Stepping away from running helped Jason Ream find his stride again. The Cleveland native ran all his life, including competitively in high school and college. He continued to race when he moved to Chicago in 2008, but noticed that things felt repetitive. He changed his focus to triathlons, which helped to refocus and refine his running skills.
In the last two months, Ream has tallied three top 10 finishes in four different distances. He finished eighth out of Illinois runners the Boston Marathon with a time of 2:40:09, fourth at the Race That’s Good For Life 5K, sixth at the Ravenswood Run, third at the Cinco de Miler and sixth at the Universal Sole Four Mile Classic.
Ream has also had success in triathlons. He was the 100th finisher at the 2014 Ironman Wisconsin and followed that up by racing at the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Milwaukee. This year, he plans to focus on triathlon training again. He will return to Ironman Wisconsin and the USAT Age Group National Championships in addition to the Ironman 70.3 Racine.
Fiona Carlon had never run anything longer than a half marathon when she moved to Chicago from Australia in 2011. However, the day she moved was the day of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Despite not being able to cross the street, she was hooked on the event and has focused on marathons ever since. She ran the 2012 Boston Marathon and followed with the Bank of America Chicago Marathon later that year. At the 2014 Fort Lauderdale Marathon, Carlon finished fourth among the women and ninth at the Team Ortho Chicago Get Lucky Half Marathon. Carlon went on to win the Wisconsin Marathon on May 3 with a time of 3:07:57.
Later this year, Carlon plans to run Bank of America Chicago Marathon and the New York Marathon. She also dabbles in triathlons. Last year, she finished second in her age group at the Lifetime Chicago Triathlon, sending her to the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships this year. She will also compete at the ITU World Triathlon Chicago.