The North Face celebrates the Chicago running community with a fun run followed by a presentation and book signing with November Project founders Brogan Graham and Bojan Mandaric on Friday, October 7. As part of The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series, the 2.65 mile run will start at The North Face Store on Michigan Avenue and end at the Navy Pier Rooftop Terrace. In their presentation, Graham and Mandaric will share how two Bostonians started the global fitness movement, called The November Project, which changed the status quoRead More

Strava Adds New Safety Feature

By Holly Petrovich
Strava, the popular smartphone app for athletes, released a new safety feature to allow users to share their riding location in real time with family and friends. The GPS tracking app is a well-liked tool for runners and cyclists to not only track their own trips, but compare them to friends’ routes as well. Users can also obtain statistics such as distance, speed, pace, calories burned and elevation through the app. Now, the app created in 2014, allows riders to select up to three safety contacts, according to Bike Radar.Read More
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon continues to provide significant growth to Chicago’s economy, with the 2015 race delivering an estimated $277 million in total business impact to the city, an increase of more than 9 percent compared to 2014. The findings come from the latest economic impact study reported today by Bank of America. The event remains an important economic driver for the city, providing more than a quarter of a billion dollars to Chicago for the third year in a row. The independent study is conducted by UniversityRead More
Last weekend (Sept. 17), I endured probably the toughest race, competition and event I’ve ever participated in; the Spartan Beast was a mentally and physically challenging, BEAST of a run. Despite a minor hip injury and recovery training, I headed out to Pala, Calif., where the race was held. Pala Raceway was like nothing I’ve ever seen; it was a motocross track surrounded by mountains, and it was absolutely beautiful. But, I’d very soon after realize how much I was going to hate the “scenery.” Each race starts with enteringRead More
In recognition of his contributions to his native state, the governor of Wisconsin proclaimed Sunday, Sept. 25, as Chris Kegel Day throughout the state. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Mayor Dan Devine of Kegel’s hometown of West Allis, Wisconsin, have also named that day as “Chris Kegel Day” in their respective cities. A Milwaukee-area icon and fixture of the local and national bicycle advocacy movement, Kegel, owner of Wheel & Sprocket, has spent more than 40 years in the cycling industry promoting numerous bicycle charity events and bicycle infrastructure projectsRead More
It was the Sunday morning every runner hoped for when they registered for the Chicago Half Marathon – cool and sunny, with a slight breeze coming off the lakefront called for tons of PR’s and happy finishers. The races, in which more than 15,000 people participated, marked the 20th Annual Chicago Half Marathon and Life Time 5K event. Runners from all 50 states and 47 countries gathered in Jackson Park early Sunday morning to prepare for the race. Lake Shore Drive was closed promptly at 6 a.m., and the wheelchairRead More
Marathon season is upon us. If you are participating in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, you are likely already into your taper. The taper is a very important part of your training and should be planned very carefully; I often tell my athletes that at the point where you are tapering, there is literally nothing you can do to make your race better; however, there are a lot of things you can do to make your race worse. Generally, most people plan for a three-week taper. Here are aRead More
Two Barrington residents, who are avid swimmers, are currently working with city and state agencies to organize a swimming event for 100 plus swimmers in the Chicago River next year. Don Macdonald, a management consultant, and Doug McConnell, an investment banker, proposed a charity fundraising event, in which experienced open water swimmers would swim a 2.5-mile distance in the Chicago River. In their proposal, they claimed that all swimmers would need training, permits and vaccinations in order to participate. Specifically, swimmers would begin at Ping Tom Memorial Park, swim pastRead More
young woman running in the early evening autumn leaves
Today marks the first official day of fall – finally! Even if it doesn’t quite have that brisk, chilled feel in the air yet, we know it’s right around the corner. It seems the whole world is ready for the new season; social media has been blowing up about #PSL (Pumpkin spice lattes, which I actually think are gross), and even Snapchat has a Starbucks and UGG boot filter today. But while others are excited to cuddle in their sweaters and go to a pumpkin patch, runners have a wholeRead More
Today the Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced changes to the elite field for the Oct. 9, 2016 race. Dennis Kimetto (KEN), current marathon world record holder and Bank of America Chicago Marathon course record holder, has withdrawn from the race due to injury. Third place finisher in 2015, Sammy Ndungu (KEN) has also withdrawn from the men’s field, and Nick Arciniaga (USA) will not be a part of this year’s elite field; he will participate in the Berlin Marathon this Sunday. Paul Lonyangata (KEN) has been added to theRead More
No matter where she lives, Tera Moody always makes an effort to come back to her home city for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The elite athlete grew up in St. Charles, but moved out to Colorado in 2004 for training. A decade later, though, Moody felt homesick, and now lives in Chicago, three blocks from the Lakefront Path. “I can go for a run any morning and see people I know there,” she says. “I’ve met so many people and everyone is so open, and I really likeRead More
Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club is hosting An Evening2Inspire, its second annual fundraising event, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30 at Venue SIX10 in Chicago. The evening is an opportunity to celebrate all athletes with physical disabilities and visual impairments who will cross a finish line with the help of Dare2tri, a nonprofit that serves paratriathletes of all levels. The event will honor Alec Litowitz, Dare2tri Board Chair and founder of asset management firm Magnetar Capital. The four Dare2tri athletes competing in the Paralympics in Rio De Janeiro this fall, whoRead More