Join a Team for the Ridge Run 

By Brian Marchetti 

Whether you’re a veteran marathon runner or you’ve just laced up your first pair of running shoes, joining a team for the upcoming Ridge Run might prove the most fun and effective way to tackle the challenge.  

Two local area businesses, Running Excels and Core Fitness & Physical Therapy, have teams in the upcoming run and offer their expertise to help you achieve your running goals.  

Running Excels, located at 10328 S. Western Ave, specializes in running shoes and apparel. They offer an expert shoe fitting service.  

Footwear is the most important equipment for a runner,” Beverly Lynch, owner of Running Excels, said. “A good pair will help keep you injury-free.” 

Lynch expects that their team will have between twenty and thirty members. All are welcome, whether you’re a long-time member of a running club or you’ve just figured out that 5k means five kilometers, not five thousand miles. 

“Teams are a great way for people to stay accountable and motivated,” Lynch said. 

If interested, please contact Running Excels at 773-629-8587. 

To unlock your body’s full potential and avoid possible injury, Team Core, sponsored by Core Fitness & Physical Therapy offers a Pilates based approach. 

Terri McCabe, a Pilates instructor for eighteen years and VP of Core Fitness & Physical Therapy, will help you activate your muscles and get them going in the right direction.  

“Pilates is a profound philosophy of movement,” McCabe said. “It’s like a dose of vitamins for your body.” 

Team Core offers a six-week cross training program, that includes Pilates, RPR (Reflexive Performance Reset), and self-massage. It costs $100 and they meet Sunday morning at seven a.m. at their primary location in Evergreen Park at 2940 W. 95th street. All levels of experience and fitness are welcome. Their Ridge Run team has availability but spots are filling up fast. 

“I think a lot of times, when we have a fitness goal in mind, we get too aggressive,” McCabe said. “We get weary, injured, and overwhelmed. The idea behind the cross-training program is to assist people in achieving their goals.” 

If interested, send an email to and/or contact Core Fitness and Physical Therapy at 708-422-0990. 


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