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“Endurance means something different to everyone. For some, running one mile without stopping requires digging deep to make it to the finish line. For others, one mile may barely constitute a warmup, but swimming for 10 minutes without a breather presents a huge challenge.”

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ndurance means something different to everyone. For some, running one mile without stopping requires digging deep to make it to the finish line. For others, one mile may barely constitute a warmup, but swimming for 10 minutes without

a breather presents a huge challenge. Though we have different definitions of endurance, no one can deny the incredible drive to continue despite difficulties embodied by ultra athletes. Look at Marathon Maniacs, for example. While some runners take a one-and-done approach to the marathon, either for the year or for life, you can find Marathon



Maniacs cranking out 26.2 miles twice in the space of 16 days – and that’s just the

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entry-level Maniacs. Myles Dannhausen introduces us to a few of these runners and


helps us understand their passion for long distance running on page 51. While the marathon may represent the farthest distance many athletes will ever run, others prefer to go longer: 50K, 50 miles or even 100 miles. Oftentimes, though, these races are on trails, and not of the paved lakefront variety. Trail running presents a variety of different challenges than road racing, not the least of which is finding training locations in Chicago. If trail running appeals to you, be sure to check out Will Wagner’s article on page 58. In order to accomplish these great acts of endurance, athletes need to train. Most ultra endurance athletes, however, aren’t professionals, and as such have to balance training with jobs, family time and their social life. It’s not easy, but Besty Noxon shows us how a few local Ironmen balance everything on page 54.

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est suburban youth triathlon organization Multisport Madness Triathlon Team hosted professional triathlete Caitlin Snow at its fundraiser on April 19. Snow, first American female finisher and sixth overall finisher at the 2013 Ironman World Championships, spent over two hours with those in attendance, providing tips and advice for triathletes of all levels. “It was so neat to have Cait come out and provide us with tangible tips and advice that I can use to improve in the sport,” MMTT-Mach II Junior triathlete Rachel Satudacher said. In addition to speaking about her own experiences as a triathlete, Snow answered questions, signed copies of her Lava magazine cover for attendees and auctioned off the race kit and shoes she wore while competing at the 2013 Ironman World Championships.

“They asked about what I do to keep motivated and what happens along the lines of if they get injured, how do you stay focused, how to you continue to push even if you get hurt, that kind of thing,” Snow said. “I remember thinking, ‘These are a lot of good questions.’” Snow started swimming competitively at age 8 and began racing triathlons when she was 13. In college, Snow began to take the sport more seriously, entering draft-legal races and competing in ITU-style races until an ACL tear sidelined her in 2006. After taking that season off, Snow transitioned to long course racing with her first Ironman in 2007. Since then, she has placed in the top 15 at the Ironman World Championships for the past six years and has three of the top 10 fastest Ironman World Championship marathon times, all of which are under three hours. She plans to take on her first international Ironman later this year.


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XXX-racing Athletico will bring cyclist Kathryn Bertine to Chicago for a screening of her documentary, Half the road: The Passions, Pitfalls and Power of women’s Professional Cycling, on June 3. The screening will take place at AmC river east 21 at 7:30 p.m. Half the road takes a look into women’s cycling, both in terms of women’s love for the sport and inequalities faced by women cy-

opinion In A FArewell To Arms, ernesT HemIngwAy wroTe, “The world breaks everyone and afTerward many are sTrong aT The broken places.” We encounter many occasions of ‘brokenness’ during our lives: promises, resolutions, friendships, dreams, bodies, hearts. What we do when faced with these tests of spirit, will and endurance separates those who surrender and quit from those who embrace the point of brokenness, look it square in the face and move on to endure. The latter qualities are typical of an endurance athlete. Dr. Scott Logue, team doctor for the Chicago Wolves who has completed two Ironman races and nearly 30 marathons, knows a thing or two about endurance. Dr. Logue believes that in order to endure, we must look within to find the will to persevere through the pain and difficulty, in physical matters as well as emotional and spiritual situations. “You have to know and tell yourself that at some point, whether in training or in life, the dark moments are inevitable and that there will be difficulty,” he says. “But, if you can persevere through them, you will feel good again. You will, in fact, feel better having gone through it.” But how do you look within? What exactly does that mean? The Japanese Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei, who perform an incredible 1,000 days of long distance runs as part of their training in Tendai Buddhism, can shed some light on endurance. Here is their training schedule: • First year: 100 consecutive days of marathons, beginning at 1:30 a.m. each day after an hour of prayer • Second year: 100 consecutive days of marathons


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olympians, world Champions, coaches, managers and more to provide insight into

• Third year: 100 consecutive days of marathons • Fourth year: 100 consecutive days of marathons, performed twice • Fifth year: 100 consecutive days of marathons, performed twice • On the 700th day, the monks undergo a nine- day fast without food, water, rest or sleep before having a short rest of a few weeks and increasing their grueling schedule • Sixth year: 100 consecutive days of 37.5-mile ultramarathons • Seventh year: 100 days of 52.2-mile ultramarathons and 100 days of marathons. They train in this extraordinary, otherworldly manner in order to push the limits of human endurance in search of a higher plane of spirituality. The monks are not training to run per se. They embark on their grueling seven-year ultra-endurance training to teach the mind to ignore physical, emotional or spiritual distractions. Most sports psychologists agree with this traditional Eastern philosophy that espouses that the mind rules the body. The mind almost always quits before the body in training. While the Japanese monks and other people look within to find the will to carry on, others look to friends, training support groups, family or their faith. Regardless of the source one accesses to find the strength to continue despite insurmountable odds, adverse conditions or matters that test your strength, will and faith: access it! Dig deep into that well and move through whatever test of endurance you face. And you will, as Hemingway said, become stronger in the broken places. Maryilene Blondell is the director of development for The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter and freelance writer.

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WiSconSin MArAtHon Noah Bliss, 10, set the half marathon age-10 world record at the sixth annual Wisconsin Marathon on May 3. The Kenosha resident finished the race with a gun time of 1:37:15, the fastest time ever recorded by any 10 year old in the world according to the Association of Road Racing Statisticians (ARRS), the only organization that tracks world single-age records for road races. Photo By Sports In Motion Photography

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he Great Recession impacted numerous industries, and the construction world in particular felt a major pinch. Though at the time this seemed to derail Evan Shy’s career plans, what appeared to be a negative situation turned into a blessing.

Shy says. “We have clients all over the country and world that we develop nutritional and workout programs for, along with an extensive line of workout videos online. It gives us a bigger reach in terms of the community we’re trying to effectively offer our expertise to.”

“Immediately after college I got into construction and development,” Shy says. “That’s what my family had been doing, so I naturally fell into that without thinking about it. We were able to do really well, but in 2008 and 2009 the construction industry as a whole started to pull back. I was forced into an interesting situation that seemed precarious and even dark and depressing because things were looking so poor, but it provided me the opportunity to reevaluate things and potentially focus on something I’m more passionate about.”

Shy also brings attention to his business through his own participation in fitness competitions. Shy participates in physique competitions, which he says were designed for those who spend a lot of time in the gym but don’t aspire to the aesthetic look of body builders. Though Shy just began competing, he’s already found success, winning both his division and the overall title at his first competition in late April.

Shy’s interest in health and fitness dated back to his college days, though he had never considered pursuing it professionally. At the encouragement of other personal trainers, Shy began to take on clients and his business, ShyTown Fitness, grew quickly. Despite the implications of its name, Shy has no intention of keeping his training limited to the Chicago area. “In addition to the physical platform, we have a big push and emphasis on remote programming,” 20

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Though building muscle may not be the first thing that comes to mind in terms of improving endurance sports performance, Shy says many of his endurance sports clients have found personal training aided their race times. “You can modify training to emphasize endurance components,” Shy says. “Strength training, if done in circuit-style formats, will improve endurance dramatically. You’ll have more of a kick.” For more information on Evan Shy and ShyTown Fitness, visit

him and our family,” Monica Bliss, Noah’s mother, said. “He had a lot of fun running the race and finished in a great time. He was ecstatic when he finished because he shaved so much time off his PR from last year, but he had no idea that he was setting any sort of record. When Noah found out about the record, he was speechless! As his parents, we are incredibly proud of his dedication and commitment and are happy that he’s chosen to participate in such a positive and healthy sport.” Three criteria determine whether or not the ARRS will accept a record. In order to qualify, the course must be certified and cannot have a start/finish separation greater than 30 percent, nor can it drop more than one meter per kilometer. The ARRS only accepts gun times and must confirm the runner’s age at the time of the performance using his or her date of birth. Bliss’s age and time, along with the race’s course, met all of these standards.

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Jason ream

Stepping away from running helped Jason Ream find his stride again. The Cleveland native ran all his life, including competitively in high school and college. He continued to race when he moved to Chicago in 2008, but noticed that things felt repetitive. He changed his focus to triathlons, which helped to refocus and refine his running skills. In the last two months, Ream has tallied three top 10 finishes in four different distances. He finished eighth out of Illinois runners at the Boston Marathon with a time of 2:40:09, fourth at the Race That’s Good For Life 5K, sixth at the Ravenswood Run, third at the Cinco de Miler and sixth at the Universal Sole Four Mile Classic. Ream has also had success in triathlons. He was the 100th finisher at the 2014 Ironman Wisconsin and followed that up by racing at the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Milwaukee. This year, he plans to focus on triathlon training again. He will return to Ironman Wisconsin and the USAT Age Group National Championships in addition to the Ironman 70.3 Racine.

Fiona Carlon

Fiona Carlon had never run anything longer than a half marathon when she moved to Chicago from Australia in 2011. However, the day she moved was the day of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Despite not being able to cross the street, she was hooked on the event and has focused on marathons ever since. She ran the 2012 Boston Marathon and followed that with the Bank of America Chicago Marathon later that year. At the 2014 Fort Lauderdale Marathon, Carlon finished fourth among the women and ninth at the Team Ortho Chicago Get Lucky Half Marathon. Carlon went on to win the Wisconsin Marathon on May 3 with a time of 3:07:57. Later this year, Carlon plans to run Bank of America Chicago Marathon and the New York Marathon. She also dabbles in triathlons. Last year, she finished second in her age group at the Lifetime Chicago Triathlon, sending her to the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships this year. She will also compete at the ITU World Triathlon Chicago.

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Megan Sechowski began her endurance sports journey on the bike. As a student at Indiana Universit y, Sechowski rode in and coached a team for the school’s famous Little 500. She kept up her cycling with monthly century rides once she finished college before picking up running, starting with 5Ks and progressing to half marathons. In 2013, Sechowski joined her husband, Kevin, in running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

“They were going to do an emergency C-section,” Sechowski says, “but decided to try to figure out what was going on. I was diagnosed with lupus, and my antibodies had attacked her heart.”

“As soon as I got the eight-week clear I started running with her,” Sechowski says. “She would cry every day between 9 and 11, and [running together] became our ritual. I ran 12 miles a week up until I had her.”

After that discovery, the Sechowskis met with a variety of specialists, including a heart surgeon and a pacemaker doctor, to discuss what would happen when Bailey was born. Immediately after birth, Bailey entered the neonatal intensive care unit where she spent the first three months of her life.

“It’s become my new love in running,” Sechowski says. “I’m running the Chicago Marathon again this year.”

“We lived at Children’s,” Sechowski says. “Something like a simple cold or stomach flu would knock her out.”

Since the marathon last year, Sechowski maintained her running base and added in workouts with The Dailey Method, a barre-style workout that incorporates elements of Pilates, ballet and yoga. She has had some issues with her SI joint shifting but says physical therapy, The Dailey Method and following a training plan has helped her feel healthy.

The 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon was truly a family affair for the Sechowskis. Kevin and Megan, along with Megan’s sister and brother-inlaw, Allison and Matt Parlee, and Kevin’s sister, Karen Sechowski, ran the race as members of Lurie Children’s Marathon Team in support of Kevin and Megan’s oldest daughter, Bailey. While pregnant with Bailey, Sechowski developed a small blood clot. Though it seemed normal, her doctors wanted to check Bailey’s heart rate. While a usual fetal heart rate falls somewhere between 110 and 160 beats per minute, Bailey’s had dropped to about 60 beats per minute. 24

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From the start, the attentiveness of the doctors and nurses at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago impressed the Sechowskis. Even when Bailey was in the NICU, Megan says she and Kevin felt comfortable going home at night to sleep. “They’re always on top of things,” Sechowski says. “They do whatever they can to help you and what’s best for the child. It’s not ‘let’s wait and see.’” The Sechowskis have had two more daughters since Bailey, but Megan never allowed pregnancy to keep her from being active. In fact, her youngest daughter was less than a year old when Sechowski took on the Bank of America Chicago Marathon last year.

The Sechowskis and Megan’s sister Allison will all once again take on the Bank of America Chicago Marathon while raising funds with the Lurie Children’s Marathon Team this October. Though Megan has a busy schedule as a spin instructor and an educator, she is always willing to make time to run. “Running has become my stress relief,” Sechowski says. “It’s my idea of a good time. I love running 10 to 15 miles. It’s my only time by myself to be myself. I think I finally came to the point where I needed to start taking time for myself and running gave me the chance to do that. When I started having kids it was all about Bailey, all about the kids. It’s important just to find that balance and do something you enjoy.”

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1. Jose Wence and and Ryan Hughett of the Kenosha Running Club Racing Team start the Wisconsin Marathon on May 3. 2. Kourtney Hunt runs past Lake Michigan during the half marathon at the Wisconsin


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Canoe and Kayak for Kids Beautiful slow-moving rivers like the Fox, Rock, Chicago, Kishwaukee and Des Plaines flow through the Chicago region and there are many smaller ponds, creeks and lagoons ready for exploration. Experiencing these waterways from a quiet canoe or kayak can be a wonderful, wildlife filled adventure for a family if done with appropriate safety precautions. Tave Lamperez has taught canoeing to families for more than 25 years for the St. Charles Park District’s “Family Learn to Paddle” classes. I consulted him for some advice about introducing kids to canoeing. At what age are kids ready to first experience canoeing or kayaking? The family “Learn to Paddle” starts with a classroom lesson followed by on-water practice at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles. “Our Park District course recommends ages 9 and older, but I have found the best results in students of age 12 and older. Of course, there are exceptions for both younger and older students,” Lamperez says. Safety Considerations It is imperative that “everyone wears a PFD (Personal Floatation Device) that is properly fitted and the whole family should be able to swim and understand basic water safety,” Lamperez explains. “Always paddle with a group and have multiple people or boats together for safety. Pay close attention to the weather forecast and be prepared for an unwanted swim by bringing extra supplies and clothing.” Tips for a Successful First Experience Take your first trips on quiet water like small lakes or ponds with launch and take-out at the same location. Simulate paddling first while still on shore to practice paddle strokes and review safety. Once you launch, keep your first trip very short before anyone gets too tired.

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Places for Family Paddle Trips Check out your local forest preserve district for ponds and lakes with canoe launches. Rivers like the Des Plaines and the Rock River near Oregon, Illinois are very good for a downstream trip of a few miles if you can arrange for a shuttle from your finish spot back up to your car. The Fox River moves so slowly that you can paddle both upstream and downstream, avoiding the need for a car shuttle. But Lamperez urges families to “avoid being near the dams. Dams and portages (going around dams safely) are challenges that more experienced paddlers can learn to handle.” Lamperez also reminds us to avoid all local rivers at high water; they are not safe when flooded. How did you become a Paddler? Lamperez started paddling with the Boy Scouts at age 11 in his home state of Louisiana. At 15, he joined an Explorer Post that focused on canoeing. Soon, he practiced at least one day a week and raced two to three times a year. As an adult, he joined the St. Charles Canoe Club and races at the local, regional and national level of paddling competition. Lamperez has also worked with the United States Canoe Association to create an instructor program for canoeing and kayaking. Be safety conscious, start small, take a class and enjoy our beautiful regional waterways with your kids.


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Chloe Van Horn

Wright Elementary in Hampshire. A soccer player since age 3, Chloe loves to score goals for her U8 Hampshire Park District soccer team. During the winter, she was a guard and forward on the Hampshire Park District’s Small Shots Basketball team. Chloe practices gymnastics


three times per week as a Level 2 USA Gymnastics athlete for Spring Hill Gymnastics in Elgin.


She competes in four events: floor, vault, beam and bars. She placed fifth overall at the USAG Elgin Gymnastics Invitational in March at Elgin



Community College with a second place vault, fourth place beam and fourth place floor performance. Chloe loves to read and participates

Lamperez will teach a two-part “Learn to Canoe” class on June 12 at 6:30 p.m. (classroom) and June 14 at 10 a.m. (in canoes). Contact the St. Charles Park District at 630-513-9304 or

in an after school art program. She plans to try youth triathlon this summer.

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Even though summer vacation just began, if you recently finished eighth grade, your mind may already be on high school cross country. With a longer course, more frequent practice and older competition, high school cross country can seem a little intimidating. The right preparation and mindset can make the transition less scary, according to area coaches.

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trAnsitioning to HigH scHool cross country “Go in knowing there’s a lot of anxiety for all incoming freshman,” New Trier boys cross country coach David Wisner says. “The first few weeks, they’re just making friends and figuring things out but by the end of the season, if they’re open to the coaching and support of their teammates, they usually develop some great friendships, and that’s where the love of running comes from.” Joining the cross country team also gives you the chance to get to know upperclassmen before school begins. “As an eighth grader coming into high school, it’s a great way to meet the kids in the school at different grade levels,” Dan Daly, the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association-North 2013 Class 1A Girl’s Cross Country Coach of the Year and coach at the Latin School of Chicago, says. “It’s a good way when you walk in first day of classes to have faces that you know.” High school cross country does involve more running than at the middle school level, but taking time during the summer to start training can help you get ready during for your first high school season. “As a coach, I really like to have the freshman out during the summer so we can properly build up their volume of running gradually over the summer, rather than trying to do that in Au30

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gust when the season and school start,” Downers Grove North boys cross country coach John Sipple says. “For them to truly have a successful cross country season, they need the training during the summer, because most underclassmen’s seasons will end with the conference meet in the second week of October.” To stay healthy while preparing for cross country season, Glenbard West girls cross country coach Paul Hass recommends slowly increasing your mileage over the summer. “If you’re not running at all, I wouldn’t run more than a mile and add no more than a mile the second week,” Hass says. “The second week you’re at two miles, but you can supplement that with cross training or maybe an afternoon run, with a mile in the morning and a mile in the afternoon. You’ll gradually build up mileage and strength without risking injury.” Though cross country may require a fair amount of commitment, joining the team can have a positive impact on your time in high school. “Ultimately, running in high school can teach determination, perseverance, commitment and it can help develop character,” Sipple says. “Being a part of the cross country and track teams can be a great place for people to make lifelong friends and help a young person have an awesome high school experience.”

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Looking for something to do during your down time throughout ITU World Triathlon Chicago weekend? Whether you want to squeeze in one last workout before the event, refuel after your race or check out local cultural attractions, Chicago has more than enough options to keep you occupied while you’re in the city. Where To TraIn

Chicago-Style Hot Dogs This area staple features an all-beef hot dog surrounded by a steamed poppy seed bun topped with yellow mustard, relish, tomato wedges, chopped onions, a pickle spear, hot peppers and celery salt, but never, ever ketchup. Portillo’s, located at 100 W. ontario, is closest to the race site.

Ohio Street Beach ohio Street Beach gives swimmers the opportunity to acquaint themselves with Lake Michigan in a friendly environment. Buoys indicate 1/4- and 1/2-mile marks from the beach to help you plan your swim, and you can easily access the bridge from the Lakefront Trail.

Italian Beef another classic Chicago food, this sandwich featuring seasoned roast beef and peppers on an Italian roll. You can try one for yourself at al’s Beef at 169 W. ontario, though Portillo’s serves Italian beef as well.

Lakefront Trail Ideal for biking and running, the Lakefront Trail spans 18 miles of Chicago’s shoreline. Beginning at hollywood ave. on the north and ending at 71st St. on the south, the Lakefront Trail provides a vehicle-free option for training, not to mention unparalleled views of the city’s skyline.

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Deep-Dish Pizza no trip to the Windy City is complete without a slice of the city’s famous indulgent pizza. Deep dish pizza, loaded with cheese and topped with sauce, is likely better as a post-race treat rather than a pre-race dinner, but should not be missed. Downtown options include: Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria 439 n. Wells St. 805 S. State St. Giordano’s 135 e. Lake St. 223 W. Jackson Blvd. 730 n. rush St. 130 e. randolph Gino’s East 162 e. Superior 521 S. Dearborn Pizzeria Uno 29 e. ohio St. and if you want to get off the beaten path, head up to Pequod’s in Lincoln Park. Located at 2207 n. Clybourn, this is a place locals rave about. If deep dish scares you off, Wicker Park’s Piece at 1927 W. north ave. has you covered.

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The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan The art Institute of Chicago features international and american pieces covering more than 5,000 years of artwork, including a Sunday afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat and american Gothic by Grant Wood. In the five-year-old Modern Wing, you can find Picasso’s The old Guitarist and original architecture renderings by Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van der rohe. The Field Museum 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive From Sue the T-rex to the 1893 World’s Fair, the Field Museum features a huge collection of anthropological, botanical, geological, paleontological and zoological exhibits. The museum has 25 million objects, so there is bound to be something to interest everyone. Shedd Aquarium 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive Just beyond the swim-to-bike transition, the Shedd aquarium is home to 32,000 animals from stingrays to sea otters. Lines can get long, so consider purchasing an express pass if you’re short on time.


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The best elite triathletes in the world will compete in Chicago on June 28-29! Don’t miss your chance to watch Olympians and Olympic hopefuls, as well as Paralympic hopefuls and 4,000 age-group athletes, who all will be competing in the heart of Chicago in six races.

Elite Paratriathlon The inspiring elite paratriathletes will race in the opening event of the ITU World Triathlon Chicago weekend, scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 28. Paratriathletes will complete a sprint-distance course, which includes a 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run. Some of these athletes may compete in the Paralympic Games in 2016, and all 60 athletes on the start list will surely leave a lasting impression with their determination and passion for the sport.

Elites (Women and Men) The world’s fastest 65 elite men and 65 elite women will compete in the draft-legal, Olympic-distance race along the shores of Lake Michigan, with the women slated to race on Saturday, June 28 from 12:30-2:30 p.m., and the men closing out the weekend’s events on Sunday, June 29 from 4-6 p.m. The course features a two-lap 1.5k swim, an eight-lap 40k bike and finishes with a four-lap 10k run. You will see many Olympians and Olympic hopefuls on the course, so keep your eyes peeled.

Age Group Olympic-Distance and Sprint-Distance Triathlons The non-drafting events for age-groupers feature an exciting and unique course never seen by triathletes. The first wave will begin the Olympic-distance 1.5k swim, 40k bike and 10k run at 6 a.m. on Sunday, June 29, followed by the 750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run sprint course at 11:45 a.m. From Monroe Harbor to Buckingham Fountain, the swim, bike and run course is fun and challenging while highlighting some of Chicago’s greatest landmarks — and bike-friendly roads! Athletes will finish at Grant Park’s Buckingham Fountain – considered to be the front door of the city.

PC Open The PC Open race, which will run as a separate wave in the sprint-distance race, begins at 11:30 a.m. Physically Challenged athletes will complete the 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run along the picturesque shoreline of Lake Michigan’s Monroe Harbor.





WELCOME FROM INTERNATIONAL TRIATHLON UNION PRESIDENT AND INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE MEMBER MARISOL CASADO Greetings and welcome to the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Chicago. I’m thrilled to welcome Chicago to the World Triathlon Series. Chicago is the third U.S. city to welcome a WTS race, with Washington, D.C., having hosted a race in the inaugural season of the WTS in 2009. San Diego also welcomed competitors to its shores the last two years. Chicago has a rich tradition of triathlon, as it is home to one of the largest triathlon clubs in the country. More than 75,000 spectators are expected to witness the excitement and drama of age-group and professional triathlon on June 27-29 in one of the world’s most scenic and iconic venues. What’s not to look forward to? We’ve seen some thrilling WTS racing here in the U.S. Last year in San Diego we saw Gwen Jorgensen become the first American woman to win an WTS event and she did it on home soil. Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee from Great Britain also treated the crowds to his winning ways when he took gold with a last ditch final sprint to the finish line. I have no doubt we will again see epic racing this weekend. After all, the U.S. is the birthplace of our great sport. I’d like to offer a warm welcome to the age-group athletes who also get their chance to make history in Chicago, and assure all of you, athletes, volunteers, organizers, media and supporters, that we are working hard to grow the sport of triathlon. I would like to thank USA Triathlon, the Local Organizing Committee, the Chicago Sports Commission, and the City of Chicago for helping to put this weekend together. Overall, enjoy the beautiful city of Chicago and the spectacle of ITU triathlon. Have a wonderful weekend. Sincerely,

Marisol Casado President, International Triathlon Union IOC Member




VOLUNTEER INFO Be part of the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Chicago and make a difference. Volunteers play a vital role during race weekend, and your passion and commitment is what makes our inaugural race in Chicago successful. It’s fun and rewarding, and you will meet some truly incredible people when you volunteer. The race depends heavily on the support we receive from hundreds of volunteers during race weekend. We are looking for fun-loving, enthusiastic, hardworking and reliable individuals who are willing to contribute to the success of the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Chicago. With over 800 volunteer positions available, there is a spot for everyone, including teams, schools, corporate groups, friends and family. With an all-star cast of ITU elite athletes, thousands of age-groupers and a bike course suited for fast racing, you will definitely want to be a part of the action. Sign up today — either along the course or behind the scenes. Volunteers are needed to help assemble race bags; work the swim, bike and run courses and the transition area; support the elite athletes; and more. Even if you are racing this year, there are pre-race volunteer jobs. One could be perfect for you! Those volunteering during the event will receive a special volunteer T-shirt, refreshments and have a great time. For more information and to sign up for one of the volunteer opportunities, email






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WHERE TO WATCH Looking for a spot to catch all the action for ITU World Triathlon Chicago? This spectator-friendly course with multiple loops on the bike and run allows for plenty of options. On the swim, find a spot at Queen’s Landing at Lake Michigan to catch the athletes in the water and on to transition.

For the bike, camp out along Columbus Drive to watch as athletes pass by two, four or eight times, depending on whether they are competing in the sprint, Olympicdistance or elite events. The Art Institute will be a happening spot along the bike route. Once athletes are on the run, make

your way to Buckingham Fountain. Not only will the athletes run by the area multiple times, but you can also settle in for the finish on the famed blue carpet. The grandstands are free for spectators to get close to all the action. Also, be sure to check out the Goose Island Beer Garden. It’s an experience not to be missed.



ABOUT THE ITU WORLD TRIATHLON SERIES The International Triathlon Union was founded in 1989 with 30 National Federations, and over the last 25 years has grown to 140 National Federations. In 2009, ITU launched the ITU World Triathlon Series, the pinnacle of the sport and the world’s leading platform to promote a more active lifestyle. The series: • Crowns elite world champions. • Provides the best elite competitions in standards of quality and prize money. • Has the best locations in some of the most iconic cities of the world. • Has the largest and world’s best age-group events – for sprint and Olympic-distance. • Achieves the highest numbers in global TV and media reach of the sport.

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DID YOU KNOW? ITU World Triathlon Chicago is expecting 4,000 age-group participants this year. There will be an estimated 60,000 cups of water and Gatorade, plus 11,000 bottles of water and Gatorade at WTS Chicago. On race day, you’ll find 3,076 gallons of water and Gatorade on the course and 1,375 gallons at the finish. The City of Chicago will host the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final and World Championships. It is the first time the U.S. will host the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final since the series began in 2009. The 2015 event will mark the first time the U.S. has hosted the age-group World Championships in a decade. It’s never too late to be a triathlete — our oldest registered WTS Chicago participant is 84 years old! Our biggest two age groups are 35-39 and 40-44. After the U.S., the majority of athletes will be representing Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom. Athletes will bike underground on Lower Wacker Drive — the famous setting of “The Blues Brothers,” “Batman Begins” and more movies. The change in elevation for the ITU World Triathlon Chicago course is next to zero. Be prepared for some fast racing. More than 40,000 spectators are expected to witness the excitement and drama of ITU World Triathlon Chicago.

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GET TO KNOW: CHICAGO Get cultured while you’re here! Chicago is home to more than 7,300 restaurants, 200 theaters and nearly 200 art galleries. Chicago was named the “Best Sports City” in the United States by the Sporting News in 1993, 2006 and 2010.

including the largest U.S. triathlon event and one of just six World Marathon Majors. Monroe Harbor’s Queens Landing, site of the swim start, is named for a 1959 visit by Elizabeth II aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia.

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SNAPSHOT: U.S. ATHLETES • Gwen Jorgensen made history at the 2013 Omegawave World Triathlon San Diego event when she became the first American woman to win an ITU series event. • Sarah Groff was the first American woman to make ITU World Triathlon Series podium by taking third in Kitzbühel in 2011. The same year she also finished third in the overall series standings. • Laura Bennett claimed the third and final spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team with a third-place finish at the inaugural ITU World Triathlon San Diego. Plus, in an emotional and dramatic finish, Hunter Kemper and Manuel Huerta ran to spots on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team with fifth- and ninth-place finishes, respectively, at the ITU World Triathlon San Diego. • The U.S. won its first Olympic triathlon medal on Aug. 25, 2004, when Susan Williams of Littleton, Colo., placed third at the Athens Olympic Games. • Hunter Kemper is a four-time Olympian — and is the only man in the world to complete all four (Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London). • In 2013, Jarrod Shoemaker earned top-five finishes at ITU World Cup events in Cozumel and Guatape. • Katie Hursey was named the 2013 USA Triathlon Rookie of the Year for her wins at the 2013 ITU World Cups in Palamos, Spain, and Tiszaújváros, Hungary, and the USA Triathlon Super Sprint Series Finale.

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2015 ITU WORLD TRIATHLON SERIES GRAND FINAL AND WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS In September 2015, Chicago will become the first U.S. city to host the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final, and the first city since Honolulu, Hawaii, in 2005 to host the age-group ITU World Championships. The best triathletes in the world will race throughout the 2015 season in cities around the world with hopes of earning a spot and competing for a world title. Races will include the elite ITU World Triathlon Grand Final (for men and women), juniors, under-23s, paratriathletes and age-groupers racing at the sprint and Olympicdistances. The event week will begin with the ITU Aquathlon World Championships, a growing swim-run discipline. In 2013, more than 8,000 athletes competed in the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final and World Championships, one of the most prestigious triathlon events in the world. This heads to Edmonton in 2014.

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2016 OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC GAMES There will be thousands of athletes from around the world descending on Chicago for an unforgettable event, but this is also your chance to catch Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls in action before the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. ITU has designated the 2015 Paratriathlon World Championships as an important event for paratriathletes vying for a spot in triathlon’s Paralympic Games debut. Top-ranked paratriathletes in each medal event will earn a Paralympic spot for their National Federation. Some countries, including the U.S., are also considering the 2015 Grand Final and World Championships in Chicago as an individual qualifying event. If Chicago is chosen as a qualifying event for a National Federation, elite triathletes and paratriathletes could receive a nomination to represent their country in Rio in 2016. More information on the athlete qualification process for Rio 2016 will be shared as it becomes available.

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Running 26.2 miles just isn’t common, even though running has never been more popular than it is today. The number of marathon finishers in the United States in 2013 only represents .2 percent of the country’s population, according to statistics published in Running USA’s annual Marathon Report. But within that tiny sliver of marathoners you’ll find a group that takes crazy to another level. A group that scoffs at recovery plans. A group that sees your 26.2 and raises you another, next weekend. And the week after that. And maybe even every week of the year. They are the Marathon Maniacs, and for them, marathons are not a bucket list item. They are an addiction.

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Like so many great ideas, Marathon Maniacs got its start in a bar. Steve Yee, Chris Warren and Tony Phillippi were eating at the Moon Time in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho after the 2003 Coeur d’Alene Marathon. While comparing their marathon accomplishments, it dawned on them that there should be a club for likeminded folks: those who defy conventional training wisdom and run several marathons per month, never mind per year. One of their companions wrote an email saying he felt like he was amongst “a bunch of marathon maniacs.” They couldn’t disagree, so they adopted the moniker as their name. They had no big plans, just three members and simple criteria. To become a bronze level Maniac you had to run two marathons in 16 days. To reach silver status you had to run three in 90 days, and to reach gold you needed six marathons in six months. To even the most experienced runners, a marathon a month is unrealistic, but Yee soon learned that some Maniacs had greater aspirations. “They thought it was too easy and they wanted more levels to shoot for, so we had to expand,” he says. “So we created 10 star levels.” They started small, but momentum slowly grew. Their gear began popping up at more and more races beyond their Pacific Northwest base, and in 2009 the group exploded. Now the Maniacs claim 9,200 members who pay a $40 entry fee and $15 in annual dues and identify themselves by their membership number. Yee is #1.


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The fifth largest group of Maniacs in the country calls Chicago home, a bubbling hotbed of crazy. The ranks of the Maniacs, however, aren’t all the serious athletes you’d expect. Amanda Runnion wasn’t a running fanatic as she neared her 30th birthday. She ran the Chicago Marathon in 2011 and 2012, but she owes a bout of indecisiveness for her journey into Maniac territory. “In 2013 I was struggling to choose between running the Kentucky Derby Marathon or the Flying Pig a week later,” she says. “Then I just figured I’d do them both.” She PRed with a 4:17 at Kentucky, then held on for a 4:35 at Flying Pig. That’s when she heard about the Maniacs, joined the group, and decided she would aim for higher status, reaching silver before the year was out. Heather Ziegler’s transformation into a Maniac occurred in dramatic fashion. In the fall 2010 she had run two marathons, but after losing about 50 pounds through running, she was hooked. “I made it a life goal to run 50 marathons by age 50,” she says. It took Ziegler just two and a half years to reach her goal, but rather than rest, she raised her bar. Now 34, she’s up to 81 marathons, aiming to do 100 by age 35. She has run marathons in 29 states and wants to hit all 50, all under four hours. Most Maniacs run for the social aspect, Yee says. “It’s not really for the elite,” Naperville resident Jim Laubsted says. “It’s not about running a three hour marathon. It’s that you have to finish them. You gotta buckle down. Three marathons in three months isn’t easy.” Members love seeing other Maniacs in the crowd at races. They cheer for each other and push each other. “Running the marathons and traveling for them, it’s not about the distance anymore,” Aaron Braunstein of Lincoln Park says. “It’s about meeting my friends and having a great time.” Runnion shares a similar take. “When I wear my hat or gear to a race, other Maniacs will find me,” Runnion says. “It gives you a friend out there.”

Those friends will split hotel rooms on the road or carpool to races, helping to keep down the costs of running dozens of races a year. Members of the club get discounts on entry fees, too: nothing dramatic, but saving $5 - $10 on an entry fee adds up. Top Maniacs in the Titanium level must run 52 marathons or more in a year, 30 marathons in 30 states, countries, or provinces in a year, or 20 marathons in 20 countries in a year. That’s a tall order. “When I look at making the Platinum level,” Runnion says, “I don’t think it would be physically hard, I think it would be expensive!” You might expect a Maniac to put in extreme training miles each week and struggle with persistent injuries, but Yee says that’s rare. Most Maniacs stick to maintenance levels of three to five miles per day or 20 miles per week and suffer few serious injuries. “I run four weekdays a week, but I can get by with three,” Runnion says. “Any Maniac will tell you that when you do more, the recovery is much quicker.” Ziegler says she thinks of the marathons as just another long run in her training. Normal marathon training programs may include two to three long runs of 20 miles or more in the final weeks. Yee says being a Maniac is just adding a few miles onto those runs.

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The Maniacs have a disclaimer on their website stating that the club is not responsible for the “loss of a significant other due to your addiction in this sport” or for you being “on the verge or getting into financial ruin by participating in so many marathons.” It’s tongue-in-cheek, but there’s truth in the humor. Yee, Phillippi, and Warren are all single. “I probably always will be,” Yee says. A single mom, Ziegler has heard criticism. “Some family members think it’s excessive,” she says. “But it’s a benefit for our children. It’s our release to be a better parent to them in the time we spend together, and I think it sets a really good example. It is an addiction for me, and it is something you do have to find a balance to do.” There are certainly more dangerous vices than a need to run and be “running crazy” as Laubsted puts it. And crazy is what most of these Maniacs love to be. “People see our shirts and think ‘those guys are crazy!’ I like to be the person they’re talking about when they say that,” Runnion says.

athlete PROFIleS Steve Yee

# 1 | engineer | bonnie lake, Washington Age: 54 | Marathons: 320 “Most Maniacs don’t do much running during the week, but the one constant is to eat properly. You have to get in 20 miles a week, then get that protein in to heal that muscle. After the run, drink chocolate milk, eat a burger or fish.”

Aaron Braunstein

1398 | Personal Trainer | lincoln Park Age: 36 | Marathons: 73, including ultras. Has run a marathon in all 50 states. “I remember my first marathon, and my first 100-miler. The rest, I don’t even care about the time, I just love running. I love the feeling it gives me. I love the time to think, let my mind wander. It’s an expression of freedom.”


Jim Laubsted

# 908 | Paramarathon training group coordinator naperville | Age: 56 | Marathons: 41 Goal: All 50 states (12 in the books) Ran his first marathon at the Chicago Marathon in 1978, when it was still the Mayor Daley Marathon.

“When I started running, nobody was running for fitness. I remember running the Lakefront 10 Miler when we wrote our numbers on our bibs.”

Heather Zeigler

3086 | supervisor of workers compensation unit, Department of labor | Downers Grove Age: 34 | Marathons: 81 | Goal: 100 by age 35 “When I qualified for the 2014 Boston Marathon my mom and daughter were there. Then I couldn’t get in because they had too many people signed up. It was devastating and I tried not to read too much about it this year. But that just makes me more motivated for next year.” #

Amanda Runnion

# 7075 | coordinator of community Housing at cornerstone services | Aurora | Age: 31 Marathons: 12 “People see our shirts and think ‘those guys are crazy!’ I like to be the person they’re talking about when they say that. I’m looking for bigger challenges, longer races, steeper climbs. I just need more.”


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It’s 5 a.m. in Cozumel, Mexico. Julian Murphy of Chicago carries his wetsuit, goggles, event swim cap, and water bottles full of sports drinks into transition. He finds his Trek TTX triathlon bike where he racked it the night before. He scans his gear to be sure it’s still all there: bike helmet, bike shoes, running shoes, bib numbers. He slathers on sunscreen, Body Glide and chamois butter. It’ll be a long day, running across the finish line at dusk. It’s his 12th Ironman, and Kona is on his mind. Murphy’s hooked on long distance triathlons. “I enjoy the challenge of the three different sports,” Murphy, a 49-year-old husband, father of three and financial controller for Bosch, says. “I started training because of the social aspect. Training gives me a great outlet.”


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Murphy describes himself as self-motivated and highly organized. He reads training books and tweaks his training based on what works. He also coaches a grade school track program in the spring and cross country in the fall. Years ago, Murphy enjoyed recreational cycling and dabbled in century rides. He ran an Olympic distance triathlon while at the University of Michigan, buying running shoes a few weeks before the race. In 1999, he leapt into Ironman competition, doing his first at Lake Placid. Murphy kept going from there, finishing three Ironman races in three months during 2013: Ironman Wisconsin in September, Ironman Florida in early November and Ironman Cozumel three weeks later. With Cozumel, Murphy brought his career total to 12, allowing him to enter the Ironman Legacy Program for the World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, which gives 100 athletes with 12 Ironman finishes to their name entry into the coveted event. To his dismay, Murphy was not selected for 2014. He’s not giving up, not by a long shot. This year, Murphy is on the athlete roster for Ironman Wisconsin, two half Ironmans and two or three Olympic distance triathlons.


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He’ll enter the Legacy program again, hoping the second time he’ll get the prize to race Kona in 2015. Finding the time and energy to keep up the training is a juggling act, Murphy says. At times, he has to be creative, fitting in seven to 10 workouts a week to his busy schedule. Weekly training includes two to three swims sessions, two bike sessions and three to four runs. If he has a lighter workday, he’ll train in the morning, but he schedules the majority of his training after work and time with his kids. He regularly joins a Masters swim group from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and typically snoozes six hours a night. When doing two workouts a day, he’ll swim on the day of a hard bike or run. He reserves weekends for half-day bike rides and long runs. Occasionally, Murphy will do a long run on a trail while his kids bike next to him. “My best race was in Florida with 10 hours of training a week, running 25 miles a week with 17 miles being my longest run,” Murphy says.

Fitness turns into Passion Long before the sun is up, Amanda Wendorff, 34, wakes to pack her bag with meals, snacks,

sports nutrition and a few changes of clothes for the day. The Ironman triathlete and lawyer is off to swim with Well-Fit Triathlon & Training in Chicago with a dozen athletes or more before settling into her desk for a full day of corporate litigation with Eimer Stahl, LLP, on Michigan Avenue. If she can’t squeeze in a run at lunchtime or ride her bike to swim at Ohio Street Beach, after work she’ll lace up her favorite Brooks running shoes to zip south down the Lakefront Trail or hop on her Cervelo P3 tri bike to hammer out intervals on the Computrainer at the gym. She sometimes doesn’t return home until 11 p.m. to fall into a deep slumber before she does it all again the next day. “There aren’t many opportunities when we reach our 30s to do this: to be able to see what my limits are. It’s very motivating,” Wendorff, a past high school swimmer and track star, says. “The last 10 to 13 miles of an Ironman are challenging. I love the training and competing. Once she started her law career, she stopped exercising and gained weight. When she turned 30 and a long-term relationship ended, she decided to get into shape and try triathlon. Logging up to 20 hours a week of training can be tricky. “Balancing everyday responsibilities takes a lot of planning and time

fitness turns into passion management,” Wendorff says. “Sacrifices are made and my social life takes a bit of a hit.” She works with her coach training year round, with long runs and bike rides on the weekends sometimes topping seven hours a session. But it’s all paid off. She competed in the Ironman World Championships in Kona in October 2013 by qualifying at Ironman 70.3 Auckland with a second place age group finish. Wendorff also won her age group in April competing in Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico. When work requires travel, she searches for pools, gyms and running routes convenient to where she’s staying. With intense training, she’s dealt with some knee issues and Achilles tendonitis that required her coach to tweak her training schedule to keep her going. In 2014, she plans to compete in Eagleman 70.3, Ironman Coeur d’Alene, the USA Triathlon Nationals in Milwaukee, Ironman 70.3 Worlds in Canada and several more races at varying distances to help her prepare and train for Ironmans. “I am now at a point where I can’t imagine living without triathlon and have a huge circle of wonderful people in my life who I have met through the sport,” Wendorff says.

Relying on Stamina Ray Pelelas is a multisport fanatic. In June, he’ll run the 56-mile Comrades Marathon in South Africa, ride the 200K Horrible Hilly bike race in Wisconsin and race two Olympic distance triathlons, all to prepare him for Door County Half Iron in July, then tackle Ironman Wisconsin in September and Ironman Florida in November. Pelelas’s driving force to become a triathlete stems from his fear of open water. Twentytwo years ago, he committed to learning to swim in open water. “It’s a valuable life skill that propelled me into the triathlon world,” Pelelas, the 45-year-old owner of Chicago Multisport, says. “I wanted to become a proficient swimmer longer in open water and as a form of fitness.” Pelelas ran marathons for 10 years before turning to triathlons. He’s raced 10 Ironman events since 2009, finishing three his inaugural year, each two weeks apart. He admits that was a little crazy. The many miles that span the Ironman distance keeps Pelelas intrigued, since the chances for mishaps rises exponentially over the course of the day. When others falter, he stays strong and steady, increasing his chances to do better than his age group competitors.

He had to draw upon his stamina last fall when his mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, he got married and raced Ironman Wisconsin two weeks after his wedding. He and his wife, Anastasia, enjoyed their honeymoon in Maui, Hawaii, then Pelelas returned home to compete in Ironman Florida on Nov. 3. Pelelas knew he had banked preparation from doing each discipline three times per week with long bikes and runs on the weekends. He sacrificed some training but was motivated to not give up and race for his mom. This year, Pelelas continues to focus on training clients between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. and fits in his workouts mid-day, typically doing open water swims at Ohio Street Beach, cycling and running by himself during the week, then coaches clients again between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Pelelas organizes his training year into 16-week blocks three times a year, with training blocks building into each goal race. Time management may prove to be a bit more challenging for Pelelas, who is moving with his wife in June and hopes to start a family soon. His sights are on Kona after he completes his 12th Ironman later this year. With mixed emotions he says he’s not looking forward to Kona’s difficult course, but the race, he imagines, will be an amazing experience.


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Have marathons run their course for you, so to speak? Are you

looking for the next big challenge in endurance running? If so, ultra trail racing may be for you. It’s not for the faint of heart, with races ranging from 50 kilometers to 100 miles on rustic trails that wind through hills and sometimes mountains. Over the past five years, though, more and more people have jumped on the bandwagon. “They’re saying that the 100-miler is the new marathon,” Alec Bath, a Chicago-area resident who has been running trail races for 13 years and the ultra variety since 2009, says. “A lot of people run marathons now, and some are looking for the next thing. There’s been a huge spike in popularity [of trail racing]. A lot of the big races fill up much quicker than they used to.” If you want to make the switch from pavement to trails, do so carefully. Success in trail racing, especially in ultras, hinges on moderating your pace and developing a keen understanding of what your body can and can’t do. In other words, you need to adopt an almost Zen-like approach to running.


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“One of the hardest things for road runners to do is slow down and run by feel,” Shelley Cook, an ultrarunner since 2009 and Chicago Athlete’s 2013 Clif Bar Female Athlete of the Year, says. “Number one, don’t worry about your pace. Don’t look at a watch, because you really have to run based on effort. You need to get to know your body before you really can become good at these.” Adds Michele Hartwig, cofounder of the trail racing organization McHenry County Ultrarunning Dudes & Dudettes (MUDD) in Crystal Lake: “Your long runs should be at a slow pace. Just get your heart rate up into that easy zone. The mistake a lot of people make when they’re coming from short-distance to long-distance running is that they start everything at a marathon effort. That’s a little too fast on your training runs for ultras.” Another important consideration is the ever-changing terrain, which is more difficult to traverse than pavement. “There are a lot of obstacles, a lot of roots and rocks,” Cook says. “You need to learn how to navigate around them. You can’t look up if you’re trail racing. You can never take your eyes off the ground. It’s very mental.” Of course, finding long trails on which to train is easier said than done in the Chicago area. Local options include Veteran Acres Park in Crystal Lake and the Palos/Sag Valley Trail System in Palos Park. Otherwise, you’ll have to road trip to trails at, say, Kettle Moraine in Wisconsin. “It’s a luxury for us to go up north and run on the trails,” Cook says. Though most local trail racers do a fair amount of training on pavement, nothing works better for training than actual trail running. “If you’re training for an ultra, find time at least once a month to get to a trail to run,” Hartwig says. “It’s a huge difference. Even if you run a very hilly road route, and even if that route is covered in snow, the trail feels different. It’s possible to get ready for an ultra by doing all road running, but it’s very helpful to at least get an idea of what the trail feels like.” If you don’t have ready access to trails—and even if you do—cross training is a viable way to augment your running. Stair climbing, squats and box jumps will strengthen your quads and prepare you for the rigors of long stretches on hills, while swimming, biking and the rowing machine will help to build your core muscles. Bath recommends easing into trail racing with 10Ks or half marathons in order to “find your trail legs.” If you then determine that you’re game for an ultra race, he says you should first participate in one from the sidelines. “The big thing to do is go to a race as a pacer or part of the crew or both,” Bath says. “You want to witness what’s going on. A lot of the 100 milers have a pacer after 60 miles or so. The pacer runs with you, talks to you, makes sure you’re eating properly and hydrating. You’ll get in over a marathon of running just as a pacer.” After that initiation, you should be ready to join endurance running’s most tightknit community. “Ultra racing is a challenge to see what you can do and just to push yourself,” Cook says. “We just like being out there in the woods. Everyone in the community respects each other on the racecourse. It’s not like you’re out to get each other. It’s very friendly competition. We kind of take care of each other. It’s a whole different vibe.” 60

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Trail racing LESS OF A SPORT AND MORE OF A CULTURE. “[Trail running is] about becoming one with the trail and the environment,” Brian Gaines, the founder and director of the local organization New Leaf Ultra Runs, says. “It’s one of the best ways to see any place, and you’re going to see a lot of the same people at most of the races.” If you’re looking to become part of this community, here are some resources:


Since this is a heavily populated area, there aren’t many long trails from which to choose. The popular Veteran Acres Park in Crystal Lake features plenty of hills and easy access to your car so you can refuel with liquids and food. Palos/Sag Valley Trail System in Palos Park is another viable destination. It is scenic and features enough up-and-down stretches to adequately prepare runners for races. Gander Mountain Forest Preserve, near the Wisconsin border in Lake County, offers good elevation for these parts. The Des Plaines River Trail will work in a pinch, although Chicagoland ultra runner Shelley Cook notes, “We don’t consider that a trail. It’s just a nice little rocky road.”


McHenry County Ultrarunning Dudes & Dudettes (MUDD) has been around since 2010 and New Leaf Ultra Runs ( since 2011. Both organizations have grown exponentially as the sport has become more popular—MUDD has about 500 members, New Leaf close to 1,000—and offer weekly group runs as well as a source for trail runners to commiserate. Iron Lung Fitness (www.ironlungfitness. com), operated by ultramarathoner Jeff Lung, provides fitness training for endurance runners.


Michele Hartwig of MUDD organizes the two biggest ultras: the Earth Day 50K in the spring and the Frozen Gnome 50K in the winter. Both races take place at Veteran Acres. Many local ultra runners head up to Kettle Moraine in Wisconsin for the legendary Kettle Moraine 100, which happens June 7–8 this year. For those who aren’t ready to conquer an ultra, there are 5K and 10K trail races throughout the Chicago area all summer long. MYCHICAGOATHLETE.COM

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Egg Shell Shuffle Half Marathon & 5K

Egg Shell Shuffle Half Marathon & 5K

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Both the male and female winners dominated the field at the Egg Shell Shuffle Half Marathon. John Collet took the top spot by more than five minutes and Hailey Krzyston won by almost two and a half minutes and had seven minutes on third place. The 5K had closer competition with Jordan Thomas and Heidi Stimac each taking top honors by less than a minute. Men’s Half Marathon Results 1. John Collet 46 2. Jonathan Cain 32 3. Sean Kennedy 35 4. Chris Irk 34 5. Richard Yavorsky 37 6. Nathan Cummins 31 7. Robert Kilmer 41 8. Nathan Lichon 31 9. Kwang Shin 41 10. Ross Matthews 37

1:15:44 1:20:52 1:21:48 1:24:13 1:27:23 1:28:18 1:28:44 1:29:26 1:29:38 1:30:42

Women’s Half Marathon Results 1. Hailey Krzyston 21 2. Claire Hollis 23 3. Anastasia Cucci 27 4. Shauna Gardino 29 5. Erica Agran 42 Name


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1:29:13 1:31:39 1:36:36 1:39:00 1:39:25 Time

6. Lindsay Riess 7. Sarah Leary 8. Denise Hengels 9. Heather Zeigler 10. Jessica Flynn

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Men’s 5K Results 1. Jordan Thomas 2. Victor Arana 3. Braden Renshaw 4. Maclej Konczewski 5. Elmer Diaz 6. Spencer Kurth 7. Ian Rogenski 8. Noah Bliss 9. Robert Busan 10. Joe Wise

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17:15 17:54 19:27 19:26 19:37 19:52 19:53 20:07 20:27 20:47

Women’s 5K Results 1. Heidi Stimac 2. Meredith Piacentini 3. Alexandra Lorenz 4. Rumbi Hilborn 5. Sarah Peterson 6. Dawn Mitchell 7. Katie Gehrand 8. Mercedalia Perez 9. Rocio Henciek 10. Lindsay Murphy

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Neither Cricket Hill nor chilly April weather could slow former Clif Bar Athlete of the Month winner Thomas Frazer, who broke the tape and cut almost three minutes off of his third place finish at the FirstMerit Bank Lakefront 10 Miler last year. The women’s division saw a narrow victory by Indianian, Samantha Walkow. Men’s Results 1. Thomas Frazer 2. Kevin Oliver 3. James Akita 4. Zach Bruns 5. Jeff Hojnacki 6. Mark Dolgin 7. Zack McCormick 8. Matthew Cabel 9. Austin Crawford 10. Tim Conheady

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Lake Forest Chicago Elmhurst

Women’s Results 1. Samantha Walkow 2. Laura Batterink 3. Pamela Staton 4. Diana Davis 5. Bess Ritter 6. Karrie Hamstra-Wright

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50:39 53:40 54:17 Milwaukee, Wis. 54:42 Chicago 58:57 Chicago 58:57 Chicago 59:06 Palos Heights 1:01:21 Bartlett 1:02:12 Elmhurst 1:02:29

Evanston Chicago Evanston Chicago Chicago City

59:34 59:49 1:02:28 1:03:14 1:03:46 1:04:38 Time

7. Blossom Heindel 8. Aneta Ziemianska 9. Angelica Guerrero 10. Marron Burke

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Boston Marathon Top Illinois Finishers

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Three Illinois runners finished in the top 100 of their gender with Kevin Havel finishing as the first local runner and 27th overall male. Former Clif Bar Athlete of the Month Eric Wallor followed Havel with a 51st-place finish. Wendy Jaehn, the top female Illinois runner, finished 94th in the women’s race. Evanston’s Nancy Rollins also took second in her age division at the race. Men’s Illinois Results 1. Kevin Havel 2. Eric Wallor 3. Kevin Dockemeyer 4. Nic Aubert 5. Emisael Favela 6. Brian Scott 7. Rich Heffron 8. Jason Ream 9. Scott Mangum 10. Rich Calvario

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Women’s Illinois Results 1. Wendy Jaehn 39 2. Cassidy Wall 36 3. Jill Weinberg 33 4. Elena Shemyakina 54 5. Lillie Romeiser 29 6. Jessica Bird 31 7. Colleen Huml 26 8. Erin Chamberlin 38 9. Columba Montes 34 10. Christi Arnerich 31

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Palatine Wilmington Chicago Berwyn Naperville Chicago Chicago Barrington Geneva

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Chicago Palos Heights Chicago Geneva Lake Forest Chicago Wheaton Chicago Chicago Chicago

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4. Bart Worwa 5. Zachary Pligge

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Itasca Franklin Park

4:23:05 4:25:24

Women’s 50K Results 1. Jessica Schmidt 2. Shelley Cook 3. Crystal Hutchings 4. Monica Rice 5. Gina Schmidt

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Lake Zurich Waukegan Lake In The Hills Algonquin Chicago

5:01:37 5:06:40 5:15:26 5:18:26 5:25:44

Men’s 15 Mile Results 1. Jon Hiatt 2. Matt Jasper 3. Mieczyslaw Swiatkowski 4. Joe Szatmary 5. Jason Charley

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Chicago Dubuque, Iowa Orland Park Libertyville Dubuque, Iowa

1:48:00 1:48:20 1:54:37 1:58:23 2:01:11

Women’s 15 Mile Results 1. Kristin Frey 30 2. Liz Baumgardt 33 3. Shawna Carter 34 4. Clarissa Bailey 30 5. Kristen Strange 30

Schaumburg Rockford Chicago East Moline Kirkwood, Mo.

2:06:50 2:23:56 2:31:19 2:35:40 2:35:42

Women’s 5 Mile Results 1. Bridget Collins 52 2. Samantha Cook 28 3. Erica Wagner 27 4. Kelly Brown 43 5. Laura Crane 32

Aurora Woodstock Crystal Lake Madison, Wis. Lake In The Hills

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Hornet Hustle 5K Ap ri l 2 7 , DAri e n

The southwest suburban 5K brought in talented runners of all ages. Top 10 finishers ranged from preteens to those in their mid-50s. The split between first and second on the men’s side was a perfect representation of the age range as 51-year-old David Stock edged Brian Rudolph, 15. Men’s Results 1. David Stock 2. Brian Rudolph 3. Joe Ardovitch 4. Tom Wilczak 5. Bill Levine 6. Max Noga

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The unique suburban race features three unconventional distances. Mike Dietz and Jessica Schmidt won the 50K race by wide margins of nine and five minutes respectively. In the 15 mile, Jon Hiatt edged out Matt Jasper by 20 seconds while Kristin Frey won the women’s race by more than 17 minutes. Bridget Collins put up an impressive performance of her own, winning the 5 mile by 10 minutes, while her male counterpart Jason Barnard had the slimmest victory of the day, taking first by 15 seconds. Men’s 50K Results 1. Mike Dietz 40 2. Sam Welch 24 3. Jean-Bernard Flanagan 48 Name


Wauconda Northbrook Libertyville City

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Men’s 5 Mile Results 1. Jason Barnard 2. Matthew Zastrow 3. Brad Kmiec 4. Arthur Boulet 5. Brendan Hayes


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RACE RESULTS Women’s Results 1. Megan Lawrence 2. Noriko Valenta 3. Cristina Lathrop 4. Kelley Sunde 5. Courtney Barry 6. Dorothy Schardt 7. Kirstin Hammersley 8. Molly Moran 9. Margaret Subervi 10. Karen Carpenter

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Fleet Feet Sports Ravenswood Run 5K

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The top four male finishers all crossed the finish line of the 2nd2None Run within one minute of each other with Gustavo Ruiz edging Ray Palacios by five seconds. Two young female runners had top 10 finishers, with 10-year-old Isabella Orozco finishing fourth and 12-year-old Rebeka Iniguez taking 10th. Men’s Results 1. Gustavo Ruiz 2. Ray Palacios 3. David Castillo 4. Andy Olson 5. Saul Olivas 6. Matthew Moses 7. Dan Forde 8. Joe Podge 9. Michael Schiltz 10. Alejandro Unzueta

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Aurora Plainfield North Aurora Aurora Aurora Chicago Aurora St. Charles North Aurora Aurora

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Women’s Results 1. Bridget Vlakancic 2. Samantha Carson 3. Rachel Gerhard 4. Isabella Orozco 5. Emily MacAuley

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6. Ginna Podge 7. Sarah Hollister 8. Maggie Gibson 9. Treva Griffin 10. Rebeka Iniguez

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St. Charles Aurora Oswego Bartlett Aurora

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One of the most popular neighborhood runs in Chicago, Ravenswood has become synonymous with blistering times and tight finishes. The top 10 male finishers came in under or just a few seconds over one minute after winner Matthew Blume while the top four all posted sub-16 minute times. The women impressed as well, all coming in before the 20 minute mark as Pam Staton held on for the victory. Men’s Results 1. Matthew Blume 2. James Akita 3. Emil Bojanov 4. Jordan Horwitz 5. Peter Mone 6. Jason Ream 7. Jeff Hojnacki 8. Todd Quednau 9. Adam Palumbo 10. Gedion Yitref

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Chicago Elmhurst Chicago Chicago Winnetka Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago

15:26 15:34 15:43 15:58 16:14 16:16 16:24 16:26 16:29 16:30

Women’s Results 1. Pamela Staton 2. Heather Prekop 3. Diana Davis 4. Lauren Sykora 5. Elizabeth Panke 6. Aneta Ziemianksa 7. Lauren Garriques 8. Lindsay Doherty 9. Angelica Guerrero 10. Meshelle Rich

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While a couple of out-of-staters made their way into the top group, local runners dominated this 5K, with Chicagoans taking nine of the top 10 finishes in both divisions. Adam Nevens won a tight race with a 17:12 finish while Emily Inskeep ran the only sub-20 time on the women’s side in 19:08. Men’s Results 1. Adam Nevens 2. Bruce Faltynski 3. Noah Healy 4. Stephen Proctor 5. Jason Hageman Name

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Chicago South Bend, Ind. Chicago Chicago Chicago City

17:12 17:20 17:59 18:09 18:17 Time

6. Mike Wong 7. Al Wahlig 8. Brent Drown 9. Conor Ruel 10. Jeffrey Zwit

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Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago

18:20 18:21 18:27 18:30 18:32

Women’s Results 1. Emily Inskeep 2. Erika Henning 3. Brianne Ptacek 4. Beth Kreppein 5. Stacy Roberts 6. Erica Agran 7. Xander O’Connor De Los Rios 8. Kristen Kulinczenko 9. Natalia Urtiaga 10. Esthela Gonzalez

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Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Missoula, Mont. Chicago

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Runners from all over the country flocked just over the state border in Wisconsin for the Wisconsin Marathon. In the half marathon, Iowan Logan Beausoleil took about 30 seconds off the previous course record, setting the new mark at 1:12:31. Chicagoan Fiona Carlon took the top marathon spot while Kristine Juno from north suburban Highwood won in the half. Men’s Half Marathon Results 1. Logan Beausoleil 27 Davenport, Iowa 1:12:31 2. Patrick Austin 26 Vernon Hills 1:14:41 3. Miguel Garcia 22 Racine, Wis. 1:16:28 4. Andy Ruffalo 34 Wauwatosa, Wis. 1:18:09 5. Michael Eaton 33 Zion 1:19:03 6. Marc Lemmons 30 Chicago 1:20:14 7. Tim King 34 New Berlin, Wis. 1:20:35 8. Joshua Solorio 25 West Allis, Wis. 1:21:18 9. Ricardo Martinez 39 Streamwood 1:22:14 10. Matt Barcus 32 Oak Creek 1:22:29 Name




Wisconsin Marathon Photo by Michael tutino

Women’s Half Marathon Results 1. Kristine Juno 27 Highwood 2. Emily Dennison 24 Madison, Wis. 3. Lizzy Duffy 33 Grayslake 4. Michelle Lanouette 48 Wauwatosa, Wis. 5. Jennifer Ward 32 Franklin, Wis. 6. Leslie Patterson 31 Greenfield 7. Jody Swinehart 43 Hartland, Wis. 8. Erin Hulliberger 28 Chicago 9. Heather Hutton 30 Chicago 10. Larissa Arellano 38 Pleasant Prairie, Wis.

1:26:16 1:27:53 1:31:15 1:32:06 1:34:22 1:35:20 1:35:29 1:35:49 1:35:52 1:36:40

Men’s Marathon Results 1. Aaron Viets 24 2. Jason Meekma 33 3. Virgil Monel Sabou 35 4. Kyle Konczal 26 5. Brian Falcone 35 6. Miles Martin Jr. 35 7. Eric Tatge 28 8. Evan Martin 32 9. Mike Brunette 34 10. Matthew Stanesby 31

2:34:58 2:46:30 2:48:02 2:52:19 2:52:53 2:53:00 2:56:09 2:58:28 2:58:57 3:00:11



Rolla, Mo. Racine, Wis. Chicago Wauwatosa, Wis.

Kenosha, Wis. Florence, Miss. Brown Deer, Wis.

St. Louis, Mo. Libertyville Chicago City


Women’s Marathon Results 1. Fiona Carlon 28 2. Sara Randolph 38 3. Colleen Eland 36 4. Mychelle Ehli 27 5. Shauna Gardino 29 6. Malvina Krol 33 7. Megan O’Brien 29 8. Taylor Feehley 24 9. Erin Zematis 35 10. Sophia Shi 47

Chicago Sturgis, Mich. Racine, Wis.

3:07:48 3:17:08 3:17:59 Waukesha, Wis. 3:18:49 Chicago 3:22:02 Palatine 3:24:43 Verona, Wis. 3:25:05 Chicago 3:25:58 Kenosha, Wis. 3:26:31 Fremont, Calif. 3:26:41

First Midwest Half Marathon M ay 4 , Pal o s He i gHts

The women’s race could not have been any closer at this suburban half marathon. Only one second separated the top two as Amanda Mirochna barely edged Kristen Heckert with her time of 1:20:24. The Giulianos posted another impressive performance as the married couple both finished in the top 10. Ryan Giuliano won the men’s division in 1:10:15 while Jacqui Giuliano took fourth in the women’s race. Name




Men’s Results 1. Ryan Giuliano 2. Krzysztof Bak 3. Jan Myrda 4. Ryan Jaskiewicz 5. Josh Peck 6. Thomas Brooks 7. Janusz Sarnicki 8. Jared Righter 9. Jeremy Borling 10. Phil Culbertson

1:10:15 1:15:10 1:16:06 1:16:27 1:17:17 1:17:26 1:18:01 1:19:28 1:21:12 1:22:49

Women’s Results 1. Amanda Mirochna 2. Kristen Heckert 3. Amber White 4. Jacqui Giuliano 5. Meg Sullivan 6. Cassidy Wall 7. Tiffany Cruickshank 8. Dawn Bitter 9. Vanessa Kenny 10. Samantha Summins

1:20:24 1:20:25 1:21:40 1:23:53 1:25:40 1:27:15 1:29:28 1:29:30 1:29:54 1:30:05






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Cinco de Miler

May 4, C hi C ag o

Dan Phistry won the annual 5 mile Cinco de Miler, edging out Ernesto Ramirez with his time of 26:05. All top 10 male finishers came in under the 30-minute mark. Jill Czarnik, former Clif Bar Athlete of the Month, took the women’s crown by almost a minute and a half with her winning time of 31:35. Men’s Results 1. Dan Phistry 2. Ernesto Ramirez 3. Jason Ream 4. Verdo Gregory 5. Nickolaus Early 6. Todd VanKerkhoff 7. Anand Parekh 8. Jeffrey Herman 9. Ryan Berba 10. Matthew Toth Women’s Results 1. Jill Czarnik 2. Samantha Kirkham 3. Victoria Rodriguez 4. Britney Kravish 5. Maggie Sutor 6. Carley Burger 7. Yesenia Arriaga 8. Maureen Wagner 9. Gina Lopez 10. Marie Reece

3. McKenzie Sharpe 29 4. Rebekah Ziesmer Strand 26 5. Tricia Marks 46 6. Kristi Battalini 40 7. Jen Steele 31 8. Elyse Ogletree 23 9. Angela Cook 31 10. Kelsey Nelson 25

Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago

28:26 29:04 29:08 29:17 29:38 31:13 31:17 31:24

Quarryman Challenge 10 Mile 23 26 32 35 34 23 41 30 28 32


25 38 27 22

Chicago Hinsdale Chicago Frankfort Mokena Chicago Cicero Chicago Berwyn Lockport

25 26 32 27 35

26:05 Cedar Falls, Iowa 26:20 Chicago 26:26 Chicago 26:58 Chicago 27:16 Glendale Heights 28:02 Chicago 28:29 Chicago 28:40 Chicago 28:46 Chicago 29:05

M ay 1 0 , L e Mo n t

The Quarryman Challenge, one of two 10 mile races in May on the CARA Runners Choice Circuit, drew runners from all over Chicagoland. Eight different cities and towns were represented in the men’s top 10 with Peoria’s Sam Bradley taking top honors in 53:34. The women weren’t much different with seven different towns, led by Laura Batterink’s 58:22.

6. Lauren Sykora 7. Ankuri Patel 8. Angelica Guerrero 9. Kirsten Hock 10. Kristin Smith

Naperville Aurora Chicago Palos Park Chicago

1:06:46 1:07:39 1:10:30 1:10:43 1:10:44

Run Like a Mother 5K M ay 1 1 , hi n sdaLe

Nearly all of the first 20 to finish the Run Like a Mother 5K in Hinsdale were 30 or older with 29-year-old Laura Morgan as the only outsider. Jennifer Garrison was the first to finish in just 18:36, more than a minute and a half in front of Kirsten Hock and third place finisher Ellen Reifel. Women’s Results 1. Jennifer Garrison 2. Kirsten Hock 3. Ellen Reifel

35 40 47

18:36 20:08 20:13

31:35 33:13 34:04 34:59 35:00 35:58 36:00 36:01 36:03 36:16

Universal Sole 4 Mile Classic May 8, C hi C ag o

One of Universal Sole’s grassroots races, the 4 Mile Classic featured a tight race in both divisions. Matthew Frey took the top spot with his 22:30 finish, edging second place Anand Parekh by 21 seconds. The women’s side was even closer. Chicagoan Lindsey Barker finished in 28:08 just three seconds ahead of Vanessa Schilling and 18 seconds before McKenzie Sharpe. Men’s Results 1. Matthew Frey 2. Anand Parekh 3. Mark Dolgin 4. Eric Lesch 5. Ryan Berba 6. Jason Ream 7. Jesse Kleinjan 8. Todd Quednau 9. Matthew Blume 10. Arnold Janvier

34 41 31 37 28 32 30 32 32 22

Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago

22:30 22:51 23:10 23:43 23:59 24:42 24:53 24:53 25:21 25:29

Women’s Results 1. Lindsey Barker 26 2. Vanessa Schilling 39

Chicago Chicago

28:08 28:11



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Cinco de Miler photo by raM racing

Men’s Results 1. Sam Bradley 2. Emisael Favela 3. Tim Hird 4. James Akita 5. Rich Heffron 6. Sean Choate 7. Josh Peck 8. Scott Mangum 9. Matthew Jeromin 10. Rob Chenoweth

Peoria Berwyn Rock Island Elmhurst Chicago Chicago Lombard Barrington Roselle Chicago

53:34 54:00 54:40 54:51 57:59 58:10 59:05 59:18 59:23 59:35

Women’s Results 1. Laura Batterink 2. Maria Lindberg 3. Amber White 4. Diana Davis 5. Aneta Ziemianksa

Evanston Elmhurst Naperville Evanston Streamwood

58:22 1:00:41 1:01:52 1:03:59 1:06:36





4. Kristen Hosey 5. Nicole Quil 6. Beth Folkmann 7. Denise Parejko 8. Eryn Kubinski 9. Felicia Samko 10. Laura Byrne 11. Jenny Kaminski 12. Laura Morgan 13. Elizabeth Bruns 14. Kendra Frigo 15. Heather McCarthy 16. Kate Butterly 17. Deborah Eskew 18. Angela Coxworth 19. Halle McCormick 20. Nicole Hobbs


40 36 36 30 40 33 38 44 29 44 41 40 38 37 41 41 30


20:28 20:33 20:54 21:03 21:03 21:38 22:06 22:16 22:20 22:31 22:41 22:53 23:00 23:23 23:25 23:27 23:29



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15th Annual Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate Sunday, June 15 | evanSton, il

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07/24/14 Esprit de She 5K/10K Chicago IL 07/26/14 “Acres of Hope” 5K/10k Farm Trail Run& 1 mile FunRun &Pancake breakfast@Stade’s McHenry IL 07/26/14 Zombie Outbreak 5K Indianapolis IN 07/26/14 Robbins 3K Run/1.5K Walk Against Violence (YWCA Metro Chicago Collaboration) Robbins IL 07/26/14 St. John’s Run For Life 5K Winfield IL

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The Rockford Triathlon Saturday, June 14| roCkford, il

tackle an olympic distance triathlon in rockford this summer. the race takes place at rock Cut State Park and features prize money plus primes for the fastest swim, t1, bike, t2 and run.


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TRIATHLON 06/01/14 Aurora BayCare Green Bay Triathlon and Kids’ Triathlon Green Bay WI 06/01/14 Leon’s World’s Fastest Triathlon Hammond IN 06/01/14 Pigman Sprint Triathlon Palo IA 06/07/14 Elkhart Lake Sprint Triathlon Elkhart Lake WI Triathlons/sprintEHL.htm? 06/07/14 Elkhart Lake Olympic Distance Triathlon Elkhart Lake WI Triathlons/olympicevent6364.htm 06/07/14 Elkhart Lake Elite Olympic Distance Triathlon Elkhart Lake WI Triathlons/Elkhart_Lake-Elite_Event.htm 06/07/14 Tin-Man Triathlon Deerfield IL athletics/deer-dash-tinman-triathlon 06/07/14 The Prairie Triathlon at NorthPointe Roscoe IL 06/08/14 3 Disciplines Big Fish Triathlon Hadley Township MI

For more calendar listings: 06/08/14 Grand Rapids Triathlon Ada MI 06/08/14 Esprit de She Triathlon Naperville IL 06/08/14 ET Batavia Triathlon Batavia IL 06/08/14 Conquer the Open Water Swim Clinic Pleasant Prairie WI triathlon-race-training/swim-training 06/14/14 Sprint Triathlon #1 Indianapolis IN 06/14/14 Rail Splitter Intermediate Triathlon Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site IL 06/14/14 Stovepipe Sprint Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site IL 06/14/14 The Rockford Triathlon Rockford IL 06/15/14 Lake in the Hills Triathlon Lake in the Hills IL 06/15/14 3 Disciplines Motor City Triathlon Detroit MI

06/21/14 Pleasant Prairie Junior Triathlon Pleasant Prairie WI 06/22/14 3 Disciplines Illinios Triathlon Championships Crystal Lake IL 06/22/14 Big Foot Triathlon Lake Geneva WI 06/22/14 Pleasant Prairie Triathlons Pleasant Prairie WI 06/28/14 3 Disciplines Lumberman Triathlon Festival of Races Cadillac MI 06/28/14 21st Annual Warsaw Optimist Triathlon Winona Lake IN 06/29/14 3 Disciplines Anyone Can Tri Mount Clemens MI 06/29/14 4th Annual Krueger Pool Triathlon Beloit WI 06/29/14 ITU World Triathlon Chicago Chicago IL 06/29/14 Pleasant Prairie Iron Girl Triathlon Training Pleasant Prairie WI

07/05/14 Diamond Lake Triathlon Cassopolis MI 07/12/14 YMCA/FHN Triathlon Freeport IL 07/12/14 Lake Geode Challenge Danville IA 07/12/14 Rodney T. Miller Lakeside Triathlon (Sun.) & RTM Kids Tri (Sat.) Decatur IL 07/13/14 3 Disciplines Inter-Rockin Triathlon Interlochen MI 07/13/14 Winnebago County Triathlon Winneconne WI 07/13/14 Pewaukee Triathlon Pewaukee WI 07/19/14 Sprint Triathlon #2 Indianapolis IN 07/19/14 Sister Lakes Triathlons Sister Lakes MI 07/19/14 KPC Sprint-Distance NIE Triathlon Kendallville IN

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CARA Runners Choice Circuit Races of the Month: ROSELLE RUN FOR THE ROSES – STERNBERG LIGHTING 5K June 1 | roselle MICHELOB ULTRA CHICAGO 13.1 June 7 | chicago DOWNERS GROvE 5 MILE June 22 | downers grove

07/20/14 Oswego Triathlon Oswego IL

07/26/14 Route 66 Half Iron Springfield IL

07/20/14 Youth Triathlon Belvidere IL

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07/22/14 Conquer the Open Water Workout Pleasant Prairie WI triathlon-race-training/swim-training 07/23/14 MMTT Splash and Dash Geneva IL 07/26/14 Stone Man Sprint Triathlon Springfield IL 07/26/14 Iron Abe Triathlon Springfield IL

07/26/14 Manteno Triathlon Manteno IL 07/27/14 Glenview Park District’s Sprint Triathlon Glenview IL triathlon-fun-run.htm 07/27/14 RMC Triathlon Green Lake WI 07/27/14 Wauconda Triathlons Wauconda IL

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ChiCago ChiropraCtiC & SportS injury CenterS

Holistic HealtHcare for everyone from Professional atHletes to soccer moms

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

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

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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

SiDDharth taMbar, MD

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

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


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


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

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

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

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PODIATRY & SPORTS CENTER, LTD. DR. DAVID O’BRIAN AND ASSOCIATES 10 N. Roselle Rd., Suite 300, Roselle, IL 60172 630.529.6634

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

Physicians Plus -Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation 1700 W. Diversey Pkwy. Chicago, IL. 60614 • 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

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


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

773.283.4470 773.283.4473, fax 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.

CHICAGO CHIROPRACTIC & SPORTS MEDICINE Dr. Joshua Akin, Dr. Jon Sebby, Dr. Sunil Pullukat, Erin Bretts, LMT, Sam Gao, LMT

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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.

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SeconD GlAnce Q How are you currently involved in endurance sports? Do you still compete, or do you primarily focus on coaching? A I took about five years off from competing when we had our children (boys ages 5 and 7) and I started my coaching business, Precision Multisport. I have been slowly getting back into competing, which I see as an important component to both my own personal development and also to my coaching. A good coach, to my mind, must understand his or her athletes’ joys and frustrations, needs and fears, triumphs and defeats. Competing helps me keep my athletes’ perspectives fresh. But I would say I’ve always been involved as in the last six years, I’ve also become a USA Triathlon race director and have been putting on three to four small to mid-sized events a year. Between physically going out on trainings with athletes whether one-on-one or in groups and being on the sidelines cheering them on, or creating the venue for them to race in, I’ve had plenty to keep me involved.

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Q Tell me a little bit about your background in endurance sports. How did you get started, and how did you progress over time? A I was a competitive swimmer in college and wanted to keep competing once I’d graduated. Triathlon seemed like a natural fit because I’d also always enjoyed biking and running. My first summer out of college (now almost 20 years ago), I did my first triathlon: a half Ironman. It was something of a disaster because, while I knew how to train and compete, I didn’t know how to put the three sports together. It was at that point that I hired my first triathlon coach, which made all the difference in the world. My coach taught me that triathlon isn’t three sports but, rather, is a single sport that requires balance, prioritizing and identifying strengths and weaknesses. Into my early 30s I competed in a range of events, mainly Olympic and half 82

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Ironman events very regularly. I did manage to squeeze in six marathons and five Ironmans. It was fun traveling to Ironman events. Some were destination events like Ironman Canada and Brazil, with a large group of athletes, which created a great bond and excitement. It was almost 15 years ago now that I started to take on the role of coaching athletes in endurance sports. Up to that point I had been coaching swimming, mainly at the age group level, which I started while I was still in college. In multisport, I first started with newbie athletes and continued taking on more challenging and experienced clients. Since then I have moved up through USA Triathlon’s and USA Cycling’s certification programs and have become a Level 2 certified coach in both and have taken a lot of their continuing education units along the way to further my knowledge and understanding of the sport.

Q What does being a coach for Ironman training programs entail? A Training groups and individuals for Ironman is extremely rewarding. It’s a lot of hard work but definitely worth it in the end. Taking people the distance, getting involved with their training and seeing them challenge themselves and grow throughout the experience is always inspiring and fulfilling. We create schedules for the athletes to tell them what sports to train and what type of work in the sport that they need to do. We also create training opportunities and support them at lead up events along the way. Endurance athletes are really pushing themselves at all times and trying to get the most out of their bodies and their daily schedule. They need a lot of support and encouragement and it’s incredible to see all of the work come to fruition when they cross the finish line on race day. Q What advice would you give people unsure of whether or not they can handle the transition from shorter triathlons to half or full Ironman distance races? A Don’t make the same mistake I did! I thought getting ready for a half Ironman was about getting ready for a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run and it is much, much more than that. I don’t think it’s strictly necessary to do a bunch of shorter distances before taking on a half or full Ironman. I’ve had clients who had never done a single triathlon yet performed well in a full Ironman. What is essential is to make sure that you plan properly and have the resources to devote to such an undertaking, for instance, time (both to train and to recover), coaching, support and equipment. You might also want to do at least one triathlon to make sure that you actually enjoy swimming, biking and running.

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Chicago Athlete June 2014 Issue: Swim, Bike, Run, Triathlons

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Chicago Athlete June 2014 Issue: Swim, Bike, Run, Triathlons

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