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, stopping to hug friends and family that came to support me, and finishing in over four hours depleted, exhausted, and vowing to NEVER do one again. A decade, two kids, and an ACL tear later, I turned back to running for some much needed fitness and to try and convince myself that I wasn’t middle aged. What I unleashed was an inner speed demon that I didn’t know existed. I ran every distance I could and saw my fastest times plummet across the board, and yes, I marathoned again, over an hour faster than my first. The success is made that much sweeter by sharing it with my teammates, the Oak Park Run Club, and watching my children try to “run fast like Mom” in my events’ kid dashes.”


5k: 18:11
10k: 38:36
Half Marathon: 1:23:59
Marathon: 2:55:31

Emisael Favela

“My running journey started in 1994 while attending Benito Juarez high school. I was in my junior year and was invited to join the cross country team. After I graduated, I joined several running clubs and started road racing various distances on the road, track & cross country. I am honored to be highlighted in the Chicago Athlete Magazine.” Now at 41, Favela is a frequent winner in local races; in fact, he’s won the Fort2Base race five times, including this August when he finished the 10 nautical mile race in 10:03:36, nearly seven minutes ahead of the second place finisher. He also won the 2018 Quarryman Challenge with a time of 54:26.


5k: 14:40
10K: 31:07
15K: 48:11
Half marathon: 1:08:16
Marathon: 2:25:48

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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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