CPS Middle Schoolers Running to Success With Running Mates

By Kathleen McAuliffe Just after the final bell on a Wednesday afternoon, 50 middle students at Gage Park’s Sawyer Elementary School embark on a three-mile run in preparation for their next race: the Lakefront 5K on Saturday, March 18. They are just one of 12 teams involved in Running Mates, a year-round running program established […]

FITpreneurs: Women Are Becoming Entrepreneurs Through Fitness

By Kathleen McAuliffe At 8:30 on a Tuesday morning, Dani Muckley is already teaching her second workout class of the morning at River North’s Studio Three. Though this spin class will last only 45 minutes, she spent two hours choreographing moves and planning the music, logging each workout onto a PDF to ensure she doesn’t […]

Indoor Climbing: America’s Hottest New Workout?

By Kathleen McAuliffe When Daniel Duane spent his weekends scaling Yosemite in the 1980s, climbing was an outdoor experience, as rooted in nature as in physical challenge. After an extended hiatus, Duane returned to the sport, when his 11-year-old daughter Hannah joined a competitive climbing team. But when he dropped in on her practices at […]

Trail Blazer: Blind Triathlete Wins National Title, Hopes for Repeat

By Kathleen McAuliffe Swimming 750 meters, cycling 24.8 miles and then running 6.2 miles is demanding enough. But at this year’s USA Triathlon national championships, Ashley Eisenmenger couldn’t see the pool before diving into the water. She didn’t know which way to turn on her bike. She couldn’t monitor her running pace on a watch. […]

One Small Step: Aon Step Up Challenge Raises $300,000 for Lurie Children’s

Patient champion Mary Cate Lynch and her family.

By Kathleen McAuliffe “Ready, set, go!” With a smile, Mary Cate Lynch, a Beverly six-year-old with Apert Syndrome, sent participants scrambling up 80 flights of stairs, to the top of the Aon Center, as part of the company’s Aon Step Up for Kids challenge. More than 3000 people raised over $300,000 for the Family Services […]

Time to Begin: Rebuild Renews Optimism Among Sox Fans

Sox fans gathered at Sox Fest on Jan. 27 in Downtown Chicago

By Kathleen McAuliffe The new guys typically do not attract as many cheers as the veterans. But when they were introduced before fans at the White Sox Fest on Fri. Jan 27, the team’s MLB.com top-30 prospects elicited thunderous applause that rivaled Jose Quintana and Todd Frazier. So, too, did General Manager Rich Hahn, the […]

Body of Life: Yoga as Treatment for Eating Disorders

By Kathleen McAuliffe During her 15-year struggle with an eating disorder, Heather Jacoby’s body has been an object of self-hatred. But when she began yoga therapy as a part of treatment, her body became a means of self-acceptance. “The first time I walked into the yoga studio, I found peace for the first time,” Jacoby […]

Winter Bike Challenge: Chicago Cyclists Brave the Elements

By Kathleen McAuliffe Chicago bike commuters are braving icy roads and freezing temperatures as part of the Winter Bike Challenge, a two-week cycling initiative meant to increase winter bike commuting. During the third annual event, which is free through online registration, riders log their mileage from trips taken through Jan. 27. The Challenge, which will […]

Why They Tri: Why More Women Are Trying Triathlon

By Kathleen McAuliffe In 2010, triathlon became Meredith Atwood’s “escape from reality.” For the attorney and mother of two toddlers, intense workouts became a rare source of peace. Some mornings, it was a 10-mile run. Other mornings, it was a 45-plus mile bike ride or a 1300-meter swim (or 26 lengths of an Olympic pool), […]