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News for January 6, 2019 

Well, the Bears' season has come to an end but the running season is just getting started. This coming weekend we launch two of our most-loved workouts: Sunday Hill Training and Indoor Winter Intervals (known by my favorite portmanteau: WINTERVALS!). 
Hill training is led by our own eighth-world-wonder Nancy Rollins. The group will begin at 7am at the Starbucks on Sheridan in Wilmette. They will head north on Sheridan to the "ravines," run hill repeats based on Nancy's prescribed workout, and then run the return 2.5 miles to Starbucks. If you are looking for a more gentle morning, consider cutting the 2.5 miles from Starbucks and meeting the group at 7:15 at the corner of Maple and Sheridan. This workout will occur on the second and fourth Sunday of January, February and March. So get there while you can- it's worth it!
Wintervals start at noon on Sundays at the indoor track at the ETHS Fieldhouse. You'll find this location just east as you enter the northside parking lot of the high school. Arrive in layers because that little field house HEATS UP! You'll basically want to strip down to what you wear at outdoor track in the summer and bring a water bottle. Coach Keith Holzmueller is a master at sadism, I mean intervals. He will get us warmed up and then have us running repeats that total about 1.5 to two miles. It's a great way to get speed training in the winter when the surfaces outside are too treacherous for sprints.  
And of course we've got our other daily runs, which are all back in action and back in their home sweet homes this week after those crazy holiday changes. If you feel like your body and/or mind has also suffered from the crazy holidays, join us at least once and be reminded how great a run outdoors (or indoors;) can feel. 


Take care, Melissa 

Melissa Polivka



Upcoming Club Events: 


ERC Winter Party

Saturday, January 19, 6-9:30pm

Todd and Paula’s home, 1012 Judson, Evanston

Bring a dish to share and enjoy a cozy night with the club. Look for the invitation via Punchbowl and RSVP as soon as you can. 



Upcoming Local Races: 


F3 Lake Half Marathon and 5k

January 26

The F3 is Chicago’s original winter half marathon. Start and finish at Soldier Field and run south along the beautiful lake in between. This is a popular race with many ERC members and a great way to motivate your training through the winter. Check it out.


Chi Town Half Marathon and 10k

April 6
ERC will be conducting a training program for this half marathon and running a weekly long run together. Contact me for more information:


McHenry Human Race

April 28

A great family-fun racing event. Proceeds of the race fee and fundraising go to the non-profit organization of your choice! This 5k race begins at McHenry County College.





Monday Morning Run - 6am - Church and Crawford - Dara Ury


Monday Evening Run - 6:30pm - Henry Crown Sports Pavilion - Tim Guimond


Tuesday Morning Run - 5:30am - Greenleaf and Lakefront - Kate Saccany


Wednesday Evening Run - 6:30pm - Henry Crown Sports Pavillion- Nancy Rollins


Thursday Morning Run - 5:30am - Greenleaf and Lakefront – Kate Saccany

Saturday Morning Lakefront Run (SMLR) - 8:15am 
- Timothy Guimond


Sunday Running Start- 8:15am- Church and Sheridan (Arrington Hut) - Deanna Badong


Sunday Hill Training- 7am - Starbucks at Plaza Del Lago, Wilmette- Nancy Rollins
Sunday Indoor Intervals (Wintervals!) - Noon - Evanston Township High School Field house (at the northside parking lot entrance)  - Keith Holzmueller
(Start times are listed; please arrive 10-15 minutes early)