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

Why You Should Care About CARA

By Holly Petrovich
If you are a runner in the Chicagoland area, add “CARA member” to your running resume. Many know the Chicago Area Runners Association for its marathon-training program. While that continues to be one of its largest and most successful programs, CARA is much more than that. CARA’s modest staff of seven – yes, only seven employees – does a lot behind the scenes that most are unaware of. Here at Chicago Athlete, we recognized that many might be uninformed, and we want to make sure the “largest running club inRead More

Find Your ‘Sole’ Mate

By Colette House
Having the perfect “sole mate” can really change a runner’s experience. Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or beginning runner, finding a pair of proper fitting shoes could be the difference between an enjoyable training and racing experience and a painful one. No two people have exactly the same gait, the same stride or the same body alignment. That’s why companies make shoes that fall under three categories each offering a different level of support. Neutral cushion shoes are made for those whose ankles either roll slightly to the outside orRead More
The first week is not even over yet, but the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio have been filled with great moments already. Every time I turn the TV on, something either makes me laugh, cry or shriek out in anticipation, and I’m just watching from Bartlett, IL – I’m sure the emotions in Rio are much, much higher. Because it’s the event that’s taking up 90 percent of our endurance news right now, I thought it was only appropriate that I dedicate a second column to the Olympics. ButRead More
The country’s clearinghouse of high school sports reports that track & field is the nation’s #1 and fastest-growing high school participatory sport. Released Wednesday, The National Federation of State High School Associations’ annual High School Athletics Participation Survey reveals that track and field last year logged the biggest increase for both boys and girls. The sport saw 12,501 more boys and 7,243 more girls compete during the 2015-2016 season. Last school year, 1,077,101 student-athletes participated in track & field, making it the #1 participatory sport for boys and girls. ItRead More
Did you know cycling with Jackson Chance Foundation can help Jackson Chance Foundation expand to Northwestern Prentice Women’s Hospital (#Parking4Prentice)? Join founders Carrie and Terry and #TeamChance for Owl Ride for Jackson, an 111 mile ride from downtown Chicago to Valparaiso, IN on August 20 & 21, 2016. The mission of Jackson Chance Foundation is to ensure that the financial burden of parking and transportation does not stand in the way of any parent being with their critically ill child. Carrie and Terry Meghie started Jackson Chance Foundation in honor of theirRead More