2018 RACING TEAM

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Andreas Knudsen

Age: 36
Current Marathon PR: 2:33:53
2018 Goal Race & Time: Berlin Marathon, 2:30
How did you get into running? The Copenhagen Marathon passed through the street I lived on for years- I told myself that I would one day run it. In 2013, I finally ran it and I've been hooked ever since.
How did you become involved with 3RUN2? I was moving from Copenhagen to Chicago in 2014 and wanted to meet like-minded people. A friend of mine suggested 3RUN2- On the third week of being in Chicago, I attended my first BLVDS Thursday run. I knew immediately that I found my community and today, my network consists mainly of people that I've met through 3RUN2.

 

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Aaron

          Baker

Age: 45
Current Marathon PR: 2:58:30
2018 Goal Race & Time: Boston Marathon, 2:50
How did you get into running? I needed to fulfill a P.E. requirement for college, and the only class left was one called, "Jogging". I thought, "That doesn't sound too hard." I've been running ever since.
How did you become involved with 3RUN2? I joined 3RUN2 in August of 2014. I live on Logan Boulevard and was walking home from a restaurant when I saw the crew fly by wearing these cool, black singlets. I knew I had to be a part of whatever this was, so I came out the next Thursday.

 

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Yesenia      Radics

Age: 30
Current Marathon PR: 3:06:29
2018 Goal Race & Time: Illinois Marathon, 2:59
How did you get into running? I ran my first timed mile in gym class when I was in high school. After I finished, my teacher advised me to join the track team. Running became my favorite sport.
How did you become involved with 3RUN2? While I was training for my first BQ in 2015, one of my friends invited me to run with the group. I felt connected right away and made great friends that shared the same passion of the sport as me.

 

 

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Rudi

           Radics

Age: 39
Current Marathon PR: 2:55:25
2018 Goal Race & Time: Berlin Marathon, sub 2:50
How did you get into running? I got into running after severely injuring my ankle while playing soccer in 2012. I realized I needed a challenge in order to get better, so I signed up for the Wisconsin Marathon in 2013. I've ran 9 more marathons since, including 5 World Majors.
How did you become involved with 3RUN2? I discovered 3RUN2 in 2014 while having dinner at the restaurant they meet at. My first question was, "Who are these people running in MY neighborhood?!" I joined them the following week and found a family. I also met this really fast woman named Yesenia. A year later, we were married.

 

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Matt                      
Diamond

Age: 32
Current Marathon PR: 2:48:19
2018 Goal Race & Time: Berlin Marathon, sub 2:40
How did you get into running? I got dumped! A long term relationship ended a few months before two of our best friends were getting married to each other. I vowed to "look good" at the wedding and knew I needed to start working out. I decided to run. More than just getting me in shape it was taking my mind off the breakup; so, I started running longer, further. I quickly learned my true love was running and it was the only relationship I needed! We now have 8 marathons together (even though a few I don't like to claim!).
How did you become involved with 3RUN2? In September 2014 I read about the crew in Runner's World magazine. A few weeks after reading the article I saw a few runners wearing the 3RUN2 singlet after the Bucktown 5k. I chatted them up for a bit and they invited me to a Thursday #blvds run. I showed up the following week and have been running with the crew ever since.

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Jimmy

    Schwartz

Age: 33
Current Marathon PR: 2:57:50
2018 Goal Race & Time: Berlin Marathon, sub 2:50
How did you get into running? I never would have called myself a runner in high school or college, I still remember protesting the 3 mile run we had to do for gym class in senior year. When I started working full time, I began jogging a few days a week just for exercise, mainly because it was the only type of exercise that I didn't hate. At the time, I never could have imagined running 5 miles. As I got older, I started to run more frequently, increasing from 3 to 7 miles a day. One day, I went out on a whim and ended up running a half-marathon. At the time, it was so out of my comfort zone, I couldn't believe I did it. I got the running bug, but didn't know how to train properly which leads into...
How did you become involved with 3RUN2? My first run with 3RUN2 was in Oct. 2016. I live right near the meet up spot for the Tues. AM group and my friend sent me a link to the website and suggested I check them out. I didn't end up going to the morning run that week, but checked out the Thursday night run instead. I had never run with a group before, and was such a noob that I remember thinking it was funny when we'd come to a stoplight and hear all of the watches beep. I kept up with the people towards the front of the pack (who I later learned were taking it easy that day) but loaded the run to Strava and got a few kudos from people I did not recognize. I went and checked out their profiles and was just blown away by the amount of running they did. I started to understand what it was to train, to run at recovery pace, to do workouts, etc. I was hooked. I started upping my weekly mileage and going on long runs consistently. As I started to come to the group runs more and more throughout the spring, I became friends with the crew, and they convinced me to sign up for my first marathon in the spring. I had planned for Chicago to be my first but I figured why not. I bonked big time at the end but still turned in a respectable time. As much as it hurt, I couldn't wait to start training for Chicago, and had the carrot of this racing team to motivate me. Now, I consider 3RUN2 to be one of the most important parts of my life. I've met so many great people and made a ton of new friends. Looking forward to many more miles and races with this group!

 

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Mike                     
Suggs Morua

Age: 31
Current Marathon PR: 2:59:21
2018 Goal Race & Time: Chicago Marathon, 2:50
How did you get into running? I first started running to lose weight. I was always on the heavier side and when I quit playing sports in high school I took up running. I ran inconsistently through out the years but started to get serious about running around 2013. I got hooked on long runs and loved being out there on the pavement. I slowly started to increase how far I could go.
How did you become involved with 3RUN2? In 2015 I decided to enter my first race, the Shamrock Shuffle. I ran passed the 3RUN2 cheer squad and immediately thought that was the coolest thing ever. I didn't know who or what the group was until I saw them again at the 2015 Rock and Roll Half Marathon. There I took note of the name and logo when I ran by and looked them up online. I followed them on social media and saw all the cool things they were doing. I finally decided to join them for a Tuesday run in the spring of 2016 and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I never would have thought coming out to that group run would lead to making their racing team.

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Ryan                     
Duffy

Age: 25
Current Marathon PR: 2:57:22
2018 Goal Race & Time: Chicago Marathon, 2:49:59
How did you get into running? I joined my high school cross country team, knowing I had no chance of making the baseball or basketball team.
How did you become involved with 3RUN2? I was looking for people to run with after I moved to Logan Square in September 2016. I looked online and found 3RUN2.

 

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Arturo
Gamez

Age: 49
Current Marathon PR: 2:59:45
2018 Goal Race & Time: Chicago Marathon, sub 3:00
How did you get into running? My brother forced me to join cross country in high school
How did you become involved with 3RUN2? My niece brought me along to a run in 2016- I've been showing up ever since.

 

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Sam
Magnuson

Age: 26
Current Marathon PR: 2:45:46
2018 Goal Race & Time: Sub 2:40
How did you get into running? I began running in high school to train for soccer, but I soon found out I was better at running than soccer. I ran in college for a year, then took some time off until a friend and I decided to run the Chicago Marathon together. Since that first marathon in 2013 I've completed 7 marathons (3 of which have been Abbott World Majors).
How did you become involved with 3RUN2? I moved from the West Coast to Chicago in April of 2016 and by June I participated in my first Thursday night run. Aaron Baker (aka "Bakes") challenged me to come back the next week, and I've been hooked ever since! The 3RUN2 crew played a pivotal role in helping me establish a solid friend group and a running routine in a new city. Every week begins with me looking forward to the Thursday night run!

 

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Racing Team information and Criteria Update

While race times are not the only determining factor to be a part of the racing team, please see below for our current qualifying times:

  • Men up to 40: sub 1:22 half marathon / sub 2:55 marathon 
  • Men 40+: sub 1:26 half marathon / sub 3:05 marathon
  • Women up to 40: sub 1:32 half marathon / sub 3:21 marathon 
  • Women 40+: sub 1:36 half marathon / sub 3:31 marathon

Please note, it is necessary that you make your interest in the team known to our team captains- Andreas Knudsen and Aaron Baker prior to attempting or achieving qualifying times for a future team. Also, we will consider runners who achieve the above times prior to July for the second half of 2018 and 2019.

*We are aware that our half marathon standards are relatively faster than our marathon standards.  This is not by coincidence but simply because we identify ourselves primarily as a marathon crew and runners have more opportunities to run a competitive half marathon during a calendar year.

Racing Team Goals

  • Compete in Chicagoland races
  • Represent 3RUN2 at a high level
  • Inspire non-team members to improve and make the team
     

Racing team members are encouraged to run either or both:

  • BoA Shamrock Shuffle
  • BoA Chicago Marathon

Requirements and Expectations

  • Above all else, be a great ambassador for 3RUN2
  • Help mentor the other runners within the 3RUN2 community
  • Invite and encourage people to become a part of the 3RUN2 community
  • Actively discuss racing, training, gear, motivation, etc. with all the runners within our community
  • Must race in the racing kit, no exceptions
  • Must race at least 4 races during the season (this number is subject to change)
  • Must have a marathon or half marathon goal for 2018 that is faster than the time qualifier 
  • Must be an active member of the 3RUN2 community and have been around for at least one year
  • Must attend 3RUN2 group runs on a regular basis
  • Make an effort to participate in either track, tempo or long runs with other racing team members during training leading up to goal races
  • Wear 3RUN2 gear for group runs and related activities when possible
  • Must be committed to training and racing throughout the year (breaks between training cycles are obviously acceptable)
  • Be a cheerleader for all 3RUN2 runners