During the first week of November, the Fair Oaks Farms Brands jury made the selections for the winners of the Chicago Marathon Core Power Wristband Contest – and we’ve been reaching out to the lucky ten winners to let them know that they’ve one and will be receiving a YEAR’S SUPPLY OF CORE POWER as we head into 2013! We’ve heard back from nearly all of the selected winners, but are still waiting to hera from a few. NEVERTHELESS, we want to introduce you to the winners we’ve heard from so far! To see ALL the great shots of the contestants, please check out the entire Facebook album HERE.
To recap the way the contest worked, we gave out Core Power wristbands at the Chicago Marathon Expo the two days leading up to the race. Contestants were asked to show their Core Power Spirit as they passed our headquarters at Morgan and Adams in Chicago, which is roughly the 14 mile mark. We had two cameramen who were set up there – and they recorded great shots of those wearing the wristbands. A jury of Fair Oaks Farms employees then chose the winners based on: enthusiasm, energy, fun/humor and that overall Core Power POWER! So, without further ado… here they are!
Hometown: Rockford, IL
Current City: Lake in the Hills, IL
Favorite Sports / Physical Activities: Running, softball, swimming, biking, yoga
How many marathons was Chicago for you? Chicago was my 3rd full marathon
Are you running another one soon? Rock N Roll in Arizona in January and hopefully another one on the calendar for fall again
Why do you run? OR Why did you run this marathon? I run to de-stress, I brainstorm my best ideas, and find some “me” time. I love being physically active and love the high I get after a good run. I wanted to run another marathon after having a second child and getting strong again with running wanted to set a challenge to run a faster marathon.
Have you tried Core Power before, if so where? Ive tried Core Power before- first time was after a race I tried the Chocolate 26g. Loved it and surprised it tasted that good, and the protein it had. At the next expo I was at I stopped and tried the other flavors.
Which flavor(s) do you like best? I like the chocolates the best. Probably vanilla next.
Hometown: Akron, Ohio
Current City: Long Grove, IL
Favorite Sports / Physical Activities: Running (enjoy watching football, basketball)
How many marathons was Chicago for you? Chicago was my 20th. I’ve also run about 10 Ultra Marathons I run over 20 races a year. In 2012, I’ve run 2 marathon distances, 2 50k’s, and 1 50 miler.
Are you running another one soon? Plan on running Ice Age 50 miler next spring. May do another marathon next fall
Why do you run? OR Why did you run this marathon? Enjoy the health benefits and friends. I run for Dick Pond Fast Track, and love the team atmosphere and the people. I also run with my 8 year old son, and we enjoy running 5k’s and 10k’s together. I love how I can run almost at any time, but still have a team atmosphere and enjoy friends.
Have you tried Core Power before, if so where? Yes — and I love it! Great recovery drink.
Which flavor(s) do you like best? I like Chocolate the most. I also like Honey.
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Current City: Chicago, IL
Favorite Sports / Physical Activities: Running and biking are my two favorite activities. I enjoy them year round…outside! I find it ironic that I cannot run 2 miles on a treadmill, but I ran 26.2 miles outside. Fresh air invigorates me and being surrounded by nature really motivates me to keep going, I started running 1.5 years ago, at the urging of a professor from graduate school. He introduced me to the group I run with now and I adore them all. They have become my family and dearest friends.
Are you running another one soon? My future races include the Palos park turkey trot (4 miles), the George Cheung 50k in march 2013 and the marathon in Lowell, IN, in April 2013. I plan on running those with my same running friends from the marathon.
Why do you run? OR Why did you run this marathon? Running, for me, has become a place of focus and clarity for me. I always make better, more grounded, decisions after a good solid run. I think better, my attitude is better, my outlook is more clear after a run. I look forward to each run because I know I will feel so great during it and after. There is no better feeling than hearing your feet hit the pavement and you just keep going. Now, I run because I can.
Have you tried Core Power before, if so where? Which flavor(s) do you like best? The Chicago marathon expo was my first opportunity to taste core power drink…and I really loved it! Honey and chocolate were my favorites…and I loved the staff at the expo. They were incredibly friendly, upbeat, professional, and really seemed to believe in the product themselves! My daughter, who is ten years old, also loved it!
Hometown: Darien, IL
Current City: Chicago, IL
Favorite Sports / Physical Activities: Running
How many marathons was Chicago for you? My third full one
Are you running another one soon? Yes, Running the Big Sur in April
Why do you run? OR Why did you run this marathon? When I ran my first marathon, I just wanted to check it off my “life’s to do list.” I’ve continued to do it because it gives me a goal to keep in shape
Have you tried Core Power before, if so where? The Chicago marathon expo was my first opportunity to try Core Power
Which flavor(s) do you like best? Vanilla & Chocolate
Hometown: Mundelein, Illinois
Current City: Mundelein, Illinois
Favorite Sports / Physical Activities: Running. I was a triathlete before we had kids (6). I work out daily and teach Physical Education. My children are all competitive swimmers. I am a USA Swimming Official.
How many marathons was Chicago for you? Chicago was my 16th marathon.
Are you running another one soon? I intend to run the Chicago Marathon as long as I can. I will also run smaller local races, but the marathon will keep me “honest” and force me to train more throughout the year.
Why do you run? OR Why did you run this marathon? I have been a competitive runner for 45 years. I love running and working out, the marathon keeps me working out year round and I need some incentive to train at a higher rate.
Have you tried Core Power before, if so where? Coincidentally, we had Core Power come to our school and help sponsor a Fun Run this fall. Since then I have been a loyal customer.
Which flavor(s) do you like best? My favorite flavors are Strawberry/ Banana and Vanilla. I was excited when I found out I could win a years supply in the marathon. It was great when I found I won.
Hometown: Gary, IN
Current City: Atlanta, GA
Favorite Sports / Physical Activities: Running, Working Out, Football, Basketball
How many marathons was Chicago for you? Chicago was my 1st marathon!
Are you running another one soon? I will do one marathon per year. So next fall will be the next one.
Why do you run? OR Why did you run this marathon? I love the personal challenge that distance running presents. I love to be around my running buddies and share in our victories. We chose Chicago because of its reputation for being well supported, flat, organized and fun. It is also the closest marathon to my hometown.
Have you tried Core Power before, if so where? I tried core power at the Chicago Marathon expo. I will enjoy trying out all of the flavors.
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Current City: Austin, Texas for the past 12 years
Favorite Sports / Physical Activities: Running.
How many marathons was Chicago for you? Chicago was my 4th marathon.
Are you running another one soon? Was in NYC recently to run their marathon but it was cancelled; have not registered for any marathons for 2013 but will likely run Chicago, NYC and one other
Why do you run? OR Why did you run this marathon? I initially started running to lose weight; I have lost 70 lbs since I started running. I ran this marathon because I wanted to run a big city marathon (one of the majors).
Have you tried Core Power before, if so where? Yes, I have been drinking it for about 2 years (I started drinking Athletes HoneyMilk).
Which flavor(s) do you like best? My favorite flavor is Chocolate Light.