Steven Bugarin & Emily Jurlina

Steven Bugarin
 2014 April Steven Bugarin

Running has been a way of life for Steven Bugarin since he was young. As the only runner for his high school cross country team he earned a scholarship to run in college. He now coaches track and cross country at St. Ignatius College Prep all while racking up some impressive finishes of his own.

Bugarin said 2014 has been a strange start to the running year for him. While he has finished at or towards the top in all of his races, his times haven’t quite been what he wanted partially because of the cold weather. The 28 year old started off his racing with the F^3 Lake Half Marathon and finished in third place overall. He made up for it in his next race and won a late duel at the REM-Fit Pulaski 10K where he battled back and forth for the back half of a race that wasn’t decided until the final half mile.

Later this year, Bugarin plans to run the Bank of Amercia Shamrock Shuffle 8K and hopes to top the PR he set last year. His second major race for 2014 will be the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in October where he is looking for a time in the low 2:30s.

Emily Jurlina
 2014 April Emily Jurlina

Emily Jurlina started running on a whim when she joined her high school trck and field team. She went on to run with the Loyola University Club Cross Country team and joined the Universal Sole team after graduation. Jurlina’s year started off with the F^3 Lake Half Marathon where she finished ninth and followed the January race with the Chi Town Big Game 10K and a second place finish in 42:00 flat. Recently, Jurlina dueled it out at the inaugural Charles “Peanut” Tillman 5K and finished as the second woman in 20:49.

Jurlina keeps her race schedule busy and is in the process of completing one marathon in every state. So far, Jurlina has run marathons in nine states and intends to take at least two more off the board this year after competing in marathons in Minneapolis and Nashville. Jurlina likes to run all of the Universal Sole races with her teammates but is always looking for additional races that appeal to her. However, her favorite distance will always be the marathon. 
“There is just something about marathon running that, to me, is just so honest. It’s just you and your legs, no bike, no pool, it’s just you,” Jurlina said. “It’s been a big part of my life for the last four years. I can’t imagine not training for something.”