Stand Up Paddle Boarding: Summer’s Coolest Sport

This time of year, the Chicago lakefront bursts with runners, cyclists, swimmers, triathletes and kayakers. But if you want a unique way to experience...

The draw of weekday road races

From the city to the suburbs, summer marks the beginning of weeknight road race season in Chicago. The draw of these nighttime festivities varies...

Taming the Wild West

Booming West Loop a Hotbed for Fitness Sports   Back in the mid-1980s, the idea of participating in sports in the West Loop involved trying to...

Michael “Westy” Westenberger

Five years ago, a friend bet Michael Westenberger he couldn’t complete the 12-mile Key West Paddleboard Classic. With a mere two weeks of training,...

Day in the Life of an Insane Triathlete

Extreme Ironman Triathletes find a way to train, race and enjoy life.   It’s 5 a.m. in Cozumel, Mexico. Julian Murphy of Chicago carries his wetsuit,...

Take it to the Trail

Have marathons run their course for you, so to speak? Are you looking for the next big challenge in endurance running? If so, ultra...

In it for the Long Run: Marathon Maniacs

If you’ve run a marathon, somebody has called you crazy.   Running 26.2 miles just isn’t normal, even though running has never been more popular than...

Preparing to Train: The Importance of Base Building

In about five months, runners from around the world will descend on Chicago for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. If you’ve been through...

Long Run Group Options

Long Run Group Options When preparing for a marathon, a weekly long run is both one of the most important and one of the most...

It’s More Than the Miles

Training for a marathon? You’ll want to spend some time cross training. Elite marathon runners often log 100 to 120 miles during peak training...