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“Setting clear, concrete goals with realistic steps plays a major role in succeeding at any resolution, made as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve or otherwise.”

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he New Year inspires many to make a change. Health and fitness resolutions abound, but what if you’d like to try something different than the standard-but-ambiguous “lose weight” this year? Setting clear, concrete goals with realistic steps plays a major role in succeeding at any resolution, made as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve or otherwise. That kind of specificity requires more thought and effort, but this issue of Chicago Athlete has a variety of ideas to get you thinking about ways you can work to achieve your best self in 2015. Last year, Chicago Athlete staff members worked with various health and fitness professionals in the area, from personal trainers to nutritionists to CrossFit coaches, to experience their services and see what kind of difference they could make in all of our lives. After months of work, we have the results of our experiments in this issue to help you understand how altering your diet, cross training or general fitness regimen can bring about major and positive change not only in your chosen sport but in your overall health as well. Interested in learning more? Check out what we learned on page 36. Maybe you want to take your racing to new places in a more literal sense this year. While traveling to a race may require more planning and coordination than rolling out of bed to run your favorite neighborhood 5K, the experience often makes all of the pre-race work worth it. If you’d like to run outside of Chicagoland this year, Matt Beardmore has everything you need to know about destination racing on page 32. We look forward to bringing you inspiration every month to keep you moving and healthy through all of 2015!

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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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rooklyn Boulders, a rock climbing and event space, recently opened its doors in Chicago, bringing another offering to the booming fitness community in the West Loop. The concept, originally founded in Brooklyn, New York and later expanded to Boston and now Chicago, brings climbing and creativity together under one roof. The 23,000 square foot space, located at 100 S. Morgan, features a variety of climbing options, but expands its reach far beyond a standard climbing facility with a shared workspace environment, gym space and a variety of art, described by founder Jesse Levin as an “ever-evolving pop-up art gallery.” “Climbing is our core competency,” Levin says.

“It’s what we love and what we do, and what we use to attract people.” In addition to climbing, Brooklyn Boulders offers a variety of fitness options, including yoga classes, and plans to host parkour workshops and Sunrise Savage, a unique workout designed to help participants train for obstacle course races, or just get in shape in a new and unique way. Beyond fitness, Brooklyn Boulders also offers other artistic and cultural options, including a dinner series and workshops on art forms such as graffiti. To learn more about Brooklyn Boulders Chicago, visit www.bkbchicago.com.

MILWAUKEE RUNNING FESTIVAL UNVEILED Runners looking to cap off their 2015 race season with a marathon or half marathon will have a new option with the inaugural Milwaukee Running Festival, scheduled for Oct. 30 through Nov. 1. Over three days, the event will feature a marathon, half marathon, 5K and one-mile race, all held entirely within Milwaukee city limits. The marathon and half marathon will begin and end at Milwaukee’s Summerfest grounds and take participants on a tour of the city, with the proposed course passing landmarks including Miller Park, the Harley-Davidson Museum, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Marquette University and The Milwaukee Art Museum. The 5K and one-mile races will take place downtown. To register for the Milwaukee Running Festival races or to learn more about the event, visit www.milwaukeerunningfestival.com.




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the National Bicycle Dealers association once again recognized nearly 300 bike stores in its second listing of america’s Best Bike Shops, and 14 illinois stores, including nine from the Chicago area, received the honor. the NBDa announced the top stores before interbike in mid-September, where retailers received honors at an annual reception during the show.

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locally, Comrade Cycles of Chicago, element Multisport of Chicago, green Bay Cycles of Winnetka, Kozy’s Cyclery of Chicago, on the Route Bicycles of Chicago, Roscoe Village Bikes of Chicago, Spokes Bikes of Wheaton, trek Concept Store of highland Park and Wheel Werks of Crystal lake all received recognition. the NBDa selected element Multisport, green Bay Cycles, Kozy’s Cyclery and Wheel Werks as top stores in 2013 as well.

National championship Locations


SA Triathlon announced the locations for its 2015 national championship races in late October. Several races will take place within driving distance of Chicago, including the Olympic-Distance and Sprint Age Group National Championships, which will once again return to Milwaukee. St. Paul, Minnesota will host the Duathlon National Championships on June 6 at Harriet Island Regional Park with both sprint and standard distance races. Less than two weeks later, the Grand Rapids Triathlon in Grand Rapids, Michigan will feature the Clydesdale and Athena National Championships on its Olympic-distance course.

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August will start with the Youth and Junior National Championships in West Chester, Ohio, while the following weekend adults will get their chance to prove themselves in Milwaukee. In addition to claiming national titles, the 2015 Age Group Nationals also give athletes the opportunity to qualify for the 2016 ITU Age Group World Championships. Area national championship races conclude in September with the Club National Championships at the Halfmax Championship in Innsbrook, Missouri. For more information on these and all other USA Triathon National Championship races, visit www.usatriathlon.org.

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the NBDa honors stores based on a points system that takes customer support, staff knowledge, operations, marketing, community involvement, local and national bike advocacy and a mystery shopper’s experience into consideration. all stores must be independent, have a service department and sell bicycles, parts and accessories. Bike Surgeon of Shiloh, Bushwhacker of Peoria, Champaign Cycles of Champaign, Kegel’s Bicycle Store of Rockford and Russell’s Cycle and Fitness of Washington also made the NBDa’s list.

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the chicago area runners association will host its annual awards banquet on jan. 31 at maggiano’s little italy chicago, 516 N. clark. the event will once again recognize those in the community who have had particularly notable years in running, including the runners of the year, hall of fame award winners and those receiving participation and distance awards.

If you wanted to start a Chicago chapter of a growing outdoor fitness movement, when would you launch? The early, polar vortex-laded months of 2014? Brent Cunningham did, and in so doing proved that November Project is, indeed, weatherproof. November Project, a free fitness community started in Boston three years ago by Brogan Graham and Bojan Mandaric as a way to stay in shape during the winter, gained national attention last year after a cover story in the December 2013 issue of Runner’s World. After reading the article, Cunningham began the pledge process required of all November Project tribes in order to use the November Project name.

The group, led by Cunningham and co-founder Andy Watt, meets every Wednesday at 6:28 a.m. at the totem pole on the Lakefront Trail at Waveland and Lake Shore Drive and takes advantage of area resources to lead the tribe through a workout the two create each week. Workouts can include everything from hurdling over a partner doing a plank to burpees to running hills. “We utilize what we have around the city,” Cunningham says. “It might be doing dips off benches

Though it may sound intense, November Project welcomes people at any point in their fitness journey and has had participants getting ready for the first 5K along with runners who have finished within the top 10 at the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle. With workouts concentrated in one area, the structure helps foster the sense of community so important to November Project tribes. “We’re all in the same area, which promotes everyone encouraging each other,” Cunningham says. “You have elite athletes pushing someone who have never run two miles. It’s the same workout taken at their own pace.” November Project Chicago still needs more members before it can add Friday meetings to its lineup, though the group does get together for social events and fun runs outside of its structured Wednesday workouts. While numbers may limit the Chicago tribe to one organized workout per week for the moment, nothing will stop participants from just showing up on Wednesdays. “I know it’s cold and we’re getting into dark months, but once you show up for the first time and meet all the positive, awesome human beings we have coming out every Wednesday: you’d be surprised how many people think they’re going to hate it that become our core members,” Cunningham said.

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to purchase tickets and learn more about the banquet, visit www.cararuns.org.

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combiNe to form oNe race the Chicago Spring half Marathon and Michelob UltRa 13.1 will join forces next year, turning into the new Michelob UltRa Chicago Spring 13.1 & 10K. the race, scheduled for May 17, will take place at the Park at lake Shore east. photo by: Michael tutino

“It was about one degree out when we started the first couple of times,” Cunningham says. “We had maybe three or four friends [participate], but our whole thing is that we’re weatherproof and through the next two or three months we grew it to 25 to 30 people. From there we were accepted into November Project.”

or box jumps on ledges by the lake. We use the city as our gym.”

in addition to combining the two races, the event this year will feature a new post-race concept called MaRKet 14 with local vendors, farmers, food purveyors and a build-your-own flower station. Runners will also receive a complimentary hot breakfast catered by goose island, and those 21 and older will receive a complimentary Michelob UtlRa as well. the race, which has a cap at 5,000 half marathoners and 1,000 10K runners, will serve as the first race of the 2015 Chicagoland half Marathon Series. Runners who complete both the Michelob UltRa Chicago Spring 13.1 and the Chicago half Marathon on Sept. 27 will receive a custom 26.2 Challenge finisher medal at the Chicago half.

to learn more about the new event, visit www.chicagospringhalf.com.


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This pizza crust is super simple and makes a delicious thin crust pizza that is gluten-free and tasty. Feel free to play around with it by adding dried herbs or other seasonings. It could be used to make a delicious cracker as well. INGREDIENTS: 1 Cup Almond Flour 1 Pasture-Raised Egg 1 pinch of Salt 1 TBS of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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When preparing for an endurance event, diet plays an important role in the training process. Meal-delivery service KitchFix aims to help Chicago area athletes eat healthfully and wisely without needing to sacrifice training time to prepare food. “Our approach overall is to use nutritionally dense foods that are anti-inflammatory, which really helps you to recover after endurance activities,” Chef Josh Katt of KitchFix says. KitchFix allows users to order meals made from high-quality, locally and sustainably sourced ingredients. Meals are then delivered either to locations in Chicago or the Cook, Lake and DuPage County suburbs or dropped off at one of more than 20 fitness studios and gyms in the 18



area that serve as hubs so clients can pickup their food after a workout. KitchFix meals contain no gluten, soy, dairy or corn products. While many of KitchFix’s offerings adhere to paleo standards, the menu does include grains and other sources of carbohydrates. “While it’s not the traditional dishes loaded with carbs, we certainly do use a lot of things with carbs in them,” Katt says. “Sweet potatoes we use a lot of. They’re a great source of carbohydrates that also have a lot of nutrients.” Interested in trying KitchFix on your own? Katt provided Chicago Athlete with three recipes designed for endurance athletes.

DIRECTIONS: 1 In a large mixing bowl, whisk the almond flour and salt together, then add the egg and extra virgin olive oil. Mix until combined. Wrap the dough in plastic and place the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes to let it rest. 2

3 After letting the dough rest, roll it out into your desired shape. Place the dough on parchment paper and put it into a 350F oven for 10 minutes. The dough will start turn golden brown when it’s finished. 4

Remove from the oven and let cool.

5 Once cool, top with your preferred toppings and place back into the oven until your pizza is finished!



Over the past year, we’ve introduced you to a diverse set of outstanding athletes who have been named Clif Bar Athlete of the Month. They’re all worthy in their own way, but only one man and one woman will be named 2014 Clif Bar Athlete of the Year. The Clif Bar Athlete of the Year winners will receive a fantastic Clif Bar prize package. The announcement will be made in our February 2015 Ultimate Resource Guide. Send in your votes today.


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While this recipe is a little complicated, it’s worth the effort.

INGREDIENTS: 3/4 cup mashed sweet potato 1 cup shredded sweet potato 1 cup honey 1 cup coconut water 7 eggs 1 cup almond flour ½ cup coconut flour 2 jalapeños diced, seeds removed 1 TBS baking soda 1 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper ½ cup coconut oil


For this chili we skip the beans and add the high-protein power vegetable kale.

Makes enough for 8-10 portions INGREDIENTS: 1.5 lbs ground, grass-fed beef 1 cup onion, minced ½ cup carrots, minced ½ cup celery, minced 2 tbs coconut oil 1 TBS of dried oregano 1 TBS of dried basil 2 TBS of garlic, minced 1 bay leaf ¼ cup of chili powder 1 tbs of paprkia ¼ tsp of cayenne 2 tbs of cumin 2 28oz cans of organic crushed tomatoes 2 TBS organic tomato paste 3 cups kale, chopped 20



DIRECTIONS: 1 Begin by sautéing the onions in a large saucepan with 2 TBS of coconut oil until they are translucent and cooked down. Season with salt. 2 Next add the carrots and celery – cooking these down until they have released a lot of their water and start to caramelize.

Next add all of your spices, the tomato paste and the minced garlic. This will dry out the pan quickly – keep stirring so it doesn’t burn. The bottom of the pan will turn slightly brown, but this is ok – this makes for a delicious chili base. 3

Now add the beef – stirring and breaking up the beef until it’s fully cooked. Season with salt and pepper – make sure to taste it. It should start to taste like chili! You’re going to add a bunch of tomatoes to this so if it tastes strong, that’s ok. 4

DIRECTIONS: 1 The best way to get mashed sweet potatoes is to throw a sweet potato on a tray and into a 350F for about 30 minutes. Remove it, let it cool slightly, peel it, and then mash it. While this is happening you can get the rest of your ingredients measured. 2 Start be measuring the remaining wet ingredients into a large bowl. Shred your potatoes, measure the honey, coconut water and crack the eggs. Place this into a large bowl and add the mashed sweet potato. 3 In a seperate bowl, add the almond flour, coconut flour, jalapenos, baking soda, salt and pepper. Whisk these together to disperse the seasoning and baking soda. 4 Next fold the dry into the wet ingredients using a spatula. 5 Finally melt the coconut oil, and whisk slowly into the batter.

Now add the crushed tomatoes. Rinse out one of the cans with water and add that to the pan as well.

6 Line a 9x13 aluminum pan with some parchment paper (prevents sticking) and then grease it slightly with a little left over coconut oil. Pour the batter into the mixture.

Slowly simmer the chili for 30 minutes. Taste it. Make sure it tastes great! Add more seasoning if necessary.

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Damon King, a new face to the Chicago racing scene, has posted top 10 finishes in each of his past four races. King, originally from Michigan, started running with the cross country club at Michigan State. After nearly two full years of recovery from a stress fracture, the 25-year-old returned to racing at the Pumpkins in the Park 5K. He took second place with a 16:27 finish, and followed that with a seventh place finish at the Hot Chocolate 15K, a distance King says was much more difficult for him because he lacked experience. He returned to his favorite distance, the 5K, at the Fifth Third Bank Turkey Trot in Detroit on Thanksgiving. He finished second at that race as well, but dropped more than 20 seconds from his previous time. Most recently, King posted another second place finish at the Rudolph Ramble 8K. King says he isn’t sure what’s next for him in the Chicago racing scene. He plans to train indoors for the time being as winter sets in and will eventually begin to prepare for early spring races like the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle.


Marisa Hird capped off her racing season in peak form and will ride that momentum into 2015. In her last two races, both marathons only seven weeks apart, she took the top prize. After finishing first at the Fox Valley Marathon in late September, Hird kept up her training for the Naperville Marathon. Hird finished first again in her city’s race with a time of 2:50:57. Hird’s mother introduced her to running, and she kept up the sport through high school and college. Over time, she has learned that longer distances like a marathon fit both her abilities and preferences the best. With her strong finish to marathon season, Hird says she will take some time off and maintain her base until spring. When the weather warms, she plans to start the process all over again, targeting another fall marathon.

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the benefits of coMMuting by bicycle in the Winter By Bryan McVey

Winter is here, but you don’t need to hang your commuter bike up until springtime. Many benefits of commuting by bicycle become more noticeable in the winter: staying fit while avoiding packed gyms, no weather-related traffic backups and no scraping ice and snow off your car.

consider lightweight boots that double as good all-around winter walking shoes. Wool is also great for your hands, especially as the first layer of protection. You can wear one of several waterproof glove shells over a wool glove liner to provide maximum heat retention and keep your hands dry.

When riding in cold and adverse weather, layers are your friend, especially an outermost layer consisting of a windproof and waterproof barrier. Keeping the cold wind from cutting into your skin will make for a more enjoyable experience. Although your hands, feet and head lose heat first, keeping your torso warm with a base and secondary layer under a wind jacket or vest allows your extremities to stay warm even longer.

Since winter hours means less daylight, visibility becomes even more important. Front and rear mounted blinking lights help cars see you in the dark, especially if you get caught in a snowstorm.

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To protect your winter steed, keep it free from wet snow and ice. Fenders stop snow and slush from getting everywhere and will make a world of difference in your commute. Even if the pavement is a little damp, water and dirt will trail up your tires and fling outwards, coating your frame, legs and back. Fenders keep all of this contained on the tires, keeping your clothes and bike clean. Even with fenders, dirt, grit and water will inevitably work their way onto your bike and into

your chain when riding on saturated roads. If water and grit settle too much on your equipment, it will cake on and be much harder to clean, possibly leading to rusted and seized-up components. To prevent this, keep your bike under shelter as much as possible, either in a garage, at the bottom of a stairwell or even under a tarp. Keep an old rag and a spray can of bike cleaner near where you store your bike. Just before you put it away for the day, spray the drivetrain down and wipe the chain clean with the rag. Baby wipes are also a great thing to keep on hand to quickly wipe down a dirty frame. Remember to keep your chain lubricated, but do not over do it (think bi-monthly versus daily), as excess chain lube can force in dirt just as much as not having enough on to start. Don’t let cold riding overwhelm you by taking it step by step. Start on a milder day to gauge how your body handles the cold and continue to hone your strategy of getting through another Chicago winter, this time on the bike!

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Staying HealtHy and raiSing money for cHaritieS In 2003, Secrest and Richardson traveled to Virginia for the Virginia Beach Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon and have since made it to all 50 states running everything from major events like the New York City Marathon to small community races like the Eisenhower Marathon in Abilene, Kansas. “[The races] gave us a good reason to go to these places,” Richardson says. “You feel like a part of the community as opposed to just being a tourist. That was another thing that got us into doing races: a free tour of the city or town we’re in.” Both Secrest and Richardson mentioned the Eisenhower Marathon as a favorite for its community engagement. “They fed us the night before and they fed us breakfast after the race,” Secrest says. “It was like the whole town came out and was so friendly.” Secrest and Richardson average five or six races per year, though the exact number has varied over time, especially as they neared the end of their 50-state challenge and had fewer options. While they often travel just for the weekend, occasionally they’ve made weeklong vacations out of the race. Richardson, a senior manager at Ernst & Young, says running has played a major role in helping her stay levelheaded, despite the pressures of her job and is grateful for a flexible work schedule that has allowed her to keep up training.

Staci Richardson & Barbara Secrest charIty: PaWS Chicago

If you wanted to explore the United States at ground level, you could pack up your car and drive through the Interstate System. you could board a train and ride the rails from one coast to the other. Or, you could run a half marathon or marathon in every state. Mother-daughter duo Barbara Secrest and Staci Richardson’s journey began in 1990, when Secrest ran the Mini-Marathon in Indianapolis. Richardson, a high school student at the time, didn’t want to train and run the race despite the opportunity to get out of school, as the race took place on a Friday. Nine years and a college degree later, Richardson joined Secrest at the Mini-Marathon in what would become a mother daughter tradition. “I did the first one with [Secrest] in ’99, walking half of it and running the other half,” Richardson says. “I started from there and every year until I moved to Chicago in 2006, we were in this running club in Indianapolis that really got us started.” 26

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For years, Secrest and Richardson ran under the guidance of Tom Hathaway, known to his runners as “Coach,” a runner in his 70s who logged 100 miles per week prior to passing away in 2012. “He was a natural runner and natural leader, one of those guys that made you feel like you were an elite athlete, no matter how good or bad you were,” Richardson says. “That’s what kept us going in those early years when I started.” After her Mini-Marathon experience, Richardson decided to take on a marathon and ran the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon in 2000. Secrest ran her first full marathon at the Columbus Marathon in 2002. While the two had already raced in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, the following year they decided to expand their horizons. “We’d always done things together when she was at home, so we decided we would do some mother daughter stuff together,” Secrest says.

“Public accounting is a pretty high stress environment,” Richardson says. “Mom was doing that too towards the end of her career [as a registered nurse]. Running was the only way to manage stress and learn endurance, which is key to my job: enduring and knowing there’s a finish line.” Many of the races Secrest and Richardson ran benefitted charity, and this past year Richardson raised $3,600 for PAWS Chicago en route to the New York City Marathon. “It’s definitely something I’d like to get further involved with,” Richardson says of PAWS. “My cat passed away and I had a pet growing up, so it was an important charity to me.” Though Secrest walks her half marathons, at 72 she often has few peers at races, which has led to several age group awards. Of particular note: a buoy from the Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon in Portland, Maine. “I was very resistant: ‘I don’t even know what that is and I’ve got to lug that home on the plane!” Secrest says. “It’s a good conversation piece,” Richardson adds.




Do Kids Need an Off Season? Kids need daily physical activity, but parents may wonder if or when to schedule an “off season break” for their sport-loving kids. The answer depends on the child’s age, enthusiasm and chosen activity. Elementary Young children require frequent movement, contact with friends and unstructured playtime, especially outdoors. The sports and activities intended for these kids should offer short practices focused on fun and skill development. Off-season breaks allow kids plenty of time to try other things without having to juggle too many activities simultaneously. Some sports like gymnastics require early skill development. If your child participates in this type of sport, assess your child’s desire and enjoyment and then decide whether to allow him or her to participate year-round. If they love one of these early developmental sports, it can sometimes make sense to commit to one early. But exercise caution. Often, early year-round committal to one activity leads to early burnout and inactivity at a young age. Most sports do not require early skill development. This means that your child will ultimately be a better athlete if they participate in a wide variety of activities. Middle School Preteens start to narrow down their activities to the few that they enjoy the most, making specific focus more appropriate. Let the child lead this journey. If he or she is


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enthusiastic about their sport and wants to do it for most of the year, support him or her. If he or she still likes a wide variety of activities, allow him or her to try short seasons of several sports throughout the year. Choose the level of team and coach that matches your child’s commitment. High School These young adults will decide what activities and sports are their favorites and commit to a select few. During a high school sport season, participants fully commit to one activity at a time. During the off-season, many players continue to hone their skills with club teams and private instruction. Many club teams are for-profit businesses that depend on participation and therefore make it seem important that all players participate all year. As parents and young athletes, it can be hard to step back from a sport for any break at all. There is a certain momentum or feeling of belonging that comes from constant participation and helps to keep a young athlete interested in a sport. But if your child is tired from the sport, physically or emotionally, a two to three month break may help to regenerate enthusiasm. As a parent, sport-activity-child decisions can be confusing. We make the best decisions with our young athletes when we honestly assess each child’s enjoyment for an activity, match them to an age-appropriate program and find a coach that understands the benefits that come from allowing children to experience many different activities.

Kennedy Calcagno Kennedy Calcagno, 11, is a busy runner, summer, Kennedy won her age group at the Chicago Kids Triathlon and placed second in

her age group in her first sprint triathlon. Ken-

nedy competed in her first USA Triathlon Youth National Championships in August where she finished 12th in her age group. She won her age group at a Hyvee FitKids Triathlon qualifier in the Quad Cities this summer and raced at the Hyvee FitKids U.S. Championship in


Des Moines, Iowa where she was sixth for 11-year-old girls. In addition to triathlon, Ken-


nedy enjoys club swimming, where she has had the opportunity to compete as an age group state swimmer. Last fall, Kennedy helped her



Visitation School fifth grade girls cross country team become overall conference champions. In November, Kennedy finished 14th at the Cross Country Coaches National Youth Championships in Nashville, earning All American status.

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swimmer and triathlete from Elmhurst. Last

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the Next level

Northbrook Speed SkatiNg Club

developS YouNg taleNt Few athletic organizations can claim that they have sent at least one member to the Olympics throughout the group’s entire history, but the Northbrook Speed Skating Club can. Since its founding in 1952, the club has had more than 20 different skaters in the Winter Olympics, several of which came home with medals.

The club has had skaters of all ages in its history, though at the moment most members are in middle school or younger. Skaters come from a variety of backgrounds, but many times the sport attracts hockey players or figure skaters more interested in going fast on the ice than puck handling or staying still.

Though speed skating may not have the same popularity as baseball or football, NBSSC president Ginny Lapporte says this region has a reputation as a speed skating hub. With a handful of clubs in the Chicago area along with several in Wisconsin, NBSSC skaters have many opportunities for racing at meets hosted by other Midwestern clubs.

“We get kids ready to take it to the next level and focus on speed,” Lapporte says.

“There’s no team win or loss, so it’s a fairly individual sport,” Lapporte says. “When we leave a meet it’s not like Northbrook won. If we have four first place and three second place [finishes] or 10 out of 15 kids get personal bests, we’ll play that up as the success, so there’s definitely competition but it’s not team against team.”

NBSSC’s season runs for six months from September through March, though skaters will sometimes attend weeklong camps during the summer. Getting ice time can be a challenge during warmer months, so the club tends to focus more on dry land training, if members do anything at all.

It also hosts an optional third night of practice and incorporates dry land training into the routine as well to help skaters refine technique and go over conditioning ideas with coaches. The club has rolling admission, so kids interested in trying out speed skating can start at any time during the season. “We’ve got a whole range of ages and boys and girls on the ice at the same time,” Lapporte says. “I find the kids learn to be very supportive of newer skaters.” While kids may make up the club’s membership, Lapporte says the sport overall is great for the entire family.

“It’s good to have the time off and not get too crazy about it,” Lapporte says.

“As a mom, I’ve felt and now I hear from other families is [speed skating] is a really family-based sport,” Lapporte says. “It’s a ton of fun for the adults too, even if they’re not on the ice.”

During the season, though, the club has ice time for a bit more than an hour two nights per week.

To learn more about NBSSC, visit: www.nbssc.org. MyChiCagoathlete.CoM

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photo gallery



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1. Patricia and Ava Swanson enjoy the Evanston Flying Turkey 5K on Nov. 27.

2. Runners including Damon King, Jeff Roland and Roger Pinon enjoyed unseasonably warm temperatures at Pumpkins in the Park on Oct. 25 in Chicago. Photos by: Michael tutino

3. Megan Tracy and Jennifer Cherrington get into the Halloween spirit at the Trick or Treat Trot in


Evanston on Oct. 26.

4. Elizabeth Okey and her fellow reindeer help bring Santa to the North Pole at the Wheaton Lions Club Reindeer Run on Dec. 6. Photos by: Wheaton Park District

5. Zoe Song, Jill Otte and Debbie Slagel smile at the the Wheaton Lions Club Reindeer


Run on Dec. 6. Photos by: Wheaton Park District

6. Jeremy Ruston, winner of the Gouldilocks and the Bears 5K on Nov. 2, poses with Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould after the event.

7. Barb McGovern runs in the



Gouldilocks and the Bears 5K on Nov. 2.


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Last February, my wife, Ewelina, and I had an enjoyable experience during our first destination run, a 13.1-mile relay at the New Orleans Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, so when we planned our second destination run–the Birell Prague Grand Prix 10K on Sept. 6–I expected a similar experience. MYCHICAGOATHLETE.COM




During the first kilometer on this muggy Saturday night in Prague, I started to regret rearranging our entire three-city European trip just to squeeze in these 6.2 miles. Forget enjoying the scenery of what some would argue is Europe’s most beautiful city. I was preoccupied, and not just by the constant shifting of the fanny pack I wore with our passports, credit cards and money. We tried to avoid breaking our ankles on the cobblestones and dodged the much faster runners who didn’t care that an ultra-competitive Chicagoan had far overestimated his running abilities when he signed up for this race, leaving him and his mildly perturbed wife in a starting corral where they clearly didn’t belong. Yet the palpable excitement in historic Wenceslas Square as the seconds ticked down and thousands of runners snapped photos, double-knotted their shoelaces and set their music to the right tune before taking over the streets of Prague sticks with me from that night more than any of those little annoyances. I can still hear the local bands and energetic crowds that lined the course and remember posing the handful of cameramen perched a few hundred meters before the finish line. More than anything, I recall slowing down as we crossed the Vltava River twice on the Štefánik Bridge– once in the second kilometer and again in the ninth as we headed back toward the city center–to soak in the Prague Castle lit up atop the city. It wasn’t a race: it was an experience. 34



10 TRAVEL RUNNING TIPS Travel running involves much more than putting on your shoes and pounding the pavement. To maximize your travel running experience, try the following tips: 1

Pack your running gear in your carry-on luggage.


Watch the weather so you bring proper running attire.


Get your body clock set to local time.


Prepare for the ups and downs of the course.


Plan your pre-race meal.


Carry local currency.


Ask the hotel concierge for the safest running routes.


Run in the morning to avoid tourists.


Keep an eye on the sights instead of your time.


Sign up for a race and start your trip on the right foot.

All races won’t be this memorable and challenges arise when you run in a different city, such as acclimating to a time change, dealing with lost luggage or trying to find a suitable pre-race meal, but destination running provides ample opportunities as well. “A lot of people like myself use running as an excuse to travel – that certainly was the case when I went to Berlin and London,” Molly Chernick, event director at RAM Racing, says. “Running is also a great way to soak in the city.” Mari-Mar Walton, founder and managing director of Travelling Fit, an Australian-based company that organizes runner accommodations for races around the world, agrees that running is one of the best ways to see and experience a city. “There are not many sports that have the privilege of having the main streets of major cities closed off for an event to take place,” Walton says. “For example, the TCS New York City Marathon gives runners the opportunity to run through New York’s five boroughs of Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan; you get to run over the 5 bridges and end in world-renowned Central Park. The BMW Berlin Marathon takes the course along former East and West Berlin and finishes meters away from Brandenburg Gate.” Chernick, who “woke up one day in 2006 and decided to run,” has completed 10 marathons, including all of the World Marathon Majors except the Tokyo Marathon. “What I like is that a lot of courses are designed to highlight the most beautiful architecture and elements [of a city],” she says. Chicago resident Michelle McConnell, a three-time marathon finisher, echoes those sentiments, but adds that destination running is more than just strolling through the well-manicured areas you’d find pictured on a city’s tourism website. “The thing about some races is you run through some of the gritty [areas],” McConnell said. “You’re able to take in the entire city, including the areas you’d likely never see.” McConnell and her husband, Dwight, competed in the Nairobi Half Marathon in 2013 for Team World Vision. You’d expect training would ramp up leading into this type of destination run–one with higher altitudes, October temperatures in the 80s and plenty of hills–but the goal of this trip was to help raise funds for local water projects. The race also took place exactly two weeks after McConnell completed the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. “To participate in the full marathon in Nairobi you need to be a fast runner, but the half marathon isn’t as competitive and you have up to six hours to finish,” McConnell says. “A lot of people walk the whole race. So we took our time, had fun high fiving and cheering on Team World Vision Kenya teammates along the course (they had a team of about 200 runners) and took in the sights of the city.” That’s what makes destination running so appealing: no matter if you run to raise money for charity, gain a new perspective on a city or just stay active and have fun on your trip, you never know what you’ll see, who you’ll meet or what will happen.

CHICAGO STAYCATION OPTIONS You can’t make spring come any quicker, but you can find a number of fun ways to stay active and warm this winter in the Chicago area: 1 Chicago Athletic Clubs climbing walls www.chicagoathleticclubs.com/services/climbing 2 WhirlyBall in Chicago, Lombard and Vernon Hills www.whirlyball.com 3 O’Hare Paintball Park in Bensenville oharepaintball.com 4 Windy City Fieldhouse www.windycityfieldhouse.com 5 Sky High Sports: The Trampoline Place in Niles nil.jumpskyhigh.com

iFLY Indoor skydiving in Rosemont and Naperville chicago.iflyworld.com 6

7 K1 Speed Go-Karts in Addison www.k1speed.com/chicago-addison-location.html 8 Batting cages at Sluggers in Wrigleyville www.sluggersbar.com 9 McQ’s Sports Dome in Bolingbrook www.mcqsdome.com 10 The Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park www.odeumexpo.com/soccer/facilities.asp




Office Experiment ChiCago athlete Works With loCal health and Fitness experts

Self Improvement Though it would be nice to snap your fingers and instantly reach your goals, in reality change occurs slowly over a long time. Last summer, members of Chicago Athlete’s staff partnered with local health and fitness professionals to help each of us achieve a personal challenge. Over the course of several months, we became fitter, faster and most importantly, healthier. If you want to make some improvements to your health this year but don’t know where to start, read on to learn more about our processes and those with which we worked. We hope this will inspire you to reach for your best in 2015! continue on 36

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Just Launched www.myracepal.com


your personal race calendar

This Time It’s Personal

A new event calendar you can personalize and share with your racing pals.


Jonathan Cain Role: Local Sales/Race Director Worked with: Amy Baltes, FitNut4Life StaRting Point: I have been setting PRs in all kinds of distances for the past few years, but still figured I could be doing something better with my overall health. Motivation: Though I thought I ate better than most Americans, I also know that my eating habits probably weren’t as good as they could have been. I wanted to eat better to keep my body healthy and strong and to be able to run for a long time. The problem was, I didn’t really know where to start and how to add healthier options into my diet. PRoCeSS: I had three meetings with Amy over the course of a few months. For the first meeting, I took a weeklong record of what I ate and how I worked out. I met with Amy to talk about what I was doing and what could be improved. Based on my food log, Amy saw that I eat a lot of highly refined cereals, a lot of sugar, little fiber and had a low

intake of essential fatty acids. She told me that we weren’t going to overhaul my diet, but she gave me a lot of little tweaks that could improve upon what I was eating. She also recommended some meals and ideas on how to add in more healthy food like veggies, whole grains and non-processed meat to what I was already eating. We also set goals of getting me to start learning to cook and to read labels to avoid ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated fats, food dyes and other chemicals.

For our last meeting, Amy and I went to the grocery store to find ingredients to help with making meals. We looked for food I’d be able to make and eat before it went bad while maintaining variety and finding affordable options.

By the second meeting, I was more aware of what I ate and had increased my fruit, vegetable and whole grain consumption. Amy had me watch Hungry for Change and Fed Up, two documentaries about issues within the diet and food industries. She also had me experiment with oatmeal and work on adding more iron-rich foods into my diet, such as greens, beans and seeds.

more small steps to improve upon what

joNAThAN’S ReSultS: ongoing. Amy saw positive progress in our later meetings and gave me some I had already changed. (Though, she did say she was going to get me to enjoy eating tofu, which I still say is not going to happen.)


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“Earlier in 2014, I wanted to set a substantial half marathon PR. When I reached out to friends, every single one said I should add strength training to my regimen.” Starting Point: I registered for the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon with the intention of setting a new PR. My first marathon, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2013, didn’t go quite as well as I had hoped and I thought changing my approach to training might help. Though I had grand plans of regularly strength training during the 2013 marathon season, as my mileage increased I only managed to do the most basic strength training once a week at best. Motivation: Earlier in 2014, I wanted to set a substantial half marathon PR. When I reached out to friends much faster than I for advice, every single one said I should add strength training to my regimen. I ended up running a half marathon in April far faster than I imagined I could, so I figured it would be worth seeing how strength training could affect my marathon time as well. ProCeSS: One week before marathon training began, I met with Greg for an EquiFit session. During that time, we took some preliminary body composition measurements and discussed both my running history and my goals for marathon season. I had my first personal training session the day marathon training began, and for the next four and a half months, I kicked off my workweek with a 6 a.m. strength training session with Greg. Though the specifics of each session varied, I always went

through several circuits designed to complement where I was in marathon training. When I developed patellofemoral pain syndrome (also known as “runner’s knee”) a month or so into the season and needed to improve balance on my right side, we worked on balance. When I hit the midpoint of marathon training, Greg took advantage of my extra energy to introduce me to metabolic conditioning in order to improve my endurance. When I tapered, we focused on maintenance rather than attempting anything crazy. No two sessions ever

looked identical, but each session fit exactly what I needed for that point in marathon training. I gained strength and enjoyed cross training with my sessions throughout marathon season. Not only did it keep me from putting additional stress on my legs by pounding out a few more miles each week, but it kept me active in a different way and gave me an enormous range of information on how to use a variety of equipment around the gym and on how to effectively train my body to do what I wanted it to do.

Bethany’s reSultS: Well, I certainly got my PR. I took nearly 28 minutes off my time from the 2013 Bank of america Chicago Marathon, so as far as I’m concerned, my race was a wild success. thanks to a variety of injuries, I opted out of any sort of speedwork during my marathon training, and I did less cardio-heavy cross training than usual. Despite that, I still managed to run the marathon more than a minute per mile faster than last year. Does strength training during marathon season make a difference? Based on what I experienced, I’d have to say yes. MyChiCagoathlete.CoM

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Kyle Thele Role: Online Editor Worked with: Brandon Yates, Director of Personal Training at Chicago Athletic Clubs and Valerie Bannos, Dietetic Technician, Registered STaRTing PoinT: I’m a former high school and college athlete and can occasionally find my way to a gym or running trail. I was out of shape, but not to an extreme level.

fast I could run a mile. With Brandon’s guidance and his mix of support and encouragement to do more, my results continued to improve throughout our time together.

MoTivaTion: After college, exercising regularly dropped a few notches on my to-do list and I started to feel the effects. I wasn’t necessarily looking for anything new, just a reason to get

While I thought I had a solid grasp of what to do in a gym, Brandon introduced me to a number of new workouts that used muscles in ways I had never before experienced. Countless times I didn’t

kYlE’s ReSulTS: My mile time dropped nearly a full minute to a speed I haven’t run since high school. My pushups and squats in a minute reached a pace of more than one per second. I could consistently add weight and had further success at individual workouts than I imagined. My mentality changed drastically as well. I began to look forward to our weekly meetings and wanted to work out more on other days. I found space in the day to work out when I usually would have enjoyed some solid couch time. When Brandon and I started, I left many of our sessions feeling beat and even a little sick. By the end, I felt better leaving than

active again and regain the dedication I once had towards exercise. PRoceSS: The basics of my workouts with Brandon covered a wide variety of fitness essentials. We used a functional approach to work on strength training, speed and distance running. Brandon and I worked together once a week over the course of this project and from day one he had me going all out. Our workouts would jump from one muscle group to the next, each day with a specific focus on a part of the body without overusing any one muscle. Early on, Brandon tested my BMI, the number of pushups and squats I could complete in a minute and how 40

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even realize what I had worked until it was sore the next day. Brandon altered basic workouts and adjusted my form to make sure my body worked the way the exercise intended without risking injury. We took full advantage of Lincoln Park Athletic Club’s features, going from the basketball gym to the treadmill to the weight training machines to the free weights seamlessly. That’s not to say it was easy. After our second session, my body quickly learned what it was in for and our weekly workouts led me to reach out to Valerie Bannos for some nutritional guidance. The mix of healthy food (or healthier, as the case may be. Rome wasn’t built in a day.) combined with regular workouts got me back on track.

I did walking in the door. While I did lose a few pounds, which my attempts at healthy eating also helped, I could see and feel the difference in my body. I felt better, I felt more active and I wanted more. The biggest and most drastic change came in my mind. since high school, working out was a punishment or something ancillary that needed to happen in order to enjoy sports. Now I look forward to it.

Photo by: Elaine Villaflores


Tracy Collings Role: Director of Advertising Worked with: CrossFit Illumine in Niles STaRTing PoinT: 42 years old, 112 pounds, 19.5 percent body fat. I’ve been a runner my whole life and pretty comfortable weightlifting in a gym. I have five marathons and a few years of triathlons under my belt and I’ve been known to win a scavenger hunt or two. MoTivaTion: I’ve always wanted to be lean - like six-pack lean. After having two kids, now 10 and 8, that became a, “I should have worked on that when I was younger” thought. PRoCeSS: CrossFit Illumine puts all new athletes through an On-Ramp program for one month to teach proper form for lifts and basic movements and run athletes through shortened versions of WODs (workout of the day). The first day in a real class was a bit intimidating, even though I had always been comfortable in fitness situations. After a few classes, I got the hang of the terminology and felt like part of the group. This facility uses WODIFY, an online performance tracking system that can keep record of PRs and benchmark times. This took a little time to get used to, but I now find this tool invaluable. I was WODing three to four times per week from June through December and developing new skills I never would have tried on my own, such as handstand push-

ups. Now I do them regularly and find them somewhat fun. I’ve seen real progress in my Olympic lifts. My core is probably stronger than ever. Sometimes it feels like we’re a bunch of big kids playing on a playground. I also cleaned up my diet. I don’t follow a strict paleo diet, but I did cut out refined sugar, bread, cheese and most processed food for the last few months. One of the coaches even talked me into competing in the Trodo Games, a team-based competition among 20 or so boxes. I was terrified. It kind of felt like my first triathlon. But, just like racing, there was such a high afterward that I can’t wait to participate in the next games. There really is something special about this group. These aren’t just local folks. People drive from Wheeling, Mount Prospect and Lincoln Square to work out at this facility. The coaching philosophy extends beyond getting a class full of athletes through the hour. These coaches inspire us to be better in all facets of our lives. They have a committee that works on events that give back to the community. They promote healthy eating. They are sticklers for good form when lifting weights. They help us all to increase mobility and they encourage a sense of community among the athletes. Even though we range from teenagers to grandparents, during our time at the box, we are like one big happy family.

TRACY’s ReSulTS: 110 lbs., 17 percent body fat (with a five percent loss of android fat, which relates to the mid-section). While I am not yet ready to show off a photo of my stomach to the world, I’m certainly a lot closer to my dream of a six-pack. Give me another six months! I gained a lot more than fitness with this project. I have so much fun with these workouts. They are different every day and the encouragement from the group is unparalleled. They say that CrossFit is the place where the person who finishes last gets the most cheers.


I tested my body composition with DexaFit, located at 3727 N. Broadway. It was incredibly easy. I simply had to lie still while the machine scanned my clothed body. You receive your results, which includes bone density, fat tissue and lean muscle mass, instantly with a breakdown on details such as how much lean muscle you have in your right arm compared to your left arm. Knowing that I had a second test scheduled kept me motivated to work hard. I wanted quantifiable results. I was more aware of my eating habits and made sure not to miss workouts. If you’re looking for something to keep you honest, consider getting a baseline test done. MYChICagoathlete.CoM

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Jingle Bell Run

Fleet Feet Rudolph Ramble

Over 1,000 runners came to Lincoln Park in midDecember and enjoyed perfect weather for the Jingle Bell 5K and 10K. The race, which supports the Arthritis Foundation, far surpassed its original fundraising goal and had even passed its second goal by race day.

Runners at this annual 8K race enjoyed mild midDecember weather as the temperatures reached the 50s. On the women’s side, Columba Montes completed her weekend sweep winning both the Rudolph Ramble after winning the Jingle Bell Run 5K the day before. The men featured Austin Hendrix breaking the tape followed by Clif Bar Athlete of the Month winner Damon King and David Janet in third.

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Men’s 5K Results Nate McPherson Angel Duchi Matthew Schmanski Dillon Murphy Steve Hulst Manuel Bautista Brad Templin Benjamin Tucker John O’Brien Mike Neault

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Elmhurst Chicago Highland Park Downers Grove Zeeland, Mich. Chicago Chicago Beecher Oak Park Chicago

Women’s 5K Results Columba Montes Erica Shin Tamara Burns Mercedes Mancha Nancy Henderson Sheila Lockwood Maeve Roach Bethany Stripp Emily Delvalle Helena Jach

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Chicago Vernon Hills Libertyville Chicago

18:42 21:44 22:51 23:38 Des Moines, Iowa 23:56 Buffalo Grove 24:23 Forest Park 24:36 Chicago 25:12 Chicago 25:14 Chicago 25:18

Men’s 10K Results Daniel Santino Bill Smith Andrew Norton Manuel Arias Eiichiro Kamikawa Brady Johnson Mario Da Silva Josh Shenton Michael Nash Matthew Diamond

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Chicago Arlington Heights Chicago Oak Forest Tokyo Chicago

Women’s 10K Results Meshelle Rich Chirine Njeim Bridget Montgomery Kerry Devitt Francie Phillips Emily Jurlina Laura Papageorgiou Candace Warner Jenna Olson Karey Hammond

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Chicago Chicago Chicago Tower Lakes Evanston Chicago Skokie Wilmette Chicago Evanston



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16:51 17:40 18:17 19:25 19:26 19:56 20:06 20:14 20:17 20:41

34:27 37:17 38:20 38:23 38:38 39:15 Sommerville, Mass. 39:24 Chicago 41:16 Chicago 42:13 Chicago 42:31



39:36 39:48 41:52 43:09 44:04 44:34 44:44 45:37 45:50 47:22


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Men’s Results Austin Hendrix Damon King David Janet Cameron Rieger

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Chicago Chicago Oak Lawn Chicago

25:51 26:11 26:13 26:53

Kyle Larson Joel Bendtsen Daniel Kittaka Noah Howkins Lionel Montenegro Anand Parekh

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Chicago Chicago Chicago Arlington Heights Chicago Chicago

26:58 27:00 27:05 27:07 27:56 28:18

Women’s Results Columba Montes Rebecca Maier Josey Mintel Loryn Kromrey Allison Parker Allie Walters Stephanie Hughes Jill Czarnik Angelica Guerrero Stephanie Miller

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Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago

29:51 30:47 31:36 31:43 32:03 32:18 32:18 32:19 32:19 33:41


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Fleet Feet Sports Pumpkins in the Park Photo by: Michael Tutino

Fleet Feet Sports Pumpkins in the Park OC T O B ER 2 5 | C HI C A G O

Fleet Feet’s annual Halloween themed race brings out both the costumed and the speedy. Much of the field donned their spookiest costumes while others just scared everyone with their speed. The top six runners all finished before the 17-minute mark for the men with this issue’s Clif Bar Athlete of the Month winner Damon King coming in second overall. The fastest runners weren’t the only to win at Pumpkins; awards also went to the best original costume and best group costume. Men’s Results Jeff Roland Damon King Matthew Piazza Alexander Taylor Jeff Hojnacki Dave Strubbe Gardner Yost Jeremy Rielley Roger Pinon Waldo Wassus

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Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago

16:10 16:27 16:30 16:32 16:35 16:58 17:01 17:04 17:32 17:35

Women’s Results Columba Montes Bess Ritter Vanessa Righeimer

35 27 22

Chicago Chicago Park Ridge

18:11 18:24 18:31








Jill Czarnik Rebecca Maier Rachel Stack Elizabeth Robinson Pamela Manley Megan Anderson Angelica Guerrero

26 30 25 34 37 29 52

Chicago Chicago Chicago


18:44 18:57 19:01 19:21 19:35 19:38 19:39

Trick or Treat Trot 6K O CTO B E R 2 6 | E VAN STO N

Returning to Evanston for the second time, the Trick or Treat Trot saw some of the fastest runners on the CARA Runners Choice Circuit. While the adults all stretched and warmed up, the kids had their turn to race a shorter distance based on their age ranging from 100 meters to one mile. Men’s Results Emisael Favela James Akita Jeremy Ruston Todd Quednau Phil McNeal Matthew Jeromin Rob Chenoweth Jason Ream Scott Mangum Dan Walters


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Berwyn Elmhurst Algonquin Chicago Chicago Palatine Chicago Chicago Barrington Chicago


19:12 19:17 19:52 20:16 20:21 20:29 20:37 20:58 21:05 21:20


Women’s Results Pamela Staton Wendy Jaehn Columba Montes Diana Davis Liz Ruvalcaba Maggie Graham Aneta Ziemianksa Daisy Favela Sherri Breese Emily Jurlina

27 39 35 29 30 23 34 39 31 27

Chicago Chicago Chicago Evanston Bolingbrook Evanston Streamwood Berwyn Palatine Chicago

21:35 22:16 22:34 22:49 22:58 23:14 23:17 24:40 24:49 24:50

Gouldilocks and the Bears 5K N O VE M B E R 2 | HOFFMAN ES TAT ES

November started with the running of this suburban race supporting Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould’s charity The Goulden Touch. Runners clad in Bears gear showed up and found their own way to support the team on its bye week. Men’s Results Jeremy Ruston Jonathan Cain David Vincent Kelly McGovern Josh Borzych Lynn Crim Dan Wise Mike Szuch Name

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East Dundee Des Plaines Arlington Heights Bartlett Huntley Hoffman Estates Huntley St. Charles City

16:19 17:27 19:10 20:07 20:50 23:19 23:47 23:56 Time

Sam Romano Eloy Mandujano

23 37


Glendale Heights 24:45


Thomas Doyle Hans Wenzel

48 52

La Grange Batavia

Women’s Results Nicole Edwards Barb Comstock Jennifer Miranda Barb McGovern Jennifer Harling Kristen Sernett Lindsay Daudelin Jane Busbia Melinda Kennedy Emily Reagan

31 46 23 55 30 28 30 49 32 30

Antioch West Dundee Round Lake Bartlett Dundee Chicago Schaumburg Deer Park Chicago Chicago

Women’s Results Jill Diaz Lauren McCarthy Kathy Olcese Cherry Thurman Emma Creviston Faith Dircks Hope Rodell Alyssa Kronberg Margaret Dring Madison Ziemer

28 32 51 32 14 14 15 15 14 11

Oswego 20:57 Westchester 22:26 Arlington Heights 23:43 Westchester 25:15 Westchester 25:23 Mount Prospect 25:26 Palatine 25:54 Palatine 25:55 River Forest 26:24 Lombard 26:26

21:54 21:55 23:38 24:01 24:59 25:31 25:45 26:16 26:50 26:58

22:56 22:59

Women’s 15K Results Pam Staton Alyvia Clark Megan Janezic Meshelle Rich Meg Sullivan Suejin Ahn Hilary Halford Regina Horak Kelsey Kilrea Leann Banwart

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Ingleside Chicago Libertyville Chicago Downers Grove Chicgao Antioch Elm Grove, Wis. La Grange Park Greenwood, Ind.

56:08 57:21 57:22 58:03 59:17 59:40 1:00:10 1:00:25 1:01:12 1:01:26

Men’s 5K Results Gedion Yitref




Gouldilocks and the Bears 5K Fleet Feet Sports Pumpkins in the Park Photo by: Michael Tutino

Hot Chocolate 15K/5K The original Hot Chocolate race in a series that now stretches across the country returned to Chicago in early November. The sweet theme attracts both dedicated runners looking to unwind from the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and newbies who just enjoy all the fun that goes along with the race, CEO and founder of RAM Racing Steve Ginsburg says.

Jonathan Weatherly Simon Ricci Roger Pinon Etienne Najman Bjorn Shroda Matthew Mosak Jacob Langbehn Alejandro Deaguilar Rawlins Riles

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Chicago Chicago Chicago Lake Forest Bolingbrook

Men’s 15K Results Tanner Chada Ryan Richert Cameron Rieger Nicholas Modlin Michael Moore Edwin Hernandez Damon King Ernesto Ramirez Joel Bendtsen Josh Yelsey

Women’s 5K Results Samantha Polock Kelsey Seiler Sophia McDonnell Jessie Mescal Joy Holverson Carina Coss Jennifer Mull Alexandra Oswald Madelyn Macejik Alicia Carr

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Chicago Sleepy Hollow St. Charles Hebron, Ind. Joliet Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago


Westchester Veterans Day 5K NOV EM B ER 9 | WES TCH E S TE R

One of the oldest and most popular events in the western suburbs, this 5K does its best to bring the community together to support the men and women who served the United States. This year, members of Illinois Rolling Thunder, a group dedicated to American POW and MIA soldiers, escorted runners. Men’s Results Chris Harris James Mangan Jim Robinette Casey Kristie John Dring Thomas McCarthy Matt Ordzowialy Gary Parenti Name

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Willowbrook Chicago Lombard Westchester River Forest Westchester Westchester City

17:29 19:49 20:37 20:39 20:52 21:58 21:58 22:23 Time


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Aurora Huntley Chicago Wheeling La Grange Wheeling Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago City

50:08 50:43 51:58 52:05 52:09 52:21 53:10 53:24 53:32 53:41 Time



16:48 17:04 17:23 17:25 17:34 Crown Point, Ind. 17:37 Crown Point, Ind. 17:46 Chicago 18:07 Wheeling 18:13



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Trick or Treat Trot 6K

Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon NOV EM B ER 9 | NAP E R V I LLE

Returning for its second year after the success of the 2013 race, the Naperville Marathon once again hit its mark. This year, the suburban race attracted attention from outside the local running community. Race co-director Tom Horvath says he and his team of employees and volunteers work hard to make it more than just a local marathon. “Whether you are a first-time or experienced marathoner, we’ve strived to make the Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon your best race of the year,” Horvarth says. Men’s Marathon Results Yonni Mascote 25 Brian Scott 36 Timothy Scanlin 28 Brendan Camplin 27 Kevin Murphy 23 Brian Arbetman 38 Damian Bednorz 35 David Ostendorf 40 Bobby Mette 22 Bernie Healy 26

Naperville Naperville Mokena

2:33:53 2:39:36 2:44:17 Kansas City, Mo. 2:45:28 Naperville 2:46:26 Naperville 2:50:26 Bensenville 2:50:57 Elmhurst 2:51:41 Glenview 2:52:54 Bloomingdale 2:56:02

Women’s Marathon Results Marisa Hird 28 Naperville Tina Chase 43 Granger, Ind. Camille Brune 36 La Grange Name






2:50:57 3:08:45 3:16:03 Time

Carissa Laack Elizabeth Woodward Janet Walberer Cindy Leuck Katherin Rehn Janelle Harling Melody Johnson

29 30 37 24 22 29 34

St. Joseph, Mich. Wheaton Wilmette La Crosse, Wis. Western Springs Morrisville, N.C. Crest Hill

Men’s Half Marathon Results Jeff Purdom 31 New Lenox Mike Behr 38 Aurora Josh Peck 30 Lombard Kyle Julian 25 Elgin Stephen Ellenbecker 43 Itasca Evan Harrison 19 Naperville James Robertson 40 Woodridge Matt Gill 41 Downers Grove Jason Hoffman 33 Willowbrook Jim Dickerson 41 Aurora

3:17:10 3:19:49 3:21:07 3:22:47 3:23:01 3:23:30 3:25:00

1:13:59 1:14:31 1:17:01 1:17:31 1:17:41 1:18:56 1:18:57 1:19:04 1:20:25 1:21:51

Women’s Half Marathon Results Amber White 29 Naperville 1:18:24 Sarah Mahaney 32 Montgomery 1:25:08 Marron Brookes 34 Chicago 1:26:58 Megan Baganz 38 Naperville 1:27:58 Shelley Navis 34 Watertown, Wis. 1:29:28 Kimberly Castner 51 Naperville 1:30:46 Laura Steed 40 Naperville 1:30:46 Kristin Kotara 36 Mokena 1:31:38 Jamie Mayer 38 Aurora 1:31:38 Heide Smith 40 Bolingbrook 1:31:42 Name




Red Eye 8K Run N O VE M B E R 1 6 | JOLIET As both the Joliet Run 3 finale and a race on the CARA Runners Choice Circuit, this Joliet race saw some of the best and fastest runners in the area. The top runners who competed in all three Joliet Park District events, the Rockdale Ramblin Run, the Sundowner and the Red Eye, had the opportunity to walk home with an extra prize. Marc O’Neal, who finished 15th overall at Red Eye, took the overall Run 3 prize as did Sharon Dillon, ninth female at the November race. Men’s Results James Akita Emil Bojanov John Thompsen Evgeny Beletskiy Emisael Favela Felix Lazaro Robert Wiegand Soren Knudsen Jason Mahakian Andre Martinez

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Elmhurst Chicago St. Joseph Evanston Berwyn Joliet Chicago Channahon Chicago Joliet

25:24 25:40 25:49 26:35 26:46 27:17 27:56 27:58 27:59 28:11

Women’s Results Columba Montes Wendy Jaehn Diana Davis Stephanie Hughes Aneta Ziemianksa

35 39 29 25 34

Chicago Chicago Evanston Chicago Streamwood

30:03 30:36 31:14 31:30 31:52





Lauren Sykora Carrie Robicheaux Eleanor Brandt Sharon Dillon Emily Jurlina

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Naperville Lombard Evanston Joliet Chicago

32:09 33:32 33:58 34:11 34:30

Lorelei Zuccarelli Catie Cicirale Linda Curwick

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Schererville, Ind. 29:24 Lockport 29:33 Bourbonnais 30:51

Flying Turkey 5K

N O V E M B E R 2 7 | E VAN STO N

Autobahn Cruise Run NOV EM B ER 2 2 | JO LI E T

With a course literally built for speed, runners of the Autobahn Cruise 5K enjoyed a road course along the second longest motorsport track in America. Because of its location, fans enjoyed one of the better viewing experiences for any 5K in the area. This year, top honors went to a pair of teenagers as Wylie Anderson and Maddie Blaauw broke the tape. Men’s Results Wylie Anderson Gabriel Ceballos Daniel Sotiroff Christopher Stockman

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Naperville Channahon Naperville New Lenox

16:21 16:47 17:40 18:43

Runners chased the turkey before they sat down and ate it Thanksgiving morning. The family 5K in north suburban Evanston gave out an extra prize to any runner who could catch and beat the “turkey,” race director Jonathan Cain. Runners also enjoyed a turkey bacon station along the course. Men’s Results Peter Callahan Phil McNeal Christopher Schmidt Dan Schofer Brian Barker Ilyas Taraki Christopher Travis

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16:17 17:00 17:12 17:24 17:41 17:51 17:52

Flying Turkey 5K

Kibet Rono Nathan Murray Michael Cipriani Zachary Bebar John Leonard Greg Wilder

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Kankakee Crest Hill Channahon Crest Hill Joliet Tinley Park

18:49 19:36 20:42 22:55 22:57 23:26

Women’s Results Maddie Blaauw Shannon Booher Deb Lisy Fran Gleason Samantha Moreno Tina Kilgore Megan Brooks

14 29 54 41 13 32 45

Joliet Weldon Joliet Plainfield Yorkville Joliet Bradley

20:54 21:11 24:28 24:53 25:17 26:33 27:46





Louis Lapat Scott Ebeling Ryan Hendrickson

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18:01 18:17 18:20

33 29 Andrea Pereira de Almeida 26 Natalie Kelly 31 Nevena Pilipovic-Wengler 24 Maya Epstein 12 Margot Dooley 15 Kate Baldwin 48 Paige Haden 16 Emily Rosenberg 51

18:14 18:55 20:41 21:08 21:27 21:30 21:42 21:59 22:04 22:04

Women’s Results Marie Schofer Diana Davis




Flying Turkey 5K





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January 2015

For More Calendar liStingS: WWW.MyChiCagathlete.CoM 02/05/15 Run to the Pub 6 week irish series Oak Forest IL kellydevinenutrition.com/run-to-the-pub 02/08/15 The Channahon Park Districts 36th annual Frosty 5 Mile Race sponsored by The Private Bank Channahon IL www.channahonpark.org 02/21/15 Fox Valley Winter Challenge Trail series #2 Aurora IL www.runtoachieve.com 03/01/15 Winter Blast Half Marathon and 5k Portage MI www.portagewinterblast.wordpress.com 03/07/15 CnB Oak Forest Fleadh 5K Oak Forest IL www.oak-forest.org 03/07/15 Queen Of Martyrs Celtic Ceili K’s 5K run/2 K walk Evergreen Park IL register.itsracetime.com/ Register/?event=29927 03/07/15 Punk the Monk 5k Trail Run Wauconda IL www.muddymonk.com/punk 03/08/15 Run Fur Fun St. Charles IL www.stcparks.org 03/14/15 st Paddys Day 5K Naperville IL stpaddysday5K.org


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Northern Illinois Nordic Cross Country Ski Race Wheaton, il | Saturday, January 10

Whether you’re a cross country ski veteran or a newcomer, head out to Wheaton for the northern illinois nordic Cross Country Ski race, where, pending conditions, trails will be groomed for skating and classic skiing on 13K and 7K courses. 03/15/15 March Madness 1/2 Marathon Cary IL www.hillstriders.com 03/21/15 lucky leprechaun 7K Milwaukee WI www.LuckyLeprechaunRun.com 03/21/15 Fox Valley Winter Challenge Trail series #3 Geneva IL www.runtoachieve.com 03/28/15 Kent City Ridge Run 15K/5K Kent City MI www.kentcityschools.org/highschool

TRiaTHlOn 01/09/15 Pinnacle indoor Triathlon #3 Fitchburg WI www.racedayeventsllc.com/content/ pinnacle-indoor-triathlon

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03/29/15 experience Triathlon indoor Triathlon series - March 29 Race Lisle IL experiencetriathlon.com/2014/11/ et-indoor-triathlon-series-2015

02/06/15 Pinnacle indoor Triathlon #4 Fitchburg WI www.racedayeventsllc.com/content/ pinnacle-indoor-triathlon

XC sKiing 01/10/15 northern illinois nordic XC ski Race Wheaton IL www.ninordic.blogspot.com



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

773.283.4470 773.283.4473, fax info@sauganashwellness.com www.sauganashwellness.com 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 Dr. Joshua Akin, Dr. Jon Sebby, Dr. Sunil Pullukat, Erin Bretts, LMT, Sam Gao, LMT

Phone: 773-227-5914 | Fax: 773-227-8247 www.ChicagoHerniaInstitute.com 2222 W. Division (Suite 110) Chicago, Il 60622 2800 N. Sheridan (Suite 108) Chicago, Il 60657

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

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

Enhance your current health... and your future health with care from our certified and licensed doctors and practitioners. Sauganash Wellness Center is conveniently located at 6160 N. Cicero Avenue, just one block east of the Eden’s Expressway (I-94) and one block north of Peterson Avenue on Chicago’s North Side. Many insurance plans accepted. Now accepting new patients.

SERVICES OFFERED: - Performance Training • One-On-One • Athlete Development • Youth • Program Design • Strongwoman & Strongman - Sports Medicine (Chicago Chiropractic & Sports Medicine) - Integrative Health

For more information, visit the center’s web site at www.sauganashwellness.com.

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GROIN PAIN? Minimally Invasive Hernia Repair: Groin/inguinal and belly button hernias. Get back to sports sooner and with less pain. Athletic Pubaglia (Sport’s Hernia): Groin and rectus muscle tears, chronic pain despite resting. Non-surgical treatments: Physical therapy/trigger point injections. Surgical Repair: Laparoscopic Surgical Repair

136 W Vallette Street, Ste #2, Elmhurst, IL Phone: 630-834-3668 | ElmhurstFootDoc.com RUNNERS TREATING RUNNERS Our docs run, bike, and swim. Marathoners. Triathletes. Weekend Warriors. Foot hurt? Can’t Run? That’s an emergency to us! Use the secret code “Walking on Air” to get preferred scheduling.

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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:

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

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 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.

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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OCCupAtIOn: Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Master Instructor at Flywheel Sports, Owner of TRAINology Fitness Q You have a pretty solid endurance sports background, with several marathons and triathlons to your name. Endurance sports have a tendency to skew towards a solo fitness venture – something you train for and complete on your own. Coming from that perspective, how can an endurance athlete benefit from a group fitness class? A The endurance athlete can benefit with group fitness classes in many ways. First, Chicago has many boutique studios that offer specific workouts. You can jump into these classes as cross training or replace part of your training days with a class, meaning a tempo run can be replaced with cycling or a group H.I.T. class, like every class offered at my studio TRAINology Fitness. Secondly, training with like-minded athletes found in many of these high intensity classes helps with the socialization of training (you’re not in it alone) and helps one size up his or her own competitive edge or prowess. 54

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Q What sparked your interest in teaching group fitness classes? Back in the day, cycling was not “spinning” or certainly not “fly” but the energy and synergy that can be produced with music, group motion and motivation is contagious and addictive. I felt a calling and natural skill that simply clicked, not only with cycling but also into group training and running classes.   Q For those who don’t necessarily compete in endurance sports but prioritize an active lifestyle, what advantages do group classes have over going to the gym on your own? A Variety. Many big box gyms offer so many different types of classes. Those I call “training for life” can feel the social benefits of a group class while having the choice to switch things up to keep it fresh. Once you identify what you love you can move to a more specific boutique studio that offers a specific community and focused workout.  

Q If someone wanted to get in shape for 2015, what would you recommend as a starting point? A Identify your goals. Set a goal or goals and get moving. Keep records of your progress and seek advice if you’re falling short. Remember you are what you eat and drink; diets aren’t starvation but controlled and balanced eating for the calories needed. Again, write it down and your probably going to notice your trends, good or bad. Q How can someone maintain motivation beyond January to keep working towards his or her health and fitness goals? A Find an interest or goal that ties into a certain date later in the year. One good example is a brideto-be; these ladies work hard because they have goals. Find a race or event(s) that would support your new lifestyle for 2015.

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