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By now, you’ve likely settled on a fall marathon, or at the very least decided whether or not a fall marathon fits into your life and schedule this year. Whether you qualified for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, obtained an entry through the lottery or decided to take a 26.2-mile tour of another locale, making up your mind about your plans now will set you up for success later in the year. Choosing and registering for a marathon is just the first step, however. Now comes the tough part: training. You have anywhere between 16 and 20 weeks of training filling your calendar, and that can intimidate new and experienced runners alike. To make things easy on you, we’ve highlighted several common training questions in this issue of Chicago Athlete. Do you need to run a 20 miler? Should you run other races while training for your marathon? Does high mileage hold the key to high performance? Chris Lewis consulted with local experts for their opinions on all of these, and you can see what they have to say on page 36. Of course, these questions mean nothing if you’ve found yourself injured and unable to train in the first place. Though much of your life may revolve around running during marathon season, strength training can have a big impact on both your fitness and, even more importantly, your ability to stay healthy from your first run until you cross the finish line at your marathon. Kerry Devine looks into this on page 32, and Emily Hutchins, co-owner of On Your Mark Training + Coaching, provides several exercises that can help you prevent imbalances and weaknesses before they become a problem. Finally, Myles Dannhausen profiles a local athlete with her eyes on running an Olympic Marathon Trials qualifying time later this fall. This runner, however, isn’t someone who lives and dies by race results and improved performance. This runner, Sister Stephanie Baliga, is a former University of Illinois runner and is now a nun at the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels in West Humboldt Park. She organized Team OLA and has a remarkable story that you can read on page 40. Be sure to keep an eye on the revamped during marathon season as well, where we’ll feature relevant training information and tips to help you get through the summer. Bethany

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Early Season Triathlon TURNS THE BIG TWO ZERO

The Galena Triathlon and Duathlon will celebrate its 20th year on May 16.

The race, which takes place earlier than many area triathlons, serves as a way of kick starting tourism season in the area. The race, which started with less than 400 athletes, has since grown to as many as 1,400 who come out to the region for a tour of northwestern Illinois. “It was born to help tourism,” race director Melosa Belger says. “It’s on that particular weekend because that starts the tourism season a week early and gives water time to thaw off.” Though many Chicago area residents often race on flat courses locally, the Galena Triathlon and Duathlon provides athletes with the opportunity to experience something different. “We have a lot of hills here so it’s


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quite a challenge,” Belger says. “It’s a beautiful little area.” The race features a 660-yard swim in Apple Canyon Lake, a bit east of the town of Galena. Participants will then bike 16.8 miles from Apple Canyon Lake to Galena itself before wrapping up the race with a 4.2-mile run. Those who would prefer to stay dry can take on the duathlon instead, which starts with a two mile run before the 16.8mile bike and 4.2-mile run. A postrace party follows the event. “We have a lot of live entertainment and partying after the race,” Berger says. “We’re all excited to put on the race and have some fun afterwards.” To learn more about the event, visit

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Have your eye on an upcoming half marathon? You may be able to pull off a successful race, provided you’ve maintained a good base. Local experts weigh in on what it takes to run a half marathon six to eight weeks away, even if you haven’t specifically trained for it up to that point.

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Running USA, a national nonprofit that aims to advance the running industry in the United States, announced in early April a new annual conference, The Next Evolution, scheduled to take place in downtown Chicago June 28-29. The Next Evolution will this year focus on non-traditional races, including mud, obstacle course, color and other themed races that have


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the past six years. The conference, aimed at race directors of both traditional and non-traditional events,


t’s a familiar scene along racecourses and running paths: discarded packaging from mid-run fuel littering the pavement or trail. Recycling company TerraCycle hopes to put an end to that trend by partnering with GU Energy in a new program that allows athletes to recycle single-serving packaging from on-the-go endurance food products by sending them to TerraCycle’s Performance Nutrition Brigade. The Performance Nutrition Brigade will accept foil packages of any endurance food, including gels, chews, drink packets and pouches, regardless of brand. The discarded packaging will then be recycled into products ranging from flowerpots to playgrounds. As added incentive, for every two pounds of packets returned, TerraCycle will award points to the sender

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To participate, sign up at After signing up, participants can download pre-paid UPS shipping labels from their account and mail packaging to TerraCycle in any cardboard box. Participants must return at least two pounds at a time to receive points.

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TerraCycle also has an Energy Bar Wrapper Brigade that accepts foil-lined energy, granola, meal replacement, diet or protein bar wrappers, LÄRABAR foil-lined wrappers, Cascadian Farm foil-lined wrappers and wrappers from Clif Bar & Co. products including Clif Bars, Luna Bars, MOJO, Builders, Crunch, Clif Kid Z-Bar, Kits Organic, Clif Kid Z-Fruit, Shot Blocks, Shot Gels and Shot Drinks. For a complete list of TerraCycle’s various recycling programs, visit

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“There is much traditional road races can learn from these mostly un-timed, mud, obstacle and themed events,” said in a press release. “Running USA is proud to again bring leaders from both sides together to discuss this business evolution.” The event will take place at the Doubletree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile, 300 E. Ohio and co-



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Adventure Projects, creators of a variety of online resources for outdoor activities, recently launched the Trail Run Project, a website and mobile app dedicated to helping users enhance their trail running experience with interactive maps and guides.

Alpine Runners of Lake Zurich The Alpine Runners of Lake Zurich have come a long way in 34 years. From a handful of former classmates to group runs that draw around 200 runners every Saturday during the summer, the Alpine Runners have become one of the largest running clubs in the area. “We have members of all colors, races, ages and weights,” club president Beth Onines says. “We’ve got young people, slow people, fast people.” The club also has marathoning people, though it has grown beyond that demographic over the years. “One of the things people say is that we’re a marathon training club, and we are, but we don’t necessarily only cater to that,” Onines says. “We want to make sure we also cater to first time runners or runners who only want to run eight miles on a Saturday.” The Alpine Runners once facilitated its own marathon training program in the northwest suburbs, which helped its numbers grow. “I think training programs have drawn a lot of people to the club,” Onines says. “They know that we’re well organized, supply water and Gatorade and people like that.” The group now coordinates its marathon training with the Chicago Area Runners Association but still hosts its Saturday long runs at its usual location, Lake Zurich High School. The Alpine Runners will also host Sunday long runs in Busse Woods this year in conjunction with CARA’s summer marathon training program.

In addition to weekend long runs, the Alpine Runners also get together on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings for runs ranging from three to 10 miles, depending on the time of year and the summer marathon training schedule. The group welcomes runners of all paces and works hard to make sure everyone feels included. “We always have somebody in the back of the pack to make sure the last person never runs alone,” Onines says. “I think that’s important. With the Alpine Runners, you’ll never run alone.” Beyond marathon training and weekly runs, the Alpine Runners also organize the Alpine Races, which include a half marathon, 5K, youth mile and kiddie fun runs, which this year will take place on Sept. 13. The half marathon is back on the CAR A Runners Choice Circuit this year and is also on the Alpine Circuit, an exclusive benefit of Alpine Runner membership. “It’s not all that competitive because all you have to do is show up,” Onines says of the Alpine Circuit. “[It features] local races that we can target as a group.” Runners earn one point for coming to a Circuit race to support fellow runners, two points for running or volunteering in a Circuit race, three points for setting a yearly personal record at a particular distance in a Circuit race or four points for a top three age group finish. Club members can also obtain bonus points for wearing official club gear at the race.



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Trail Run Project features information on hundreds of trails around the country. Organized both on a map and by state, users can learn about a specific’s trail features including distance, terrain and elevation along with extra information useful to know before heading out on the trail, including notes from other runners, written descriptions of the trail and surrounding area and more. Users can add their own reviews of trails, rating them on quality and difficulty, and add data and photos that regional experts will verify. To learn more about Trail Run Project, visit

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o you long for triathlon’s early days? If so, the Summit Lake Optimist Sprint Triathlon & 5K in New Castle, Indiana will help you indulge your nostalgia later this year. The race includes a swim in Summit Lake, a rolling bike course and a run through Summit Lake State Park. In addition to the sprint triathlon, the event also features a duathlon, aquabike, 5K and kids aquathon along with 1970s themed attired, swag and music.

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The Summit Lake Optimist Sprint Triathlon takes place on July 25 and is sanctioned by USA Triathlon. Twelve different events make up the Retro Tri Series with triathlons in New Mexico, California, Maryland, Nebraska, Georgia, Washington, Connecticut, Arkansas, Indiana and Virginia. To learn more about the Summit Lake Optimist Sprint Triathlon and to register, visit americanmultisport. com, and to learn more about the series, visit www.

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Last year, Oregon hosted the IAAF World Junior Championships and will host the IAAF World Indoor Championships next year. The IAAF World Championships, which occur every other year, will bring close to 2,000 athletes from up to 213 different countries to the meet. Over the past few years, Oregon has hosted several major track and field events, including five U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, the Prefontaine Classic, multiple USATF Outdoor Championships and the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. “We are humbled by the bold leadership shown by the IAAF Council,” TrackTown USA, the local organizing committee in Eugene, president Vin Lananna said in a press release. “We are thrilled to be able to welcome the world in 2021. We want to thank the IAAF for their decisions, and we also want to thank the people of Oregon for their unwavering support. In hosting this meet at historic Hayward Field, on the beautiful University of Oregon campus, we believe we can ignite a spark that will leave a lasting legacy for track and field for generations to come.”

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he end of winter in the City of Big Shoulders reveals crater-sized potholes, trash and other debris that spring rain will soon wash away. While you wait for the city to bloom, escape for a week or long weekend of riding to wash away your own proverbial winter trash and debris from those legs. Consider these great places to find long uninterrupted rolling roads, both near and far, to log the base miles you’ve missed all winter. Close Destiniations Bloomington, Indiana - One of the best Midwest cycling spots near Chicago, Bloomington provides a fantastic launching off point for getting lost on country roads. Explore the nearby Morgan-Monroe or Yellowwood State Forests to the north and east, or take a drive and ride the roads in the expansive Hoosier National Forest to the south. Louisville, Kentucky - If the weather doesn’t cooperating in Bloomington and you have the available time, continue south to another destination spot, Louisville. The Bluegrass State will again present you with fantastic options all around the area. Take ad22

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vantage of following the snaking Ohio River to get even more undulation into your route with elevation profiles featuring short punchy climbs. Saint Louis – West of St. Louis, you’ll find the suburb of Chesterfield. From here, you can easily get even further west and south to find beautiful winding hills, tight turns and long stretches of vacant pavement to unwind and enjoy the scenery while pedaling circles to a fitter you. The five-hour drive can make a big difference in the weather but is close enough to get in rides on your travel days. Far Destinations Austin, Texas - Known as a city of good eats and live music, you will have plenty to do as a tourist when not out riding the back roads of Texas. For those inclined to race, this is the place to be. Head out to the famous Driveway Series criteriums on the speedway at Driveway Austin Motorsports for some high speed Thursday night racing action. Bookend your week with longer road or stage racing events that take place all over the area this time of year before the weather gets too hot to ride in the summer time.

California - You can’t go wrong anywhere in the state if you have the time. Between mountain climbs and seaside cliffs, the picturesque riding will make you question why you chose to settle in the f latland center of this expansive country. Specific cities that offer fantastic home bases include San Luis Obispo in the south and Santa Rosa in the north. Both offer spectacular mountain routes and put you close enough to the coast for some added relaxation, recovery and vitamin D supplementation. tips Bring lots of ride food and simple things for breakfasts. If you have a place to cook in your accommodations, go for it, but treat yourself to a few dinners out in the area to sample the local food, especially when tired and hungry after the long days in the saddle. Map out some rides before you leave, but save some room in your routes to explore a bit. You never know what scenic gravel road you might stumble upon to further explore the depths of your training spot.



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Two and half years after his reintroduction to the sport, Braulio Benitez has risen to the top of the local running scene. A former track and cross country runner at Maine West High School and Lewis University, Benitez quit the sport entirely after graduation. After turning 30, he came back to running and has continued to improve. This year, he finished fifth at the F^3 Lake Half Marathon in January and second at the challenging March Madness Half Marathon in Cary. While Benitez runs races of all distances, he gravitates towards half marathons and marathons. He ran the Boston Marathon in April and plans to run both the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and New York City Marathon this fall.

Kimberly Gialdini

A Category 2 cyclist for seven years, Kimberly Gialdini recently decided she’d like to transition into duathlons and took up 5Ks to improve her running. Despite her lack of running experience, Gialdini has had great success at local 5Ks, winning the Lisle Spring Sprint in March and taking sixth at the Egg Shell Shuffle in April. Gialdini trains under professional triathlete Guy Petruzzelli with the Intent Elite Race Team, based in Woodridge. She credits teammate Kelly Phauh as one of the people that encouraged her to take up running and inspired her to compete. Gialdini plans to compete in duathlons throughout the coming months, including the USAT Duathlon National Championships on June 6 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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we first came across Autism Speaks. They were fabulous at providing support, resources and guidance for families impacted by autism.” When Christner moved to Chicago three years ago, he continued his involvement with Team Up and now runs local races including the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon and the Bank of America Chicago Marathon to support Autism Speaks. Though all races take place in Chicago, the team draws members from around the United States. “We’re kind of like one big happy family,” Christner says. “We have a lot of repeat runners who join our team from Texas, Virginia, New York: it’s fun to see the same people back every year and run for the cause.” This year, Christner and his teammates will also take on Ragnar Relay Chicago, running the approximately 200-mile relay from Madison to Chicago in June. As Christner’s brainchild, he’s taken on many of the organizing responsibilities, including coordinating everyone’s arrival in Madison as they travel from various places in the country. When not running with his Team Up teammates, Christner often runs with his coworkers from Harley Davidson. “There’s a great culture here, believe it or not, of people in our office who run,” Christner says. “We have all run the marathon together.” Christner’s fellow Harley Davidson runners meet up on weekends to run and after races to celebrate and support each other despite age and ability differences.

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hen Jim Christner returned to running, he had more than his health in mind.

A former high school and college track and cross country runner, Christner came back to the sport in 2010 with the Detroit Free Press Half Marathon. Instead of simply running the race for himself or just as a method of getting back into shape, Christner ran the race on behalf of Team Up, the charitable endurance sports team that benefits Autism Speaks. “My son, Joshua, who’s now 20, at age 3 was diagnosed with autism,” Christner says. “[His autism 26

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is] fairly pervasive. It was very personal for me. I found an opportunity to do two good things at once: get in shape and run a race and raise money and awareness for autism.” Autism Speaks, a science and advocacy organization, was an important resource for Christner in the early days of his son’s diagnosis. “I relied on Autism Speaks. I leaned on them for resources,” Christner says. “Fifteen, 16 years ago when we were just starting to learn about my son’s condition, we were trying to get our arms around what this is and what’s in store for us. That’s how

“It’s rewarding for me, making connections with other runners,” Christner says. “I’m 54 years old and consider myself just getting back into the sport. Everyone I run with is significantly younger than me but the encouragement they give me and the support is really fabulous. “These guys are clicking off 7:30, 8:00 miles and I’m doing 12:30 miles, but they encourage me and keep me motivated. They’ll run with me occasionally and hang out with me. I appreciate the camaraderie that it brings.” Christner secured his 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon entry through Autism Speaks, but suggests anyone running the race, regardless of entry method, should consider adding a charitable aspect to his or her participation. “It’s gratifying in and of itself to run, train for and complete a marathon, but when you have that additional good mojo of doing it for a cause you’re passionate about, it adds an extra element,” Christner says. “I would encourage everyone, even if they got in on the lottery, to join a charity for the [Bank of America] Chicago Marathon.”

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RiveR exploReRs Chicago may not have mountains, but the relatively f lat geography of our area means that the rivers run long and slow. We have an ideal region for f latwater paddling, either by canoe, kayak or stand up paddleboard. A canoe or kayak trip with your family can create a peaceful, safe, scenic adventure when done well. Both adults and kids alike will be astonished at how a river feels like a faraway wilderness once you get down to water level. The traffic noise, parking lots and city hustle and bustle seem to disappear behind the riverbanks. The Chicago, Des Plaines, DuPage and Fox Rivers are extraordinary waterways for paddling. Many forest preserve lakes also offer boat rental and peaceful scenery. Whether you go with all adults or as family group with young paddlers, let safety guide you. Enlist an area expert to help you design a safe route. Chicago area rivers have dangerous low-head dams, and you need to know how to stay far away from them by having adequate paddling skills for controlling your boat and by knowing the safe portage route around dams. Seek out quieter stretches of rivers with low-power boat traffic, legal launch sites and adequate water depth. All paddlers should wear life jackets until safely away from the river and the boat. Never combine alcohol and paddling. If you have limited paddling experience, rent a stable boat meant for beginners and take a lesson on the basics of 28

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steering and propulsion. A little education and practice can make your adventure much more fun. Many canoe and kayak rental businesses offer group trips, shuttle services and lessons.

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When paddling with kids, have sunscreen, snacks, plenty of water and a lot of patience. Dress for your adventure with appropriate clothing and shoes that can get wet. Choose an appropriate boat for your group. Kayaks tend to be very stable and easy to control, but wear a brimmed hat to keep the water from dripping on your head from the two-bladed paddle. Paddlers sit up a little higher in canoes, which makes them slightly less stable than kayaks. The one-bladed canoe paddle can be easier for a young person to control, but steering canoes requires more paddler skill than guiding kayaks.

triathlon last year and performed well at the

Instead of trying to go fast, nose into creeks, explore inlets and look for wildlife. Our rivers keep centuries of history about Native Americans and the explorers and developers that followed. Before your trip, research the history of the river. Your kids will be amazed at all that has occurred along the region’s waterways. Keep your trip to an hour or less so that your kids finish wanting to do it again. Find a safe way to get on the water this year with your kids. It will be a day of adventure that they will not soon forget.

Heineman’s cross country team. He also swims, bikes, plays soccer, plays basketball and competes in triathlons. He won a 2014 Life Time Kids Tri. Owen has a passion for computers and wants to become a com-


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Owen has a degenerative eye condition called Stargardt disease. “It is macular de-


generation, but I have figured out how to see around it,” he explains.

“Owen literally ‘sees around’ the spots in his central vision every day in everything he does and manages to keep a positive attitude,” his dad, Jerry, says. “He is simply perfect to us and nothing can ever change that.”

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1. Jessica Odorcic, Kelsi Nutter, Ellie Hess and Becki Spellman of the Cleveland Elite Development team show off their hardware after the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K on March 29. photo by: Bryan mcVey

2. Runners decked out in green and other Irish-themed apparel,


including Kevin Burke and Latrice Dyer, both of Chicago, filled the streets of downtown at the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K. photo by: Bryan mcVey

3. Stephanie Kliethermes of Oak Park competes during the March Madness Half Marathon in Cary on March 15.

4. Runners tackled the “toughest 10K in the Midwest� on April 11 at the Rockdale Ramblin Run.

5. Participants wave as they cross the start line of the Chi Town Half Marathon and 10K on April 4.



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Get Strong for a Strong Finish

If you have the date of a fall marathon race circled on your calendar, you’ve likely laid out your training plan or perhaps even begun training for the race. And if you haven’t, you know you should! While not meeting or exceeding your personal goals may feel like a race day failure, skipping strength training during your season could lead to much greater disappointment: a failure to start or finish your race due to injury.


hat is the risk? Some estimates state that as many as eight out of 10 long distance runners will sustain some form of injury due to lack of strength training, and just because you didn’t get injured last time doesn’t mean you won’t next time. The body can perform three types of motion: sagittal, or forward and backward motion; frontal, which refers to side to side motion and traverse motion, referring to rotational motion, such as a golf swing. In running, the body mostly relies on sagittal motion, and some runners train for this motion only. Alex Myerchin, a National Academy of Sports Medicine-certified trainer at Equinox in Lincoln Park emphasizes the need to train for all range of motion. “Because the body is made to move in all three planes of motion and not just sagittal, a runner needs strength in the stabilizing muscles in order to support that sagittal motion,” Myerchin says. In addition to strengthening your core, basic strength training also increases bone density, which can help you avoid stress fractures, Myerchin says. Adding too much mileage too quickly and not allowing enough recovery days increases your risk of a stress fracture: an injury that could potentially end your running season.


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“Listen to your body,” Myerchin says. “If it hurts to run, then stop running. Pushing too far through the pain risks permanent damage.” A typical marathoner may run four to six days per week depending on skill level. With all that running, how can a marathoner incorporate strength training into his or her preparations? Cross train two or three days per week. Ideally, you want to strength train after running to help build up your endurance. Think of your run as an hour-long warm up before your strength training and do the most complicated exercise first. If you don’t have time after your run, find another time that works with your schedule. “If people run in the morning then have to work, don’t put off [strength training] simply because you weren’t able to do it after the run,” Myerchin says. “Do what works with your schedule, and listen to how your body works. For me, it’s easier to do it in the evening.” Myerchin recommends spending no more than 45 on your strength-related cross training efforts.


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“For that 45 minutes, focus on non-running activities,” Myerchin says. “Complement the running; don’t run the risk of overtraining. For my clients, we’ll do a lot of foam rolling: five to 15 minutes, then a quick warm up based on their training so far, maybe elliptical warm up or rowing. Then it’s low weights, high reps and very little rest [between sets]. This helps build up endurance for all 26 miles.” Strengthening your core will help your body avoid excessive transverse motion while running. Myerchin suggests “anti-rotation” core exercises, such as straight-arm chops, any single-arm exercise lifts or pulls and a farmer’s carry.

“I cringe when watching people do crunches. It doesn’t train the body for a particular purpose.” “I cringe when watching people do crunches,” he says, “It doesn’t train the body for a particular purpose. People don’t do that in reality. We use our core to stabilize, to fight rotation. You want an exercise that engages your obliques.” For the more advanced runner, he suggests strengthening with single leg deadlifts and squats. “It’s not for beginners, but strengthens and definitely helps with balance,” Myerchin says. 34

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Already suffering from a typical running injury? These exercises, if done correctly and under proper supervision, could provide relief and help you avoid a relapse:

Plantar fascIItIs Stretching the toes helps you recover. Try rolling your bare foot over a golf ball in all directions, about five minutes per foot two to three times a day.

Patellofemoral PaIn syndrome (RunneR’s Knee)

It band syndrome Strengthening your hip abductors is key. Using a resistance band around your ankles, do lateral band walks, walking side to side one minute in each direction. You can use this as a warm up exercise. Foam rolling in addition to this works wonders.

shIn sPlInts Strengthen your anterior tibialis muscles by stretching your calves. Practice walking on your heels 20 feet back and forth, rest a few minutes, then repeat. Or, kneel down, point your toes, then sit back on the soles of your shoes as you lean back and feel the stretch in your shin area.

achIlles tendonItIs Exercises that strengthen glutes, such as single leg deadlifts, can help. Balance on one foot and with opposite hand reach to touch your toe. Step ups and lunges help strengthen your quadriceps.

Focus on strengthening your calves. You can perform calf raises standing on a platform, but avoid putting calf in a constant shortened position.

Augment your strength training with foam rolling. “Foam rolling is huge,” Myerchin says. “It’s good for self-myofascial release, releasing a lot of the tension in kinetic chains in the body that inhibit your full range of motion.”

basic strength training exercises for runners Avoid injury this marathon season by adding strength training to your weekly regimen. Emily Hutchins, co-owner of On Your Mark Coaching + Training, provides several simple exercises that you can use to strengthen your core and increase bone density.




Work your hamstrings. Start by standing in place or traveling forward. Keep quads locked in neutral position. Kick your heels up to glutes on each stride forcing hamstring turnover. Quicker response training and impact helps with bone density.

Side steps. Place resistance band on ankles or below kneecap or both (you may use two for more resistance). Walk sideways, side stepping ten steps to the left, 10 to the right, three sets total. Be conscious of what’s happening with your core (bracing element) by using your glutes while bracing from your belly button, not sucking in the gut.

Stand on edge of a step, raise yourself up on your toes then slowly return back to starting position. Rise up quickly, and return back down slow. The important part of this exercise is the negative return back down (below the step) to strengthen the arch of the foot.

DIAPHRAGM BREATHING Lay down on back, knees bent 90 degrees. Breathe from your belly using full lung capacity at a comfortable pace to get a good slow, even breath. Fill up the lower belly as much as you can, concentrating on engaging your transverse abdominals. Brace your abs properly as you exhale, as well as the pelvic floor. Promotes the proper use of core muscles for stability, helps you avoid using your back muscles to balance.

Hip Flexor Knee Drive. Place resistance band around toes from each foot and lay on your back. As you keep one leg fully extended on the floor, drive the other knee “through” the chest. This forces hip flexion. Perform three sets of 20, 10 on each leg. Use a light mini resistance band for this exercise.

HIGH IMPACT BOUNDING/LATERAL JUMPING SQUATS PLANKING Hold yourself up on your hands and toes, or knees and elbows, or any combination thereof according to your particular level of strength. While holding the plank, focus on bracing from lower abdomen. Focus on what’s happening between the shoulder blades. Think about grabbing the floor and pulling it towards your feet, engage the muscles of your middle back.

HIP FLEXOR STATIONARY HIGH KNEE RUNS Facing a wall, place hands on the wall, arms straight out and slightly raised. Drive knees up to chest as if running in place, but maintain a long posture. Helps with quickness and turnover from hip flexor as well and promotes core stability and knee drive portion of stride.

Squat down with knees at 90 degree angle. Jump to the side back and forth finishing your landing with knees again bent at 90 degrees, same as when you started the jump, forcing the muscles to absorb the shock. Do two to three sets of 20 rightward jumps and 20 leftward jumps. Jump distance can be anywhere from two to five feet at the most. May increase the distance as you progress. A more explosive jump will increase your power. MYCHICAGOATHLETE.COM

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Which Marathon Training Option



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If you have ever trained for a marathon or know someone else who has, you probably understand the difficulty of the process. With many facets to consider, from the length of workouts to the possible risk of injury, seven running coaches offer their opinions on three issues frequently discussed by marathoners: the significance (or lack thereof ) of running 20 milers while training, the impact of competing in races prior to marathons and whether or not high mileage during training will help you on race day.

BEGINNERS - Are 20 milers actually efficient?

Novice marathoners need to run a 20 miler (or higher) as they train. “It is only natural that new marathoners worry whether they can actually run 26.2 miles,” Greg McMillan, owner of McMillan Running, says. “Physiologically, they may not need to run a 20 miler to prepare for a marathon. Yet, psychologically, beginners often aspire to reach that milestone while training, so they are more confident they can cross the finish line on race day.” While a runner may have the ability to complete a marathon without running a 20 miler, the distance does help a runner’s body learn how to handle the distance. “One of the most challenging aspects of marathons is the amount of time runners spend on their feet and the toll its takes on their bodies,” Cristina Burack, a former Chicago Endurance Sports running coach, says. “Even if beginners run regularly, only long runs of 20 miles or more can simulate actual marathons and prepare them for the physical challenges they’ll encounter on race day.” Together, the psychological and physical benefits of including a 20 miler during training can yield positive rewards for runners. “Twenty milers really serve two purposes,” Chicago Endurance Sports running coach Lori McGee Koch says. “Not only do they help marathoners mentally handle the distance, but they also train their bodies to efficiently use energy while running longer distances.” Beginners’ performances will not be affected if they don’t run a 20 miler. For Seth Kopf, a USTAF-certified running coach and the owner of Kopf Running, the risks of running 20 milers prior to race day outweigh the rewards, especially for beginners. “The longer the distance, the more prone beginners are to being injured, and injuries are the number one reason beginners do not achieve their training goals,” he says. Kopf believes beginners should be realistic. If they average 10 minutes per mile, they will need more than three hours to complete a 20-mile training run: a considerable amount of time.

“At this rate, runners’ muscles will likely break down, potentially jeopardizing whichever marathon-specific workouts they had planned for the future, and, even worse, could result in their withdrawal from the marathon,” Kopf says. Michael Schaffner, a Chicago Endurance Sports running coach, agrees. “Far too often, beginners perceive marathon training as a series of long runs, when, in reality, day-to-day training lays a foundation that allows their bodies to continually build strength and endurance over the course of the marathon season,” he says. “I have seen too many people hobble toward the end of their 20 miler just to see the number appear on their Garmin, resulting in injuries as well as a lack of confidence. Since marathon training is the sum of its parts and is not reliant on a single long run, cutting mileage is a better option.”

“Far too often, beginners perceive marathon training as a series of long runs, when, in reality, day-to-day training lays a foundation that allows their bodies to continually build strength and endurance over the course of the marathon season.” INTERMEDIATE – To race or not to race while training for marathons – that is the question. As intermediate marathoners train, they should run races, even during taper, to test their fitness levels.

At minimum, local running coach Bill Leach advises intermediate runners to race one to two times per month with distances ranging from 5Ks to 10Ks as they train for their marathons. “These races should be perceived as training runs, as well as a contrast to the mundane daily grind of training, which may not include intermittent races,” he says. Megan Sullivan, training program manager for the Chicago Area Runners Association, notes that racing provides social benefits that can help enhance marathon training. “Running is a social sport and I think marathoners miss out if they don’t participate in any races while they train,” she says. “Plus, it’s fun


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to get out there and test your fitness in an organized fashion. Races are true indicators of where marathoners are at with their fitness.” By gauging their fitness levels as they train, intermediate runners can predict their marathon times, establish realistic goals for their actual race days and adjust their training paces accordingly. Marathoners can race during taper as well to test their fitness level, but Schaffner advises them to use caution, taking it easy, staying safe and focusing on their overall goal of the marathon rather than the race at hand.

“Let’s face it. Marathon training is hard, mentally and physically.” — MCMILLAN

“Since marathoners’ immune, cellular and skeletal systems will likely be comprised, it can take one to two weeks for them to recover from a race,” she says. “That recovery time may dramatically change the quality of their training methods and hinder their progress.” Instead of participating in races, marathoners can increase their fitness levels by working out in the gym. They should also take time to relax, recharge and focus on other aspects of their lives aside from running. “I often prescribe what I call ‘snow days’ for my runners,” Kopf says. “Similar to when school is cancelled because of snow, training ‘snow days’ require runners to step away from training and recover mentally and physically. By doing so, runners can save their legs and come back stronger so that they peak just in time for their marathons.”

ADVANCED – Is high mileage appropriate?

Advanced marathoners have to run high mileage to become faster and more competitive. As McMillan helps advanced runners prepare for marathons, he focuses on one premise in particular: the more they run, the faster they will race. “Frequent, consistent running will provide them an opportunity to achieve optimal performance on their race days,” McMillan says. “As a result of higher mileage, when completed safely and wisely, I have personally witnessed an improvement in all of the physiological and psychological parameters that influence runners’ performances.” McGee Koch says a consistent mileage increase builds the foundation of every successful marathon training program. However, to succeed long term and avoid injury, advanced marathoners must know how to up their mileage properly. “A good rule of thumb is to participate in one tempo run, one high- to mid-intensity speed workout and then one longer run,” she says. “In between those runs, marathoners should only participate in easy paced runs.” As a result, advanced marathoners will maximize their recovery times, increase their self-confidence as their mileage consistently rises and maintain their focus on long term progress. Advanced marathoners can increase their speed with lower mileage. As mileage increases, so does the risk of injury. To reduce this risk, Kopf advises advanced marathoners to find their “sweet spots” in training.

Intermediate marathoners should save their legs for the marathon. “Let’s face it. Marathon training is hard, mentally and physically,” McMillan says. “By participating in too many races while training, marathoners may become distracted from their overall goal: the marathon itself. And if a race doesn’t go well, they may even lose confidence in themselves. Not to mention, racing may put too much strain on their legs, especially if they are injury-prone. It’s just too much to risk.” McGee Koch says that races can have a negative influence on a runner’s body that could jeopardize their marathon, particularly due to the fact that marathon training wears down their bodies.


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“By focusing more on the quality of their mileage rather than the quantity, marathoners can become faster without even having to increase their mileage,” Kopf says. “The key is for them to understand which mileage baseline they are the most comfortable with.” Rather than obsessing over mileage, Kopf suggests runners figure out what works best for them. If they stay healthier on lower mileage, they’ll have the ability to train hard to attain their goal of increasing speed without risking overuse injury. By establishing a mileage baseline and remembering that the quality of their runs matters more than the quantity, advanced marathoners will steadily improve their endurance and speed, reduce their risk for injuries and adequately prepare for upcoming marathons.



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Organizes Charity Running Team While Aiming for Olympic Trials By Myles Dannhausen


hen university of Illinois track and cross country runner Stephanie Baliga broke her foot during her sophomore year, she was devastated and lost. “up until that point, track had dominated my life. It was my complete identity,” Baliga says. “I defined myself as a runner.”


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She had reason to. as a freshman at Illinois, Baliga was among the fastest freshmen in the nation and an up-and-coming star for the program. She pursued running with a single-mindedness that, in retrospect, she says was not particularly healthy. But a broken metatarsal bone forced her from the starting line into weeks of self-questioning.

“I had a period of introspection, What am I? Who am I? I really didn’t know anymore, and that was scary.” — Stephanie Baliga

Some athletes double down in times of struggle; others give up. Baliga found a different route when a friend urged her to join her on a Catholic retreat. “I wasn’t religious growing up,” she says. “We went to church, but it was nothing special. Still, I kept going when I went to college. At one point I thought, ‘Why am I still doing this?’” She says she had a “powerful experience” at the retreat, one that made religion more than a routine, but something real. “It made me take my faith seriously,” Baliga says. She continued running and competing, but battled injuries the rest of her collegiate career and never regained the elite fitness that once gave her an advantage. But for the first time in years, that wasn’t driving her anyway.

This year, the team has 57 members and a $75,000 fundraising goal. Those dollars help Mission of Our Lady of the Angles provide services to a pocket of West Humboldt Park that is one of the most beleaguered neighborhoods in Chicago. “Just about every bad statistic you can think of exists here,” Baliga says. The rates of violent crime, unemployment, juvenile arrests and ex-cons living in the neighborhood are all among the city’s highest. At nearby Orr High School, 92 percent of students live in low-income households. The mission feeds about 700 families a month, providing fresh produce from the Greater Chicago Food Depository as well as toiletries and clothing. It also provides after-school youth sports and other programs for around 900 at-risk youth every month, senior services and community dinners.

After college, she became a Sister with the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago and began serving at the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels in Humboldt Park. She considered joining a contemplative religious order, one that would require her to give up running, but quickly realized it wasn’t for her. “There was a battle between me and God to figure out what role running was going to play in my life,” she says. In 2011, she found a way to do use her running in service of her faith. “I saw all these charities on the [Bank of America] Chicago Marathon page and thought maybe we could do that,” she says. She could continue running, wearing a skirt that hangs below her knees and a bandana on her head. Now, rather than running just for herself, she puts in hours of commitment in service to others. She formed Team OLA, securing guaranteed entries to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for her team members who committed to raising $1,000 each for Mission of Our Lady of the Angels. In the years since it formed, Team OLA has raised $136,000 and now its annual fundraising accounts for 25 percent of the mission’s budget.


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Scott Richert, who has run with Team OLA, says the team provides an experience much different than many other fundraising teams. “This is not a drop in the bucket for them. You can see that this really makes a tangible difference,” Richert says. “My family and I have gone there for Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas gift distribution, and it’s really a wonderful experience to see how many people they’re serving. Sister Stephanie pretty much runs those events and they’re incredibly efficient.” Richert helped residents carry gifts and food home, getting an up-close look at the conditions they live with every day.

“My mom’s a bit of an angels fanatic,” Maloney, a Glencoe native, says. “So when I came across the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels team it jumped out at me. Then I read about Sister Stephanie and the history of the fire and I thought, ‘Yeah, this one sounds good.’” What he didn’t know until he talked to his father was that Sister Lyng was a distant relative of his. Maloney’s mother, like many devastated by the news of the fire, had gone to the hospital to volunteer to care for injured children.

“You go a couple blocks, and you look up at the house you’re delivering to and all of the windows are covered with wood, boarded up,” he said. “It’s astounding to see the circumstances of the people they’re serving.”

The team’s mission resonated with him, as did Sister Stephanie. “She is such a cool person, such a bundle of energy that makes the whole marathon experience a lot richer,” he says.

Though the rates of crime and violence in the neighborhood garner greater attention today, older Chicagoans will recognize the Our Lady of the Angels name for another tragedy. On Dec. 1, 1958, a fire tore through the school, killing 92 schoolchildren and three nuns. The news shook Chicago and lead to a wave of safety enhancements at schools around the city and country.

Baliga provides training plans to runners who would like one and each team member gets a team shirt, pre-race dinner and a place to stay the night before the marathon if needed.

“It’s still with us,” Baliga says. “We pray for those who died and those who survived every day.” A monument featuring the names of all who died stands at the entrance to the rectory. One of those names, Sister Mary St. Canice Lyng, has special meaning to Team OLA runner Kieran Maloney, a Frisco, Colorado resident who 42

found Team OLA while browsing the Bank of America Chicago Marathon charity teams.

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Baliga does a lot for the mission and Team OLA, but the former track standout hasn’t exactly lost her competitive streak. When the 26 year old takes her place amongst the thousands of neon-clad runners in the starting corrals on Oct. 11, she’ll don her comparatively modest bandana, Team OLA shirt and black running skirt with her sights set on a new goal. “I’m shooting to finish in 2:43,” she says. That would knock 10 minutes off her personal best, and qualify her for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.



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March Madness Half Marathon

March Madness Half Marathon MAR C H 1 5 , 2 0 1 5 | CA RY, I L

Those who woke up before dawn on New Year’s Eve to register for this popular event took to the streets of Cary on March 15 for the annual March Madness Half Marathon. This race, used by many as a tune-up to the Boston Marathon, presents runners with a challenging course. Ryan and Jacqui Giuliano took top honors in the men’s and women’s races, respectively. Men’s Results 1. Ryan Giuliano 2. Braulio Benitez 3. Jay Thomson 4. Nate McPherson 5. James Burgess 6. Robert Wiegand 7. Scott Laumann 8. John Knudson 9. Matt Dettloff 10. Kevin Dockemeyer

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Oakwood Hills 1:12:33 Chicago 1:14:41 Santa Cruz, Calif. 1:14:57 Elmhurst 1:16:08 Lake Bluff 1:16:43 Chicago 1:17:02 Chicago 1:17:15 Elgin 1:18:19 Palatine 1:18:57 Wilmington 1:19:01

Women’s Results 1. Jacqui Giuliano 2. Brooke Williams 3. Lauren Delfeld 4. Elena Shemyakina 5. Kristen Dietz 6. Ieva Scoggin 7. Taylor Feehley

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Oakwood Hills St. Charles Buffalo Grove Geneva Wauconda Round Lake Chicago



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8. Samantha Greenwood 28 9. Laura Witek-Jones 39 10. Zoe Kind 30

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Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce 5K/10K Spring Sprint M A R CH 2 2 , 2 0 1 5 | L I SL E , I L

Runners celebrated the start of spring in Lisle with the annual Spring Sprint. The race, which benefits the Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce scholarship program, saw over 150 finishers, with Nate McPherson continuing his winning streak, adding this event to the Frosty 5 Mile in Channhon and the Super Shuffle 5K in Geneva, both of which he won in February. Men’s 5K Results Nathan McPherson Kevin Woloszyn Nathan Kennedy Dave Stevenson Theodore Lockhart Michael McCahey Patrick Jochum John Karavitis Bill Juglich Douglas Gerber

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Elmhurst Lockport Bolingbrook Elmhurst Downers Grove Downers Grove Aurora Chicago Geneva Woodridge

Women’s 5K Results Kimberly Gialdini Diane Ancede Barbara Harte

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Downers Grove 21:58 Lisle 24:30 Ottawa 25:17




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Sarah Hollister Natalie Wells Molly Carpenter Jennifer Picini Meghan Wellsandt Layla Wheeler Victoria Bentley

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Aurora Lisle Bourbonnais Aurora Lockport Wheaton Downers Grove

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Men’s 10K Results Brent White Hans Wenzel Kelly McGovern Kent Bugg Scott McArthur Bob Silis David Stock Michael Schroeck Scott Currie Bill Bollinger

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Homer Glen Batavia Bartlett Coal City Woodridge Chicago Burr Ridge Aurora Downers Grove Naperville

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Women’s 10K Results Lisa Czepiel Julia Johnson Lindsey Brems Diane Roller Dawn Dalson Courtney Javorski Noriko Valenta Barb McGovern Martha Steele Cheryl Toohey

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Elk Grove Village 43:44 Downers Grove 47:15 Geneva 48:13 Lisle 48:21 Naperville 49:22 Worth 50:47 Burr Ridge 51:28 Bartlett 52:54 Naperville 53:30 Woodridge 53:33





March4Meg 5K


Over 1,600 participants came out on a sunny March Saturday to take a stand against melanoma at the third annual March4Meg 5K. “The 5K raised over $75,000 for melanoma research, education, and families dealing with melanoma,” race director Meredith McGuffage said. “”The March4Meg 5K will be held every year on the last Saturday of March.” Men’s Results David Hickey Andy Wodziak Anton Thauer David Chakmakjian Matthew Zuber Bill Carrano Ken Posmer Jim Ritter Adam Liss Larry Byrd

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Women’s Results Elizabeth Lemrise Margaret Marron Kathleen Doyle Jenny Harkins Alexandria Molloy Elisa Montes Kathleen Herber Jorie Novotney Christine Johnson Aileen Gormer

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Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K

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The traditional kickoff to Chicago’s running season once again brought tens of thousands of runners to the streets of Chicago for a festive tour of downtown. The race also served as the USATF Elite Club 8K National Championships, with Hansons-Brooks Distance Project from Michigan taking both the men’s and women’s titles. Men’s Results Stephen Sambu Jacob Riley Phillip Reid Brendan Gregg Mo Hrezi Kevin Havel Ben Sathre Nick Holmes Tyler Mueller Gordon Sturgess Jed Christiansen John Happe Dan Greeno Cory Hayden Name

Piedmont, Calif. Rochester, Mich.

23:03 23:10 San Luis Obispo, Calif. 23:19 Davis, Calif. 23:21 Rochester, Mich. 23:26 Chicago 23:29 Chaska, Minn. 23:43 Iowa City, Iowa 23:45 Madison, Wis. 23:52 Paso Robles, Calif. 23:55 Grove City, Pa. 23:57 St. Charles, Mo. 23:58 Richfield, Minn. 24:07 Madison, Wis. 24:11 Age



Alex Brill Sean Davidson Austin Bauer Jon Rock Zach Baker Francis Eanes Women’s Results Alexi Pappas Megan Goethals Kristen Heckert Danna Kelly Herrick Kelsi Nutter Jessica Watychowicz Danielle Miller Jessica Odorcic Ellie Hess Dot McMahan Alyssa Poremba Ariana Hilborn Naomi Fulton Jen Rock Autumn Ray Elizabeth Bailey Danelle Beeson Becki Spellman Ashley Miller Marisa Hird

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San Luis Obispo, Calif. 24:12

Madison, Wis. Wixom, Mich. Iowa City, Iowa Madison, Wis.

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Eugene, Ore. Rochester Hills, Mich. Bolingbrook Urbandale, Iowa Painesville, Ohio Racine, Wis. Rochester, Mich. Madison, Ohio Chesterland, Ohio

26:32 26:43 27:19 27:28 27:30 27:33 27:37 27:38 27:45 Oakland Township, Mich. 27:48 Chicago 27:50 San Diego 27:52 Hartland, Wis. 28:05 Macomb, Mich. 28:08 Tucson, Ariz. 28:16 Villa Park 28:18 Evanston 28:32 Akron, Ohio 28:38 Oklahoma City 28:45 Naperville 28:48

Regan Wieneke Kait Sheridan Ali Proffitt Men’s 10K Results Cyril Willemin Ryan Barrus Daniel Derosa Thomas Gouard, Danny Woodward Paul Augustine Regis Verliefde Aaron Huang Isaac Levin Antonia Alejand Perez Belda

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34:35 36:25 38:07 38:21 38:24 38:29 39:22 39:42 39:57 40:02

Chi Town Half Marathon & 10K A P R I L 4 , 2 0 1 5 | CHI CAGO , I L

More than 3,000 runners filled Chicago’s Lakefront Trail on the first Saturday in April for the annual Chi Town Half Marathon & 10K. Dave Lyons handily took top honors in the men’s race, finishing more than two minutes ahead of second place finisher Eric Viverito. The women’s race was a tale of twentysomething domination, with nine of the top 10 finishers all falling between the ages of 21 and 27. Men’s Half Marathon Results Dave Lyons 31 Eric Viverito 26 Brendan Remington 18 Billy Funk 25 Jakob Anderson 25 Enrique Vazquez 45 Eiichiro Kamikawa 32 Jeffrey Zabor 32 Mike Lieb 22 Dan Woods 32

1:12:09 1:14:44 1:14:49 1:19:55 1:20:01 1:20:20 1:21:22 1:22:26 1:22:46 1:23:59

Women’s Half Marathon Results Brittany Lee 26 Elissa Ballas 35 Julia Borel-Donohue 23 Anna Kassuba 22 Alyssa Getta 26 Allison Grumley 25 Allie Rossi 22

1:24:06 1:27:39 1:28:56 1:29:05 1:29:48 1:30:21 1:30:23





Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K photo by Bryan McVey

Women’s 10K Results Emily Savas 34 Amanda Cook 29 Susannah Hufstader 24 Deborah Vander Stoep 29 Lisa Zabor 32 Marina Bashneva 31 Anna McClowry 19 Emily Uhar 27 Elizabeth Lee 34 Amy Charvat 26 Name


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Egg Shell Shuffle Half Marathon and 5K


Runners came out to Busse Woods to start their Easter celebrations a day early at the annual Egg Shell Shuffle Half Marathon and 5K. In addition to the races, which rewarded finishers with bunny medals, participants also had the chance to comb the area for Easter eggs in a post-race egg hunt that featured over 10,000 eggs with a variety of prizes. Men’s Half Marathon Results John Collet 47 Eric Erspamer 25 Dennis Kelsey 38 Derick Anhalt 31 John Horan 38, Dariusz Rafalko 36 Maciej Konczewski 23 Nick Pieczonka 20 Paul Rogalski Jr. 30 Ben Goldberg 37

1:18:42 1:23:14 1:24:26 1:26:29 1:27:55 1:27:56 1:30:34 1:30:56 1:30:57 1:33:20

Women’s Half Marathon Results Liz Ruvalcaba 30




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Hailey Krzyston Erin Bodnar Sanya Syrstad Gina Schmidt, Katherine Jones Anastasia Netzel

22 34 49 30 29 28 Stephanie Austin-Thieme 41 Bridget Lesko 32 Lindsey Elste 32

1:29:29 1:33:58 1:34:08 1:36:03 1:38:27 1:38:51 1:39:21 1:40:02 1:40:18

Men’s 5K Results Alexander Thomas Caleb Knottnerus Ben Deweerdt Brad Keating Jack Deweerdt Juan Gonzalez Justin Lorenz Timothy Theis James Preucil Jacob Keil

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17:14 18:06 18:43 18:43 19:04 19:17 19:20 19:27 19:45 20:14

Women’s 5K Results Jennifer Harrison Tessa Brennan

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Megan Windsor Alexandra Lorenz Nicole Horyn-Nelson Kimberly Gialdini Debra Marzano Stacey Deweerdt Sarah Peterson Diane Weisbrod

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21:01 21:16 21:19 21:37 21:55 22:56 23:48 24:12

Just Move It! 5K Challenge


This suburban race, which benefits District 25 through PTA scholarship and ABC/25 Foundation School Grant selection, brought over 300 participants out for a day of activity and fun. In addition to the 5K, the event also offered a one mile run/walk. Men’s Results Ron Vera Russ Mathews Ethan G. Dan Bers Nathan S. Alex M. Tyler W. Name

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Arlington Heights Arlington Heights Arlington Heights Arlington Heights Arlington Heights Arlington Heights Arlington Heights City

20:24 20:40 20:54 21:43 22:17 22:24 22:31 Time

Shea M. Chris Marks Paul R. Women’s Results Kim Greenstein Jean Phillips Milena S. Lydia Nadal Maria Subia Linda Pelczynski Natalie Jimenez Mary Goumas Kelly Marks Katelyn Kaese

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Arlington Heights 22:54 Arlington Heights 22:56 Arlington Heights 23:06

22:54 23:13 23:21 24:59 25:02 Lake Zurich 25:16 Chicago 25:36 Mt. Prospect 25:43 Arlington Heights 25:50 Chicago 26:03 Arlington Heights Arlington Heights Arlington Heights Arlington Heights Arlington Heights

Rockdale Ramblin Run

AP RIL 1 1 , 2 0 1 5 | R O CKD A LE , I L

The annual run3 competition kicked off on April 11 with the Rockdale Ramblin Run, the first of three races put on by the Joliet Park District. This race, billed as the “toughest 10K in the Midwest,” takes runners through Rockdale and Joliet with plenty of hills to keep things interesting. Men’s Results Andre Martinez Marc O’Neal Andrew Robbins Jonathan Cain Adam Kimble Clark Anderson Richard Demick Jess Conboy James Motsch Jesse Oostema

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Joliet Lockport New Lenox Des Plaines Minooka Romeoville Joliet Channahon Shorewood Shorewood

36:08 36:19 36:52 36:52 38:20 39:01 39:56 40:35 40:40 40:42

Women’s Results Alyson Fosnot Carrie Forystek Kristin Kotara Tamera Munch Sharon Dillon Eryn Kybinski Lauren Lemke Amanda Waznis Nicole Fritz Mary Milella

23 35 37 38 31 40 40 27 32 45

Jasper, Ind. Tinley Park Mokena Joliet Joliet Shorewood Minooka Rockdale Manhattan Frankfort

39:59 42:02 42:15 43:05 44:03 44:37 45:00 45:31 46:40 46:46

Good Life Race

AP RIL 1 2 , 2 0 1 5 | O A K PA R K , I L

Formerly known as The Race That’s Good For Life, the 34th annual Good Life Race once again brought stiff competition to Oak Park. In both the men’s and women’s races, less than one minute separated the first and fifth place finishers at the event. The run, known for featuring a fast course, was also the second race on this year’s CARA Runners Choice Circuit.





Men’s Results Ryan Giuliano Emil Bojanov James Akita Kyle Larson Jeremy Stevens Jeremy Ruston Michael Wehrley Elpidio Vilchez Dan Walters Mark Wehrman

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15:02 15:12 15:20 15:42 15:55 16:10 16:14 16:15 16:16 16:17

Women’s Results Columba Montes Wendy Jaehn Kristine Burgess Meshelle Rich Claire Johnson Jessica Iasparro Bess Ritter Stephanie Hughes Valeria Benitez Kaitlyn Clark

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17:43 17:54 18:06 18:09 18:22 18:37 18:48 19:11 19:16 19:22

Women’s Results Columba Montes Karrie Hamstra Wright

Bess Ritter Stephanie Hughes Lindsay Doherty Natalie Schramer Diana Davis Angelica Guerrero Bridget Vlakancic Marina Bashneva

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Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Wixom, Mich. Evanston Chicago St. Charles Chicago

1:02:10 1:04:47 1:05:36 1:05:45 1:06:06 1:06:07 1:07:23 1:08:41 1:10:44 1:11:07

Morton Arboretum 10K

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Live Grit Lakefront 10 Miler

Predicted rain held off and made for a great day of racing at the Morton Arboretum on April 19. Runners negotiated the hills and turned in fast times, with Damian Bednorz winning it all in 35:37 and Alicia Rafferty taking the women’s title in 39:41.

Runners came to Montrose Harbor to put their winter training to the test at the Chicago Area Runner’s Association’s annual Lakefront 10 Miler. Athletes tackled Cricket Hill and a stiff headwind for the last four miles of the race, but even under those conditions, Kevin Oliver, last year’s second place finisher, turned in a 53:13 to win the race. Columba Montes won the women’s division in 1:02:10.

Men’s Results Damian Bednorz Nate McPherson Jonathan Cain Josh Williams Jim Kuch Michael Fitch Patrick Etherington Nathan Pavlik Scott Pahl Gary Moneysmith

Men’s Results Kevin Oliver James Akita Arthur Bareikis Rich Heffron David Lyons Benjamin Wallin Robert Wiegand Anand Parekh Christopher Schmidt Jeremy Rielley

Women’s Results Alicia Rafferty Denise Parejko Nell Bochenek Lisa Sauvageau Tina Egizio Kelli Bowman Kelly Szklany Jenine Reier Kate Frydryk Kaitlyn Grabanski

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Chicago Elmhurst Crestwood Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Evanston Chicago City

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Bensenville Elmhurst Des Plaines Downers Grove Wheaton River Forest Round Lake Chicago Lisle Wheaton

35:37 36:37 37:25 39:23 39:44 40:26 40:51 41:21 41:38 41:49

Aurora Clarendon Hills Glen Ellyn Aurora Naperville Wheaton Bloomington

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05/09/15 MIssIOn adventure race & MIssIOn Lite Beginner ar Liberty IN 6/05/15 Forest Frenzy Obstacle race Midland MI 06/06/15 Michigan adventure race: silver Lake edition Silver Lake/Mears MI 06/13/15 urban dare chicago Chicago IL 06/27/15 Plot Pedal Paddle adventure race Dixon IL

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05/15/15 Fat & skinny tire Fest 12 Winona Lake IN

05/23/15 aBd Masters criterium series 1 Wood Dale IL 05/24/15 aBd Masters criterium series 2 Wood Dale IL 05/24/15 aBd Masters criterium series 3 Wood Dale IL

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05/16/15 tour de cure-Madison Madison WI

05/17/15 arlington 500 Barrington IL

06/07/15 the udder century Union IL

05/02/15 Lake Monona 20K Madison WI

05/20/15 ride of silence Joliet IL

06/07/15 chicago Honor ride and run. Helping our Healing veterans Skokie IL

05/02/15 Wisconsin Marathon Kenosha WI

05/24/15 MB Financial Bank Bike the drive Chicago IL 05/31/15 uPaF ride for the arts, sponsored by Miller Lite Milwaukee WI 06/07/15 touring ride in rural Indiana (trIrI) June Bicycle rally Mitchell And Spencer IN

First Midwest Bank Southwest Half Marathon

06/12/15 chicago Bike Week Chicago IL 06/14/15 the 34th annual BcLc ramble Wilmot WI 06/14/15 grand Illinois trail and Parks Bike tour (gItaP) Kewanee IL 06/20/15 Peninsula century spring classic Bicycle ride Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin WI 06/27/15 2 rivers On 2 Wheels Logansport IN 06/28/15 swedish days ride Burlington IL 06/28/15 BaMc Menominee river century Bike ride Marinette WI

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05/02/15 surviving the color Terre Haute IN

05/02/15 2015 shelter, Inc. 5K run/Walk 4 Kidz Elk Grove Village IL 05/02/15 scadaddle for research Wheaton IL 05/02/15 aux sable athletics for autism Joiliet IL 05/02/15 rainbow run 5k Kankakee IL 05/02/15 the glo run Chicago IL 05/02/15 rc2, 5K, 10K and Half Marathon Ripon WI 05/02/15 a safe Place empowerun 5K run/Walk Libertyville IL 05/02/15 12th annual run for the Kids: superhero Hustle Villa Park IL

05/02/15 Fischer Family Fun Run Aurora IL 05/02/15 District 54 Tech Trot Morris IL 05/02/15 Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5k Fish Creek WI 05/02/15 Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Run To Remember Chicago IL 05/02/15 Break The Silence On Ovarian Cancer Chicago IL 05/03/15 360 Spring Ahead Run Naperville IL 05/03/15 We Go Run West Chicago IL 05/03/15 First Midwest Bank Southwest Half Marathon Palos Heights IL 05/03/15 Kalamazoo Marathon and Borgess Run Kalamazoo MI 05/03/15 Great Western Half Marathon St. Charles IL

05/03/15 Supermanny Shuffle 5k and SuperKids Miler Romeoville IL

Groovin in the Grove 5K Race & Fun SATURDAy, MAy 9 DOWNERS GROvE, IL

Head to Downers Grove for the 26th annual Groovin in the Grove to benefit Sharing Connections, a furniture bank that serves the Chicago area. In addition to the 5K and fun walk, the event also include a kids 1K, 1/2K and 100-yard dash. In honor of Mother’s Day, all moms participating in the race will receive flowers.

05/03/15 Biggest Loser RunWalk Half Marathon/5K/Kids Fit Fun Run- Crown Point, IN Crown Point IN 05/03/15 Devil Dash Gurnee IL 05/03/15 Bustle Hustle 5K Eagle WI events.htm

05/09/15 Groovin in the Grove 5K Race & Fun Walk Downers Grove IL

05/09/15 Foodie 5K Lake County Libertyville IL

05/10/15 Barrington Mother’s Day 5K Barrington IL

05/03/15 WI Trail Assail Cinco de Mayo Run Nashotah WI

05/09/15 Spartan 5K Run|Walk Melrose Park IL

05/09/15 St. Mary’s Royals Run 2015 Yorkville IL

05/10/15 Stop the Clot Chicago 5K run/walk Chicago IL

05/03/1 Willard Elementary School 5K Fun Run/ Walk & Kids Mile Run Evanston IL

05/09/15 Restoring Maywood 5K Maywood IL

05/04/15 Polish Constitution Day Hash Chicago IL 05/09/15 Pigeon River Classic Clintonville WI 05/09/15 Journeys Marathon Eagle River WI 05/09/15 Quarryman Challenge 10 Mile & 5K Lemont IL

05/09/15 Bobcat Blitz 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk Palatine IL

05/09/15 Rose Run Indianapolis IN

05/09/15 Cinco de Miler 5 mile run Chicago IL

05/09/15 Greater Chicago Epilepsy 5K Chicago - Montrose Harbor IL

05/10/15 Embrace the Race... Breast & Ovarian Cancer 5 k Highland Park IL

05/09/15 Moonlight Marathon at Oak Ridge Cemetery Springfield IL

05/10/15 Run Like A Mother 5k and Kid’s 1 Mile Hinsdale IL 05/10/15 Cancer Kiss My Cooley Huntley IL

05/10/15 Run Like A Mother Hinsdale IL 05/11/15 Max Multisport Coaching Late Spring/Summer Half Marathon Training Program Chicago IL 05/14/15 Universal Sole Four Mile Classic Chicago IL 05/15/15 Cellcom Green Bay Marathon Green Bay WI


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05/16/15 Got2Run For Education, 2.62 Micro-Marathon Run/Walk & 8K Run Arlington Hts. IL 05/16/15 Greater Midland Community Center’s Dow RunWalk Midland MI 05/16/15 Apollo 5K Homewood IL 05/16/15 Homewood-Flossmoor Summer Circuit Homewood-Flossmoor IL 05/16/15 Dick Pond Athletics/ Carol Stream Park District JUST RUN 5K Carol Stream IL

05/16/15 Devil Dash 5k Peotone IL

05/16/15 LaGrange Park Run for the Roses LaGrange Park IL

05/16/15 Equestrian Connection Trail Races Lake Forest IL

05/17/15 Michigan Shores mini New Buffalo MI

05/16/15 Marion Arts Festival Half Marathon & 5K Run Marion IA

05/17/15 Great Lakes Bay Marathons Midland MI

05/16/15 Geist Half Marathon & 5K Fishers IN

05/17/15 Cupcake Classic 5K & Kids One-Mile Run (formerly Run for Hope 5K) Downers Grove IL

05/16/15 Holy Family School 5k Run/Walk Shorewood IL 05/16/15 Dart for the Arts Elkhart IN

05/17/15 Annie Ryan Run Elmhurst IL

Chicagoland Spring Marathon & Half Marathon

05/17/15 Chicagoland Spring Marathon & Half Marathon Schaumburg IL 05/17/15 Chicago Spring 13.1 & 10K Chicago IL 05/17/15 Animal House Shelter’s 5th Annual Dash for the Dogs 5K Run/Walk Barrington IL


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05/23/15 Two Rivers Meet Elkhart IN 05/23/15 Chicago Undy Run/Walk Elk Grove IL 05/24/15 Madison Half Marathon Madison WI

05/17/15 Rosary High School 15th Annual Road Scholars 5K Aurora IL

05/25/15 Ridge Run 2015 Chicago IL

05/23/15 38th Annual Fox Valley Elgin Fox Trot Elgin IL

05/23/15 4th Annual Wounded Warrior 5K Run/Walk Plainfield IL

take on a half or full marathon in schaumburg at the Chicagoland spring Marathon & half Marathon. the race starts in the business district of schaumburg and takes runners through the Busse Woods Forest Preserve, with a new course this year for marathoners.

05/23/15 Madison Twilight 10K/5K Madison WI

05/17/15 Move for the Kids 5K Walk/Run Chicago IL

05/23/15 Western Springs Tower Trot 5K and 10K Western Springs IL


05/23/15 Fleet Feet Sports Soldier Field 10 Mile Chicago IL

05/23/15 Kent’s Run Valparaiso IN

05/25/15 St. Joseph Jubilee Jog 5K Wilmette IL 05/30/15 8th Annual KishHealth System Physical Therapy Center 5K Run/walk Sycamore IL 05/30/15 DINO Trail Run Brown County Nashville IN 05/30/15 The Patrick Mizwicki Strive for Five 5K Frankfort IL

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this May race gives athletes a chance to tour Chicago’s lakefront for either 13.1 or 6.2 miles. the half marathon is the first event in the Chicagoland half Marathon Series, which challenges runners to complete both the Chicago Spring 13.1 and the Chicago half Marathon in September for the chance to earn an additional medal and compete for additional prizes based on combined race times.

05/31/15 Rockford Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K Rockford IL 05/31/15 North Shore 5K Highland Park IL 05/31/15 Oral Cancer Foundation 5K Walk/Run for Awareness Bensenville IL


06/05/15 LaGrange Rocks 5K La Grange IL 06/05/15 Run the Runway 5K &1M Rockford IL 06/06/15 Mackinac Island Lilac Festival 10K Run & Walk Mackinac Island MI

05/31/15 North Shore Half Marathon Highland park IL

06/06/15 Race Away from Domestic Violence Indianapolis IN

05/31/15 2nd Annual Answers for Emmett 5K and Youth Runs Batavia IL

06/06/15 Volition America Chicago Half Marathon and 5K Chicago IL

06/04/15 Indianapolis Monumental Mile Indianapolis IN

06/06/15 Summertime Stride 5K Run & Walk Mokena IL

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06/07/15 Run with the Nuns 5K and Youth Dash Lemont IL 06/11/15 The Original 5K Chicago IL 06/13/15 Brian Diemer Family of Races Grand Rapids MI 06/13/15 Conserve School Trail Run Land O Lakes WI 06/13/15 Summerfest Rock ‘n Sole Milwaukee WI 06/13/15 Outrun the Sun Indianapolis IN

06/13/15 Munster Rotary Club 27th Aniversary Run-A-Round Munster IN 06/13/15 Streamwood Stride Streamwood IL 06/13/15 St Norbert Block Party 5K Run Northbrook IL 06/13/15 Coureurs de Bois Trail Run & Relay Kenosha WI 06/13/15 5K Waffle Shuffle Wood Dale IL 06/13/15 Devils Elbow 5K & 10K Trail Run Arbor Vitae WI

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06/13/15 Trot Against Trafficking 5K, 1 Mile Walk, Kids Run Park Ridge IL

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

06/13/15 Runnin’ With The Horses 5k Run / 1 Mile Walk Crete IL RunninwiththeHorses5K

06/18/15 21st Annual ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run Chicago IL

06/13/15 Super Strive for 5 Mt Prospect IL 06/14/15 GiGi’s Playhouse 5K Run, 1 Mile Inspirational Walk & Kids Dash for Down syndrome Hoffman Esates IL

06/18/15 RUN(317) Series Indianapolis IN 06/20/15 16th Annual Courthouse Classic LaGrange IN 06/20/15 Head for the Cure Carmel IN

06/20/15 DINO Potato Creek 7 km Trail Run North Liberty IN

06/27/15 14th Annual Raider Classic 5K/10K Quincy IL

05/03/15 Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon Cincinnati OH

06/20/15 The PR Mile Darien IL

06/27/15 Turtle Lake Resort Clothing Optional 5K Union City MI

05/03/15 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Pittsburgh PA

06/27/15 Two Hearted Trail Run Paradise MI

05/03/15 Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon Toronto ON

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

05/24/15 Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon Ottawa ON

06/20/15 Necktie 5K Walk & Run Beverly Shores IN 06/21/15 PrairieFest 5K and One Mile Prairie Dog Jog Oswego IL 06/21/15 Father’s Day 5K Kickin’ Grass Park Ridge IL

06/20/15 The Micro Brew Mile & 6K Road Race Moline IL

06/21/15 Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate Evanston IL

06/20/15 Racine Family YMCA Lighthouse Run Racine WI

06/22/15 Max Multisport Coaching Marathon Training Program Chicago IL

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06/20/15 Beat the Grandma 5K Grand Rapids MI

06/20/15 Tool Run Indianapolis IN

06/14/15 Chicago Double Racing Festival Villa Park IL


05/02/15 Wisconsin Marathon Kenosha WI

06/14/15 2015 Health, Hope & Heroes 5K Maywood IL

06/20/15 The Biggest Loser RunWalk Rockford Half Marathon/5K Rockford IL


06/27/15 Charlevoix Marathon Charlevoix MI

06/20/15 The Remembering Lauren 5K Run/ Walk Villa Park IL

06/14/15 PAWS Chicago 15th Annual Run for their Lives 8k Run/4k Walk Chicago IL

06/27/15 Proud To Run Chicago IL

06/20/15 Courthouse Classic LAGrange IN

06/14/15 Donuts for Dads 5K Run and Kids Fun Runs East Dundee IL

06/14/15 3rd Annual River Grove Police FOP 5K River Grove IL


06/27/15 Concord Classic 5K Concord MI

06/27/15 Clothing Optional 5K Union City MI 06/27/15 Fun & Fit Family Day 5K Run/2 Mile Walk Libertyville IL 06/27/15 Superhero 5K Run/Walk Palatine IL 06/27/15 Cross Country Open - Prairie State Road Runners Plainfield IL

05/31/15 Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego San Diego CA 06/20/15 Grandma’s Marathon Duluth MN


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06/28/15 Waterfall 5K Trail Runs 5K/10K Lagro IN

05/24/15 MMTT Youth Triathlon Geneva IL

06/28/15 McHenry County Patriot Run Crystal Lake IL

05/31/15 3 Disciplines Big Fish Triathlon Hadley Township MI

06/28/15 38th Annual DG 5 Miler Downers Grove IL

06/06/15 The Prairie Triathlon at northPointe Roscoe IL

06/28/15 WaucondaFest 5k/10k Challenge Wauconda IL

06/07/15 Pigman Sprint Triathlon Palo IA

06/28/15 Firecracker 5/10K Kenosha WI

06/07/15 ET Batavia Triathlon Batavia IL


05/16/15 leaning Tower YMCA Youth Triathlon Niles IL

06/07/15 leon’s, World’s Fastest Triathlon Hammond IN

05/17/15 3 Disciplines Gateway Triathlons Carlyle IL

06/07/15 Pleasant Prairie Cup Youth and Junior Triathlon Pleasant Prairie WI

05/17/15 leaning Tower YMCA Tower Triathlon Niles IL

06/13/15 Elkhart lake Sprint Triathlon Elkhart Lake WI

05/23/15 30th Anniversary of Thunder in The Valley with Dave Scott Terre Haute IN

06/13/15 Elkhart lake olympic Distance Triathlon Elkhart Lake WI

05/24/15 3 Disciplines 24th Seahorse Challenge Kalamazoo MI 56

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Leaning Tower YMCA Tower Triathlon SunDAY, MAY 17 | nilES, il

now in its 30th year, this sprint triathlon features a 450yard swim, 18K bike and 5K run that makes it ideal for veterans and new triathletes alike. the event also features youth races the day before, with a 100-meter swim, 4K bike and 1K run for kids ages 7 to 10 and a 200-meter swim, 8K bike and 2K run for kids ages 11-14. 06/14/15 3 Disciplines Motor City Triathlon Detroit MI 06/14/15 Grand Rapids Triathlon Ada MI 06/14/15 2015 Esprit De She naperville Triathlon Naperville IL 06/14/15 lake in the Hills Triathlon Lake In The Hills IL 06/20/15 3 Disciplines illinios Triathlon Championships Crystal Lake IL 06/20/15 XTERRA Dino northern indiana Triathlon North Liberty IN 06/20/15 indianapolis Sprint Triathlon Series #1 Indianapolis IN 06/20/15 Stovepipe Sprint lincoln’s new Salem State Historic Site IL

06/20/15 Rail Splitter intermediate Triathlon Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site IL 06/27/15 Morse Park Summer Triathlon Noblesville IN 06/27/15 3 Disciplines - lumberman Triathlon Festival of Races Cadillac MI 06/27/15 22st Annual optimist Sprint Triathlon Winona Lake IN 06/28/15 Twin lakes Triathlon Palatine IL 06/28/15 2015 Big Foot Triathlon Lake Geneva WI


05/02/15 8th Annual Race for the Kids Hutsonville IL 05/09/15 3 Disciplines - Willow Duathlon New Boston MI

06/07/15 Powerman Wisconsin Kenosha WI 06/07/15 ET Batavia Duathlon Batavia IL


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Our Certified Sports Physicians (CCSP) are also Certified Power-Taping Practioners (CPTP), Our clinics provide care for patients ranging from professional athletes to soccer moms. As avid hockey players/athletes themselves, Dr. Clendenin, Dr. Bocci, Dr. Hover, Dr. Danielson all know first hand the need for chiropractic specialty techniques and physical therapy for any athlete. Our practices specialize in the correction of biomechanical disorders rather than treating just the pain symptoms. We provide comprehensive treatment programs for, but not limited to: Ligament/Muscle Injury & Tendonitis | Spinal Decompression | Podiatry Acupuncture | Therapeutic Sports Massage | Rolfing | Kinesio-Taping Naturopathy | Sciatica/Disc Problems | Physical Therapy Carpal Tunnel Syndrome | Rehabilitation | Back/Neck Pain | Headaches Custom Foot Orthotics | Rotator Cuff Syndrome | Knee/Hip Pain Foot/Ankle Pain | Extremity Conditions

CHICaGo arEa rEHabIlITaTIon ExpErTS, InC. C.a.r.E pHySICal THErapy Theresa Eiden, MPT • Sally O’Hare, MPT Pamela Johnson, MSPT • Lindsay Lindquist, PT, DPT Alicia Bien, LMT 2533 N. Southport, Chicago, IL 60614 773.472.2731 C.A.R.E. Physical Therapy’s mission is to provide the highest quality physical therapy services. We are individually owned and operated, and feature one on one treatment sessions lasting 45 minutes to one hour exclusively with a physical therapist. Having personal experience participating in marathons and triathlons, we specialize in running injuries, but treat all orthopedic, neck, back and sports related injuries. Our services include a comprehensive biomechanical analysis of gait and running form as well as posture, strength and flexibility assessments. We emphasize manual therapy (soft tissue mobilization/myofascial release and joint mobilization techniques) and individualized exercise instruction, but also utilize therapeutic modalities (electrical stimulation, ultrasound, etc.) Call us today for a free consultation or gait video analysis. Now offering Massage Therapy.

Sports Chiropractors for several professional teams

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

773.283.4470 | FAX: 773.283.4473 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

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July 4tH, 2015 STACY L. CLARK, PH.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist Sports Psychology/Performance Enhancement 25 E. Washington St. Suite 1719 Chicago, IL 60602 | 773-263-0003

evanston, il start/finisH at ackerman Park

Train your body. Train your mind. Perform your best. Athletes are always trying to enhance their performance or find that competitive edge yet most athletes have experienced instances when they were not performing at the top of their game. While physical training is important, conditioning is only part of an athlete’s training and if the mind is not on board, physical training can often become ineffective. It is the mental focus that carries an athlete across the finish line when the body no longer can. Therefore, being equipped with tools to help overcome mental roadblocks should be as much of a part of an athlete’s training program as endurance, hydration, and nutrition. Dr. Clark specializes in helping athletes reach their optimal performance by identifying the source of the athlete’s problem, by helping the athlete set goals, and by building skills. She has considerable experience working with issues commonly encountered by athletes such as performance anxiety, struggles with motivation, focus and concentration, stress management, adjustment to injury, and life circumstances that interfere with performance.

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

Call for a free confidential phone consultation.

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runners may not know about? A The challenges can differ from one event to another. For example, designing a course that is interesting for the runners, that works operationally, that will be accepted by the local community and that measures out to the correct distance can be a challenge. It’s nice to see runners thank the volunteers for their help at the races. But, many might not be aware of how challenging it can be to recruit enough of them to staff the event. Everyone should try to volunteer at a race from time to time. Your help is really needed, and it can be as much fun as running in the race. Q What are the most rewarding aspects of what you do? A It’s fun to see people achieve a goal that they had set for themselves. For 62

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