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“The winter may be terrible, but summer makes up for it. While we may not have picture-perfect weather year round, Chicago certainly knows how to pack its fun into the three months.”

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f you spend enough time in Chicago, eventually you’ll hear someone say something like this: “The winter may be terrible, but summer makes up for it.” While we may not have picture-perfect weather year round, Chicago certainly knows how to pack its fun into the three months where you can (usually) count on warm temperatures. One fun summer activity: stand up paddle boarding. This sport made its way to the area a few years ago and quickly picked up steam as one of the best ways to stay active while enjoying one of Chicago’s greatest assets: Lake Michigan. Lynda Barckert introduces us to several stand up paddle board outfitters throughout the city and shows that the sport has options for everyone from casual paddlers to competitive athletes on page 32. While the entire area sees an uptick in road races starting in April, summer brings a unique kind of race to Chicagoland: the weekday evening race. From classics such as the Elvis is Alive 5K to the newly-rebranded Rock the Night 5K (formerly the Terrapin 5K), weekday races offer a change of pace from the usual Saturday or Sunday morning event and give runners a fun way to kick off the weekend. You can read all about these events in Kelsey Plefka’s article on page 38. This season may encourage more people to get outside and get moving around the area, but one location in particular has seen a particular growth in fitness options over the past few years. Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood quickly has become a hotbed for multisport retailers and boutique gyms. Kerry Devine looks into this phenomenon on page 42. Enjoy the warm weather, Chicago. We’ve earned it.

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TAKE A RUNNING TOUR OF THE SOUTH SHORE. 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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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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Y O U S A I D I T… Despite rainy conditions, Chicago runners came out in droves to celebrate National Running Day on June 4. We asked our Facebook followers how they spent the day:

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ide on Chicago, a five-day ride organized by PeopleForBikes in order to raise funds and awareness for better riding conditions in the United States, concluded on June 2, reaching Chicago’s West Loop and surpassing its $100,000 fundraising goal. “This wonderful, highly successful Ride on Chicago celebrated the importance of working together – on a bike ride, in fundraising and speaking with one strong voice for better bike riding,” PeopleForBikes president Tim Blumenthal said in a press release.

Riders traveled from Kansas City, Missouri to Chicago on multi-use paths, rail-trails, rural farm roads, suburban streets and protected bike lanes during their journey. After arriving in Chicago, participants celebrated their accomplishments at the United for Bikes Bash, an event hosted by World Bicycle Relief, PeopleForBikes and the Active Transportation Alliance that highlighted the power of bicycling to change lives on a local, national and global scale. PeopleForBikes plans to repeat the ride in 2015. For more information, visit peopleforbikes.org.

BIKE TRAILS COMING TO BIG MARSH PARK The Chicago Park District recently approved a contract with the Hitchcock Design Group to update Big Marsh Park in South Deering into a bike park on par with that located at Valmont in Boulder, Colorado. The plan calls for dirt bike trails along with a treetop adventure course, fishing, canoeing and hiking. The park aims to bring in more visitors to one of the southernmost neighborhoods in the city of Chicago while highlighting the area’s ecological resources and encouraging eco-recreation. 14

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“I spent it with a running club that I helped start at my sons’ school. We ran the track and then had an “end of year” celebration. The kids have been improving their 5K race times in our inaugural season. My husband (who draws on our sons’ lunch bags every day) helped up to commemorate!” - Arlyne Julao Chin “Fun run at Dick Pond Athletics!!!” - Amy Michelle “10 miler + a beer to celebrate life!” - Brandon Gittelman “REST Day!”

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EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT STAY SAFE ALONG BUSY STREETS Beautiful weather encourages runners and cyclists of all levels to come out of hibernation into the great outdoors. While fresh air may beat the whir of a treadmill, athletes need to take steps to make sure they stay safe on the road, such as running against traffic, cycling with traffic, wearing bright colors (and a helmet for cyclists) and carrying ID. SHANNON’S SPEEDSTERS TEACHERS GIRLS HEALTHY LIVING Local mother Shannon Javaras organized a camp for girls ages 8 to 16 to teach them about a wide range of healthy activities and lifestyle choices this summer. Campers will meet twice a week in the western suburbs for fitness workouts and field trips to help educate them about various healthy options.


IT’S A CRAZY LOOKING RUNNING SHOE BUT IT’S CRAZY FOR A REASON BECAUSE CRAZY ISN’T CRAZY CRAZY IS SMART CRAZY CAN’T GET ENOUGH CRAZY IS CHANGING THE GAME CRAZY IS CONTAGIOUS CRAZY NEVER QUITS CRAZY LIVES THE DREAM

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Athletes looking for a different multisport challenge have a new option with the Fat Tire Trail Duathlon, scheduled for Sept. 28 at the Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville.

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he Force will be with runners in Disneyland as part of runDisney’s brand new collection of races, the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend. The event, scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 15 to 18, features a half marathon, 10K, 5K, kids races and the Rebel Challenge. The weekend kicks off with the Wookiee Welcome Party on Thursday, Jan. 15, a private party in Tomorrowland with character meet and greets, entertainment and a dessert reception. Racing begins Friday morning with the Star Wars 5K through Disneyland. Runners looking for a greater challenge can take on the Star Wars 10K

the next day while youngsters have the opportunity to run age-appropriate distances on Saturday as well. The title event takes place on Sunday, Jan. 18, with a course that takes runners through Disney California Adventure, Disneyland and the surrounding areas. Athletes who really want to push themselves can compete in both the Star Wars 10K and the Star Wars Half Marathon as part of the Rebel Challenge to earn an additional fi nisher medal. For more information on the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend, in addition to runDisney’s other events, visit www.rundisney.com.

and the top three male and female finishers will also receive gift certificates from Rolland’s Jewelers in downtown Libertyville. Adult registration costs $89 through Sept. 1 and will increase to $99 after Sept. 1. The youth fun run for those 10 and under costs $30. A portion of the proceeds from the duathlon will benefit Make-A-Wish Illinois and Oasis for Orphans. To learn more about the event and to register, visit www.fattiretrailduathlon.com.

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The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Chicago Department of Transportation will host a public meeting on July 8 to present the draft Purpose and Need Statement, develop transportation alternatives and obtain feedback for the improvement of North Lake Shore Drive. The open house meeting will take place in the Gold Coast Ballroom at the Drake Hotel from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Since 2013, IDOT and CDOT have gathered information about lakefront access and lakefront trail pedestrian and cyclist counts, along with vehicular and environmental information to define the needs in the study area. Those who attend the meeting will have the opportunity to provide input through sketches, written descriptions or an online mapping application. Interested individuals can also submit suggestions through the project website at www.northlakeshoredrive.org.


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new evening RiDe Cyclists looking to shake up their Saturday night will have a new option later this month. On July 26, the Active Transportation Alliance will host its first Pedal. Pints. Party!, a 21-andover ride and private party. The ride takes place at dusk, but the fun begins at the pre-ride festival at Dark Matter Coffee, where participants can sample hot and iced coffee. Riders will receive a giveaway prize before rolling on towards Revolution Brewing on Kedzie. There, Active Trans will have DJs, food trucks and Revolution Brewing beer at its post-ride party. Registration guarantees access to the party with a beer ticket and giveaway.

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Make Stop in Chicago During Cross-Country Bike Ride By Kerry Devine

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wenty cyclists making up a group called the Illini 4000 descended on Millennium Park on June 11 after riding approximately 1,000 miles from New York’s Central Park on their way to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge in an effort to raise $150,000 for cancer research and support. With 17 of the riders hailing from Illinois, the stop in Chicago allowed riders to visit with their families before heading west towards bigger challenges. The group has ridden for cancer since 2007, and David Walder, a ride leader for this year’s trek says the 2014 ride is a little different. “After Illinois, we’re going on a brand new route,” Walder says. “This includes crossing the Rockies in Colorado and the Cascades in California. We’re excited to be able to see new communities and hopefully connect with the people there. And some exciting scenery doesn’t hurt either.” 18

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Illini 4000 gets its name from the targeted distance the group rides every year, 4000 being the rough distance from New York to San Francisco in kilometers. In addition to raising money, the group is “dedicated to documenting the American cancer experience,” and does this with its Portraits Project. In this project, the riders collect narratives of cancer patients, survivors and caregivers they meet along the route in order to discover and share how Americans respond to cancer according to their life circumstances. In the past, some riders have dropped out for family emergencies or job obligations, but not for injury or lack of training. “In the eight years we’ve been doing this ride, nobody has dropped out because they felt they physically couldn’t do the ride,” Walder says. For more information or to lend support, go to www.illini4000.org.

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Join us for an unforgettable cycling event that is so much more. Venus de Miles is Illinois’ premier all-women’s road ride that brings women of all biking abilities together in the spirit of fun. It also raises money for Greenhouse Scholars to support Illinois’ most deserving and promising young college students. That means you’re not just creating enduring bonds by participating. You’re actually transforming lives, families, and communities in a lasting way.

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The Active Transportation Alliance recently announced plans to partner with suburban communities to develop low-stress bikeways for cyclists of all ages and abilities. These “Family-Friendly Bikeways,” as Active Trans calls them, include trails, onstreet protected bike lanes separated from vehicular traffic by parked cars, posts and curbs and “Bike Boulevards” on residential streets that prioritize biking and discourage cut-through motor vehicle traffic.

Bank of America Chicago Marathon Announces 2014 start corral Qualifying times

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f ter filling its field with legacy runners, time-qualified participants, charity athletes and those selected through the lottery, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon has announced its qualifying standards for the corrals in its 2014 event. This year, the event will have 11 corrals, six of which will start the race in Wave 1 at 7:30 a.m. and five of which will begin in Wave 2 at 8 a.m. on Oct. 12.

International (women) 2:30-2:50 (marathon)

To run in a Wave 1 corral, runners must have proof that they have run a qualifying time either after January 1, 2012 for the first four corrals or after January 1, 2010 for the last two corrals in that wave. Wave 2 will receive their assignments based on estimated times and do not need to submit proof that they have run a half marathon or marathon at a certain speed in the past.

Corral B <1:35 (half marathon) | 3:15:01-3:35

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Qualifying standards for Wave 1 corrals are as follows:

Corral E <1:52 (half marathon) | <4:00 (marathon)

American Development Program U.S. citizen (men) <1:10 (half marathon) | 2:17-2:30 (marathon)

Runners ages 50-60 <1:55 (half marathon) | 3:55:01-4:10 (marathon)

U.S. citizen (women) <1:20 (half marathon) | 2:40-3:00 (marathon) International (men) 2:15-2:20 (marathon) 20

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Corral A Men <1:20 (half marathon) | 2:30:01-3:15 (marathon) Women <1:25 (half marathon) | 3:00:01-3:15

Corral D <1:50 (half marathon) | 3:45:01-3:55

Runners older than 60 <2:05 (half marathon) | <4:30 (marathon)

“Studies find that less than 10 percent of the on a typical street or bike lane,” Ron Burke, director, said in a press release. “Familyfriendly bikeways are low-stress facilities for the other 90 percent. Our goal is creating bike routes where you’d feel comfortable biking with your young child.” Active Trans plans to help suburban cities with public outreach and planning to develop networks of Family-Friendly Bikeways and advocate for state and federal funding for new facilities. To show your support for the initiative, visit

For full information on Bank of America Chicago Marathon corrals, visit www.chicagomarthon.com.

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Prairie State Cycling Series Preview 2014: refined schedule to cater to all

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The Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series comes back to Chicagoland this month with a refined schedule that will cater to all types of road cyclists and fans. The series got its start three years ago with a one-day criterium race that featured Pro/Am racers in St. Charles. Its success led to a full week series in 2013, generating great races and sizable competitive fields. The Prairie State Cycling Series came at the perfect time for Illinois road cycling, as the long-running International Cycling Classic series (better known as Superweek), slowly lost steam, eventually running its final series in 2012. This year, the Prairie State series, organized by the same promoters that created the highly successful America’s Dairyland Cycling Series in and around Milwaukee, will host eight races over 10 days, running from July 18 to 27. The races will be scored as a cumulative series competition, but cyclists can complete separate events if they want to pick and choose days to compete. Veterans to the sport in the Chicago area will see some familiar and classic venues in the lineup, including the Willow Springs road race, Beverly criterium and the comeback of 22

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the criterium in Downers Grove, some of the best Chicagoland venues for their respective race types.

on its iconic Thursday night as in its previous 11 years of existence.

Most American road cycling features criterium racing, particularly in and around major cities such as Chicago. The Willow Springs road race bucks this norm as an amazing road race with all the aspects of a great venue. The long hill climb on Flavin Road through the start/finish section spreads out the race field, but just enough winding road and fast downhill allows gapped riders to scramble back to the peloton in time for the hill to start again. If spectating the race as a fan, enjoy a beer on the outdoor patio of the Irish Legend Restaurant on Archer Ave. for your best view.

Other key races to mention include the comeback of the Downers Grove criterium on the last day, the inaugural Chicago Criterium on the second-to-last day and the Lake Bluff criterium, which is a National Criterium Calendar event as part of the professional criterium racing circuit. Many will remember Downers Grove as the 23-year home of the U.S. Professional and elite criterium national championships, its course recognized across the professional ranks as one of the best and most challenging in the country. Races rarely happen in the Chicago proper, making the Chicago Criterium an exciting opportunity to compete in the city, and Lake Bluff will feature some of the best criterium racers in the country.

For years, the criterium course in Beverly kicked off the 17-day Superweek series and has seen many international and domestic professionals compete on its streets. The race takes place in the historic South Side neighborhood along with lawn parties, street bands and plenty of fans. The racecourse itself is a challenging and semi-technical course with sharp up and downhill sections bookending long straightaways. While the race occurs in the middle of the Prairie State series, it will still run

Either as a fan or a racer, this series will be an excellent one to attend, with fast paced racing for experts, beginner’s races for novices and plenty of family activities including kids bike races and block parties. Check out more information at www.prairiestatecyclingseries.com for each day’s specific race information, including race times, registration and more.


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When Emil Bjoanovâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family came to the United States roughly 15 years ago from Bulgaria, he needed to find a new sport. After playing soccer in his home country, Bjoanov gravitated towards track. During his college years, Bojanov earned All-American as an athlete at the University of Chicago and won the Bulgarian national title in the 1,500-meter run. Today, the 29-year-old Fleet Feet Racing Team member names the 5K as his favorite race, and for good reason. In his past three races, Bjoanov finished first or second, taking top honors at the United Run for the Zoo 5K and the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge while finishing second at the ABC 7 Jim Gibbons 5K with a sub-16 minute race. After recovering from an injury in March, Bojanov started a new 36-week training period and runs a race roughly every two weeks. He says he plans to run a number of local races like the Burgers and Beer 5K and the BTN Big 10 5K while building towards more competitive races in the fall and working to run a sub-15 minute 5K.

LAURA BATTERINK

Laura Batterink picked up running as a hobby while attending Oregon University, and since then, the sport has become a major part of her life. Batterink, a Canada native currently living in Evanston, trains with the Evanston Running Club and has emerged as one of the top contenders in the CARA Runners Choice Circuit this year. Batterink, 29, finished second in the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle in March and won the Quarryman Challenge, Elgin Fox Trot and North Shore Classic Half Marathon. Despite her impressive performances, Batterink says she had no plans to win. At Quarryman, she wanted to run the best race she could, and she treated the Elgin Fox Trot as a training run. Batterink says she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think she had a chance to win the North Shore Classic Half Marathon but managed to pass the lead runner near the end and took the crown. Later this year, Batterink plans to return to Toronto to compete in the Canadian 10K National Championships and will also run in the Canadian Cross Country Championships in Vancouver.


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Ken Stancik

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Ken Stancik came to running as a way to improve his health. At nearly 300 pounds, Stancik felt dissatisfied with the way he looked and began running and dieting to get back into shape. What started as simple runs around the block soon turned into a mile, and in time one mile turned into 26.2.

“My worst experience with cancer was driving [my mother] back and forth from chemotherapy, watching her decline and not knowing what to do,” Stancik says. “There are no directions. My father did not want to believe she was going to die, so he was in complete denial. I had a doctor walk up to me and asked me if I wanted to put her at do-not-resuscitate status and I wasn’t ready for that.”

“I ran the Chicago Marathon in 2007,” Stancik says. “I wanted to be in good enough shape to run a marathon. That was such an awesome experience for me, and I got really into it after that.”

Stancik’s experience with his mother’s cancer makes him appreciate the work of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. He says he needed advice during his mother’s illness but didn’t know where to turn: a problem the LIVESTRONG Foundation works to solve.

Stancik returned to the Lasalle Bank Chicago Marathon in 2008, but a car accident after the marathon derailed his running for quite some time. This year, he’s back at it, hoping to not only break his personal record but also make an impact on others through his running. Stancik will run this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon on behalf of Team LIVESTRONG. Stancik has seen several family members battle cancer, though he says watching his mother battle cancer when he was a young adult challenged him the most. 26

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“I really didn’t know how to handle things and if there had been somebody there to talk to or somebody to give you some advice on how to handle certain situations: that’s why I like Team LIVESTRONG,” Stancik says. “They offer support to people who are going through it right now.” Though Stancik, like many other charity runners for this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon, only needs to raise $1,000 for Team LIVESTRONG, he hopes to raise 10 times that amount as a way of honoring his mother.

“My goal is $10,000,” Stancik says. “I want to do this big for my mother. I want to leave a mark and hope it helps a lot of people.” While the Bank of America Chicago Marathon may be one of Stancik’s biggest races this year, he has other events on his calendar as well. He’s run half marathons and 5Ks already this year, including the Beacon Sunburst Half Marathon in South Bend, Indiana, which supports Memorial Children’s Hospital in South Bend. “You get to a certain point in your life when it’s time to give back,” Stancik says. “When you’re raising a family, paying mortgages, you’re thinking about yourself. When you get to my age, you feel like it’s time to start contributing.” Stancik also plans to run the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon this November. Stancik has never run two marathons so close to each other before, but after seeing other people accomplish multiple marathons in a year, he knows he can do the same. “A friend of my did the Boston Marathon this year, and I know another friend who has done four marathons this year, so I’m getting inspired by other people,” Stancik says. “But I like the Chicago one the best.”


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4. Tyler Mclean and Arlis Mclean celebrate after finishing the 10K at the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate on June 15. Photo by emily Stone

5. Jadyn and Amie Denlow enjoy post-race festivities after the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate on June 15.

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6. Crystal Schroeder flies down the road during the Super Strive for 5K in Mt. Prospect on June 15. Photo by Mt. Prospect Park District

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How to Find the Right Team for your Child By: Chris Palmquist

As a parent and youth coach, I’ve witnessed young athletes active in high quality sports programs enjoy tremendous benefits. Done right, being part of a team can help a child reach his or her athletic potential, enjoy an active life, mature into productive citizens and feel a sense of belonging. Done wrong, youth sports can hurt young lives. Keep an eye out for these qualities in youth sports programs. Child-Focused An excellent youth coach cares about each member of the team. He or she will talk to everyone frequently as individuals, working together to set goals, acknowledge all improvements and give constructive advice on how to progress. Good coaches make it possible for every kid to feel like a valued member of the team. Long Term Outlook In many sports, athletes don’t peak until high school or early adulthood. Outstanding teams make decisions with that long-term goal in mind. Whether or not a young athlete shows promise now, the team and coach need to guide that athlete with age-appropriate training, age-appropriate race distances and well-rounded skills so that the athlete slowly builds to a peak several years down the road. Be wary of programs or coaches that tout win-loss records. Those types of programs often make decisions based on winning now at all costs. Higher fees do not translate into better programs. Avoid any organization, sponsor or coach who promises increased success if your child leaves their current team to join a new one. Respect and Education The best youth teams make it a high priority to teach respect for the sport, the officials, the rules and other

competitors. Coaches should remind the young athletes to thank and appreciate their parents. Good coaches introduce community service components to the team activities to help each kid realize his or her good fortune and to show how young people can make a positive difference to the world around them. Look for teams that educate parents on how to support all young athletes with positive comments, cheering and patience. Age Appropriate, Fun and Social Young athletes remain active if they have fun with their sport, feel as if they are improving and enjoy their teammates. Look for coaches who make practice fun, yet challenge the athletes with age-appropriate expectations. Good teams encourage young athletes to experience other sports and non-sport activities as part of a well-rounded childhood. Elementary and middle school athletes should never be benched because they participate in other activities or important family events. Membership on a team should not require 100 percent commitment year round to just one sport.

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Safety Look for programs that put safety of athletes as their top priority. Crucial safety practices include having two adults at every practice, modifying practice for dangerous weather and finding safe practice venues. Finally, keep your child away from coaches who make comments regarding weight, dieting or weight loss to your child.

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USA triAthlon MideASt region tAlent id SerieS As the sport of triathlon grows, more opportunities arise to compete on a high level. USA Triathlon’s Mideast Region Talent ID Series aims to provide young athletes with the chance to experience top competition within their region and, ultimately, find those with promise for Olympic competition. “Races within the region give junior athletes an opportunity to compete for points,” Mike Groaning, Mideast regional development coordinator, says. “It’s also a way of identifying upand-comers as far as triathletes in the pipeline of Olympic sports.” The series kicked off in June and lasts through August with nine races taking place across four of the five states that make up the Mideast region. All nine races meet a set of criteria that ensures an ideal experience both for those new to triathlon along with those looking to race against the best regional talent. USAT also looked for races that included age-appropriate distances for young athletes. “Youth athletes should be racing supersprint distance races, so half the distance of your standard sprint,” Groaning says. “Those aren’t as common as we’re trying to make them.” Athletes aged 13 to 19 can compete in the Talent ID Series, and the top three males and females in both Youth (ages 13-15) and Junior (ages 16-19) categories at the end will receive awards. The top

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“We’re encouraging all the participants to do the draft-legal race, which is what the Olympic triathlon is, as opposed to most age group races which is the non-draft version of triathlon,” Groaning says. Though the series began in June, several races still remain, including the Mill Creek Triathlon in Marshall on July 26 and the Wauconda Triathlon in Wauconda on July 27. Outside of Illinois, the Caesar Creek State Park Triathlon in Waynesville, Ohio, the Indianapolis Sprint Triathlon #2 in Indianapolis and the Sylvania Triathlon in Sylvania, Ohio are also part of the series, along with the championship race at the Detroit Triathlon.

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Summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CooleSt Sport this time of year, the Chicago lakefront bursts with runners, cyclists, swimmers, triathletes and kayakers. But if you want a unique way to experience the water or refresh your workout routine, try one of the newest sports on lake michigan: stand up paddle boarding.

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Reported by The Outdoor Foundation as 2013’s most popular outdoor activity among first-time participants, stand up paddle boarding combines surfing and kayaking on an over-sized surfboard. Originating with ancient Polynesian cultures, SUP as a sport exploded onto the scene in Hawaii 15 years ago. It spread to California and beyond, arriving in Chicago around 2005 when Dave Olson of Kayak Chicago decided to add SUP classes and rentals to his kayak rental business at Montrose Beach. In 2009, Ian Jacobson, owner of Chicago SUP, opened the area’s first exclusively-SUP business at North Avenue Beach. “I grew up on Lake Michigan,” Jacobson says. “After discovering SUP on a trip to Hawaii, I brought it back to Chicago as a way to catch waves on smaller days. Instantly a light went off in my head that this would be something people would enjoy doing on flat water as well. Within a month I had a business up and running with six boards. This year we will have over 60. Initially we used to have clients from Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, even Ohio, as we were the only dedicated stand up paddle boarding operation in the Midwest at that time.” Newcomers to the sport like SUP because of its short learning curve and low impact nature. Don’t let those qualities fool you, though. SUP primarily requires balance, and as such provides a total body workout. “Paddling correctly is a learned skill that involves paddling with your entire core and back,” Michael “Westy” Westenberger of the Chicago Paddle Company explains. “It’s a rotational movement. We always say the best paddlers paddle from their toes to their shoulders. Throw in an unstable surface and you add balance, too.”

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SUP appeals to a wide range of participants, from elite athletes to paddlers who just want to have fun. Those looking for competition can choose from a plethora of races throughout the United States. Races often cover between four and nine miles and require both endurance and sprinting energies. Races usually have either a water start or a beach start, which involve paddlers sprinting to the water’s edge with board in hand. Racecourses follow a series of loops involving multiple buoy turns to keep paddlers in front of spectators, trace the perimeter of a lake or follow a simple out and back format. Race directors determine the course design, which often highlights the strengths of the local area. Those interested in local SUP competition have plenty of options. Chicago Kayak teamed up with BIC Sports to provide the BIC One Design Series each Sunday morning at Montrose Beach. These 10-minute sprint races follow four-buoy format courses that change weekly. Each heat produces a winner who moves on to a final race that day. The winner of the final race takes first place for the day. Event winners then qualify for the worldwide circuit’s final race in September at a location yet to be determined by BIC. Chicago SUP, located on the beach at North Avenue, also hosts many competitions. From Aug. 8 to 10, some of the world’s top professional paddlers will come to North Ave. for the Chicago World Paddle Challenge, a Stand Up World Series event, to compete for a $20,000 prize purse. The unique format of this event allows amateur racers to line up side by side and compete in the same field as top pros. Those looking to SUP for a cause can consider the True North Treks race for cancer survivors on July 27 at Montrose Beach. For triath-

“After discovering sUP on a trip to Hawaii, i brought it back to Chicago as a way to catch waves on smaller days. instantly a light went off in my head that this would be something people would enjoy doing on flat water as well. Within a month i had a business up and running with six boards. this year we will have over 60.” – Ian Jacobson


letes looking for a change of pace, some triathlons now offer a SUP component in place of the swim. For instance, Leon’s Triathlon, which takes place annually in Hammond, Indiana, added its first SUP division last year. The recent popularity of SUP ultimately lies in its adaptability, and variations abound. You don’t have to take a class in order to rent a SUP, but it never hurts to learn proper technique. Along the Chicago area beaches, several SUP outfitters provide a range of opportunities for learning, practicing and socializing with SUP. They offer beginning, intermediate and advanced classes for kids and adults alike for $35 to $50 per class, equipment rental by the hour, passes or memberships. Each outfitter also has its own beautiful view of the city.

Every class is different and tailored to each unique group I teach.” Cerami’s classes take place at Kayak Chicago’s Montrose Beach location. As a competitive sport, a fitness routine and a recreational pastime, SUP has a lot to offer. Whichever facet of the sport appeals to you, the area’s beachfront SUP outlets can certainly meet your needs. The next time the sunlight glitters on those blue Lake Michigan waves, give this fun and exciting sport a try.

“Everyone, regardless of their level of expertize, will ‘ah’ at the most majestic views of Chicago’s glorious skyline from our vantage point,” John Gibbs, founder of Chicago Paddle Rentals at the 31st Street Harbor, says. Many outfitters along Lake Michigan also feature guided expeditions and unique offerings that blend yoga, Pilates or fitness workouts while using the floating SUP board as a base. “SUP Yoga is basically as it sounds, yoga postures practiced on a stand up paddle board,” Mary Lou Cerami, a certified yoga and SUP instructor working for Chicago S.U.P Yoga, says. “The paddleboard makes a perfect yoga mat. It’s wide, stable and challenging, yet suitable for all levels, beginners included. I teach a progression of yoga and balance techniques that get everyone comfortable on their boards quickly and effectively. From the start, you learn how to correctly stand up on your board, paddle in a straight line as well as turn and maneuver your board in any direction. It’s part of every class I teach. The more comfortable you are, the more poses we can try.

For more information on classes, competitions, expeditions, social paddles, private groups and board repair and storage, visit the following websites: chicagopaddlecompany.com; kayakchicago.com or its SUP-specific website: chicagostanduppaddleboard.com; chicagosup.com; chicagopaddlerentals.com; chicagosupyoga.com

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Five years ago, a friend bet Michael Westenberger he couldn’t complete the 12-mile Key West Paddleboard Classic. With a mere two weeks of training, Westy placed second in the event and went on to become KWPBC’s race director. After competing in races all over Florida, Jeff Archer, owner of YOLO Board, invited Westy to join his sponsored race team. Among his many race accomplishments, Westy, co-owner of Chicago Paddle Company, particularly takes pride in his first-place finish in last season’s Chicago Skyline Classic. “It was great to have a World Paddle Association-sanctioned event right in my backyard and the conditions were extremely difficult so I definitely give credit to all competitors that finished that race last year,” Westy says. But SUP competition isn’t always about finishing first. Sometimes, endurance makes a race memorable. Westy recounts another proud moment, when he

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finished about 20th in the 2011 Florida State Championships. “I had trained hard and felt strong but a collision at the start put a hole in the nose of my board, and as my board continued to take on water I kept falling off,” Westy says. “Many times I thought of quitting but just stayed focused mentally until the end. When I crossed the finish a board handler realized my board was about 15 pounds heavier with all the water I had taken on.” This season, Westy will race stand up paddle boards every weekend in the WPA Midwest point series races. In the late summer and into fall he will travel to Louisiana, Florida and California for stand up paddle races. Westy also races competitively in outrigger canoes, both in one-man canoes and as part of a nine-man team. He is grateful to racing sponsors YOLO Board and KIALO Paddles, as well as to his nutritional sponsor Garden of Life, for allowing him to continue his racing career.


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From the city to the suburbs, summer marks the beginning of weeknight race season in Chicago. The draw of these nighttime festivities varies based on event, but one commonality unites them all: the race organizer’s desire to share his or her passion for the sport.

Coral Berta, 35, enjoys seeing how her body reacts in different situations. The Sundowner 5k, hosted by the Joliet Park district on July 24, allows Berta to do just that. Berta, a member of the run for Inwood run Club, appreciates the fact that the Joliet Park district puts on an evening weekday race for several reasons. “This is a good race to gauge your evening performances, seeing that many of us work all day,” Berta says. “It’s also a different type of weather…cooler in the evening in the summer.” 38

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Whether participants want to run against stiff competition or simply enjoy a casual evening run, Gale says a vast array of abilities turn out for the Sundowner 5K. “There is a wide range in the level of competition from several runners finishing in under 20 minutes to recreational walkers,” Gale says. “The race appeals to competitive runners because it is well organized, ChronoTrack timed and the course is fast, scenic and paved.” Berta also believes that the level of competition is increasing. “More and more competitive runners are coming out to Joliet for these big races,” she says. “It is nice being challenged and seeing new and old faces.” If evening temperatures, competition and the scenic course don’t draw runners to Joliet, Gale hopes that the swag will. “We host a quality event with great shirts, a great post-race party and custom finisher medals for all participants,” Gale says. Photo by Joliet Park district

According to Donna Gale, fitness coordinator at the Joliet Park District, race organizers created the Sundowner 5K to be an evening race with a great post-race party, showcasing Joliet’s Pilcher Park. This particular race also allows those runners who work on weekends to compete in a local race. Last year’s Sundowner 5K attracted over 1,100 runners, compared to Joliet Park District’s other two Saturday morning races that drew between

The Sundowner may be a great event for runners who would like to wind down after a crazy work week, but what about the runners that want to end their Thursday night with a bang? For those looking for a race with festival atmosphere, RAM Racing hosts the Rock the Night 5K, formerly the Terrapin 5K, on Aug. 21 at Soldier Field. “The race tends to draw an older demographic,” Geneva Costopulos, RAM Racing’s social media manager, says. “[Most participants are] running this race after work in the city as a fun Thursday night MyChiCagoathlete.CoM

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after-work outing. In the past, it has also brought the runner’s families out to enjoy the post-race entertainment.” This year, Big Head Todd and the Monsters will headline the post-race party, and hamburgers, hot dogs and beer will abound after the race. Costopulos says that Rock the Night has “one of the most fun post-race parties,” and that more participants tend to stay around later to enjoy the atmosphere than at Saturday or Sunday morning races where they would typically run and go home. “It is a very different atmosphere because it is a combined music festival,” Costopulos says. “People often like going out on Thursday night, as opposed to Fridays or Saturdays when it tends to be busier, and Rock the Night is not your typical happy hour.” If Thursday night parties aren’t your thing, perhaps a weeknight tribute to the King is. On the Thursday evening closest to Aug. 16, the day Elvis died, runners descend on Lincoln Park dressed in their best Elvis attire for the annual Elvis is Alive 5K. According to Robin Monsky, Fleet Feet’s public relations and media inquiries manager, the Elvis is Alive 5K draws close to 2,000 runners

each year, 80 percent of which dress in sequins, capes, wigs, sunglasses and sideburns. Around 10 percent of participants show up dressed in head-to-toe Elvis costumes and receive special privileges, such as their own start corral. Elvis is Alive, this year scheduled for Aug. 14, is self-timed and runner-centric. Monsky says that the welcoming environment, attention to detail and relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere keep runners coming back year after year. “The only goal for this race is for people to have fun with their friends, hang out with other people who believe running is not just exercise but enjoyable, hear a great post-race concert and have a great time,” Monsky says. “It really was one of the first ‘themed’ runs in Chicago and people continue to look forward to the novelty of this event and its early weekend timing.” Thursday seems to no longer be an awkward day between the workweek and the start of the weekend. Now, runners can look forward to Thursdays. As Monsky says, whether you’re dressed like the King, running towards a finish line of music and refreshments or simply enjoying the company of fellow running buddies, “Can you think of a better excuse to start your weekend a little early?”


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Ask anyone to describe the West Loop today, and they’re likely to mention cranes and condos.

to and from work,” Wilson says. “It’s really a growing neighborhood, lots of growth potential and not fully established yet.”

“Everyday I see a new crane out, a sign for a new restaurant that’s opening, so it’s definitely booming,” Kim Reed, newly married and living in the West Loop, says. She joined Crosstown Fitness on a lark and now prefers its boutique style to big box gyms, joining a flood of fitness-minded new residents making the West Loop a hotbed for fitness and endurance sports.

Wilson opened Wilson Fitness Studios in the neighborhood a little over a year ago.

Charlie Graff, who opened Crosstown Fitness a year ago, has witnessed the changes. A former teacher at Whitney Young, he’s lived in the area for 10 years.

For Annette Fiscelli, who co-owns On Your Mark Coaching + Training with Emily Hutchins, it was a matter of starting a business where you live.

“I had a club in the suburbs,” Graff says. “The last three years I’ve been combing the city of Chicago trying to find the right neighborhood. The West Loop fit the demographic of what we were looking for.” Robin French of Bare Feet Power Yoga saw an opportunity and took it. “They didn’t have a lot of yoga here at the time, and I knew it was going to be a great neighborhood. I loved it already,” she says. “Right now the West Loop is booming with so many new condos and high rises on Halsted. People are gravitating toward the West Loop. The great thing is there’s a lot of residential [space], and with fitness, the more convenience the better.” Convenience applies to those traveling from outside the West Loop as well, according to Jessica Wilson of Wilson Fitness Studios. “It’s pretty conveniently located for those in suburbs, people traveling 44

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“Emily and I, we were just trainers then, we had a small studio down the street on Ogden,” Fiscelli says. “We thought, let’s put a small class together to make [personal training] affordable.” Their studio only fit five people, and when classes filled up and they needed a bigger facility, they found it right there in the West Loop. “Five years ago people asked us, ‘What are you guys doing here?’ It has [a] more neighborhood feel now. I think that boutique gyms are in right now, they’re hot.” Recognizing the trends, Fiscelli and Hutchins do what they can to set their business apart. “[Boutique gyms] usually offer one thing, but we have a little bit of everything, for endurance athletes or someone who just wants to get in shape,” Fiscelli says.

“Our store is not about competition or gear.” Our key customer is doing it for the internal thing. What’s inside gets us outside: camaraderie, setting goals, live a more engaged life, not how fast you did your last marathon. It’s about, ‘Did you enjoy it?” -Fealy MyChiCaGoathlete.CoM

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While On Your Mark came to the West Loop years ago, Mox Multisport opened its doors in the area as Mission Bay Multisport 15 years ago. Amy Comstock worked there for years and took ownership in 2009, fully understanding the potential of the neighborhood. “I remember when it was not what it is today,” Comstock says. “There weren’t a lot of people living here. Now we’re surrounded by so much construction, some are trying to get landmark status [for buildings] to slow things down.” Her store is still a multisport cycling store, but with a more laid back mentality than before. Regardless, Mox Multisport still caters to competitive athletes, which seems to fit the attitude of the area. “I think being a female-owned store changed our approach to customer,” Comstock says. “It’s less intimidating than when it was a guyowned store, much more customer focused, concentrating on putting people with the right equipment. One hour we will put someone on an $800 starter bike, next hour we will sell someone a $10,000 race bike.” Gillian Fealy, owner of brand new triathlon store Live Grit, embraces a similar philosophy. “Our store is not about competition or gear,” Fealy says. “Our key customer is doing it for the internal thing. What’s inside gets us outside: camaraderie, setting goals, live a more engaged life, not how fast you did your last marathon. It’s about, ‘Did you enjoy it?’” 46

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So who exactly enjoys the West Loop’s fitness boom? “Young professionals that are either starting off or getting settled in their career,” Wilson says. “At that age they start to think about working out and being more conscious of it, making it more of a lifestyle.” Many in that demographic shun box or chain fitness places. Charlie Hirsch, a songwriter who recently moved to Chicago from Los Angles, works out at Coöp Gym. “I avoid the bigger chains. I like the smaller mom and pop gyms,” he says. “They seem to have their stuff in order and also keep their numbers small. At Coöp, they have a theory behind what they do, a strategic plan that I appreciate. I do feel like I’ve seen a lot of results and a lot more people come through there, definitely more members than when I started with them back in the fall.” Reed loves the lifestyle the West Loop provides. “It’s definitely booming, and I feel like it’s mostly young professionals like me that want to live the city life without being 22 anymore, that don’t like be hung over, no club scene, but we still like to have a good time,” she says. It’s a neighborhood that caters to urban professionals who make fitness a priority in their lives and want to live in a place that is less about a party scene but still has plenty of vibe. What once seemed merely a place to find safe passage through now houses many fit, active, urban professionals and young families. Just watch out for the cranes.


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look up your event at: www.MyChiCagathlete.CoM Chicago Spring Half and 10K

Galena Triathlon

May 17 | G al ena Both the male and female winner of the Galena Triathlon finished well ahead of the competition, but Sam Krieg had to travel a lot farther to get the job done. Coming in from Pocatello, Idaho, more than 1,300 miles away, Krieg won by roughly four and a half minutes. Men’s Results 1. Sam Krieg 2. Alex Arman 3. Christopher Schmidt 4. RJ Montes 5. Jim Levesque 6. Dan Solomon 7. Matthew Pahnke 8. David Lampert 9. Erik Walter 10. Dave Ginsberg

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Pocatello, Idaho St. Charles Evanston Dubuque, Iowa Chicago Romeoville Park Ridge Chicago Naperville Geneva

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Women’s Results 1. Jennifer Garrison 2. Jennifer Harrison 3. Emma Briggs 4. Valerie Chang 5. Katie O’Connor 6. Diana Foster 7. Glenda Sundberg 8. Megan Weis 9. Britta Dahlberg 10. Diane Peterson

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Naperville Dundee Chicago Palatine Chicago Naperville Gurnee Montgomery Chicago Lake Zurich

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May 18 | C hi C aGo The Chicago Spring Half Marathon & 10K drew in a wide variety of runners from around the country and world. The top ten finishers in each distance alone represented seven different states Name

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coming as far as Massachusetts and Washington while fifth place half marathon women’s finisher Monica Arias Vazquez hails from Spain. Men’s Half Marathon Results 1. Thomas Root Barrington 2. Jeremy Rielley Evanston 3. Anand Parekh Chicago 4. Ryan Gruhlke Chicago 5. Michael Knudson Evanston 6. Eduardo Hernandez Cicero 7. Rob Blaszynski Annville, Pa. 8. Ryan Krausfeldt Oak Park 9. Herald Alvarez Chicago 10. Nic Ganzeveld Fort Dodge, Iowa

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Women’s Half Marathon Results 1. Pamela Manley Duxbury, Mass. 2. Harper Beasley Iowa City, Iowa 3. Chirine Njeim Chicago 4. Heather Prekop Chicago 5. Monica Arias Vazquez Gijon, Spain 6. Katherine Stine Chicago 7. Maggie Graham Seattle, Wash. 8. Kerry Devitt Barrington 9. Haley Lillehei Minneapolis, Minn. 10. Samantha Greenwood Chicago

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Men’s 10K Results 1. Peter Mone 2. Cyril Willemin 3. Sam Stein 4. Brett Miller 5. Richard Cipolla 6. Andrew Mooney 7. Allen O’Connor 8. Asaad Bhamla 9. Adam Brown 10. Matt Friedman

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Chicagoland Spring Marathon and Half Marathon

M ay 1 8 | SC hauMburG The Schaumburg race offered runners the unique chance to run in both an urban setting and a wooded trail. Going from the streets of suburban Schaumburg to the trails through Busse Woods, the May 18 race had more than 1,300 finishers. Men’s Marathon Results 1. Andy Hass 36 2. Koji Murakami 33 3. Christopher Biesboer 21 4. Kane Baker 33 5. Jordan Dubow 36 6. Matthew Stevenson 32 7. Colin Jecha 20 8. Matt Lindgren 25 9. Brian Udovich 39 10. Jean-Bernard Flanagan 48

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Men’s Half Marathon Results 1. Ted Bowles 44 2. Ricardo Martinez 39 3. Sunil Hanoman 37 4. James Robertson 40 5. Connor Williams 25

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6. Austin Hendrix 7. Peter Mone 8. James Akita 9. Eric Wallor 10. Alex Harrison

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Women’s Marathon Results 1. Angielyn San Juan 26 2. Stacy Jessen 45 3. Alison Huppert 36 4. Elizabeth Woodward 29 5. Alexandra Schmidt 23 6. Amanda Carpo 39 7. Jessica Sokolowski 33 8. Sophie Mayschak 37 9. Jurga Tapio 37 10. Heather Corcoran 44

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Women’s Results 1. Whitney Lazzara 2. Amanda Mirochna 3. Kristen Heckert 4. Jacqui Giuliano 5. Christy Peterson 6. Bess Ritter 7. Meaghan Kennihan 8. Pamela Staton 9. Alisa Meier 10. Kristie Hawkins

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Women’s Half Marathon Results 1. Megan Kennihan 32 2. Courtney Brown 21 3. Kayla Schwarz 21 4. Karin Glenn 44 5. Rita Miller 45 6. Jamie Blenner 23 7. Allissa Carter 26 8. Marta Johnson 25 9. Meg Donakowski 29 10. Emily McVay 37

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May 24 | C hi C ag o The top 10 men and women represented four different states and Washington, D.C. as they led runners across the legendary 50-yard line at Soldier Field. Dan Kremske repeated as champion and defended his title while 2013 second place finisher Matt Flaherty once again took runner-up honors. Last year’s third place finisher Matthew Blume fell to fourth this year. Men’s Results 1. Dan Kremske 2. Matt Flaherty 3. Lucas Meyer 4. Matthew Blume 5. Thomas Frazer Name

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Women’s 5K Results 1. Kate Deprosperis 2. Megan Baganz 3. Jane Simpson 4. Katie Roth 5. Ellen Reifel 6. Carol Wittemann 7. Jessica Jugovich 8. Jessica Roessler 9. Diane Gallagher 10. Kelsey Casella

Downers Grove 19:00 Naperville 19:55 Oak Park 20:56 La Grange Highlands 21:12 Glen Ellyn 21:12 Hinsdale 21:38 Western Springs 21:40 La Grange 22:01 Tinley Park 22:07 Downers Grove 22:24

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M ay 2 4 | W e ste rn sp ri n gs Kate Deprosperis was one of many finishers to complete the double at the Tower Trot but was the only female winner on the day, taking the top spot in both the 5K and 10K races. Her male counterpart, David Pawlowski, won the 10K and finished fifth in the 5K. Men’s 10K Results 1. David Pawlowski 2. Matt Gill 3. Scott Ebeling 4. Brian Pour 5. Christopher Barajas 6. Andy Freeman 7. Kibet Rono 8. Matthew Burrette 9. Vilmantas Gurskas 10. Ken Crews Women’s 10K Results 1. Kate Deprosperis 2. Ellen Reifel 3. Denise Parejko 4. Stacy McCarty 5. Lisa Dienes 6. Amanda Donovan 7. Kelly Lansing 8. Christina George 9. Colleen Burzynski 10. Emily Lombardi Men’s 5K Results 1. Mike Janusek 2. Andrew Irvine 3. Brian Powers 4. Lance Larkins 5. David Pawlowski 6. James Holt 7. Matt Gill 8. Sawyer Madell Name

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Western Springs Downers Grove Evanston Naperville Charlotte La Grange Kankakee La Grange Lisle Clarendon Hills

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The Original 5K

M ay 3 1 | Chi Cago In the inaugural running of The Original 5K, runners recreated road racing’s early days. Participants decked out in head bands, tube socks and wigs filled the field along with some of the fastest runners in the city. Matthew Blume and Vanessa Righeimer took home the top spots.

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Men’s Results 1. Matthew Blume 2. Daniel Glaz 3. Peter Mone 4. Kyle Larson 5. Jeff Hojnacki 6. Daniel Kittaka 7. Robby Haas 8. Brian Robertson 9. Sean Clark 10. Jordan Wildermuth

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Women’s Results 1. Vanessa Righeimer 2. Angelica Guerrero 3. Meg Kobza 4. Jordan Kelch 5. Tori Karsten 6. Carla Moody 7. Yuuka Tonemura 8. Rebekah Ziesmer Strand 9. Caitlin Prouty 10. Jaclyn Tracy

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look up your event at: www.MyChiCagathlete.CoM Women’s 5K Results 1. Amanda Mirochna 2. Christy Peterson 3. Becky Herbert 4. Elizabeth Bailey 5. Marne Smiley 6. Kathryn Hague 7. Stacy Schmitz 8. Erica Kim 9. Megan Hannemann 10. Kelli Wosick

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Naperville Chicago Tinley Park Villa Park Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Hinsdale Mt. Prospect

17:26 18:08 18:59 19:07 19:15 19:47 20:53 21:24 21:27 21:27

Leon’s World’s Fastest Triathlon United Run for the Zoo

United Run for the Zoo

June 1 , C hi C ag o Runners kicked off June at the annual run supporting the Lincoln Park Zoo. The large crowd enjoyed beautiful Sunday weather as the course traced from the neighborhood streets to the lake front and eventually finished by running past the monkeys and finishing in the zoo. Men’s 10K Results 1. Keith Bechtol 2. Jared Rothlauf 3. Kevin Deegan 4. Alex Harrison 5. Arthur Gallegos III 6. Brent Cunningham 7. Michael Stubna 8. Brett Lucas 9. Michael Lucchesi 10. Anthony Cefali

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Chicago Palatine Mokena Chicago Oswego Chicago Chicago Kildeer Lisle Chicago

Women’s 10K Results 1. Kristen Heckert 2. Elisabeth Uible 3. Melissa Ostaszewski 4. Sarah Ostaszewski 5. Melissa Kuhlman 6. Andrea Dittmann 7. Kelly Thielbar 8. Janessa Dohse 9. Jennifer Fromm 10. Sara Menna

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Lisle 36:02 New York 37:32 Crown Point, Ind. 41:49 Crown Point, Ind. 42:35 Chicago 42:56 Chicago 42:58 Chicago 43:45 Chicago 44:11 Widwood 44:24 Chicago 44:50

Men’s 5K Results 1. Emil Bojanov 2. Daniel Buechel 3. Patrick Austin 4. Jeff Bailey 5. Daniel Rosen 6. Noah Miller 7. Corey Werner 8. Tyler Stordahl 9. Joe Veal 10. Thomas Shumaker

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J u n e 1 , ham m o n d, i n di an a Billed as one of the fastest triathlons available, Leon’s Triathlon delivered as promised with Ryan Giuliano winning the first of the Chicagoland Tri Series events. Megan James of Portage, Michigan won the women’s division of the International race. Men’s International Results 1. Ryan Giuliano 30 2. Adam Zucco 39 3. Brett Collins 29 4. Alex Arman 26 5. Ken-Ichi Hino 30 6. Andrew Dewar 25 7. Jeffrey Zematis 39 8. Matthew Petersen 37 9. Dave Irion 56 10. Roman Krzyzanowski 43

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Women’s International Results 1. Megan James 43 Portage, Mich. 2. Kristine Juno 28 Highwood 3. Victoria Clinton 17 Elburn, Wis. 4. Karen Snyder 41 Naperville 5. Andrea Hart 35 Chicago 6. Kathleen Wilcox 40 Chicago 7. Audrey Ernst 15 South Elgin 8. Amy Kuitse 51 South Bend, Ind. 9. Darcy Ytterdahl 45 Glen Ellyn 10. Anne Caudill 38 Glenview

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North Shore Classic

J u n e 1 , hi ghl an d Park RAM Racing CEO Steve Ginsburg says that the race decided to offer the $11,000 prize purse to Illinois residents only which resulted in four times as many elite runners as in previous years at the 36th running of the North Shore Half Marathon. Ginsburg also says the race plan to continue this in coming years. Men’s Results 1. Johnny Crain 2. Kyle Brady 3. Ryan Root 4. Arturs Bareikis Name

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Lake Forest Berwyn Creve Coeur Normal Lake Forest Chicago

1:12:14 1:12:37 1:12:49 1:14:33 1:16:04 1:16:11

Women’s Results 1. Laura Batterink 2. Amber White 3. Jacqui Giuliano 4. Meghan Kennihan 5. Amanda Hopper 6. Lizzy Duffy 7. Amy Campbell 8. Marti Schuham 9. Tiffany Cruickshank 10. Eryn Sweeney-Demezas

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Evanston Naperville Cary La Grange Lake in the Hills Grayslake Cary Winnetka Hinsdale Wheeling

1:17:26 1:21:31 1:23:05 1:23:41 1:25:44 1:27:32 1:29:12 1:29:34 1:29:42 1:30:31

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Michelob ULTRA Chicago 13.1

J un e 7 , Chi Cago On a sunny Saturday, more than 4,500 runners gathered on the south side for the Michelob Ultra Chicago 13.1 with nearly 200 of them running as part of the Team Challenge for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Berwyn’s Emisael Favela and former Athlete of the Month winner Pam Staton took the top spots in the half marathon. Men’s Results 1. Emisael Favela 2. Rich Heffron 3. Todd Quednau 4. Daniel Kittaka 5. Chris Gregory 6. Thomas Root 7. Anand Parekh 8. Jeff Hojnacki 9. Zack McCormick 10. Matthew Jeromin

Berwyn Chicago Chicago Chicago Dowling, Mich. Barrington Chicago Chicago Chicago Roselle

1:12:45 1:15:21 1:15:31 1:16:47 1:17:31 1:18:23 1:18:27 1:18:31 1:19:01 1:19:06

Women’s Results 1. Pamela Staton 2. Wendy Jaehn 3. Kiki Novick 4. Fiona Carlon 5. Lucy Marinangeli 6. Erika Edmonson 7. Hailey Krzyston 8. Emily Jurlina

Chicago Chicago Rochester, N.Y. Chicago Chicago Riverside Burr Ridge Chicago

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Energizer Night Race 5K

june 7 , C hi C ag o Over 800 runners turned out for the first Energizer Night Race on June 7. Runners donned headlamps for a 5K up and down the Lakefront Trail that raised money for OneMillionLights, an organization that donates solar-powered lamps to rural communities around the world. Men’s Results 1. Bryan Gonzalez 2. Conor Pollock 3. Andrew Sutherland 4. David Winchester 5. Justin Burgevin 6. Jacob Lyons 7. Dave Macknick 8. Dennis Ryan 9. Lamar Simms 10. Anthony Grimault

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Women’s Results 1. Elizabeth Panke 2. Katelyn Draths 3. Julie Carroll 4. Ashley Turner 5. Hannah Dutler 6. Emily Stoklosa 7. Alisha Suvada 8. Juana Pereda 9. Sasha Arabinko 10. Plamena Panayotova

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Chicago Glenview Naperville Chicago Countryside Homer Glen Chicago Waukegan Chicago Chicago

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Jim Gibbons 5K

june 1 2 , C hi C ag o For the 20th year, runners flocked to this weeknight 5K honoring the former ABC 7 reporter. While the runners put on a performance with the top two running sub-16 minute races, the more important feature of the event came with the money raised for the Leukemia Research Foundation. Men’s Results 1. Roger Klein 2. Emil Bojanov 3. Kyle Larson 4. Adam Palumbo 5. Cameron Rieger Name

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Women’s Results 1. Maria Lindberg 2. Bess Ritter 3. Elizabeth Bilitz 4. Maggie Young 5. Madison Heidemann 6. Alina Carrillo 7. Kati Petry 8. Olen Amelia 9. Deanna Keen 10. Hillary Palumbo

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Father’s Day Kickin’ Grass 5K

j u n 15 , Park r i dge Runners gathered in Park Ridge to celebrate both fathers and families. Tim Howley edged Cole Dammeier and the rest of the field to take home first place. The race continued to grow in its third year supporting Maine East High School. Men’s Results 1. Tim Howley 2. Cole Dammeier 3. Alphonse Wilson 4. Elliot Nabatov 5. Joe Swiech 6. Philip Wilson 7. Alex Cintado 8. Ashith Chirayath 9. Shwetang Patel 10. Jose Barrientos Women’s Results 1. Samantha Pappageorge 2. Karen Taylor 3. Leslie Christiansen 4. Mary Bentley 5. Ksenia Banes 6. Jenny Peters 7. Jen Hengels 8. Angela Caldwell 9. Nadia Alba 10. Lorena Ricken

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j un e 1 5 , evan st on Runners came to Evanston on Father’s Day for the 15th Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate, which honors the legacy of former Northwester University Men’s Basketball Coach Ricky Byrdsong. With a 5K, 10K and kids races, the event offered something for the entire family. Men’s 5K Results 1. Matthew Marol 2. Mike Janusek 3. Ben Schmeckpeper 4. Kevin Granato 5. Paul Donnelly

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Women’s 5K Results 1. Columba Montes 2. Cara Kalaber 3. Rory Kelly 4. Veronica Laureano 5. Debbie Ackerman

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Men’s 10K Results 1. Jordan Horwitz 2. Emisael Favela 3. Michael Johnston 4. Janusz Sarnicki 5. Cley Lapat

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Women’s 10K Results 1. Diana Davis 2. Julie Kennedy 3. Shelly Gore 4. Ali Brown 5. Maureen Craig

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Stampede Run arlington heights, il | sunday, July 6

Celebrate Frontier days in arlington heights with a 5K, 10K or, for the kids, a quarter mile dash. overall winners will walk away with an award and $50 to runner’s high ‘n tri, while the top three males and females in each age group will receive a race themed drinking glass. 07/06/14 ride Across Indiana: Same thing, only ride More! (rAInStorM) Richmond IN 07/12/14 ride Across Indiana (rAIn) Terre Haute - Richmond IN www.rainride.org 07/12/14 2014 tri-State tour #1 presented by Bicycle Illinois Hammond, IN to Kenosha, WI/IL www.bicycleillinois.com/tristatetour.htm 07/12/14 ride for AIdS Chicago Evanston IL www.kintera.org/faf/home/default. asp?ievent=1080319 07/13/14 Biking with Beanzie 2014 DeKalb IL kishkiwanis.org/biking-with-beanzie/ bwb-general-info

07/19/14 Z tour Bike ride Princeton IL www.z-tour.org 07/19/14 transportation from Chicago to the Start of rAGBrAI® powered by Bicycle Illinois Chicago, IL – the Start of RAGBRAI®, IA IL www.bicycleillinois.com/ragbraitransportation/ragbraitransportation.htm 07/20/14 outback Steakhouse presents ride Ataxia Chicago 2014 Channahon IL www.rideataxia.org/chicago 08/02/14 CowalunGa 2014 Bike tour Gurnee IL www.cowalunga.org 08/03/14 BreW (Bicycle ride exploring Wisconsin), operated by domestique tours New Glarus WI www.domestiquetours.com

08/10/14 2014 tri-State tour #2 presented by Bicycle Illinois Hammond, IN to Kenosha WI www.bicycleillinois.com/tristatetour.htm 08/10/14 Wisconsin Wine and Cheese Dodgeville WI domestiquetours.com/dt-our-bicycletours-wisconsin-wine-cheese.php 08/16/14 Bloom & Zoom Bike ride Elkhart IN bloomnzoom.org 08/17/14 Wright ride Oak Park IL www.oakparkcycleclub.org 08/23/14 no Baloney Bicycle ride Morton IL ivwnobaloney.com duAtHlon 07/20/14 oswego duathlon Oswego IL www.oswegotriathlon.com


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07/04/14 Run for a Veteran Mercer WI 07/04/14 liberty loop 5k Run/Walk Northbrook IL www.nbparks.org 07/04/14 Firecracker 5k Warrenville IL www.warrenvilleparks.org

07/10/14 Bastille Day 5k & 8k Run, Walk & Block Party Chicago IL www.chicagoevents.com/event. cfm?eid=100 07/12/14 Bring the Movement 5k Run/Walk 2014 Chicago IL www.chicagodanceinstitute.org

07/05/14 Over the Top Gaylord MI www.3disciplines.com

07/12/14 Fisher Fair 5k Run/Fun Walk Fisher IL fisherfair5k.com

07/10/14 BMO Harris Bank Storm the Bastille Milwaukee WI www.bastilledaysfestival.com

07/12/14 Miles for Melanoma (Teb’s Troops) Chicago IL melanoma.org 07/12/14 Jubilee Trail 10k Brimfield IL citra.ivs.org/races/jubileetrailrace.htm 07/13/14 5k Dash n’ Splash Hanover Park IL hpparks.org 07/13/14 a Safe Haven 4th annual Run! To End Homelessness Chicago IL www.asafehaven.org 07/13/14 Save-a-Pet Petathlon Libertyville IL www.petathlon.org

Jubilee Trail 10K Brimfield, il | Saturday, July 12

take advantage of the beautiful and challenging trails of Jubilee College State Park at the Jubilee trail 10K. the course consists of single track trail, foot bridges, prairie, hills, creek crossings, roots and gravel.

07/19/14 alexian Brothers Health System Sunset Half Marathon, 10k & 5k Hoffman Estates IL allcommunityevents.com 07/20/14 Run for Hunger Elmhurst IL run4hunger.org

07/20/14 XSport Fitness Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon Chicago IL runrocknroll.competitor.com/chicago 07/24/14 Esprit de She 5k/10k Chicago IL www.espritdeshe.com 07/26/14 “acres of Hope” 5k/10k Farm Trail Run& 1 mile FunRun &Pancake breakfast@Stade’s McHenry IL www.RaceOnTheFarm.com 07/26/14 Zombie Outbreak 5k Indianapolis IN www.zombieoutbreak5k.com 07/26/14 Robbins 3k Run/1.5k Walk against Violence (YWCa Metro Chicago Collaboration) Robbins IL www.facebook.com/mayorofrobbins 07/26/14 St. John’s Run For life 5k Winfield IL waterleafwc.org 07/27/14 GYRIG Tinley Park 5k Tinley Park IL www.getyourrearingear.com/events 07/27/14 3rd annual Run for Walk at northwestern university Evanston IL nusports.com/runforwalk 07/27/14 The Biggest loser RunWalk killington 5k/ Half Marathon/kids One Mile Fun Run Killington IL biggestloserrunwalk.com

07/30/14 Sundown Dash 5k and 1 mile Janesville WI facebook.com/sundowndash 07/31/14 Chicago Firefighters Run for the kids Chicago IL www.IgnitetheSpirit.org 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 The Red, White & Blue-John kurz 5k run/walk- Honoring our Veterans Bensenville IL www.bensenvilleparkdistrict.org 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 Get Your Rear in Gear- Elgin Elgin IL getyourrearingear.com/elgin

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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 08/06/14 Chicago Full Moon Run Chicago IL www.runrace.net/fullmoon 08/09/14 7th Annual Mendota Community Hospital CornaPalooza 5K/10K Run, 5K Walk Mendota IL www.mendotahospital.org 08/09/14 Howl at the Moon 8 Hour Run/Walk Danville IL kennekuk.com/events.htm#Howl 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 Raceway 5K Carpentersville IL www.RaceWay5K.com 08/16/14 Iron Horse 5K Sturtevant WI www.ironhorse5k.com

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08/17/14 Barrington Honor Run Barrington IL ride2recovery.com 08/23/14 Epic Fail Challenge 5k Chicago IL epicfailchallenge.com 08/24/14 Fort2Base North Chicago IL www.fort2base.com 08/24/14 Walk to Remember & Run for HOPE Libertyville IL willowhouse.org 08/24/14 The Biggest Loser RunWalk at Six Flags Great America Chicago, IL 5K/10K/ Kids 1 Mile Fun Run Gurnee IL biggestloserrunwalk.com 08/27/14 Urban Hoedown 5k & Country Music Festival Chicago IL www.F3Running.com

Run for Walk at Northwestern University Evanston, IL | sunday, JuLy 27

Honor former head coach Randy Walker at the third annual Run for Walk, a 4.1 mile run through Evanston. Runners finish on Ryan Field and receive both a tech shirt and a ticket to a non-conference home northwestern football game for participating. RUN 07/04/14 T-Rex Trail Ten Miler and the Wimpy 8K Lowell MI www.trextenmiler.8k.com

08/29/14 Sunset 5K Lake in the Hills/IL www.lith.org

07/04/14 Stars & Stripes 5K Walk/Run Tinley Park IL www.tinleyparkdistrict.org

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

07/04/14 Great Western Freedom 4 Run & Walk 2014 St. Charles IL www.lazarushouseonline.com/events.php

08/31/14 The Magnificent Mile Chicago Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Half Marathon & 5K Chicago IL

07/04/14 Beecher Freedom 5K Run/Walk Beecher IL 07/04/14 Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th Elmhurst IL www.4on4th.com

07/04/14 City of Lights 10K Aurora IL www.cityoflights10k.com 07/06/14 Stampede Run Arlington Heights IL frontierdays.org/stampede.htm 07/10/14 Run to the Pub Training Program Summer Series Tinley Park IL kellydevinenutrition.com/run-to-the-pub 07/12/14 Waugoshance Trail Marathon Cross Village MI www.greatlakesendurance.com 07/12/14 Dances With Dirt Devilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lake Baraboo WI www.dwddevilslake.com

07/12/14 2014 Chicago Chinatown 5K & Youth Run Chicago IL www.chinatown5k.com 07/12/14 Hilloopy 100+ Relay Kenosha WI www.xcthrillogy.com/index.html 07/12/14 Hot Hilly Hairy 50K Kenosha WI www.xcthrillogy.com/index.html 07/12/14 Hills Are Alive 5k Kenosha WI www.xcthrillogy.com/index.html 07/12/14 MS Run the US Chicago Area 5k Plainfield IL msruntheus.pulsemob.com/chicago5k


FoR moRE CALENdAR LISTINgS: WWW.myChICAgAThLETE.Com 07/13/14 Waterfall Glen Xtreme 10 Lemont IL xtreme10race.com

07/19/14 Indianapolis Downtown Mile Indianapolis IN www.cross-roads-events.com/indymile

07/30/14 Summer Sunset 5K and Family Night Geneva IL www.foxrivertrailrunners.org

08/09/14 Inaugural Dolphin Dash 5k Chicago IL www.wytfxc.com

07/14/14 Universal Sole Burgers and Beer 5k Chicago IL

07/20/14 Cadence Health Winfield Run Winfield IL winfieldhistory.org

08/02/14 Music in Motion 5K Sterling IL www.musicinmotion5K.org

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

07/15/14 5th Annual Strike Out ALS 5k Chicago IL www.strikeoutals5k.org

07/24/14 Sundowner 5K Joliet IL www.jpdrun3.com

07/18/14 Christmas In July 5K/10K, 6/12/24 Hour Races Lisle IL www.christmasinjuly24hour.com

07/26/14 Grand Island Trail Marathon & Half Marathon Munising MI www.greatlakesendurance.com

07/19/14 Summer Family 5K Run/Walk Pleasant Prairie WI recplexonline.com/triathlons-specialevents/walk-run-events/summer-family-5k

07/26/14 BTN Big 10K Race Chicago IL btnbig10k.com/event

07/19/14 Lakeland Pantry’s Bear Cupboard Run Minocqua WI www.bearcupboardrun.org

07/26/14 Gratitude & Grace Race 5K Run Lisle IL www.loveofgodfoundation.org/ gratitude__grace_race_registration

Fourth of July Races City of Lights 10K | Aurora, IL Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Family Fitness Run 5K/10K | Barrington, IL Beecher Freedom 5K Run/Walk | Beecher, IL Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th | Elmhurst, IL 4th of July Kids Fun Run | Evanston, IL Liberty Loop 5K Run/Walk | Northbrook, IL Riverside Independence Day 5K | Riverside, IL Great Western Freedom 4 Run & Walk 2014 St. Charles, IL Stars & Stripes 5K Walk/Run | Tinley Park, IL Firecracker 5K | Warrenville, IL Wilmette Park District 4th of July Fun Run and Walk Wilmette, IL

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 ZOOMA Chicago Half Marathon & 10K Chicago IL www.zoomarun.com/chicago 08/03/14 Coon Creek Classic Hampshire IL www.hampshireparkdistrict.org 08/07/14 Newsome Physical Therapy Firefly 5K Channahon IL www.channahonpark.org 08/09/14 Gurnee Days 10k Race and 2 Mile Fun Run Gurnee IL gurneeparkdistrict.com 08/09/14 Tahqua Trail Run Paradise MI www.greatlakesendurance.com 08/09/14 Full Moon 1/2 Marathon & 5k Plymouth-Kohler WI www.fullmoonrace.com

08/15/14 Terror Trail Run at SawWeeKee Oswego IL www.oswegolandparkdistrict.org 08/16/14 Fallsburg Festival of Races Lowell MI www.fallsburghalf.8k.com 08/16/14 The Farm 15K Fair Oaks IN www.asfrunning.com 08/16/14 BMO Harris Bank Madison MiniMarathon & 5K Madison WI www.MadisonMiniMarathon.com 08/16/14 Dick Pond Athletics Walk 2 Run Program w/Walk N Talk Option Session 3 Carol Stream IL www.dickpondathletics.com 08/16/14 Running Through the Vines Jackson MI runvines.com 08/17/14 Graham’s Sundae 5K Run/Walk Geneva IL grahamschocolate.com 08/17/14 Windrunner 10K Wheaton IL www.windrunners.org

08/21/14 Rock the Night 5K Chicago IL www.rockthenight5k.com 08/23/14 DeKalb Corn Classic 10K DeKalb IL www.dekalbcornclassic.org 08/24/14 OLP Crusader COLOR Challenge 5k Darien IL www.olopdarien.org 08/24/14 It’s Glow Time 5K Grand Rapids MI www.itsglowtime.com/event/grandrapids-mi 08/24/14 Vineyard to Bay 25K Traverse City MI www.Vineyard2Bay25k.com 08/24/14 Peapod Half Madness Half Marathon Batavia IL www.HalfMadness.com 08/30/14 Lake Country Half Marathon & 5K Oconomowoc WI midwestsportsevents.com 08/31/14 Buffalo Grove Stampede Buffalo Grove IL www.bgstampede.org 08/31/14 Minocqua No Frills Marathon Minocqua WI minocquanofrillsmarathon.com SWIM 07/03/14 Lake Andrea Open Water Swim Pleasant Prairie WI recplexonline.com/fitness-wellness/ triathlon-race-training/swim-training

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07/05/14 Lake Andrea Open Water Swim Pleasant Prairie WI recplexonline.com/fitness-wellness/ triathlon-race-training/swim-training

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

07/10/14 Lake Andrea Cross-Lake Swim Pleasant Prairie WI recplexonline.com/fitness-wellness/ triathlon-race-training/swim-training

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

07/12/14 Lake Andrea Cross-Lake Swim Pleasant Prairie WI recplexonline.com/fitness-wellness/ triathlon-race-training/swim-training

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07/13/14 Poseidon Swim Challenge Indianapolis IN www.cross-roads-events.com/poseidon

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

07/17/14 Lake Andrea Open Water 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

07/19/14 Lake Andrea Open Water Swim Pleasant Prairie WI recplexonline.com/fitness-wellness/ triathlon-race-training/swim-training

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

07/24/14 Lake Andrea Cross-Lake 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

07/26/14 Lake Andrea Cross-Lake 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

07/31/14 Lake Andrea Cross-Lake Swim Pleasant Prairie WI recplexonline.com/fitness-wellness/ triathlon-race-training/swim-training

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Swim Across America â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Chicago ChiCago, iL | Saturday, JuLy 26

Choose to swim half a mile, one mile, one and a half miles or three miles in the 20th Swim across america â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Chicago. Proceeds from the event all support the rush university Medical Center. 08/30/14 Lake Andrea Open Water Swim Pleasant Prairie WI recplexonline.com/fitness-wellness/ triathlon-race-training/swim-training TrACk & FIeLd 07/03/14 UCTC Summer Meet - 3 Chicago IL www.uctc.org 07/10/14 UCTC Summer Meet - 4 Chicago IL www.uctc.org 07/13/14 SUB5 Girls running Camp Mt. Carroll IL www.runsub5.com 07/17/14 UCTC Summer Meet - 5 Chicago IL www.uctc.org

07/24/14 UCTC Summer Meet - 6 Chicago IL www.uctc.org TrIATHLOn 07/05/14 diamond Lake Triathlon Cassopolis MI www.stonesouppromotions.com 07/12/14 YMCA/FHn Triathlon Freeport IL www.freeportymca.org 07/12/14 Lake Geode Challenge Danville IA www.lakegeodechallenge.org 07/12/14 Valpo Tri Valparaiso IN www.valpotri.net

07/12/14 rodney T. Miller Lakeside Triathlon (Sun.) & rTM kids Tri (Sat.) Decatur IL www.decaturtriathlon.com 07/13/14 3 disciplines Inter-rockin Triathlon Interlochen MI www.3disciplines.com 07/13/14 Winnebago County Triathlon Winneconne WI dutrirun.com 07/13/14 Pewaukee Triathlon Pewaukee WI www.pewaukeelaketri.com 07/13/14 Swim Analysis Clinic and Underwater Videotaping Lemont IL www.trirightcoaching.com


For morE calEndar listings: www.mychicagathlEtE.com 07/19/14 Sprint Triathlon #2 Indianapolis IN www.tuxbro.com/entry-info/SprintTri/SprintTri-Home.php

07/23/14 MMTT Splash and Dash Geneva IL www.mmtt3.org

07/19/14 Sister Lakes Triathlons Sister Lakes MI www.3disciplines.com

07/26/14 Stone Man Sprint Triathlon Springfield IL triharderpromotions.com

07/27/14 Glenview Park District’s Sprint Triathlon Glenview IL www.glenviewparks.org

07/19/14 KPC Sprint-Distance NIE Triathlon Kendallville IN www.kpctriathlon.com

07/26/14 Iron Abe Triathlon Springfield IL www.triharderpromotions.com

07/27/14 RMC Triathlon Green Lake WI www.rmctriathlon.com

07/26/14 Route 66 Half Iron Springfield IL www.triharderpromotions.com

07/27/14 Wauconda Triathlons Wauconda IL www.waucondaparks.com

07/26/14 Mill Creek Triathlon Marshall IL cross-roads-events.com/millcreek/ default.html

08/02/14 Woodson YMCA 35th Annual Triathlon Wausau WI woodsonymca.com

07/26/14 Wauconda Kids Triathlon Wauconda IL www.waucondaparks.com

08/03/14 Tri Indy Indianapolis IN www.tuxbro.com/entry-info/TRIINDY/TriIndy-Home.php

07/20/14 Oswego Triathlon Oswego IL www.oswegotriathlon.com 07/20/14 Youth Triathlon Belvidere IL 07/22/14 Conquer the Open Water Workout Pleasant Prairie WI recplexonline.com/fitness-wellness/ triathlon-race-training/swim-training

07/26/14 Manteno Triathlon Manteno IL www.mantenotriathlon.com

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

CARA Runners Choice Circuit

Races of the Month Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th | Elmhurst, July 4 Northwestern University Run for Walk 4.1 Miles Evanston, July 27

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 08/15/14 Waupaca Kids Triathlon Waupaca WI www.waupacaareatriathlon.com 08/16/14 3 Disciplines - A Girl’s Best Friend Triathlon Kalamazoo MI www.3disciplines.com 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 08/23/14 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 08/24/14 Chicago Triathlon Chicago IL www.chicagotriathlon.com 08/30/14 Barron Lake Triathlon Niles MI barronlaketri.com/index.html 08/31/14 Super Kids Triathlon Terre Haute IN cross-roads-events.com/superkids/ default.html CLASSES/CLINICS 07/19/14 Fitness FUSION Expo with Anowa Adjah Rosemont IL www.thycktroupe.org mychicagoathlEtE.com

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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.

Sports Chiropractors for several professional teams www.SportsinjuryCenters.com

SiDDharth taMbar, MD

WWW.ChiCagoarthritiS.CoM At Chicago Arthritis we offer cutting edge and novel treatments for athletes of all abilities. Focusing on the most advanced natural and regenerative treatments available.

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.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.

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For orthopedic/musculoskeletal injuries we offer platelet rich plasma and Stem cell treatments. We are an official provider of the regenexx procedures. For athletes requiring quicker recovery after intense training sessions and competitions, we use Intravenous vitamin treatments. For more information: WWW.ChiCagoarthritiS.CoM 773.348.7171

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!


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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Commonly Treated Conditions: Back/Neck Pain • Headaches • Disc herniations • Shoulder pain • Lateral epicondylitis • Carpal tunnel syndrome • Bursitis • Hip/knee pain • Tendon injuries • Ankle Sprains • Plantar fasciitis • Foot/ankle pain

Massage Envy Spa - Streeterville 345 E. Ohio Street (between McClurg Court & Fairbanks) Chicago, IL 60611 • 312-222-0808 Validated discounted parking up to 3 hours Massage Envy Spa - Lincoln Park South 1845 N. Clybourn (across from Trader Joe’s) Chicago, IL 60614 • 773-904-1100 Free 90 minute parking available with validation BOTH LOCATIONS OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK: 8am-10pm COMING FALL 2014: Old Town / Gold Coast – 1222 North Wells Street (Across from Plum Market) ADD MASSAGE THERAPY TO YOUR MARATHON OR TRIATHLON TRAINING PROGRAM AND ENHANCE YOUR PERFORMANCE. ABOUT MASSAGE ENVY SPA Massage Envy Spa offers convenience, affordability, and professionalism. With convenient locations in the Streeterville and Lincoln Park neighborhoods, Massage Envy is the perfect place to go for your therapeutic massage therapy & Murad Facial services. Our licensed massage therapists & estheticians are trained to provide each of our guests with a customized experience. With our focus on wellness, we offer the following services: • Deep tissue massage • Relaxation / Swedish massage • Pre-natal massage • Reflexology • Sports massage • Hot Stone Therapy • Enhancements include AromaTherapy & Deep Muscle Therapy & Sugar Foot Scrubs • Murad Healthy Skin Facials For first time guests, book your 1-hour (50 minute hands on) massage today at the member rate of $49.99 or book a 1 ½-hour massage session (80 minutes hands on) at the $74.99 member rate. That’s a 50% savings off the regular rates. We also offer first time guests a $59.99 Murad Healthy Skin Facial. ABOUT OUR MEMBERSHIP Join over 1,300,000 members nationwide! If you seek the benefits of therapeutic massage & Murad Healthy Skin facials on a regular basis, our membership program is a great value! Chicago Area Runner’s Association members receive a discount when they enroll in our 12-month program (see clinic for details): Here’s how the membership works: • $59.99 monthly dues includes a 1-hour customized massage each month • All additional services at the discounted member rates ($49.99 one hour/$59.99 Murad facial) • Monthly member massages can be rolled over to the next month, gifted to others, or used in 30 minute increments • Valid at over 950 locations in 49 states. MASSAGE FOR TEAM PAWS We are the official partner for TEAM PAWS and the Run For Their Lives 8K. Join us on Wednesday, July 9 and September 10 for Massage For Team PAWS. For every massage or facial booked on these dates, a $10 donation will be made to TEAM PAWS. This event is only the city locations. Also, visit with rescue pets at each of the city clinics on these dates. Enjoy a relaxing massage or facial and support a great cause! Massage Envy Spa is the official sponsor of: *See clinic for full details, restrictions and member rules apply.

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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. 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.

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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.

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Second GlAnce Q Are you still swimming, or do you mostly just do the 9-to-5 thing now? A Mostly 9-to-5 but I swim once a week recreationally and I also put on swim clinics across the country on occasional weekends. It’s a lot of fun. The clinics are for kids ages 6 to 18 mostly and are technique-focused and goal-oriented. We talk about setting goals not just in swimming but outside the pool as well. It gives them a chance to be exposed to Olympians on that level. Q Going off that goal-setting idea, what drove you in competition before your retirement? A I’ve always naturally been a goal setter. I’m not sure how it came about but I think there’s always been a part of me that strives to get better at what I’m doing. In swimming it was very progressive. I didn’t wake up one day when I was 14 and say, “I want to be an Olympian.” I wanted to get better each season. I did that in a very progressive, step-by-step way so by the time I got to college I wanted to be on relays and be a contributor to the team. Swimming is an individual sport but I always felt that team atmosphere. That’s the part I really loved. By the time it was my junior year, I wanted to be one of best in the conference, then one of the best in country. All of a sudden it was 2008 and Olympic Trials were going on. I went for my own fun and to be competitive and found myself on an Olympic team. I was always a very progressive goal setter.

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Q can you tell me a bit about Swim Across America as an event? What does it support? A It’s not a race, it’s more of an event. All of the money raised in Chicago stays in Chicago for cancer research. Sometimes you don’t know where the money is going but with Swim Across America, you do. It’s cool to hear about the types of projects we’re funding and we’ve been very successful funding them. We had I believe three full research projects funded out of last year alone. We’re funding underfunded areas, particularly in prevention, early stages, early detection. My dad is a prostate cancer survivor and it was because of early detection that he didn’t have to go through chemo, which was amazing. My college swim coach—who got me to the Olympics—his wife was diagnosed very early with breast cancer and she had been very successful in her treatment, thus far. She actually did a triathlon a month ago after months of radiation. It’s incredible the types of things they’re 62

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funding and how many lives it’s saved and can save in the future. Q How are you involved in Swim Across America? A I’m on the organizing committee and swimmer. Q What does that entail? A Besides being a participant, as part of the organiz-

ing committee I’m reaching out to my contacts in the swimming world, helping out with social media, doing targeted campaigns to who would be interested and how can we potentially reach them. Q What are you doing now that you’ve retired from competitive swimming? A I retired from swimming last August after the World Championships and moved back to Chicago in the fall. I was job hunting for a while and started a job mid-February.

Q Aside from clinics, are you involved in the swimming world in any other way right now? A For right now my new job keeps me pretty busy, so I’m giving back through clinics and through Swim Across America and I also participate in World Sport Chicago, speaking to inner city elementary and junior high schools. I really enjoy that. I think at this time that’s all I really have time to dedicate my self to. I love getting involved in local charities, especially with Chicago youth. Q How do you stay active now? Any new fitness pursuits? A I’m trying to transition to working out on land rather than in the water. Fellow swimmers will understand that it’s a process. I always lifted weights when swimming but it was mostly that and swimming. Now I’m trying to become more of a runner and get my land legs. I love to go on runs on the Lakefront Trial and things like especially now that the weather has turned nice. It’s great to just be outdoors and have dry hair and not stare at a black line while working out. That’s what I’m focused on as far as fitness. I’m doing different things, doing a bit more yoga, trying new classes out, still getting in the pool once a week but then mixing it up. It’s been fun.


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