Race Recap: Chicago Bears 5K

By Holly Petrovich
If you missed the chance to run on Soldier Field at the Soldier Field 10 Miler in May, another opportunity was presented this past Saturday at the PNC Chicago Bears 5K. The race was previously known as the Super Bear Shuffle and took place in September during preseason; however, race directors decided to move it to June to allow finishers on the field. And the change was worth it – not only did runners get to feel the actual grass that the Chicago Bears play on, but they saw themselvesRead More
Whether you are a newbie triathlete or an experienced veteran, speedy Gonzalez or back of the packer, everyone can afford to practice the art of a smooth transition.  The transition is when you change disciplines – so swim to bike and bike to run.  Unfortunately (or fortunately, if you are really good at them), the time you spend in each of these transitions is added to your overall time in triathlon. Sometimes considered “the fourth discipline,” practicing transitions can not only save you time, but can also save anxiety andRead More
The Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) delivers a one-of-a kind training experience along Chicago’s scenic Lakefront with the 10th annual Ready to Run 20 Miler event. The run is a fully supported event that simulates a full marathon experience. As runners prepare for fall marathons, such as the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the Ready to Run 20 Miler acts as a training tool to help runners gauge their progress. Along the path over 3,000 participants will run beside Chicago’s history; including the Lincoln Park Zoo, Navy Pier, Grant Park,Read More
In order to raise money for those with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), the National MS Society is hosting its 35th annual bike race this weekend. Bike MS: Tour de Farms is a cycling series is DeKalb, Ill., where participants can ride for one or two days, and choose from several challenging routes, ranging from 15 to 200 miles. Beginning 7 a.m. Saturday at the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center, riders can choose from six route options, and will pass several local farms where they can stop and visit with the animals.Read More

7 Ways to Save Money on Races

By Holly Petrovich
As race participation has continuously dropped the last two years, many attribute their decreasing involvement to the increasing expenses of the sport. While registration fees are not likely to get cheaper, there are ways to save a few bucks while still getting the racing experience. 1. Join a Running Club Anywhere there’s a lot of races and running stores, there’s also a lot of running clubs, and a lot of perks for members. Check out your local park district or community center to see what they offer, and check postingsRead More

CARA Fun Run — 6/23/16

By Holly Petrovich
Members of the Chicago Area Runners Association met Thursday at the New Balance store on Golf Road in Schaumburg for a fun run down Plum Grove Road. The group meets every Thursday for a relaxing run at 6 p.m., and has Saturday morning training sessions at Busse Woods.Read More
First of all, if you haven’t watched Netflix’s original show, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” then you’re missing out. Written and produced by Tina Fey, it has a mix of silly humor with subtle pop culture references, and the characterization is fantastic. Quick summary: Kimmy Schmidt spent 15 years in an underground bunker in Indiana with three other girls. The man keeping them there, Reverend Wayne Gary Wayne, told them the world had ended, and they were the only survivors. However, they were unknowingly a part of a doomsday cult. Now inRead More
The Raceway Woods trail near Carpentersville in Kane County will receive a 1.5 mile expansion, a deal unanimously approved by Kane County Forest Preserve District commissioners. The trail will now continue up the middle of the old racetrack course at the site, according to the Daily Herald. The current area is accompanied by a thick-treed forest preserve, but is badly littered with a lot of graffiti and needs a renovation, the detailed plan states. A local bike group, the Chicago Area Mountain Bikers (CAMB), has been working with the forestRead More
As the number of bicyclists and bike commuters continues to increase, so does the number of bicycle accidents involving motorists, which often result in death. On Tuesday night, a couple from Morris was hit by an SUV while riding along a small rural road around 7 p.m. Both were announced dead that night, according to NBC. In Michigan, an “erratic pickup truck driver,” hit nine cyclists on June 7, and five of them died. Overall, the United States has a fatality rate of 21 per 100 million bicycle trips. InRead More
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon today announced Iain Jones as the sixth annual recipient of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Top Individual Fundraiser Award. The award was established in 2010 to honor the Bank of America Chicago Marathon participant who raised the most funds for charity through the annual world-class event. As a member of Team World Vision, Jones raised more than $65,000 during the 2015 event. The fundraising efforts of more than 10,000 marathon runners contributed to an event record $18.7 million raised during the 2015 BankRead More
Residents in Naperville may soon receive biking “tickets” … tickets that can be redeemed for a free ice cream cone. The Naperville Park District Police and Naperville Police Department will be citing residents all summer for demonstrating safe biking habits, the Chicago Tribune reported. The campaign is promoting community education and safety awareness, and will continue through the end of August. Examples of sage biking habits include wearing a helmet, obeying traffic laws, locking up bikes when not in use, and remaining visible. Officers from both departments can reward theRead More
FitNation and GO GURNEE are partnering to provide residents and friends of Gurnee access to free fitness opportunities all summer long. Pat Bodame, Fitness Services Supervisor with FitNation, stated, “With FitNation being the leader for fitness in the Gurnee community and GO GURNEE focusing on getting people to move for 30 minutes a day, collaborating together on free fitness events just makes sense.” “Our goal is to provide opportunities not only inside but also outside of our fitness centers that focus on getting the community moving,” stated Bodame. “This summer,Read More