10/22/10 Fitness Forum Sports & Wellness at the LifePlex had several members compete in the Bank Of America Chicago Marathon on October 10th. 

Nine female members of the Fitness Forum participated in the marathon: Ester Thompson, Shelly Record, Aimee Clady, Karen Barden, Kristen Keirn, Heather King, Beth Rutherford, Stephanie Drudge, and Christen Ellis.  All nine ladies finished with times of 4 hours 25 minutes to 5 hours 25 minutes.   For seven of the ladies it was their first marathon.  Dr. Rutherford and Ester Thompson have run in marathons before. 

Most of the ladies have been training for the marathon for at least 6 months but Aimee Clady and Stephanie Drudge made a decision just a week prior to participate.  They had however been working out with Fitness Forum Sports & Wellness Center.  Aimee is the Group Exercise Director at Fitness Forum.

All of them have cross trained at Fitness Forum Sports & Wellness especially this past winter and early spring.  They participated in the Body Pump class, Spinning Classes, used the indoor track, attended Boot Camps at Fitness Forum and swam in the indoor pool in preparation of the grueling 26.2 mile marathon.  A few of the ladies ran a 1/2 marathon last September in Chicago and all of them ran the 1/2 marathon in Indianapolis this past May.