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Ask an endurance sports expert for training advice, and you’ll likely receive pieces of triedand-true wisdom. Don’t do too much too soon. Take rest days. Stick to what you know during a race. If you want to get fast, you have to run fast. I have to admit that I am not often one to incorporate speedwork into my training. Given the choice between a tough workout and a slow, steady, comfortable run, I’m almost always going to opt for comfort. I’ll happily use every excuse in the book to avoid intervals or a tempo run: it’s too hot, it’s too cold, it’s too slippery, it’s too humid, I have no good way of getting to a track, the sidewalk or path is crowded, I’ll get hurt. Last year, I decided I wanted a half marathon PR, but I didn’t want to PR by 30 seconds or one minute. I wanted to take about 10 minutes off my half marathon time. Knowing I run much faster in cool weather, I signed up for an early spring race and I got to training. I kept my weekly long, slow run, but I built a bunch of speedwork into my weekday training. I did tempo runs, intervals and attempted to mimic hills on a treadmill. I went into race day confident that I would PR, but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would PR like I did. Not only did I surpass my first goal for the day, but I also quite easily surpassed my dream goal: a time I didn’t think I had any real chance of hitting, either at that race or at any other race. While I’m sure the weather did help me out a little, it certainly didn’t help me take 20 minutes off my previous half marathon PR. I ran fast, and I got fast. I won’t pretend that I particularly enjoy speed training now, or that I’ve done a great job of continuing to speed train after getting that half marathon PR. However, I certainly believe that it works. Done appropriately and safely, speed training can make a big difference in your running, cycling or swimming performance. If you’ve neglected speed training for the past few months, past few years or forever, I encourage you to give it a try this summer. It’ll add variety to your workouts at the very least, and you never know: you just may surprise yourself with a 20 minute PR on race day.

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North Central College

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orth Central College in Naperville, along with seven other collegiate institutions around the country, will receive a share of USA Triathlon and the USA Triathlon Foundation’s $2.6 million, multi-year Women’s Triathlon Emerging Sport Grant, allowing the school to establish a women’s varsity triathlon team starting in the 2016-2017 academic year.

with the season running from Sept. 1 through the first full weekend in November.

“The NCAA’s recognition of triathlon as an emerging sport certainly grabbed our attention,” Marty Sauer, vice president for enrollment management and athletics at North Central, said in a press release. “We feel that it’s a natural fit for North Central, given the strength of the fitness and triathlon community in this area. We’re excited to get in on the ground level in pursuing a varsity program.”

“Th is exceptional funding opportunity from the USA Triathlon Foundation helps to support our campaign to make triathlon a NCAA championship sport,” Rob Urbach, USAT CEO, said in a press release. “We’re thrilled to have these eight schools, including Division I institutions like Arizona State, on board as visionary leaders who are the fi rst to fully support varsity programs, and this sets the stage for the creation of more programs in the years to come.”

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USAT is now accepting applications for second-round funding, which will provide grants to schools for future seasons. The applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis using a rolling application process until all available funds are distributed.

All told, two Division I schools, four Division II schools and two Division III schools received grants. To learn more, visit www.usatriathlon.org/ncaa.

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Tara Martine, the winner of the 2014 Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and registered dietician, provides insight on how marathoners can use food to fuel their best performance. Martine offers various ways to make sure you take care of your body and set yourself up for success, including how to plan your final pre-race meal and what to eat through all of race week.


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We have quite a few runners walk through our doors at CrossFit Illumine with one thing in common: they want to become better runners and lower their chances of injury. We tell them the same thing: if you want to be a better runner, you have to do more than just run. It sounds counterintuitive, but supplementing your training miles with strength training, sprint intervals and Tabatastyle workouts increases your work capacity and speed. What is Tabata? A Tabata is a high-intensity, very short workout protocol that has fitness and weight loss benefits. These workouts are highly customizable and effective. A Tabata lasts four minutes and involves 20 seconds of hard work followed by 10 seconds of rest. Repeat that process for a total of eight rounds. For increasing speed we recommend the following movements which you can mix and match to keep things fresh and interesting.

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any runners can’t imagine running two marathons in the space of two days. Bobby Longenecker, 26, of Lititz, Pennsylvania did just that and then some in the first weekend of May, winning the Wisconsin Marathon in Kenosha on May 2 and chasing his victory with another at the Kalamazoo Marathon in Kalamazoo, Michigan on May 3. Longenecker broke the tape at the Wisconsin Marathon in 2:41:04, more than a full minute before second place finisher Brian Falcone of Kenosha. The following day, Longenecker nearly replicated his

performance on a much hillier course, finishing the Kalamazoo Marathon in 2:41:08. Longenecker had several marathons under his belt heading into the races, including the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, which he finished in 2:37:30 for 150th place. Complete results from the Wisconsin Marathon are available at www.mychicagoathlete.com, and complete results from the Kalamazoo Marathon are available at thekalamazoomarathon.com.

• Squats • Mountain Climbers • Deadlifts • Burpees • Double Under (Jump Rope) • Sprints • Rowing Sprints • Airdyne Sprints • Slam Balls • Push-ups • Pull-ups • Kettlebell Swings • Goblet Squats Some Tabata workouts to try: 50m Sprint / :10 rest x8 :20 Air Squats / :10 rest x8 :20 Deadlifts / :10 rest x8 :20 kettlebell swings / :10 rest x8 These are all functional movements and most of these can be done outside with little to no equipment needed.

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Resistance running, such as hills or sled pulls, can also help runners improve speed. Focus on good posture and mechanics. Your body will automatically adjust to a mid-foot strike while running up a hill. This is great to apply to your overall running as well, keeping the rate of injury down, stress on joints lower and efficiency up. When you begin to implement speed training, you will find not only does your body respond very well to this type of training but your legs will thank you for it later. by Brian Alexander - Endurance Running Coach at CrossFit Illumine


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users a new way of pairing their running with music. Using the accelerometer in a runner’s iPhone, the app will calculate a runner’s stride rate and play music with corresponding beats per minute from Spotify’s library. The app also introduces users to new music by selecting Spotify tracks to stream based on a runner’s preferred playlists, artists and genres. After a workout, runners can save both the

Dick Pond Fast Track Racing Team The Dick Pond Fast Track Racing Team has a reputation for being one of the top running clubs in the area, and for good reason. Fast Track has won the CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit club competition several times and led the 2015 combined and open women’s competition through the Live Grit Lakefront 10 Miler. Though area runners may associate the team with stiff competition, the group has a place for athletes of all abilities. “Everyone feels like they matter,” team co-founder Dave Schaefers says. The group that evolved into Fast Track began in 2006, meeting twice a week—once at the Dick Pond Athletics formerly located in Schaumburg and once at the track at Harper College in Palatine—to run. With no dedicated marketing, the team grew to about 30 runners over the course of two years.

biggest numbers. While the northwest suburbs, particularly around the area of Schaumburg and Arlington Heights, have the highest concentration of members, Fast Track runners live throughout the Chicago area, from Antioch to Plano to Mokena and within the city of Chicago. “There are 130 of us at certain races, all wearing the same singlet,” Schaefers says. “[Some team members] might not know each other’s name until the end of the race, but now they’re each other’s training partners, even though one’s in Geneva and one’s in Carol Stream.”

tance, time and pace, and the music played during their run.

“For many people having the right music playing while you run can

“All were welcome,” Schaefers says. “It didn’t matter if you were an 11-minute miler or a 6-minute miler, if you ran an 18 minute 5K or a 30 minute 5K.”

Though each branch of Fast Track has a diff erent weekly schedule, all four organize a fun run, speed work and weekend runs. In addition to racing, Fast Track paces six half marathons and one full marathon during the year and also organizes a team for Relay for Life. All of these events help form a sense of community that Schaefers says sets the team apart.

In 2009, Dick Pond became the team’s sponsor, giving Fast Track the opportunity to organize workouts throughout the suburbs around various Dick Pond locations. Today, Fast Track has over 300 members and branches in Hoff man Estates, Lisle, Park Ridge and St. Charles, with Hoff man Estates drawing the

“What we have is not anywhere else in Chicagoland,” Schaefers says. “People are blown away when they come to team workouts for the first time, and that’s why we get over 100 at Hoffman Estates and anywhere from 30-70 at other sites. We work hard together. Individuality doesn’t fit on our team.”

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Walk Score, a Redfin company, released its updated Bike Scores for cities around the United States during National Bike to Work Week, and Chicago posted the biggest gain of all cities ranked. While most cities in the top 20 gained two points since the 2013 rankings, Chicago added nearly nine points to its score, increasing from 61.5 to 70.2. Walk Score cited Chicago’s Divvy program and expanded on-street bike lanes as reasons for its increase.

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f you want to run a short road race, you’ll likely search for an area 5K: an iconic distance, but one that means little to most Americans who grew up using miles instead of kilometers as a unit of measurement. If a new movement has its way, though, you’ll soon have more chances to run less than 3.1 miles. Bring Back the Mile began three and a half years ago in order to increase interest both in the running community and across the general population in the mile as a race unto itself: a goal that uniquely caters to the American system of measurement, says BBTM founder Ryan Lamppa. “The mile is deeply embedded in our culture,” Lamppa says. “We think and speak in miles. It’s still something runners talk about and want to achieve.” According to Lamppa, roughly 25 brand new road miles appear every year, with around 800 currently in existence across the country, including the PR Mile in Darien on June 20, the State Street Mile in Rockford on Aug. 1 and the Fling Mile in Naperville on Sept. 7. While these races may not be as ubiquitous as standard road race distances such as the 5K, 10K, half marathon or marathon, Lamppa says they have more meaning to the general public. “If you told someone, ‘I ran a 5K this weekend,’ and they asked for your time, and you say ‘21:00,’ they’re probably not going to figure out your per-mile pace,” Lamppa says. “If you told them you ran a mile and said you ran 6:30, they’re going to have a much better idea of how good you are as a runner based on the fact that they probably ran a mile in P.E. or in track.” 20

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Aside from familiarity, the mile also represents an attainable goal for many individuals, Lamppa says. While a 5K may seem like too great of a challenge for some, a mile requires less training and less time, making it a good introduction to both fitness and running.

Walk Score decides a city’s Bike Score based on its bike lanes, hills, destinations and road connectivity and share of local workers’ commutes traveled by bike, measured on a scale of 0 to 100. Chicago came in sixth in the 2015 rankings, up from 10th in 2013.

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“Part of our goal is to get people out the door,” Lamppa says. “If you want to train harder, great, but doing that eight to 15 minutes a day [to run a mile] is all that most people need for their fitness level.” For those who do regularly run, a mile race provides an opportunity to test your fitness and speed in a different way compared to other races. While races tend to be small— Lamppa says most events draw between a couple hundred and 1,000 runners—they present fewer logistical challenges, making organization easier on an event director. “It doesn’t take up a lot of real estate for closing roads and the like,” Lamppa says. “If you have a u-shaped course, that is almost near perfect in that it’s going to have minimal impact as far as closing roads.” Beyond road racing, BBTM also hopes to spark a resurgence in mile racing at the high school level. Currently, all states but Massachusetts hold 1600-meter races rather than mile races, which are 1609.34 meters. The 1600, Lamppa argues, doesn’t hold the historic significance of the mile or the international significance of the 1500. “There’s no Roger Bannister moment, no Jim Ryun moment [in the mile],” Lamppa says. “The 1600 will never have that history.” To learn more about Bring Back the Mile, visit bringbackthemile.com.

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he summer months in Chicagoland are a bike racer’s paradise, especially for omnium and criterium specialists. The two premier multi-day series in the area include the Tour of America’s Dairyland to the north in the Milwaukee area in June followed by the Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State CyclingSeries around Chicago in July, with the Tour of Galena in western Illinois providing another weekend of competition. If you don’t feel up to racing an entire series, consider a single race during the omnium to get in your favorite event. Tour of Galena - June 5-7 The town of Galena feels like another world for road cycling, and definitely one that should not be in Illinois. Long rolling hills and winding backcountry roads makes for leg burning efforts in this three-day omnium race. If you’re in good hill form, don’t miss the circuit race on day one, while the road race on day two you test your endurance limits. Don’t let the cross winds deceive you as they will take their toll on your legs before the four laps of the 22-mile route come to an end. 22

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While the criterium on the last day may not be the event’s biggest draw, if you’re in the running for an overall, stay and fight it out while enjoying the quaint town of Galena. Tour of america’s DairylanD - June 18-28 From its start in 2009, the Tour of America’s Dairyland has had a fantastic list of venues and professional organization. Three of this year’s courses in particular have unique offerings. The Giro d’ Grafton is a fast criterium in a great small Wisconsin town. The race takes place in the twilight hours, making for an even more exciting event for both racers and fans. Four days later, racers will find themselves on one of the best courses for road racing in the Midwest. The Elkhart Lake Road Race shares its home with the Road America motorsport course, which is fast, twisty and rolling. The nice pavement and open landscape makes breakaways hard, but with the ability for high speeds, larger splits can become dangerous. The penultimate day hosts one of the best criteriums in the Midwest. In a small lakeside neighborhood north of Milwaukee along

Downer Avenue, the ISCorp Downer Classic has the history and a crowd following for a full day of action. The crowd prime, which happens halfway through the race on the backside of the course, can sometimes see upwards of a $10,000 purse for the single sprint. While the payday is financially rewarding, it also comes with bragging rights as well for the iconic sprint. inTelliGenTsia cup prairie sTaTe cyclinG series - July 17-26 With a title sponsor commitment from Intelligentsia for the next two years, the Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series is the hometown omnium with races run both within the city limits as well as the surrounding suburbs. Along with the Chicago Criterium, the Willow Springs Road Race is one of the best road racing circuits within an hour of Chicago and will most likely host the state championship once again. Another local favorite, the Beverly Hills Cycling Classic, features a block party atmosphere and special significance, as it used to kick off the International Cycling Classic Series held in the area from the ’80s until 2012.


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JILL WEINBERG

Five years ago, Jill Weinberg had never run a marathon. This October, she will attempt to qualify for the Olympic Trials. Weinberg, a former Division I coxswain on Boston University’s women’s rowing team, stayed active after graduating college but needed a sense of direction and structure to replace the coached setting in which she thrived as a collegiate athlete. At the prompting of a friend, Weinberg took up road racing and ran her first marathon at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Oct. 10, 2010. In that race, she qualified for the Boston Marathon. Weinberg paired up with her coach Kate Ryan in the fall of 2013 and has since seen rapid improvement in her times. She ran a 2:55:25 at the Boston Marathon in April, finishing first out of all women from Illinois, and 12 days later took third place at the Wisconsin Marathon in Kenosha. She ran the Soldier Field 10 Mile in May and plans to run the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate 10K this month to test her speed before aiming for an Olympic Trials qualifying time at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in October.

IAN LA BELLE

Ian La Belle’s running career got off to a strong start when he picked up the sport a year and a half ago. He took 30th in his first ever marathon, the Derby Festival Marathon in Louisville in 2014 and qualified for Boston by about five full minutes. In order to help with training, he joined the open Fleet Feet Racing Team and took over 18 minutes off his marathon time at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon last October, finishing in 2:41:47. This year, La Belle took third place in the F^3 Lake Half Marathon and qualified for the Fleet Feet/Nike Racing elite team with a 15:40 5K at the University of Chicago indoor track meet. In Boston this year, La Belle earned another PR with a 2:37:31 and was the fourth Illinois male across the finish line. La Belle credits the Fleet Feet team for helping him improve his times and the Edge Athlete Lounge, where both he and Weinberg are members, for helping him recover and stay healthy. La Belle hopes to set another PR at this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

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Aron leads 11:00 or 11:30 minute-per-mile novice training groups, primarily made up of women who have affectionately dubbed themselves “Chuck’s Chicks.” “We have great relationships,” Aron says. “I’m like the crazy uncle.” Throughout his time as a group leader, Aron has come to know many runners he routinely sees on the Lakefront Trail and has seen several of his runners go on to lead their own groups, often at a 10:00 or 10:30 pace, with CARA and Chicago Endurance Sports. “It’s great to see that,” Aron says. “They started with me and wanted to do group leading themselves. It’s really nice.” One particular Lakefront Trail encounter sticks out in Aron’s mind, though not because he knew the runner from his training group.

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“I couldn’t complete the walk,” Aron says. “I started training and dieting, and the next year I went back and I ran the walk. Then I came back the following year and ran it twice.” In 2004, 25 years after his last marathon, Aron was 58: the same age Bracken had been when he died. To honor his memory, Aron decided to run the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon as part of Team CARE, the charity running team for the Alzheimer’s Association that has since evolved into ALZ Stars. Aron has run for the team every year since, raising $115,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association in the process. “It’s a disease that’s nasty,” Aron says. “My brotherin-law was one of the smarter guys I knew. He was a program manager for AT&T. It got to the point where if you gave him a cookie, he didn’t even know what it was or what to do with it.” During marathon training in 2004, Aron found it difficult to navigate the Lakefront Trail amidst the many groups, and voiced his frustration to Beth Onines, the training program manager for the Chicago Area Runners Association at the time. Onines suggested that he should become a group leader, which he has now done every year since 2005.

“A few years ago we were out running, and it was a nice July day,” Aron says. “This fellow comes up running next to me and stops and says, ‘Dude, what do you gotta do to run with all these hot babes?’ I said, ‘You know, some guys got it.’ The girls start squealing, and I say, ‘What’s all this about?’ Later on, one of the girls posted on Facebook that she had the most wonderful day: the weather was beautiful and Bill Rancic was jealous of her group leader. I knew who he was—that he was the first winner of The Apprentice—but I didn’t know anything about his wife being on E!.” In all of this, however, Aron’s primary focus rests on fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Association. “It’s not about me,” Aron says. “I really try to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s, is what it is.” In the past 10 years, Aron has also fundraised for the American Cancer Society and the Greater Chicago Food Depository and makes sure to donate to the charity runners in his group as well. “I donate to each of their charities $18,” Aron says. “If you know anything about Judaism, the Hebrew word for life is chai, and it consists of two letters: the 10th letter and eighth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. When you give a gift of $18, you’re giving them the gift of life.” Aron has already run several races this year, including five half marathons, and secured his entry for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in October. He will once again raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association as a member of ALZ Stars. You can donate to Aron’s fundraising at bit. ly/ChuckAron or learn more about the Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month at www.alz.org.


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Kids love to run, and some will eventually run fast, provided that the adults guiding them through their training approach development correctly.

adolescence, this important window of opportunity snaps shut. To make the most of this, keep the focus on skills and speed rather than endurance.

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SkillS before Speed, Speed before endurance Start with skills for young kids. Teach proper arm movement and dynamic warm up routines, use drills that develop the strength and motion of economical gait and videos to show them their form, practice good running form and introduce the concept of pacing.

appropriate race diStanceS When choosing a race distance for a young runner, always err on the side of too short so that runners learn to run fast rather than slow and far. Elementary school runners will do best with race distances of a mile or shorter. Middle school racers can race two miles in a cross country setting but should also run shorter distances when possible. While young runners can participate in an occasional 5K for fun, keep youth training focused on developing speed for shorter events.

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As you work on skills, also work on speed for efforts as short as several seconds. Do relay races with race legs as short as 15 seconds. Encourage bursts of speed through natural play with games like Sharks and Minnows and tag. Have the kids design obstacle courses with cones and horizontal running ladders and then race them. Do short hill sprints: six to 10 seconds long. Find a high quality, clean sports field and have them do accelerations barefoot. Don’t rush kids into endurance. While high school runners and adults can benefit greatly from higher volume, longer runs and interval sets, younger kids’ bodies do not work as well at anaerobic threshold. They don’t shed heat as effectively through sweat, and their bones and soft tissues are susceptible to injury and inflammation from the stress of rapid growth. Most importantly, kids at adolescent age or younger are in the best position to develop their speed and coordination: skills that will enhance their running for a lifetime. Once they emerge from

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patience The longer you give your young runners to develop their skills and speed, the more chances they have to successfully accomplish that goal. With this in mind, design all of their training with long term goals in focus. At earliest, you want to help them be fast by high school, especially their junior or senior year. Even better, you want to develop their love for lifelong running. Youth coaches and parents can make or break a young runner. Ultimately, our goal should be to help kids enjoy a lifetime of running with good form and speed. We can do this through patience. Allow kids to develop their running habits gradually. Let them lead the way. Support their development by remaining focused on skills and speed development before tackling long races or high training volume.

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1. Runners, including Johanna Heidorn of Kenosha, Wisconsin, make their way to the finish line of the half marathon at the Wisconsin Marathon on May 2.

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3. Jeff Mescal, overall winner of the Chicagoland Spring Marathon in Schaumburg on May 17, smiles after the race.

4. Heather Jackman, Tricia Miller and Ginger Olsen run through the streets of Arlington Heights at the fourth annual Got2Run for Education 8K and 2.62 micro marathon on May 16.

5. Jason Coenen, Kevin German and Michael Ferro participate in the Arbor Day 10K in Lisle.

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If you ask coaches around the Chicago area about one of the biggest benefits of speed training, their answer may surprise you: it’s fun. By William Wagner | photos By ali engin

“Speed training has a social component to it,” Bill Leach, a coach with the Chicago Area Runners Association, says. “You’re on a track running with other people. It returns you to a childlike type of fun.” “From a running perspective, it’s probably the greatest bonding workout for us because it incorporates everyone from the 14-minute miler to the six-minute miler,” Mike Brunette, who heads up the Libertyville Running Club, says. “They’re all out on the track encouraging each other.” Of course, speed training also yields important physical benefits. For 5K runners all the way through marathoners, repetitive bursts at a faster pace help to build critical strength for race conditions. “Endurance comes before speed, but I think speed is a very important component because it builds confidence in the runner,” Brendan Cournane, a Chicago-based running coach, says. “Speed is an important part of endurance. You learn what it’s like to run on tired legs.”

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Several groups and coaches organize speed training in Chicagoland. Here are some local organizations with speed training programs:

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www.cararuns.org Runners competing at a variety of distances come to CARA for speed training to, as Leach puts it, develop a “more efficient form of running. [Speed training] tends to neutralize the negative effects of running more slowly. Having something that returns you to a more efficient, mechanical element is very useful.” Leach’s speed workouts involve, among other things, doing repeats at various distances, such as 10x200-meter runs followed by recovery intervals. His 5K, half marathon and marathon runners typically have one speed workout per week, either at the newly built track at Wilson and Lake Shore Drive or at Diversey Harbor, where he marks out distances. CARA attracts sizable groups for its speed training, anywhere from about 20 to 75 people depending on the time of year. CARA training program members have free access to Leach’s speed training. Otherwise, training costs $150 for CARA members and $200 for non-members.

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www.coachbrendan.com Cournane views speed training as an important part of developing good form. His workouts take place at Cricket Hill at Wilson and Lake Shore Drive, the running track at Wilson and Lake Shore Drive or North Avenue Beach, and for sound reasons.

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“I divide speed training into roughly three pieces,” he says. “The first is base and strength buildup, where we run at a slower pace but do most of our hill and beach runs. Then we move into sharpening things, which is mostly on the track. Those are mostly time intervals. The third phase is where we focus on having the runners recognize what their full or half-marathon pace is by running one-, two- or three-mile intervals at their projected race pace.” In the summertime, he attracts some fairly serious marathoners, those who are going for sub-four hour and even sub-three hour times. An 18week speed training program costs $175.

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www.fasttrackracingteam.com This program operates out of several different Dick Pond store locations, including in Carol Stream, Hoffman Estates, Lisle, Park Ridge and St. Charles. The groups draw a variety of runners—from the young to the old, the recreational to the super fast and the 5K to the marathon competitors. Christine Bell, a volunteer with the Lisle outlet, says her team primarily focuses on training for fall marathons. As with many organizations, her team meets once a week at Benet Academy in Lisle for workouts that involve repeats at various distances.


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“The biggest benefit to the speed training workouts is that you’re making your body go at a faster pace than what you do all week long,” she says. “It’s a good contrast, and it’s also social and supportive.”

Best Foot Forward’s season runs from around April to late September, and the speed workouts are staged every Tuesday at the track at Concordia University in River Forest. It costs $10 to join the club.

Any runner can join the Fast Track Racing Team for $20, which includes weekly speed training. Non-members can also join Fast Track on speed workouts for $1 per night.

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www.bestfootforwardrunners.tumblr.com Drawing runners primarily from Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park, Best Foot Forward is a women-only organization. The group ranges from beginners who simply want to make running part of their exercise routine to those who are looking to gain a competitive edge. Nevertheless, the speed workouts remain similar for almost everyone. “We don’t tailor it to specific groups of people,” Liz Stetson, the club’s vice president and the person who helps to coordinate the speed training, says. “We do anywhere from 400-meter to 1,500-meter repeats. For newbies, I give them shorter repeats to get them conditioned.”

www.facebook.com/groups/LibertyvilleRunningClub The Libertyville Running Club, now in its second year, prides itself on its relatively laidback approach. For example, the club provides snacks such as watermelon and chicken wings for runners to munch on following their speed workouts. “I think the social aspect is huge,” Brunette, whose club meets on Tuesdays from June through August at the Libertyville High School track, says. “There are certainly some clubs that are focused more on getting the most out of their athletes, but our whole goal is to get people in the community to come out and meet people whom maybe they haven’t met.” Between the snacking and chitchat, members have real opportunities to improve, undergoing repeats that range from 800 meters for runners preparing for shorter races to one-milers for those training for full marathons. Club membership is free.

warm up The most important part of speed training takes place before the workout even begins. We’re talking, of course, about warming up. “I really emphasize warming up during our track workouts,” Stetson says. “It takes about 20 minutes. It’s really important to be warmed up. You don’t want to pull a muscle or injure yourself in some other way.” The warmup process for most clubs

typically begins with an easygoing jog of about 10 minutes. From there, coaches utilize exercises targeting the various muscles runners will use during the workout. For Brunette, this involves, “100-meter strides, a little light stretching and walking lunges.” Stetson, meanwhile, prescribes dynamic stretching drills such as butt kicks and hamstring stretches. “Af-

terward,” she says, “we do at least two strides to get your fast-twitch muscles ready to work.” Leach incorporates various drills that help to produce optimal running mechanics on the track. Whatever the course of action, warmups have the same goal: to build the foundation for a workout that is both productive and injury-free.

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Ed Rudolph Velodrome By Lynda Barckert | Photos By aLi engin

Erin ObradOvich gOt hEr first tastE Of track cyclE racing at thE Ed rudOlph vElOdrOmE whilE grOwing up in Elmhurst during thE mid-1980s. “my father was a cyclist and used to race at the velodrome,” Obradovich says. “my mom said i played in the infield, so i guess you could say i was exposed early.” a couple of months ago, Obradovich returned to the velodrome to learn the sport for real.

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As one of only 27 bicycle tracks in the country, the Ed Rudolph Velodrome, located in Northbrook, offers Chicago area residents the opportunity to learn, compete and watch the high-velocity sport of track cycle racing. Owned and operated by the Northbrook Park District, the outdoor track is part of the American Track Racing Association and hosts a variety of clinics, race events and open practice times to fit almost any age, ability and interest level. The velodrome gets its name from cyclist, speed skater and trainer Ed Rudolph, who served on the Northbrook Park District Board of Commissioners for almost 30 years. Rudolph helped design and build the track in 1960 with a perimeter for track cycling and an infield for soccer. At its completion in 1963, the track was composed of asphalt and a gypsum slurry topcoat.

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Originally built as a cross training facility for speed skaters, the velodrome was flooded in the winter to create a speed skating rink and served as a practice rink for the U.S. Winter Olympics teams. In the 1990s, the park district ended the practice due to problems with water seepage. As it does today, the facility hosted a variety of race types, including sprint, pursuit, scratch, points and Madison races. The track’s asphalt was resurfaced in 1989 and again in 2004. With the addition of lights and seating, the velodrome has become one of the few venues in the Midwest to host track cycle racing. The racing season runs from mid-May to early September, often commencing with men’s and women’s clinics organized by the Northbrook Cycling Committee. The committee also coordinates the velodrome’s popular USA Cycling-sanctioned Thursday Night Racing series for licensed riders. According to Kevin Perez, leader of the committee’s Rider Development and Training Program, the Northbrook track is a particularly good one for riders new to the sport, like Obradovich. “A regulation velodrome is 250 meters around and banked up to 46 degrees,” Perez says. “With speeds in excess of 42 mph, the banking prevents bike wheels from slipping. At 382 meters around and a shallow 18-degree bank, Northbrook is large for a bicycle track so our turns are not banked as steeply as other tracks.” The sport of track cycling has existed since at least 1870, with several main early centers in Great Britain. Track cycle races are shorter and faster than road races and fall into one of two broad categories: sprint or endurance races. The Northbrook Cycle Committee schedules both types of races at the velodrome. Points races can be over 100 laps and average over 30 mph. Sprint races, such as the Keirin and match sprint, are between two and six laps with sprints of over 40 mph. Since track cycling features faster speeds than road races, aerodynamics become much more important. Riders look for every edge they can get. Handlebars for track racing have a deeper drop so racers can ride with their backs lower.

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Racing strategy is crucial and varies according to the race type. Teamwork factors into a points race, where certain laps earn riders points. For this type of race, riders will often wait until the middle of the race to see who is riding well, then organize a group of strong riders to break away ahead of the pack and work together to gain a lap on the field and earn 20 extra points. By contrast, in a two-lap match sprint, where only two to three riders race at a time, the race begins slowly because no rider wants to move to the front and do extra work. At high speeds, riders in back do only two-thirds of the work of the front rider, who takes the most wind resistance. At some point in the race, usually during the last lap, one rider will try to surprise the other with a burst of speed, racing for the finish line. While only licensed riders can participate in the Thursday night races, amateurs of all ages may participate in Friday night races hosted by Northbrook’s Garner Bicycle Club. The club also offers training sessions and special events.


Apart from the organized events held most evenings throughout the summer, the Ed Rudolph track is usually open to the public during the day before 6:00 p.m. Monday evenings are also open to the public as a formal training session. “For $10, beginners can learn how to ride and how to build a personal training program while more advanced riders can get a good workout,” Perez says of Monday nights. “All the rider needs to bring is a helmet and pedals. Mechanics are available to swap pedals from a rider’s road bike to one of the facility’s track bikes for free for the evening.” Cyclists can also learn more about other programs available through the velodrome on Monday nights. “Monday nights are a great way for non-competitive riders to learn to ride the track,” Perez says. Newcomers interested in competing in licensed racing on Thursday nights can do so after completing three training sessions on Monday evening and three beginner races on Friday evening. As a spectator sport, track cycling has a reputation of being more

exciting than road racing because viewers can watch the entire race from a single location in the stands. Spectators get a bird’s eye view of the thrills, chills and possible spills that may occur while attacks and strategies play out in a single race. And the velodrome’s Thursday night races attract many of the best racers in the US. In fact, Perez, who began his racing career at the velodrome, rapidly became an elite competitor. “Under the guidance of many knowledgeable people at the Northbrook Velodrome, I improved quickly and have won a silver medal in the USA Cycling Elite Championships in 2009 and a gold medal in the USA Cycling Masters Championships in 2012,” Perez says. “We have a very special racing community here with lots of support that has helped many riders. I have watched several riders progress from their first time as a beginner in Northbrook’s Monday training sessions to representing the United States abroad as one of the top riders in our country.” Now in its sixth decade of operation, the Ed Rudolph Velodrome is a prime venue for track cycle racing and rider development in the Midwest. With a wide range of races, instructional workshops and public events to choose from, the opportunities to experience track cycle racing as a spectator or competitor are almost limitless.

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“The course was accessible and easy, and volunteers were helpful in a relaxed atmosphere,” Maura says. “We looked like an athlete family with medals and our race numbers tattooed on our arms. I was so thrilled we did it!” As a newcomer, she didn’t feel out of place. This year, her husband, Kyran, and other son, John, 13, will join in with the rest of the family in the triathlon. To prepare for the race, Maura and Claire swam laps in their community pool for 20-minute sessions and swam in Lake Michigan at the 63rd Street beach once to test the open water. Maura cycled on her touring bike, minus the basket her kids insisted she ditch, and the kids rode their mountain bikes. On race day, they received race-issued swim caps and wore swimsuits. Maura and Claire slipped on running shorts over their suits before saddling their bikes and clipping on their helmets. Maura and Claire enjoyed the SuperSprint so much that they are now training together for the Naperville Sprint Triathlon. This time, rather than being in separate age group waves, they will be together in the “buddy” wave.

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A Super Sprint triathlon covers approximately half the distance of a traditional sprint triathlon and doesn’t demand heavy training or elaborate equipment. The eight-mile course is typically spectator friendly, which has also helped build the distance’s popularity. According to USA Triathlon, the Super Sprint age group distance format evolved from the Australian elite triathletes training for speed before they attempted longer distances. The first publicized Super Sprint for elites took place in 2010 in Oceanside, California. The short distance has grown in popularity among age groupers as good option for beginners and people who want to work on speed. The short distance yields a recovery time, so experienced triathletes can race often. Scott “Hootie” Hutmacher, USA Triathlon certified coach and regional marketing manager for Life Time Athletic Events says the first Chicago Triathlon SuperSprint race was in 1991, and in the past four years he’s seen the numbers jump by 350 participants. In 2014, the race introduced a Divvy wave that provided participants with a Divvy bike to use during the bike portion of the course. This group competition sold out last year and is on track to sell out again this year.

Basic Training Tips

In a multisport event, training in all three disciplines takes planning and preparation. If you have a base level of fitness, allow yourself eight to 12 weeks of training, beginning with two hours and gradually increasing to four hours a week. Initially, consider your strengths and weaknesses. If you’re a strong runner and sink in the pool, work on swimming an extra day per week by taking a class or clinic to benefit from some instruction. Hutmacher notes that the average person completes the SuperSprint in 50 minutes. Participants don’t need previous triathlon experience, but he does encourage people to have some open water swim practice with a group. The Chicago Triathlon offers free swim clinics at Ohio Street Beach starting on June 30. Open registration begins on June 1 on their website, www.chicagotriathlon.com.

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For the first time this year, the YMCA Leaning Tower Triathlon offered a SuperSprint race, which generated a great deal of interest. Susan Price, training group leader for the YMCA Leaning Tower Triathlon, recommends working out at least three days a week, aiming to do each discipline twice a week with one of these sessions being a brick workout: a swim-to-bike or bike-to-run workout. The amount of time devoted to training will depend on your fitness level, goals and schedule, but do focus on your weakest sport and try to cover more than the event distance in order to have a little extra in your tank on race day. Whether swimming, biking or running, start training at a comfortable pace and gradually work up in effort while focusing on technique. Kris Swarthout, a certified USA Triathlon coach, recommends practicing swimming up and down the shoreline and in a straight line. Get out and ride your bike on the road or take a spin class, and when running, don’t be afraid to take walk breaks. For example, walk one minute, run five minutes, then increase your speed or make your walk breaks shorter and running time longer. Eventually,


start putting the workouts together to do a brick. After biking, run for 15 minutes to see what it feels like to run off the bike. Practice multiple transitions in your garage so you can practice changing shoes and putting on your helmet and sunglasses so you develop a routine. At first, Swarthout says, be methodical, and then transition quicker each time. Be sure to include a rest day in your workout week to allow your body to recover and gain strength.

Just about any bike will do, but have it well tuned and fitted for you. Make sure the brakes work and that you have a current helmet.

EquipmEnt - KEEp it SimplE

On race day you may have nerves to manage, which is normal when embarking on an exciting event. Focus on yourself and not on others around you. Expect some surprises and go with the flow. Maura presumed she’d be with her family in the same wave, but when she arrived at the race was directed to an area in transition with ladies her age. She was comfortable being with her own age group and with those who were also first timers like her.

You don’t need elaborate or fancy equipment to compete in a Super Sprint. Some basic items to include: • • • • • •

Two pairs of swim goggles (in case one breaks) Swim cap Sunglasses Athletic socks Bathing suit or triathlon suit Running shoes, which can also be worn on the bike

Prior to race day, review the course online and know where to park, leaving plenty of time to get into transition and set up your bike prior to the transition closing.

By being prepared, trained and on time, you can reach your goals and the finish line with a smile and a little extra energy.

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Keeps Win Streak Alive Tatyana McFadden maintained her remarkable Abbot World Marathon Majors winning streak in Boston, taking the women’s push-rim title in 1:52:54. The University of Illinois racer has now won three consecutive Boston and London Marathons, in addition to her titles in the 2013 and 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathons and New York City Marathons.

2015 Boston Marathon Photo by “FayFoto/Boston”

Top 50 Illinois Men and Women Boston Marathon Finishers Men’s Results Glaz, Daniel Hendrix, Austin D Mone, Peter J. Jr. LaBelle, Ian E. Kittaka, Daniel C Jaskiewicz, Ryan Benitez, Braulio Dockemeyer, Kevin J Sprieser, Steven Larue, Bob R Butcher, John Yitref, Gedion Syring, Brian Wehrman, Mark Carver, Brian A. Laumann, Scott R. Woldesilassie, Daniel McCormick, Zachary Sprague, Kenneth Ranti, Daniel Hiatt, Jon M Bowman, Mark May, Joshua Lindgren, Matthew S Chatfield, Caleb N Majewski, Scott Shearer, Matthew D Yost, Gardner L Apfelbaum, Sean Kampwerth, Jeremy Zhang, Yu Lambe, Patrick Name

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Uffenbeck, William Leon, Alex Raab, Lyazid Niska, Bobby E. Scanlin, Timothy P. Zimny-Schmitt, Danny Stanton, Daniel J. Jr. German, Aaron K Rosendahl, Evan P Newman, Matthew D Erspamer, Eric A. Murakami, Koji Engel, Stephen F. Gordyan, Ryan Toth, Matthew Kennedy, Sean P Hopper, Ryan M. Lindbloom, Daniel M

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Women’s Results Weinberg, Jill Panke, Elizabeth Parker, Allison M. Williams, Brooke S. Lundine, Sarah Campbell, Amy R. Mahaney, Sarah E Kretz, Jamie L. Phillips-Cook, Lisa J. Lederer, Krista L Natalini, Amy L. Chandler, Kate Stack, Rachael Devitt, Kerry Neuschel, Lauren M Ruvalcaba, Lizette

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Race to Wrigley

Though thunderstorms prompted race officials to cancel the annual Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon at 10:15 a.m., the majority of competitors on race day crossed the finish line before the weather took a turn for the worse. David Tuwei of Coon Rapids, Minnesota took the men’s title in the seventh annual event, while Jackie Pirtle-Hall of St. Charles, Missouri won the women’s race.

Baseball fans came to Wrigleyville to raise funds for Cubs Charities at the 10th annual Race to Wrigley in late April. This year, the race featured both the standard 5K and a “Let’s Run Two” 10K.

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Men’s Marathon Results David Tuwei 36 Joseph Amenya 36 Mark Chepses 38 Gwyn Bellamy 31 Scott Johnson 32 Daniel Kear 29 Francesco Arato 44 Joshua Jones 21 Jason Holroyd 38 Daniel Liechti 26

2:23:47 2:25:15 Searcy, Ark. 2:27:38 Glasgow, Scotland 2:27:57 Ames, Iowa 2:31:04 Jackson, Mo. 2:37:21 Bolingbrook 2:42:58 Urbana 2:44:14 Richmond Heights, Mo. 2:46:26 Peoria 2:46:28

Women’s Marathon Results Jackie Pirtle-Hall 32 Truphena Busienei 30 Stacey Kincaid 37 Wendy Jaehn 40 Laura Link 38 Lisa Cary 31 Shawna McClain 32 Alexis Hoadley 21 Amy Davidson 26 Paula Henry 45

St. Charles, Mo. 2:54:44 Toluca, San Buena, Mexico 2:56:34 Palmyra, Wis. 2:56:55 Chicago 2:57:39 Effingham 3:03:59 Eureka, Mo. 3:04:57 Broomfield, Colo. 3:05:07 West Lafayette, Ind. 3:09:06 Darien 3:12:34 Fort Wayne, Ind. 3:14:41

Coon Rapids, Minn. Grand Prairie, Tex.

Men’s Half Marathon Results Sammy Rotich 28 Coon Rapids, Minn. 1:06:45 Tito Medrano 25 Indianapolis 1:08:43 Michael Kettler 35 Boulder, Colo. 1:08:59 Sam Bradley 25 Peoria 1:10:05 Sam Bushong 25 Cedar Park, Tex. 1:11:36 Ryan Thompsen 22 St. Joseph 1:12:28 Mitchell Gilbert 22 Naperville 1:13:36 Phil McNeal 25 Romeoville 1:14:17 Ian Chillag 36 Chicago 1:16:36 Rich Calvario 32 Geneva 1:17:04 Women’s Half Marathon Results Grace Kahura 22 Little Rock, Ark. Katie McGregor 27 Savage, Minn. Jenelle Deatherage 37 Dunlap Julie Ralston 34 Dwight Michelle Stratton 23 Champaign Rachael Brewer 24 Tuscola Kortney Ellingboe 24 Bloomington Tia Stone 36 Searcy, Ark. Elise Sigg 24 Mineral Point, Wis. Erin Andreski 29 Dousman, Wis.

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2013. The race raised funds for the Golden Apple Foundation, which supports both students and teachers.

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Men’s 5K Results Tom Henders Douglas Baker Bob Jones Randall Shaw Chris Cashmer Jeffrey Jameson John Shelbourne Chris Bielat Tim Moran Garett Sillanpaa

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Women’s 5K Results Kala Penev Audrey Connolly Madelyn MacEjik Jacqueline Methling Abigail Mowry Jessica Bargnes Caitlin Van Ort Danita Keirn Erin Gallagher Bridget Brzezinski

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20:27 21:05 21:25 21:31 21:37 22:20 22:28 22:50 22:55 22:58

Men’s 10K Results Matthew Gingras Patrick Fritsch Stephen Chaplin Tim Knowles Jonathan Titzel Jason Shuba Henry Holmes Christopher Bussey Jorge Jana Steven Duarte

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35:27 35:57 36:28 40:27 40:42 40:57 41:03 41:13 41:44 41:59

36 33 38 40 29 Stephanie Austin-Thieme 41 Samantha Schulte 24 Colleen Kepple 28 Rachel Butterfield 33 Genevieve Brehl 26

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Women’s 10K Results Lindsey Schilling Mindy McGlynn Melissa Williams Amanda Carpo Ashley Hawn

Marla’s 5K Truffula Shuffula A p r i l 2 5 , 2 0 1 5 | lo m b Ard, i l

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Men’s Results Ross Schrader Payton Thompson Alex Russell Participant Unknown Cooper Hoffmann Eric Hoffmann Chris Piatt Daniel Florina Matt McFarland Ryan Glick Women’s Results Celi Dietzen Kelley Irvan Ally Emond Rachel McFarland Kendra Sterkel Rebecca Williford Janet Emond Meghan Smylie Amber Pierre Melissa Reinwald

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33 Lombard 33 Niles 16 Naperville 13 Glen Ellyn 52 Maple Park 21 Naperville 47 Naperville 36 Wheaton 25 Country Club Hills 45 Carol Stream

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Whistle While You Walk/Run 5K Ap ri l 2 6 , 2 0 1 5 | V illA pArk, il

The inaugural Whistle While You Walk/Run 5K supported the Emilio Perez Scholarship Fund, a fund established in memory of Emilio Perez that is offered to seniors at Willowbrook High School. Despite being a first year event, the race drew fast competition, with the top three men’s finishers all crossing the finish line in under 20 minutes. Men’s Results Nathan Mroz Timothy Joseph Tommy K. Tom King Ken Gray Sean K. Lance Lane Brian Gagne Michael L. Tyler K. Women’s Results Hannah E. Gracie Tumilty Deandre H. Ellie K. Meg Sima Jenn Schindler Victoria P. Natalie Verr Melissa J. Grace G. Name

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Elmhurst Villa Park Villa Park Villa Park Naperville Lombard Algonquin Mundelein Villa Park Villa Park

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The 19th annual Ravenswood Run 5K lived up to its reputation with blazing fast runners in both the men’s and women’s races. Brandon Mull turned in the fastest winning time since 2012, breaking the tape in 15:12. Kristen Heckert won the women’s competition in this CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit race in 16:23. In all, over 3,000 runners came out to tour Ravenswood and Lincoln Square on a beautiful Sunday morning. Men’s Results Brandon Mull Matt Marol Kyle Larson Emil Bojanov James Akita Joel Bendtsen Lionel Montenegro Patrick Austin Jeff Bailey Jared Rothlauf

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Women’s Results Kristen Heckert Elizabeth Bailey Alyssa Poremba Pamela Staton

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SCADaddle for Research 5K M AY 2 , 2 0 1 5 | W HE ATO N , I L

Runners gathered at the Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton on the first Saturday in May for the SCADaddle for Research 5K. The event raised funds to help research Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection, a medical condition that leads to blockage in the heart that can cause chest pain, heart attack or death that often strikes otherwise healthy individuals. Men’s Results Joey Alsum Kyle Heimburger Jacob Damocles Theopolis Hutchens Richard Landay Owen McGarry Andrew Pietreucha Tim Dominak Jason Alsum Mark Hamilton Name

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Streamwood Wheaton Libertyville Woodstock

21:26 22:30 23:13 23:38 Manitowoc, Wis. 23:55 Naperville 24:10 Bensonville 24:21 Naperville 24:23 Streamwood 25:00 Kalamazoo, Mich. 27:08 City

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Women’s Results Tsetsy Angelova Audrey Barber Jana Willman Jen Nevins Laura Heimburger Magdalena Damocles Christina Signore Joan Aune Gretchen Hutchens Maureen Carroll

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Arlington Heights 24:38

Elmhurst Chicago,

25:14 25:41 Arlington Heights 26:01 Wheaton 26:07 Libertyville 26:47 Mokena 27:15 Fairfax, Iowa 27:39 Woodstock 27:53 Chicago 28:45

Wisconsin Marathon

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Full marathon, half marathon and 5K runners came to Kenosha on May 2 for the seventh annual Wisconsin Marathon. The women’s marathon and men’s 5K saw champions from Illinois, with Lille Romeiser of Lake Forest taking top honors in the 26.2-mile race with a time of 3:06:01 and Jeffrey Keikhofer of Chicago winning the 5K in 21:32. Men’s Marathon Results Bobby Longenecker 26 Brian Falcone 36 Cooper Linde 27 Matt Rouse 34 Justin Nale 31 Name

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David Krall Mustafa Alavi Heimo Halbrainer Thaddeus Peterson Zdenek Palecek

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Women’s Marathon Results Lillie Romeiser 30 Fiona Carlon 29 Maggie Seitz 27 Jill Weinberg 34 Nikki Cahen 31 Lauren Delfeld 26 Colleen Eland 37 Megan Anderson 29 Kaitlyn Clark 28 Jennifer McGill 25

Lake Forest Chicago Columbus, Ohio Chicago Milwaukee Gurnee Racine, Wis. Chicago Chicago Chicago

Women’s Half Marathon Results Jessica Monson 28 Burlington, Wis. 1:19:01 Naomi Fulton 28 Hartland, Wis. 1:20:01 Sofie Schunk 23 Milwaukee 1:24:45 Hannah Frett 22 Milwaukee 1:25:59 Nicole Ewald 35 Waukesha, Wis. 1:27:16 Lizzy Duffy 34 Grayslake 1:31:17 Zoe Kind 30 Oak Park 1:32:54 Cassie Nelson 29 Wauwatosa, Wis. 1:34:24 Heather Hutton 31 Chicago 1:34:36 Kristen Freund 27 Wonder Lake 1:35:31

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Women’s 5K Results Leslie Patterson Samantha Helgesen Kim Mahoney Sara Misurelli Katie Carlson

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Aurora, Colo. De Pere, Wis. Kenosha, Wis. Kenosha Lake Forest Racine, Wis.

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Greenfield, Wis. 19:25

Bristol, Wis. Chicago Madison, Wis. Kenosha, Wis. City

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The CARA Runners Choice Circuit continued on May 9 with the 10 mile race at the Quarryman Challenge in Lemont. The race lived up to its name with a tough course that featured over 1,000 feet of elevation changes. The race also offered a 5K for those looking for a slightly different sort of challenge.

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Men’s Half Marathon Results Kyle Mena 29 Portage, Mich. 1:12:52 Jason Meekma 34 Racine, Wis. 1:15:00 Eric Viverito 26 Chicago 1:15:16 Christopher Schmidt 40 Evanston 1:16:49 Andy Ruffalo 35 Wauwatosa, Wis. 1:19:41 Zachary Longo 19 Milwaukee, Wis. 1:19:53 Dennie Welch 40 Gurnee 1:20:27 Joshua Duncan 37 Carpentersville 1:21:40 Daniel Sotiroff 31 Naperville 1:22:23 Juventino Chavez 29 Glenview 1:22:29

Men’s 5K Results Jeffrey Kiekhofer Kory Sorge Kendall Morgan Brett Scheuber Billy Stenavich David Leto, Jr. Mike Flynn Nick Schultek George Raman Dylan Barth, Mequon

Quarryman Challenge

Madison, Wis. 2:58:46 Chicago 2:59:25 Graz 3:00:15 La Crosse, Wis. 3:00:27 Ballwin, Mo. 3:01:20

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Tracy Brtis Meghan Meyers Kelly Sisulak Cindy Hilliard Sarah Coughlin

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Wheaton

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Oak Creek, Wis. 25:13

Grayslake 25:15 Kenosha, Wis. 25:22 Sturtevant, Wis. 25:50

Run to Remember for Chicago Police Memorial Foundation M AY 2 , 2 0 1 5 | CHI CAGO , I L

Athletes supported the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation for the 11th year at the annual Run to Remember 5K at Solider Field on May 2. In addition to the 5K, the event also featured a junior jog, postrace party, appearances from a variety of Chicago Police Department units and performance by the Pipes and Drums of the Emerald Society. Men’s Results Phill Hernandez Adam Nevens Todd Quedrau Mike Panno Conor Ruel Mike Wong Hamilton Beal Al Wahlig T. Koplinksi Matt Kant

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Crystal Lake Chicago Chicago Chicago Crestwood Chicago

Women’s Results Lydia Jessup Heide Smith Veronica Dean Tracy Ohmstede Nicolle Macias Kate Bongiovanni Kristen Kulinczenko Krish Battalini Susan Lucas Marta Mandziuk

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Men’s 10 Mile Results Austin Hendrix Nick Hird Emisael Favela Brett Lustgarten James Akita Kyle Larson Jeremy Ruston Sean McNamara Rich Heffron Robert Wiegand

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Chicago Naperville Berwyn Carol Stream Elmhurst Chicago East Dundee Elmhurst Chicago Chiacgo

Women’s 10 Mile Results Amber White 29 Aneta Ziemianska 34 Annabelle Winters 33 Allison Parker 33 Jackie Mayweather 29 Ana Dennier 43 Camille Brune 36 Denise Heinen 55 Stevie Wanecke 22 Lisa Czepiel 40

Naperville Streamwood Chicago Chicago Darien Toronto La Grange Winnetka Naperville

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Men’s 5K Results Fredric Nielsen Matthew Jeromin Chris Gyroke Trent Koplinski Christopher Konicki Scott Lyons Timothy Nielsen Greg Dziubek Piotr Hreska Tony Zaborney

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Orland Park Schaumburg Lockport Plainfield Lemont Orland Park Lockport Bridgeview Lemont Buffalo Grove

Women’s 5K Results Stacy Roberts Wendy Jay Teresa Kirby Fay Hensley Victoria Nelson Laurie Haney Aleksandra Orlova Rachel Bryla Jennifer Rojek Amber Balster

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Chicago Lockport Orland Park Lemont Oswego

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21:54 23:15 23:58 24:16 24:28 Beaverton, Mich. 25:05 Chicago 25:16 Lemont 25:19 Manhattan 25:20 Lemont 25:25

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

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

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07/10/15 all-nighter Glen Ellyn IL

06/07/15 touring ride in rural Indiana (trIrI) June Bicycle rally Mitchell And Spencer IN www.triri.org

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

06/07/15 the udder century Union IL www.mchenrybicycleclub.org

06/07/15 chicago Honor ride and run. Helping our Healing veterans Skokie IL ride2recovery.com 06/12/15 chicago Bike Week Chicago IL www.cityofchicago.org

06/28/15 BaMc Menominee river century Bike ride Marinette WI www.mrcride.com

06/14/15 Grand Illinois trail and Parks Bike tour (GItaP) Kewanee IL www.bikelib.org/gitap

07/06/15 ride across Indiana: same thing, Only ride More! (raInstOrM) Richmond IN

06/20/15 Peninsula century spring classic Bicycle ride Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin WI www.peninsulacenturyspringclassic.com

07/11/15 ride across Indiana (raIn) West Terre Haute To Richmond IN www.rainride.org

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06/14/15 the 34th annual BcLc ramble Wilmot WI bikebclc.com/ramble

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07/25/15 venus de Miles, all-Women’s run & ride! Lake Forest IL illinois.venusdemiles.com 07/25/15 Bloom & Zoom Bike ride Elkhart IN bloomnzoom.org

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06/04/15 Indianapolis Monumental Mile Indianapolis IN www.monumentalmarathon.com 06/05/15 LaGrange rocks 5K La Grange IL www.theleadershop.org 06/05/15 run the runway 5K &1M Rockford IL www.rockfordairfest.com

07/11/15 2015 ride for aIds chicago Evanston IL www.rideforAIDS.org

06/06/15 Mackinac Island Lilac Festival 10K run & Walk Mackinac Island MI runmackinac.comrunmackinac.com

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

06/06/15 race away from domestic violence Indianapolis IN www.icadvinc.org/events/

07/12/15 Biking with Beanzie 2015 DeKalb IL kishkiwanis.org/biking-withbeanzie/bwb-general-info

06/06/15 volition america chicago Half Marathon and 5K Chicago IL www.volitionamerica.com

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

06/06/15 summertime stride 5K run & Walk Mokena IL www.mokenapark.com

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

06/06/15 Mazon united Methodist 5K Mazon IL


06/06/15 3rd Annual Spirit Sprint 5K Worthington IN 06/06/15 Running with the Knights 5K Bolingbrook IL 06/06/15 5K Summer Dash Chicago IL www.metrofamily.org 06/07/15 Sterling Park District Brad Onken Memorial SMART Summer Sizzler 5K Sterling IL www.sterlingparks.org

06/13/15 Summerfest Rock ‘n Sole Milwaukee WI rocknsolerun.com 06/13/15 Outrun the Sun Indianapolis IN www.outrunthesun.org 06/13/15 Munster Rotary Club 27th Aniversary Run-A-Round Munster IN www.munsterrotary.com 06/13/15 Streamwood Stride Streamwood IL www.spdcares.com

06/07/15 21st Annual Run for the Roses Roselle IL www.run4roses5k.com

06/13/15 St Norbert Block Party 5K Run Northbrook IL stnorbertblockparty.org

06/07/15 Aspire 5K Joliet IL www.itsracetime.com

06/13/15 Coureurs de Bois Trail Run & Relay Kenosha WI www.xcthrillogy.com

06/07/15 Run with the Nuns 5K and Youth Dash Lemont IL www.signmeup.com/105488 06/07/15 dash4dEBra Lake Forest IL www.dash4debra.org 06/11/15 The Original 5K Chicago IL www.Original5K.com 06/13/15 Brian Diemer Family of Races Grand Rapids MI www.diemerrun.com 06/13/15 Conserve School Trail Run Land O Lakes WI www.greatlakesendurance.com

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06/13/15 5K Waffle Shuffle Wood Dale IL www.wooddaleparkdistrict.org 06/13/15 Devils Elbow 5K & 10K Trail Run Arbor Vitae WI www.troutlakegolf.com/devils5k 06/13/15 Trot Against Trafficking 5K, 1 Mile Walk, Kids Run Park Ridge IL www.trotagainsttrafficking.com 06/13/15 Runnin’ With The Horses 5k Run / 1 Mile Walk Crete IL runsignup.com/Race/IL/Crete/RunninwiththeHorses5K

SUNDAY, JUNE 14 | VILLA PARK, IL

Looking for a greater race day challenge? Take on two races in one day at the Chicago Double Racing Festival. This two-stage race features two options: a 15K, run as a 10K followed by a 5K or an 8K, run as a 5K followed by a 3K. 06/13/15 Super Strive for 5 Mt Prospect IL runsignup.com/Race/IL 06/14/15 GiGi’s Playhouse 5K Run, 1 Mile Inspirational Walk & Kids Dash for Down syndrome Hoffman Esates IL gigisplayhouse.org/5k 06/14/15 Donuts for Dads 5K Run and Kids Fun Runs East Dundee IL www.dtpd.org 06/14/15 2015 Health, Hope & Heroes 5K Maywood IL Loyolamedicine5k.org 06/14/15 3rd Annual River Grove Police FOP 5K River Grove IL 06/14/15 PAWS Chicago 15th Annual Run for their Lives 8k Run/4k Walk Chicago IL paws.convio.net

06/14/15 Chicago Double Racing Festival Villa Park IL www.IllinoisDouble.com

06/20/15 The Remembering Lauren 5K Run/Walk Villa Park IL www.rememberlaur.com

06/14/15 Race To Embrace Niles IL www.orchardvilla.org

06/20/15 Tool Run Indianapolis IN cross-roads-events.com/toolrun

06/17/15 Short Run on a Long Day 5K (15th Annual) Frankfort IL www.frankfortparks.org

06/20/15 The Micro Brew Mile & 6K Road Race Moline IL www.microbrewmile.com

06/18/15 21st Annual ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run Chicago IL www.Gibbons5K.com 06/18/15 RUN(317) Series Indianapolis IN www.RUN317.com 06/20/15 16th Annual Courthouse Classic LaGrange IN www.courthouseclassic.com 06/20/15 Head for the Cure Carmel IN www.braincure.org

06/20/15 Racine Family YMCA Lighthouse Run Racine WI lighthouserun.com 06/20/15 The Biggest Loser RunWalk Rockford Half Marathon/5K Rockford IL www.biggestloserrunwalk.com 06/20/15 DINO Potato Creek 7 km Trail Run North Liberty IN www.dinoseries.com/trail-running 06/20/15 Courthouse Classic LAGrange IN www.courthouseclassic.com MyChiCagoaThLeTe.CoM

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06/20/15 Beat the Grandma 5K Grand Rapids MI www.beatthegrandma.mysite.com 06/20/15 The PR Mile Darien IL www.theprmile.com 06/20/15 Necktie 5K Walk & Run Beverly Shores IN www.necktierun.com 06/20/15 Robbins 3K Run/1.5K Walk Against Violence (YWCA Metro Chicago Collaboration) Robbins IL www.facebook.com/mayorofrobbins 06/20/15 Tiki Run Chicago IL chicagotikirun.org

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06/20/15 Country Sole 4mile Chicago IL 06/21/15 PrairieFest 5K and One Mile Prairie Dog Jog Oswego IL oswegolandparkdistrict.org 06/21/15 Father’s Day 5K Kickin’ Grass Park Ridge IL bit.ly/fathersday5K 06/21/15 Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate Evanston IL www.ywca.org/RAH2015 06/22/15 Max Multisport Coaching Marathon Training Program Chicago IL www.maxmultisport.com

06/27/15 Concord Classic 5K Concord MI runjackson.org 06/27/15 Proud To Run Chicago IL www.proudtorun.org 06/27/15 Charlevoix Marathon Charlevoix MI www.charlevoixmarathon.com 06/27/15 14th Annual Raider Classic 5K/10K Quincy IL qndcrosscountry.homestead.com 06/27/15 Turtle Lake Resort Clothing Optional 5K Union City MI www.turtle-lake.net 06/27/15 Two Hearted Trail Run Paradise MI www.greatlakesendurance.com

38th Annual Downers Grove 5 Miler

06/27/15 Bud’s Run 5K Celebrating Life Run/Walk Carol Stream IL www.budsrun.org

07/03/15 Village of Orland Park Liberty Run & Walk Orland Park IL www.orland-park.il.us

06/27/15 Clothing Optional 5K Union City MI turtle-lake.net

07/04/15 Warrenville Park District Annual Firecracker 5K Run/Walk Warrenville IL www.warrenvilleparks.org

06/27/15 Fun & Fit Family Day 5K Run/2 Mile Walk Libertyville IL www.lambsfarm.org 06/27/15 Superhero 5K Run/Walk Palatine IL www.journeys5k.myevent.com 06/27/15 Cross Country Open - Prairie State Road Runners Plainfield IL www.psrr.org 06/28/15 Waterfall 5K Trail Runs 5K/10K Lagro IN VeepRaces.com 06/28/15 McHenry County Patriot Run Crystal Lake IL www.mchenrycountypatriotrun.org 06/28/15 38th Annual DG 5 Miler Downers Grove IL www.dgparks.org 06/28/15 WaucondaFest 5k/10k Challenge Wauconda IL www.waucondaparks.com

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06/28/15 Firecracker 5/10K Kenosha WI www.kenoshaymca.org

07/04/15 CarmelFest Freedom Run Carmel IN www.tuxbro.com 07/04/15 Run for Freedom Homewood IL hfracquetandfitness.com 07/04/15 Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Family Fitness Run 5K/10K Barrington IL www.familyfitnessrun.com 07/04/15 Riverside Independence Day 5K Riverside IL 07/04/15 Beecher Lion’s Club Freedom 5K Run/ Walk Beecher IL 07/04/15 Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th Elmhurst IL www.4on4th.com 07/04/15 2015 Liberty Loop Northbrook IL nbparks.org 07/04/15 T-Rex Trail Ten Miler and the Wimpy 8K Lowell MI www.trextenmiler.8k.com


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Dip your toes in the triathlon world at this beginner-friendly, women’s-only triathlon in Naperville. the half-mile swim takes place in the Centennial Beach Reservoir and features lane markers and swim buoys. after the swim, athletes will take on a 14.2-mile bike and 3.1 mile run through Naperville. 07/04/15 Evanston Subaru 4th of July Kids Run prstd by NorthShore University HealthSystem Evanston IL www.signmeup.com 07/04/15 Run For A Vet Mercer WI www.mercercc.com 07/04/15 Red, White & Blue 6.2 Aurora IL www.runtoachieve.com 07/04/15 Stars & Stripes 5k Tinley Park IL www.tinleyparkdistrict.org 07/09/15 Bastille Day 5K & 8K benefitting the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls Chicago IL www.bastilledayrun.com 07/11/15 Waugoshance Trail Marathon Cross Village MI www.greatlakesendurance.com 07/11/15 Dick Pond Athletics Carol Stream: Walk 2 Run Session Carol Stream IL www.dickpondathletics.com 52

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07/11/15 Fisher Fair 5K Run/ Fun Walk Fisher IL fisherfair5k.com 07/11/15 Waterfall Glen Xtreme 10 Miler Darien IL www.RunningGuru.com 07/11/15 MS Run the US Chicago Area 5k Plainfield IL msruntheus.pulsemob.com 07/13/15 Universal Sole Burgers & Beer 5k Chicago IL www.universalsole.com 07/14/15 6th Annual Strike Out ALS 5k Chicago IL www.strikeoutals5k.org 07/17/15 Christmas In July 5K/10K, 6/12/24 Hour Races Lisle IL www.christmasinjuly24hour.com 07/18/15 Hilloopy 100+ Relay Kenosha WI www.xcthrillogy.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

07/19/15 Run for Hunger Elmhurst IL run4hunger.org

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

07/19/15 Winfield Run For History Winfield, IL www.winfieldhistory.org 07/20/15 Max Multisport Coaching Summer Half Marathon Training Program Chicago IL 07/23/15 Run for Gus 5K / 1 Mile Walk / Children’s Race Chicago IL www.runforgus.org

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

07/29/15 Chicago Full Moon Run Chicago IL www.runrace.net/fullmoon 07/30/15 Rock the Night 5K Chicago IL www.rockthenight5k.com 07/31/15 St. Jude Chicago to Peoria Run Downers Grove IL stjuderuns.org/satellite/chicago

SWIMMING

06/06/15 2015 Geoff Keller Memorial Open Water Swim Marshall IL my.mhaus.org/events 07/12/15 Penguin 1500 Mt Prospect IL www.lattofpenguins.org

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

07/19/15 Poseidon Swim Challenge Indianapolis IN www.cross-roads-events.com

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

07/25/15 Swim Across America - Chicago Chicago IL www.swimacrossamerica.org


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06/14/15 2015 Esprit De She naperville Triathlon Naperville IL www.espritdeshe.com 06/14/15 lake in the hills Triathlon Lake In The Hills IL

06/07/15 ET Batavia Triathlon Batavia IL www.bataviatriathlon.org

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06/20/15 indianapolis Sprint Triathlon Series #1 Indianapolis IN www.tuxbro.com/index.html

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06/20/15 Stovepipe Sprint lincoln’s new Salem State Historic Site IL www.triharderpromotions.com 06/20/15 rail Splitter intermediate Triathlon Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site IL www.triharderpromotions.com 06/27/15 Morse Park Summer Triathlon Noblesville IN www.tuxbro.com 06/27/15 3 Disciplines lumberman Triathlon Festival of races Cadillac MI www.3disciplines.com 06/27/15 22st annual optimist Sprint Triathlon Winona Lake IN

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06/27/15 South Wood County YMCa Triathlon Wisconsin Rapids WI 06/28/15 Twin lakes Triathlon Palatine IL www.saltcreekpd.com 06/28/15 2015 Big Foot Triathlon Lake Geneva WI www.ramtri.com/bigfoot 07/11/15 ironman 70.3 Muncie, indiana Muncie IN www.ironman.com 07/11/15 34th annual Freeport Classic Triathlon Freeport IL freeportymca.org 07/12/15 3 Disciplines inter-rockin Triathlon Interlochen MI www.3disciplines.com 07/12/15 rodney T. Miller lakeside Triathlon & rTM Kids Tri Decatur IL www.decaturtriathlon.com 07/12/15 McGaw Youth Triathlon Evanston IL www.mcgawymca.org/youthtri 07/18/15 indianapolis Sprint Triathlon Series #2 Indianapolis IN www.tuxbro.com 07/18/15 Sister lakes Triathlons Sister Lakes MI www.3disciplines.com

07/18/15 XTErra Dino Southern indiana Triathlon Versailles IN www.dinoseries.com/triathlons 07/18/15 Tri-Kids-Try Youth Triathlon Midland MI www.trikidstry.com 07/18/15 KPC Sprint Triathlon for newspaper in Education Kendallville IN

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

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

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

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

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

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

07/25/15 Mill Creek Triathlon Marshall IL cross-roads-events.com/millcreek 07/25/15 Stone Man Sprint Triathlon Springfield IL triharderpromotions.com 07/25/15 iron abe Triathlon Springfield IL www.triharderpromotions.com 07/25/15 route 66 half iron Springfield IL www.triharderpromotions.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

773.283.4470 | FAX: 773.283.4473 info@sauganashwellness.com www.sauganashwellness.com Sauganash Wellness Center provides quality chiropractic care and massage therapy — treatments that reduce pain and enhance your health. Whether you are an athlete in training or looking to maintain optimum performance, our non-invasive treatments will fit you and your family’s active lifestyle and individual needs. Conditions we treat at Sauganash Wellness Center include arthritis, back or neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, disc herniations, headaches, muscular pain or injury, sciatica, sports-related injuries, whiplash and more. The Sauganash Wellness Center has been recognized as a Corporate Citizen of the Year by the Lincolnwood Chamber of Commerce because they exemplify what the chamber represents – business, service and community. Founded in 2006 by Dr. Deanna Minkler and Rachel Shaffer, the center has become an important part of the community. Minkler and Shaffer have participated in and donated their services to Lincolnwood’s Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing, Turkey Trot and annual summer Fest, as well as many other events in Greater Chicago including the WTTW Family Walk and Fun Run, the Edison Park Turkey Trot and the Chicago Police Memorial Fund Run to Remember 5K Walk/Run. A licensed Chiropractic for more than 10 years, Dr. Deanna Minkler, D.C., CHt, specializes in sports rehabilitation and pediatric chiropractic. To assist athletes recover from injuries at a quicker pace, Minkler has become certified in Kinesiotaping, the treatment of muscular disorders and lymphedema reduction, and the Graston Technique, which treats acute and chronic soft tissue injuries. “Becoming a successful chiropractor has been my ambition since I was nine years old,” Dr. Minkler shares. “Being a part of a person’s transition from discomfort and impaired movement to pain free mobility is my greatest reward. My profession is challenging and stimulating and it inspires me every day!” Rachel Shaffer is a licensed and certified massage therapist who has been in practice for more than 9 years. Specializing in assisting professional athletes, Shaffer has become an expert in deep tissue and sports massage. She also excels at prenatal and geriatric therapy. Enhance your current health... and your future health with care from our certified and licensed doctors and practitioners. Sauganash Wellness Center is conveniently located at 6160 N. Cicero Avenue, just one block east of the Eden’s Expressway (I-94) and one block north of Peterson Avenue on Chicago’s North Side. Many insurance plans accepted. Now accepting new patients. For more information, visit the center’s web site at www.sauganashwellness.com.


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

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Evan Jager

26, BoWermAn TrAck cluB runner, 3000m STeeplecHASe AmerIcAn recorD HolDer

Q You grew up and went to high school in Illinois [at Jacobs High School in Algonquin], which laid the foundation for your collegiate and professional careers. How did the local scene and competition help set you up for success? A I think the biggest thing I got out of running in the area was there was a lot of really good competition in Illinois in general and definitely the Chicagoland area when I was in high school. Illinois was always looked at as one of the best distance running states before I got to high school, and I think even still now it’s still one of the powerhouse states when it comes to cross country and distance running on the track. There were always guys to compare myself to throughout the season and go up and compete against when it came to bigger meets, regionals, sectionals and state meets. You always had to be on top of your game and ready for some really good competition at a really early age. You get used to having to compete at a high level at your respective age, and then it continues from then on. Q Though you started off in the 1500-meter in college, you now focus on the 3000-meter steeplechase. How did you maintain your speed in that transition? A I actually don’t know if I ever really considered myself a true 1500 guy. I ran the 1500 at Wisconsin for the one year I was there but I think that was mainly because Jerry [Schumacher], my coach, saw me as kind of undertrained. Even my first year at Wisconsin, he was telling me that I was a 5K runner, that’d be my best event or my best distance.

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than 10K pace. It’s really different. It’s similar and different from the 1500. Like the 1500, if you run it correctly it doesn’t really hurt until the last lap, maybe two laps, and you can run a really good time and a really good race feeling that way in the steeple. At least in my experience, by the time you start hurting in the 1500 you’re getting ready to kick. You don’t have that looming pain of the 5000 or 10,000 where you start hurting and you have over a mile of running still to come. It’s kind of the same in that sense, but obviously it’s so much slower that you feel just completely comfortable early on in the race but it builds and builds and builds and then you’re 600 meters from the finish line and you don’t even know if you can make it over the next hurdle. It can be tough but it’s really fun racing and completely different than every other distance on the track, which is why I like it so much. Q Do you have any go-to workouts or secrets for improving speed? A I don’t know if there are any secrets. Training will be different from group to group to group and everyone will believe that they have speed. For us, we’re kind of changing the way we look at speed. Just this year we’ve been focusing on treating it more like a weight room session than a track session, so we’ve been doing a lot of very short sprints with basically complete recovery in between. It’s a lot of extremely high intensity running with a lot of recovery, kind of like the work you would do in weight room where you do a set of lifts and you wait and you get complete recovery and do super high intense activity again. In the past we’ve always kind of looked at it as semi-strength, like strength speed, where we’ll do fast running with somewhat shorter recovery for how fast we’re running. The idea was that you get used to running fast while tired, where now we’re

looking to teach the body to completely run as fast as you can and keep pushing that envelope. I think you just have to get used to running really fast. Usually we keep speed to 400 meters or under for each in a row. We’re never really running true speed further than 400 meters. Obviously the shorter you run the faster you can run that interval and the more you’re teaching your body how to remember that super fast speed, so if you do a bunch of 200s compared to 400s you’re teaching your body to run at a faster speed than you would for 400 meters. Q What’s coming up for you this year? A [The first weekend in May] myself and a bunch of

my teammates flew to Stanford for the Payton Jordan Invitational. I ran a 1500 there on Saturday and then we went straight from there to Park City, Utah and to do a little altitude training camp up there. From there we’ll come back down to Eugene and run the Prefontaine Classic, where I’ll open up with the steeple there, my first steeple of the year. I think we’re planning on going up to altitude for 10 more days and coming down for U.S. Championships, also in Eugene. From there, the European racing season will begin. I’m not sure how much I will actually be racing outside of the world championship team if I’m able to make the team, but I think tentatively I’m looking at the Diamond League Meeting in Paris for a steeple. The World Championships would be towards the end of August, and then after the World Championships if I make the team I’m looking at the Diamond League Meeting in Zurich, which would have a steeple and the Diamond League in Brussels which would have a 5K. Kind of limited racing this summer, but they’re all going to be really high profile races and going to take a lot of really good effort to be competitive in those races because the fields will be absolutely ridiculous with the talent that they’ll have.


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