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Prenatal workouts to supplement running

Benefits of exercising when pregnant

When I was pregnant, I continued running for as long as possible. I made my way to 37 weeks, 3 days — just 10 days before my daughter was born. Actually, the very day before I went into labor, I did do some short bursts of jogging mixed in with my 4 mile walk around […]

Why muscle cramps happen — and how to prevent them


Most runners have experienced a muscle cramp or side stitch during a run or worse – mid-race. In fact, 4 in 10 distance runners have had a cramp pop up in their calves, quadriceps, or hamstrings during a race. Experts aren’t positive why muscle cramps and side stitches happen. Dehydration and electrolyte imbalances used to […]

Chicago Marathon 2013 Photo Gallery

Chicago Marathon 2013, a set on Flickr. 79 photos from the 2013 Chicago Marathon featuring winners, runners up, medals, food and lots of fun! Thanks again to Rebecca E. Eden Photography for being there to capture the action for us.

More than a million cheer runners on

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Though they aren’t married yet, Tyler Lomnicki and Sunni Olding have completed one big milestone together. The couple ran the entire 36th Annual Chicago Marathon together. Lomnicki, of Elmhurst, Ill. and Olding, of Minster, Ohio, ran together after she convinced him to enter the race. During the race Lomnicki said there were a few moments […]

Runners of the world unite at Chicago Marathon Expo

Chicago Marathon Racers Sign wall

After she completes the 36th annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Sheila Beermann will be 9 marathons away from competing in all 50 states. Beermann, 51, of Elk Point, SD, is running the race with her step-daughter Erica Beermann. “This was one I wanted to do and when Erica said she wanted to do it, […]

Elites expected to leave world record in dust

Matt Tegenkamp, Moses Mosop and Dathan Ritzenhein

Matt Tegenkamp, Moses Mosop and Dathan Ritzenhein Photo credit Rebecca E. Eden Photography Whether he thinks a world record is possible at this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Race Director Carey Pinkowski isn’t saying. What Pinkowski will admit is a lot of hard work went into drawing the elite field of male and female […]

New faces from Kenya vying for marathon glory in Chicago on Sunday

Dennis Kimetto

Photo credit Rebecca E. Eden Photography At the 2013 Chicago Marathon on Sunday there will be some new faces toeing the start line from Kenya. Mary Ann spoke with three up-and-comers including Dennis Kimetto whose PR in the 2012 Berlin Marathon of 2:04:16 is faster than the Chicago course record. When Dennis Kimetto made his […]

Where to Get Your Walk On

walking in the winter

It’s a fact of fall: The mornings and evenings are only going to get darker from now on. The temperatures are going to cool to cold and the weather is going to get, at times, less than desirable, especially for plodding around on sidewalks. Whereas runners have relatively few options for Plan B jogging locations, […]

Chicago’s most exclusive running club

Sue and Ron Williams

While the elite runners will hit the pavement in Sunday’s 36th annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon, there is another elite group running. In our weekend special coverage of the 2013 Chicago Marathon, Mary Ann spoke with one of this special group. Only 8 alumni have run every race since its inception. Ron Williams, 74, […]

Chicago running community unfettered in wake of Boston

Rahm Emanuel speaking at the 2013 Chicago Marathon Press Event

Runners and supporters of the 36th annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon will prove that the human spirit can conquer, the city of Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday morning. A record number of runners, 45,000, are expected to take to Chicago’s streets Sunday as the race, now one of the top marathons held worldwide, […]