What began as a way to stay in shape for soccer turned into a passion for Sean Choate. After joining track and field his junior year of high school, Choate learned he loved running and turned his focus to that instead. He ran for the track and field and cross country teams at Knox College and now runs for the Dick Pond Fast Track Racing Team.
Last year, Choate won the male 20-24 age group for the CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit and he hopes to continue to compete on the circuit this year as well while staying healthy after a hip injury and stress fracture derailed much of his 2014 season. Choate, an assistant coach at St. Patrick High School, also wants to help his athletes achieve their goals and strengthen their passion for the sport in 2015.
If you ran a race in the suburbs last year, there’s a good chance you were on the course with Eileen Skisak. Skisak, who came to running in 1999 with a 5K she ran for the post-race food, has amassed almost 600 races to her name in the past 15 years, including 70 last year.
Skisak doesn’t just finish races, however. Last year, she handily won the female 55-59 age group on the CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit and already this year has collected multiple top 10 finishes in races throughout the area, including a second place finish at the CNB Oak Forest Fleadh 5K on March 7. Skisak plans to race on the CARA Circuit once again and hopes to complete some triathlons this year as well.