Quote of the Month

“We compete not for the sake of defeating others, but in order to bring forward our own capacity. Our best capacity comes forward only when there are other people around us. They inspire us to bring forward our utmost capacity, and we inspire them to bring forward their utmost capacity.” - Sri Chinmoy

Coach's Corner

By Coach Dan Kittaka


A few startled anglers crane their necks, not the least among them, a great blue heron who subsequently took flight, soaring over the source of the joyous cry, our teammate, Paul Graessle. This expression of excitement and joy was contagious. I found myself startled into another level of appreciation and celebration of the run.  

This moment reminds me of the importance of cultivating community highlighted in Brad Stulberg’s excellent piece “It's Okay to Be Good and Not Great.” If you haven’t read it yet, do so now! I’ve been ruminating on its map towards long-term success on a near daily basis since I first read it a few weeks ago. In the piece, Stulberg calls out the dangers of sacrificing community on the altar of productivity in our pursuit of success. He urges, “The extra effort it takes to regularly be with others ‘in real life’ is worth it.”

I’d like to address a couple stumbling blocks associated with this concept. First, you don’t need to have Paul-like levels of charisma or a certain level of success to contribute to the DWR community. None of us have “arrived” so let’s journey together. Second, while physical proximity is important, if you’re not local, that doesn’t automatically exclude you from benefitting from and contributing to our community. Let’s replace “in real life” with “real in life” whether local or not. Stulberg highlights that research has shown “the more you can bring your entire self to everything you do—the good, the bad, the sad, and the ugly—the better you’ll feel and the better you’ll be.”

Let’s keep getting better together!

Coach Dan Kittaka Illustrations - November 2018 - DWRunning

Team News

  • We’re having an inner-team “competition” to see who hits the team’s 500th PR! The person to do so will get a pair of shoes from NRC paid for by DWR!

  • We’re sending a group to the Illinois Club XC meet Nov 11 - if interested in joining, let Allie know!

  • We have a new partner, RXBAR! Check out details here.

  • We’re heading back to the Pettit Indoor Marathon Relay on Jan 26 for the 4th straight year. If interested, sign up here!

  • DWR is hosting a Self Defense Workshop with IMPACT Chicago Sat, Jan 5. The class is full but if you want to be on the wait list, let Allie know

  • DWRunning pom hats and winter headbands are back and for sale! $10 each - let Allie know if you’re interested!

  • We’re no longer able to offer Google Wallet as a payment method. See available payment methods here.

  • Welcome to the team assistant coach Shawn Lucas! Read more about Shawn here.

  • Workout Wednesdays will be on a break for the winter. Look for them to start back up in the spring!

October Race Highlights

Updates to the DWR Top 10 Lists (Men / Women):

  • Women's Marathon:

    • Erica van Heerden - Chicago Marathon - 2:57:40 (PR!)

  • Men’s Marathon:

    • Eric Cale - Chicago Marathon - 2:41:51 (PR!)

Race Wins:

  • Jess Bird - Glacial Trail 50k - 5:12

Age Group Wins / Top WMM Placings

  • Dave Walters - Chicago Marathon - 2:55:34 (2nd in AG!)

  • Sascha Edge - Carerra de los Muertos 5k - 18:24


Personal bests:

  • Laura Julien - Montgomery 10k - 41:57 (race win!)

  • Gina Rumore - Twin Cities 10k - 42:34 (AG champ!)

  • Sarah Koelln - Twin Cities 10M - 1:15:15

  • Chris Porst - Chicago Marathon - 2:43:10

  • Alex Weems - Chicago Marathon - 2:51:49

  • Sascha Edge - Chicago Marathon - 2:51:11

  • Connor Matheson - Chicago Marathon - 2:48:38

  • Dave Alvarez - Chicago Marathon - 3:14:19

  • Tim Maier - Chicago Marathon - 3:15:53

  • Kurtis Conkel - Chicago Marathon - 3:30:48

  • Katie Dudek - Chicago Marathon - 3:43:42

  • Aaron Agustin - Chicago Marathon - 3:48:08

  • Jess Vogl - Chicago Marathon - 3:49

  • Joanne Molinaro - Chicago Marathon - 4:25:04

  • Sarah Koelln - Halloween HM - 1:40:44

  • Sean Packard - Dublin Marathon - 3:42:55


  • Jess Bird - Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon - 3:19:26

  • Mark Catania - Chicago Marathon - 2:54:59

  • Brian Lesiewicz - Chicago Marathon - 2:53:30

  • Kyle Somerfield - Chicago Marathon 2:50:52

  • Amanda Porter - Chicago Marathon - 3:07:34

  • Kim Weiss - Chicago Marathon - 3:08:53

  • Katelyn Draths - Chicago Marathon - 3:13:46

  • Meg Sullivan - Chicago Marathon - 3:23:53

  • Sam Greenwood - Chicago Marathon - 3:24:32

  • Yuki Hirao - Chicago Marathon - 3:30:46

  • Blake Renaud - Marine Corps Marathon - 2:54:39 (debut!)

DWRunning Chicago Marathoners

Upcoming Events & Major Races

  • 11/3 - Indy Monumental Marathon & HM + post-race party

  • 11/10 - LR @ Morton Arboretum

  • 11/17 - LR @ Waterfall Glen + bRUNch

Check out the calendar (and add it to your own calendar!) here.

November Birthdays

  • 11/4 - Alex Miller

  • 11/5 - Kate Ander

  • 11/8 - Annie Conway

  • 11/22 - Laura Julien & Morgan Lesiewicz

  • 11/29 - Rich Calvario

  • 11/30 - Larry Kravets

Meet the Newest DWRunners!

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