November/December Athletes of the Month: Vachee Loughran and Alyssa Schneider

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Vachee Loughran

Many may recognize Vachee as the overall winner of the 2017 Transamerica Chicago Triathlon, with a time of 2:01:12; in fact, at 45, the Glenview resident is one of the race’s oldest winners. However, triathlon is nothing new to Vachee, as he started the sport in 1995 when he was a janitor at an athletic club, and a trainer encouraged him to start. This year alone, Vachee has earned six first place overall triathlon wins, including Leon’s Triathlon, the Big Foot Triathlon, Wauconda Triathlon, Glenview Spring Triathlon, the Chicago Triathlon and the North Shore Sprint Triathlon. He also placed sixth in his age group at the USAT Nationals. “For me the training is the fun part, the racing is too stressful and anxiety inducing.”

Alyssa Schneider

Alyssa has been a running all-star since being on the cross country and track teams at Bartlett High School, beginning in 2007. She finished All-State in Cross Country once, and three times in the 1600 meter in track. She continued running at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, finishing all-conference twice in track and once in cross country. Now, Alyssa runs with the New Balance Chicago Team, and completed her first marathon at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 8 with a time of 2:42:50. She says her career highlight is when she finished 17th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in 2015; her half marathon PR is 1:16:50, her 10K is 34:24 and her 5K is 16:13.

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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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