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, 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.