Beth Onines is co-founder and charter treasurer of the Alpine Runners,
the largest club in the Chicago area, and has served as their president
since 2001. She has served as the Race Director for the Alpine Races
and has consulted many first time race director over the past 15 years.
Beth formerly was employed as the Program Director for the Chicago
Area Runners Association (CARA) from 2000 -2005. Previously she has
volunteered as site coordinator in Lake Zurich, Illinois for CARA’s LaSalle
Bank Chicago Marathon Training Program for six years and CARA’s
Beginning Running, 5K and 10K Training Programs. Beth also served on
the CARA Board of Directors for a two-year term and has been a
recipient of many CARA awards. An avid ultra-marathoner, Beth has
been running for over 25 years and has run over 83 marathons, 11 of
them in Chicago, and over 30 ultra-marathons with a personal best
marathon of 3:22:12. Beth is now serving on the Road Runners Club of
America (RRCA) Board as the Central Regional Director. Her skills and
enthusiasm has helped thousands of novice and experienced runners
reach their goals successfully. Beth is well known for her warmth,
wisdom and enthusiasm. These traits along with her well-documented
leadership skills make her an excellent leader in the Chicago and
national running community and is an excellent choice as Executive
Director for Illinois Runs Training Programs.
Beth Onines, Executive Director
Illinois Runs Training Programs
Brian Piper
President - Illinois Runs
Training Programs
Speed Training Coach, Lincoln
Park Marathon Improvement
Joe Baska
South Suburban - Park Forest Site Coordinator
Being slow, fat, and old does not mean that you can’t run a marathon.  
Just ask Joe Baska, site coordinator of our south suburban group.  Joe
has made it his mission to get anyone who want to through the
physical and mental hurdles that come with the training, preparation,
and running of a marathon.  Oh, and he tells the worst jokes in the
world during the “Bad Joke 10 Mile Training Run”, just ask anyone who
has run with him.

Joe has been involved in running since high school, which was a long,
long time ago.  More recently Joe has completed over forty marathons
including New York, Grandma’s, Sun Burst, Marine Corp., Vegas, Disney
(the half, the full, and the Goofy challenge), and the LaSalle Bank
Chicago Marathon.  Joe has been on the board of the Park Forest
Running and Pancake Club (PFRPC is our sponsors in the southern
suburbs) and CARA.  He was president of the PFRPC and race director of
their Progressive Marathon, Caribbean Cruise, and Fools Run.  He has
also received volunteer awards from both CARA and Road Runners of
America.  Most importantly he was the site coordinator for the south
suburban marathon-training group for six years.  

In his personal life Joe is a business consultant working with companies
to solve their people puzzles.  He has lots of fancy degrees and
certificates on his wall that show that he has true proficiency in taking
tests and little else.  He and his lovely wife Deb are empty nesters just
starting to live the good life.

So if your idea of a diet is limiting yourself to just one box of pizza rolls,
or if have questions about your ability to keep a certain mass moving
for the time and distance that it takes to finish a marathon.  Or even if
you feel that you can’t run in the front of the pack for fear of stepping
on and hurting those little skinny runners, Joe can help you get a
marathon done and have fun doing it.
A swimmer in high school and college, Brian discovered running through
some of his college dorm mates who were on the University of Iowa
track team.  After college, in an effort to lose 25 pounds that had he
had gained from a combination of too many doughnuts and a desk job,
he set a goal of completing the 1981 Chicago Marathon.  Thirty
marathons later, including nineteen at Chicago and a couple at Boston,
he’s still enjoying the sport.

Brian’s marathon PR is a 2:58, run at the Twin Cities marathon in 1986.  
While serving on the CARA board of Directors in the late 1980’s he
helped start the CARA Marathon Training Program.  He actually
conceived the idea of having a marathon training program in Chicago.  
He also created the training schedule that Hal Higdon has adapted in
his training books.  

Over the years he’s served as program director, site coordinator, group
leader, lecturer, and coach of the speed training workouts. He’s also
been a pace leader for the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon several

Brian is married to Gina Trimarco, who has also run several Chicago
Marathons. They have a 14 year old son Clint and 11 year old daughter
Laurel. They live in Western Springs where they all run in the Tower
Trot that is held on Memorial Day weekend.  He’s also a member of the
Oak Park Runners Club.  In his spare time he works at Metra as a
systems project manager.  
John Ruberry
Chicago-Lincoln Park - Sunday
John is 44 years old and has run 27 marathons with a personal best of
2:57. John has not missed running a Chicago Marathon since his first
effort in 1990. He's also run in Boston, Twin Cities Minnesota, and Las

This will be the fourth time John will be a site coordinator for a
marathon training program, prior to that, he was a pace group leader
for the 7:30 and 8:00 per mile pace groups.

He works in sales in the telecommunications industry, and is a part-time
free-lance journalist, more accurately, a "blogger."  He's married and
has one child, a nine year-old daughter and future marathoner.  

John lives in Morton Grove, very close to the North Branch of the
Chicago River running path.
Cruz Bernal-Albano
Niles Site-Coordinator
In the summer of 1994, Cruz M. Bernal-Albano wanted to lose weight
and be healthier.  At the time, she was working at Metra and a
colleague, Paul Oppenheim, recommended to her that she should try
running.  Well she did and she got hooked.  She has raced distances
from the mile to the marathon.  Her mile Personal Record (PR) is 5:37
and crossed the finish line 10th female overall in Rockford, Illinois and
her marathon PR is 3:22:17 in Chicago, which is a 7:45 pace per mile.  
She has completed marathons in Illinois, Massachusetts (Boston),
Indiana, Wisconsin, California, Nevada, Tennessee and Kentucky.  She
has set a goal along with her friend, Marilee Summers, to run a
marathon in each State and D.C.  Given her goal, she’s going to be
running for the rest of her life.

Cruz has been involved in Chicago’s running community as well.  She is
a Niles West/Oakton Runners Club member and she has been a CARA
Board member.  For the past three years, she has been the Niles Site
Coordinator for the CARA La Salle Bank Chicago Marathon Training
Program and this year she’ll continue being the Niles Site Coordinator
for Illinois Runs La Salle Bank Chicago Marathon Training Program.  She
has also been a Pace Group Leader at the Chicago Marathon and has
volunteered in various races.

She has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and has been
managing design and construction projects in the Transportation
Industry.  Presently, she is the Construction Business Group Manager
at HDR, Inc.

These days she considers herself a Recreational Marathoner due to the
limited time she has to dedicate to her running from keeping up with
her family and work.  Her husband, Tony Albano, is an Architect and
works for CH2MHill. Tony ran his first marathon in 1999 and finished at
3:38:45, which was 5 minutes faster than Cruz’s marathon time that
year!  Cruz has three children; Monica who’s a freshman at Trinity High
School and she’s on their Varsity Teams in Basketball and Softball.  
Monica was selected as a member of the “GCAC All Conference
Basketball Team” and she was selected as the “GCAC All Conference
(White Division) Player of the Year” in Softball.  Tony Jr. is in seventh
grade at Lincoln Middle School and he’s on their Basketball Team and
he’s also on a Baseball Traveling Team.  And, Sophia is in Junior
Kindergarten and has started T-Ball this Spring.  Given their busy
athletic schedules, they still excel in academics.

Cruz is also really proud of her Niles Site marathon group leaders and
participants.  They have a quaint and special training place along the
North Branch Trail.  It’s considered a special secret place where they
have been enjoying their long runs and mid-week long runs for the
past 4 years.  Once you start running with them, you become part of a
big family!
Marc Needlman
Libertyville – Site Coordinator
Marc brings 20 years of marathon and ultramarathon experience to
Illinois Runs Training Programs.  Since 1987 Marc has completed 40
marathons with a personal best of 2:55:54.  His total includes 11
Boston and 12 Chicago marathon finishes.  His resume also includes
the completion of 12 50-mile ultramarathons, with a personal best of
8:47:25, two 100K-distance events and the Heartland 100-mile
ultramarathon this past October in a time of 27:15:21.

In 2000, Marc captained Team Synterra at the Eco-Challenge in Borneo,
Malaysia.  It was an experience he will never forget.  His adventure
racing resume includes a 1st place finish in the 1998 Pathfinder
Wilderness Challenge and a 3rd place finish in 2000 at the same event.
 A 7th place finish at the Coast-to-Coast Florida Adventure Race and a
17th place finish at the Endorphin Fix Adventure Race in New River
Gorge, WVA readied the team for Eco-Challenge three months later.

As co-founder of the North Shore Distance Running Club, Marc enjoys
sharing his passion for endurance running events with others and is
always available to discuss   advice and race strategy.  He continues to
train runners for the CARA Marathon Training Program, North Shore
Distance Running Club and Illinois Runs Marathon Training Program.  He
recently handed over the reins as co-race director for the Lincolnshire
July 4th 5K to free up time for the upcoming summer/fall marathon
training season.

Marc has been running ultras and working with Beth Onines for the
past 15 years and their relationship continues to provide a solid
resource and venue for Illinois Runs in the Libertyville/Lincolnshire area.

A resident of Lincolnshire, Marc is supported in his endeavors by his
wife, Andrea, his 9 year old stepson, Alec and precious 2 year old
daughter, Mikayla.
Bob Horwitz
Board Member
Group Leader – Lincoln Park
Bob is a well known group leader in Lincoln Park.  He has been given
“Best Group Leader “ awards both from Illinois Runs and CARA..   Bob
has run the last six Chicago marathons as well as other major
marathons.  He completed three last year.  Bob, 60 years old, started
running for his 50th birthday.  It has been one of his passions ever
since.  After retirement Bob began a second career as a massage
therapist.  He works primarily with runners and other athletes in
JP Bordeleau Jr
I-Run Treasurer
Group Leader – Lincoln Park
Born in Chicago, raised in Canada, JP returned to Chicago in 1999
where he lives downtown with his beautiful wife Jennifer.  JP never
thought he would do anything longer than 3hrs except breathe and
play hockey, however a broken wrist in 2001 turned him on to running
and he hasn’t stopped.  With 9 marathons under his belt including 1
Ultra (50K), JP uses marathons now to train for his multi day adventure
races.  His longest race so far is a 66hr, 250 mile race across MI, he is
currently training with his teammates for a 4 day 300 mile race this
May.  In his spare time JP also coaches youth travel hockey in Evanston
and special needs hockey with the Chicago Tomahawks.

JP is the Treasurer for I-Runs as well as a group leader out of the
Lincoln Park site his motto is “the body is capable if the mind is willing”.
Sara Ferniza
Site Coordinator – Lincoln Park
I discovered my passion for running about 15 years ago, and have run
a total of eleven (11) marathons including two (2) Boston and (2) New
York marathons.  

I am also one of the 8:30 pace team leaders for our Chicago Marathon
training program and also a pacer during the Chicago Marathon.  I have
been a pace leader for over six (6) years.

I am married, and have a 24-year-old and 6-year-old daughters.  My
occupation is a Residential Realtor and have just become a Mortgage
Loan officer.
Dennis Haile
Sycamore Site Coordinator
Board Member
I live in DeKalb with My wife of 18 years Mary and our three children.
I'm an avid runner who started running as a New Years resolution to
improve my fitness and lose weight.  I’ve ran several races every year 5
k thru half marathon distance and I have ran the last two Chicago
marathons with times of 3:57 and 3:46 respectively.

I trained last year with the St. Charles training Group and I’m looking
forward to bringing an Illinois Runs training group to the
DeKalb/Sycamore area.
Greg Taylor
Sycamore Co-Site-Coordinator
I am a life long resident of DeKalb and have been running for nearly 35
years.  I ran my first marathon with a group of work friends as a lark
with a severe case of patella tendonitis.  I learned a lot from that
season of training and caught the marathon bug.  Since then I have ran
7 more Chicago Marathons with  more than a two hour split from my
fastest to slowest finish time.  I enjoy the training more than the racing
anymore and training with a supportive group of friends is the only way
to go.

For the past six years I trained with the Saint Charles group.  I hope all
who join our group will have a great experience and that we can be of
some assistance getting you to the finish line.  
Al Rodriguez
Vice-President; Illinois Runs
Al Rodriguez is new to the board in 2006. He has been an investment
broker for 19 years and is currently a Senior Vice President of

He has been a 6th grade boys basketball coach and now coaches AYSO
girls soccer. Alan started running four years ago and has completed
seven marathons in the past three years.

He has enjoyed being a group leader for both the CARA and I-Runs
marathon training programs and was selected as one of the "Saucony
26" featured in Windy City Sports magazine in October 2006. Alan has
been a member of Team Tiara and he is very excited about GOTR's work
to enhance young girls' running ability and self-confidence.
Pat Onines
I-Runs Board Secretary
Patrick Onines began running in 1973.  He’s done 7 Marathons and one
ultra.  He is a founding member of the Alpine Runners, one of the
largest clubs in Chicagoland, and was their President for the first 20
years.  During that time he was the Alpine Runners newsletter editor
for two year. He then went on to be their Treasurer for two years and
is currently Secretary and maintains their roster.  

He is also an officer of Illinois Runs Training Programs.  He was the
Course Director for the Alpine Races for many years and more recently,
in charge of registration for that race.  He is the Race Director of the
Chicago Lakefront 50k George Cheung Memorial Race and the Chicago
Lakefront 50/50.  He’s been the Site Coordinator for the I-Run LaSalle
Bank Chicago Marathon Training Program at the Lake Zurich Site for the
last 6 years.  

A familiar face at many local races, Pat also volunteers his time for
March Madness, the Shamrock Shuffle, The Dash to Cure Diabetes, the
Chicago Distance Classic, the Park Forest Scenic 10, the Equestrian
Connection Marathon, Wisconsin’s S-No-W Fun Run, the Chicago Half
Marathon and has been the captain of the first water stop of the
Chicago Marathon since 1991. His biggest claim to fame is being
married to Beth!
Gill Schumaker
Wilmette Site-Coordinator
Coach Gill Schumaker – RRCA certified running coach, ACE certified
personal trainer, certified ChiRunning Instructor & SEASONED
endurance runner.

“If there's one thing I've learned over the years, it's that nothing can top
the deeply satisfying experience of using your unique gifts to improve the
world of someone else in some meaningful way.   Whether it's raising a
child to be an adult with a strong sense of integrity and character or
helping others find the magic of a life of fitness and the joys of running.”

Gill Schumaker Coach for the Common Runner

Gill is a runner and a cutting-edge coach who understands which
specific training practices work and why and he doesn’t shy away from
trying something new when the facts indicate it’s worth a try.  He is
currently working in a private fitness studio in Evanston Illinois, as a
personal fitness and running coach. After more than 20 years of
running, Coach Gill has honed the methods and strategies for quality,
healthful and successful training.  Under his mentorship, runners have
fulfilled their life-long dreams of achievement, from the simple
completion of local 5Ks to qualifying for the Boston Marathon; all things
are possible under the watchful style of this Agent of Change.

Along with being a fitness professional, Gill is a stay home parent of
two young daughters.   Previously, he has spent years living the
corporate lifestyle as a sales trainer, leader and manager; and as a
business owner.  In order to make room for more abundance in his life,
he decided to develop new skills and became a Personal Fitness
Professional by achieving certification through the American Council on
Exercise, and as a Running Coach through Road Runners Clubs of
America.  He has also successfully completed the American Sport
Education Program Coaching Principles series. Gill highlighted his
coaching credentials by becoming a certified ChiRunnning Instructor by
studying under Danny Dreyer, the creator of the ChiRunnning style and
a nationally ranked ultramarathon runner.

After more than 20 years of accomplished running, Gill hasn’t won any
races or even qualified for Boston, but this humble runner has finished
plenty of them. He has run a plethora of races from 5K’s to marathons.
His marathons include the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon, New York
City Marathon; twice as a pace coach of the Leukemia & Lymphoma
Society's Team In Training, also five time participant in the Columbus
Ohio Marathon and twice enjoyed the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon.
He has also coached young handicapped adults in the Special Olympics
and the Cincinnati Parks programs for handicapped adults.

In 2002, Gill founded and coached a local running club, Team
NorthShore.  The Club through their training programs, such as a
mentor/mentee program, has helped countless new runners finish
races from 5K through marathons.  This year 2007 Team NorthShore
Mentors and Coach Gill have teamed up with I-Run, Illinois Runs
Training Programs and have dedicated themselves to helping you find
the magic that a life of fitness brings to your heart, health and mind.  To
find out more about Team NorthShore or ChiRunning please visit:
Illinois Runs Training Programs