Official registration is now open for the

2015 Dick Pond
Fast Track Racing Team!

Join Us!

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, and 2013 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 and Sign Up pages.


    Training Runs

    Our training runs are open to everyone, you do not need to be on the Fast Track team to participate. All paces are welcome as well. Additional information and special announcements for each workout can be found on the Scheduled Runs pages.
    = Performance booster!

    Speedwork

  1. The Tuesday Night Workouts meets every Tuesday at 6:00 PM from mid-March thru early-November at Dick Pond - Lisle in Lisle, IL.
    "Off Season/Off Track" Fall/Winter runs will continue from the store until Spring. For information or questions please contact our Fast Track team ambassadors: Christine Bell, John Brazda, Denise Hefferin, or Liz Ruvalcaba.
    Full Information
  2. The Winter Speedwork meets every Wednesday at 6:15 PM from mid-November through the end of March at Dick Pond - Schaumburg in Schaumburg, IL.
    Full Information
  3. The Wednesday Night Speed Club meets every Wednesday at 6:15 PM from mid-March thru early-November at Geneva High School outdoor track in Geneva, IL.
    Speed work begins Thursday March 13th and goes through November 7th. For information or questions please contact our Fast Track team ambassadors and speed group leaders: Dan Crayche - dcraych@gmail.com; Brooke Williams - brookewilliams04@gmail.com; Greg Campbell - greghvac19@yahoo.com; Jenn Tribble - tribble.jenn@gmail.com
    Full Information
  4. The North Side Speed Club meets every Thursday at 6:30 PM from early-May thru early-November at North Park's River Park Track in Chicago, IL.
    Speed work begins Thursday May 8th and goes through November.
    Full Information
  5. Dick Pond Store Fun Runs

  6. The Monday Night Fun Run meets every Monday at 6:00 PM at Dick Pond - Schaumburg in Schaumburg, IL.
    There are several groups that run variance distances including 4, 5, 8 and 9 miles.
    Full Information
  7. The Tuesday Night Fun Run meets every Tuesday at 6:30 PM at Dick Pond - St. Charles in St. Charles, IL.
    There are several groups that run variance distances.
    Full Information
  8. The Thursday Night Fun Run meets every Thursday at 6:00 PM at Dick Pond - Lisle in Lisle, IL.
    There are several groups that run a variety of distances including 3, 4, and 5+ miles.
    Full Information
  9. Weekend Group Runs

  10. The Friday Morning Recovery Run meets every Friday at various start times from April until November, except if falling on Independence Day at Starbucks at Streets of Woodfield in Schaumburg, IL.
    Full Information
  11. The Barrington Hills Group Run meets every Saturday at various start times all year round except if falling on Independence Day, Christmas, or Team Race days at Barrington High School in Barrington, IL.
    Full Information
  12. The Saturday Team Run meets every Saturday at various start times from throughout Spring, Summer and Fall at Busse Woods in Elk Grove Village, IL.
    Full Information
  13. The Park Ridge Saturday Long Run meets every Saturday at 7:00 AM from throughout Spring, Summer and Fall at Dick Pond - Park Ridge in Park Ridge, IL.
    Come run with Fast Track at our new regularly scheduled long group run in Park Ridge. All paces are welcome.
    Full Information
  14. The Trail Heads Group Run meets every Saturday at 7:30 AM All Year Round at various locations.
    Join us on Saturday mornings for a change of pace and location. Each week we start our long runs from different DuPage, Cook, Kane, or Will county forest preserves as we build our mileage towards Fall endurance races.
    Full Information
  15. The Sunday Team Run meets every Sunday at from throughout Spring, Summer and Fall at Busse Woods in Elk Grove Village, IL.
    Full Information

Special Events

Thanksgiving Holiday Run on Thursday, November 27th

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The Thanksgiving Holiday Run run is at 7 a.m. in Long Grove at the Village Tavern. This runs brings all local running clubs together. There have been upwards of 100 people in attendance. It is a fun training run and free of charge.

Location:

The Village Tavern in Long Grove

Map/Directions:

Google Maps

Route Map:

LogYourRun Map

Route Map:

10.2 mile Route Map

Time:

7:00 AM

Current Conditions in Long Grove:

Forecast:

(not yet available)
The run is 10 miles in length and starts promptly at 7 AM. Get there early to find a parking spot. The run takes place in any kind of weather.
The Thanksgiving Holiday Run is on Thursday the 27th of November 2014 at 7:00 AM.  There are 26 days until then!

DropBox icon

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!

DROPBOX LINK

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

Pay Your Singlet Deposit Online!

Fast Track
Payment Page

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 http://twitter.com 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 http://twitter.com/FTRacingTeam 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.