12,000 Participate In The HOKA ONE ONE Chicago Half Marathon and Life Time 5K
September 30, 2019
James Wilson of Lawrence, Kan. and Jane Bareikis of Midlothian, Ill. claimed victory at the final year of the iconic course
CHICAGO, September 29, 2019 — Heavy rain fall was not enough to deter the more than 30,000 who flocked to historic Jackson Park and Chicago’s iconic Lake Shore Drive on Sunday for the 23rd annual HOKA ONE ONE Chicago Half Marathon presented by My Fit Key and the Life Time 5K, both owned and produced by Life Time. A perfect shake-out race before the Chicago Marathon positioned on the South Shore, organizers anticipate this was the last year athletes would run the course as-is with the upcoming development of The Obama Center.
Amidst the rain showers, James Wilson, 27, of Lawrence, Kan. finished first in the men’s division with a time of 01:06:02. Dan Kremske, 30, of Chicago, Ill. followed closely, finishing within tenths of a second from Wilson, also at a time of 01:06. Third place was earned by Nate Guthals, 28, of Olathe, Kan. at 01:06:46.
Wilson was energetic and proud of his win, saying, “It’s a lot cooler with the rain and I’m happy about that. The leaders got it rolling early and I found myself alone by mile four or five. Dan was coming in hot at the end and luckily I had a little bit left in the tank for a sprint finish. I’m happy with the way things went – Chicago has been good to me.”
The top female finishers included Jane Bareikis, 25, of Midlothian, Ill. who followed up her 2018 first place win with a time of 01:16:38 this year. Emma Grimes, 21, of Chicago, Ill. crossed the finish at 01:19:39, followed by Sophie Seward, 23, of Boulder, Col. at 01:20:15
When asked what she thought of the race, Bareikis said, “It’s amazing. I started my race with wet shoes and socks. Taking first was great payback for starting off with muddy feet!”
The Life Time 5K winner was Andrew Rylaarsdam, 24, of Chicago, Ill. who completed the race at 15:13. Dan Froeschle, 29, of Davenport, Iowa, finished second at 15:46 and Steve Froeschle, 25, of Dubuque placed third at 15:47.
Race participants included a broad range of runners from ages 8 to 83, while the gender mix was 56 percent female and 44 percent male. Eight thousand of the half marathon’s registrants came from Illinois with 4,500 residing in Chicago. Nearly 7,000 participated for the first time this year.
New this year, 30 Life Time performers from Chicago-area clubs took over the aid station between miles eight and nine, a crucial spot near the course turnaround where many athletes find themselves in need of refueling and a mental boost. The Performers’ on-course enthusiasm is symbolic of the support they provide to Life Time members each day at the clubs. Operating 10 athletic lifestyle resorts in the Chicagoland area, Life Time serves more than 120,000 local members.
The Chicago Half Marathon is the only running event to completely close all lanes of Lake Shore Drive to vehicular traffic. After the race, runners celebrated at the Jackson Park Finish Festival including a Begyle Brewing Beer Garden, pizza from Chicago’s own Home Run Inn and other local vendors and live music. Participants received a finisher medal, high-quality tech-running shirt, free race photos, professional event timing and live results, and awards for top overall finishers and top age group finishers
The Chicago Half Marathon is owned and produced by Life Time, the premier healthy lifestyle brand. It is among more than 30 premier athletic events owned by the company, including the Miami Marathon, the Verizon New York City Triathlon, the Chicago Triathlon, the Leadville Race Series, and the Dirty Kanza.
About Life Time® – Healthy Way of Life
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