Jared Reynolds picked up running in high school when he joined track after not making his school’s baseball team. In track, Reynolds discovered a love for running. He joined cross country the following year and continued running through college. After a hiatus following graduation and surgery on both feet, Reynolds watched the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and felt inspired to transition to longer distance races. He ran his first half marathon in 2013 and has run the past two Bank of America Chicago Marathons as well.
In January, Reynolds came in second at the F^3 Lake Half Marathon. Though he turned in a time less than a minute off his PR, the race wasn’t meant to be a goal race for him. Instead, he used it as a way to test his fitness before he heads to the Boston Marathon later this year. Reynolds, who runs for the Fleet Feet Racing Team, has had his eye on Boston for quite some time and says it is his main focus for 2015 at this point.
Fitness enthusiast Marron Burke took fourth place at the F^3 Lake Half Marathon in January, continuing a string of top five finishes she’s racked up since winning the Calumet City Mini Marathon last September. Burke, a yoga instructor and personal trainer, also won the Grand Rapids Half Marathon in Michigan last October and took second in the Naperville Half Marathon in November.
Though Burke began running as a kid, competing for New Trier and later the University of Montana in cross country, she took time away from the sport until 2010, when she began working at Universal Sole and joined the store’s racing team. Currently, she has her eyes set on the Fifth Third River Bank Run 25K in Grand Rapids, Mich. in May, and will decide after that event what she would like to target in the fall.