Registration is now closed for the

2014 Dick Pond
Fast Track Racing Team!

Information on how to join the 2015 Team will be available after the new year!

Video Presented at End-of-the-Year Banquet

What We're About

The Dick Pond Fast Track Racing Team is a premier running club in the northwest, west, and far west suburbs of Chicago for runners of all abilities and experience. The team has grown to over 200 members strong. We train and race together with similar goals and interests. Through camaraderie, friendship, and the pursuit of excellence, the team participates in CARA circuit races and have been the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 CARA team CHAMPIONS! For the 2014 season we have expanded the race circuit to over 30 local races in Chicago and the suburbs. Members of the team are outfitted in a team singlet and have the opportunity to score points at key team races towards end-of-the-year prizes. All members are asked to be ambassadors of the brand Saucony, and of our family run specialty business, Dick Pond Athletics. In addition, members are asked to race in as many races as they are able, representing the team in a positive manner. The strength of this team is the Power of the Group philosophy. Our runners train and compete in road races and marathons, as well as serve as pace leaders for many races, as a team.

Learn more about the Dick Pond Athletics Fast Track Racing team and find out how to become a member on the Membership Info page.

Special Events

Christmas Eve Run on Wednesday, December 24th

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Setting up the DPFT team tent and the heater. Will have Bloody Mary's and RaYmnesia. Bring food/drink to pass around after the run. Christmas Eve Day run at 7 a.m. sharp in Long Grove. This group run brings all area running clubs together. There's usually 50+ runners that show up. It's FREE of charge. Get there early to get a parking spot.


The Village Tavern in Long Grove


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Route Map:

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Route Map:

10.2 mile Route Map


7:00 AM

Current Conditions in Long Grove:


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If this is your first or second time doing this group run, please print out the following directions so you don't get lost.

  1. Go northwest on Old McHenry Rd
  2. Turn left (west) onto Cuba Rd
  3. Turn left (south) onto Quentin Rd
  4. Turn left (east) onto Boschome Dr
  5. Hang left (north) on N. Bochome Circle (do not turn right on S Bochome Circle)
  6. Turn right (east) onto N. Boschome Circle
  7. Turn right (south) onto Grove Dr.
  8. Turn right (west) onto Linden Ln
  9. Turn left (south) onto Buffalo Run
  10. Turn left (east) onto Long Grove Rd
  11. Turn left (north) onto Middleton Dr
  12. Turn left (northwest) onto Andover Rd
  13. Turn right (north) onto Hickory Hills Rd
  14. Turn right (east) onto Cuba Rd
  15. Turn right (southeast) onto Old McHenry Rd
  16. Finish!

Bold = long roads that you say on until they end
The Christmas Eve Run is on Wednesday the 24th of December 2014 at 7:00 AM.  There are 3 days until then!
Christmas Eve Runs are held on every Monday on December 24th.

New Year’s Eve Run on Wednesday, December 31st

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For those of you lucky enough to have New Year's eve day off, come join some Fast Track runners for an 8 to 20 mile long run. Then you won't feel guilty when you eat all that junk food at your New Year's Eve party!
Please note that this run is at Barrington High School in the morning.


Barrington High School

Map & Directions:

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Route Maps:

10 mile Route Map
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20¾ mile Route Map


8:00 AM

Current Conditions in Barrington:


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Park in the Barrington HS parking lot off Hart Rd., just north of the tennis courts.
The New Year’s Eve Run is on Wednesday the 31st of December 2014 at 8:00 AM.  There are 10 days until then!
New Year’s Eve Runs are held on every Wednesday December 31st.

Lace Up on the 1st! on Thursday, January 1st

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Get a healthy start to 2015- Lace Up with us on the 1st. Runners, joggers and walkers alike are invited to come out and join Dick Pond and Saucony as we kick off the year with a run. The three mile course will start at the store in Uptown Park Ridge and run through the Park Ridge and Edison Park neighborhoods. There will be treats, giveaways and shoe demos for all attendees.

Event location:
Dick Pond Athletics - Park Ridge
29 S. Prospect Ave.
Park Ridge, IL 60068


Dick Pond - Park Ridge

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10:00 AM

Current Conditions in Park Ridge:


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Admission to this event is FREE!

RSVP is requested but not required.

Please RSVP via email to

For more information, contact Joko at
The Lace Up on the 1st! is on Thursday the 1st of January 2015 at 10:00 AM.  There are 11 days until then!

2014 Year End Celebration on Friday, January 2nd

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Prepare yourself for the Year End Team Gathering. Come celebrate this year's accomplishments and get excited for 2015!

When:   Friday, January 2nd, 6:30PM
Where:  The Seville
             700 S Barrington Rd, Streamwood
Cost:    $25 per person

There will be Hors d'oeuvres, Dinner, Open Bar, and Deejay.

We'll be handing out this year's team awards.

Dress code is Nice, this is a banquet hall!


The Seville, Streamwood

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6:30 PM to 12:30 PM

Current Conditions in Streamwood:


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We would like a firm count please RSVP and pay by December 23rd. You may pay John Brazda, or Grace W., or Brooke Williams with cash or check payable to DPFT or The Seville.

You can also pay online via PayPal.
PayPal link:

The Hampton Inn & Suites in Hoffman Estates is offering a $69 rate and shutte service to and from the Seville. Call 847-882-4301 and ask for "fast track" discount.
Hampton Inn
2825 Greenspoint Parkway
Hoffman Estates
The 2014 Year End Celebration is on Friday the 2nd of January 2015 at 6:30 PM.  There are 13 days until then!

Order From Team Web Store by Thursday, January 15th

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Order some Dick Pond Fast Track Saucony apparel and 2015 singlet and show your support for the Team! This is a great deal!!

Purchased apparel will be ready for pick up around February 17.

Team singlets are $19.95, T's are $25.95. All other custom apparel ranges in price from $23.95 and $64.95. Many items are available in both men's and women's cut. All items come screen printed with the DPFT logo on it.


7:00 PM
Please note, there are no returns or exchanges on this custom item.

WHEN WILL I GET MY STUFF??? All Custom Team Items will be delivered to your specified Dick Pond store in mid-February.
The Order From Team Web Store is on Thursday the 15th of January 2015 at 7:00 PM.  There are 26 days until then!

CARA Awards Banquet on Saturday, January 31st

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Join the Dick Pond Fast Track Racing Team in celebrating the close of the 2014 racing season!

CARA will recognize Chicagoland's best at the 2014 CARA Awards Banquet. Team and individual awards will be presented.

The Banquet is scheduled for Saturday, January 31 from 12 - 4 p.m.


Maggiano's Little Italy Chicago


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12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Current Conditions in Chicago:


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Ticket Prices:
  • $60 + processing fee — CARA Member paid online
  • $65 + processing fee — Non-Member paid online
  • $57 — Group rate (paid in person)
  • $59 — Group rate (paid online)

Our Group Rate deadline is Saturday, January 17th. Please pay the $57/seat fee via cash or check to Grace Wasielewski, Brooke Williams, or John Brazda. Make any checks payable to Dick Pond Fast Track.

Check out the CARA Awards Banquet page for more information.

We had a great year and we look forward to celebrating with you on January 31st!

Pay Your Track CARA Banquet Group Rate Fee Online!

Fast Track
Payment Page

The CARA Awards Banquet is on Saturday the 31st of January 2015 at 12:00 PM.  There are 42 days until then!

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Got any photos from our Team races, workouts or parties? If you took some great shots, be sure to share with fellow members via the Fast Track DropBox account! It's fast and easy... simply drag & drop into the Fast Track DropBox page. Best of all, your pictures or video could be featured on our monthly video slideshow!


Instructions to submit your photos to the Team's DropBox:

  1. Contact Jessica Rifis, John Brazda, or Steve Breese to request access to the shared folder
  2. Sort out your favorite photos from recent Fast Track events
  3. Login to your personal DropBox account (create one if needed)
  4. Drag & drop your photos to the Fast Track shared folder

We are extremely excited to announce our Team's brand new web store through Dick Pond Athletics.

Train and race in Dick Pond Fast Track Racing Team t-shirts & singlets! They are Saucony brand & good quality. DPFT logo will be screen-printed on the front for shirts and side for pants and shorts.

Show your pride in being a DPFT member!
The apparel will be ready to wear well before our first Team Race!

The web store will remain open until January 15th and all items will be available for pickup (screen printed/embroidered) starting February 17th.

As far as the singlets that appear on the web store, purchase of a new one is not required for team membership in 2015. We wanted to offer a lighter material for hot Summer races, or those new/current team members looking to another team singlet to their collection. Prices of all the Saucony apparel on the web store are already marked down 20%. The comfortable, casual & popular Tasc shirt options are marked down 10% as they would on store fun run nights.


  1. You will need to create a New Customer account with your email address.
  2. Click Use Billing Address.
  3. Click UPS GROUND.
  4. Within the ORDER NOTES, please write the Dick Pond store location (i.e. Carol Stream, Hoffman, Lisle, Park Ridge, St. Charles) you would like to pick up your apparel in February. Also if you have a Runner's Rewards voucher you received in the mail, please write the voucher number in the ORDER NOTES box and your purchase will be manually adjusted.

All purchases will also be added to everyone's Runners Rewards accounts with Dick Pond Athletics

We will do one more web store in late May.

Photo Gallery

Dick Pond Fast Track Racing Team member having fun!

Fast Track's Extracts

Twitter Feed

Join the Fast Track Racing Team Twitter feed! This feed will be used for short announcements regarding workouts, races, and get-togethers. All information posted on this Twitter will be available on the team website, but will now be in convenient Twitter form. If you wish to receive text messages from this Twitter feed, follow the instructions below.

How to get text messages from the Fast Track Twitter:

  1. Go to and sign up for an account
  2. Using your phone, text message the word "START" to 40404
  3. Follow the instructions that are text messaged back to you (first send your Twitter username, then your password, then the word "OK")
  4. Head to and click the "Follow" button
  5. When you see the green check mark and "Following," click the little phone button immediately to the right
  6. You will now receive text message announcements from Fast Track!
NOTE: By default, you will NOT receive text messages from everyone you follow on Twitter.  If you do NOT want to receive text messages, skip step 5 above when following a Twitter feed.