered runners a chance to really push their limits. It resulted in two close finishes in the men’s and women’s 5K. Topher SpuName


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dic held off both second and third place by only eight seconds. Kaitlyn Ko, 16, edged Christina Gastfield by seven seconds in the women’s race. Men’s 5K Results 1. Topher Spudic 2. Kevin Salvano 3. Tim Howley 4. Montana Nimerfroh 5. Tripp Wallner 6. Cole Dammeier 7. Matthew Hoffman 8. Mitchell Guittar 9. Matthew Kadus 10. Garett Childs

23 16 17 17 17 17 15 14 15 34

Mt. Prospect

Women’s 5K Results 1. Kaitlyn Ko 2. Christina Gastfield 3. Kristen Dietz 4. Christina Trapani 5. Jennifer Luna 6. Jillian Guittar 7. Karen Majerczak 8. Lisa Kollias 9. Kate Stack 10. Olivia Hepko

16 21 35 31 20 11 38 28 30 14

Arlington Heights 19:59 Arlington Heights 20:06

Men’s 10K Results 1. Steven Salvano 2. Blake Hallman 3. Brendan Thielsen 4. Dustin Puckett 5. Miguel Temores 6. Jack Goldberg 7. Jack Buban 8. Tony Sarussi 9. Zac Zarling 10. Michael Cramarosso

18 18 20 36 38 46 14 17 37 53

Arlington Heights Arlington Heights Rolling Meadows Arlington Heights

Women’s 10K Results 1. Lindsay Graham 2. Jenna Weiner 3. Veronica Laureano 4. Kristen Jordan 5. Broke Domich 6. Meaghan Harmon 7. Kristin Keil 8. Heather Jackman 9. Ashley Miller 10. Kelly Beahan

15 18 29 39 34 35 39 38 20 37

Glen Ellyn Buffalo Grove Chicago Palatine Lake In The Hills

Arlington Heights Arlington Heights Arlington Heights Arlington Heights Arlington Heights Arlington Heights Arlington Heights

Chicago Arlington Heights


15:59 16:06 16:07 16:44 16:45 16:51 17:02 17:32 17:44 17:52

31 39 43 13 37 34 61 21 34 30

Chicago Chicago Chicago Manchester Brookline, Mass. Chicago Chicago Sleepy Hollow Chicago La Grange

18:10 18:21 18:51 19:34 19:58 21:07 21:22 21:39 21:57 21:58




Arlington Heights 21:02 Arlington Heights 21:06

Park Ridge 22:03 Oakwood Hills 22:07 Arlington Heights 22:10

33:59 35:23 35:42 37:00 Elgin 37:55 Arlington Heights 38:13 Palatine 38:46 Arlington Heights 39:32 Chicago 39:37 Chicago 39:43

Arlington Heights Arlington Heights Arlington Heights Arlington Heights


36:55 38:12 41:38 42:22 42:50 44:15 44:43 44:47 45:24 46:04

Ch i C Ago , J uly 1 2 Despite the rain, the 8th annual Miles for Melanoma Run/Walk boasted Chicago’s biggest turnout for this race to date. Fundraising efforts went towards research for new and improved treatment options for melanoma and supported the Melanoma Research Foundation. Families and indiAge

Men’s Results 1. Larry Coons 2. Alex Leon 3. Lance Caldwell 4. Ethan Pennywitt 5. Aaron Poe 6. Kevin Seals 7. Tony Ramunni 8. Kirk Hanselmann 9. Randy Frederick 10. Robert Trompeter

Arlington Heights 20:37

Miles for Melanoma


viduals came to show their support for loved ones and many teams who sported spirited team gear.



Miles for Melanoma

Women’s Results 1. Kathy Daniels-Pearman 2. Linda Frederick 3. Joy Howard 4. Claudia Fanti 5. Barbara Wiza 6. Savannah Vogel 7. Caitlin Ring 8. Mary Mahler 9. Kristine Stein 10. Laura Hanrahan

39 32 47 51 53 21 27 56 32 30

Creve Coeur, Mo. 20:16

Chicago Townville, S.C. Chicago Chicago Appleton, Wis. Chicago Morton Grove Menasha, Wis. Chicago

20:59 22:40 23:21 23:25 23:43 23:44 23:51 24:33 24:36

Waterfall Glen Xtreme 10 Race

D Ari E n , J uly 1 3 While most Chicagoland races boast a flat course for quick times, this 10 mile race gives runners a new challenge. The west suburban event in Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve takes participants through trails, over a waterfall and challenges them to defeat “Big Bertha,” a 125foot climb in a half mile. Men’s Results 1. Peter Mone 2. John Collet 3. Rob Chenoweth 4. Jan Myrda 5. Nathan Smith 6. Zack McCormick 7. Dan Regalado Name

30 47 45 43 23 31 27 Age

Winnetka Verona Chicago Palos Heights Bensenville Chicago Oak Lawn City

56:35 57:35 58:02 58:12 58:18 58:32 59:12 Time

8. Josh Swenson 9. Ryan Gruhlke 10. Matt Gill

37 33 41

Sandwich 1:01:06 Chicago 1:01:53 Downers Grove 1:02:27

Women’s Results 1. Margaret Connelly 2. Jill Czarnik 3. Tiffany Cruickshank 4. Elizabeth Chenoweth 5. Tobey Yeates 6. Cindy Roman 7. Maggie McTeague 8. Tamera Munch 9. Alana Austin 10. Ellen Reifel

22 25 44 39 43 37 26 37 15 48

Western Springs Chicago Burr Ridge Chicago Western Springs Alsip Oak Forest Joliet Naperville Glen Ellyn

1:01:55 1:04:44 1:07:25 1:09:21 1:11:32 1:13:47 1:13:51 1:14:11 1:14:17 1:14:26

Burgers and Beer 5K

C hiC Ag o, Ju ly 1 4 Since its switch in 2012 from a fun run to a competitive race, Burgers & Beer brings in some of the fastest runners in Chicago. A pair of 2014 Clif Bar Athlete of the Month winners took the top honors this year with Emily Jurlina and Emil Bojanov finishing first. Bojanov’s win came with a blistering 16:18 finish. Men’s Results 1. Emil Bojanov 2. Steven Bugarin 3. Todd Quednau 4. Tim Faith 5. Stephen Dye 6. Daniel Dolney 7. Mark Buhouecky 8. Steven Millard 9. Stephen Engel 10. Billy Collins Women’s Results 1. Emily Jurlina 2. Iman Wilkerson 3. Beckie Fischer 4. Alina Carrillo 5. Terris Alene 6. Lisa Czepiel 7. Jacquelyn Budziak 8. Kristin Hildebrand 9. Angela Cook 10. Kathi Gattermann

30 26 32 25 29 31 26 28 26 27

26 32 33 27 31 39 30 25 31 24

Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago

16:18 16:40 17:04 17:52 18:25 18:32 18:35 18:46 18:56 18:58

Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago

19:15 19:35 20:38 20:57 21:01 Elk Grove Village 21:22 Chicago 21:27 Chicago 21:40 Chicago 22:13 St. Charles 22:55

ITU World Triathlon

C hiC Ag o, Ju ne 2 8- 29 The international triathlon tour made its Chicago debut in June, bringing professional triathletes from all over the world to the shores of Lake Michigan. Chicago became the third U.S. city to ever host an ITU event, following Washington D.C. and San Diego. Top professional finishers came from more than a dozen different countries. Gwen Jorgensen, Name




ITU World Triathlon

a Wisconsin native, finished first in the women’s elite race. Seven U.S. athletes took top honors in their respective paratriathlon divisions, including Mary Kate Callahan of Western Springs in Female PT1 and Hailey Danisewicz of Chicago in Female PT2. The men’s and women’s age group competition brought in a number of the best triathletes in the Midwest with this month’s Clif Bar Female Athlete of the Month, Jennifer Garrison, taking third place.

Men’s Olympic Distance Results 1. Ian Boggs 2. Mark Harms 3. Brett Collins 4. Corey Towle 5. Stephan Verdeyen 6. Steve Johnson 7. Daniel Molnar 8. Ken-Ichi Hino 9. Tyson Wieland 10. Christopher Douglas

1:52:28 1:55:34 1:55:35 1:56:48 1:56:48 1:57:24 1:57:44 1:57:53 1:58:42 1:59:52

Professional Men Results 1. Javier Gomez Noya 2. Joao Pereira 3. Mario Mola 4. Dmitry Polyanskiy 5. Fernando Alarza 6. Alessandro Fabian 7. Adam Bowden 8. Alexander Bryukhankov 9. Sven Riederer 10. Diogo Sclebin

1:47:21 1:47:29 1:47:40 1:48:00 1:48:05 1:48:11 1:48:16 1:48:45 1:48:52 1:48:55

Women’s Olympic Distance Results 1. Dani Fischer 2. Kirsten Sass 3. Jennifer Garrison 4. Stacy Hague 5. Jennifer Howland 6. Megan James 7. Sarah Alexander 8. Maria Gramelspacher 9. Jennifer Will 10. Hilary Cairns

2:03:43 2:05:56 2:06:45 2:07:36 2:09:05 2:10:03 2:10:32 2:10:48 2:12:10 2:13:07

1:55:33 1:55:53 1:56:00 1:56:56 1:57:04 1:57:08 1:57:08 1:57:18 1:57:25 1:58:03

Men’s Sprint Distance Results 1. Robbie Deckard 2. Marc Dubrick 3. Griffin Bailey 4. John Maloy 5. Ian Baun 6. Jake McEneaney 7. Cooper Langanis 8. Chase McQueen 9. Evan Parres 10. Dwayne Dixon

1:00:55 1:01:18 1:01:52 1:02:08 1:02:18 1:02:21 1:03:48 1:04:25 1:04:36 1:05:11

1:02:04 1:32:31 1:13:09 1:32:48 1:07:45 1:30:38 1:03:07 1:13:27 1:07:03 1:21:56

Women’s Sprint Distance Results 1. Aleena Villani 2. Victoria Clinton 3. Valerie Barthelemy 4. Kallisse Dent 5. Audrey Ernst 6. Alexandra Lorenz 7. Ashley Kearcher 8. Hannah Billings 9. Katharine Hastings 10. Meghan Hackett

1:09:05 1:09:25 1:09:59 1:10:11 1:11:31 1:12:53 1:14:07 1:14:28 1:15:31 1:15:40

Spain Portugal Spain Russia Spain Italy Great Brittan Russia Switzerland Brazil

Professional Women’s Results 1. Gwen Jorgensen United States 2. Helen Jenkins Great Brittan 3. Juri Ide Japan 4. Annamaria Mazzetti Italy 5. Charlotte Bonin Italy 6. Emma Moffatt Australia 7. Kirsten Sweetland Canada 8. Vendula Frintova Czech Republic 9. Lisa Perterer Austria 10. Charlotte McShane Australia Elite Paratriathlon Results Male PT1: Bill Chaffey

Australia Female PT1: Mary Kate Callahan Western Springs Male PT2: Mark Barr Houston Female PT2: Hailey Danisewicz Chicago Male PT3: Jamie Brown Carlsbad, Calif. Female PT3: Allysa Seely Glendale, Ariz. Male PT4: Daniel Stefan Canada Female PT4: Clare Cunningham Great Britain Male PT5: Aaron Scheidies Seattle, Wash. Female PT5: Patricia Walsh Austin, Texas Name









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08/23/14 Color Blast 5K Arlington Heights IL www.colorblast5k.net

07/12/14 Night Run III Marseilles IL www.dirtrunner.us 07/19/14 HARD CHARGE Chicago Spring Grove IL www.hardcharge.com/chicago2014 07/19/14 Men’s Fitness Ultimate Athlete Games Sandwich IL ultimateathletegames.com/city/chicago 07/19/14 NW Indiana Mudathlon Valpariso IN www.mudathlon.com 08/02/14 Diva Dash Sandwich IL divadash.com 08/02/14 Michigan Adventure Race: Epic Edition Ada MI grUrbanAdventureRace.com


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07/12/14 Case Creek 5K Mud Run Coal City IL www.casecreekobstacles.com


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09/06/14 Storm The Stadium Chicago IL www.stormthestadium.com CYCLING 08/07/14 Roger Delanghe Trophy Bicycle Race Northbrook IL www.northbrookcyclecommittee.org 08/14/14 Bicycle Racing at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome - State Champioship Points Race Northbrook IL www.northbrookvelodrome.org 08/17/14 Ganther Race the Lake Fond du Lac WI dutrirun.com 08/22/14 Tour de La Porte La Porte IN www.tourdelaporte.org



The date and name may have changed, but Rock the Night 5K promises to be every bit as fun as its predecessor, the Terrapin 5K. Enjoy an evening race at Soldier Field and stick around after the run for a concert by Big Head Todd and the Monsters. 08/23/14 4th Annual Ride Alive Chicago IL www.aliverescue.org/events/specialevents/4th-annual-ride-alive

08/10/14 Wisconsin Wine and Cheese Dodgeville WI domestiquetours.com/dt-our-bicycletours-wisconsin-wine-cheese.php

09/28/14 Blood, Sweat, & Tears Charity Bike Ride Highland Park IL il.bike.llsevent.org/ng/ index.cfm/ac2cdee/regPages/ pages/?p=128406

08/16/14 Bloom & Zoom Bike Ride Elkhart IN bloomnzoom.org

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09/07/14 Sub5 Ride for Parkinson’s Hampshire IL www.sub5century.org 09/13/14 Peninsula Century Ride Sister Bay WI www.peninsulacentury.com 09/14/14 September Escapade™ TRIRI (Touring Ride in Rural Indiana) Bloomington IN www.triri.org 09/14/14 Scout 50 Bike Ride Wauconda IL www.signalhill.nwsc.org 09/14/14 TRI RIGHT 101 Annual Century Ride to Support Breast Cancer New Lenox IL www.trirightcoaching.com 09/19/14 Stop the Cycle Of Abuse - Three day cycling tour McLean IL www.cyclingforkids.net

September 21

Join us

Gallery park Glenview, il

2nd Annual

for the

5k Run/Walk & 1 Mile Family Stroll New This Year 50 Yard Kid Dash TO BENEFIT THE





When SUNDAY SEPT 28, 2014 Starting Time 9AM

Where Congregation Etz Chaim 1710 S HIGHLAND AVE LOMBARD, IL

Chip-Timed Certified 5K Course | Kids Fun Run Pet Friendly | Beautiful Park Course Goodie Bag & T-shirt | Finish Line Refreshments Fire Engine Displays

Runners, Walkers, Families... All Are Welcome! $30 Pre-Registration - $35 Day of Race or Special $100 Rate for Family of 4 REGISTER BEFORE AUGUST 31ST FOR A GUARANTEED T-SHIRT

Learn more & register at: www.glenviewfirefighters.org




OCTOBER 19, 2014

Saturdays • June 7–September 6 Start your weekend with a FREE morning workout, featuring live music during yoga, pilates and live drumming during Zumba®.

Tai Chi • 7am Yoga • 8am

Pilates • 9am Zumba® • 10am

don’t miss Wednesday Yoga


Starting June 4 7:30-8:15am

* All classes are 45 minutes

312.742.1168 • millenniumpark.org Cancellations due to weather will be posted on social media

Brought to you by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Grant support provided by McDonald’s Active Lifestyles Endowment, managed by The Millennium Park Foundation

Photography by Rudy Malmquist

Calendar 09/20/14 Circle the Vineyards Galena IL 09/21/14 North Shore Century Evanston IL www.evanstonbikeclub.org 09/21/14 Hospice Hustle 2014 Hospice of the Calumet Area Crown Point IN www.bikeforhospice.org 09/21/14 Harvest Bicycle Century Tour Rolling Prairie IN 09/28/14 Ride of the Zombies Woodstock IL www.rideofthezombies.com

RuN/WAlk 08/01/14 Twilight Mission Run Mount Prospect IL www.saintpaulmissionrun.com 08/01/14 MidNight Mayhem #5 Trail Race East Peoria IL citra.ivs.org/races/mm.htm 08/02/14 Music in Motion 5k Sterling IL www.musicinmotion5K.org 08/02/14 The legend Laingsburg MI www.runlegend.com

08/02/14 SwedishAmerican State Street Mile Rockford IL www.facebook.com/StateStreetMileRockford 08/02/14 Full Moon Four Miler & Half Moon Mini Miler Waterford WI www.waterford-wi.org 08/02/14 Tiskilwa Pow Wow 5k Run/Walk Tiskilwa IL tiskilwapowwowdays.com 08/02/14 Red, White & Blue John kurtz 5k Run/Walk Bensenville IL www.bensenvilleparkdistrict.org/ pdcms/events 08/02/14 ZOOMA Chicago Half Marathon & 10k Chicago IL www.zoomarun.com/chicago 08/02/14 Get Your Rear in Gear- Elgin Elgin IL getyourrearingear.com/elgin 08/03/14 Coon Creek Classic Hampshire IL www.hampshireparkdistrict.org 08/03/14 The Biggest loser RunWalk Chicago Half Marathon/5k/ kids 1 Mile Fun Run Chicago IL biggestloserrunwalk.com/Chicago_ILHalf-Marathon-5K-2014

Fort2Base North ChiCago, iL SuNday, auguSt 24

Looking for a unique distance race? give Fort2Base a try. the event offers races of 3 nautical miles (3.45 land miles) and 10 nautical miles (11.5 land miles) and goes from historic Fort Sheridan to Naval Station great Lakes.


August/september 2014


08/06/14 Chicago Full Moon Run Chicago IL www.runrace.net/fullmoon

08/07/14 Newsome Physical Therapy Firefly 5k Channahon IL www.channahonpark.org

08/15/14 Ragnar Relay (WI to MN) LaCrosse WI www.ragnarrelay.com/race/greatriver

08/09/14 Gurnee Days 10k Race & 2 Mile Fun Run Gurnee IL gurneeparkdistrict.com

08/15/14 Terror Trail Run at SawWeekee Oswego IL www.oswegolandparkdistrict.org

08/09/14 Tahqua Trail Run Paradise MI www.greatlakesendurance.com

08/16/14 Fallsburg Festival of Races Lowell MI www.fallsburghalf.8k.com

08/09/14 7th Annual Mendota Community Hospital CornaPalooza 5k/10k Run, 5k Walk Mendota IL www.mendotahospital.org 08/09/14 5k Race 2 Grace Bloomingdale IL www.race2grace.org 08/09/14 Full Moon 1/2 Marathon & 5k Plymouth-Kohler WI www.fullmoonrace.com 08/09/14 Howl at the Moon 8 Hour Run/Walk Danville IL kennekuk.com/events.htm#Howl 08/09/14 Inaugural Dolphin Dash 5k Chicago IL www.wytfxc.com 08/10/14 uniting 4 Nathan 5k Lockport IL uniting4nathan.com 08/14/14 Elvis is Alive 5k Chicago IL www.ElvisIsAlive5K.com

08/16/14 St. Catherine of Alexandria CHARGE ON 5k Oak Lawn IL www.saintcatherineparish.org 08/16/14 CFS 5k for 5 Stevensville MI www.cfsswmi.org 08/16/14 The Farm 15k Fair Oaks IN www.asfrunning.com 08/16/14 BMO Harris Bank Madison Mini-Marathon & 5k Madison WI www.MadisonMiniMarathon.com 08/16/14 Raceway 5k Carpentersville IL www.RaceWay5K.com 08/16/14 Iron Horse 5k Sturtevant WI www.ironhorse5k.com 08/16/14 Dick Pond Athletics Walk 2 Run Program w/Walk N Talk Option Session 3 Carol Stream IL www.dickpondathletics.com

For More caLendar LiStingS: WWW.MychicagathLete.coM 08/16/14 Running Through the Vines Jackson MI runvines.com 08/16/14 Bob Hicks Memorial 5K Villa Park IL bobhicks5k.eventbrite.com 08/17/14 Graham’s Sundae 5K Run and Walk Geneva IL grahamschocolate.com

08/23/14 Running for Life Morris IL www.runningforlife5k.com 08/24/14 OLP Crusader COLOR Challenge 5k Darien IL www.olopdarien.org 08/24/14 Fort2Base North Chicago IL www.fort2base.com

08/17/14 Windrunner 10K Wheaton IL www.windrunners.org

08/24/14 It’s Glow Time 5K Grand Rapids Grand Rapids MI www.itsglowtime.com/event/ grand-rapids-mi

08/17/14 Barrington Honor Run Barrington IL ride2recovery.com

08/24/14 Walk to Remember & Run for HOPE Libertyville IL willowhouse.org

08/23/14 DeKalb Corn Classic 10K DeKalb IL www.dekalbcornclassic.org

08/24/14 Vineyard to Bay 25K Traverse City MI www.Vineyard2Bay25k.com

08/23/14 Backlot Dash 5K & Kids Fun Run Skokie IL www.backlotbash.com/backlotdash.html 08/23/14 St. Peter Shuffle 3K/1K Cross Country Races Arlington Heights IL fulllifeinchrist.org/shuffle 08/23/14 Epic Fail Challenge 5k Chicago IL epicfailchallenge.com 08/23/14 Peak Fitness Annual 5k Run/Walk Minooka IL www.peakfitnessofminooka.com

08/24/14 Peapod Half Madness Half Marathon Batavia IL www.HalfMadness.com 08/24/14 The Biggest Loser RunWalk at Six Flags Great America Chicago, IL 5K/10K/ Kids 1 Mile Fun Run Gurnee IL www.biggestloserrunwalk.com/ SixFlags_Great_America_race 08/27/14 Urban Hoedown 5k & Country Music Festival Chicago IL www.F3Running.com 08/29/14 Sunset 5K Lake in the Hills IL www.lith.org

Photo by, Ali Engin

The Magnificent Mile Chicago Women’s Half Marathon chicago, iL | Sunday, auguSt 31

the chicago Women’s half Marathon gets a serious upgrade this year, with a new weekend and an entirely new course that includes chicago’s Magnificent Mile. not up to a half marathon? the 5K option also allows runners to take on the Magnificent Mile. 08/30/14 Lake Country Half Marathon & 5K Oconomowoc WI midwestsportsevents.com

09/01/14 Oak Brook Half-Marathon Oak Brook IL www.oakbrookhalfmarathon.com

09/06/14 DuPage Pads Run 4 Home Wheaton IL www.padsrun.org

08/30/14 Run the Runway at CEA 5K Run/ 1 Mile Walk Wheeling IL www.chiexec.com

09/01/14 Schaumburg Shuffle 5K Schaumburg IL www.schaumburgshuffle.com

09/06/14 Shorewood Scoot 5K run/walk Shorewood IL www.provena.org/stjoes/scoot

09/01/14 Naperville Jaycees Fling Mile Naperville IL lastfling.org/fling.cfm

09/06/14 Run Woodstock Day 2 Pinckney MI runwoodstock.com

08/31/14 Buffalo Grove Stampede Buffalo Grove IL www.bgstampede.org 08/31/14 The Magnificent Mile Chicago Women’s Half Marathon & 5K Chicago IL 08/31/14 Minocqua No Frills Marathon Minocqua WI minocquanofrillsmarathon.com

09/01/14 Turtle Ten New Lenox IL 09/05/14 Run Woodstock Day 1 Pinckney MI www.runwoodstock.com

09/06/14 Mackinac Island Eight Mile Road Race Mackinac Island MI www.runmackinac.com 09/06/14 7th Annual Twilight Run/Walk/Roll & Post-Race Party Lake Forest IL glasatwilight.org


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FOr MOre CaLendar LIStIngS: www.MyChICagathLete.COM

09/06/14 Leyden Township’s Trek to the Rec 5K Run/Walk Franklin Park IL www.leydentownship.com 09/06/14 Spay the Stray 5K Run/Walk Lansing IL www.hscalumet.org/spaythestray.asp

09/07/14 AshleyCan Pediatric Cancer Foundation Running Bold for the Gold Half Marathon 10K/5K Bourbonnais IL www.active.com/bourbonnais-il/ running/distance-running-races/ ashleycan-pediatric-cancer-foundationrunning-bold-for-the-gold-10k-5k-2014

09/07/14 Hartman Creek Trail Run Waupaca WI www.greatlakesendurance.com

09/07/14 4th Annual Run & Walk for Prostate Cancer Awareness Westmont IL www.chicagoprostatefoundation.org

09/07/14 Chicago Half Marathon & Hyundai Hope on Wheels 5K Chicago IL www.chicagohalfmarathon.com

09/12/14 Rock Cut Hobo Trail Runs - 10k/25k/50k Loves Park IL www.rockfordroadrunners.org/ hobo-runs.html

09/13/14 Community Bank Makin’ Tracks 5K River Forest IL www.signmeup.com/97663 09/13/14 Pleasant Prairie Mud Run Pleasant Prairie WI recplexonline.com/triathlons-specialevents/pleasant-prairie-mud-run 09/13/14 Lil’ Mudder Pleasant Prairie WI recplexonline.com/triathlons-specialevents/pleasant-prairie-mud-run/lil-mudder 09/13/14 Mud Run JR Pleasant Prairie WI recplexonline.com/triathlons-specialevents/pleasant-prairie-mud-run/ mud-run-jr

09/13/14 Cal’s Angels 5k South Elgin IL calsangels.org 09/13/14 Chicago Lung Run Chicago IL www.lungrun.org 09/13/14 Respond Now 5K Run for Hunger Olympia Fields IL www.respondnow5k.org 09/14/14 D211 Fun’D’ 5K Run/Walk Palatine IL www.nwsuburbs.us/d2115k 09/14/14 Erin’s AAIM For Change 5k Orland Park IL erinsaaimforchange.org 09/14/14 Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo Royal Oak MI www.detroitzoo.org/runwild 09/14/14 It’s Glow Time 5K - Quad Cities Moline IL www.itsglowtime.com/event/moline-il 09/14/14 Bucktown 5K Chicago IL www.bucktown5k.com 09/14/14 Naperville Trails Half Marathon Wheaton IL allcommunityevents.com/naperville_ half/nhm_home.html

Oak Brook Half Marathon Oak BrOOk, IL | MOnday, SepteMBer 1

Celebrate Labor day in Oak Brook with this classic half marathon. the race coincides nicely with fall marathon training programs and provides tech shirts and finisher medals to runners. 50

August/september 2014


09/14/14 Timber Trail Races Harrison MI www.midmich.com

09/14/14 Rotary Run Charity Classic Hinsdale IL www.RotaryRunCharityClassic.org 09/14/14 Experience Hope Run Wauconda IL jeremystomfoundation.org 09/18/14 Salus Schlitz Park Corporate Challenge Milwaukee WI www.wicorporatechallenge.com 09/18/14 Oktoberfest 5K Run/Walk Chicago IL www.oktoberfest5krun.com 09/19/14 Guardian Kids Fun Run Appleton WI foxcitiesmarathon.org 09/19/14 Community First Fox Cities Marathon Presented by Kimberly-Clark Appleton WI www.foxcitiesmarathon.org 09/20/14 KishHealth Physical Therapy Center 5K Hunger Fun Run/walk Sandwich IL kishhealth.org 09/20/14 Porcupine Mountains Trail Marathon Silver City MI www.greatlakesendurance.com 09/20/14 Food Truck 5K and Block Party Arlington Heights IL www.signmeup.com/site/onlineevent-registration/99857

Trick orTreat



presented by

Illinois’ Fastest 6k!

OCTOBER 26, 2014 EVANSTON, IL | 6K START: 9:45 A.M.

SHORT SLEEVE TECH SHIRTS AND GOODIE BAGS TO FIRST 1,000 REGISTRANTS. Chip-timed certified 6K course | The fastest 6k in Illinois! Tech teeshirt and goodie bag | Kids Races go off before the adult race! Course water stations and finish line refreshments | Costumes encouraged

Trick orTreat

Family Registation Discounts for familes of 4-6


A portion of the proceeds will benefit Foundation 65.

Fun for the Whole Family

Awards to top three overall M/F and top three in five year age divisions


To Register: www.Evanston Trick o r Treat Trot.com


FOr mOre CaLendar LIStInGS: WWW.myChICaGathLete.COm

09/20/14 Run! Forest Run! 10k & 5k Aurora IL runforestrunfunrun.com

09/20/14 5K Foundation Fun Run/Walk Franklin Park IL fpparks.org

09/20/14 Chicago Athlete 20 Miler Elk Grove Village IL 20miler.com

09/20/14 Fleeing Felon 5K Race/Walk & Car & Bike Show Crown Point IN www.facebook.com/events/2960 11823895421/?ref=29&ref_notif_type=plan_user_invited&source=1

09/20/14 Dances With Dirt Hell Hell MI www.danceswithdirt.com 09/20/14 Making Strides for Special Kids 5K Run/ Walk and 1 Mile Kids’ Sprint Libertyville IL www.firstgiving.com/sedolfoundation/ run2014 09/20/14 GoToRovers.com 5K Fun Run/Walk to benefit the Animal Care League of Oak Park, IL Rosemont IL www.GoToRovers.com/funrun.php

09/20/14 Kickoff to Kinnick 5K Iowa City IA www.k2k5k.com 09/21/14 Brookfield Zoo Run Run for the Conservation Fund 2014 Brookfield IL www.brookfieldzoo.org/CZS/ zoorunrun

09/20/14 Brewers MiniMarathon + 10K Milwaukee WI www.brewersmini.com

09/21/14 Discover Whitewater Series Whitewater WI runwhitewater.com

09/20/14 Affinity Medical Group Orthopedics & Sports Medicine 5K Run/Walk Neenah WI foxcitiesmarathon.org

09/21/14 Community First Fox Cities Marathon Menasha WI www.foxcitiesmarathon.org

09/20/14 Run the Shores at Lake Barrington Lake Barington IL www.LakeBarringtonShores.org 09/20/14 Run from the Cops 5K Griggsville IL horsesob.wix.com/runfromthecops5k


09/20/14 NIU DPT Miles For Movement 5K Run/Walk DeKalb IL www.facebook.com/niudpt5k

August/september 2014

09/21/14 Advocate Dreyer Fox Valley Marathon, Fall Final 20™, Fox Valley Half Marathon St. Charles IL fv26.com/index.htm 09/21/14 Magellan Ready to Run 20 Miler Chicago IL www.ReadytoRun20.com


Photo by, Sarah Schauf

TriRock Lake Geneva Geneva Lake, WI | Saturday, September 13

Close out triathlon season with either trirock Lake Geneva. the event both sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, as well as relay and Clydesdale/athena divisions. 09/21/14 JCYS 5K Run/Walk & Kids’ Fun Run Ingleside IL www.jcys.org/5K 09/21/14 I’m Possible 5k Joliet IL www.teamnicholas.org 09/21/14 The Biggest Loser RunWalk Racine Half Marathon/5K/Kids 1 Mile Fun Run Racine WI biggestloserrunwalk.com/Racine-WIHalf-Marathon-5K-2014 09/21/14 Swinging Bridge 8K Trail Race Lake Forest IL www.runningguru.com/Event/ SwingingBridge

09/26/14 Fort4Fitness Half Marathon / 10K / 4-Mile / Kids Marathon / Seniors Marathon Fort Wayne IN www.fort4fitness.org 09/27/14 Corn Fest 5K Fun Run to Support the Betty Sterritt Scholarship Fund Morris IL www.morrishospital.org 09/27/14 Park Ridge Charity Classic Park Ridge IL www.runrace.net 09/27/14 Holland Hospital Park2Park 1/2 Marathon & 5K Holland MI www.park2parkrace.com

09/27/14 VASA Trail Run Traverse City MI www.runvasa.com 09/27/14 14th Annual Cougar 5K Run/Walk Chicago IL www.sxu.edu 09/27/14 Miles for James 5K for Traumatic Brain Injury Tinley Park IL 09/27/14 Harvest Fest 1/2 Marathon & 10K Sheboygan WI www.harvestfesthalf.com 09/27/14 Midtown 5K Run & Walk to benefit Bears Care Palatine IL signmeup.com/97373




9:00 A.M.



2000 RE


presented by

Chip-timed certified 5K course | Goodie bag Beautiful Lakefront course | Course water stations and finish line refreshments Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Harvest Food Pantry

CaleNdaR 09/27/14 Women Rock Chicago IL www.chicagowomenrock.org 09/27/14 Hills and Hollow Half Marathon and 5K Valmeyer IL hillsandhollows.net

09/28/14 The Quad Cities Marathon Moline IL qcmarathon.org 09/28/14 Run to Read Schaumburg IL sd54.org/runtoread

09/28/14 Family Shelter Service 10K/5K Run-Walk: “Be a Hero for Hope” Downers Grove IL www.familyshelterservice.org/ get-involved/10k5k-run-walk-be-ahero-for-hope

09/28/14 Alpine Races Half Marathon & 5K/ run walk Lake Zurich IL www.alpinerunners.com

09/28/14 Henry Vilas Zoo Run Run & Kids Roo Run Run Madison WI www.vilaszoo.org

SWIM 08/02/14 Lake Andrea Cross-Lake Swim Pleasant Prairie WI recplexonline.com/fitness-wellness/ triathlon-race-training/swim-training

09/28/14 Edward Plainfield Harvest 5K Run/ Walk & Kidz Miler Plainfield IL

09/28/14 Wild Wild Wilderness Trail Run Oakwood IL kennekuk.com/events.htm#Wilderness

08/02/14 LITH Open Water Swim Lake in the Hills IL www.lith.org/parksrec

09/28/14 High Holiday Hustle Lombard IL highholidayhustle.org

09/28/14 Tri Town Community Marathon and Merrillville Mini Merrilliville IN asfrunnin0.wix.com/tritownmarathon

08/05/14 Lake Andrea Cross-Lake Swim Pleasant Prairie WI recplexonline.com/fitness-wellness/ triathlon-race-training/swim-training

09/28/14 Fall Into Fitness 5K Run & Walk Chicago IL

08/07/14 Lake Andrea Cross-Lake Swim Pleasant Prairie WI recplexonline.com/fitness-wellness/ triathlon-race-training/swim-training 08/14/14 Lake Andrea Open Water Swim Pleasant Prairie WI recplexonline.com/fitness-wellness/ triathlon-race-training/swim-training

CARA Runners Choice Circuit

Races of the Month August 24 Fort2Base 10 Nautical Miles | North Chicago August 31 Buffalo Grove Stampede 10K | Buffalo Grove September 7 Chicago Half Marathon | Chicago September 27 Park Ridge Charity Classic 5K | Park Ridge


August/september 2014


08/16/14 Lake Andrea Open Water Swim Pleasant Prairie WI recplexonline.com/fitness-wellness/ triathlon-race-training/swim-training 08/21/14 Lake Andrea Open Water Swim Pleasant Prairie WI recplexonline.com/fitness-wellness/ triathlon-race-training/swim-training

08/23/14 Lake Andrea Open Water Swim Pleasant Prairie WI recplexonline.com/fitness-wellness/ triathlon-race-training/swim-training 08/28/14 Lake Andrea Open Water Swim Pleasant Prairie WI recplexonline.com/fitness-wellness/ triathlon-race-training/swim-training 08/30/14 Lake Andrea Open Water Swim Pleasant Prairie WI recplexonline.com/fitness-wellness/ triathlon-race-training/swim-training 09/04/14 Lake Andrea Open Water Swim Pleasant Prairie WI recplexonline.com/fitness-wellness/ triathlon-race-training/swim-training 09/06/14 Big Shoulders Open Water Swim Classic Chicago IL www.bigshouldersswim.com 09/06/1 Lake Andrea Open Water Swim Pleasant Prairie WI recplexonline.com/fitness-wellness/ triathlon-race-training/swim-training 09/11/14 Lake Andrea Open Water Swim Pleasant Prairie WI recplexonline.com/fitness-wellness/ triathlon-race-training/swim-training TRIATHLOn 08/02/14 Woodson YMCA 35th Annual Triathlon Wausau WI woodsonymca.com 08/03/14 Tri Indy Indianapolis IN www.tuxbro.com/entry-info/TRIINDY/TriIndy-Home.php

08/03/14 29th Annual I Tried a Triathlon Oswego IL oswegolandparkdistrict.org 08/03/14 Camp Courageous Sprint Triathlon Amber IA www.campcourageous.org/ 08/09/14 Sanford and Sun Triathlon and Duathlon Sanford MI www.3disciplines.com 08/09/14 City by the Lake Triathlon/Duathlon Michigan City IN www.citybythelaketri.com 08/10/14 3 Disciplines - The Village Tri & Du Clarkston MI www.3disciplines.com 08/10/14 Pleasant Prairie Junior Triathlon Pleasant Prairie WI recplexonline.com 08/10/14 USA Triathlon Age Group national Championships Milwaukee WI www.usatriathlon.org/events/ usat/2013/08/olympic-nationalchampionship.aspx 08/15/14 Waupaca Kids Triathlon Waupaca WI www.waupacaareatriathlon.com 08/16/14 3 Disciplines - A Girl’s Best Friend Triathlon Kalamazoo MI www.3disciplines.com

for more Calendar liStingS: www.myChiCagathlete.Com

Brookfield Zoo Run Run for the Conservation Fund 2014 Brookfield, il | Sunday, SeptemBer 21

Support the Chicago Zoological Society Conservation fund at the annual Brookfield Zoo run run. the event features a 5k chip-timed run, 5k fun run and a 5k walk, making it perfect for everyone. 08/16/14 Waupaca Area Triathlon Waupaca WI www.waupacaareachamber.com 08/16/14 Cori’s Kids Triathlon Riverside IL www.riverside.il.us 08/16/14 Sprint Triathlon #3 Indianapolis IN www.tuxbro.com 08/16/14 Peak Sports Club Outdoor Triathlon - super sprint and sprint distances Loves Park IL 08/17/14 3 Disciplines - Petoskey’s Epic Triathlons Petoskey MI www.3disciplines.com

08/17/14 Woodridge Rotary 15th Annual Mini-Triathlon Woodridge IL www.woodridgerotary.org 08/17/14 Pigman Long Course & Olympic Distance Palo IA pigmantri.com/races/pigman-longand-olympic 08/23/14 Go Girl Triathlon Indianapolis IN www.tuxbro.com/entry-info/GoGirl/ GoGirl-Home.php 08/23/14 Life Time Kids Tri Chicago Chicago IL www.chicagotriathlon.com

08/31/14 Super Kids Triathlon Terre Haute IN cross-roads-events.com/superkids

09/20/14 Oak Run Triathlon Dahinda IL www.oakrunpoa.com

09/06/14 3 Disciplines Festival of Races - Tawas East Tawas MI www.3disciplines.com

09/20/14 Lake Lemon Triathlon Unionville IN cross-roads-events.com/lakelemon

09/13/14 TriRock Lake Geneva Geneva Lake WI trirock.competitor.com/lake-geneva

09/21/14 Pleasant District Family Triathlon Oak park IL www.westcookymca.org/pdftri

08/24/14 Chicago Triathlon Chicago IL www.chicagotriathlon.com

09/13/14 Fever River Adventure Triathlon Galena IL www.feverrivertri.com

09/28/14 Have Fun? You Won! Kids’ Triathlon Oswego IL oswegolandparkdistrict.org

08/30/14 Barron Lake Triathlon Niles MI

09/14/14 North Shore Tri Wilmette IL www.trinorthshore.com

08/23/14 Fleet Feet Sports SuperSprint Triathlon Chicago IL www.chicagotriathlon.com 08/24/14 3 Disciplines Ludington Lighthouse Tri Ludingtons Orinignal and Best Ludington MI www.3disciplines.com 08/24/14 Michigan Titanium Grand Rapids MI mititanium.com


August/september 2014


health/fitness listings

ChiCago ChiropraCtiC & SportS injury CenterS

Holistic HealtHcare for everyone from Professional atHletes to soccer moms

Dr. alden clendenin | Dr. Josh Hover | Dr. chris Bocci | Dr. Drew Danielson Board Certified Chiropractic Sports Physicians / Acupuncture / Physical Therapy & Rehab Spinal Decompression / Active Release Technique / Graston / Rolfing / Custom Orthotics

Loop Clinic: Lincoln Park: Skokie Clinic: West Loop Clinic:

ChiCago area rehabilitation expertS, inC. C.a.r.e phySiCal therapy Theresa Eiden, MPT • Sally O’Hare, MPT Pamela Johnson, MSPT • Lindsay Lindquist, PT, DPT Alicia Bien, LMT 2533 N. Southport, Chicago, IL 60614 773.472.2731

312.236.WELL 773.529.WELL 847.677.WELL 312.346.WELL

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

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

Dr. MiChael p. Davenport dr.michael@dcwellness.org www.dcwellness.org

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

Sports Chiropractors for several professional teams



He also offers gait analysis, postural care as a Certified Posture Exercise Professional (CPEP), coaching, radiology, lab studies, body compositioning and acupuncture. Experience a safe and natural approach to whole body health without the use of medication or surgery!

tiMothy t. jantz, DpM, faCfo, poDiatriSt

388 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake, IL 60014 815.459.FOOT (3668) Board certified in Podiatric Orthopedics and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, Dr. Jantz is also a marathoner, ultramarathoner and duathlete. Providing comprehensive treatment for sports-related foot and ankle problems. Biomechanical examination, gait and stance evaluation and custom, sport specific, prescription orthotics. Conservative care of heel pain, tendonitis, pinched nerves, stress fractures, sprains, bunions, hammertoes. Surgical treatment as a last resort. Treadmill gait analysis, x-ray on site. On staff at Northern Illinois Medical Center and Memorial Medical Center. Evening hours are available.

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Dr. Lisa M. Schoene GURNEE PODIATRY & SPORTS MEDICINE ASSOCIATES: 351 S. GREENLEAF ST. #C PARK CITY, IL 60085 847-263-6073 401 W. ONTARIO ST. #240 CHICAGO IL 60654 312-642-6020 Dr. Lisa Schoene is a sports medicine specialist who is triple board certified in Surgery, Orthopedics, and Primary Podiatric medicine, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgery and the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine. She is also a licensed certified Athletic Trainer as well. She has been practicing Podiatric Sports medicine for over 22 years. She has treated and worked with numerous Olympic, Professional, Semi-professional, and Elite athletes of many sports, including runners, triathletes, and dancers. Dr. Schoene has supervised and covered numerous sporting events and races, and lectures nationally and internationally on many sports medicine topics. Dr. Schoene trains Medical and Podiatry students, residents and fellows. She was one of 17 Podiatrist’s to work at the Olympic Games in 1996 and has worked at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado and with the World Cup Games. She has been a Podiatric consultant for the DePaul University athletic department for over 20 years, and has worked with many professional dance companies in the Chicagoland area, including the Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance, Ballet Chicago, Inaside Chicago Dance as well as many others. Dr. Schoene will thoroughly evaluate overall posture, and functional abilities, she will examine the complete lower extremity, for strength, flexibility, biomechanical alignment, functional capacity and shoe gear. Emphasis will be placed on quick recovery from the current injury, and proactive preventative treatments for the future. This may include physical therapy treatments, strength, and flexibility work, orthotics for biomechanical control, massage therapy, nutritional counseling, and alternative therapies including acupuncture, homeopathic, or magnetic therapy.

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We are leading sports medicine specialists whose patients include world class and Olympic athletes, collegiate and high school champions, dancers, as well as recreational and fitness athletes. Our goal is to keep you active by treating the cause of your pain. Treatment begins with biomechanical and form analysis. We use sports specific orthotics, massage and exercise therapy for musculoskeletal problems. If treatment requires surgery, Dr O’Brian is Board Certified in foot and ankle surgery. Dr O’Brian is a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Physicians Plus -Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation 1700 W. Diversey Pkwy. Chicago, IL. 60614 www.TheSportDocs.com • 773-FIT-0033 Dr. Paul A. Marando D.C., C.C.S.P. (Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician) Dr. Tim P. Marando D.C., N.D. Physicians Plus is a progressive physical medicine and sports rehabilitation center that treats musculoskeletal injuries from the feet to the head. Dr. Paul Marando and Dr. Tim Marando emphasize thorough, comprehensive evaluations to provide individualized rapid treatment programs that keep our patients doing what they love. When combining detailed patient education, our patients learn to take care of themselves and see us less often. No therapist referrals will be necessary as we are your doctors and rehabilitative therapists in one. Our goal in working with you is to quickly eliminate pain and provide you with quick, easy access to care. For years, Physicians Plus has enjoyed treating professional and Olympic athletes, as well as providing the same standard of care to all our patients. Physicians Plus provides performance care to athletes looking to get an edge on the competition. We are part of the ART Ironman Performance Care Team and can be found on the Ironman Provider Network. Performance care is a system of treatment which helps lengthen and strengthen muscles before they become injured which results in improved athletic performance. Therapies: • Active Release Techniques® (ART®) • McKenzie Method® • Functional Rehabilitation • Naturopathic Medicine

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

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

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I’m looking forward to being a part of it for the first time, being out there with all the people who train so hard all the time, being part of that group and making Chicago and my station very proud.

Marcus LeShock

One day she said to me, “You’re going to participate in this triathlon as part of the show,” and I said, “Okay.” In the past I’ve been asked to be a part of things. Back in 2011 my wife and I ran the [Bank of America] Chicago Marathon and I made that sort of a recurring thing, so I’m not a stranger to races by any means. It was just asked of me and I’ve never been in a triathlon before, so I said, “Sure,” and that’s how it came about. Q You’ll be doing the swim leg of your team’s relay. If you’ve never done a triathlon before, do you have experience with open water swimming? A I’ve done open water swimming in the sense that I’ve swam in lakes and in the ocean, but never competitively in a mass of humanity in the water. I’ve been swimming a little bit in a pool and conditioning myself. It’s a sprint triathlon, so I have confidence I can make the distance.

What will be interesting will be how all the people in the water change how well you can swim. I’ve heard it’s chaotic and crazy, but others say it’s not as bad as you think. I’m looking forward to seeing what it’s like. I’m a little nervous, but I think I’ll do a good job. Q Do you have anything else you hope to ac-

complish by doing this race? A Our lives are so crazy in the news business. We’re go go go, focused on what we have to do in the next 10 minutes that we haven’t really sat down and had the whole big picture, “What are we going to accomplish with this triathlon?” talk. The goal would probably be to finish as strong as possibly and defeat any other news stations that might be in the running with us. I don’t know if there is anyone else doing it, but we want to finish strong: to go out there give it your all do all the best you can. August/september 2014

The last time I did it there was a storm, a 24-hour storm. I had been training in the water, and the temperature at the end of August is 67 or 68. It rained so hard that it churned up all the cold water and the water temperature was 55 degrees. I think it was 2009 or ’10. It was so cold when I hit that water. It took forever just to catch your breath, and that’s what I will remember the most about the last time I did this. I think subconsciously that was another reason why I didn’t want to do the swim.

swim Leg

Q Where did the idea to do this come from? A The idea came from Erin McElroy, our co-anchor.


up even more so. If I could beat my old time by a minute or two I’ll be happy.


Patrick Elwood

Bike Leg

Q How did you get involved in all of this? A Complete disclosure and honesty, I was just sit-

ting at my desk to the left of where they were having their conversation. They were talking back and forth, Erin [McElroy] as chief ringleader there, and she was talking to somebody else. They said, “I’m out of town that weekend,” and by virtue of being in the wrong place at the wrong time she said, “Well, what are you doing?” I couldn’t think of an excuse so I said, “I’m in.” I’ve done the Chicago Triathlon a couple of times and I know that swimming is the hardest part, so I volunteered to take the bike. Q So you’re an experienced triathlete. A I’ve done several. I’ve done the Chicago one and the

Baraboo in Wisconsin, which is nice and smaller. The Chicago Triathlon has a lot of people, and especially for swimming, if you’re not really in shape the people in the next wave come up right behind you. You better have your “A” game. People are bustin’ their butts trying to do serious times, so get out of their way or look out. Q I imagine you’re glad to not have to do the swim this year! A Definitely. I’m excited to be part of the team, the camaraderie of the whole thing. It’s always a great day, always a great sense of accomplishment. Can’t beat the backdrop and landscape that is the city of Chicago, and it’s really well run, too. Q Do you have any goals you hope to accomplish in the triathlon this year? A I need to go back and get into it again, back on the bike. I need to go back and look at my last time, and I’ve got to beat that. That was three or four years ago. I’m in a different age group, too, so I got step

Dan Ponce

Run Leg

Q How did you get involved in all of this? A It was actually Erin McElroy, Dina Bair. They

kind of keep everyone up on what their races are. Erin suggested we put together a relay team and I volunteered for the running part. Q I take it you have experience running, then? A I’ve done a little biking before but not for a long

time. Running is definitely my strong suit. I did track and cross country in high school and I run three to four days a week. I’m active in the Chicago racing scene. 5Ks and 10Ks are probably my strongest race. I don’t really race longer than that. I’ve never done the marathon but I’d like to someday. Q Have you ever done a triathlon before? A I have not. I’ve done some duathlons with run bike

run but I’ve never been part of a relay team, so I’m really looking forward to this. I’m sure my teammates will be strong as well. I hope to run pretty fast for the run, so I’m hoping my teammates will do well, as well. Q Do you have any hopes or expectations for the race? A I think it’s fun. We’re coworkers and we know each other well on camera and off camera but doing, a triathlon is totally out of our comfort zone. Patrick and Marcus and I, we don’t really spend much quality time together outside the workplace but it’ll be fun to put ourselves in a situation out of our comfort zone. I think it’s important for people to do that occasionally. When you get out of your comfort zone you grow, no matter what your goals are.

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