A life-long Chicagoan, Mark Buciak, member of Boston’s Quarter Century Club, set a new State of Illinois record on Monday by completing his 39th consecutive Boston Marathon.

Buciak has run more Boston Marathons than any other runner from Illinois in the 122 years of the race. Despite the cold temperatures, strong winds, and hip replacement four months ago, Buciak ran a smart race, with his second half marathon only 63 seconds slower than his first. He came in at 6:10:57.

“Conditions were tough but training in Chicago made me tougher. This was one of my most rewarding marathons of my life,” Buciak says. “The fans of Boston all deserve a medal and a cannoli from Bova’s Bakery for being out in rain all day!”

At the 1983 Boston Marathon, Buciak set his personal best with a time of 2:30:25. In addition to his own training, Buciak leads the training group The Road to Boston for other Chicagoans who wish to run in the country’s oldest marathon. He hosts weekly training runs and frequent social events to prepare and build excitement around the race all year long.

Other Chicagoans who ran the 2018 Boston Marathon can join Buciak at his Boston Marathon Celebration Friday night at the Cafe at Formula Fitness Club in Gold Coast. For more information, email Buciak at [email protected]

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Holly's running career began in high school; after being bummed about not making the volleyball team her sophomore year, she decided to join some of her middle school friends on the cross country team. She also did track in the fall, where the 1600 m race was her niche. Since then, she has run several shorter distance races and two half marathons. Her goal for 2017 is to try a triathlon, and eventually do the Chicago Marathon. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism. Working at Chicago Athlete, Holly has been able to explore photography a lot more, which is one of her main hobbies. She enjoys taking photos at endurance races, and is also passionate about nature photography and portraiture.

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