Michael Cauley has triumphed in many races he’s run, no matter the distance, terrain or location. Over the past few years Cauley has competed in races ranging from 5Ks to half marathons on both roads and trails in five different states. Moste impressively, Cauley has had success in all of them.
Most recently, Cauley finished third overall at the Schaumburg Half Marathon Turkey Trot on Nov. 24. The 31 year old crossed the finish line in 1:14:53. Cauley, a Bloomingdale resident, also has a top five finish at the Waterfall Glen Xtreme 10.
After a change of scenery brought Meaghan Iandolo to Chicago from the East Coast she quickly found success in the sport she learned to love. In her first ever ultra-distance run, Iandolo finished atop the female crowd in the Chicago Lakefront 50/50 in the 50 mile race.
Iandolo wasn’t sure she was prepared to run, having only lived in Chicago a few months. Her doubt proved to be unfounded. She finished the late October race in 7:03:01, more than 20 minutes ahead of the next woman to finish and behind only six men.
Iandolo started her running career in college after playing soccer competitively. After running the Boston Marathon in 2008, she was hooked. Iandolo continued to run marathons and set a personal record at the 2012 Philadelphia Marathon, finishing in 3:05:18. She plans to run a half marathon in January, followed by a return to the Boston Marathon where she hopes to reach her goal of breaking the 3:00 mark. She also hopes to run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and complete a 100-mile race at some point.
Regardless of the race, the 27-year-old Chicago resident has one rule when it comes to running: It has to be fun. “I’m not someone that’s constantly tracking my runs or doing a certain amount of miles each week,” Iandolo says. “I’d rather it be a surprise. It’s too much fun for me.”