LOCAL ATHLETE PROFILES

As a niched publication, covering local-angled news and features is Chicago Athlete’s main goal. Because there are so many inspiring athletes in our area, this page strives to highlight as many as possible.

Athlete Profiles

October Athletes of the Month: Erika Edmonson and Emisael Favela

Erika Edmonson “I ran what I thought was my first and last marathon in 2005, bringing my camera to take pics throughout the Chicago neighborhoods,...

Everyday Athlete: Amy Saltzman, TEAM PAWS Chicago

This August, Amy Saltzman will compete in her first triathlon, but she is no stranger to competition. She has completed five marathons, including the...

Local Cyclocross Star: Maria Larkin

Maria Larkin is a standout in the local cyclocross scene, and while she discovered the sport in the United States, she's originally from Ireland....

August/September Athletes of the Month: Jane Bareikis and Tyler Woodward

Jane Barikis “I started running after my husband said I would be a good runner, At first I didn’t believe him, but he was right....

Everyday Athlete: Kathleen Hooper – Erika’s Lighthouse

Last October, Kathleen Hooper trained for and successfully completed her first marathon at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. This year, she is back...

May/June Athletes of the Month: Susan Niswander and Ryan Jaskiewicz

Susan Niswander “I’ve always run as a way of clearing my mind and keeping sane during crazy times. When my run times reached a...

Chicagoan Lawton Warzala Heads to Boston

On April 16, lifelong Chicagoan, Lawton Warzala will be running in the 122nd Boston Marathon as part of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) charity...

March/April Clif Bar Athletes of the Month: Daniel Kittaka and Jamie...

Daniel Kittaka “I quickly became enamored with running after joining the cross country team while attending Northside Prep High School. Running provided me a community...

Everyday Athlete: Keith Holzmueller, Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association

Keith Holzmueller has been running for nearly 50 years, and will run his 13th career marathon in 2018 at the Bank of America Chicago...

Meet our 2018 Chicago Athlete Ambassador Team

This year, we have 12 awesome athletes representing on our 2018 Chicago Athlete ambassador team. Located all over the Chicagoland area, they will go...

January/February Athletes of the Month: Douglas Beattie and Missy Bacik

Douglas Beattie Douglas Beattie’s running career started in the mid-1980’s when he joined track in high school; his events were the mile and two mile,...

Everyday Athlete: Wafa Haleem, Mercy Home

Wafa Haleem’s marathon career started with an invitation from her friend Johanna to attend a Mercy Home for Boys and Girls Poker Night fundraiser;...

Chicago Athlete Ambassadors’ Race Day Memories

Six Chicago Athlete Ambassadors ran the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and we wanted to hear about their experiences. We asked the Chicago Athlete...

November/December Athletes of the Month: Vachee Loughran and Alyssa Schneider

Vachee Loughran Many may recognize Vachee as the overall winner of the 2017 Transamerica Chicago Triathlon, with a time of 2:01:12; in fact, at...

Local Marathoner Profile: Michael Boraz, Chicago Endurance Sports and EDGE

Chicago Athlete: Why did you start running? Michael Boraz: I am a principal at Lincoln Park High School, so the work can be stressful and...

Local Marathoner Profile: Rumbi Chidz, Fast Track Racing

Chicago Athlete: Why did you start running? Rumbi Chidz: I’ve worked out a lot the last five years, running short distances and track, but I...

Local Marathoner Profile: Whitney Laurence, Full Potential Running

Chicago Athlete: Why did you start running? Whitney Laurence: In high school, I played tennis and found the team was more subjective about things, so...

Local Marathoner Profile: Joe Jao, Chicago Area Runner’s Association

Chicago Athlete: Why did you start running? Joe Jao: I started running in 2008, I was 29, and it had been a few years since...

Everyday Athlete: Paul Madison, American Red Cross

Paul Madison will be running his first marathon on Oct. 8, at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon to challenge himself and raise money for...

Local Triathlete Profiles: Karis Youngblood, Infinity Multisport

Chicago Athlete: How did your triathlon journey begin? Karis Youngblood: It’s so funny because I am a better athlete now in my 40’s compared to...
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