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EDITOR’S NOTE

Spring into a new season with Chicago Athlete Temperatures are rising, the sun is shining and Chicago’s streets are being filled with more athletes every day. Spring has arrived, and it is time to put all that off-season training into action! To make sure 2017 is the best season yet, we’ve filled this issue with all of the resources we know you’ll need; on page 40, learn about how seven different charities prepare for their season, and consider getting involved this year! Three local running stores weigh in on how their season begins, nearly six months in advance on page 36, and we’ve also provided a list of 100 longer-distance races in the Midwest on page 46. Meet our 2016 Athletes of the Year on page 30, too, because they’re pretty awesome. Feeling lucky this year? Then run the Shamrock Shuffle on April 2! On page 34, we’ve included a full race-preview, with all the details you’ll need to be successful on race day, including the course map. In addition to welcoming in a new season, Chicago Athlete is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and we compiled photos from the last 30 years to create a photo-collage. See what Windy City races looked like 30 years ago on page 28. Personally, I’m excited to experience an entire season with Chicago Athlete; while I got to be involved with the main chunk of summer and fall races in 2016, I was still sitting in classrooms during the spring, and missed the new-season hype. I’m getting my running shoes ready, and I’ll see you all out there. Now’s the time to get competitive, and as always Chicago Athlete is here to provide you with anything you need to have the best race season. Continue following us on our website (www.mychicagoathlete.com) and social media accounts to get fitness news, tips and more every single day.

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Ben Beach to Become first runner to finish 50 consecutive Boston marathons By: Mark Buciak, QCC

On April 17, Ben Beach, 67, will be racing his 50th consecutive Boston Marathon, and will become the first athlete to ever run 50 straight years at the same marathon. Because Beach has run more Boston Marathons than anyone else, he leads the Boston’s Quarter Century Club (QCC) list, where  a runner has to run 25 or more consecutive Boston Marathons to be a member. After the 2017 Boston, he will become the charter member of a new club: The Half Century Club. “I’m excited about it and grateful to all those who have helped me keep the streak going,” Beach says. “I just take it one year at a time, planning to run as long as I can.” Beach has been running for 52 years; throughout those years, he has finished 77 marathons, and has a personal best of 2:26:29 in the 1981 New York City Marathon. As a teenager in the mid 1960’s, Beach realized that sports such as football, baseball and basketball were not his forte, due to being only 5’2”. While this was disappointing 14

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at first, Beach realized he was built to be a marathoner. His first marathon was the 1968 Boston Marathon, when qualifying times were not required. He remembers it being very hot, because the start time was at noon, but came in with an impressive time of 3:23:50. “My clearest memory is the thrill of approaching the finish line and hearing my name announced,” Beach recalls. “It is a unique, point-to-point course with a long and distinguished history. The spectators are so enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and the volunteers are outstanding.”   However, the ride hasn’t been a total breeze for Beach; he has been running with the condition dystonia for several years, which involves involuntary muscle contractions. Although it’s slowed him down from his sub 2:30 times, he has never let it stop him. “I wish someone would find a cure for dystonia so I could regain my stride and run a decent time,” Beach adds. “But I’m lucky nothing has ever knocked me out. I’m also fortunate to have a wife and kids who have put up with my marathon training without complaint and have enthusiastically supported the streak.” Beach grew up in Mt. Kisco, NY and now lives in Bethesda, MD. Watch Beach make history on April 17.

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had on local, national and global causes,” said Carey Pinkowski, executive race director. “Since 2002, charities have increased their revenue and visibility, and we have welcomed new runners across our finish line. We are proud that one of the premier hallmarks on race day is seeing thousands of charity runners striding together on the streets of Chicago to make a difference in the world.” This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and the 15th anniversary of the official Charity Program. The 2017 Charity Program is underway with more than 170 charities participating. Runners who register to run with an official charity will be required to raise a minimum of $1,500.

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after finishing her track career at Rice University, elite marathoner Becky Wade won a fellowship to travel the world and research running cultures. in Run the World, Wade describes her yearlong travels through the world’s most influential running cultures: ethiopia, New Zealand, Switzerland, ireland and more. Running 3,500 miles in nine different countries, she experimented with different training styles and recovery techniques, from three-hour long runs in ethiopia to irish post-run teas to Swiss hill training. her explorations force her to question america’s “numbers-obsessed” running culture. Run the World shows that running transcends boundaries. in all nine countries, Wade forges friendships formed over long runs, appreciates breathtaking scenery and indulges in post-run feasts (recipes thoughtfully shared in the book), showing that the best parts of running are universal. review by: Kathleen mcauliffe

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Pedestrians, Bicyclists to Get Separate Lakefront Trails by 2018 The days of runners being startled by bikers, and cyclists weaving through pedestrians on the Lakefront Path are over; a new plan will create two separate and “distinct” lakefront trails for bicyclists and pedestrians by 2018. Billionaire Ken Griffin, who is friends with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, donated $12 million to the Chicago Park District for the trail separation project, according to the Chicago Sun Times. The separation aims to alleviate congestion and improve safety for all users. Details for the two trails are already in place: the bike trail will be located closest to Lake Shore Drive, will

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be 12 feet wide and made of asphalt. The pedestrian trail will be 20 feet wide with 14 feet of asphalt and 6 feet of “soft surface mix” on either side. In March 2016, Emanuel announced plans to repave seven miles of the path with a clear north and south divider; the path was to be separated for bikers and pedestrians from Fullerton to Ohio and 31st to 51st. This project is nearly completed. All of the mayor’s plans were part of the “Building on Burnham” project to improve Chicago Parks and create more space in the city. Emanuel says the lakefront trail is one of the busiest in the nation, as more than 100,000 people use the lakefront trail a day on summer weekends, according to a recent study by the Chicago Area Runners Association and the Active Transportation Alliance. Now, it will no longer be “like rush hour,” Emanuel tells the Sun Times.

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Kyle larson

Kyle Larson, mostly known for his involvement with Fleet Feet Sports, has been a competitive runner since high school. Upon graduation, he attended University of Minnesota Duluth where he ran on the cross country and track teams and worked at a local running store. After receiving his degree, he moved to Chicago and began his career with Fleet Feet, and is now the coach of the Fleet Feet/Nike Racing Team. “Being part of a team is really the best way to improve as a runner and you meet so many awesome people through running,” Larson says. Not only does Larson enjoy running, but he’s really good at it; in 2016, he was the first Illinois finisher of the Boston Marathon with a time of 2:34:15, and he recently won the first annual Chi-Town Rise and Shine 5K. His 5K PR is 15:34, and he PRed at the 2016 Lakefront 10 Miler with a time of 52:15.

Kate DeProsPeris

Kate DeProsperis has always had her eye on sports, and was involved since a young age; in grade school, DeProsperis and her twin sister tried out for both the basketball and volleyball teams, and were cut from both. Although unfortunate, the two wanted to stay active, so they turned to cross country because it was a non-cut sport, and the rest is history. Now, DeProsperis runs for the Jenny Spangler Racing/Saucony team, and just achieved her personal best in the marathon in December at the California International Marathon with a time of 2:42:49. She also got her half marathon PR during the second half of that race at 1:20:36. Her other PRs consist of an 18:15 5K, a 29:52 8K and a 38:30 10K. “I look forward to the 2017 season to chase some of those shorter distance PRs and aim for a fall marathon to Qualify for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials when the qualification window opens.”

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Should Runners Focus on Form? TIPS FROM CHICAGO’S LARGEST TRAINING PROGRAM

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t seems to me that virtually every sport focuses on refining and even perfecting their technique or form. However, for many years, distance runners have largely ignored their running form and focused primarily on increasing work capacity. Now, some runners are focusing on gait enhancement, but are experiencing mixed results. Some are running faster and more economically, while others are actually suffering injuries while altering their form. Given these mixed results, should distance runners focus on improving their running form?

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My opinion is YES! Running with a more economical gait can lead to faster race performances. For instance, if you improve your stride efficiency by one hundredth of a second (0.01 second) in each step, you can shave eight to nine minutes off your marathon time. More importantly, improving your running form can lower your injury risk, which is very significant given that over 50 percent of runners are sidelined by running related injuries each year. Optimizing your movement patterns will help load your musculoskeletal system more efficiently and avoid common overuse injuries associated with running. While it is exciting that runners are increasingly focusing on improving their gait, many fail to realize positive benefits due to incorrect training modifications. The key is in employing the correct process and striving for small, gradual improvements. After spending more than 20 years learning from many coaches and physical therapists, here is the process that I currently employ: • Mobility/Flexibility: the range of motion of a specific joint through different planes. Do you have the required mobility in your hips, ankles and toes to run (slow/fast; uphill/downhill)? If not, you need to focus on resolving these issues first and foremost. Forcing a body with movement restrictions to run more efficiently can lead to injury. Also, progressing your training with improper movement patterns will further ingrain bad habits. • Stability/Strength: ability to control the forces placed on your musculoskeletal system upon each impact and transferring this energy into efficient running. Do you have the required stability in your hips and feet to handle running (slow, fast, downhill)? If not, you need to focus on building stable hips/glutes and feet before you can expect to see significant improvements in your running form. • Gait (Form) Retraining: Once your mobility restrictions are resolved, you can begin gait retraining while continuing to address stability issues. There are lots of running drills/cues out there, but here are two that have worked well with my athletes:

• Forward lean: Running with a forward lean will help you better recruit your powerful gluteus maximus muscle. If you are currently running with a backward lean, focus on gradually moving towards a forward lean over weeks/ months to better enable your body to adapt. • Stride rate: Increasing your stride rate to approximately 180 steps per minute or higher will help you land mid-foot and under your center of gravity (=less braking forces). Focus on gradually increasing your steps per minute over weeks/months to better enable your body to adapt. If you are a young runner (or young training age), you may adapt to more rapid changes in your running form. It is ideal to begin refi ning your running gait as a young runner. For older runners (or older training age), you need to take a more gradual approach. It will take time to build strength and efficiency running with new movement patterns. Focus on moving better instead of perfectly. We can run fast and injury free with imperfections. Lastly, I recommending seeking out some assistance (i.e. running coach, physical therapist) to help you smartly optimize your running form. If you don’t have access to a qualified person, educate yourself and have a friend take video of your running form to better understand your current movement patterns. By Kevin Jermyn, Executive Director of the Chicago Area Runner’s Association


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Charity: Ride for 3 Reasons While most 18-year-olds’ focus on graduating high school and getting into college, Jan Gierlach is adding “cross-country bike ride” to his to-do list. In fact, Gierlach graduated from Barrington High School in December, and in February, he left for a 3,300 mile ride from San Diego, Calif. to St. Augustine, Fla. He plans to be back in time for graduation, and will attend college in the fall. Although Gierlach’s ride is unaccompanied, his purpose is not solely for accomplishment; this adventure is a popular one created through the charity Ride for 3 Reasons, which helps raise funds and build awareness of three causes: ALS, cancer and hospice. Gierlach was introduced to the charity through founder Bob Lee, and because he feels a personal connection with each cause, he knew he had to do it one day. 22

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“My grandfather passed of lung cancer, a dear family friend passed from ALS and my grandma received hospice treatment,” Gierlach said. “It’s much more meaningful to ride with a charitable connection, and Ride for 3 Reasons was directly in line with my values and passions.” Planning for his journey began last year, much of which focused on fundraising. Gierlach raised over $600,000 for the three causes, and while many assume that part of the money goes towards his trip, he clarified 100 percent of the proceeds go towards the causes. “None of it goes towards my ride, but it’s been nice because I have some corporate sponsors with gear and stuff, like my bike,” he explained. “A local shop in Crystal Lake split the cost with Salsa Cycles for my bike. It’s an awesome bike, perfect for what I’m doing.”

With contributions from other companies, Gierlach got pretty much everything he needed for his ride, which he is very grateful for. “The safety of the ride is hugely dependent on the quality of the gear,” he added. Gierlach estimates the trip to take him about two and a half months; he plans on riding 50 miles a day, six days a week, totaling 300 miles a week. “It’s not a race for me, it’s an experience, Gierlach said. “I’ll see a part of the country I’ve never seen and I want to use every opportunity to see the local sites and talk to people. I’m in no hurry.” Gierlach left on Feb. 7, and Chicago Athlete plans to follow up with him post-ride. Check our website to find out how the 18-year-old’s journey went. By: Holly Petrovich


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A Pre-Season Checklist By Bryan McVey

There are many things a cyclist needs to pay attention to throughout the winter to ensure they have the best shot at a healthy and successful upcoming race season. Now that we are on the downslope of the cold days, the time has come to start shifting training and ensure the springtime pre-race preparation line items are getting checked off the to-do list. This way, race day number one of your personal campaign can begin with a clear mind and sound body.  Here’s a quick starting guide to get that pre-race season checklist complete! 1. Race Diet: Considering you already have an idea of what does and doesn’t work with your body when it comes to diet and nutrition, you should still prepare your stomach for the exact food you will put in it during exhaustive efforts.   If you haven’t already, start using the same race nutrition during your remaining hard workouts to again adapt your digestive system for what’s to come. 2. Bike Maintenance: Winters can be extremely 24

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hard on a bicycle; corrosion from street salt and even sweat can wreak havoc on cables, housings, drivetrains and bolts. Ensure to have your machine properly cleaned, tuned and lubed before you roll up to that first starting line. You can’t win a race if the bike malfunctions! 3. Gear Organization: Nothing makes racing easier than to forget about everything else except the task at hand. Ensure you are not carrying unneeded mental stress onto the racecourse, which will ultimately negatively affect your performance capability. This can be accomplished by having all your gear organized early. Take an inventory of your clothes, spare parts, race day nutrition, and come up with your own system for having everything accessible to be easily packed the day before each race. 4. Logistical Planning: A good race can be spoiled by not being able to find a new venue, getting there late, skipping a warm-up and cramping up before the real racing even begins! When planning your season calendar, or anytime you add a new race to it, make sure to locate the starting line and best parking spots

on the map, and figure out how long it will take to get there. These simple things will greatly decrease chances of becoming distracted and losing focus on the race at hand. 5. Race Meditation: A racing mindset is very different than a training mindset, even on hard training days. You have to come to the line both confident and aggressive; you are no longer racing against just yourself, but rather against everyone around you. If you are mentally prepared to make that switch, your mindset will dictate your results in races when the competition is heated. Start the checklist now, following the order laid out above before the racing season begins. These tips will considerably improve your chances of letting your ability, rather than the myriad of other factors, dictate your results. Winning is not just about who is the strongest person in the race, but rather about who is the most prepared overall. No win is guaranteed to even the most powerful rider. If you tackle each race in a “professional” manner, you can harness the gritty side of cycling and spoil the victories of other riders.


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Together, you can plan to visit and walk each of your town’s parks or forest preserves over the course of the year. Help them plan family cycling adventures by choosing several destinations each month (for example, riding to a favorite playground).

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These youngest kids should participate in a variety of opportunities offering playful fun. This can include play dates, playgrounds, family fun, park district activities and more. As you get ready for the warm season, attempt to find ways to get kids outside as much as possible. Here are some things to consider: Swim Prep Make sure your youngest kids are ready and excited for summer days at the pool, vacations at the beach and birthday pool parties by signing them up for swim lessons. Start them as early as six months old in a “Parent and Tot” type class. Younger kids learn to love the water much more naturally and easily than older kids. Bike Prep Your child has grown and matured since last fall and their bikes have been idle. Before it warms up enough to ride, get your kids’ bikes to a bike shop for a basic tune up and size check. Kids outgrow bikes every two to three years. A bike that doesn’t fit will be less safe and comfortable. A bike tune up helps to ensure that tires, brakes, gears and bolts are all maintained and safe. Family Adventure Planning Sessions Let the kids help to plan some regular family activities.

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Kids who are in or approaching middle school age are ready to approach sports with more focus. Organized sports and coaching can introduce them to the skills and fitness required. It is best for kids in this age group to try a few sports and to rotate them by different seasons. It is not yet time to focus on just one sport year-round for the great majority of kids. But no matter how busy your child may be with organized sports, make sure to allow them time to be unorganized at play – preferably outside. Let them set the rules for fun and make sure that they get that outside time to be creative that is so important for child development.

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Kids in the older age groups should “train for the training” that they will see in the first week of their season. Look for high school summer training camps to keep your kids fit and get ready during the summer months. Match their efforts with the shoes, clothing and gear that keeps them injury free and competitive. Increase the amount and variety of healthy foods in the home; they will be hungry and whole foods will support their growth and sport goals.

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goals in 2017. When they aren’t swimming, they enjoy family bike rides and going on hikes. Megan loves music and hanging out with her friends; Paige loves to cook and is a great personal stylist.

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JEREMY RIELLEY By: Holly Petrovich

While many know Jeremy Rielley for his consecutive wins of the Chicago Triathlon in 2015 and 2016, what many don’t know is he started his career as a runner just six years ago. In 2010, Rielley ran the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and realized that running wasn’t filling the void of his soccer days at DePauw University in Indiana; he then started swimming and biking, and in 2011, he qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. This August, Rielley is attempting a third consecutive win of the Chicago Triathlon, claiming that would be the ultimate accomplishment. In fact, his favorite memory as a triathlete is when he rounded the corner on the finishing chute of the 2015 race by himself, and seeing his wife and mom cheer him on. “It’s still surreal to say that I’ve won a race that big that’s been going on for so long,” Rielley says. Of the three sports, Rielley says running is his favorite, because that’s what he’s best at. He claims to be worst at swimming, but after more training, he’s starting to enjoy the sport a lot more. “I’m at the point where staring at the black line in the pool isn’t as terrible anymore,” Rielley adds. “I love the challenge of three individual sports because it is up to me whether I wake up to workout, or push myself during that last interval.” In addition to his full-time training, Rielley is a physical education teacher at Dawes and Orrington elementary schools in Evanston. There, he tries to take his mentalities from endurance competitions, and teach the kids that hard work pays off. “Its more about the hidden messages and mental things you go through in training that kids understand in sports,” Rielley says.

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In fourth grade, Theresa Peterson loved running, and since then, not much has changed. Peterson’s competitive running career started in high school, though, where she ran on the track and cross country teams at Mother McCauley High School. However, she also was on the basketball team, and ended up getting a scholarship to Columbia University in New York for the sport, and took some time off running. “Honestly, I was a little burnt out, and then I had kids,” Peterson says. Fortunately, former U.S. Olympian Jenny Spangler came into Peterson’s life a few years ago, and recruited her for the running group in the north suburbs. “Somehow, she got me fast and got me competitive,” she adds. “I started doing small races again, and this year I’ll be doing my first Chicago Marathon in 17 years.” While 5K’s tend to be her favorite distance, Peterson says half marathons are a very close second. In fact, her favorite race was the 2016 Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon, where famous distance runners Sarah and Ryan Hall helped her finish as the Master’s champion. Peterson says she is thankful she was able to be reconnected with a sport that has become her true passion; this year, she is participating in the Chicago Area Runner’s Association Circuit for her first time, and is also a part of the Lake Forest - Lake Bluff Running Club. “It clears the mind, it sets a good example for my kids, plus I find comfort in the friendships formed as well as a sense of accomplishment from the hard group workouts with Jenny Spangler,” Peterson reflects. “I may not win as many races any more, but I certainly relish when I can compete and often beat the 20-something year olds. It’s never too late to pursue what makes you happy!”

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The streets of Chicago will be a green blur on Sunday, April 2 as runners continue their St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations during the 2017 Annual Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K. The race is a tradition to help jump start the running season by looping through 4.97 miles through the heart of downtown. New this year is an untimed two-mile walk, which shares the Grant Park start and finish line with the 8K race, but loops down the lakefront. The walk has a 1,500-person capacity. “The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K is an event that is a true reflection of the Chicago running community,” said Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski. “Each year, we see the excitement of individuals as they line up at the start line, ready to take on their first road race, tackle a new PR or find a healthy way to continue the St. Patrick’s Day celebration with their family and friends.”

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If you cannot attend the Health & Fitness Expo, a friend, family member or co-worker can pick up your packet for you by presenting a copy of your packet pick-up ticket. For $15, participants can select bib mailing for the 2017 event. This will come at a firstcome-first-serve basis for 5,000 people, and those who chose this can pick up their Nike participant running shirt on race day.

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Due to large expected crowds, public transportation is encouraged for all runners. If you do drive, you can park in the Grant Park North, Grant Park South, Millennium Park and Millennium Lakeside garages.

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Celebrate your accomplishment at the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K Post-Race Party immediately following the race. Runners will receive a redeemable ticket for one Michelob ULTRA, and can enjoy food and live music with fellow participants. Additional drink tickets will be available for purchase. Following the post-race party, the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K After Party will be hosted at The Scout Waterhouse & Kitchen (1301 S. Wabash Ave.) from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FRIDAY, MARCH 31 Health & Fitness Expo/Packet pick-up McCormick Place, Hall C 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. SATURDAY, APRIL 1 Health & Fitness Expo/Packet pick-up McCormick Place, Hall C 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. SUNDAY, APRIL 2 Grant Park, Chicago 6:30 a.m. Gear check opens 6:30 a.m. Start corrals open 8:30 a.m. Wave 1 race start 9:00 a.m. Post-Race Party begins 9:00 a.m. Wave 2 race start 9:30 a.m. Walk start 9:30 a.m. Live music at Post-Race Party 11:30 a.m. Gear check closes 1:00 p.m. Beer ticket sales end 1:30 p.m. Post-Race Party ends

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Running, biking, swimming and triathlons are typically considered pretty individual sports; aside from teams and training groups, an athletes’ success comes from their own time and effort put in. What many overlook, however, is the time and effort put in by local athletic stores each year, helping to ensure athletes have the proper resources to aid in their success. While athletes start thinking about and preparing for a new season at the beginning of the calendar year, local running and sport stores begin their planning way earlier. Sometimes, they’ll see products for spring as early as the June prior, and many stores are already finishing up on their fall 2017 orders. 36

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FOOTWEAR, APPAREL AND ACCESSORIES, OH MY! According to Wayne Haworth, who manages apparel and accessories for all five Dick Pond Athletics locations, spring season is from January 1 to June 30, and fall starts July 1 to December 31; for the 2017 spring season, Haworth was looking at product lines last June. “Unfortunately, we don’t really have a clear picture. We look at stuff really early on at the request of the manufacturers, but often times we have to reevaluate our sales from the year before,” Haworth says. “Heading into a season for apparel and footwear buying requires a lot of planning, but accessories are easier because they don’t really change that much.” Living in a four-season state such as Illinois can actually be a challenge when it comes to planning ahead, Kris Hartner, owner of Naperville Running Company (NRC) says. He believes that by vendors making the seasons more accurate, all communities would benefit, especially because many warmer states don’t even buy cold weather gear. In terms of planning orders, a lot of the decisions are based on last season’s numbers; because styles and weather vary, there’s not an exact science to it, Hartner adds, but the choices need some data to back them up. “People don’t realize when you come into a store, we have over 100 different vendors that we work with,” Hartner explains. “Usually about 10 footwear brands, 15 apparel brands and then 10 nutrition brands, along with different magazines and then the health accessories – I think a lot of people expect us to have it all, but we just can’t, we have to make some choices.”

we cut it down to 40, and we ended up selling more and it looked better in our store. We need to have a good collection, and the challenge is choosing the right stuff.” For Universal Sole, planning in conjunction with the vendors is helpful to get products on the floor sooner, owner Joel Feinberg says. As soon as a new year rolls in, the store puts all the new models out so when spring weather actually comes, athletes have what they need. As far as promoting the new products, however, Universal Sole spreads out the announcements. Because a lot of vendors follow the same schedules, promoting seven new models of shoes at once is overwhelming for both the retailer and the consumers, Feinberg says. “We methodically look at the shoe brands and what’s new and run that each week, and pair it with clothing that comes in,” he adds. “We’re a small store, and we don’t have a budget to run ad campaigns, so we rely heavily on social media, newsletters and blogs.” PUTTING PRODUCTS TO USE Aside from products, local stores are also known for the different events and organized workout groups they host; NRC has an event nearly every weekend during the season, and the weekdays are busy too, Hartner says. In addition to its popular pub runs, NRC has weekly group runs at both locations, and a marathon/half marathon training group. They also host frequent injury prevention clinics, Q&A sessions with various experts, and other fun runs. While they sponsor many events, they don’t host or time races.

In fact, Hartner thinks that having less options make it easier for both the employees and the customers; when there’s too many choices, shoppers get overwhelmed and don’t always pick what they need.

“Honestly, I think it takes away from the core of what we’re trying to do,” Hartner admits. “Retail is hard enough, and racing is another thing with packet pickups and timing, from the start we’ve focused on the store.”

“One year, we had over 80 women’s winter running long sleeve tops, and about 20 of them did really well, 20 did okay, and the rest didn’t,” Hartner adds. “The next year

Universal Sole, on the other hand, does put on a series of trail races throughout the year, which have become quite popular, Feinberg says.

“The races are very thought out and we have sponsors and everything, but we also have fun runs which I really like,” he explains. “The beauty of fun runs is you can create anything and play around. We add new ones all the time based on what seems to be working and what isn’t. Feinberg also encourages vendors to come out to events and let runners try out their products; not only does it let the company promote their newest items, but it is an opportunity to attract new customers and creates more excitement at an event. The Dick Pond Racing Team, formerly combined with the Fast Track Racing Team, is Dick Pond’s opportunity for customers to get involved in the racing scene. When the teams split last year, Dick Pond took a lot of ideas from Fast Track to continue being a strong team, but wanted to stress the importance of inclusiveness. “We really want to help our customers reach their goals when it comes to racing, whether that’s graduating to new levels or feeling secure running with people of different abilities,” Haworth says. “It’s a come one come all group, and it’s about making a good community around running. Fast Track did all of those well, but were taking away the competitive focus and want to make our runners better.” Dick Pond also hosts fun runs, Walk 2 Run events, fundraisers and weekend and weekday runs. In Chicago and its suburbs alone, there are over 35 local stores that serve runners and triathletes, and even more throughout the rest of Illinois. Between their wide variety of products, the different events and training groups they host and the camaraderie they represent, they work hard before the season starts, so athletes can work hard during the season. “Like any small business, you’re wearing a lot of hats and answering a lot of phones,” Haworth says. “The time that we do put into planning can always be done better and more efficiently, but we do our best for the athletes.” MYCHICAGOATHLETE.COM

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Skechers Performance GORUN 5

WEIGHT: MEN’S 7.5 OZ. | WOMEN’S 6.3 OZ. CATEGORY: NEUTRAL | LIGHTWEIGHT | TRAINER PRICE: $100 WWW.GOSKECHERS.COM

Spring 2017

The Skechers Performance GOrun 5 has been TOP redesigned delivering a comfortable sock-like fit with PICK a smooth ride in a lightweight shoe. The GOrun 5 SPRING 2017 has a new GOknit™ breathable mesh upper which provides support and comfort around the entire midfoot that’s enhanced with a new lacing system for added support. The new 5GEN™ midsole combined with an updated tread pattern and UPDATE webbed, rubber outsole delivers reliable grip and a responsive ride. SPRING 2017 The updates from top to bottom on the GOrun 5 make this new model a lightweight training and performance shoe designed to handle high mileage and speed in comfort. TOP

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Saucony

WEIGHT: MEN’S 9.0 OZ. | WOMEN’S 8.1 OZ. CATEGORY: NEUTRAL | LIGHTWEIGHT PRICE: $160 WWW.SAUCONY.COM

UPDATE SPRING 2017

The Saucony Freedom ISO is a nimble shoe ready to make changes in the running world. It features a fullINTRO length EVERUN midsole, which is a first for Saucony. SPRING 2017 This gives runners a lightweight and efficient platform for track or road running. The upper has a sleek application of Saucony’s ISOFIT system to provide a snug and comfortable fit. Test runs in this shoe found it may fit slightly smaller than expected. Finishing up the shoe is a continuous section of rubber in a peppy color on the outsole that gives runners full-length traction. Packed with new features, the Saucony Freedom ISO is an exciting new shoe for both casual and experienced runners.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Travis Trampe is an avid runner passionate about the outdoors who coordinates the team of reviewers at RunningShoesGuru.com. He enjoys the adventure of traveling and exploring the nearest mountain trail or road with friends. For in-depth reviews of other shoes coming out this season, please visit www.RunningShoesGuru.com/reviews.

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Every shoe release season is always highly anticipated by all runners who are searching for the right blend of comfort, support and durability. The Spring 2017 shoe season is packed full of new models along with major updates to some of the most popular shoes. The major trends continue to be the use of new materials, from top to bottom, combined with innovative technologies which continues to push functionally and style. The latest Spring models are no exception as each brand introduces new and updated models to appeal to all levels of runners.

Asics

WEIGHT: MEN’S 8.0 OZ. | WOMEN’S 6.6 OZ. CATEGORY: LIGHTWEIGHT | TRAINER | STABILITY PRICE: $120 WWW.ASICSAMERICA.COM

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SUPERNOVA WEIGHT: MEN’S 10.8 OZ. | WOMEN’S 9.0 OZ. CATEGORY: NEUTRAL | CUSHIONING PRICE: $130 WWW.ADIDAS.COM

The adidas Supernova is the latest update to the very popular Glide series. Going forward, this model will be known as the adidas Supernova which continues the long tradition of combining a superb blend of cushioning and support while delivering a comfortable ride. The cushioning is enhanced by an increase in the popular boost™ midsole while the updated design of the mesh upper, which includes a new FITCOUNTER molded heel counter, securely wraps the foot. The new STRECHWEB outsole offers both comfort and traction while performing well on various surfaces. The shoe provided a smooth, responsive ride versatile enough for quick, speed workouts or long, demanding runs. The Supernova is perfect for those runners looking for a well cushioned, neutral shoe to add to their rotation.

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The GEL-DS Trainer® 22 is a trainer with a dash of support that offers a smooth yet fast ride. New to this UPDATE line is the addition of the new FlyteFoam™ technology SPRING 2017 cushioning system, making it incredibly lightweight and not sacrificing support in the process. Combined with exceptional traction in the forefoot, this brings superior control in any element that might get thrown at you. The upper improves on last year’s redesign offering a snug, durable fit. While there is ample room in the toe box, testers found the shoeINTRO to be on the SPRING 2017 narrow side so it is recommended you buy half a size up. It is a trainer as much as it is a racing shoe, boasting long life and giving just the right amount of support.

Brooks

RAVENNA 8 WEIGHT: MEN’S 10.5 OZ. | WOMEN’S 8.9 OZ. CATEGORY: LIGHTWEIGHT | STABILITY PRICE: $120 WWW.BROOKSRUNNING.COM

The Brooks Ravenna 8 is a lightweight, cushioned shoe that provides a smooth ride with mild stability and encourages a quick turnover. This is a shoe that melds cushioning with a responsive ride, a touch of stability along with a smooth transition, and offers a toe box that is not overly roomy or snug.


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WEIGHT: MEN’S 9.3 OZ. | WOMEN’S 7.6 OZ. CATEGORY: LIGHTWEIGHT | STABILITY PRICE: $130 WWW.HOKAONEONE.COM

WEIGHT: MEN’S 11.5 OZ. | WOMEN’S 9.7 OZ. CATEGORY: CUSHIONING | STABILITY PRICE: $160 WWW.MIZUNOUSA.COM

HOKA ONE ONE has expanded its well-cushioned line by introducing its first stability shoe. In addition to HOKA’s standard wide base, the ARAHI features J-Frame technology in a key area, along the medial aspect and lateral heel, together with an upper that molds to your foot to allow a secure fit. This trainer offers exceptional stability for those seeking support but also want a lightweight, highly cushioned ride.

The Wave Horizon is a new shoe introduction for Mizuno: a shoe that offers a high degree of support against overpronation together with cushioning thanks to cloudwave® technology. This shoe has a durable feel. It’s stable but not overly bulky, and maintains its support throughout a long run.

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LUNAREPIC FLYKNIT SHIELD

WEIGHT: MEN’S 10.8 OZ. | WOMEN’S 9.1 OZ. CATEGORY: CUSHIONING PRICE: $150 WWW.NEWBALANCE.COM

WEIGHT: MEN’S 8.5 OZ. | WOMEN’S 6.7 OZ. CATEGORY: LIGHTWEIGHT | RUN EASY PRICE: $200 WWW.NIKE.COM

The new all-weather Nike LunarEpic Flyknit Shield features a 10mm drop Lunarlon midsole with laser cuts on the sides to provide soft and smooth transitions during your running stride. The upper has Nike’s signature Flyknit fabric with an ankle ‘turtleneck’ for an even snugger fit. Because of the additional water-resistant membrane that lines the inside of the upper for additional protection from wet conditions, the shoes fit more tight. Runners should consider going up a full size to avoid chaffing in the heel and compression around the toes. This additional membrane protects your feet from minor splashes which makes the shoe a good choice for cold and wet road running.

Newton

WEIGHT: MEN’S 9.85 OZ. | WOMEN’S 8.25 OZ. CATEGORY: NEUTRAL | CUSHIONING PRICE: $130 WWW.UNDERARMOUR.COM

WEIGHT: MEN’S 8.1 OZ. | WOMEN’S 6.7 OZ. CATEGORY: NEUTRAL | LIGHTWEIGHT | TRAINER PRICE: $175 WWW.NEWTONRUNNING.COM

The Gravity 6 employs “lug technology,” a staple of Newton’s running shoes which create an active, responsive cushioning system. New this year, the Gravity 6 also features Newtonium, a more responsive foam package. With great durability and a true-to-size fit, runners can expect a quality trainer that will prevail through even the most rigorous of runs. Our testers took them on snowy roads and trails, and the Newton Gravity 6’s offered a smooth ride that seem to provide the perfect balance between comfort and stability.

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The Fresh Foam 1080 v7 is a minor update to New Balance’s most cushioned model. Updates include a new engineered mesh used on the upper, and re-positioned flex grooves that increase flexibility. The shoe features bootie construction for a comfortable upper, although there was a seam that caused some rubbing. The engineered mesh and Fresh Foam cushioning make this a durable shoe. Our testers enjoyed the smooth and stable ride, but found the cushioning on the firmer side compared to other shoes in the category.

The Under Armour SpeedForm Gemini® 3 is the newest update of the company’s most popular neutral trainer. This shoe features a Treadborne midfoot panel to lock in your foot, and the UA SpeedForm construction to mold to your foot for maximum comfort. The sole unit uses Charged Cushioning, designed to be responsive and stable, and Micro G heel cushioning for added stability and heel-strike protection. The shoe fits true to size and features an aggressive, fast feel. Made primarily for road running with its Charged Cushioning and aggressive upturn in the toe box, the shoe helps propel you to a quicker turnover and pace.

TRAIL SHOES Salomon SENSE PRO 2

WEIGHT: MEN’S 11.2 OZ. | WOMEN’S 9.6 OZ. CATEGORY: TRAIL PRICE: $130 WWW.THENORTHFACE.COM

WEIGHT: MEN’S 9.35 OZ. | WOMEN’S 8.64 OZ. CATEGORY: TRAIL PRICE: $130 WWW.SALOMON.COM

The North Face Endurus TR is a new model intended to deliver maximum cushioning for trail runners. Ultra marathoners or those on long training runs will find the shoe’s comfort and durability a welcome combination. The 11.2-ounce, 6-mm drop shoe provides support and confidence to trail runners by easily handling dirt, mud and even slick terrain. The North Face’s new XtraFoam™ midsole material and breathable upper sole envelope the foot in a comfortable cushion. A Vibram Megagrip rubber outsole and 3.5-mm lugs provide stability on the trails. A snake plate serves as ample protection against trail debris like loose rocks. Our testers appreciated the shoe as a trainer that produces a firm fit, soft ride and dynamic protection.

Updated for 2016, the Sense Pro 2 has a slightly wider toe box with the same incredibly foot-hugging fit one expects from Salomon, providing incredible confidence on steep terrain. If you’re looking for a race ready trail shoe that can handle just about any terrain up to 50 miles, the Sense Pro 2 is a must try. This neutral shoe, with a 6mm heel drop, feels light and nimble on the trails, and the ProFeel Film rock plate provides possibly the best lightweight protection on the market.


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Charity in support of the 2017 Chicago Marathon, seven local organizations are exemplifying the meaning of charity. B y: C hri s L ew i s

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Chicago Run chicagorun.org

Since its inception in 2008, Chicago Run—a nonprofit founded to fight childhood obesity through running programs—has worked closely with the Chicago Marathon office, particularly as the leading organization of the Mile 20 Aid Station located in Pilsen—with over 320 volunteers overseeing it. In 2010, the organization became further involved by creating its own charity team, as volunteers and program teachers were interested in fundraising while they ran. Aside from participation in the Marathon, Chicago Run also hosts multiple One-Mile Fun Runs for 4,500 children and youth, representing over 40 Chicago Public Schools (CPS). In addition, Chicago Run youth will participate in races like the Race to Wrigley on April 23 and the Universal Sole Four Mile Classic on May 18. “There is a natural fit between our organization and the larger running community,” says Alicia Gonzalez, executive director, Chicago Run. “The broader running community finds a natural connection to our mission, as they understand how running has changed their lives—and want to be able to provide that to the younger generations, especially those who have limited physical activity options in their own communities.”

Back on My Feet Chicago chicago.backonmyfeet.org

As a national organization with a central focus on combatting homelessness—through running, community support, and employment and housing resources—Back on My Feet partners with a variety of races in each of the 12 cities it operates in. So, when the Back on My Feet Chicago Chapter launched in September 2010, it was only logical for it to partner with the Chicago Marathon. Within a month of the partnership’s finalization, the Chicago Chapter was able to recruit 14 individuals to participate in the Marathon, resulting in over $19,000 in donations. Since then, the partnership has expanded considerably, with 73 participants raising more than $94,000 for Back on My Feet in 2016. To prepare for the 2017 Chicago Marathon, Back on My Feet will now have a comprehensive recruitment plan and timeline, which includes working alongside Fleet Feet Sports to increase the exposure of its Fund42

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Racing program—a fundraising experience for entry into local races. By “FundRacing,” runners can receive gifts like running shorts and wind breakers, along with kits that include ideas on how to fundraise. Due to earlier registration this year, recruitment for the Chicago Marathon began in October 2016, five months earlier than usual. In addition to distributing a monthly newsletter and offering one-on-one support to each participant, Back on My Feet will also recruit runners at a Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K Health & Fitness Expo booth. “In the meantime, we will also have a cheer station at Mile 15 of the Chicago Marathon,” says Meredith Weber, senior development and marketing director, Back on My Feet Chicago. “During the Marathon, our volunteers—program members who are experiencing homelessness—will come out to cheer on all of our runners.”

With this in mind, the organization—in addition to marketing to charity-minded runners who will donate their time and money at the Chicago Marathon—is also offering the following four volunteer-run programs to CPS students this year: • Chicago Runners (which instills running activities for 17,000 elementary children) • Running Mates (an after-school program to prepare 250 middle school students for 5Ks) • LACE UP! (a program for 20 high school students who were involved in Chicago Runners or Running Mates) • Little Strides (games and activities for 700 pre-K children).


Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club dare2tri.org

Dare2tri has been well invested in the Chicago Marathon for several years. After all, the Marathon has a well-established Athletes with Disabilities program, which is coordinated by the paratriathlon club’s executive director, Keri Serota. But it was never an official charity of the Marathon— until 2016.

By directly connecting able-bodied athletes to athletes with disabilities, the program creates a culture of inclusiveness and provides an opportunity for donors to have an impact on Dare2tri and the lives of the people it serves—through scholarships for races and events (such as the 2017 Lifetime Chicago Triathlon), and funding for adaptive equipment, practices, clinics and camps.

Now the club recruits runners and wheelchair athletes for the Marathon by reaching out to athletes, volunteers and supporters. As a result, all of its Charity Team spots have been filled.

To further assist athletes throughout Marathon weekend, Dare2tri will also recruit roughly 75 volunteers as members of its Athletes with Disabilities escort team. It is also expanding its weekly training session from three to four times per week.

“Athletes who are already registered for the Marathon are still eligible to join Race2Raise—a charity program for those looking to race and raise funds—whether they want to participate in running, biking, swimming or triathlons,” states Ashley Schrader, marketing and public relations manager of Dare2tri.

“These practices, in addition to our camps and clinics, will provide our athletes a multitude of opportunities to get in the best shape they can,” Schrader adds. “We want our runners to be fully prepared to exceed their goals, so we will do everything we can to support them.”

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Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association glasa.org

In 2009, the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA) became an official charity of the Chicago Marathon. Four years later, development director Cherie Hrusovsky expanded the program by soliciting runners who wanted to not only participate in the Marathon, but also make a difference in the lives of individuals with physical and visual disabilities. With this in mind, GLASA began to recruit runners immediately after the 2016 Chicago Marathon, and plans to volunteer at the 2017 Shamrock Shuffle Expo as another recruitment method.

Girls on the Run-Chicago gotrchicago.org

In preparation for the 2017 running season, Girls on the Run-Chicago is officially partnering with the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle and the Chicago Marathon. In fact, the nonprofit has been involved with the Marathon—through a charity athlete team—for 15 years now. “As part of our SoleMates charity athlete team, we also offer a ‘Choose Your Own’ event option, so we have had people completing everything from 5Ks to triathlons,” says Cathy Kruse, director of communications, Girls on the Run-Chicago. “Our Chicago Marathon team is our largest team, but we encourage people to participate in whichever event they feel most excited about.” Immediately after the end of the 2016 Chicago Marathon, the nonprofit began to recruit its 2017 charity athlete team, using opportunities such as its long-standing partnership with the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) along with a booth at the Shamrock Shuffle Expo, to inform people about its team. Once team members have been recruited, Girls on the Run-Chicago does everything it can to ensure its members are fully prepared for the Marathon— from fundraising tips and free training to team workshops and classes on topics ranging from nutrition to injury prevention. “The support continues through race weekend with a team pasta party and an indoor team home-base at a local high school on Marathon race day—just blocks from the starting line,” Kruse continues. “We have trainers to stretch our runners out, breakfast and lunch, and lots of hugs when runners return!” 44

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Although GLASA does not offer training to Marathon runners directly through its own organization, it does utilize the experts at the CARA—and even pays any fees that are associated with CARA’s training offerings.

“And, if a Marathon runner is not from Chicagoland, GLASA also offers reimbursement for training that is equal to the costs of CARA membership and training,” says Hrusovsky. Not to mention, GLASA is also initiating a new program in 2017, which encourages its running community to offer support through any Chicagoland race they wish to compete in, including the Shamrock Shuffle. By joining Team GLASA (the organization’s running team), runners will not be required to pay for registration to GLASA’s 10th annual 5K Twilight Run, Walk and Roll—one of Chicagoland’s largest CARA certified 5Ks, serving competitive and recreational runners, alongside athletes with disabilities —which is scheduled for Sept. 9.


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Run Domestic Violence Out of Town rundvoutoftown.org

To say the least, October is a very busy month for Run Domestic Violence Out of Town (RDVOT). Not only will the nonprofit engage the Chicago community, with regards to Domestic Violence Awareness month, which is recognized annually in October, it will also be actively involved with the Chicago Marathon—a resource for consciousness and fundraising for domestic violence victims—as an official charity. “We also have a dedicated team of runners that we recruit each year,” states Bethany Gomillion Thompson,

marathon campaign coordinator of RDVOT. “They can run the 5K, Half Marathon or Marathon to help us raise support, funds and awareness for domestic violence survivors and their children.” In preparation for the Chicago Half Marathon/5K and the Chicago Marathon (each of which it supports), RDVOT began to recruit runners as soon as registration dates were announced; recruiting will continue throughout the coming months, including at the Shamrock Shuffle, where the nonprofit will promote its team.

To prepare its runners for Marathon weekend, the nonprofit also creates training schedules, offers training tips and plans in team newsletters, and hosts weekly team runs in which runners are educated on the impact of domestic violence—and the ways in which their hard work can save lives. “We are also looking to provide self-care programs to our runners,” Gomillion Thompson explains. “These programs will encourage them to love and take care of their bodies as they train for the races.”

Special Olympics Chicago sochicago.org

As the founder of the inaugural Chicago Half Marathon 20 years ago, Susan Nicholl, executive director of Special Olympics Chicago, has developed relationships with multiple Chicagoland running groups and race management companies for over a quarter of a century. So it was only natural for Special Olympics Chicago to pursue a partnership with the Chicago Marathon as an official charity. “We truly believe in a message of #AthletesSupportingAthletes, as our athletes experience many of the same emotions as marathon runners,” says Nicholl. “They set goals, train, get injured and recover, experience highs and lows, and ultimately reach their goals and cross the finish line!” Special Olympics Chicago recruits marathon participants all year long, while focusing on marketing that demonstrates the difference a runner’s support

has on the year-round programs enjoyed by Special Olympics athletes. “We treat members of our running team like the superstars they are,” Nicholl states. “It is important for us to acknowledge all they are managing, and we aim to reward them every step of the way.” Special Olympics Chicago offers running team members a variety of benefits—from covering the cost of training programs, to hosting a Facebook group page, so that runners can socialize with each other before the race. “In addition to providing race day parking for our top 10 fundraisers and two round trip tickets on United Airlines for our top fundraiser, we will also be raffling off an overnight stay at the Chicago Hilton for the night before the Marathon,” Nicholl adds. “We want our runners to experience all this wonderful race has to offer!” MYCHICAGOATHLETE.COM

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ATHLETE PREPARATION BY HOLLY PETROVICH

One of the first steps in planning for a new season is to pick and register for races; according to Triathlete Magazine, athletes should select one or two “A” races, or target races, every season, such as a new distance or location, and building the rest of your schedule around that. Because these races require a full taper, peak and recovery period, they are the priority and focus for that season. Once your target races are selected, go ahead and chose a few “B” races, which may be shorter or less expensive, and a few “C” races to take the place of a hard workout, but still get the competitive environment. There are “B” and “C” races all over the Midwest, but finding the right “A” race may be more difficult; in order to help you with your scheduling, we listed 100 longer distance races in the Midwest that could be great options for your target races. From half marathons to Olympic triathlons to 100-mile races, there’s bound to be one on this list that appeals to you. *This is not a comprehensive list of races in the Midwest. These are dates and locations as of February 1. For more races, check Chicago Athlete’s online race calendar www.MyRacePal.com throughout the year as more get added.

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Marathons 03.11.17 04.16.17 04.22.17 04.22.17 04.22.17 05.06.17 07.07.16 05.13.17 05.21.17 05.21.17 05.27.17 05.31.17 07.08.17 07.22.17 08.26.17 09.03.17 09.09.17 09.17.17 09.23.17 09.30.17 10.01.17 10.08.17 10.14.17 10.14.17 11.04.17

Cactus Classic trail race | Manito, IL riverboat Marathon | Vienna, IL Illinois Marathon | Champaign, IL spring BQ.1 Marathon | Geneva, IL 7th annual Carmel Marathon | Carmel, In Wisconsin Marathon | Kenosha, WI Kalamazoo Marathon | Kalamazoo, MI starved rock Country Marathon | ottawa, IL Chicagoland spring Marathon | schaumburg, IL rockford Marathon | rockford, IL Med City Marathon | rochester, Mn heartland Marathon | Fulton, IL Waugoshance trail Marathon | Cross Village, MI Grand Island Marathon | Munising, MI Wausau Marathon | Wausau, WI Lake Michigan trail Marathon | Cudahy, WI Last Chance BQ.2 Marathon | Geneva, IL Fox Valley Marathon | st. Charles, IL Quad Cities Marathon | Moline, IL Belleville Main street Marathon | Belleville, IL Lakefront Marathon | Milwaukee, WI Bank of america Chicago Marathon | Chicago, IL Des Plaines river trail races Marathon | Lincolnshire, IL Milwauke running Festival | Milwaukee, WI Cno Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Indianapolis, In

trIathLons 05.07.17 05.13.17 05.20.17 05.21.17 06.04.17 06.10.17 06.11.17 06.11.17 06.17.17

06.18.17 06.25.17 07.08.17 07.09.17 07.16.17 07.23.17 07.29.17 07.29.17 07.30.17 08.05.17 08.13.17 08.19.17 08.27.17 09.10.17 09.10.17 09.23.17

J-hawk Earlybird olympic triathlon | Whitewater, WI Gateway olympic triathlon | Carlyle, IL Pokagon olympic triathlon | angola, In Capitol View olympic triathlon | Waunakee, WI Leon’s triathlon | hammond, In Elkhard Lake olympic triathlon | Elkhart Lake, WI IronMan 70.3 Wisconsin | Madison, WI Grand rapids olympic triathlon | Grand rapids, MI rail splitter olympic triathlon | Lincoln’s new salem state historic site, IL Lake in the hills triathlon | Lake In the hills, IL Bigfoot olympic triathlon | Lake Geneva, WI IronMan 70.3 Muncie | Muncie, In Lake Zurich olympic triathlon | Lake Zurich, IL IronMan 70.3 racine | racine, WI Wauconda olympic triathlon | Wauconda, IL Iron abe olympic triathlon | springfield, IL route 66 half Iron | springfield, IL holidayMan triathlon | somonauk, IL Woodson YMCa olympic triathlon | Wausau, WI Maytag IronMan 70.3 steelhead | Benton harbor, MI Waupaca area olympic triathlon | Waupaca, WI Chicago olympic triathlon | Chicago, IL Litchfield triathlou olympic triathlon | Litchfield, IL IronMan Wisconsin | Madison, WI Lake Geneva olympic triathlon | Williams Bay, WI

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Mcnaughton Park trail 50-200 Mile runs | Pekin, IL Chicago Lakefront 50K spring Ultramarathon | Chicago, IL Mad City 100K/50K | Madison, WI trail Mix race Minnesota | rockford, Mn Indiana trail 100 | albion, In trail Marathon Weekend 50K | Pinckney, MI Ice age trail 50K/50 Mile | La Grange, WI Dances with Dirt Gnaw Bone 50K/50 Mile | nashville, In Bunk house trail runs 50K | Dousman, WI Kettle Moraine 100 Endurance runs | La Grange, WI Dances with Dirt Devil’s Lake 50K/50 Mile | Baraboo, WI Christmas in July races: 6 hr, 12 hr, 24 hr | Lisle, IL 3rd annual 8 hour Dream Endurance race | Indianapolis, In hilloopy 100+ relay | Kenosha, WI Marquette trail 100K/50 Mile/50K | Marquette, MI Badgerland 24, 12 & 6 hour run | Germantown, WI Lake Michigan trail 50K | Cudahy, WI run Woodstock – 100K/100 Mile | Pinckney, MI run Woodstock – 50K/50 Mile | Pinckney, MI Dances with Dirt hell 100K/50K/50 Mile | hell, MI Glacial trail 50K/50 Mile | Greenbush, WI Des Plaines river trail races 50 Mile | Lincolnshire, IL the Fall 50 | Door County, WI Bunk Endurance Challenge 50K – 200 Mile | Whitewater, WI arctic Frog Endurance run 25k/50K | Libertyville, IL

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Get Lucky half Marathon | Chicago, IL aMIta health st. Paddy’s half Marathon | Bolingbrook, IL March Madness half Marathon | Cary, IL Chi town half Marathon & 10K | Chicago, IL Illinois half Marathon | Champaign, IL naperville Women’s half Marathon | naperville, IL Divas half Marathon | Lake Zurich, IL Wisconsin half Marathon | Kenosha, WI southwest half Marathon | Palos heights, IL Chicagoland spring half Marathon | schaumburg, IL rockford half Marathon | rockford, IL Green Bay half Marathon | Green Bay, WI north shore Classic half Marathon | highland Park, IL summerfest rock ‘n’ sole half Marathon | Milwaukee, WI humana rock ‘n’ roll half Marathon | Chicago, IL sunset half Marathon | hoffman Estates, IL Lake Country half Marathon | oconomowoc, WI run Mag Mile | Chicago, IL naperville trails half Marathon | Wheaton, IL Fox Valley half Marathon | st. Charles, IL Chicago half Marathon | Chicago, IL Des Plaines river trail races half Marathon | Lincolnshire, IL Country sole | Chicago, IL healthy Driven naperville half Marathon | naperville, IL schaumburg half Marathon turkey trot | schaumburg, IL MyChiCagoathlete.CoM

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F^3 Chicago Lakefront Half Marathon and 5K

Jingle Bell Run Chicago DEC. 17 , 2 0 1 6 | CH I CA G O , I L By Holly Petrovich

Nearly 300 runners jingled down the streets of Chicago to ring in the holiday spirit with the annual Jingle Bell 5K. The race was an out-and-back course starting at Soldier Field and running along the lakefront. The race is put on by The Arthritis Foundation to help champion arthritis research and promote the cause. Male 5K Results 1. Dan Bailey 2. Ben Ryan 3. Solomon Geht 4. Christian Steinhofer 5. Matt Kocek 6. Alonso Navarro 7. Jeremy Downs 8. Matt Kraft 9. Jazhel Navarro 10. Hassan Fijan

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Female 5K Results 1. Ashley Turner 2. Kerry Devitt 3. Kate Bongiovanni 4. Rosina Garcia 5. Nicole Swavely 6. Erin Ding 7. Maeve Roach 8. Erin Alexander 9. McKenna Ellis-Garcia 10. Berenice Manzano

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New Years Day 5K JAN . 1 , 2 0 1 7 | C HI CA G O , I L By Nicole Kesten

Hundreds of runners celebrated the new year with the NYD5K along the lakefront in Lincoln Park. Conditions were balmy compared to last year’s freezing and icy conditions, and some even braved t-shirts and shorts. There were over 350 timed runners and many more Name

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untimed runners and walkers that participated in the event. The lakefront path course consisted of one loop with two water stations. The course was well-marked with ample volunteers and hardly any foot traffic other than racers. The event was friendly for walkers and runners alike and provided clocks at each mile. Male 5K Results 1. Birant Akbay 2. Jim Levesque 3. Adrian Gorski 4. Scott Shaw 5. Nico Farr 6. Lars Wasvick 7. Solomon Geht 8. Michael Leclair 9. Kevin Hacker 10. Sean Nowak

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Female 5K Results 1. Cara Paliakas 16 2. Allison Parker 35 3. Maggie Cavanaugh 18 4. Grace Gahlon 20 5. Tracy Cahee 41 6. Meg George 35 7. Danielle Rogers 55 8. Jordan Levesque 32 9. Sarah Wasvick 35 10. Caroline Fuir 26

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Polar Dash Races J A N . 7 , 2 0 1 7 | CHI CAGO , I L By: Mandi Florip

Team Ortho hosted its annual Polar Dash on Saturday along Chicago’s lakefront. The race began at Soldier Field and offered several distance options for the chilly January morning including a 1700m, 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and even a few challenges that combined those distances. The Half Marathon and 10K were on a USATF-certified course that took runners from Soldier Field south down the lake shore of Lake Michigan and back. Name

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Male Half Marathon Results 1. Robert Duncan 34 2. Jaison Williams 44 3. Kevin Ouyang 29 4. Kenneth Borre 31 5. Janusz Malski 55 6. Gregory Kempers 22 7. Kendall Weir 26 8. Matthew Brauer 27 9. Vince Zager 29 10. Matt Richerson 27

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Female Half Marathon Results 1. Dorothy Cohee 32 2. Emma Zimmerman 21 3. Fiona Carlon 31 4. Kaitlyn Clark 29 5. Arden McMath 21 6. Michelle Haan 26 7. Lauren Andrzejewski 27 8. Hannah Ban 16 9. Bjorg Alexandersdottir 41 10. Karie Nordland 29

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Male 10K Results 1. Ric Larsen 2. Daniel Usalis 3. Eugene Van Heerden 4. Rodrigo Garcia-Rada 5. Collin Tierney 6. Bill Varade 7. Matthew Strong 8. Anthony Hanson 9. Jason Janisch 10. Nicholas Gregg

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Female 10K Results 1. Sarah Rutkowski 2. Kristen Adams 3. Alexandria Niemoeller 4. Elizabeth Klutcharch 5. Danielle Zimmerman 6. Kendall Coupland 7. Christa Hendrickson 8. Kelly Bartelson 9. Kristen Portland 10. Alexis Deacon

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Male 5K Results 1. Matthew Ahlgrim 2. Joseph Ahlgrim 3. Janusz Malski 4. Kenneth Borre 5. Robert Duncan 6. Eugene Van Heerden 7. Michael Ocasek 8. Reilly Noonan Grant 9. Courtlan Coppler 10. Andy O’Hare

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Male 1700m Results 1. Reilly Noonan Grant 2. Gus Briggs 3. Kevin Steiger 4. Kenneth Borre 5. Janusz Malski 6. Robert Duncan 7. Eugene Van Heerden 8. Jason Janisch 9. Noel Shafer 10. Aaron Craig

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Female 1700m Results 1. Elizabeth Klutcharch 41 2. Emily Heuser 37 3. Olivia Hamblin 14 4. Val Rygiel 27 5. Elaine Trinh 20 6. Maricruz Ponce De Leon 43 7. Kelsey Noyes 20 8. Karina Barrios 21 9. Jackie Covarrubias 25 10. Marie Curatolo 27

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Female Half Marathon Results 1. Shannon Teunissen 32 Rockford, IL 2. Pamela Staton 30 Chicago, IL 3. Camille Blackman 22 Chicago, IL 4. Rachel Pearson 29 Forest Park, IL 5. Fiona Carlon 31 Chicago, IL 6. Manon Blackman 20 Evanston, IL 7. Lisa Zabor 34 Chicago, IL 8. Erica Van Heerden 35 Chicago, IL 9. Becca Menke 28 Chicago, IL 10. Elizabeth Carrillo 28 Chicago, IL

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JAN . 2 8 , 2 0 1 7 | C H I CA G O , I L By: Jonathan Cain

Many of the runners that sign up for the annual F^3 Lake Half Marathon, do so before they have any idea what the weather will be like in late January. Runners were rewarded with a nice day, by January standards for their 13.1 mile jaunt along the lakefront.

The Big Chill 10K/5K J AN . 2 9 , 2 0 1 7 – H ART FORD, WI By: Mandi Florip

Lighthouse Events hosted the fourth race out of six in their Winter Race Series. The morning temperature was in the mid-20s with light snow falling. The race offered a 5K or 10K distance option with the 10K starting prior to the 5K, ensuring that racers had more than enough space on the course. The race looped through neighborhoods in the town of Hartford, WI. 5K racers completed the loop once, while 10-ers looped twice to pass the finish line. The all asphalt road race was a fast course that would have been ideal for a PR. Male 10K Results 1. Brian Jacques 2. Matthew Jungers 3. Adam Bruss 4. Charles Zingsheim 5. David Markle 6. Shawn Laursen 7. Daniel Schreier 8. Griffin Schroeder 9. Nathan Lanser 10. Kevin Esser

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Female 10K Results 1. Abbi Orcholski 2. Beth Frye 3. Mandi Florip 4. Tammy Zyduck 5. Robin Miller 6. Diana Lammers 7. Brigid Knudsen 8. Tamara Kasper 9. Megan Flodder 10. Misty Melsheimer

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This race has a lot of great things, including the ability to stay warm inside the United Club inside Soldier Field before and after the race, but the people are what make it fun. From the organizers, to the runners, to the volunteers, everyone is out there to celebrate running and to gut out a half marathon in January in Chicago.

Male 5K Results 1. Landis Huffman 2. John Daly 3. Dan Meier 4. Craig Schmidt 5. Roberto Ortega 6. Samuel Shideler 7. Nico Farr 8. Picasso Russell 9. Kyle Russo 10. Jay Kopper

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Male 5K Results 1. Brian Jacques 2. Evan Wetzel 3. Scott Loftus 4. Nic Meyer 5. Kenny Meyer 6. Trevor Will 7. Lee Peplinski 8. Scott Irwin 9. Sam Wood 10. Ashley Sey

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Male Half Marathon 1. Matthew Thor 2. Dylan Souder 3. Javier Mere 4. Matthew Phillips 5. Eric Viverito 6. Jason Ream 7. Sean Kennedy 8. Benjamin Wallin 9. Marc Lemmons 10. Mark Dolgin

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Adventure rAcing 05/20/17 Michigan Adventure race: Ludington edition Ludington MI www.miadventurerace.com

cycLing rAces 03/19/17 11th Annual endure it! indoor time trial computrainer series - race #2 20k solo Naperville IL

06/25/17 team nPF cycle in chicago Aurora IL

www.sochicago.org

www.psoriasis.org

05/21/17 des Plaines river canoe & Kayak Marathon & Minithon Libertyville IL

06/25/17 swedish days ride Burlington IL

www.canoemarathon.com

06/04/17 udder century ride Crystal Lake IL www.mchenrybicycleclub.org

04/23/17 the Labs & experience triathlon indoor cycling time trial Aurora/Naperville IL

06/10/17 Bike Ms: tour de Farms Dekalb IL www.bikemsillinois.org

06/10/17 toMrv 40 (tour of the Mississippi river valley) Bettendorf, Iowa IA www.qcbc.org/tomrv

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04/30/17 Folks on spokes easter ride Park Forest IL

06/11/17 Honor ride chicago Helping our Healing veterans through cycling Skokie IL

www.fvbsc.org

duAtHLon 06/11/17 et Batavia duathlon Batavia IL www.bataviatriathlon.org

running 03/04/17 cnB oak Forest Fleadh 5K Oak Forest IL www.oak-forest.org

03/04/17 Manhattan irish Fest Parade 5k Manhattan IL www.runrace.net

03/04/17 Winter trail Fest 13.1 (WtF) Middleville MI 03/05/17 Forrest gump Hump 5K trail run Griffith IN

www.folksonspokes.com

ride2recovery.com

www.crazylegsraceseries.info

05/21/17 tour du taliesin Spring Green WI

06/11/17 Honor ride chicago Skokie IL

03/11/17 st Paddys day 5K Naperville IL

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06/11/17 the 36th BcLc ramble Trevor WI

03/11/17 st. Paddy’s day 5K & 8K run/ Walk benefitting the greater chicago Food depository Chicago IL

www.taliesinpreservation.org

05/21/17 HeroinMeride Naperville IL www.pedal4life.org

otHer 03/05/17 Fight For Air climb Presidential towers Chicago IL 50

03/05/17 chicago Polar Plunge Chicago IL

www.endureitsports.com/timetrial

cycLing tours/rides 03/19/17 Wheeling Wheelmen st. Patrick’s day ride Wauconda IL

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06/24/17 tour for cancer; LcF cancer center Freeport IL www.tourforcancer.org MyChiCagoathlete.CoM

www.stpaddysdayrunchicago.com

St. Paddy’s Day 5K & 8K Run/Walk sAturdAy, MArcH 11 | cHicAgo, iL You’d be hard-pressed to find a U.S. city more closely associated with St. patrick’s Day celebrations than chicago. The 17th aNNUal ST. paDDY’S 5K & 8K rUN/WalK (a spring favorite among chicago’s running community) is an excellent way to kick off your 2017 outdoor running season! 03/11/17 Lucky clover 4 Miler Carmel IN 131events.com/lucky-clover-run

03/11/17 Hills Are Alive trail run & Walk Burlington WI www.xcthrillogy.com

03/11/17 get Lucky 7K, 14K & Half Marathon Chicago IL www.getluckychicago.org

03/11/17 canicross -Hills Are Alive trail run Burlington WI 03/11/17 Lansing st. Paddy’s 5K run/Walk Lansing MI allcommunityevents.com

03/14/17 Pi day 3.14-mile Fun run on 3.14 (w/ pie party) benefits science & math outreach Chicago IL PiDayRun.org

03/18/17 deer Park st. Paddy’s 5K Deer Park IL allcommunityevents.com

03/18/17 Fox valley Winter challenge trail series #3 Geneva IL www.runandachieve.com

03/18/17 Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler & 5K Chicago IL www.cararuns.org

03/19/17 des Moines st. Paddy’s 5K Des Moines IA www.iowaruns.com

03/19/17 March Madness Half Marathon Cary IL www.hillstriders.com

03/19/17 AMitA Health st. Paddy’s Half Marathon & 5K Bolingbrook IL allcommunityevents.com

03/25/17 Kent city ridge run 15K/5K Kent City MI www.kentcityschools.org

03/25/17 southern Kettle Moraine 8 Hour navigation event Dousman WI


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03/26/17 Jennie Hamilton Memorial 5 Mile Trail Run Hebron IN www.crazylegsraceseries.info

04/01/17 April Fools 5k Run Bloomingdale IL 04/01/17 No Foolin’ 5k Lockport IL 04/01/17 Arny Johnson 10 Mile & 5K Run Machesney Park IL 04/01/17 Fast Cat 5k/10k Plainfield IL runfastcat.com

04/01/17 Foodie 5K Wheaton IL solvehungertoday.org/foodie5k

04/02/17 4.2.17 GREAT AMAZING RACE Chicago-Aurora 1.5 mile adventure run/walk Aurora IL www.greatamazingrace.com

04/02/17 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K Chicago IL www.shamrockshuffle.com

04/08/17 Chi Town Half Marathon & 10K Chicago IL 04/08/17 Chicago Lakefront 50K Chicago IL

04/08/17 Sarett Spring Stampede 5K Trail Run & Walk Benton Harbor MI www.sarett.com

www.aprilfools5k.com

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04/08/17 Beat The Eagle 5K Lombard IL

04/08/17 Spring Training 5K/Fun Run LaGrange Highlands IL 04/15/17 The Superhero Sprint 5K Run/Walk Belvidere IL superherocenterforautism.org

04/15/17 Egg Shell Shuffle 1/2 marathon and 5K run/ walk and EGG HUNT! Elk Grove Village IL

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04/15/17 Bobcat Blitz 5K and 1 Mile Palatine IL www.immanuelpalatine.org/5k

04/22/17 7th Annual Carmel Marathon Carmel IN www.carmelmarathon.com

04/22/17 Verizon Sly Fox 13.1 and 10K St. Charles IL www.slyfoxhalf.com

04/22/17 Martian Invasion of Races Dearborn MI martianraces.com

04/22/17 Tusk 5k Terre Haute IN thetusktriand5k.itsyourrace.com

04/15/17 Iola Trail Run Iola WI

04/22/17 Carmel Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K & 5K Carmel IN

www.greatlakesendurance.com

www.CarmelMarathon.com

04/15/17 Saw Wee Kee Spring Trail Run Challenge Oswego IL

04/22/17 Run Forrest Run 5/10k for Gary Sinise Foundation Notre Dame IN

www.eggshellshuffle.com

04/15/17 Bunny Wabbit Run | 200m Kids Dash, 5k, 10k, 15k Libertyville IL www.froghopssports.com

04/15/17 Chocolate Chase Rabbit Race Palos Heights IL www.palosheightsrec.org

04/22/17 Advocate Health Care Spring Chance BQ.2 Marathon Geneva IL www.fv26.com/bq-2-marathon

04/23/17 McHenry County Human Race Crystal Lake IL www.mchumanrace.org

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Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler & 5K Saturday, March 18 | CHICAGo, IL The Wintrust lakefront 10 miler and 5K is the perfect start to any runner’s spring season! as one of chicago’s classic distance road races the 10-miler is the kick-off for the 2017 cara runners’ choice circuit. 04/23/17 Fox Valley PR Half Marathon Geneva IL www.fv26.com/pr-half

04/23/17 Under the Influence of... Adrenaline Race Series West Bend WI www.adrenalineraces.org

04/23/17 Good Life Race Oak Park IL goodliferace.com

04/23/17 Heritage Run Rockford IL www.rockriverymca.org

04/29/17 Trail Marathon Weekend - Day 1 Pinckney MI www/trailmarathon.com

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04/29/17 Rockdale Ramblin’ Run 10K Rockdale IL

04/30/17 Pure Pikermi Half Marathon & Relay Aurora IL

www.jpdrun3.com

www.runandachieve.com

04/29/17 Hurt the Dirt Trail Races Grand Rapids MI

04/30/17 Trail Marathon Weekend - Day 2 Pinckney MI

04/29/17 The Soldier Dash Peoria IL thesoldierdash.com

04/29/17 Lincoln-Way Half Marathon Frankfort IL lw210.org/foundation/index.php

04/29/17 Batavia Mothers’ Club Foundation Fox Trot 5k and 10k Batavia IL www.bataviamothersclub.org

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04/30/17 Divas Half Marathon & 5K in Chicagoland Lake Zurich IL www.runlikeadiva.com

05/01/17 Polish Constitution Day Hash Chicago IL www.chicagohash.com


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05/06/17 Wisconsin Marathon, Half Marathon, & 5k Kenosha WI www.wisconsinmarathon.com

05/06/17 Pigeon River Classic Clintonville WI www.greatlakesendurance.com

05/06/17 Door County Half Marathon & Nicolet Bay 5k Fish Creek WI www.doorcountyhalfmarathon.com

05/06/17 14th Annual Run for the Kids: Superhero Hustle Villa Park IL eastersealsdfvr.org/runforthekids

05/07/17 Village of Willowbrook’s 3rd Annual Spring Fling 5K/ Run Walk & Children’s Fun Run Willowbrook IL 05/07/17 ATI Foundation Superhero Shuffle 5K and Superkids Miler Romeoville IL ati5k.com

05/07/17 Borgess Run / Kalamazoo Marathon Kalamazoo MI borgessrun.com

05/13/17 Devil Dash 5k Peotone IL

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05/13/17 Journeys Marathon Eagle River WI www.journeysmarathon.org

05/13/17 Dances with Dirt Gnaw Bone Nashville IN

05/13/17 Push for the Path PeppeRUNi 5K Run Yorkville IL

05/20/17 Marion Arts Festival Half Marathon & 5K Marion IA

05/29/17 The Essence of Freedom Run 5k/10k Deerfield IL

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www.essenceoffreedomrun.com

05/13/17 Foodie 5K Libertyville IL

05/20/17 Greater Midland Dow RunWalk Midland MI

05/29/17 Honor The Brave 5k Fishers IN

www.danceswithdirt.com

solvehungertoday.org/foodie5k

05/13/17 Groovin in the Grove 5K Race & Fun Walk - w/ Little Groovers 1K,1/2K and 100 Yd Downers Grove IL

05/14/17 Mother’s Day 5K Barrington IL

05/13/17 Every Kid Needs a Superhero Kenosha WI everykidneedsasuperhero.com

devildash.peotoneschools.org

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05/14/17 Sock Hop Hustle 5K Olympia Fields IL www.sockhophustle.org

05/14/17 Marion Mother’s Day 5K Run/ Walk Marion IA 05/14/17 Des Moines Mother’s Day 5K & 10K Run/ Walk Des Moines IA desmoinesmothersday5k.com

05/20/17 Surviving the Color Terre Haute IN www.itsyourrace.com

05/20/17 Got2Run For Education, 2.62 Micro-Marathon Run/Walk & 8K Arlington Heights IL www.Got2Run.org Photo by: Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K

Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K SUNDAY, APRIL 2 | CHICAGO, IL continue the St. patrick’s Day celebration and kick off the running season in chicago at the Bank of america Shamrock Shuffle 8K. The 8K (4.97-mile) run is a chicago tradition with a course that weaves its way through downtown chicago, starting and finishing in Grant park. 54

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05/20/17 Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Physical Therapy Center 5K Run/walk Sycamore IL www.kishhealth.org

www.greatermidland.org/races

05/20/17 Greater Midland Dow RunWalk Midland MI www.greatermidland.org/races

05/21/17 Chicagoland Spring Marathon & Half Marathon Schaumburg IL allcommunityevents.com

05/21/17 Oral Cancer Foundation 5K Walk/Run for Awareness Bensenville IL donate.oralcancer.org

05/21/17 Rosary High School 17th Annual Road Scholars 5K Aurora IL

06/01/17 Monumental Mile Indianapolis IN monumentalmarathon.com/mile

06/02/17 Light Your Way to Better Health 5k Terre Haute IN 06/03/17 5th Annual Spirit Sprint 5K Worthington IN 06/03/17 Summer Night Trail Half & Quarter Marathon Indianapolis IN 131events.com

06/03/17 Mazon United Methodist 5K Mazon IL

www.rosaryhs.com/5Krun

www.mazonmethodist.com

05/27/17 Western Springs Tower Trot Western Springs IL

06/03/17 Summer Stride 5K Run & Walk Mokena IL

www.wsprings.com

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05/28/17 SALUTE INC. 5K/10K Run, 5K Walk & Tactical Challenge Arlington Heights IL

06/03/17 Run the Ridge 5K Burr Ridge IL

www.saluteinc.org

05/28/17 Race to the Flag Westmont IL www.racetotheflag.org

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06/04/17 Run with the Nuns 5K Lemont IL www.runwiththenuns.org


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06/04/17 23nd Annual Run for the Roses Roselle IL

06/17/17 One Last Race 5k Run/Walk Wheaton IL www.onelastrace.org

www.run4roses5k.com

06/17/17 Lighthouse Run - 39th Annual Racine Family YMCA Racine WI

06/10/17 Coureurs De Bois Trail Run and Relay Kenosha WI 06/10/17 Summerfest Rock n Sole Milwaukee WI

06/24/17 Forest Park FireFighters’ 5K Forest Park IL

06/17/17 The Chase Des Plaines IL

06/11/17 SHE Power Half Marathon & 5K- Indianapolis Indianapolis IN 131events.com

06/24/17 Two Hearted Trail Run Paradise MI

06/17/17 The PR Mile Darien IL

06/10/17 Waffle 5K Shuffle - 5K Amita Health Breakfast Series Wood Dale IL

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www.greatlakesendurance.com

www.theprmile.com

06/10/17 St Norbert Block Party 5K Run Northbrook IL

06/24/17 9th Annual Joshua Kurby Charge for CHARGE 5K Warrenville IL

www.lighthouserun.com

rocknsolerun.com

www.wooddaleparkdistrict.org

www.mychicagoathlete.com

www.dpparks.org

06/17/17 Superhero 5K Palatine IL journeystheroadhome.myevent.com

06/18/17 Tunnel To Towers Lake Zurich 5K Lake Zurich IL 06/18/17 Father’s Day 5K - Kickin’ Grass Park Ridge IL

www.local2753.com

06/24/17 Proud to Run Chicago IL www.proudtorun.org

SWIMMInG 06/04/17 A Long Swim Lake Zurich Lake Zurich IL www.ALongSwim.com

tRIAtHLOn 03/19/17 Et Indoor triathlon Series March 19 Race Lisle IL experiencetriathlon.com

Photo by: Katty Payne from KP Design & Photography, LLC.

Divas Half Marathon and 5K in Chicagoland SunDAY, APRIL 30 | LAKE ZuRICH, IL The Divas® half marathon & 5K Series is the most fun and glam women’s half marathon series in the nation. This series is all about girl power. Get glam at one of our races while enjoying a great run in some of the country’s best vacation destinations! 05/13/17 thunder In the Valley Triathlon - Olympic Distance Terre Haute IN cross-roads-events.com/thtri

05/13/17 thunder In the Valley Triathlon - Sprint Distance Terre Haute IN cross-roads-events.com/thtri

06/11/17 River Grove FOP 5K River Grove IL

06/18/17 Father’s Day 10K5K Cary IL

www.runrace.net

ttcca.org/fathers-day-10k5k.html

06/17/17 Beat the Grandma 5K Grand Rapids MI

06/18/17 WaucondaFest 5K/10K Challenge Wauconda IL

www.beatthegrandma.mysite.com

06/17/17 Half Moon Half Summer Race Terre Haute IN 06/17/17 Chicago Tiki Run Chicago IL

www.waucondaparks.com

06/23/17 Her Madison Half Marathon & 5K Madison WI hermadisonhalf.com

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04/30/17 Abe’s Mini Triathlon Petersburg IL www.triharderpromotions.com

04/30/17 Pioneer Sprint Triathlon Petersburg IL www.triharderpromotions.com

05/20/17 Pokagon Olympic & Sprint triathlon, Duathlon & 5K Trail Run Angola IN www.pokagontriathlon.com

05/20/17 White Deer Triathlon Boulder Junction WI www.whitedeertriathlon.com

05/28/17 MMTT Youth Triathlon Geneva IL www.mmtt3.org

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04/22/17 Tusk Tri Terre Haute IN

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06/04/17 Pleasant Prairie Cup Youth and Junior Triathlon Pleasant Prairie WI recplexonline.com

06/04/17 Pigman Sprint Triathlon Palo IA pigmantri.com/races/pigman-sprint

06/04/17 Fox Lake Triathlon Fox Lake IL foxlaketriathlon.itsyourrace.com

06/11/17 IROnMAn 70.3 Wisconsin Madison WI www.ironman.com

06/11/17 Grand Rapids Triathlon Ada MI www.grandrapidstri.com

06/11/17 ET Batavia Triathlon Batavia IL www.bataviatriathlon.org

06/17/17 Rail Splitter Olympic Triathlon Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site IL www.triharderpromotions.com

06/17/17 Stovepipe Sprint Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site IL www.triharderpromotions.com

06/18/17 Lake in the Hills Triathlon Lake In The Hills IL www.raceentry.com

06/24/17 24th Annual Optimist Sprint Triathlon Winona Lake IN


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Dr. Michael Davenport has been a Sports Chiropractic Physician for over 20 years and has been involved in the Chicago running and triathlon community for almost 30 years. He is about to run the Chicago Marathon for the 25th time this fall. He continues to compete in ultramarathons and Ironman races. He is training for the Ironman Wisconsin Triathlon this fall for the 6th time and is hoping to qualify for the World Championship in Hawaii for 2017. He has been involved in several local organizations that promote healthy lifestyles, community involvement through training and competition. Originally from Ohio, Corey attended The Ohio State University. During his time there, he was a member of the varsity soccer team where he was a goal keeper. After graduating from Capital University, a private school just outside of Columbus Ohio, with his Bachelors of Arts in Exercise Science, he moved to the Chicago area. Corey now lives in Vernon Hills with his wife and daughter. Corey has previously worked in a Physical Therapy setting for almost eight years and currently holds certifications as an ACE certified personal trainer, Parisi Speed School Sports Performance Coach, NASM youth exercise specialist, & NESTA sports nutritional coach. Corey thoroughly enjoys weight lifting and resistance training, but loves to help people become stronger and healthier with a holistic approach. In his time off of work, he enjoys being as active as possible while spending time with his family. Together Mike and Corey have worked with many local athletes and believe the right combination of proper nutrition and hydration, muscle balance, adequate rest, correct structural biomechanics and functional movement is essential in preventing injuries and reaching your potential as an athlete! Experience a safe and natural approach to whole body health without the use of medication or surgery!

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 • 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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For first time guests, book your 1-hour (50 minute hands on) massage or Murad Facial today at the member rate of $60 or book a 1 ½-hour massage session or Murad Facial (80 minutes hands on) at the $90 member rate. 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: • $70 monthly dues includes a 1-hour customized massage each month • All additional services at the discounted member rates (1-hour massage or Facial for $50 or 90-minute massage or facial for $75) • 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. *See clinic for full details, restrictions and member rules apply.

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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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Second Glance

Erma Tranter Former executive director of Friends of the Parks Q How did you get involved with chicago parks? A It started with running and with the Chicago Area Runners Association,

actually. A few runners and I formed a committee to start the marathon in 1977; I was getting my masters in Urban Planning at University of Illinois at Chicago at the time, and I had the summer off, so I was the race coordinator. We picked a date in September, so I had to go to the Chicago Park District (CPD) and get a permit, and they said no, so that was my first experience with parks. Q What did you do when they denied your permit for the first chicago Marathon? A We ultimately got the permit because Mayor Bilandic was a runner. So we put the event on the lakefront through Jackson, Lincoln and all the parks there. While I was coordinating, I met some of the people involved with Friends of the Parks and met some board members. While I finished getting my degree, I also put on some special events as a serious women runner also in the parks, so I was always interacting with Friends of the Parks.

Q What kind of events did you put on? A We put on a series of women’s race, because at the time women weren’t

running as much. We found out that they weren’t comfortable with men, or never raced before, so we did a series just for them. We put on the Avon Women’s 10K and Half Marathon, and many more for a year or so and again, all in parks on the lakefront. Q did you start your career at FoTP soon after? A Yes, Friends of the Parks had a nine-month grant from the government

to hire a planner, and I applied for it and got it in 1980. They ended up extending the grant to 18 months for me, and then the next year I became Executive Director until 2014. I thought I’d just stay the length of the grant and help the city, but I stayed 34 years. Q clearly you were good at what you did to have moved up to direc-

tor so quickly. A Turns out I loved what the parks meant for neighborhoods, because I used them every day; they’re essential for health and fitness, and kids have to go somewhere to play. And then I met wonderful people who are working so hard to change the community. Between my passion for being a runner and biker, and the need in the city and seeing how a great park made a great neighborhood, it really fit in with my values.

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Q over the three decades, what do you feel is your greatest accomplishment? A When I started, there had been a lawsuit against the Chicago Park District claiming they discriminated against minorities; they spent money in white areas, but not equal tax dollars in minority communities. We supported the lawsuit – my first dealings were with the inequities, and my job was to help implement equality. We had to make sure tax dollars were spent in minority communities on the South Side to bring them up to a level of facilities that were seen on the North Side.

Also, Friends of the Parks is a strong advocate for identifying neighborhoods that didn’t have parks. We did several studies in three years that identified those locations, and we’d work with the local neighborhood groups to get more parks planned. With help from the CPD, it went from 7,000 acres to 10,000 acres of parks in the city. Q Where do you think chicago parks could still use improvements? A Well, we had a plan for the city to identify and finish the lakefront.

Right now, it ends at Hollywood on the North Side and at 71st on the South Side, and there’s two miles on either side that could be finished, to go all the way to Evanston. It was called the Last Four Miles Plan; I think we did a good job designing it, but nothing has happened. Just lack of funds for implementation. Q What made you decide to leave? A Well, 34 years is a long time. I had an opportunity to help a nonprofit

in Guatemala, which I did a few times because I loved it. I also needed change; I now am a consultant that is working on a restoration project in Lincoln Park, and I’m on the National Board of City Parks Alliance where we focus on urban parks. So I am still working with parks, but now I can work with a few groups on various projects, which I couldn’t concentrate on with FOTP because I had to focus on all 581 parks. I am still very much a part of it, and I love FOTP and help them anytime. Q What is your favorite part about working in chicago? A I love the city and I love the people; we are the Midwest, and when you’re

working as an urban planner and working in 77 communities of a city, you see the diversity of the people and their commitment to their neighborhood and passion for improvement. I love the different languages and the different people that have all come here with their own stories. I also love the lakefront; I think we’re blessed to have that.

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