Issue Date: January 2010 Your Best Self Issue, Posted On: 3/5/2010
Lawrence P. Giannetti, Heather Bolingbroke
Lawrence P. Giannetti
Lawrence Giannetti lived all over Illinois before settling in DeMotte, Indiana. The Illinois State alum has been racing since 2001 in both multisport and road races. He has also served as one of the leading voices behind triathlon in the Midwest for just under a decade. As the USAT’s Midwest board of director’s committee member and Vice president, as well as a USAT race official, Giannetti has had a front-row seat to the rapid expansion of the sport. “I love duathlons and triathlons because they are so family-friendly,” says Giannetti. “I also love the fact that elites and pros compete alongside beginners. There are no age registrictions, just keep your conditioning up and you can race.”
And race he does. This year alone the 52-year-old has three first place age group (50-54) finishes. “I primarily participate in duathlons, but I try to do two or three triathlons a year. I’ve been lucky enough to compete in Xterra championships, both indoor and outdoor and I love participating in the sport.”
Heather Bolingbroke started running for her middle school track team. By sixth grade, she had been recruited onto the cross-country squad where she continued running through high school. After high school, heather dropped running except for recreation to concentrate on college and grad school.
In May of 2006, Bolingbroke caught the competitive bug again and started training for marathons. “I ran a few marathons, I guess five now, before I really saw a change in my times. This last marathon, the Chicago Marathon in 2009, I came in with a PR of 2:55. My previous record had been around 3:15,” says Bolingbroke. “Since that point, I’ve really come into my own.”
Since the Chicago Marathon, Bolingbroke has taken first-place honors in shorter distance races including her recent first-place podium appearance at the Rudolph Ramble 8K presented by Fleet Feet Sports (female winning time of 31:10) and she’s still just having fun. “I love running because it requires nothing but a pair of shoes. It’s my own time, my selfish time.”