Front Line Racing Team wins two team titles in Chicago Marathon

Front Line Racing Team wins two team titles in Chicago Marathon

Front Line Racing Team wins two team titles in Chicago Marathon
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Front Line Racing Team wins two team titles in Chicago Marathon

For the 2nd Consecutive Year the Front Line Racing Team placed first in two divisions of the Chicago Marathon. In a marathon that will be discussed forever, Front Line runners endured brutal conditions to win the Men's and Women's Shield Divisions. A third team placed third in the Men's Open Division of the Cup Competition.

Shield Division Scoring is based on determining how each runner does, percentage wise, within their age group. Then the lowest four percentages are added together for a total score. Low score wins.

Cup Division Scoring is similar to cross country scoring. The places of the top five runners are added together on each team. Low score wins.

The Front Line Men's Team in the Shield Competition successfully defended their title with a low score of 3.33 points. Their nearest competitors scored 12.71 points. All runners on this team were age 40 and up and clearly, their racing experience was evident. The score of 3.33 broke the Chicago Marathon Men's Shield Record of 10.56 established in 2006 by Front Line.

Gerard Malaczynski won the 65-69 Age Group, and the trio of Eric Rzeppa, John Niven, and Dave Peterson all placed within the top 1% of the 40-44 age group.

Following are the top ten teams within this competition and the places of individual results of Front Line's athletes.

Men - Top Ten Teams, Shield Competition
Score Team
3.33* Front Line Racing Team
12.71 Fleet Feet / Nike Racing Team Male #2
15.06 Niles West / Oakton Runners Club (Male)
31.66 Running Right with Rice
33.71 Durham Road Dogs Men 2
71.71 CAN Men 2007
84.94 Team CHRO
87.19 Running Ambitions Male
96.59 Durham Road Dogs Men 1
156.13 Running Ambitions Male II

*New Record

Time Runner / City Gender Place Age Group Age Group Place Team Score % Place in Age Group
2:57:00 Eric Rzeppa 163 40-44 12 .0045
3:02:06 John Niven 209 40-44 16 .0060
3:05:17 Dave Peterson 256 40-44 24 .0091
3:19:58 G. Malacznyski 575 65-69 1 .0137
Total 3.33 pts
3:10:43 Mark Shehan 344 40-44 46 .0174
3:11:31 Scott Fiske 358 40-44 49 .0185
3:14:06 Bob Niven 423 40-44 60 .0227
3:31:13 Tom Piazza 966 45-49 92 .0471
3:30:06 Brad Armstrong 930 40-44 151 .0570
3:48:47 Kris Warszawski 1876 45-49 205 .1049



The Front Line Women's Team easily defeated the field in the Shield competition. The women defeated their nearest competition by over 20 points. They were lead by a trio of women, Mindy Houser, Jen Shaffer, and Katie Singer, competing in the 25-29 age bracket, all in the top 2% of this bracket. Iwona Warszawska completed the scoring by placing 21st in the 45-49 age group.

Team and individual results are as follows:

Women - Top Ten Teams, Shield Competition
Score Team
6.75 Front Line Racing Team
28.48 Fleet Feet / Nike Racing Team A Female
29.53 Yankee Dandies
41.85 Niles West / Oakton Runners Club – Female
50.55 Running Ambitions Female III
68.40 Running Ambitions Female
106.94 CAN Women 2007
177.19 Running Ambitions Female IV
178.34 Running Ambitions Female II
211.20 Fleet Feet / Nike Racing Team B Female


Time Runner / City Gender Place Age Group Age Group Place Team Score % Place in Age Group
3:20:00 Mindy Houser 90 25-29 30 .0124
3:20:02 Jen Shaffer 91 25-29 31 .0128
3:26:59 Katie Singer 138 25-29 42 .0173
3:45:34 I. Warszawska 438 45-49 21 .0250
7.50 pts
3:37:15 Katie McCabe 257 25-29 78 .0322
3:51:32 Christina Noble 586 30-34 102 .0591
4:05:35 Brenda Stoddard 1105 40-44 187 .1253
4:14:52 Julie Ledford 1579 40-44 261 .1748
5:47:43 Melissa Olken 8526 50-54 309 .7863


The Men's Open team competing in the Cup Competition was unable to defend their title, but gave it a great effort. The results shown below may have some tweaking yet - but it appears that the placing of the teams will hold up. The results show only five teams finishing - but there may have been one or two more.

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