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Local Marathoner Profile: Michael Boraz, Chicago Endurance Sports and EDGE

Chicago Athlete: Why did you start running? Michael Boraz: I am a principal at Lincoln Park High School, so the work can be stressful and...

Denise Sauriol & Todd Lewis

Denise Sauriol   Adventure is something that Chicagoan Denise Sauriol is passionate about. She’s run 30 marathons and recently an ultra marathon. So it came as...

From Chicago to Boston: Shelly Fuerte

Last year, 896 Illinoisan runners represented at the 2018 Boston Marathon, so this year, we wanted to talk to a few of them heading...

May Clif Bar Athletes of the Month: Stephen Clevenger and Katie Zawacki Tosh

Stephen Clevenger  Accomplishments: Second Illinois finisher at the 2019 Boston Marathon, 63 overall, with time of 2:27:15 Finished in top 50 in debut marathon at...

Kaleb Koch & Kalli Dalton

Kaleb Koch   With one lap to go in the 15-16 scratch race final at the Junior National Championships in Trexeltown, PA, Kaleb Koch was in...

Todd Paul & Mary Jo Slikas

Todd Paul   Chicago resident Todd Paul may be the only person in the world unable to complete a kick turn in the pool, but able...

Jean Marinangeli & Michael Straza

Jean Marinangeli   In 2008 Michael Straza staged a comeback of sorts. After taking a 16-year break, Straza burst back onto the running scene, finishing the...

Jared Reynolds & Marron Burke

  Jared Reynolds                 Jared Reynolds picked up running in high school when he joined track after not making his school’s baseball team. In track, Reynolds discovered...

Kevin Lyons & Jill Czarnik

Kevin Lyons   One would expect that someone who graduated from Harvard and moved on to Northwestern University's Business School would have a strong drive for...

November/December Athletes of the Month: Ruth Garippo and Alan Peterson

Ruth Garippo "I attended Lake Park High School and played volleyball, basketball, and soccer. My first time ever racing was my sophomore year of high...