Mick Brown & Aneta Ziemianksa

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Mick Brown
 2013 May Mick Brown

Resting is not Mick Brown’s strong suit. If he isn’t running a marathon or ultra-marathon , odds are Brown is traveling to his next race. Born and raised in Australia but now living in Chicago, Brown began running marathons three years ago. He holds a marathon PR of 2:59:41 and a 1:20:57 half PR, but most recently Brown finished first overall in the Chicago Lakefront 50K in 3:50:17.

No distance appears to be too far for the 40 year old to travel for the right race. After finishing the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K in 28:34, he ran the Boston Marathon and now plans to travel to South Africa for the Comrades Marathon. The 54-mile race holds a special place for Brown, an ex-military reserve in Australia, as the race is one of the oldest in the world and honors the soldiers who fought in World War I.

Brown plans on once again competing in the CARA circuit in 2013 and hopes to run three marathons and three ultra-marathons. His first marathon came in Boston and Brown plans his second to be the Bank of America Chicago  Marathon, a race he calls his favorite.

Aneta Ziemianksa
 2013 May Aneta Ziemianska
Most who watch Aneta Ziemianksa compte might think she has been involved in triathlons for years. However, in 2012, her debut year for the race, Ziemianksa finished on the podium three different times including two first place overall finishes.
 
The 30 year old competes in triathlons of all distances from sprint to Half Ironman and excels in all of them. Last year Ziemianksa won both the Olympic distance of the Wauconda Triathlon and the Schaumburg Sprint Triahtlon. Even with two children at home Ziemianksa finds time to train for both multisport events and running races. Ziemianksa competes with the Dick Pond Fast Track team and has found herself at the front of the pack more times than not. Already this year she finished as the first woman overall in the Egg Shell Shuffle in March and was the second overall female in the March Madness 13.1 in Cary. Ziemianksa will continue to train with her team and husband Peter for another year of running and triathlons.