Top 15 Stories of 2016


The world of endurance is not a dull one, and 2016 reflects that! Throughout the year, we shared tons of exciting news, wrote profiles on amazing athletes, featured the unique and inspiring groups around Chicago and helped our readers become the best athlete they can be. Take a look at our top stories from the year, and reflect on the year you had as an endurance athlete:

15. Local Cyclists Compete in Cyclo-Cross Nationals – January 12

The first U23 women’s national championship race gets underway with Ellen Noble taking an early lead. Photo: Wil Matthews |

14. Blood Clot Survivor Aims to Run 25 Consecutive 50Ks for Awareness – February 16

Photo from Eric O’Connor’s twitter

13. The Cost of Becoming an Ironman – September 15

12. Outdoor Fitness Station Opens on Lakefront Path – September 9

11. Minooka Man Aims to Break Guinness World Record in Cross Country Run – February 12

Photo from Adam Kimble’s website

10. Race Recap: 39th Annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon – October 10

Photo by Holly Petrovich

9. Train for the Chicago Marathon in 6 Weeks: It Can Be Done – September 6

8. Despite National Trend, RAM Racing Keeps Runners Racing – September 2

Photo submitted by RAM Racing

7. CPD Listens to Triathletes, Reinstalls Lockers at Ohio Street Beach – June 21

6. Suburban Fitness Studio Combines Three Workouts in One – February 23

5. Where I Train with Andrew Starykowicz – July 27

Photo by Brad Culp

4. My 8 Proud Parent Moments This Marathon Weekend – October 13

Photo by Holly Petrovich

3. Application Period for the 40th Anniversary of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Opens October 25 – October 10

Photo by Holly Petrovich

2. Nine Illinois Runners to Compete in U.S. Olympic Team Marathon Trials – February 8

  1. Swallow Cliff Adds 168 Steps to Outdoor Fitness Stairs – June 15







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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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