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 active army duty as a chaplain following his graduation.
Ware originally started running as a way to keep fit. “I ran in high school as a way to stay in shape. In college I ran more seriously and really enjoyed the experience of working with teammates toward a goal,” says Ware.
His hard work and training came to a peak recently when he finished the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in a blazing 2:23:50 (making him the 18th overall finisher) in a race that has quickly become on of his favorites. “The Chicago Marathon has to be one of my favorite races. Everything really came together at that race and I actually ran a faster second half than my first. The fan support at the marathon is incredible and I really enjoyed running it this year,” says Ware.
Vidthya Abraham moved from South Carolina to Chicago to attend and run for the University of Chicago. Abraham graduated in 2007 with a degree in biology, but being out of college hasn’t stopped her from racing.
This year, Abraham took home third place amongst the women running in the 2008 “Turkey Trot 8K” presented by Fleet Feet Sports with a time of 30:17, she came in second at Universal Sole’s She’s Got Sole 5K and took fourth at Nike’s Chicago Human Race.
With impressive finishes like that, it would be easy for Abraham to take training a little easy, but that isn’t the case with this goal-driven racer. “I plan on going to Oregon for a few months and practicing with the club up there. I want to get better and hopefully PR in the 5K,” says Abraham.