Erica Pappendick and Nicki Hines Finish First Marathon

Sisters Erica Pappendick and Nicki Hines making it look easy as they finish their first marathon amidst the sweltering heat in Chicago this year. Both are now getting ready to ramp up for the Boston Marathon in April. It’s been extremely encouraging to watch Erica and Nicki become more motivated as they continue to see improvements throughout their time training with us.

Run SMART Project Athlete Qualifies for Boston Marathon

On Sunday, October 7th Avi Kravitz did what few could do during the Chicago Marathon… He set a 17 minute PR. The high temperatures for the day (an 88 degree high) made it hard for many athletes to even finish the race. Avi’s initial goal was to break 3:20:00, in the hope that he would be able to get another shot at the Boston qualifier of 3:10:00 early next year. The early pace felt so easy that Avi decided to go on and give it what he had, splitting several sub 7 minute miles along the way. He finished in a final time of 3:10:32, which was good enough to qualify him for the Boston Marathon in the spring.