Issue Date: September/ October 2011 Marathon Issue, Posted On: 10/13/2011
Meghan Kennihan & Kamil Suran
Sept/Oct 2011 AOTM
Kamil Suran has lived in Crystal Lake, Ill. for over 10 years, but has been involved in sports virtually his entire life. After taking a career-related hiatus from athletics, Suran came onto the endurance scene at age 33. "I realized when I was 33 that I'm not getting any younger and I didn't feel as good as I used to," says Suran. "I just wanted to feel better again, not so tired and out of breath."
Since that day, Suran has posted a laundry list of competitive finishes and has represented the Czech Republic in many ultraendurance races — a tribute to his father.
This year alone, Suran has conquered the Potawatomi 100-Mile run (Seventh place overall finisher), a double Iron triathlon in Florida (this race secured a second-place overall standing in the World Cup of Ultratriathlon for Suran). And on July 27 of this year, Suran swam the Catalina Channel in California a feat only 200 other people have ever accomplished.
LaGrange, Ill. resident Meghan Kennihan has been chalking-up endurance victories since she took up road racing in her sophomore year of college. A natural athlete, Kennihan was well versed in shorter distance track events, but was drawn to distance racing after her first experience — a 10K race that she won.
Since that first victory, Kennihan has continued to grab podium appearances. Most recently she was the first female finisher at the Schaumburg Half Marathon, Bonfield Express 5K,Tough Mudder and the inaugural Illinois Marathon.
In addition to running, Kennihan has also excelled in triathlons having qualified for the Vegas 70.3 Championships twice despite having little training and using borrowed equipment.
"I love getting into •the zone' when you feel like every step is effortless. It is so stress relieving and I love that you can do it anywhere," says Kennihan. "Not all runs are perfect but you learn something from each one."