Runners often say that their sport has taken them to new places in their lives, but few can say that running has moved them across an ocean. Thomas Frazer came to the United States from Northern Ireland to run at Butler University. Since graduating he has run roughly one marathon every year and continues to demolish each training race in between.
Frazer has twice been the top Illinois finisher at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The Lake Forest resident says he picks one goal marathon every year and fills in local shorter races whenever he can. Frazer won the Cree Cruise 5K in Wisconsin and took home a purse of $500 for the first ever FrogHops Independence Grove 5K in Lake Forest. The 31 year old also won the Lighthouse Run in Racine in mid-June and took the title at the 4 on the 4th in Elmhurst.
Frazer isn’t sure yet which race he is building towards this year. He says that he loves the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, but has focused on that for the last few years and has a chance to run the Dublin Marathon instead. In the mean time, locals are likely to see Frazer running through the streets of Chicago at the Chicago Half Marathon.
Kathryn Hague has used her speed to dominate the field in each race she has competed int his season, winning five 5Ks already this season. The 25 year old says she didn’t always love running, but grew up surrounded by the sport. Since the start of May, Hague has competed in and won five different 5K races, wither most recent wins at the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate and the Jim Gibbons 5K. Hague’s top time on the year came at the Ridge Run where she finished in 17:34.
Although she has competed successfully in half marathons and triathlons, Hague says the 5K is her favorite distance. The combination of speed and endurance is the perfect mixture for the Chicago runner. Hague will attempt her first 10K at the BTN Big 10K. She will also return to the triathlon at the Life Time Chicago Triathlon. She as competed in the Chicago Triathlon six different times and this year hopes to break her top time of 1:20:14.