Dan Kremske has a strong desire to always move forward. Although his first love was football, he spent his senior year focusing on track and was able to compete in the IHSA state meet. After being accepted at U of I, Kremske walked on to the cross country team and by the end of his collegiate career was a vital team member. Now a college grad, Kremske is working towards making a name for himself in the Chicago running community.
The 24-year-old Woodstock resident only started running road races last fall, but he was able to use his time off to build mileage and now is consistently a threat to be named champion of any race he enters. His breakout race came in early May at the First Midwest Bank Half Marathon where he earned his first victory of the season and a PR of 1:06:16. Kremske followed up that performance with a repeat victory at the Rockford Half and another first place at the Fleet Feet Sports Soldier Field 10 Mile. His most recent race pitted him against some of the toughest competition in the country at the North Shore Half Marathon, where he finished fifth overall.
All of his races to date have been a build up for the 2013 USA Half Marathon Championships in Duluth, Minn. Kremske hopes to break the 1:06 mark in the championships.
Pam Staton has continued to vary her race distance going from 5K to a half marathon and anything in between. The 26 year old Chicagoan’s impressive season started in March with a second place finish at the Race That’s Good For Life 5K in Oak Park. More recently, Staton finished the Fleet Feet Sports Soldier Field 10 Mile in fifth place. She was able tot top the pack this spring at Race to Wrigley then again in the Roselle Run for the Roses finishing in first place.
Athletic success is nothing out of the ordinary for STaton. The certified personal trainer was a multisport athlete at Loyola University of Chicago, set numerous school records and was named the Horizon League Women’s Outdoor Track and Field athlete of the year in 2009. Staton is preparing for the USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals this year in addition to her first marathon at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.