April Athletes of the Month: Kristina Aubert and Matt Diamond


Kristina Aubert

  • Qualified for the Olympic Trials in her first marathon while injured
  • First place female at the 2018 Illinois Christie Clinic Half Marathon
Where is your favorite place to run?

In the city, I would say the Lake Shore East neighborhood. It’s always salted and paved in the winter and has the only incline in the city to train on! Outside of Chicago, I have WAY too many favorite places, most of which are not in this state or country.

PR you’re most proud of?

1:14:02 at the 2018 Christie Clinic Illinois Half Marathon

What race is on your bucket list?

Every world major marathon. And, of course, dreaming of competing in an Olympic Marathon.

Training hours per week?
  • Running/training about 15 hours
  • Sleeping(recovery) about 70+ hours! 

Matt Diamond

  • Finished 11 marathons, three of the six Abbott World Marathon Majors (Chicago, Boston and Berlin).
  • Took first pace at the 2019 Chicago Lakefront 50k
Why do you run?

I enjoy seeing how far I can push myself. Whether it’s running faster or further, it’s exciting to see what you are capable of.

PR you’re most proud of?

2:39:13 – 2019 Houston Marathon 

As a mentor, what’s your biggest piece of advice for runners?

Don’t let one bad race stop you from achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself. You learn more from a bad race than a good race.

Number of shoes you go through a year?

Roughly 20; I rarely run over 300 miles in a pair of shoes.

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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 many distance races, and is going for her first marathon at the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon this October. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism, and is working towards her Master in Arts in New Media and Marketing.


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