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

Everyday Athlete: Bridget O’Brien, Muscular Dystrophy Association: Team Momentum

On Sunday, October 13, Bridget O’Brien will be running her ninth career marathon at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. She has been running...

August Clif Bar Athletes of the Month: Andrea Kruszka and Dhruvil...

Andrea Kruszka Accomplishments: Recovered from MS flare up and return to running Win 2019 Soldier Field 10 Miler with time of 1:03:36 Placed seventh in...

July Athletes of the Month: Ryan Verchota and Rachel Wills

Ryan Verchota Accomplishments: Complete the silver Rush 50-miler in Leadville Was a guide at the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon What was your experience...

Everyday Athlete: Caylei Vogelzang, Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation

Growing up in Ashland, Oregon, Caylei Vogelzang has always been focused on physical fitness, health and wellness. She ran cross country and track in...

Beer and Running: How Tim Faith Blends His Two Passions

You may recognize Tim Faith as the guy sporting Goose Island attire at local races. As a brewer for the company, this marathoner (who...

May Clif Bar Athletes of the Month: Stephen Clevenger and Katie...

Stephen Clevenger  Accomplishments: Second Illinois finisher at the 2019 Boston Marathon, 63 overall, with time of 2:27:15 Finished in top 50 in debut marathon at...

April Athletes of the Month: Kristina Aubert and Matt Diamond

Kristina Aubert Accomplishments: Qualified for the Olympic Trials in her first marathon while injured First place female at the 2018 Illinois Christie Clinic Half...

Meet the 2019 Chicago Athlete Ambassador Team

Over the last several years, our ambassadors have brought race coverage to you nearly every weekend to help you find races that you might...

March Clif Bar Athletes of the Month: Kimberly Horner and Eric...

Kimberly Horner - Running Accomplishments: 2019 Female Winner of F^3 Half Marathon Ran cross country and track at Oxford University How did you start running? I grew up...

2018 Clif Bar Athletes of the Year: Daniel Kittaka and Erika...

You voted, and the results are in. Meet our 2018 Clif Bar Athletes of the Year, Daniel Kittaka and Erika Edmonson! We got the...

Chicago to Boston: Katherine Wuestenfeld

Last year, 896 Illinoisan runners represented at the 2018 Boston Marathon, so this year, we wanted to talk to a few of them heading...

Chicago to Boston: Griffin Schroeder

Last year, 896 Illinoisan runners represented at the 2018 Boston Marathon, so this year, we wanted to talk to a few of them heading...

From Chicago to Boston: Shelly Fuerte

Last year, 896 Illinoisan runners represented at the 2018 Boston Marathon, so this year, we wanted to talk to a few of them heading...

February Clif Bar Athletes of the Month: Tricia Marks and Lee...

Tricia Marks “I started running in high school in the early 1980's, and ran at the University of Iowa in both cross country and track,...

From Chicago to Boston: Jason Moderi

Last year, 896 Illinoisan runners represented at the 2018 Boston Marathon, so this year, we wanted to talk to a few of them heading...

From Chicago to Boston: Danrey Toth

Last year, 896 Illinoisan runners represented at the 2018 Boston Marathon, so this year, we wanted to talk to a few of them heading...

Everyday Athlete: Tim Fletcher, Project Purple

Five years ago, when Tim Fletcher’s friend invited him to run a 5k, he realized his best excuse not to was a coffee and...

January/February 2019 Athletes of the Month: Riley McInerney and Grace Wasielewski

Riley McInerney “I started running like most kids: in middle school track. However, my...

Vote for the 2018 CLIF Bar Athletes of the Year

Over the past year, we’ve introduced to you a diverse set of outstanding athletes who have been named CLIF Bar Athletes of the Month....

Daniel Romanchuk Wins Chicago and Isn’t Slowing Down

At only 20-years-old, Daniel Romanchuk has been road racing for more than half of his life, and after his first marathon win on October...