2016 Fall Racing – Client Accomplishments:

Dive instructor training in Bali

Jerry is training to be a dive master/diving instructor in Bali this winter.  His first week:   “This has been one exhausting week. Diving 2 to 3 hours a day 6 days a week.  Working 12 hour days – all physical work.   Pretty much like being at the gym for hours on end.   My fellow interns are in their early 20s.   I could not keep up with the 20 somethings if not for your training sessions with me.”  By the way, Jerry is 70 years old!   Way to go Jerry!

An April  update – Jerry achieved Master Diver and Dive Master (Instructor) certification.  Jerry is the oldest to attempt this qualification by over ten years.  Jerry said “Can’t thank YOU enough for keeping me focused through all of your training.  Could not have done this without all the help you gave me to get ready for the physical challenges associated with both of those certs.   THANKS COACH !!!!!”

Jerry we are so proud of you!

Jerry on left leading a diving group

Jerry’s fellow dive instructor interns in Bali

Schaumburg Turkey Trot Half Marathon and 5K

Peter ran the Schaumburg Turkey Trot Half Marathon in 1:35.  Catherine ran the Schaumburg Turkey Trot 5K.   Great job Peter and Catherine!

Bonfield Express 5K

Michelle was 9th out of 415 in her age group!  Connie was 3rd in her age group!  Great job Michelle and Connie!

Lisle Turkey Trot Tune-up

Peter was 5th overall and 1st in his age group at the Lisle Turkey Trot Tune-up!   Catherine was 3rd in her age group at the Turkey Trot Tune-up!   Great job on a cold day!

Universal Sole November Trail Challenge

Michelle won her age group at the  Universal Sole November Trail Challenge. “It was wicked hilly but my work is paying off.”

Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon

Michelle completed the Naperville Marathon, improving her PR by over 1 hour!

Peter completed the Naperville Marathon with his second sub 3:30 marathon this Fall!   Peter said “I am happy – thanks for your help and support”.

Mary completed the Naperville Half Marathon, improving her PR by 6 minutes!

Jerry completed the Naperville Half Marathon, his first Half Marathon at age 70!  Jerry said “thank you for everything – you are a great coach”.

Connie and Sharon both completed the Naperville Half Marathon with excellent times!

Congratulations to all of you!

Chicago Marathon

Joe completed his First Marathon at the Chicago Marathon in a great time of 4:01.   Congratulations Joe!  Joe said “Laurie helped me through my first half marathon and now my first marathon. She has been through it many times and will help you achieve your best!”

Diane completed her third Chicago Marathon!    Diane said “At 1 pm today I was definitely never running another Marathon – At 3 pm I was developing a strategy for 2017 Marathon. Marathons are a marvelous thing.   Thanks Laurie for the personal training and the RunSMART classes to help get me here today.”

Keith completed another Chicago Marathon this year.  Great work!

Fox Valley Marathon

Mary ran the Fox Valley Marathon in 4:32 – she set a PR by 1 hour!   Amazing job!  Mary said “Thanks so much Laurie!  I couldn’t have done it without you!!   Thanks for being at the Finish Line!!”

Peter ran the Fox Valley Marathon in 3:30. 

Michelle ran the Fox Valley 20 miler in 3:26.  She’s all ready for her Naperville Marathon!

Naperville Trails Half Marathon

Peter was 10th overall and 1st in his age group at the Naperville Trails Half Marathon.  Awesome start to the Fall Racing Season!

Chicago Muckfest 5K

Wally participated in the Chicago Muckfest 5K again this year.  Here he is leading his team through one of the obstacles!


2016 Spring/Summer Racing – Client Accomplishments

Lisle Windrunners 10K

Peter and Catherine ran the Lisle Windrunners 10K on August 21.   The weather is starting to cool off so a pretty good day for racing!   Great Job Peter & Catherine!

AMITA Fitness for America Half Marathon

Peter was 5th in his age group at the AMITA Fitness for America Half Marathon,   Catherine was 9th in her age group at the 10K Race at the same event.  Great job in hot and stormy conditions (rain delay and heat with a modified course in a parking lot)!

108th Chicago to Mackinac Race

 Jerry and his team raced on his boat Providence in the 108th Chicago to Mackinac Race (sailing).    They completed the race in 2nd overall (Chicago-Mackinac Trophy) and 2nd in Division 10. An excellent showing, especially considering the difficult weather conditions (Jerry said “the worst storms I have seen in all my years racing Mackinac”).  Congratulations Jerry!

RAGBRAI Bicycle Ride

Susan completed the RAGBRAI Bicycle Ride – a 420 mile stage ride through Iowa.  This very hilly stage ride ended on July 30.  Great job Susan!

Naperville Country Club 2016 Golf Invitational

Daniel and his golf partner (his son) won 1st place overall in the Naperville Country Club 2016 Golf Invitational, a 3 day golf tournamentThis was the 2nd year in a row they have won!   Great job Daniel!

Chicago Rock and Roll Half Marathon

Michelle set a PR in the Chicago Rock and Roll Half Marathon on July 17.  Great job Michelle!


Diane L Wedding

Diane L. lost 20 lbs and toned up her arms and back to look great for her wedding this past July 2.   Diane said “at the wedding everyone kept telling me how great my arms looked”.  Congratulations- you look great!

Waterfall Glen Xtreme 10 Miler

Peter ran the Waterfall Glen Xtreme 10 Miler on July 9.   Peter was 38th overall!

Downers Grove 5 Miler

Peter ran the Downers Grove 5 Miler this past weekend (June 26).   Great job on a hot and humid day!

River Grove FOP 5K

Michelle, Jerry and Mary ran the River Grove FOP 5K on June 12.   Jerry was 1st in his age group!   Mary was 2nd in her age group!   Michelle was 3rd in her age group!  Great job runners!

Diane ran the Ridge Run 10K on Memorial  Day and placed 2nd in her age group!

Wally ran the Rock River Leisure Estates 5K and was 5th in his age group.

Jerry and Diane ran the Lisle Veterans Memorial 5K on May 22.


Chicagoland Spring Races

Peter completed the Chicagoland Spring Marathon and was 10th in his age group.  Mary and Catherine completed the Chicagoland Spring Half Marathon.  Great work!









Sharon recently returned to running after a long layoff.   She ran the Easter Seals Run for the Kids 5K in Villa Park on May 7 and had a 5K PR!   Way to go!!

Diane and Jerry ran the Morton Arboretum 10K on April 24. Diane was 1st in her age group!   This was Jerry’s 1st 10K race!   Congratulations to both of them!

Dana completed the Naperville Women’s Half Marathon on April 24th.

London Marathon

Wally ran the 2016 London Marathon on April 24th. This was Wally’s 6th Marathon!  He has now run 4 of 6 and all 3 of the International World Marathon Majors.  

2016 Boston Marathon

Peter and Daisy completed the Boston Marathon today (April 18).   Great job on qualifying for and completing the most prestigious marathon in the world!

Daisy said “It’s was soooo hot!!! I was thirsty at every station BUT I never walked or felt defeated by the hills!!!! I didn’t cramp either. I saw so many people walk up those hills but never once thought about walking or felt like walking. I truly think my body was well prepared thanks to your training. I was strong up the hills.”

Jerry completed the Shamrock Shuffle 8K race today  Great Job Jerry!


Kelly just completed her first 5K race – she did the Naperville St Pattys Day 5K with her daughter.  Great job!   Here they are after the finish:

Michelle was 12th of 54 women in the Fox Valley Winter Challenge Trail Series 8K.  She’s not even that muddy!  She has now completed two of the 3 races in the series.   Hopefully the ice and snow will be gone for the 3rd race in a few weeks!

Daisy ran 1:43:57 at the Austin Half Marathon! Daisy said “I had such a strong race! I’m feeling so strong with your training! I feel right where I need to be for the Boston Marathon!

Michelle completed the first race (5K) in the Fox Valley Winter Trail Series which consists of a 5K, a 5miler and a 10K on challenging winter trails! Wish her luck as she completes the series!

Justin set a PR by over .3 seconds in the 60 yard dash in pre-season testing for Spring High School Baseball after our targeted Sports Conditioning training.