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

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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 sister tried out for both the basketball and volleyball teams, and were cut from both. Although unfortunate, the two wanted to stay active, so they turned to cross country because it was a non-cut sport, and the rest is history. Now, DePro- speris runs for the Jenny Spangler Racing/Saucony team, and just achieved her personal best in the

marathon in December at the California International Marathon with a time of 2:42:49. She also got her half marathon PR during the second half of that race at 1:20:36. Her other PRs consist of an 18:15 5K, a 29:52 8K and a 38:30 10K. “I look forward to the 2017 season to chase some of those shorter distance PRs and aim for a fall marathon to Qualify for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials when the qualification window opens.”

Kyle Larson


Kyle Larson, mostly known for his involvement with Fleet Feet Sports, has been a competitive runner since high school. Upon graduation, he attended University of Min- nesota Duluth where he ran on the cross country and track teams and worked at a local running store. After re- ceiving his degree, he moved to Chicago and began his career with Fleet Feet, and is now the coach of the Fleet Feet/Nike Racing Team. “Being part of a team is really the best way to improve as a runner and you meet so many awesome people through running,” Larson says.

Not only does Larson enjoy running, but he’s really good at it; in 2016, he was the first Illinois finisher of the Boston Marathon with a time of 2:34:15, and he recently won the first annual Chi-Town Rise and Shine 5K. His 5K PR is 15:34, and he PRed at the 2016 Lakefront 10 Miler with a time of 52:15.

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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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