Anyone who happens to drive along Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive south of downtown at oh, let’s say 5:30 or 6 o’clock in the morning usually have the good fortune of seeing a group of amazing, dedicated women running, laughing and bonding as they prepare to tackle the day that lies ahead. The group, aptly named runtellthis, is the heartbeat of Chicago’s South Side marathon, triathlon and fitness scene and has recently spread it’s wings to suburban Detroit and Los Angeles where two of the original members now call home. No matter the location, runtellthis is committed to staying connected and serving as living, breathing examples of what it means to be fit and healthy at all ages. The group is comprised of women with enormous talents — a fitness expert and massage therapist, a business owner, a kettlebells instructor, a Boston marathoner, a writer, an architect, two IT executives and two PhD’s — to name just a handful of their under the radar accomplishments.
They are highly educated, professional, family-minded and unapologetically focused on staying strong and winning in all areas of their lives. They plan, strategize and plot out their marathons and triathlons six months to a year in advance. These women are serious. runtellthis epitomizes class and grace. Oh, and they were running marathons before the world ever heard the name of our lovely, fit first lady (and fellow South sider), Michelle Obama. The women of runtellthis had this healthy living thing figured out years ago and have been passing along advice and wisdom to all who aspire to live a fit and balanced life. Now watch, listen and learn as they continue to commit to something greater than themselves while taking fitness to new heights.
Running, thinking, laughing, being. Enduring the heat and humidity of Chicago’s summers and the snow and extreme cold of Chicago’s notorious winters, these women are fierce and unstoppable.
Tell their story and celebrate them. For each time these women run a race, swim a lap, or bike a mile, we should be reminded of how incredible and inspiring they are.