LOCAL ATHLETE PROFILES

As a niched publication, covering local-angled news and features is Chicago Athlete’s main goal. Because there are so many inspiring athletes in our area, this page strives to highlight as many as possible.

Athlete Profiles

Chicago Athlete Ambassadors’ Race Day Memories

Six Chicago Athlete Ambassadors ran the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and we wanted to hear about their experiences. We asked the Chicago Athlete...

Local Marathoner Profile: Michael Boraz, Chicago Endurance Sports and EDGE

Chicago Athlete: Why did you start running? Michael Boraz: I am a principal at Lincoln Park High School, so the work can be stressful and...

Local Marathoner Profile: Rumbi Chidz, Fast Track Racing

Chicago Athlete: Why did you start running? Rumbi Chidz: I’ve worked out a lot the last five years, running short distances and track, but I...

Local Marathoner Profile: Whitney Laurence, Full Potential Running

Chicago Athlete: Why did you start running? Whitney Laurence: In high school, I played tennis and found the team was more subjective about things, so...

Local Marathoner Profile: Joe Jao, Chicago Area Runner’s Association

Chicago Athlete: Why did you start running? Joe Jao: I started running in 2008, I was 29, and it had been a few years since...

Local Triathlete Profiles: Karis Youngblood, Infinity Multisport

Chicago Athlete: How did your triathlon journey begin? Karis Youngblood: It’s so funny because I am a better athlete now in my 40’s compared to...

Local Triathlete Profiles: Danielle Palagi, Dare2Tri

Chicago Athlete: How did your triathlon journey begin? Danielle Palagi: Well, I was a dancer growing up, so I had no training in running, swimming...

Local Triathlete Profiles: Stephen Ban, Team USA

Chicago Athlete: How did your triathlon journey begin? Stephen Ban: I was not an athlete growing up, I was a singer and an actor,...

Local Triathlete Profiles: Dawn Bartolini, Tri Right

Chicago Athlete: How did your triathlon journey begin? Dawn Bartolini: I had a significant weight loss and life transformation; I released more than 100...

August/September Athletes of the Month: Manon Blackman and Patrick Jackson

Manon Blackman Growing up in a family of runners, Manon Blackman didn’t want to be a follower and was averse to the idea of running....

Everyday Athlete: Stephen ‘Sven’ Johnson – Imerman Angels

When his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, Stephen “Sven” Johnson became her immediate caretaker. While she appreciated his care and attentiveness,...

July Athletes of the Month: Tyler George and Lauren Zumbach

Tyler George Although he is now a Chicago resident and cyclist, Tyler George started his cycling career in Indiana; in 2006, George raced the Little...

Everyday Athlete: Stephanie McCutcheon, One Tail at a Time

When Stephanie McCutcheon was walking down the street near her home one day, she saw a three-legged Pitbull up for adoption and immediately fell...

May/June Athletes of the Month: Jamie Mayer and Michael Vanacora

Jamie Mayer While Jamie’s friends were very involved in high school cross country, she was stuck working part time, but would include herself in weekend...

2016 Clif Bar Athletes of the Year: Jeremy Rielley and Theresa...

Jeremy Rielley  While many know Jeremy Rielley for his consecutive wins of the Chicago Triathlon in 2015 and 2016, what many don’t know is he...

Everyday Athlete: Jan Gerlach, Ride for 3 Reasons

While most 18-year-olds’ focus on graduating high school and getting into college, Jan Gierlach is adding “cross-country bike ride” to his to-do list. In fact,...

March/April Athletes of the Month: Kate DeProsperis and Kyle Larson

Kate DeProsperis Kate DeProsperis has always had her eye on sports, and was involved since a young age; in grade school, DeProsperis and her twin...
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