Chicagoans may be seeing a lot more of those blue bikes around this summer. Divvy, the city bike sharing system, understands how tedious Chicago traffic in the summer can be, so it’s decided to expand its services to make them more accessible, especially during big events, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The system works like this: users can purchase either an annual pass for $99, or a 24-hour pass for under $10 from any Divvy station. After injecting their key into the slot, they will get unlimited 30-minute trips for theRead More
Members from Team Ortho, who hosts several races, notified the 2,400 runners registered for the Minneapolis Marathon Wednesday that the June 5 races have been cancelled, the Star Tribune reported. The email, which is posted on the race’s website, states that the race officials could not secure permits for the original course, and new routes for the marathon, half marathon and relay could not be established by June 5. “Thank you again for your patience as we have tried to identify alternative courses for the Minneapolis Marathon,” the email reads.Read More
Kids at Mahalia Jackson Elementary School perform various patterns in an agility ladder during a Crossfit Program.
Since you’re a Chicago Athlete reader, I don’t have to explain the importance of fitness to you – it would be a little like preaching to the choir. But, what are we going to do about our city’s next generation? Most kids don’t get gym class every day like I used to. In fact, the lucky ones only get to let their engergy out during the day twice a week. I’m not the only one who recognized this problem though; I had the opportunity to tag along with a coupleRead More
Silver Lake Moutain Bike Trails - Grand Opening - June 4, 2016 - Poster
An official grand opening of the Silver Lake Mountain Bike Trail System will be held at Noon on Saturday, June 4. Approximately nine miles of professionally designed, purpose-built mountain bike trails have been built over the past two years in Silver Lake County Park. Construction, labor, and maintenance have been donated by members of the Silver Lake chapter of the Southeastern Wisconsin Trail Alliance (SEWTA) formally known as KORBA. SEWTA is one of the newest official clubs within the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA). “Now that spring is finally here,Read More
Happy Thursday, Chicago Athlete readers! For those of you who do not know me, I am the new Editor in Chief of Chicago Athlete (check out my introductory editor’s note). After nearly two weeks in the position, I recognize the endurance industry is not a dull one! I have already learned so much about racing, and I’m sure I’ve barely scraped the surface. So I figure, what better way to learn about a topic than to write about it? At my college newspaper, I did some column writing, and realizedRead More
Hundreds of Soldier Field 10 Mile competitors will receive free skin cancer checks Saturday, according to a press release from Loyola Medicine. In less than two minutes, Loyola University Medical Center dermatology division director Rebecca Tung and her 14 staff members will scan the runners’ skin; they will be looking for suspicious moles and other potential skin cancer indications. “Runners are outdoors for extended periods of time with exposed flesh and many are not aware of their potential for skin cancer,” said Dr. Tung. “Loyola is active in offering freeRead More
NBC Olympics, preparing to broadcast thousands of hours of coverage from this summer’s upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Fandango, the nation’s leading digital destination for all things movies, are joining forces for the first time on Fandango’s “I Love Movies: Rio Olympic Edition” digital video series, premiering today.  The debut kicks off a multi-month Olympic celebration of original programming on Fandango, leading up to NBC’s broadcast of the Opening Ceremony on Friday, August 5, from Rio. The first three episodes of the series, available for viewingRead More
Volt iPhone Image (PRNewsFoto/Volt Athletics)
Volt Athletics® announced last week the launch of the first intelligent fitness training app built specifically for athletes. For the past three years, Volt’s research-based strength training platform has been available exclusively to elite teams at top schools. With this much-anticipated announcement, athletes everywhere now have access to professionally built sport-specific training programs. Volt stands out in the crowded Health and Fitness app landscape by using patent-pending technology to create and deliver highly prescriptive workouts designed to improve athletic performance. While most fitness apps focus on weight loss and activityRead More
Westmont could be a new practice location for Olympic swim training, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday. The proposed project would consist of building a natatorium to host training Olympic-caliber swimmers. The facility would include two pools: one for training top-level athletes and one public pool. An upper-level seating area for 1,200 people is also included in the plan. The competition pool would be 50-meters, and one of the fastest in the country due to its high air quality and consistent deepness, Oak Brook resident Mary Ann Kaufman said. Kaufman isRead More
The Oak Park Runners Club (OPRC) has announced a $25,000 gift of race proceeds from the Good Life Race in support of both the Collaboration for Early Childhood and the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry.  “We had a record turnout for the 2016 Good Life Race and we are delighted to support the works of both of these community race partners.” said Keith Strom, Race Director. “We are tremendously grateful to all our sponsors, volunteers and participants who ensure the success of the Good Life Race, and make thisRead More
The annual Bike Commuter Challenge is celebrating its 25th year, and registration is officially open according to a Tuesday press release. The week-long biking celebration, will take place June 11-17. “Since 1991, Active Trans has encouraged new and experienced riders to get out and bike while creating friendly workplace competition among Chicagoland companies and organizations,” the BCC website states. In order to participate, riders must register, and join or create a team by 5 p.m. June 1. Those registered will be entered to win a New Belgium Brewing Fat Tire Cruiser Bike.Read More
Chicago has been frequently recognized as America’s second best bike city by Bicycling magazine, and while bikes are often seen on the Chicago Transit Authority and Metra trains, passengers could not bring their bicycles on the Amtrak until recently. Earlier this month, Amtrak announced that passengers are now able to take their bicycles aboard Hiawatha trains running between Milwaukee and Chicago, the Wisconsin Gazette reported. However, travelers must make an online reservation in advance in order to do so, and pay $5. “This saves our bicycling passengers money and makesRead More