Polar Dash Races

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Team Ortho hosted its annual Polar Dash on Saturday along Chicago’s lakefront. The race began at Soldier Field and offered several distance options for the chilly January morning including a 1700m, 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and even a few challenges that combined those distances. The Half Marathon and 10K were on a USATF-certified course that took runners from Soldier Field south down the lake shore of Lake Michigan and back.

Each distance had a different start time ensuring that the lake front path provided enough space for all runners. Start times ranged from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. so there was very little overlap of distance runners. The wide gap in start times also allowed runners to race in multiple distances, if they so dared. With temperatures ranging just above zero degrees and the wind chill making it feel even lower, racers certainly earned their post-race hot chocolate and thick fleece sweatshirt.

The race organizers set up an Athlete Village in the South lot of Soldier Field where they had a bag check, pre and post-race water and refreshments, and a Team Ortho gear store where racers had the opportunity to purchase extra gear.

First through third Half Marathon male finishers were: Robert Duncan, Jaison Williams and Kevin Ouyang. First through third Half Marathon female finishers were: Dorothy Cohee, Emma Zimmerman and Fiona Carlon. First through third 10K male finishers were: Ric Larsen, Daniel Usalis and Eugene Van Heerden. First through third 10K female finishers were: Sarah Rutkowski, Kristen Adams and Alexandria Niemoeller.


Team Ortho offers several races throughout the year including a Chicago and Minnesota race series. Their next race is the Get Lucky 21K, 14K and 7K on March 11. You can register for this race and the entire race series on their website. http://www.teamortho.us/

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Mandi began running in middle school and never stopped. As a high school and college cheerleader, running was the exact athletic counterpart to keep her fitness levels high. While attending The John Marshall Law School in 2007, Mandi ran her first Chicago Marathon, the final year it was partnered with title sponsor, LaSalle Bank. Mandi has continued to run several half marathon and shorter distance races and looks forward to running in the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. An Illinois licensed attorney, Mandi is currently the Executive Director of the Lake County Municipal League, a council of government representing 42 municipalities in Lake County. An avid weekend race warrior, Mandi tries to run 2-3 races each month from Milwaukee to Chicago and loves the opportunity to report about her experiences in Chicago Athlete

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