Name: Mary Sliwa
Where were you born and raised? Chicago, IL
When did you begin running? I began running in Chgo. at age 32
How did you get started running? Needed an outlet to relieve stress when my Sons were babies.
Favorite distance to run: Love 5K’s: because you run like the wind and it’s over soon. Marathons: because you pace yourself slower to finish strong over a long distance.
Favorite Race: Drumstick Dash 5K in Richton Park, IL (they gave out frozen turkeys to winners and they threw it out and you had to catch it and they gave nice looking sweatshirts to all participants)
Favorite Track n Trail run this year: Las Sendas Carla n Bob Booker trail run
Favorite place to run: Marquette Park in Chicago.- that’s where it all began (3 miles around)
Favorite quote: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”
If you could run anywhere in the world, where would it be? Along the coast of Northern CA (Big Sur and Wine Country)
Other Hobbies: Playing the piano (but only had yr. and a half of lessons, but life is not over yet)
Advice for new Runners: Running is so rewarding and therapeutic if you compete with yourself and enjoy the company of other runners along the way!