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12,000 Compete in 21st Annual Chicago Half Marathon & Life Time 5K

 

Race draws participants from 50 states and 41 countries, athletes of all ages

CHICAGO, IL – 12,000 participants from 50 states and 41 countries around the world weaved their way through Chicago’s historic south side on September 24 during the Chicago Half Marathon & 5K – produced by Life Time – Healthy Way of Life. This year marked the 21st running of the endurance event, Chicago’s premier half marathon, and for many participants, a tune-up for the marathon in Chicago next month.

Athletes trekked along a scenic route through Jackson Park, University of Chicago’s campus and a traffic-free Lake Shore Drive before crossing the finish line. Below are the unofficial results from the event:

HALF MARATHON
Female Male
1st   Courtney Peterson (26) 1:23:55 Chicago, IL 1st   Damon King (27) 1:12:28 Chicago, IL
2nd  Lorna Vargas Fonseca (39) 1:25:38 San Jose, Costa Rica 2nd   Johnny Binzak (25) 1:12:51 Chicago, IL
3rd   Krista Lederer (37) 1:28:07 Chicago, IL 3rd    Kyle Larson (27) 1:14:19 Chicago, IL

 

5K
Female Male
1st   Ann Kotze (29) 20:35 Chicago, IL 1st    Chad Aubin (28) 16:49 Bloomington, IL
2nd  Jasmin Searcy (31)  22:31 Chicago, IL 2nd   Daniel Lindbloom (31) 16:50 Evergreen Park, IL
3rd   Julie Volchenboum (47) 22:43 Chicago, IL 3rd    Reid Basting (27) 17:33 Urbana, IL

 The half marathon is the fastest growing distance of the endurance running event space. More than 10,000 of today’s participants challenged themselves to complete the half marathon, while more than 1,300 took part in the 5K distance. Women accounted for 58 percent of the participants, and while every state was represented in the race, more than 7,500 of today’s athletes hail from Illinois.

Additionally, avid runners of all ages participated, including a 91 year old and a 7 year old who completed the 5K race distance and an 82 year old and 11 year old who completed the half marathon race distance. The average age of both 5K and half marathon runners was 36.

Upon crossing the finish line, each race participant received a gold medal weighing one full pound and measuring six inches wide. It stands as the largest finisher medal in the Midwest.

The event was the second and final race in the 2017 Chicagoland Half Marathon Series. The sold-out program also included the Chicago Spring Half Marathon on May 21 and drew 2,000 ambitious participants competing in both races. Athletes who completed both half marathon distances earned a custom 26.2 Challenge finisher medal.

This year, the race generated more than $300,000 for several of its charity partners, including the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, American Cancer Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Big Shoulders Fund, and Hand-In Hand Hurricane Relief.

Today’s race results are available at the Chicago Half Marathon website.

Life Time invites athletes to warm up their Thanksgiving appetite by registering for the 40th Annual Art Van Turkey Trot Chicago on November 23 at www.turkeytrotchicago.com.

About Life Time®—Healthy Way of Life

Life Time® is a privately held, comprehensive healthy living, healthy aging and healthy entertainment lifestyle company that offers a personalized and scientific approach to long-term health and wellness. Through its portfolio of distinctive resort-like destinations, athletic events and corporate health services, the Healthy Way of Life company helps members achieve their goals everyday with the support of a team of dedicated professionals and an array of proprietary health assessments. As of Sept. 15, 2017, the company operates 127 centers in 27 states and 35 major markets under the LIFE TIME FITNESS® and LIFE TIME ATHLETIC® brands in the United States and Canada. For more information visit www.lifetimefitness.com.

For more information about the Chicago Half Marathon, including participant results from today’s race, visit www.chicagohalfmarathon.com. Additional information on Life Time Athletic Events is available at www.lifetmefitness.com, on Twitter @ChicagoHalf and by liking the Chicago Half Marathon Facebook Page.

Race Status and Race Day Tips

ATTENTION RUNNERS:

Emergency Alert System (EAS)

With tomorrow’s forecasted weather, the Chicago Half Marathon & 5K is currently at a YELLOW event alert status. Because of this, any runners that are registered for the Half Marathon and wish to change their distance to the 5K may do so by lining up with the 5K participants at 7:45 am on race morning. There is no need for you to change your distance with our solutions team.

NOTE: Runners originally registered for the 5K will still receive the 5K finisher’s medal. Participants who choose to switch from the Half Marathon distance to the 5K will still receive the Half Marathon finisher’s medal. If you are currently participating in the Chicagoland Series, you may choose to receive your series medal at the Chicagoland Half Marathon Series tent.

Take a moment to review these tips from Race Guards, and what steps the race is taking to help you. Thank you, and good luck to all of our runners tomorrow!

 

Become a Hurricane Relief Runner!

We are honored to announce that the 2017 Chicago Half Marathon and 5K will be partnering with Hand in Hand Hurricane Relief Fund to help raise funds and spirits, and help to rebuild Texas, Florida, and other areas suffering from the devastation from recent hurricanes.

The Hand in Hand Hurricane Relief Fund will direct donations and grants to support charities helping in the relief and recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma — both here in the US, including Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean. The Fund is focused on providing help to those in need, where they need it the most.

With events spread out across the United States and Caribbean, including Texas, Florida and now Puerto Rico, our hearts go out to all our athletes, their friends and family and the local communities affected. 
We, in turn, ask our running community to come together to give back to those fellow runners and their communities by becoming a Hurricane Relief Runner!
 

Hurricane Relief Runner Shirt

How can we donate?

You can donate in one of two ways:

  • Click here to visit our Hurricane Relief Runner page
    • Click “Join Team” to join the Chicago Half Marathon Hurricane Relief Team, create your personal page, and begin fundraising by sharing your personal page within your personal social network
    • Or opt to make a one-time donation by selecting “Donate Now”.
  • Visit the Hurricane Relief Runner booth at the Expo this weekend.

Participants who raise, or donate a minimum of $25 will be able to show their support with an exclusive ‘Hurricane Relief Runner” race shirt. Please visit our booth to collect your shirt*. Cash & check donations will be accepted at the Expo. *Limited size/quantity available.

 

Can I donate toiletries / school items?

Unfortunately, we will not be collecting items at the Expo. Monetary donations are best in these situations as they are more efficiently distributed to those in need.

 

How can I share this on my Facebook page?

Simply visit the website and click on the share button for either Facebook or Twitter. Please spread the word and share with your friends and family.

 

Thank you for your continued support of the Chicago Half Marathon and 5K and best of luck to all of our runners this weekend!

Download the Chicago Half Marathon Race Day App

We’re excited to announce that the Chicago Half Marathon and 5K is now part of the new Race Day powered by Athlinks app.

The Race Day powered by Athlinks mobile app allows you to:

  • Check out schedules, explore the course and find all the information you need to plan your day.
  • Live tracking for participants and spectators**.
  • View race results live as the race is taking place.
  • Receive all of the latest event news as it happens.
  • Sponsors/Vendors – find exhibitors in the Finish Festival

Download the app today!

 

 

 

Live Tracking Instructions

  • Participant:
    • Download the Race Day App
      • Ensure location services are enabled
    • Select the “Track” icon.
    • Choose “Competitor”
    • Enter your bib number and select “Login”
    • Select “Start Tracking” as you lineup to start the race.
  • Spectator:
    • Ensure your athlete has downloaded the Race Day App.
    • Download the Race Day App
    • Select the “Track” icon.
    • Choose “Spectator”
      • Using the magnifying glass in the top right corner, type the name or bib number of the participant you wish to track.
    • Track your participant and meet them at the Finish Line!

Note: Rosters are updates at noon EST each business day leading up to the race.

2017 Chicago Half Marathon Athlete Guide Now Available

Welcome to the 21st annual Chicago Half Marathon and 5K weekend!

We are thrilled to be celebrating 21 years of bringing Chicago a premier half marathon experience which showcases both the beauty and vitality of our hometown. With a course that unfurls through Hyde Park and the Museum of Science and Industry, take in the radiant glow of Lake Michigan as you wind down traffic-free Lake Shore Drive.

With 12,000 athletes coming from 50 states and 4o countries, this is Chicago’s time to shine!

Before the big weekend is finally here, be sure to download the 2017 Athlete Guide. This page info source contains schedules, maps, race logistics and everything else guaranteed to help you find success over the weekend.

> 2017 Chicago Half Marathon & 5K Athlete Guide

Best wishes for an incredible weekend!

Trust in the Taper

We are officially one week and five days away from the main event at the 2017 Chicago Half Marathon and 5K and with training days waning down to the main event, it is time to talk about: the taper run. Sure, for most of us, we look forward to that week with a sigh of relief as it means that the miles start getting shorter but for others, there seems to be an uncertainty about it.

“I feel so good after my long runs; why should I cut back now?”

“If I start cutting back now, I’ll lose all the progress I’ve made.”

Don’t worry, you are not alone with this. It is not uncommon for athletes to feel this way but allowing your body to properly heal and recuperate after long runs is just as important. The last thing you want to do is push yourself too far and end up completely unmotivated on race day or worst case scenario – end up injured.

What to Expect When Tapering

Two Weeks Out

  • Reduce your total weekly mileage by 20 – 25%
    • Restock your body’s depleted glycogen supplies
    • Repair tissue damage
    • Refocus and mentally recharge
  • Perform runs at an easy pace
    • You should be able to hold a conversation while running
    • Targeting a goal pace? Segment 3-5 miles minimum at goal pace
  • Cross Train
    • Throw swimming. yoga, etc in the mix to keep you active without too much pressure on legs & feet
  • REST
    • Seriously, rest.

One Week Out (Race Week)

  • Reduce your running to just 4 days this week
    • Light, race pace workout early in the week
    • Reduces the stress/anxiety from tapering
  • Stay OFF your feet for the rest of it
    • Injuries are most prevalent one race week. Take a breather and rest.
    • Focus on mental stability and nutrition. It’s all about balance.

For some, tapering could be like a roller coaster. At first you are ecstatic about the short runs but then can run into anxiety or nervousness as you start to feel restless. There are ways of battling this anxiety as well. One of the main concerns will stem from the excess time you now have that you are not dedicated to training.

Battle Taper Anxiety

Rest

The week leading up to the event should have you recovering and rejuvenating. Going to bed early and sleeping in will fortify your mental stability and overall emotional strength. The time off your feet will give your muscles a chance to repair. Don’t forget to stretch and include minimal exertion such as a 15-20 minute walk to keep those muscles active.

Positive Thoughts, Positive Outcome 

Training for an event is just as much a group as at it is an individual goal. This is the best time to surround yourself with your loved ones who have supported you along the way to the Finish line. Maintain run club meets if you have been training with others if only to keep everyone in check.

Be Realistic for Race Day

Set up a strategy for race day. With only a handful of days between you and the Finish line, now is the best time to set realistic goals for race day. You know how far you can push your body. Be cognizant of weather, overall health and training.

While everyones training regime is different, the tapering process remains consistent. You do not want to sabotage your month of hard work, trust in the taper.

Works Cited:
 “Tapering.” http://www.livestrong.com/article/413190-the-effects-of-exercises-on-the-circulatory-systemhttps://www.runnersworld.com/taperin

2017 Global Running Day Chicago – Information Center

Thank you for joining the Chicago Half Marathon/5K on Global Running Day! Global Running Day is a day to share your passion for the sport and inspire others to get moving! Below, you’ll find important details for today’s event.

About

Global Running Day

Million Kid Run

Event Information

Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Location: The Plaza at Millennium Park (11 North Michigan Avenue)

Start: For the fun run, there are two options: 5 miles or 3 miles. We’ll start out in groups and ask that you gather in estimated pace. Don’t worry, we’ll have our announcer, the legendary Dave Kappas, help in gathering in your group. We’ll then have our beginners in the first start followed by our faster runners in the subsequent starts. Please be courteous to other runners and help anyone who may be new to running.

Schedule of Events

5:00 PM Check-In & Gear Check Opens

6:30 PM Start

7:00 PM Lagunitas Beer Garden and Snacks open at The Plaza at the Park

8:15 PM Gear Check Closes

 

Registration

You can still register online here or you can register, pending availibiliy, at the Registration tent inside the North tent starting at 5PM.

Bib Pick-Up

Please have your email confirmation and ID ready when picking up bib. This is a non-timed fun run. However, you will a custom event participant bib with your gear check tab, and ticket for complimentary beer. We ask that you wear your bib during the run.

Gear Check

The Gear Check tent will be located next to the New Registration tent inside the North tent. Please make sure to detach the your stub and tie it to the plastic bag provided.

Course Information

The Course is an out and back course starting at The Plaza at the Park heading to the Lakefront path to Museum Campus and back. With Global Running Day events occurring all over Chicago, please be courteous of the extra foot traffic on the Lakefront Path. Make sure to check out the course maps and accompanying turn by turn directions for your convenience. Turn arounds for both distances will be well marked.

Course Maps & Turn by Turns

Million Kid Run

In the spirit of Global Running Day, people of all different ages and abilities are encouraged to pledge to run. With these different age divisions comes one for the kids. The Million Kid Run is an aspect of Global Running Day that aims at getting one million kids from all over the globe to participate in running. The whole idea behind it is to get kids moving and keep them active. In 2016, there were over 600,000 kids who pledged to run (672,030 to be exact). Not bad for the first year the idea was introduced! This year, our goal is to increase that number even more.

While the concept of the Million Kid Run is one that was just recently introduced during Global Running Day in 2016, the initiative of getting kids to be more active was introduced years ago. In 2010, the campaign that aimed at reducing childhood obesity rates for the younger generation was introduced by President Obama. Leading this Let’s Move movement was first lady, Michelle Obama. The overall goal of this campaign sought to diminish obesity rates as well as raise awareness to this growing problem in a generation that our country was faced with. The health, fitness, and lifestyle of our youth is something that Michelle Obama has set out to improve.

“The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake.”

Obesity and health problems go hand in hand. A person who is obese faces the increased risk of chronic health problems including diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, and heart problems. The Let’s Move initiative seeks to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle for kids all across the world in order to ensure that they are able to live their lives to the fullest potential. The Million Kid Run is no exception to this campaign. The Million Kid Run reinforces what Let’s Move stand for: a healthy and active lifestyle for all children.

Our event at the Grant Park Plaza is located in a family-friendly area, where we encourage people of all ages to come out and run. This day emphasizes the importance of running and staying active in a fun and carefree way. There is no winner or loser and no specified pace in which participants must run. This ensures that there is a simplified purpose behind the run: to see the fun side of fitness and a healthy lifestyle. We aim to inspire kids to celebrate a healthy and fun lifestyle with people from all around the world!

                          CK

 

“Global Running Day.” Global Running Day. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 May 2017.
National Archives and Records Administration. National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. Web. 31 May 2017.

Getting Back at It: How to Start Running Again Without Injury

Running has a reputation for being a high impact activity that can cause significant stress on the body. The risk of an overuse injury especially applies to those athletes preparing for longer distance events. Becoming more conscious in the training approach and taking certain preventative measures can assist with minimizing this risk.

Here are a few tips to consider when your runners’ high takes over:

Increase mileage gradually:

Amateur athletes are often overwhelmed by the distance. As an attempt to put their mind at ease before the big day, many will start running high mileage in training, months before their body is prepared to handle a lot of volume. Although this level of will and ambition is quite admirable, this strategy may lead to more harm than benefit.

Whether you’re a newbie, or are returning to your long-lost love for running, a slow progression will be the key to a successful season. To absorb the workload safely, you want to make certain the distance or intensity does not increase by more than 5-10% from one week to the next. For example, if the long run in week eight of a training plan was 10 miles, then in week nine it should not surpass 11 miles.


Hydrate ahead of time:

Unless you’re a sleep walker on a mission to keep your H2O levels in check throughout the night, chances are you will have fasted for at least 6 to 8 hours prior to waking up. This usually means that you’ll be in a slightly dehydrated state first thing in the morning. Even if you have a quick sip before heading out, this deficit is difficult to recover from, putting an additional stress on the body during your morning run.

Keep a glass of water within reach of your bed so that you can sip on throughout the night and another instantly upon waking up. Take in 6-8 ounces every 15-20 minutes of running, plus an additional 20-24 ounces within two hours of completing your workout.


Don’t just wait for your soreness to go away:

Running is a repetitive motion. Stressing the same muscle without much variation can cause uninvited soreness. A good way to reduce it is a simple rest and a full night’s sleep, but there are other helpful ways to enhance recovery:

  • Foam rolling to release tension and buffer out lactic acid buildup.
  • Taking a yoga class to help improve flexibility and increase range of motion.
  • Going for a bike ride to circulate the blood without the added impact.
  • Swimming laps to balance out strength deficiency and increase lung capacity.

Running Tip: How to Warm Up Properly

We can go back and forth about the pros and cons of stretching, undulating between necessity and pointless. One thing we can agree on is that stretching makes your body feel better – before and after! Here are some tips on how to warm up your body before your routine!

Don’t just jump out of your car and start stretching your legs. To minimize the risk of injury by activating the right muscles start with a walk or easy jog for at least 5 to 10 minutes and follow that with set of at least five full-body dynamic drills. This simple routine will allow your muscles, tendons, and ligaments to be more pliable (like a rubber band, not a brittle rope) when surging or putting out effort.

For an extra edge give the following a try:

LEG SWINGS (FRONT/BACK)
While standing tall on one leg, swing the opposite leg front to back while keeping it as straight as possible. Maintain a good posture while increasing range of motion of each swing. Use one arm extended to the side and hold on to a post or a tree for stability. (10 each)

LEG SWINGS (SIDE)
Face the post or tree and hold on to it with both arms for stability. You will swing one leg high across your body and using the momentum on the way down allow it to swing up in the opposite direction. (10 each)

BUTT-KICKS
Walk forward with a brisk back-kick so that your heels come up to your glutes. Alternate the kick with each step. (20 total)

WALKING LUNGES
Take a long stride forward keeping the front knee just behind your toes. Lower your body by dropping your back knee toward the ground, but just shy of touching it. Maintain an upright posture and keep your abdominal muscles tight with each step forward. (10 total)

LATERAL LUNGES
Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Step to the right and shift your weight toward the right foot, bending your right knee and pushing your hips back. Your left leg should be as straight as possible. Reach for your right foot with your left hand. Push off with your right foot to return to starting position and repeat in opposite direction. (10 total)

 

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