It takes a Village… or a Community…


Chicago Athlete has been around a VERY long time at this point. Actually next year will be 35 years! Previously it was a monthly free publication found in local gyms and other spots. In 2019 it was moved to an entirely digital format. Historically the magazine has focused on active lifestyle and races in the Chicagoland area. Then at some point when we had a lot of races, that topic seemed to take over.

2020 brought to the magazine a new owner, that had already been working closely with the magazine for a few years. Now with the new regime, the new digital format and the growing social media platform that I direct, we have the ability to grow again, and even bigger.

Chicago Athlete is all about community. The running community. The triathlon community. Swimmers. Cyclists. So much more…The ACTIVE community. With race cancellations and the uncertainty we experienced during 2020, still lingering; we are continuing to do our best to grow and support our community.

We have a Chicago Athlete Ambassador program, that differs from previous years; including more community involvement on many levels. Coaches, active community influencers and leaders, educators, range of abilities, and hidden talents too! Oh and so much more! So proud of this group and of our staff.

We have launched community weekly fun runs! With more coming (interested in joining forces on this or another event…please reach out!) All paces and abilities (everyone) is welcome. These are FREE. These fun runs will happen rain or shine. If the weather is bad, take a look at Chicago Athlete Facebook & Instagram for updates if we need to cancel. We do have more details for all of our events on our Facebook Page.


Chicago Athlete + The Movement Guild + Urban Wellness Chicago, at 5:30pm. Heading for 3-4 miles in the West Town/West Loop area of Chicago leaving from TMG at 1659 W. Hubbard in Chicago. The clinic is available for restroom use and to store items while you run if needed! Please be aware of occupancy limits. There is a parking lot and street parking available. We will also be offering monthly clinics that may require further registration for occupancy when offered inside.

THE MOVEMENT GUILD delivers a fully personalized total wellness experience. Not your typical Physical Therapy clinic… its so much more!

Fostering a safe and empowering environment that bridges the gaps between rehab, coaching, and recovery. Collectively, the team of therapists and coaches has over 60 years of experience in our respective industries which places us among the best and most skilled providers Chicago has to offer.

URBAN WELLNESS CHICAGO is a studio offering a variety of Therapeutic Massage modalities, Wellness Services, & More!!! Our therapists are well educated and fully licensed. Conveniently located in Wicker Park by the Damen Blue Line El stop.

We also offer running and triathlon coaching services! Both for the individual and groups. Training plans for both virtual & local; group meet ups, and more!



Chicago Athlete + Arc’teryx Chicago at 6:00pm. Heading for 3-4 miles on the 606 path in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago. Hubbard in Chicago. Leaving from Arc’teryx 1630 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago. The store is available for restroom use and to store items while you run! Please be aware that there are occupancy limits inside the store. Parking is metered street parking, with other hidden gems of spots nearby! There are also some Spot Hero spots in the area. Bike or run to meet us too!

ARC’TERYX is a high performance outdoor equipment company known for leading innovations in climbing, skiing & alpine technologies. Perfect for running and the active lifestyle!



Tri 101: Get Ready to Tri (Am I Ready?) with Terri Visovatti joined by others from the Chicago Athlete Team!

Thinking about doing your first triathlon but not sure where to start? Have you registered and would like to know how to prepare? Would you like to optimize your training? Maybe you have completed a couple of triathlons, but interested in doing more, or improving? We will go over the basics of getting started as well as how to become a bit more experienced, and when to progress.

Check out our FREE session about how to get started. We will discuss this and also introduce the upcoming triathlon training programs available. Gain some valuable insight as to how you can be successful this upcoming season of racing!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 862 5104 3037

Passcode: 257664

Recently Mandi Florip (our fearless leader, owner, and editor) and myself (Terri Visovatti) launched Chicago Athlete Coaching. We have are offering monthly services at affordable pricing for one on one virtual coaching as well as some other programs (Fall Marathon + Triathlon programs starting soon) We are virtual, so wherever you are so are we! We will also be offering some additional options for those that are more local. We also have a range of clinics we will be presenting both virtual and in person. So hang on!! Any questions please reach out

This certainly is not EVERYTHING, but I think it is a good start! Hope to see you soon on the roads, in the water, at a race, at a studio… wherever!

Be well and stay active!


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Terri was not an athlete growing up. Maybe a bit “athletic” and definitely awkward. Now she is not only a runner and triathlete, but a Coach (running + triathlon) as well! She has been a part of the Chicago “sport” community for over 25 years as a Licensed Massage Therapist and Movement Specialist. Terri runs her own business, Urban Wellness Chicago in the wicker Park neighborhood; and also works with the Northwestern University Athletic Department. She does now consider herself an athlete, and regularly competes in races of multiple distances. Oh and yes, still a bit awkward! Terri is also a Certified Life & Happiness Coach with her own business All You Coaching; with additional focus on performance, life transitions, confidence, and mindset.


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