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Everyday Athlete: Jan Gerlach, Ride for 3 Reasons

While most 18-year-olds’ focus on graduating high school and getting into college, Jan Gierlach is adding “cross-country bike ride” to his to-do list. In fact,...

Jeff Purdom & Rachel Velarde

Jeff Purdom   Jeff Purdom ran in high school, but never at a competitive level. Seven years ago, a friend convinced him to pick it up...

Tamara Munch & Braden Renshaw

Tamara Munch   Tamara Munch has had quite the running career. In the past five years, she has gone from a beginner on the running circuit...

Courtney Convey & Isai Madriz

Courtney Convey   At first glance, Courtney Convey is your typical suburban teenager. Butthere is nothing typical about this 17-year-old athletic phenom. Though thousands of girls around...

Jeremy Borling & Amy Thomas Elder

Jeremy Borling   “I was completely surprised” is not something you typically hear from the winner of a marathon, but that’s exactly what Chicago’s Jeremy Borling...

Everyday Athlete: Caylei Vogelzang, Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation

Growing up in Ashland, Oregon, Caylei Vogelzang has always been focused on physical fitness, health and wellness. She ran cross country and track in...

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...

Chad Ware & Vidthya Abraham

Chad Ware   Chad Ware leads an interesting life. In addition to being a sub 2:30:00 marathon runner, Ware is also in seminary school and awaiting...

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...

Mick Brown & Aneta Ziemianksa

Mick Brown   Resting is not Mick Brown's strong suit. If he isn't running a marathon or ultra-marathon , odds are Brown is traveling to his...