Despite its reputation of being polluted and dirty, various Chicago groups say swimming in the Chicago River could be possible in the next 15 years. According to an article by DNAInfo Chicago, members of the Metropolitan Planning Council, the City of Chicago and Friends of the Chicago River met last week and released a plan to make Chicago-area waterways fully swimmable by 2030. Along with the Chicago River, the Des Plaines River and Calumet River will be open for swimming. The MPC surveyed more than 6,000 Chicago residents over 18Read More
You may have noticed I didn’t write a column last week, and that’s because I was exploring the beautiful state of Colorado! Although I was on vacation and away from my desk, the endurance world was not out of sight or mind. My boyfriend Dan and I drove the exciting 16 hours across Iowa and Nebraska with really no plan; we had hotels in Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs, and knew we wanted to hike, but really didn’t do much prior research. I did know, however, that a lot ofRead More
Tatyana McFadden, 2012 London Paralympics Marathon.
Today, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced that 17-time Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM) winner and six-time Chicago Marathon champion Tatyana McFadden and three-time Paralympic gold medalist and five-time Chicago Marathon title holder Kurt Fearnley (AUS) will return to compete for the number one spot at the 39th annual event. McFadden and Fearnley stand out among one of the most internationally diverse and talented professional wheelchair fields in Chicago Marathon history. Athletes from 11 countries will descend upon the Windy City on October 9 to vie for the ChicagoRead More
Apparently all it takes is two weeks of sport watching for Chicagoans to be motivated to hit the gym or pool. According to a Chicago Tribune article, clubs all over expect a boost in memberships after anytime the Olympics takes place; this year, with much success from the U.S. Swim Team, swimming clubs and teams are in the spotlight. David Stephens, head coach of Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club expects 25-30 more kids trying out than non-Olympic seasons, and Lakeshore Sport & Fitness had 20 more registrations than normal, managing partnerRead More
All athletes participating in the 2016 Transamerica Chicago Triathlon are set to receive a RunnerBox Race Kit at packet pick-up as part of a new sponsorship. The race kit contains a variety of handpicked items designed to help get athletes to the start line ready to race, finish strong and recover after. “We’re extremely excited to sponsor the 2016 Transamerica Chicago Triathlon and provide race kits for athletes, says Laura Jorgensen, Co-Owner of The RunnerBox. “With so many details to manage leading up to race day, we’re happy to beRead More
In an effort to diversify their sales approach, a couple is combining fitness and booze in a new Burr Ridge running store. Peak Running will be located at 580 Village Center Drive, approved by Burr Ridge Village officials Monday, the Chicago Tribune reports. In addition to running shoes and fitness attire, Peak Running will provide eight to 10 craft beer selections, along with wine, water and snacks. Tiffany and Mike Cruickshank own another Peak Running in Downers Grove, but do not sell alcohol due to lack of space. Tiffany CruickshankRead More
When I first got into biking I made the mistake all amateurs do: When I came across a hill I would power up it to keep my speed. If I approached a hill at 16 mph, I would try and maintain that speed until the top and coast down. One day a riding partner asked me why I was struggling so hard to maintain speed to get up the hills, rather than staying steady. He thought I was using too much power. “You’re pushing more than 200 watts up thisRead More
Today, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced that current marathon world record-holder and 2013 Chicago Marathon champion and course record-holder Dennis Kimetto (KEN) and half-marathon world record-holder and 2015 Chicago Marathon champion Florence Kiplagat (KEN) will return to compete for the crown at the 39th annual event. Kimetto and Kiplagat stand out in an historic field that includes five past champions – the most returning champions to toe the line in the same race in event history, setting the stage for Oct. 9 to be a thrilling contest ofRead More
2014 Philadelphia Rock n Roll Half Marathon
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania    September 21, 2014
Photo: Andrew McClanahan@PhotoRun
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced Tuesday that past champions and legendary runners Steve Jones, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Constantina Dita and Deena Kastor will return to Chicago to be part of the excitement of race weekend and celebrate the inaugural International Chicago 5K on Saturday, October 8. “Steve, Joan, Constantina and Deena are global running icons who have inspired a generation of runners,” said Carey Pinkowski, Bank of America Chicago Marathon executive race director. “I watched all of these athletes run bravely and become champions on our city streets.Read More

Race Recap: Windrunner 10k

By Jonathan Cain
The best way to describe the Windrunner 10k is by saying it is kind of a throwback race. It is not overly complicated nor does it come with a bunch of ballyhoo that some events feel they need to add to attract participants. It is a “race” in the most simple definition of the word and that is what makes it enjoyable. Actually, scratch that. The Lisle Windrunners, that group that puts the on the event, is what makes the race enjoyable. Over the past 29 years, they have createdRead More
Congratulations to the many finishers of all the races over the past weekend. I am always so excited to see new people tackling new challenges and higher distances in the sport of their choice. Whether triathlon, running, cycling or obstacle racing…to keep moving on and doing different and bigger things is always a win for us as athletes. However, I do have a pretty sore subject I would like to address. You can start the hate mail now: please note that a 70.3 is NOT an Ironman. An Ironman isRead More
Heads in Water
It all began as a friendly wager among seven members of the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Office of the FBI. But in less than 10 years—from its founding in 2007 up until 2015—the First Responders’ Competition hosted more than 1,000 participants from approximately 25 agencies across the United States. In retrospect, the triathlon’s steady rise in turnout was not overly surprising. After all, it was hosted during the weekend of the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon, the world’s largest multisport event, which has hosted at least 250,000 triathletes since 1983.Read More