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The North Face presents an evening with professional ultra runners, Mike Foote and Mike Wolfe, at Café Brauer at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL on Wednesday, August 9. As part of The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series, Foote and Wolfe will lead a short group run, share their video The Crown Traverse and lead a live discussion on their ultra-running experiences followed by a Q&A session. The film highlights The North Face Athletes and professional ultra runners Mike Wolfe, Mike Foote, along with National Geographic Photographer Steven Gnam, as theyRead More
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The City of Evanston’s new protected bike lane on Dodge Avenue is open, according to a press release from the Active Transportation Alliance Wednesday. The bike lane runs from Howard Street to Lake Street, and connects Evanston Township High School to the Church and Davis St. bike lanes. Beginning on June 20, the project consisted of removing existing pavement markings; restriping the roadway to build a protected bike lane using thermoplastic pavement markings; and the installation of protective bollards. “Protected bike lanes add much needed safety and comfort for cyclistsRead More
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Boulder, San Diego, Tucson, Austin, Central Flor- ida: When triathletes think of ideal training locations, these are usually the first places that come to mind. Most have great weather almost year-round, wide-open roads with little traffic, and long climbs to really test your fitness. It’s no wonder that most of America’s top professional triathletes call one of these places home, with the overwhelming majority residing in Boulder during the summer months. But the fastest American Ironman finisher of all time prefers a much different training environment, one that his fellowRead More
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World champions Kendall Gretsch, Allysa Seely, Grace Norman and Aaron Scheidies led the U.S. to seven total medals on Sunday at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships. Competing on a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run course, U.S. athletes, including members of the U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Team and the USA Paratriathlon National Team, raced to four gold medals, two silver and one bronze. The Americans bring home more medals than any other nation, ahead of Spain’s five total medals and France’s four medals. Gretsch (Madison, Wis.) picked up her third consecutiveRead More
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Hydration 101: Less is More

By Holly Petrovich
While many runners swear by the “drink as much water as humanely possible before a race” strategy to hydrate, recent research proves that may not be the smartest technique. Out of fear of dehydration, about 8.9 percent of runners chug gallons of water prior to race day, and 36.5 percent consume fluids to a preset schedule, according to research from Loyola University. However, research from St. Mary’s University in London claims that dehydration isn’t as bad as most think, and it can actually improve one’s performance rather than hinder it.Read More
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It’s very easy to get stuck in a rut on the bike. Most of us have a bike route; we do the route, and never deviate from said route. But that bike route is the very thing that is holding us back. Spending hours in the saddle each week, performing the same cycling workout is not the way to get better at the sport. The reality is you must vary your training if your goal is to significantly increase your overall cycling strength. Your cycling training (just like your runningRead More
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There’s not much that feels as satisfying and free as slipping into your favorite running clothes, lacing up your shoes and hitting the trail, road or track. One of the last things runners want to think about is whether their clothes look shabby, smell bad or are unraveling at the seams. It seems to be a necessary evil of any workout regime: the stench coming from the laundry basket, filled with layer upon layer of wet, stinky running clothes. Like anyone else, most runners don’t particularly enjoy the laundry thatRead More
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Race Recap: Sundowner 5k

By Jonathan Cain
“It is just a great event.” That is the response you get when you talk to people about why they go to the Sundowner 5k year after year. It is a simple answer but it seems to be that it is the answer given because they can’t name one specific thing that they like about the event. The race is put on by the Joliet Park District- the second race in the run3 series- on a Thursday night in July. People that come back year after year know this toRead More
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Race Recap: Esprit de She 5K

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Over 1,200 women participated in the Esprit de She run at Montrose Harbor Thursday night.  The race originally had a 10K and 5K, but due to a heat advisory, race officials cancelled the 10K for runners safety and all participated in the 5K course. Dave Pappas MCed the event and Girls on the Run accepted a donation from Esprit to kick off the event.  A four group-staggered start allowed for minimal congestion of the path.  The course covered portions of Simonds Drive and the lakefront path with beautiful views ofRead More
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Spanning multiple disciplines and cycling race mediums, time trialing, often referred to as the race of truth, is an ultimate test and combination of an individual’s speed, power and grace. As a road cyclist, it can define an entire stage race. As a triathlete, it can be an area to make up (or lose) large sums of time. And as a track cyclist on the velodrome, riding the physical and proverbial line can mean the difference between being on the podium or not. In any medium, there are a numberRead More
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Melissa Pizarro Born and raised in Chicago, Melissa Pizzaro originally took up running to lose weight, and it ended up becoming her favorite hobby. Pizarro began training for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2012, and throughout the course of that year she lost 80 pounds. Instantly, she was hooked, and began compet- ing in several Ultra-length races. The following June, Melissa competed in the Kettle Moraine 100 mile Ultra Marathon, and then the Potawami 150 in Pekin in April 2014, where she placed third female and seventh overall.Read More
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The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K announced today it earned Gold Level Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport. The Council formally recognized the successful implementation of socially and environmentally responsible practices at the 2016 event. “As the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle course makes its way through the various neighborhoods of the city, we realize the responsibility we have to support – or – uphold the environment of these vital communities,” said Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K Executive Race Director, Carey Pinkowski. “As we grow our sustainabilityRead More