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“Dark water, cold temperatures, waves, no walls:

open water swimming

is a different sort of beast.”

With miles of shoreline along Lake Michigan, the Chicago area has the perfect resource for staying cool and active during the summer. While thousands of people fill trails along the lake every day, biking, running, walking, roller blading or otherwise enjoying the view, others take their lake-based activity one step further with open water swimming in Lake Michigan. Open water swimming, admittedly, can seem a bit scary to those used to the controlled environment of a pool. Dark water, cold temperatures, waves, no walls to hang onto in between laps: open water swimming is a different sort of beast from doing laps at your local gym. If you hope to take on a triathlon or open water swim this season, though, several local experts have weighed in with their advice on how to transition from the pool to lake on page 32. If you’ve already gotten acclimated to swimming in Lake Michigan and would like to take on a new challenge, Open Water Chicago—also known as the Lake Monsters—jump in water for a swim every Saturday. Yes, every Saturday: even Saturdays in December, January or February. Over 300 people have earned a coveted Lake Monster number for their participation in one of these swims, and if the idea of having your own personal Lake Monster number appeals to you, you can learn all about the group on page 36. You don’t have to put on a swimsuit to enjoy the area’s waterways, however. Paddle sports, including kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddle boarding, allow you to glide through local rivers, streams and lakes while (hopefully) staying dry. Whether you want to explore or sightsee, several area outfitters can introduce you to paddle sports and hidden areas of the Chicago area. Curious? Read more on page 40.

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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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Elmhurst Cycling Classic SCHEDULED FOR JULY 24


he Elmhurst Cycling Classic, part of the Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series, will take place on July 24, bringing amateur and professional bike racing to Wilder Park and the area around Elmhurst College for a full day of racing.

when the event will host a Family Fun Ride, which invites cyclists of all ages to ride the 1.2-mile course. The Family Fun Ride is free to those who register at Olympia Chiropractic Elmhurst (533 South York Road – Suite D) through July 23.

The day’s events begin at 11:20 a.m. with the Men’s Category 5 criterium with a course that primarily circle’s Elmhurst College’s campus. Criterium races will continue throughout the afternoon until 7:20,

After the Family Fun Ride, the Elmhurst Cycling Classic will conclude with the twilight men’s Pro/1/2 race at 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.elmhurstcyclingclass.com.


COMING TO EVANSTON Evanston will get its first open water swim this summer with the Great Lake Plunge, scheduled for Aug. 22. Participants can choose to take on a 1.2mile, 2.4-mile, 8K or beginner’s 250-yard swim, all of which will take place at Clark Street Beach. The event also features a 500-yard swim for children 14 and younger. The top three finishers in each age group will receive awards at a post-race party and picnic. The swim benefits both Evanston Swims! and the Alliance for the Great Lakes. For more information, visit www.greatlakeplunge.com.


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EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT YogaFit Founder Offers Yoga Tips for Runners

If you’ve wanted to add stretching to your run recovery regimen but don’t know where to begin, check out Beth Shaw’s easy-to-follow yoga practice for runners, available at www.mychicagoathlete. com. Shaw suggests eight different poses accessible to everyone regardless of flexibility that will help your muscles heal after a run.

New Website Pairs Blind Runners with Sighted Guides

Launched just before the Boston Marathon, United in Stride allows vision impaired and blind runners and those interested in serving as sighted guides to connect. The website exists as a central resource for the entire North American visually impaired and blind community and also includes comprehensive tutorials to provide education to guides.



The Gran Fondo Hundo presented by Higher Gear will return to the North Shore and southern Wisconsin on July 12, giving riders the opportunity to take on a metric century while enjoying the area’s scenery.

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ompetitive rowers and rowing fans will have a chance to watch some of the most talented rowers in the world on July 11 and 12 as the historic Lincoln Park Boat Club hosts the 35th annual Chicago Sprints Regatta. The regatta will bring over 900 rowers from 25 clubs and 10 states to the Lincoln Park rowing lagoon, located south of Fullerton along Lake Shore Drive for more than 400 races over the course of the two days on the 1,000-meter course. Participants will range from novices to former Olympic, national and world championship rowers who will compete in side-by-


side or Henley style racing, a rarity for the racing within the United States. Races will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the public can watch the event for free. The Lincoln Park Boat Club will also release restoration plans for the Lincoln Park Boathouse, built in 1908. The club plans to lead fundraising for the restoration and hopes to turn the boathouse into the fi rst Midwest building to meet Living Building Challenge standards. For more information, visit www.lpboatclub.org.

2XU GHOST RUN Just in time for the hottest months of the year, 2XU has released its new Ghost Run line, featuring shirts designed to keep you cool and comfortable. The extremely lightweight fabric, X Lite Pro, wicks moisture and reflects UV ways to help you stay safe in the sun. The shirts also include reflective features should you chose to go running after dark. Ghost Run products are available in short sleeved and singlet versions for both men and women. You can find them online at www.2xu.com or at local retailers.


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The ride, which covers 62 miles, leaves from Higher Gear-Wilmette and travels north to Simmons Field in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The route features rest stops, and once riders arrive in Kenosha, they’ll have access to showers, food and a Kenosha Kingfish baseball game. Riders will return to Wilmette via bus after the baseball game. Those interested must either hold an annual USA Cycling license or can purchase a one-day license for $15 during registration. Money raised from the Gran Fondo Hundo will support World Bicycle Relief. For more information on the ride, visit highergearchicago.com.

ePostal Challenge For those interested in swim competition this summer that doesn’t require stepping into open water, the ongoing United States Masters Swimming Long Distance ePostal Series Challenge continues through Sept. 15. The annual challenge has swimmers complete a 5K or 10K swim in any location and submit their results to USMS to be compared with other athletes who also take on the challenge. The Long Distance ePostal Series Challenge continues Sept. 15-Nov. 15 with the 3000/6000 yard distances. To round out the whole series, swimmers also need to complete a onehour swim, in which they swim as far as possible in one hour. For more information, visit www.usms.org.




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Percentage of masters marathon finishers (40 or older)


Increase in median male marathon finishing time between 1980 and 2014


Increase in median female marathon finishing time between 1980 and 2014


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unning USA, the organization that tracks and promotes the national running industry, released its annual marathon report in mid-May, revealing that the distance has grown in popularity over the past year. According to the report, 550,637 people finished the marathon in 2014, approximately 9,000 more than finished races of that distance in 2013. An increase in number of participants has also led to an increase in the median finishing time for both men and women, with the 2014 men’s median marathon time for U.S. finishers standing at 4:19:27 and the women’s median time at 4:44:19: both dramatic increases from 1980, which saw median finish times of 3:32:17 for men and 4:03:39 for women.


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As one may expect, the Boston Marathon posted the fasted median finish time in 2014 and also had both the highest number and highest percentage of sub-four hour finishers. While the New York City Marathon had the second highest number of sub-four hour finishers, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon had the second highest percentage, with 31 percent of field crossing the finish line in less than four hours in 2014. The Bank of America Chicago Marathon was the second largest marathon both in the United States and the world in 2014 with 40,595 finishers. The New York City Marathon handily took the title of largest marathon with 50,386 finishers: the highest number of all time. More statistics on marathon finishes are available online at www.runningusa.org.

Marathons that saw more than 1,000 finishers


Number of sub-four hour finishes at the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Age group drawn to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The October race had a higher number of finishers between the ages of 20 and 29 for both males and females than any other marathon.



reLeases LOcaL GuIdes Strava, the online and app-based ride and run tracking platform, recently released 12 local guides for cities around the world. each local guide includes 10 popular cycling routes and 10 popular running routes of varying distances and difficulties to provide athletes of all abilities with options.

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hile some college students choose to take time between graduation and entering the working world to volunteer or travel, recent University of Michigan grad Barclay Oudersluys chose to recreate one of the most iconic moments of the Oscar-winning movie, Forrest Gump: Gump’s cross-country run.


“Those days are kind of rough,” Oudersluys says.

Oudersluys, a native of Birmingham, Michigan, began his run in Los Angeles on May 9 and plans to reach Illinois slightly after the halfway point of his run, passing through Jacksonville, Springfield and Clinton on July 9, 10 and 11, respectively. “I was kind of bored one day while running and trying to come up with something big and exciting I could do, so I decided to run across the country,” Oudersluys says of what prompted him to take on the challenge. “Once it was in my head I couldn’t not do it, so I had to go for it.”

In addition to the personal challenge, Oudersluys aims to raise $10,000 for the Hall STEPS Foundation over the course of his run. The Hall STEPS Foundation, founded by Ryan and Sara Hall, aims to fight poverty by improving health. His $10,000 goal would fund the construction of a well in Africa.

Oudersluys, an experienced long distance runner with a handful of marathons and ultramarathons under his belt including the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, has primarily run alone during his trek. He meets a support van approximately every 10 miles to hydrate and refuel, though occasionally he has had to

“I wanted a charity that was running related, so I looked around, emailed Sara Hall and talked to her about it,” Oudersluys says. “She was very supportive.”


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drive the van himself, running forward, biking back to the van, driving the van to the next stop and repeating the process until he completes his run.

Oudersluys plans to finish his run in Portland, Maine in 100 days, which means he needs to run about 30 miles every day to complete his journey on time. Though he hasn’t built rest days into his plan, he says he has on occasion added two or three miles to his run so he can take a rest day later if he needs one.

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each route includes data on distance and elevation along with a written description, flags indicating places of interest along the route and a google Map showing the course. Currently, guides exist for amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Denver, london, Melbourne, Milan, New york City, Paris, San Francisco, Sao Paulo and Sydney. to explore these areas’ guides, visit www.strava.com/local.

To learn more about Oudersluys, his run and his fundraising, visit www.crowdrise.com/ProjectGump.

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cycling enthusiasts

Photo by Bryan McVey

Summer Riding tips, triCks and gear

By Bryan McVey


With summer heating up, the cycling focus now switches to getting faster through consistent training and racing, as well as keeping your bike in proper working condition. Even your daily commute can loosen up your legs after a long week or weekend of racing. Just about every cyclist prefers spending time in the saddle to spending time on maintenance, and these tips, tricks and gear will allow you and your bike to stay in motion longer. Commuting • Lights - A must for riding after dusk, go with a simple permanent set up for riding anytime at night in the city, with a white front and a rear red flashing light, which you can find at any area bike store. If going for a longer ride after the light has vanished and outside of city street light coverage, go with Light and Motion’s Stella setup. If you can get the older dual configuration, you’ll be able to shine one light at the ground in front of you and one 15-20 feet out in front for best coverage. • Kryptonite Lock - Opt for Kryptonite’s mini bike U-lock. Since most commuter rigs have wheels that bolt on, just secure the lock to the frame and the 22

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bike post. If you have concerns about your wheels or they don’t bolt on (quick release style), you can always carry and use a Kryptonite Kryptoflex double loop security cable to thread through both wheels as well as the lock itself. training • Garmin Edge - A Garmin Edge device allows you to preload mapped out rides so you can enjoy your route without having to constantly check a phone or cue sheet to ensure the correct path. The Garmin website interface has improved greatly over the years and is a go-to for mapping out rides to load a Garmin seamlessly. • Drink tablets - Carrying around a whole container of drink mix can be difficult and messy. Instead, use tablets that you can drop into a bottle to provide you with the electrolytes you need for optimal hydration. Carefully let out excess pressure build-up by opening the top cap of your bottle before you try to drink, or it will spray. raCing • Pantyhose Ice Socks - On really hot training and racing days, pantyhose ice socks make a big

difference. Fill the pantyhose with ice and tie off the end, and the cold melting ice water will drip down your back, keeping your core temperature down and allowing you to push through the heat. Cut a single stocking into halves or thirds to get more use out of each one. maintenanCe • Baby wipes - Always keep a container of baby wipes in your car, house and bike storage area for a fast and efficient way to wipe down your bike frame and components after a rainy or otherwise dirty ride. You can also use them to wipe yourself down after a hot and salty ride when you can’t immediately get to a shower. • Park Tool Chain cleaning device - A great way to clean a chain is by using Park Tool’s CM5.2 chain cleaner filled with a bit of simple green degreaser solution. Lean the bike against a wall, snap the device onto the chain, and slowly backpedal to get a chain looking like new again. After using the device with degreaser, fill it with water to remove the degreaser from the chain. Always finish with proper chain lubrication.

Gran Fondo Hundo July 12th, 2015

What is A Hundo?

The Higher Gear team is partnering up with World Bicycle Relief and the Kenosha Kingfish to bring the most fun ride of summer! A 62 mile ride from Wilmette to Kenosha is complete with a baseball game and an event jersey.

When the race is over, everyone qualifies for a weekend filled with live music, theater, dining and nightlife. Whatever it is you’re looking for, Kenosha offers all the excitement you need to keep the adrenaline flowing.


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Check in: Begins at 5:00 p.m. Registration: www.signmeup.com Participants will receive goody bags and post race food. Head over to the Three Rivers Festival after the race! Awards will be given to the top overall male and female runners. Medals will be given to the top three finishers in each age division for male and female. Chip Timing and the first 300 registered receive race shirts!

Lauren Kersjes

A former ballet dancer, Lauren Kersjes has found her niche in competitive running. She picked up the sport her junior year of high school, walked onto Syracuse University’s cross country and track teams and took second place in her first half marathon ever in March of 2014. This past March, she began working with Rick Wemple and went on to win the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon in Grand Rapids, Michigan and the Soldier Field 10 Mile along with a second place finish and PR at the North Shore Classic on May 31. Kersjes, a dental student at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, plans to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon this month and will tackle her first marathon in October at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

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Kevin HaveL

Kevin Havel established himself as one to watch during his days at Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, where he routinely notched top five finishes at state cross country and track championship meets, including a second place finish in the state cross country meet in 2006 and a first place finish in the 3200 in the state track and field meet in 2008. After running for Stanford’s track and cross country teams, Havel returned to Chicago, where he now trains with the New Balance Chicago team and coach Michael Lucchesi. Havel took sixth place at this year’s Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K and seventh at the Mini-Marathon in Indianapolis before both winning and setting a new course record at the North Shore Classic in May with a time of 1:05:54, just 55 seconds away from the Olympic Trials qualifying standard for the marathon. He plans to run a few more half marathons this year, but his primary focus is on the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in October.

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in 1993. Those deaths, along with Lutz’s sobriety, which began on Dec. 27, 1992, pushed him to commit his running to others. “I dedicated my life to [my mother and brother] and try to be in the moment and present in everything I do,” Lutz says. “That, coupled with sobriety and running, really took off. When I go out for a run, I take others with me. I run miles for people. I’ll ask people for prayer requests. I figure when I’m out there running, with so many people battling cancer or addiction, in saying I run for those who can’t: I get strength from that.” While Lutz brings those he runs for along with him in spirit, he also carries physical mementoes of them as well. Last year at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Lutz ran the race with a photo of Marston and a cross Marston used to wear. Marston also wears the shoelaces of Lauren Leone, a teenager from Wheaton who passed away earlier this year due to an aneurysm, and Megan Boken, a former Wheaton resident, volleyball player and runner who was shot and killed during a robbery in St. Louis in 2012, on his shoes in their memory. “I promised it’d be the first foot to cross the start line and the first foot to cross the finish line [at the 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon],” Lutz says. “I was trying to qualify for Boston that year. Around mile 18, a sign comes up in the crowd that says, ‘Go Megan Go.’ It was like her saying, ‘Mr. Lutz, if you’re going to do this, you need to qualify and get going.’ It was just one of those nudges.” Lutz did qualify for Boston in that race, finishing in 3:21:36, and went on to run the Boston Marathon in 2013, once again wearing Boken’s shoelace.

Steve Lutz

charity: Jack h. Marston ii MelanoMa Fund


n athlete for most of his life, Steve Lutz wanted to find a way to satiate his need for competition as he grew older. The idea of “old man football or old man basketball,” in his words, didn’t appeal to him, so he turned to running, and, in the roughly 20 years since he took on his first 5K, has found much more than just an outlet for his competitive spirit in the sport. Lutz ran his first marathon in 1999 and for several years has run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon as a member of Jack’s Team, the marathon team that raises funds for the Jack H. Marston II Melanoma Fund. Lutz, who knew Marston 26

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from coaching baseball and soccer in addition to marathon training, has raised over $70,000 for the organization since he became involved with the team. “My motto is to run for those who can’t,” Lutz says. “I’ve seen that out there, but it was never something I picked up from someone else. It’s always been my mindset.” Lutz draws motivation from several sources in his running, including the loss of his mother to cancer in 1992 and his brother to a detached carotid artery sustained during a basketball game

“It was such a tough race with the hills,” Lutz says. “Around mile 20, I thought, ‘I could walk it in. I’ll still finish,’ but I’m telling you, something was telling me to keep moving. Megan wasn’t letting me stop. I got through the finish line 20 minutes before the bombs went off.” Lutz celebrated his 50th birthday in March and continues to get up at 4 a.m. to run before work, though he’s quick to point out that he sees that commitment as easy work, due to how much he enjoys running and how fortunate he feels to be able to use running to help him get the most out of every day. “I’m just really blessed with the people that have allowed me to come into their lives: the Bokens, the Leones,” Lutz says. “I feel like with my years of sobriety, it’s really helped me when I’m out on those roads to get in those miles. I really feel like nothing’s impossible in my life.”






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* Raising Confident Swimmers

By: Chris Palmquist

My first summer job was to teach swimming lessons. I quickly discovered that the kids who had early, positive pool experiences seemed much less likely to develop a fear of the water. I decided back then that I would enroll my babies in parent and tot swim classes and that I would expect my kids to learn how to swim, just as I would expect them to learn how to read, count and have good manners. My goal was not for my kids to become championship swimmers, but I felt that the ability to swim should be a nonnegotiable skill. Finding the Right Lesson Program It is crucial to find a reputable swim program for your young swimmers with professionally certified, confident teachers who can control the class. The pool water should be rigorously tested and maintained and warm enough to prevent shivering. Lifeguards should be on duty with safety as their top priority. Each class should have no more than three to five kids per teacher. Babies Babies are ready for a parent and tot swim class at about six months old. This gives them enough time to start to build up their immune systems and to bond with their parents. Babies will not actually swim in these swim classes. The parent or teacher will hold them throughout the class as they learn skills like blowing bubbles, kicking their legs and moving their arms. The water provides an excellent environment for babies to move their muscles without gravity and swim classes can be a fun way to spend 30 minutes together. 28

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After your child has some basic skills and is ready to listen to an instructor (usually at 3-5 years), the parent no longer needs to stay in the water for class. Toddlers progress quickly into using legitimate swim strokes and kids as young as 5-7 can learn to swim a length of the pool with fair technique.



KJ Richardson


KJ Richardson first tried gymnastics as a toddler in parent and tot classes. Now at 8, he is a

member of the St. Charles Gymnastics Academy

Boys Team. Last year, KJ competed as a Level 5

gymnast and placed second in the All Around at both the regional and state competitions. KJ was born with severe to profound hearing loss.

Swim Lessons Do Not “Drown-Proof” Do not expect swimming lessons to drown-proof your child. It will be many years before you can take your eyes off of your child at a swimming pool, river or lake. Swimming lessons teach skills, reduce the fear of learning how to swim and provide an opportunity for exercise and fun.

At nine months, he received cochlear implants

Lessons Should Be Year-Round Enroll your child in frequent and year-round lessons. If your child takes a week of lessons each summer, it may not be enough. Instead, schedule weekly lessons most of the year until the child learns to swim well.

Elementary. After school, his passion is

Happy and Healthy According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death in kids aged 1-14. Swimming lessons, combined with your supervision, become one more layer of safety between your children and an accident. More importantly, swimming lessons set your children on a path to becoming competent swimmers with all the opportunities that go along with that skill.

which gave him the ability to hear. With KJ’s hard


work at auditory-verbal therapy sessions, he excels at communication.


KJ will be a third grader at Norton Creek


gymnastics. His mom Kelly says, “When he is at home you will find him practicing on his mushroom, working on conditioning and holding handstands.” KJ hopes to someday meet his favorite gymnast, Sam Mikulak. Friends describe KJ as inspiring, humble, determined and kind. His favorite thing to say is, “I will never give up.”

To nominate a Kid of the Month, email editor@mychicagoathlete.com

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Starting Competitive Swimming If your child has developed a love for the water through years of swimming lessons, he or she may have interest in joining a local swim team to move from instruction to competition. Like other youth sports, swim teams feature a variety of levels, making it an option for swimmers of all abilities.

USA Swimming. Swimmers with these clubs have the opportunity to compete in various levels of state championship meets sponsored by Illinois Swimming. While the state meet may be the highlight of the competitive season, area teams participate in many more meets throughout the year.

Many swim teams begin the season with tryouts to ensure each child ends up in a group that matches his or her skill level. As a child progresses both in age and ability, the time he or she can expect to spend practicing increases. Younger children may have practice two or three times a week, while high schoolers could spend up to six days per week in the pool developing their skills.

“We do a lot of weekend swim meets that are usually Friday night, all day Saturday and all day Sunday,” Dan Johnson, head coach of the West Chicago Sharks, says. “We do one of those every three weeks, and those are big invitationals, usually with 600-800 kids.”

While children can begin competitive swimming at a young age, a child doesn’t have to be in elementary school to start the sport. “Sometimes we have kids who took a break and come back when they’re 10, 11 or 12,” Dave Stephens, head coach of the Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club, says. “One of our best swimmers, who graduated from Wisconsin a few years ago, started swimming at 14, and he was an NCAA-caliber swimmer and made the Olympic Trials cuts.” Most area clubs belong to Illinois Swimming, the Local Swimming Committee that oversees almost the entire state of Illinois on behalf of

Competitive swimming takes place year round, with a short-course season running from September through March and another long-course season from April to August. While in theory a child could engage in competitive swimming for 11 months of the year, coach Lance Grossman of the Iguanas Swim Club says that he encourages his swimmers to pursue other interests as well. “Some of the athleticism you develop by doing other sports can really pay off in swimming as [kids] get older,” Grossman says. “Kids who only do swimming might have trouble developing more explosive athletic skills you might get in sports like soccer and baseball.” To find a local swim club, visit www.ilswim.org.

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1. Michael Campbell of River Forest and Christine Hojnacki of Big Bend, Wisconsin cross the finish line at the Soldier Field 10 Mile on May 23.

2. Triathletes head towards the water at the Lake in the Hills


Triathlon on June 14.

3. Maria Larkin leads cyclists through a corner during the Glencoe Grand Prix on May 30.

4. A triathlete competes on the run portion of the Lake in the Hills Triathlon on June 14.

5. Lauren Wissman of Spidermonkey Cycling, Christine Thornburg of PSIMET Racing and Maria Larkin of Chicago Cuttin Crew smile atop the podium after the Women’s Category 3-4 race at the Glencoe Grand Prix on May 30.



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Poor visibility. Waves. Inconsistent temperatures.

Make no mistake about it: the transition from pools to open water presents a seemingly endless supply of challenges, whether you consider yourself a novice swimmer or a veteran. By applying the following tactics—mimicking the conditions of open water swimming as you train in a swimming pool, developing relaxation techniques, visualizing success and receiving assistance from proficient swimmers—you can have fun during your next open water swimming experience.


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Mimic the Conditions of Open Water Swimming as You Swim in a Pool

Close Your eYes. Since natural water is often darker than swimming pool water, Renee Schneidewind, president of Max Multisport Coaching, believes “closed eye swimming,” as she terms it, in a swimming pool will simulate the sensation of limited vision in open water. Start off by swimming approximately half the length of the pool with your eyes closed, then add distance as you become more comfortable. As a safety precaution, remember to always have a partner with you whenever you swim with your eyes closed. remove Pool lane lines. Schneidewind recommends removing all lane lines from your swimming pool to better mimic the open water. Avoid pushing off of or resting against walls during your laps. After all, you won’t have an opportunity to take a break when you swim in open water. Create Waves. “Get a group of people together in the pool and use kickboards or other items to make waves in the pool as you swim past them,” Schneidewind says. This simple yet effective method will help you prepare for the choppiness of open water. PraCtiCe sighting meChaniCs. Craig Strong, a Precision Multisport swimming coach, recommends preparing for one of the biggest challenges of open water swimming, navigation, while you are in a pool. “When you swim in open water, you’ll obviously need to look up to see where you are going,” he says. “This comes at a significant price though. When you raise your head, your pace slows down a bit and you lose energy faster. “To swim efficiently, you must raise your head as seldom as possible, for a small duration of time, while still remaining on course. Like so much else, it takes practice to get this right.” Strong advises you to practice sighting mechanics by looking for objects outside the pool while you swim, such as lifeguard stands and pace clocks.


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sWim With a large grouP. “In open water, contact with people is generally inevitable,” Darryl Tyndorf, an Experience Triathlon swimming coach, says. “You may accidently be kicked, punched or pulled backwards by your ankles.” To prepare for this type of contact, Tyndorf recommends that you assemble a large group of people at the deep end of a pool and swim very close to them, mimicking the starts of most open water swims.

Transition to Open Water Calmly and Confidently

“Once you actually transition from the pool to open water, you will need to remain calm and maintain control of your reactions to whatever transpires in the water,” Schneidewind says. “Far too often, I see swimmers or triathletes panic when they first swim in open water. If something makes you feel uncomfortable, you need to remain level-headed.” relaxation is essential. Strong advises you to develop and continuously practice relaxation techniques once you transition to open water. “Cold water usually makes you breathe rapidly, which can produce anxiety,” he says. “Relaxation is essential for fighting debilitating anxiety, keeping your muscles loose and performing optimally.” Breathe DifferentlY. In a swimming pool, you should rotate your head as little as possible. However, when you are in open water, you need to turn your head more, look to the sky, and tuck your chin into your shoulder. “Exhale ‘face in’ and inhale ‘face out,’” Strong says. “Blow all of your air prior to turning your head to breathe, and then return your head to an in-line position with your spine as quickly as possible.” Strong also recommends developing the ability to breathe to both sides to help you perform at your highest level while keeping injuries at bay by building muscle in both shoulders.

PrePare for extra Length. When you finally decide to compete in a triathlon or an open water competition, bear in mind that you will swim farther than the established course distance.


“Collisions, sighting, and, at times, swimming off-course will add extra length to your swim,” Strong says. “You can help ease the length a bit though by knowing where buoys and other landmarks are in advance of the race. It will be much easier for you to sight if you have a sense of a landmark’s position in advance.”

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VisuaLize success. “Confidence is key for you to succeed in open water,” Strong continues. “Train your body and mind for success by focusing on the process rather than the outcome as you visualize your upcoming open water competition.”

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

“Swimming isn’t something that is natural for us, so, from time to time, you may have some fears about transitioning to open water. But this fear needs to be dealt with head on,” Schneidewind says. To overcome your fears, consider receiving assistance from outside sources, especially experienced swimmers. hire a coach. “A coach can explain and teach the techniques that alleviate fears and build confidence,” Tyndorf says. “They can not only help you physically prepare for open water swimming, but mentally prepare as well.” ParticiPate in sessions and cLinics. Since the greater Chicago area offers a wide range of training groups to choose from, you can likely find a swimming clinic or session that fits your abilities, regardless of your level of experience. “You should especially invest in stroke analysis or clinics, as slight corrections in your form will result in more efficient strokes that you can rely on during competitions,” Tyndorf says. Join a LocaL Masters swiMMing coMMittee. In addition, Tyndorf advises you to slowly ease into your transition from pools to open water within a controlled environment, such as a Local Masters Swimming Committee, a benefit of becoming a member of the non-profit U.S. Masters Swimming organization. “You will build confidence as you work with a group of like-minded swimmers who are focused on improving their skillsets,” Tyndorf says. “Your techniques and endurance will improve as a result, as you will be better prepared for each of the obstacles you encounter the next time you swim in the open water.”

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With its ideal location along the shorelines of Lake Michigan, Chicago offers swimmers a variety of gorgeous beaches to choose from, most of which have ideal swimming conditions. Some are better suited for beginners, while others are more appropriate for veteran swimmers. As you prepare to head out to the lake for your next (or first-ever) open water swimming experience, consider visiting the following beaches. ohio street Beach. As one of Chicago’s most popular beaches, Ohio Street provides something for everyone. Shallow areas allow beginners to stand up or walk if they necessary, but the water also becomes deep at the beach’s half-mile marker, so experienced swimmers can swim long distances and prepare for their next races. Two buoys provide swimmers quarter-mile and halfmile distance markers from the beach. centenniaL Beach. A stone quarry, Naperville’s Centennial Beach has lane lines that provide comfort to beginners still practicing their sighting techniques. It is mostly shallow, but depths can reach 15 feet in certain areas, so more experienced swimmers can train at Centennial as well. 12th street Beach. In addition to its shallow area, Northerly Island’s 12th Street Beach also provides distance swimming opportunities for veteran swimmers, just parallel to the shore at a boat line. oak street Beach. Another popular beach located on Lake Shore Drive near the historic Gold Coast neighborhood, Oak Street Beach also offers veterans distance swimming opportunities – about 20 yards west of the beach’s buoys. MyChiCagoathlete.CoM

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Monsters ply the waters of Lake Michigan

It frustrated him that the Chicago lakefront

neither wind, nor rain nor crashing waves;

the country access to outdoor swimming

in the wee hours of the morning, fearing

shut down after triathlon season, yet around

only the sinister flash of lightning do they

continued throughout the year.

water swim, to meet like-minded peo-

“There’s no way I’m going to stop just be-

Lake Monster number draws them to Oak

nized group existed that satisfied his desire

That number is currently at 350.

I sent email lists out to people I knew and set

Lake Monsters (officially, Open Water Chi-

strategic plan or business model.”

dread. The experience of a true open

ple, and the chance to earn the coveted

cause it’s Labor Day,” Hernan says. No orga-

Street Beach Ladder 1 at the break of day.

to keep swimming through the seasons, “so up a blog site. … That’s how it started. No

cago) began in 2008 through the work of


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Steve Hernan, an avid triathlete involved in

This is no polar plunge, and Hernan wants

the local triathlon circuit for several years.

you to know it.


Photo by ali engin

“To swim the lake at sunrise is to see the city of Chicago at a time like no other.” — STeve Hernan


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“This is not a ‘get in, get out’ situation,” Hernan says. “We swim, sometimes half mile or more.” In the winter, that means a water temperature near 32 degrees, with air temperatures ranging anywhere from 45 degrees down to 10 degrees, or perhaps lower. Open Water Chicago welcomes anyone who knows how to swim to its ranks, though having experience with swimming outside of a pool helps. What’s involved to join? “Show up and sign waiver,” Hernan says. “It’s a social swim group, but realize you need to be aware of the dangers. We don’t tell people what to do, how much to swim.” Lake Monsters encounter a wide range of water conditions, and you never know what you will get until you arrive. It could be choppy, raining or cold, but if the water is swimmable and there’s no lightning, Lake Monsters take to the waters. Hernan gives a briefing on the hazards and layout, the distances swimmers can choose so they know what they’re getting into should they decide to get in the water. “There is one caveat: you won’t be supervised,” he says. However, swimmers are educated as much as possible to ensure positive experiences. Swimming conditions at the lake vary as much as the people walking its shores. Hernan says that the most adverse conditions endured in recent memory took place last fall. “We swam on Nov. 1,” Hernan says. “[There were] 15 to 20 foot waves; it was pretty intense. It doesn’t happen often. … Outside of that, [the worst conditions are] extreme cold temps.” Local celebrities have yet to join the ranks, though Hernan has invited recent Polar Plunge participant and local triathlon sprint-distance participant Rahm Emanuel to give it a try. “I got crickets,” he says, laughing. “I don’t [typically] go out to find a celebrity. Anybody who shows up at 5 a.m. is a celebrity if you ask me.”


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The swim takes place at daybreak on Saturday, despite occasional grumbling. “Lots of people don’t come out for that reason,” Hernan says. “There’s no exception. You have to come out when I have a meet-up if you want your Monster number. Some ask if they can take a picture at noon. Sorry, can’t do it.”

BECOMING A MONSTER • Find out when the next

Hernan’s group appeals to those who want to swim outdoors, typically those training for a triathlon, or a master swimmer wanting to get into that environment, or someone who wants to go outside for health and fitness.

available Lake Monsters

“Most open water swimming communities are dominated by master swimmers and triathletes,” Hernan says, “and each has a particular agenda, structured program.”


While structured programs suit the needs of some athletes, Open Water Chicago caters to those who would prefer to swim freely. “Programs say, ‘Do these workouts and drills, start with this…,’ but a lot of people don’t want to do super long distances or workouts,” Hernan says. “They want the experience without the pressure of the master swim groups.”

swim meet will take place on the website,

• Show up at dawn at the Oak Street Beach Ladder 1 (or other posted location due to icy conditions). • Take Hernan’s advice on

The unpredictable conditions of Lake Michigan provide the central challenge to those in Open Water Chicago, not entirely unlike the circumstances a swimmer or triathlete may encounter on race day. Those that don’t need master swim groups for training can join the Lake Monsters instead to prepare for the unexpected.

the current water conditions

“There’s a fascinating subculture at the lakefront early in the morning,” Hernan says. “I’ve interacted with these people in the morning, I know their dogs’ names, people that are watching the sun rise from [attending] the clubs the night before… sunrise worshippers: it’s a fascinating population there. It’s their time; then they go into hiding when the mob comes out later on.”

Lake Monsters number.

(he is an experienced Red Cross-certified lifeguard). • Swim and get your Socializing and enjoying the uncommon atmosphere at the lakefront at that hour is encouraged.

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Chicago is a stunning city with all the metropolitan culture, history, sports and special events that go along with an urban environment. The Lake Michigan shoreline and all of the nearby rivers give Chicagoland residents a special chance to combine outdoor beauty with that urban scene. Imagine kayaking through the Loop “canyon” to see the fireworks at Navy Pier, propelling a stand up paddle board as the sun sets behind the Chicago skyline or racing against hundreds of other paddlers down one of the great regional rivers.

KAYAK, CANOE AND SUP Kayaks allow the paddler to sit on a low seat inside the boat and use his or her feet to steer with a rudder. Recreational kayaks generally offer the most stability of all options. The two-bladed paddle and rudder allow even the newest paddlers to propel forward easily. Canoers sit up a little higher in the boat, providing more comfort but less stability than the kayak setup. Canoe paddles have one blade, so canoers must switch sides frequently to keep the boat going straight. Canoes have no rudders and require more experience to steer well. Canoes range from heavy, stable boats to very light, “tippy” racing boats. MYCHICAGOATHLETE.COM

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Stand up paddle boards allow a paddler to stand on a surfboard made for paddling. The paddle has one blade and a very long handle. The design makes the SUP easy to jump off and remount if needed. All of these crafts can vary by speed, stability and comfort. In general, a lighter, longer boat with a more rounded hull will be faster but will also require more skill to handle and stay upright.


Founded in 1999 as the first kayak outfitter in Chicago, Kayak Chicago offers a year round, progressive array of group and private kayak and SUP classes from indoor pool sessions to Eskimo rolling. “All of our guides go through extensive training to become fully certified,” owner Dave Olson says. Kayak Chicago offers Chicago River tours, Lake Michigan treks and trips to Wisconsin destinations, and all tours start with a basic kayaking skills and safety course. Chicago River Canoe and Kayak offers canoe and kayak rentals in several locations including the Chicago River, the Winnetka Lagoons and Busse Lake in Elk Grove. The group also offers guided trips to nearby rivers in the region including a fall trip on the Kankakee River to view the Sandhill Crane migration. The Lincoln Park Boat Club has offered paddling and rowing programs since 1910. Members regularly paddle canoe, kayak and SUP in the Lincoln Park lagoon. LPBC offers a chance to learn to SUP for free on Learn to Paddle Day. Chicago Paddle Company focuses on a safe, social, quality SUP experience with locations at Kathy Osterman Beach and Montrose Harbor. It offers rentals, lessons, group fitness classes and social tours. All of its leaders are World Paddle Association-certified instructors. Chicago Paddle Company has a comprehensive program of SUP classes, including yoga, Pilates, Core Fit, RUN/SUP and others, as well as frequent SUP socials and kid-focused classes and camps. Urban Kayaks provides kayak tours and rentals on the Chicago River in the Loop, Navy Pier and Chinatown. Owner Aaron Gershenzon says that the company’s most popular tour is the



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two-hour Historic Chicago Tour, where the guide will tell “lesser known Chicago stories of gangsters, brothels and hidden places along the river.”


Many Illinois rivers and streams have wonderful paddling conditions. Consult with area experts before paddling a new waterway, asking which segments make for the safest and most enjoyable routes. Be extremely cautious around low-head dams, short dams that look unpretentious but are consistent killers). Perfect paddling rivers include the Fox River, Salt Creek, the Des Plaines River, the Rock River, the Nippersink Creek and the Kankakee River. The Prairie State Canoeists are avid paddlers that gather for trips in the Chicago area. Most of the trips are one-day ventures within 100 miles of Chicago, but the group also organizes some multiday trips. Members must provide their own equipment.


Illinois and its neighboring states have long traditions of competitive canoe and kayak racing. Area races start in April and continue through September. The biggest races include the Des Plaines Canoe Marathon and the Mid America Canoe races with hundreds of competitors and many decades of tradition. Numerous smaller races are held every week during the summer. The St. Charles Canoe Club, founded in 1972, hosts two races each year, the Current Buster and the Fox River Fall Classic, both in St. Charles. Club members are long time competitive racers and welcome beginners and national class paddlers alike to their meetings and practices. The Midwest SUP Racing Series sanctions races all around the Midwest including the Aug. 29 Skyline SUP Series at the Lincoln Park Boat Club.


Paddling is a wonderful, lifelong sport but it can also be dangerous. Always respect water conditions and take safety measures. Wear your lifejacket, and do not mix alcohol with paddling. Never paddle alone. If the water or air temperatures are cold, take extra precautions. Capsizing in cold water can mean disorientation and death in a short time. Know how to portage safely around all dams. Many can trap people and cause drowning to paddlers and those trying to rescue them.


If you own your own canoe, SUP or kayak, the Illinois DNR requires non-motorized boaters to have a Water Usage Stamp for paddling. The stamps cost $6 annually for each boat and can be purchased at many locations. See www.dnr.illinois.gov for more information. Spend a day on the water seeing the city or the region from a different perspective. Whether learning city history, watching fireworks, viewing wildlife or enjoying physical activity, paddle sports in Chicago can enhance anyone’s summer experience.


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Fleet Feet Sports Soldier Field 10 Mile

Chicagoland Spring Marathon and Half Marathon MAY 17 , 2 0 1 5 | S CH A U M B U R G , I L

On a warm and humid Sunday morning, over 1,600 runners took a tour of Busse Woods at the annual Chicagoland Spring Marathon and Half Marathon. The marathon champion, Jeff Mescal, logged a subthree hour marathon, one of many he’s achieved since turning 45, even with the sticky conditions. Men’s Marathon Results Jeff Mescal 49 Dan Courtney 34 Patrick Timmons 44 Dj Salmon 27 Kevin Bertram 28 Michael Garcia 47 Mark Moynier 40 Scott Morton 43 James McKenna 50 Mike Stotz 46

2:54:36 3:07:24 3:12:31 3:17:20 3:18:46 3:21:20 3:23:40 3:25:11 3:26:02 3:28:03

Women’s Marathon Results Laurie Rose 50 Brooke Ashcroft 26

3:23:24 3:25:47



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Kristi Marsh Hayley Kauffmann Madeline Gale Kristen Gonzales Jania Bonilla Amanda Carpo Kerry Butters Natalie Doolittle Shadel

31 27 27 26 26 40 30 30

3:31:21 3:30:55 3:35:18 3:35:52 3:36:44 3:37:38 3:38:42 3:39:42

Men’s Half Marathon Results Eric Viverito 26 Olaf Schulz 37 Zachary Young 23 Patrick Walsh 24 Michael Stehling 34 Dimitri Dimizas 28 James Harrington 39 Kevin Deegan 29 Jack Clinkert 44 Nick Penev 25

1:15:26 1:19:34 1:19:53 1:22:08 1:23:02 1:24:52 1:25:08 1:25:50 1:28:02 1:29:06

Women’s Half Marathon Results Sarah Deegan 35 Maggie Graham 23 Andrea Dittmann 24 Kala Penev 25 Alicia Rafferty 25

1:32:54 1:33:09 1:34:03 1:36:01 1:40:08





Anabella Blanco Joyce Lam Susan Parlato Patricia Jadran Kristine Miechowicki

33 31 38 25 33

1:40:40 1:41:11 1:41:29 1:41:32 1:42:06

Leaning Tower YMCA Tower Triathlon M AY 1 7 , 2 0 1 5 | NILES , IL

The Tower Triathlon once again kicked off the area’s triathlon season with hundreds of adult and youth racers coming to Niles for the 30th annual event. Predicted storms held off, giving athletes the chance to enjoy the family-friendly race. Men’s Results Ruben Figueres Bruce Noxon Michael Lucchesi Wesley Bell Greg Kurtock Joel Burrows Tim O’Donnell Jeffrey Jamison Michael Mansfield Marc Nardulli


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53:54 55:05 55:06 55:26 58:33 59:08 59:42 1:00:44 1:01:00 1:01:03



Women’s Results Anne Caudill Tracey Roberts Anna Johnson Chilla Floria Kim Morgan Catherine Demet Jacqueline Peterson Janine Newman Melissa Uhlig Susan Szalczynski

39 47 46 17 43 47 29 43 45 47

1:00:03 1:03:52 1:05:04 1:05:46 1:05:52 1:06:40 1:06:55 1:07:10 1:08:29 1:08:45

Fleet Feet Sports Soldier Field 10 Mile

MAY 23 , 2 0 1 5 | C H I CA G O , I L

Under clear blue skies, over 10,000 runners came to Chicago’s lakefront for the annual Solider Field 10 Mile. Dan Kremske defended his title, turning in a sub-50 time, while Lauren Kersjes won the women’s race. The finish line excitement continued later in the morning with a marriage proposal from a soldier who ran the race with his now-fiancée. Men’s Results Dan Kremske Tito Medrano Andrew Sherman Austin Hendrix Rio Reina Brandon Mull Jordan Kyle Kyle Brady Matt Marol Daniel Glaz

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Woodstock Indianapolis Indianapolis Chicago Austin, Texas Chicago Indianapolis Warrenville Chicago Chicago

49:19 50:05 50:10 50:49 50:57 51:14 51:46 52:01 52:15 52:50

Women’s Results Lauren Kersjes Elizabeth Bailey Melissa Hardesty Columba Montes Bess Ritter Kati Snyder Meshelle Rich Holly Nearman Pamela Manley Kristie Hawkins

23 28 37 36 27 31 41 29 37 34

Downers Grove Villa Park Cary, N.C. Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Milwaukee Chicago Chicago

58:58 1:00:20 1:00:23 1:00:48 1:00:52 1:01:43 1:01:44 1:01:44 1:02:14 1:02:27

Chris Pusinelli Eric Sopp Matt Gill

34 44 41

Western Springs 18:05 Downers Grove 18:25 Downers Grove 18:27

Women’s 5K Results Megan Baganz Sarah Barcelona Lisa Vanderveer Katie Roth Carol Wittemann

38 14 33 35 42

Naperville La Grange Orland Park Hinsdale

19:23 20:04 20:48 21:24 21:27

Men’s 10K Results Matt Gill Chris Pusinelli Timothy Lardner John Gervase David Pawlowski

41 34 32 52 38

Downers Grove Western Springs La Grange Burr Ridge Western Springs

36:08 37:02 38:23 38:31 39:25

Women’s 10K Results Tobey Yeates Ellen Reifel Lauren McCarthy Stacy McCarty Sarah Strunk

44 48 33 45 49

Western Springs Glen Ellyn Westchester La Grange Park Durham

42:53 43:01 43:43 44:00 44:21

La Grange Highlands

Memorial Day weekend started in Western Springs with this long-running race. The Western Springs Tower Trot, in its 38th year, drew over 900 finishers between the 5K and 10K events, with all of the top five 5K male finishers completing the race at a sub-6:00 pace. Particularly ambitious runners took on both the 5K and 10K in the Double Run at the event. Men’s 5K Results Michael Moore Paul Erickson Name

23 48 Age

La Grange Bloomingdale City

16:15 17:27 Time

16 15 19 16 50

Arlington Heights 17:28 Arlington Heights 18:20 Arlington Heights 18:24 Mount Prospect 18:43 Arlington Heights 18:53

Women’s 5K Results Kimberly Grovak Lisa Kollias Naoko Ostermann Elizabeth Schenck Anne Marie Jordan

24 29 40 41 12

Mount Prospect Park Ridge Elmhurst Barrington Palatine

Men’s 10K Results Kevin Kohls Dustin Puckett Jonathan Cain Colin Piscitello Zac Zarling

48 36 33 18 38

Crystal Lake 35:41 Arlington Heights 35:58 Des Plaines 37:28 Arlington Heights 37:45 Chicago 38:50

Women’s 10K Results Kathryn Corsentino Kristen Jordan Sara Ziehr Margaret Dettloff Karla Jalowiecki

36 40 33 53 35

Arlington Heights 42:05 Palatine 43:57 Iowa City, Iowa 44:54 Palatine 45:31 Arlington Heights 46:32

18:25 21:25 22:03 22:43 22:44

North Shore Half Marathon

M AY 3 1 , 2 0 1 5 | H IGH LAND PARK, IL

Records fell on an unseasonably cool day at the North Shore Half Marathon, which once again had a stacked field of Illinois elite athletes. Kevin Havel and Kristen Heckert, both runners for New Balance Chicago, broke the course record in the male and female divisions. Each runner took home a $1000 bonus for setting the new record.

Salute Inc. “got freedom” 5K and 10K

Western Springs Tower Trot


Men’s 5K Results Matthew Hoffman Jack Frediam Brendan Cunningham Nick Serio Thomas Hoffman

Salute, Inc. “got freedom?” 5K and 10K M AY 2 4 , 2 0 1 5 | ARL I N GTO N H E I GHTS, I L

Salute, Inc. held its annual Memorial Day weekend event on May 24, bringing together military members and their supporters to raise funds for the nonprofit. Salute, Inc. aims to assist military service members, veterans and their families emotionally, physically and financially and bases its fundraising efforts in part on the Memorial Day weekend race. Name




Illinois Elite Men’s Results Kevin Havel 25 Dan Kremske 26 Matthew Beamer 27 Ryan Root 23 Kevin McMahon 22 Daniel Glaz 32 Ben Dickshinski 22 Nick Hird 31 Eric Viverito 26 Peter Mone 31

Chicago Woodstock Chicago Champaign Naperville Chicago Naperville Naperville Chicago Winnetka

1:05:54 1:06:32 1:08:26 1:09:31 1:09:50 1:09:53 1:11:17 1:12:52 1:13:02 1:15:02

Illinois Elite Women’s Results Kristen Heckert 28 Bolingbrook 1:15:52 Lauren Kersjes 23 Downers Grove 1:18:02 Columba Montes 36 Chicago 1:22:29 Charlotte Nawor 16 Highland Park 1:27:27 Lizzy Duffy 34 Grayslake 1:27:55 Jacqueline Mayweather 29 Willowbrook 1:28:36 Heather Swink 42 Barrington 1:29:11 Julia Borel-Donohue 23 Chicago 1:29:14 Erin Chenoweth 35 Chicago 1:29:17 Marti Schuham 47 Winnetka 1:29:20 Name





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Roselle Run for the Roses

La Grange Rocks 5K

JUNE 5 , 2 0 1 5 | L A G R A N G E , I L

Well over 500 runners came to La Grange on a Friday evening for the La Grange Rocks 5K. The event, which also featured races for kids, benefitted The LeaderShop, an organization that provides a variety of youth programming options aimed to develop a sense of community in participants. Men’s Results Ryan Giuliano Michael Moore Colin Young Joey Whelan Tim Ross Caleb Kadera Jonathan Ashley Matthew Zamudio Brett Sanchez Chris Newman

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Westmont Brookfield Naperville La Grange La Grange La Grange

15:40 15:47 16:33 17:17 17:38 17:42 18:14 18:50 18:56 19:05

Women’s Results Jacqui Giuliano Sarah Barcelona Nadia Kaczmarz Stacy McCarty Ryan Jaeger

29 14 14 45 35

La Grange La Grange Park La Grange Park La Grange

19:25 19:57 21:02 21:14 21:44



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Elisa Montes Maria Schreiber-Post Christina Forst Lisa Peters Eileen Skisak

13 51 36 39 56

Chicago La Grange La Grange Brookfield La Grange Park

21:56 22:30 22:33 22:52 23:01

Volition America Half Marathon Chicago

J U N E 6 , 2 0 1 5 | CHI CAGO , I L

Chicago’s newest half marathon, Volition America, drew a competitive crowd, with winner Zachary McCormick breaking the tape in 1:15:27 and women’s champion Fiona Carlon finishing in 1:26:27. The race supports Folds of Honor, which awards scholarships to children of soldiers killed or disabled in their military duties. Men’s Results Zachary McCormick Michael Knudson Sean Gill Scott Rolfson Matthew Schmid Eiichiro Kamikawa James Harrington Corey Hazekamp Lars Wasvick Timothy Zier Name

Chicago Evanston Chicago Chicago Chicago Tokyo Bolingbrook

1:15:27 1:19:35 1:19:45 1:19:52 1:20:22 1:21:14 1:23:28 Washington, D.C. 1:24:34 Chicago 1:26:16 Oswego 1:26:17




Women’s Results Fiona Carlon Jane Sykes Ashlee Karp Gina Schmidt Stacy Nigrelli Joann Clemen Kate Tejkl Elizabeth Worthington Tracy Wohlever Alexandra Martella

Chicago Davis, Calif. Chicago Chicago Chicago Glenview Chicago Chicago Clarendon Hills Chicago

1:26:27 1:34:33 1:35:42 1:35:48 1:37:35 1:38:11 1:38:56 1:39:56 1:40:46 1:42:26

Dan Horyn’s Skokie Swift 5K J UN E 7 , 2 0 1 5 | SKOKIE, IL

Despite a temporary closure of the Yellow Line, also known as the Skokie Swift, itself, the first Skokie Swift 5K still took place on a rainy Sunday in June. The race honors the memory of Dan Horyn, a teacher, cross country and track coach at Niles North High School who passed away in 2013 due to esophageal cancer and benefitted the Daniel M. Horyn Foundation and its mission to raise awareness of esophageal cancer. Results Aron Sebhat Micah Bellar Martin Barr Name

15:30 15:35 15:42 Age



Dhruvil Patel Conor Perreault Emmett Barr Nebil Mohamed Andrew Mareczko Dave Shafron Zachary Herrmann Matthew Hunsucker Eddie Reinfranck Zachary Harris Aaron Wahls Gregory Schultz Ross Schneider Tommy Montgomery Erik Altmayer Aviv Zafrir Greg Grigoropoulos

16:44 17:06 17:14 17:29 17:49 18:00 18:13 18:33 19:04 19:09 19:10 19:17 19:26 19:26 19:27 19:41 19:41

Roselle Run for the Roses JUNE 7 , 2 0 1 5 | R OS E LLE , I L

The CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit continued with the annual Roselle Run for the Roses and runners turned in fast times despite wet conditions. Will Cross and Columba Montes took home the top spots, helping Montes solidify her already strong lead in this year’s competition. Men’s Results Will Cross Eric Wallor Jeremy Ruston Kyle Larson Lionel Montenegro Emil Bojanov Rich Heffron Ian La Belle Michael Cauley Andrew Tomaka

22 32 35 25 26 30 31 26 34 19

Women’s Results Columba Montes Pam Stanton Danelle Beeson Julia Blankenship Beth Panke Katelyn Draths Veronica Laureano Stephanie Hughes Elizabeth Chenoweth Angelica Guerrero

36 28 26 21 24 27 30 26 40 53

Elmhurst East Dundee Chicago Chicago



Chicago Glenview Naperville Chicago

Men’s Results Austin Hendrix Lionel Montenegro Kyle Larson Ian La Belle Cam Rieger Alexander Taylor Adam Palumbo Aaron King Bobby Mette James Akita

26 26 25 26 23 25 33 25 22 34

Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Glenview Elmhurst

15:18 15:42 15:42 15:55 15:57 16:03 16:04 16:12 16:13 16:23

17:46 17:50 18:03 18:14 18:17 18:24 18:29 19:27 19:37 20:12

Women’s Results Heather Prekop Chirine Njeim Katelyn Draths Bess Ritter Julie Crutchfield Allison Parker Jackie Ott Sydney Taylor Angelica Guerrero Erica Jornlin

33 30 27 27 34 33 25 25 53 25

Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Wilmington Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago

17:44 17:56 17:57 18:25 18:28 18:55 19:22 19:37 20:03 20:04

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

Area runners took throwback Thursday to a new level in June with the second annual Original 5K. The race, moved to Diversey Harbor this year, brought participants back to the first running boom in the 1970s and featured an abundance of mustaches, tall socks and short socks. Even with the fun theme, racers turned in blazing times, with the Fleet Feet Racing Team sweeping both the men’s and women’s podium. Age



32 36 18 39 25 16 21 15 23 39

New Lenox Wheaton Wheaton Wheaton Chicago Wheaton Wheaton Wheaton Lombard Wheaton

15:50 17:59 18:05 18:07 18:37 18:44 18:58 19:31 19:35 19:41

Women’s Results Alicia Rafferty Morgan Moxley Caroline Stetina Margaret Cheker, Salome Emmanuel Katie Hohe Johanna Emmanuel Stephanie Bartolazzi Kiersten Oslund Margaret Bragassi

25 16 13 32 25 13 16 22 16 40

Aurora Wheaton Wheaton Naperville Wheaton Glen Ellyn Wheaton Lombard Wheaton Wheaton

18:56 20:56 21:06 21:19 21:27 21:33 21:36 21:50 22:40 22:40

PAWS Run for Their Lives

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15:22 15:27 15:39 15:52 15:54 15:56 15:56 15:59 16:34 16:35

The Original 5K


The Original 5K

Men’s Results Jeff Purdom Camron Williams Danny Steeno Tony Boroczk Kevin Seske Dave Keifer Brett Peterson Joe Walsh Jordan Bartolazzi Daane Etheridge

Run for the STARS 5K

J U N E 1 3 , 2 0 1 5 | W HE ATO N , I L

Participants ran through Wheaton College and surrounding neighborhoods at the 12th annual Run for the STARS, which saw nearly 700 finishers this year. The race supports the STARS ministry of College Church in Wheaton, which provides social, recreational and educational programs for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Name




Even soggy conditions couldn’t keep runners away from Montrose Harbor at this annual 8K, which supports PAWS Chicago and its mission to built a no-kill Chicago. In addition to the 8K, the event also featured a 4K pet-friendly walk so dogs could get in on the action as well. Men’s Results Dan Regalado Leo Jimenez Carleton Smith Joseph Moheban Michael Jackson Thaddeus Woosley Matthew Planchak Ross Jacob Matthew Martin Matthew Hoffman

28 34 28 23 36 37 36 35 31 28

Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Lafayette

27:00 28:30 31:01 31:28 33:09 33:37 33:51 33:59 34:13 34:29

Women’s Results Emma Keenan Columba Montes Jeannie Sullivan Sarah Lane Mary Andorfer Mindy McGlynn Ainsley Tran Miquela Ingalls Tess Sullivan Krisinda Doherty

27 Boulder 36 Chicago 34 Chicago 26 Chicago 26 Chicago 34 Chicago 17 Oak Park 25 Chicago 33 Chicago 29 Chicago

28:42 29:26 32:15 35:12 35:46 35:47 36:48 36:50 37:04 37:37






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Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate

ABC7 Gibbons 5K

JUNE 1 8 , 2 0 1 5 | C H I CA G O , I L

Runners came to Grant Park on a Thursday night to honor the memory of former ABC7 reporter Jim Gibbons and raise funds for the Leukemia Research Foundation. The race, now in its 21st year, featured a 5K timed run, 5K fun run and 3K walk. Men’s Results Adam Palumbo Marc Lemmons Matthew Stanesby Miles Henderson Daniel Melendez Alex Nordin Timothy Stevenson Jon Lott Benjamin Collison Joshua Madsen

33 31 33 33 16 26 15 41 30 18

Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Naperville Elmhurst Chicago Chicago

16:47 17:32 17:40 18:13 18:51 18:59 19:02 19:15 19:15 19:24

Women’s Results Gabrielle Hesslau Madison Heidemann Hillary Linden Hillary Stedman Lindsay Hunter Allie McMahon

20 27 30 23 34 27

Lisle Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago

18:54 20:32 21:07 21:10 22:14 22:19



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Rachel Butterfield Jen Enright Alyssa Havlir Stacey Nord Hamilton

33 23 25 35

Darien Chicago Palatine Evanston

22:28 22:30 22:34 22:39

Chicago Country Sole

J U N E 2 0 , 2 0 1 5 | CHI CAGO , I L

Country came to the city with the inaugural Country Sole 10 Mile, 4 Mile and 1 Mile on June 20. Runners toured the Lakefront Trail and enjoyed a concert from Kristian Bush after the event. Men’s 10 Mile Results Eiichiro Kamikawa Chris Irk Lucas Springstroh Michael Chico Matt Villicana

Men’s 4 Mile Results Grant Epstein Travis Rauch Addison Barnhill Andrew Barlow Brad Stancacampiano

40 20 16 44 39

25:40 26:13 26:39 26:46 29:04

Women’s 4 Mile Results Erica Shin 34 Andrea Bergquist 38 Tami Kunz 28 Christine Lockwood 26 Richelle Vander Zee 43

27:10 29:54 30:18 31:12 31:24

5:36 8:56 9:12 9:30 9:36

32 35 27 41 30

59:32 1:02:19 1:04:30 1:06:43 1:07:40

Men’s 1 Mile Results Matt Byun Max Nguyen Rod Hubner Andrew Wernicke Spencer Nguyen

Women’s 10 Mile Results Lauren Fyalka 23 Jessica Hoefert 23 Lisa Zabor 32 Kate Tysee 26 Gretchen Gilbert 41

1:06:27 1:06:27 1:08:12 1:10:56 1:11:33

Women’s 1 Mile Results Jessica Bays 46 Jamie Casseday 24 Mary Hubner 51 Lee Grandchamp 27 Leigh James 45






17 14 56 29 10


10:18 10:41 11:40 12:50 13:32 City


Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate JUNE 2 1 , 2 0 1 5 | EVA N S TO N , I L

For the 16th year, thousands of runners and walkers filled the streets of Evanston for the annual Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate. The race, which raises funds for the YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s violence prevention and racial equality programs, took on particular significance this year in light of the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston four days before the run. Men’s 10K Results Emisael Favela Christopher Schmidt Elpidio Vilchez Leo Jimenez Mark Lewis

38 40 44 34 17

33:30 34:27 35:42 36:12 37:26

Women’s 10K Results Jill Weinberg Elise Tropiano Amanda Weidner Maggie Graham Michelle Rogers

34 28 20 23 40

39:41 41:01 42:32 43:07 43:43

One Step at a Time Cove School 5k

Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate

Men’s 5K Results Gedion Yitref Liam Simpson Ben Schmeckpeper Sam Levon Matthew D’Arcy

32 25 24

16:08 16:13 16:42 17:25 17:29

Women’s 5K Results Columba Montes Veronica Laureano Emily Barreca Valeria Benitez Savanah Noethlich

36 30 22 32 15

18:26 18:57 19:25 20:11 20:53






One Step at a Time Cove School 5K

W I N NE TK A, I L | J UN E 2 0 , 2 0 1 5

Participants filled the Erickson Woods at the Winnetka Forest Preserve on June 20 for the fourth annual One Step at a Time 5K. The run, organized by the Cove School, helps support the school’s mission to provide individualized education to children with learning disabilities. Men’s Results Nathan Marrone Name

18:41 Age



Michael Vorwald Piero Giazzon Tim Finnegan Kenneth Soren Carter Schorr Andrew Murdoch Chris Barbin Christopher Murdoch George Sperzel

19:18 21:00 21:19 21:20 21:41 21:55 22:05 22:15 23:10

Women’s Results Colleen McCotter Vanessa Johnson Megan Murdoch Alexandra Boyce Jill Axline Kristine Lewandowski Megan Sulinski Myra Hersh Lori Csaszar Gina Dickinson

21:24 21:54 22:59 24:33 24:51 25:36 26:44 27:27 27:49 27:55






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adventure races

07/10/15 all-nighter Glen Ellyn IL

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

07/12/15 Flavors of Wisconsin Bicycle tour Madison WI www.aroundwisbike.com

08/01/15 cowalunGa 2015 Bike tour Gurnee IL www.cowalunga.org

07/11/15 rundezvous race Crystal Lake IL rundezvousrace.com

08/21/15 tour de la Porte La Porte IN www.tourdelaporte.org

07/12/15 Biking with Beanzie 2015 DeKalb IL kishkiwanis.org

08/02/15 tour da u.P. Munising MI www.teachingfamilyhomes.org

07/04/15 Beecher lion’s club Freedom 5K run/ Walk Beecher IL

07/18/15 scenic shore 150 Mequon WI www.scenicshore150.org

08/09/15 northern Woods and Waters Bicycle tour Three Lakes WI www.aroundwisbike.com

07/04/15 elmhurst running club 4 on the 4th Elmhurst IL www.4on4th.com

07/19/15 rideataXIa chicago Channahon IL rideataxia.org/chicago

08/16/15 Wright ride 2015 Oak Park IL www.oakparkcycleclub.org

07/04/15 2015 liberty loop Northbrook IL nbparks.org

07/25/15 venus de Miles, all-Women’s run & ride! Lake Forest IL illinois.venusdemiles.com

08/23/15 tour de la Porte La Porte IN www.tourdelaporte.org

07/04/15 t-rex trail ten Miler and the Wimpy 8K Lowell MI www.trextenmiler.8k.com

07/25/15 WIPeOutrun cHIcaGO! Chicago IL wipeoutrun.com/chicago

cyclInG races

07/11/15 Winfield (aBr) national criterium championship Winfield IL www.winfieldcriterium.com

07/24/15 elmhurst cycling classic twilight criterium (Intelligentsia cup Pscs) Elmhurst IL www.elmhurstcyclingclassic.com

cyclInG tOurs

07/06/15 ride across Indiana: same thing, Only ride More! (raInstOrM) Richmond IN 07/11/15 ride across Indiana (raIn) West Terre Haute To Richmond IN www.rainride.org 07/11/15 2015 ride for aIds chicago Evanston IL www.rideforAIDS.org

07/25/15 Bloom & Zoom Bike ride Elkhart IN bloomnzoom.org

2015 Chicago Chinatown 5K & Youth Run


07/03/15 village of Orland Park liberty run & Walk Orland Park IL www.orland-park.il.us 07/04/15 Warrenville Park district annual Firecracker 5K run/Walk Warrenville IL www.warrenvilleparks.org 07/04/15 carmelFest Freedom run Carmel IN www.tuxbro.com 07/04/15 run for Freedom Homewood IL hfracquetandfitness.com

saturday, July 11 | cHIcaGO, Il

take advantage of one of the rare opportunities to run through the streets of Chinatown at the annual Chinatown 5K. the out-and-back course takes runners down Wentworth ave., the same road featured in miles 21 and 22 of the Bank of america Chicago Marathon. Kids aged 6-8 can participate in a 200-meter dash, while those aged 9-11 can take part in a quarter-mile run. 50

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07/04/15 advocate Good shepherd Hospital Family Fitness run 5K/10K Barrington IL www.familyfitnessrun.com

07/04/15 riverside Independence day 5K Riverside IL

07/04/15 evanston subaru 4th of July Kids run prstd by northshore university Healthsystem Evanston IL www.signmeup.com 07/04/15 run For a vet Mercer WI www.mercercc.com 07/04/15 red, White & Blue 6.2 Aurora IL www.runtoachieve.com 07/04/15 stars & stripes 5k Tinley Park IL www.tinleyparkdistrict.org 07/09/15 Bastille day 5K & 8K benefitting the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls Chicago IL www.bastilledayrun.com

07/11/15 Waugoshance Trail Marathon Cross Village MI www.greatlakesendurance.com

07/14/15 6th Annual Strike Out ALS 5k Chicago IL www.strikeoutals5k.org

07/11/15 Dick Pond Athletics Carol Stream: Walk 2 Run Session Carol Stream IL www.dickpondathletics.com

07/17/15 Christmas In July 5K/10K, 6/12/24 Hour Races Lisle IL www.christmasinjuly24hour.com

07/11/15 Fisher Fair 5K Run/ Fun Walk Fisher IL fisherfair5k.com

07/18/15 Hilloopy 100+ Relay Kenosha WI www.xcthrillogy.com

07/11/15 Waterfall Glen Xtreme 10 Miler Darien IL www.RunningGuru.com 07/11/15 MS Run the US Chicago Area 5k Plainfield IL msruntheus.pulsemob.com 07/11/15 Seth Egger 5K Memorial Run/Walk Aurora IL www.payitsquare.com 07/11/15 2015 Chicago Chinatown 5K & Youth Run Chicago IL www.chinatown5k.com 07/11/15 Cannonball Run Cambridge WI caemscannonballrun.com 07/11/15 Brunch Run 5k Chicago IL brunchrun5k.org 07/13/15 Universal Sole Burgers & Beer 5k Chicago IL www.universalsole.com

07/18/15 Hot Hilly Hairy 50K Kenosha WI www.xcthrillogy.com

Fourth of July Events • • • •

Village of Orland Park Liberty Run & Walk | Orland Park | July 3 Antioch Run for Freedom | Antioch | July 4 Red, White & Blue 6.2 | Aurora | July 4 Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Family Fitness Run 5K/10K Barrington | July 4 • Beecher Lion’s Club Freedom 5K Run/Walk | Beecher | July 4 • Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th | Elmhurst | July 4 • Evanston Subaru 4th of July Kids Run presented by NorthShore University Health System | Evanston | July 4 • Run for Freedom | Homewood | July 4 • 2015 Liberty Loop | Northbrook | July 4 • Riverside Independence Day 5K | Riverside | July 4 • Stars & Stripes 5k | Tinley Park | July 4 • Warrenville Park District Annual Firecracker 5K Run/Walk Warrenville | July 4

07/18/15 Mudathlon Northwest Indiana Valparaiso IN

07/19/15 Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon & 10K Chicago IL runrocknroll.com/chicago

07/25/15 Alexian Brother’s Half Marathon Fitness Festival Hoffman Estates IL allcommunityevents.com

08/01/15 Sunshower Bucket List 5k (Clothing Optional-Must be 18+) Centerville IN www.barebutts5k.com

07/18/15 Hemingway 8k Running of the Bulls Race Oak Park IL www.hemingway8k.com

07/23/15 Run for Gus 5K / 1 Mile Walk / Children’s Race Chicago IL www.runforgus.org

07/26/15 GYRIG Tinley Park 5K Tinley Park IL www.getyourrearingear.com/events

08/01/15 SwedishAmerican State Street mile Rockford IL www.rockfordroadrunners.org

07/18/15 Bear Cupboard Run Minocqua WI www.bearcupboardrun.org

07/23/15 Esprit de She 5K/10K Chicago IL www.espritdeshe.com

07/18/15 Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago 5K Chicago IL runrocknroll.com/chicago

07/25/15 Grand Island Trail Marathon & Half Marathon Munising MI www.greatlakesendurance.com

07/29/15 Summer Sunset 5K and Family Night Geneva IL www.foxrivertrailrunners.org/ summersunset

08/01/15 Red, White & Blue John Kurtz 5K Run/Walk Bensenville IL www.bensenvilleparkdistrict.org

07/29/15 Chicago Full Moon Run Chicago IL www.runrace.net/fullmoon

08/02/15 Chocoholic Frolic Appleton WI www.chocoholicfrolicrun.com

07/19/15 Run for Hunger Elmhurst IL run4hunger.org 07/19/15 Winfield Run For History Winfield, IL www.winfieldhistory.org

07/25/15 Call Me Al 5K Zionsville IN www.tuxbro.com

07/30/15 Rock the Night 5K Chicago IL www.rockthenight5k.com

07/25/15 BTN Big 10K, 5K and Fan Fest Chicago IL www.BTNBig10K.com

07/31/15 St. Jude Chicago to Peoria Run Downers Grove IL stjuderuns.org/satellite/chicago

08/02/15 The Biggest Loser RunWalk Chicago Half Marathon/5K Chicago IL www.BiggestLoserRunWalk.com 08/02/15 Harbor Days-Run For Nature 5/10 K Winthrop Harbor IL www.harbordays-runfornature.com


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08/08/15 Gurnee Days 10k Race and 2 Mile Fun Run Gurnee IL gurneeparkdistrict.com 08/08/15 Tahqua Trail Run Paradise MI www.greatlakesendurance.com 08/08/15 Personal Best 5 Indianapolis IN www.tuxbro.com 08/08/15 Gopher To Badger Run Hudson WI www.finalstretch.com 08/08/15 Full Moon 1/2 Marathon & 5k PLYMOUTH-KOHLER WI www.fullmoonrace.net


08/08/15 BAMC Waterfront Festival Run Menominee MI www.bamc.org

08/15/15 Old Farts Marathon and Half Lowell MI www.fallsburghalf.8k.com

08/22/15 Running with Faith 5K/10K New Lenox IL www.stjudes.org

08/29/15 DINO Trail Run Southwestway Indianapolis IN www.dinoseries.com/trail-running

08/09/15 4th Annual Run for Walk at Northwestern University Evanston IL nusports.com/runforwalk

08/15/15 2nd Annual Bob Hicks Memorial 5K Villa Park IL bit.ly/bobhicks5K2015

08/22/15 Madison Mini-Marathon Madison WI

08/29/15 Parkie’s 5k Bolingbrook IL runsignup.com/Race/IL/Bolingbrook/Parkies5k

08/09/15 The Warehouse Project & Gallery 5K Run/Walk Bedford Park IL 08/09/15 Run for Diversity 5K and 10K Oak Park IL www.oprhc.org/runfordiversity2015 08/09/15 Chicago 10K Chicago IL chicago10k.com/race-info

08/16/15 Graham’s Sundae 5K Run and Walk Geneva IL

08/22/15 DeKalb Corn Classic 10K DeKalb IL www.dekalbcornclassic.org

08/16/15 Andrew Kuebrich Hero Run Plano IL

08/22/15 Cheesehead Run Hilbert WI cheeseheadrun.com

08/21/15 Tour de La Porte La Porte IN www.tourdelaporte.org

08/23/15 Windrunner 10K Wheaton IL www.windrunners.org 08/23/15 Fort2Base Race North Chicago IL www.fort2base.com

Thursday Night Events

Bastille Day 5k & 8K

08/23/15 3rd Annual High Holiday Hustle Lombard IL www.highholidayhustle.org 08/23/15 Fort2Base 10 Miler Fort Sheridan IL 08/29/15 Running for Life Morris IL www.runningforlife5k.com 08/29/15 Backlot Dash 5K and 1/2 Mile Youth Run Skokie IL www.skokieparks.org

JULY 9 • Bastille Day 5K & 8K benefitting the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls | Chicago JULY 23 • Esprit de She 5K/10K | Chicago • Run for Gus 5K /1 Mile Walk/Children’s Race | Chicago 52

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08/29/15 Terra Sans Pave Linne Woods Morton Grove IL RunRace.net/terra

08/29/15 Hometown Heroes 5K Harvard IL


07/12/15 Penguin 1500 Mt Prospect IL www.lattofpenguins.org

07/19/15 Poseidon Swim Challenge Indianapolis IN 07/25/15 Swim Across America - Chicago Chicago IL www.swimacrossamerica.org/Chicago 08/02/15 2nd Annual Open Water Swim for ALS Winnetka IL www.lesturnerals.org 08/08/15 Sharkfest Chicago Chicago IL raceroster.com 08/22/15 Great Lake Plunge Evanston IL


07/11/15 Ironman 70.3 Muncie, Indiana Muncie IN www.ironman.com 07/11/15 34th Annual Freeport Classic Triathlon Freeport IL freeportymca.org

Waterfall Glen Xtreme 10 Miler


Runners tired of the Chicago area’s flat terrain can head to Darien for a 10 mile or 5K run through the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve. This trail race on a crushed limestone path features a 125-foot climb that lasts a half mile right before mile three. 07/12/15 3 Disciplines Inter-Rockin Triathlon Interlochen MI www.3disciplines.com

07/18/15 Sister Lakes Triathlons Sister Lakes MI www.3disciplines.com

07/19/15 Splash Pedal Dash Triathlon/ Dash Pedal Dash Duathlon Schaumburg IL

07/12/15 Rodney T. Miller Lakeside Triathlon (Sun.) & RTM Kids Tri (Sat.) Decatur IL www.decaturtriathlon.com

07/18/15 XTERRA DINO Southern Indiana Triathlon Versailles IN www.dinoseries.com/triathlons

07/19/15 Belvidere Youth Triathlon Belvidere IL www.bpdyouthtriathlon.com

07/18/15 Tri-Kids-Try Youth Triathlon Midland MI www.trikidstry.com

07/22/15 MMTT Splash and Dash Geneva IL www.mmtt3.org

07/18/15 KPC Sprint Triathlon for Newspaper In Education Kendallville IN www.kpctriathlon.com

07/12/15 McGaw Youth Triathlon Evanston IL www.mcgawymca.org/youthtri 07/18/15 Indianapolis Sprint Triathlon Series #2 Indianapolis IN www.tuxbro.com

07/25/15 Iron Abe Triathlon Springfield IL www.triharderpromotions.com

07/26/15 Wauconda Triathlons Wauconda IL www.waucondaparks.com

07/25/15 Route 66 Half Iron Springfield IL www.triharderpromotions.com

07/26/15 RMC Triathlon Green Lake WI www.rmctriathlon.com

07/25/15 Oregon Park District Sprint Triathlon Oregon IL www.oregonpark.org

08/01/15 The Experience @ Frankenmuth Frankenmuth MI www.3disciplines.com

07/25/15 Mill Creek Triathlon Marshall IL

07/25/15 Wauconda Kids Sprint Triathlon Wauconda IL www.waucondaparks.com

08/01/15 36th Annual Woodson YMCA Triathlon Wausau WI

07/25/15 Stone Man Sprint Triathlon Springfield IL triharderpromotions.com

07/26/15 Glenview Park District’s Sprint Triathlon Glenview IL www.glenviewparks.org

08/02/15 I Tried a Triathlon Oswego IL oswegolandparkdistrict.org


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08/02/15 Camp Courageous Sprint Triathlon Presented by Transamerica Monticello IA 08/02/15 Tri Indy Indianapolis IN www.tuxbro.com/calendar.html 08/08/15 Sanford & Sun Triathlon & Duathlon Sanford MI www.3disciplines.com 08/14/15 Waupaca Kids Triathlon Waupaca WI www.waupacaareatriathlon.com 08/15/15 3 Disciplines - A Girl’s Best Friend Triathlon Kalamazoo MI www.3disciplines.com 08/15/15 Waupaca Area Triathlon Waupaca WI www.waupacaareachamber.com 08/15/15 Indianapolis Sprint Triathlon Series #3 Indianapolis IN www.tuxbro.com 08/16/15 3 Disciplines Petoskey Triathlons Petoskey MI www.3disciplines.com 08/16/15 Woodridge Rotary 16th Annual Mini-Triathlon (Chicagoland’s Largest Mini Tri) Woodridge IL www.woodridgerotary.org 08/16/15 Pigman Long Course Palo IA


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08/22/15 Cori’s Kids Triathlon Riverside IL www.riverside.il.us 08/22/15 Go Girl Triathlon Indianapolis IN www.tuxbro.com 08/22/15 Three Rivers Triathlon/Duathlon THREE RIVERS MI www.aquamantri.com 08/22/15 ‘Head for the Hills’ Patoka Lake Triathlon Birdseye IN headforthehillspatokalaketriathlon. itsyourrace.com 08/23/15 3 Disciplines Ludington Lighthouse Tri Ludingtons ORIGINAL AND BEST Ludington MI www.3disciplines.com 08/23/15 Michigan Titanium Grand Rapids MI mititanium.com 08/23/15 Northshore Triathlon Wilmette IL www.trinorthshore.com 08/29/15 3 Disciplines - South Beach Triathlon South Haven MI www.3disciplines.com 08/29/15 Barron Lake Triathlon and 5K Niles MI www.barronlaketri.com 08/29/15 Chicago SuperSprint Triathlon Chicago IL www.chicagotriathlon.com

08/29/15 Life Time Kids Tri Chicago Chicago IL www.chicagotriathlon.com

Destination events

08/30/15 Chicago Triathlon Chicago IL www.chicagotriathlon.com


07/01/15 Infinity Multisport - Momentum Track workout Chicago IL www.infinityeffect.com

07/12/15 Infinity Multisport Open Water Swim Clinic Chicago IL www.infinityeffect.com 08/02/15 Infinity Multisport Open Water Swim Clinic Chicago IL www.infinityeffect.com 08/08/15 Coach Mark Buciak Summer Running Retreat LaGrange IL www.theroadtoboston.info

RuNNING 08/23/15 Fort2Base Race North Chicago IL www.fort2base.com 09/06/15 Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Virginia Beach VA 09/19/15 uS Air Force Marathon Wright-Patterson Air Force Base OH www.usafmarathon.com 09/19/15 Women Rock Chicago IL chicagowomenrock.org 09/26/15 Harvest Fest 1/2 Marathon & 10K Sheboygan WI www.harvestfesthalf.com

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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

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

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.

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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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!

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

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

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

• Graston Technique® • Kinesio Taping® • Custom Foot Orthotics • Massage

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

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

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

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

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

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

RIVER NORTH: 600 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60654 LINCOLN PARK: 2105 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60614 (312) 330-6464 | info@delostherapy.com www.delostherapy.com THE PROBLEM Repetitive motions of day-to-day life cause muscles to contract and relax. Over time, these contractions become shorter. As they become shorter, muscles and fascia become chronically contracted, forming knots, congested tissue, and muscle tightness leading to dysfunction, disability and pain. The health of muscles is directly affected by tightness in the muscles. Blood and lymph volume is drastically reduced in hyper-contracted muscle tissue. Tremendous congestion and inflammation accumulates in the tissue from cellular metabolic wastes, all due to ineffective circulation. As this stagnation progresses, the tissue suffers increasingly destructive pathological changes. DELOS THERAPY Delos Therapy involves applied systematic pressure to the entire length of the muscle to stretch muscular fibrils, leading to elevated vascular and lymphatic circulation, improving the vital health of the affected tissue, eliminating pain and restoring function. HOW WE DIFFER FROM... Physical Therapy Conventional techniques of stretching and strengthening are ineffective for hyper-contracted muscle tissue. Delos Therapy addresses the root cause of the pain by micro-stretching muscles and fascia. Chiropractic Rather than manipulating bones that may be out of alignment, Delos therapy addresses the muscle tissue, which is the force that is causing the skeletal misalignment in the first place. Massage Compared to Delos, regular massage is a superficial technique that doesn’t optimally address muscular tightness. Even deep tissue and sports massage don’t hold tissue in a stretched position long enough to be fully effective. Conventional Stretching Tight tissue doesn’t stretch, so during conventional stretching, only healthy fibers are stretched. As a result, flexibility often increases, but pain and stiffness don’t diminish. CONDITIONS TREATED BY DELOS • Headaches/migraines • Back/neck pain • Shoulder pain • Arthritis • Sciatica • IT band syndrome • Carpal tunnel syndrome • Tennis/golfer’s elbow • Heel spurs • Hip pain • Plantar fasciitis • Tendonitis • TMJ • Bursitis • Fibromyalgia • Knee pain • Shin splints BENEFITS OF DELOS • Prevention of surgeries • Reduced rehabilitation time • Restored function • Increased range of motion

• Elimination of pain symptoms • Reduced treatment costs • Reduced stiffness

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

773.283.4470 | FAX: 773.283.4473 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. For more information, visit the center’s web site at www.sauganashwellness.com.

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

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

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Q Can you tell me a bit about your background

in endurance sports, how you got started and where you are now? A My background was in competitive swimming. I worked my way up through the ranks, ultimately made the U.S. National Team and competed at the Olympic Trials in 2000. I didn’t make the team but retired at 18th in the world in my specialty at that time. Then I took the better half of 10 years off athletics altogether to pursue a career in corporate America, which about four or five years ago I realized was not necessarily the happiest environment that I could be in. I stumbled across the Chicago Triathlon and one of my former swimming nemeses from college was competing. He suggested I look into the sport of triathlon to give it a go because he thought I would enjoy it. I did my first triathlon in summer of 2011. It went horribly wrong, everything from putting my bike shoes on wrong pedals, getting sick from drinking too much nutrition, Achilles tendinitis flaring up, getting lost on course: a complete debacle from start to finish. I didn’t even finish that race, but I realized there was a lot of good emotion. That’s how it grabbed a hold of me and I’ve been fortunate enough to work my way up from the guy who was a complete 62

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mess on day one to win a full Iron-distance amateur championship a few years ago and most recently take eighth place at Ironman Maryland. This summer I will make my debut at all three world championships in Olympic, half and full Ironman distances. Q How did you move into coaching? A Right as I started to have some success in my own

personal racing there were one or two guys I happened to be training around and had become friends with through the sport, and they approached me to find out if I could teach them some swim lessons. After a month or two of doing that, I had a few other people approach me and ask if I’d be interested in coaching them in full capacity for triathlon and Ironman and another female road runner. I said I’d be more than happy to do that, but if I’m going to become a coach and we’re going to have a couple people involved, then we might as well go after it full gas. I’ve self-coached my way through triathlon training and I have a couple of very high level advisors behind the curtain that guided me in some of the more challenging aspects of becoming a better athlete. Out of all of that guidance, a lot of hard work and a lot of humbling, public mistakes and collapses in big time races has come a custom-made approach to training at a very high level applicable to every level of athlete.

Q What about your approach makes it different from others? A The quick answer is that they are extremely difficult. I think that anybody who’s serious about anything they do puts in the work. Anything worth the goal you have in mind is worth the hard work to achieve. At a deeper level than just hard work, there is a tremendous amount of science that goes into creating a well-conditioned athlete. I try to create the strongest athletes I can make in every single person. Once we’ve achieved that level of fitness, we sharpen the sword a little bit so we send them out to battle as prepared as possible for anything that comes their way.

Over and above that, I think motivation is a huge thing. A lot of athletes have the talent, but because of all the other forces of nature that beat on people day to day, it gets very difficult to stay excited about your hobby when it is just a hobby. More importantly, if it is more than a hobby, it gets very difficult to stay excited when you go through those darker moments of training hard and being tired and trying to remember why you’re crushing yourself on a daily basis. I’m really jacked up about what we’re doing. I want to see people do as well as possible. I think that my biggest product that I provide is that inner sense of accomplishment athletes have when they’ve done the job they set out to do.


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