How to Become an Endurance Sports Coach

Coaches are usually pretty easy to spot on race day. They’re the ones nervously jogging from check-point to check-point, stopwatch in hand. But it...

Not Your Average Distance New mileage in a market saturated with traditional distances

A race for a quarter? That’s how much Brandon Gittelman of Carol Stream paid for the inaugural Chicago Quarter Marathon, happening April 5 at Soldier...

Clif Bar Athlete of the Year Shelley Cook

Shelley Cook had a banner year in 2013. After starting the year with a first place finish in her age group at the S-NO-W...

Clif Bar Athlete of the Year Michael Cauley

Michael Cauley began distance running in eighth grade after discovering that four laps around a track seemed easy. After maintaining a three-sport schedule as...

Learning a New Language: Chicago Athlete’s Dictionary

Criterium, fartlek, peloton: the world of endurance sports is full of words and phrases you aren’t likely to come across in everyday conversation. Whether...

The Art of the Bicycle

We use bicycles for competition, transportation, fitness or plain old fun. Many of us grew up with them. Some of us have incorporated them...

Local Ski Jumper Michael Glasder Has Sights Set on Olympic Gold

“I lived right across the street from the jump and my parents took me out just to test it out like any sport you’d...

Chicagoland: Extreme Sport Destination

Chicago’s rich history owes much to the variety of ethnic groups that have settled the area over the past 175 years. While some groups...

Exercise Evolution

Workout studios are hot, hot, hot…but why? Flashback: 1984. East Bank Club was in its infancy. Lakeshore Athletic Club, renamed Lakeshore Sport + Fitness...

Area Hopeful for 2014 Sochi Olympics

At this time of year most of us are pulling out the heavy armor that makes it possible to navigate through another winter in...