Monday, June 6, 2011

Chicago Running News

This weekend, Chicago running hit both ends of the spectrum, with a death and a new US record.


At the 13.1 Chicago race, high heat and humidity caused 11 runners to be hospitalized and one of those, Zachary Gregory, died. Even with the organizer's warning the runners to take it easy, eventually the race was cancelled and runners were asked to make their way back to the finish area.  For a race report, head over to the Running Green Girl's blog.


In happier news, Lukas Verzbicas, a national caliber runner and triathlete who attends Chicagoland's Sandburg High School, ran the 2-mile event at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon. Staying with the lead pack for 3 laps, Verzbicas hung on to set a new high school record for 2 miles. After racing in the World Youth Triathlon championships this summer, he will then focus on running collegiately for the Ducks, so his Hayward Field triumph may be the first of many.

17 comments:

  1. Congrats to Lucas!
    I think we're becoming notorious for our extreme weather. Very sad day indeed.

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  2. First you have a mini ice age and now the heat...what up, Chicago?

    There's a house 3 down from mine that just went on the market if anyone is looking to move to almost training paradise. The only thing we don't have here is altitude.

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  3. Like the bra giveaway link on your blog - Wasn't sure if you might keep that as a header? It would be very Chris Kish.

    Holy crap - that is awful about the race. So sad

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  4. Sad - I wonder if this will impact when they decide to call races. It always seems to be too late.

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  5. ...and the kids were playing soccer mid-day in that heat and humidity!

    I like your header also :)

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  6. How awful. I can't imagine. I'm glad they called the race, hopefully saving more people from, at the very least, being hospitalized, but that doesn't help the guy who died. Ug.

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  7. That is awesome for Lukas! I saw him on TV a while ago at the indoor New York track meet I think, hope he continues to do well in the future! I somehow watched video of the guy who had the record before Lukas (German Fernandez of California, set in 2008) - amazing that he beat that time!

    And that is too bad to hear about the death, the conditions sounded terrible out on the course.

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  8. I'm a little side tracked my the bra at the top

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  9. I'm still in shock over the fact that a runner died. ::deep breath::

    On a brighter note, I wasn't aware of the record for the 2 miles. That's awesome.

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  10. this is crazy. 2nd time it's happened to chicago, at least within the past few years...

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  11. Horrible when someone dies at an event. That happened last year at the Mississippi Blues Marathon I ran, pretty devastating.

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  12. i wanna new bra! =P

    congrats to Lucas! wOOt!

    xo

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  13. That's so sad...nice to have that other piece of good news though.

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  14. So sad about the runner. Chicago hasn't had the best of luck with weather have they?

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  15. Sweet - love seeing those high school athletes kicking butt. So sad about Chicago though. I wonder why they didn't cancel the race earlier?

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  16. Very sad.

    Sandburg was at state for volleyball, too. The only difference was, they won. Nice week for their athletes.

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  17. I'm not sure about the whole 13.1 race cancellation. At some point you have to make the runners accountable for their own health...right?

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