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Upcoming Classes & Events

May 10
6:00-7:00PM

Invisible Illness Support Group

You are not alone! Just because we can't see it, doesn't mean it's not there. Join Dana, a vestibular physical therapist from Smith Balance + Concussion Center, and Courtney Behrens, a  clinical social worker/therapist, for a bi-monthly Invisible Illness Support Group to meet with others who battle similar invisible illnesses.
There is no charge to attend, and family and support persons are welcome to join!

The upcoming meeting dates and topics are:

           May 10:  Treatment Options for Invisible Illnesses
July 12: Being Your Own Invisible Advocate (and our 1-year anniversary!)

NEW: We will be offering an opportunity to attend live via Google Meet!
Let us know you're joining. Call 815.893.9075 or email Dana at dana.tress@smithptplus.com to reserve your spot.
Join on Google Meet!
May 20
7:45AM

Dude Stretching + Mobility

Dude!

Dude Stretching + Mobility is on!
This men's-only stretching and mobility series as a way for male athletes to recover tired muscles and mobilize hard-working joints. It's great for:
-runners who don't always take time to stretch after a long run
-golfers who feel a pull with their swing
-men who feel achy when they get out of bed in the morning
-any other guys who want to work on their joint mobility and muscular flexibility
-->Fridays at 7:45-8:45AM
--> $20 per class (drop in) or $100 for 6 classes
--> Max 15 participants per class
 
Reserve Your Mat!
May 24
5:30-6:30PM

Stretch + Strength Yoga

This all-level class will combine stretching and strengthening while transitioning through poses. Modifications and progressions will be offered so the poses challenge YOU as you become more aware of your own mobility and strength. As with all physical activity, breath work will be a strong focal point of class.
This is a drop-in class; registration for each week is recommended as we limit space to 15 participants per class.
Cost: $ 20 per class or 6 classes for $100
Reserve Your Mat!
May 24
7:00-8:00PM

Yoga for Badges

Yoga for Badges is exclusively for first responders.
This is a private place among peers where first responders can comfortably step away from their daily duties to take care of themselves. Yoga for Badges will be a slower-paced yoga class. The intention is to relax while breathing and focusing on inner calmness. This will help reverse stresses accumulated within the body from the line of duty.
This is a drop-in class; registration for each week is recommended as we limit space to 15 participants per class.
Cost: $ 20 per class or 6 classes for $100
Reserve Your Mat!
June 4
7:30-9:00AM

Summer Running Clinics - For High School and College Athletes

Be a smarter runner and hit those PRs!
Join us for a 4-class series designed for high school and college runners prepping for fall cross country. These sessions will build stronger runners, improve running form and technique, increase agility and speed, and teach the best recovery strategies to keep healthy throughout the entire season.
June 4: Running Technique & Form, Video Analysis
June 18: Agility and Speed for Distance Runners
July 9: Strength Training for Runners, Video Analysis
July 23: Running Hills and Recovery for Runners
Questions? Call 630.797.0327
Cost: $40 per class or $140 for all four classes
Location: Smith PT + Running Academy, St. Charles (731 N 17th Street #10, St. Charles, IL)
REGISTER HERE!
June 6
6:30PM

Full Marathon Performance Training Program

Are you running a fall marathon? Perhaps the Chicago Marathon? How about the Fox Valley Marathon?

We want to help you cross the finish line feeling great and with a smile!

This 18-week program starting June 6th is meant to give you all the tools you need to find that marathon finish line. The program includes:

  • Personalized weekly workouts sent directly to your email
  • Unlimited text/email communication with Coach Megan while you prepare for your race
  • Weekly meetings at Smith Physical Therapy & Running Academy with guest speakers focusing on:
    • Run Technique Training from Coach Denise Smith & Coach Megan Sloan
    • Strength Training from Kelly Tafoya, Personal Trainer
    • Nutrition Consultation/Guidance from Registered Dietician Rachael Costello
    • Yoga/Stretch sessions from Carrie Tomasello, certified Yoga Instructor
    • Mental Performance Coaching from Emily Kunash, licensed counselor of Next Level Counseling & Wellness
  • Group Runs meeting at Smith Physical Therapy & Running Academy
  • A FREE entry into the Crystal Lake Half Marathon! {$70 value!}
  • Smith Physical Therapy & Running Academy swag including a Marathon Group Training T-shirt!
REGISTER HERE!
June 13
7:30-9:00AM

Zephyrs Middle School Running Club

Are you entering 6th-8th grade this fall? Are you interested in joining cross country? Do you want to stay fit this summer and meet some new and inspiring friends? If you answered YES to any of these questions, the Zephyrs Middle School Running Club is for you!

The mission statement of the Zephyrs program is to build a foundation mentally and physically for middle school-age runners. The program was designed as preseason training for middle school cross country specifically. We are passionate about the philosophy and very passionate that we teach these kids to train properly and advocate for themselves as high school and adult runners.

Join the Zephyrs Summer Middle School Running Club this summer and work on a wide variety of skills and knowledge including:

Speed work, Technique, StrengthTeamwork, Pacing, Volume building, Nutrition, Sleep,

and everything else the running world has to offer a young athlete...

Dates: Monday, June 13th - Friday, August 12th

The club meets 3 days a week - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:30am – 9:00am. Locations will be different daily:

Mondays the club will meet at Lippold Park.

Wednesdays the club will meet at Lundahl Middle School.

Fridays the club will meet at Veteran Acres.

Athletes will receive a Zephyrs Middle School Running Club t-shirt. The athletes will also be given the opportunity to enter Patriot Run in Crystal Lake with their teammates for an extra fee. This is not required.

REGISTER HERE!
June 13
5:30PM

Half Marathon Performance Training Program

The Crystal Lake Half Marathon is a super flat and fast half marathon, why not give yourself the chance to perform to your potential!

The Crystal Lake Half Marathon Performance Training Program is back in 2022 to help you achieve all your goals going into race day. Coach Megan Sloan of Smith Physical Therapy + Running Academy is here to help educate you on the best way to train for the Crystal Lake Half Marathon. The program will include:

*12 weeks of personalized training plans sent directly to you, starting June 13th

*Group Sessions that meet once a week that include:

-Run Technique Training from Coach Denise Smith & Coach Megan Sloan

-Strength Training from Kelly Tafoya, Personal Trainer

-Nutrition Consultation/Guidance from Registered Dietician Rachael Costello

-Yoga/Stretch sessions from Carrie Tomasello, certified Yoga Instructor

-Mental Performance Coaching from Emily Kunash, licensed counselor of Next Level Counseling & Wellness

*Course preview before race day

*Crystal Lake Half Marathon Performance racing tank

 

Dates: June 13-September 4

Cost: $299

Contact: Coach Megan at megan.sloan@smithptplus.com

REGISTER HERE!
June 26
7:230AM

McHenry County Patriot Run for Veterans

Join us for the best 5K of the summer!

The McHenry County Patriot Run offers 1-mile, 5k and 5-mile race options and is open to walkers, runners and families! This event gives us all an opportunity to give back to our Veterans. Proceeds go to Veterans in McHenry County who have risked their lives to protect our way of life. Proceeds from the race benefit Veterans Assistance Commission of McHenry County and Veterans Path to Hope.

Location: McHenry County College

REGISTER HERE!
August 7
7:30AM

Crystal Lake Aquathon

We are happy to bring back the Crystal Lake Aquathon for the 5th year (can you believe it???)! This annual event will be returning to the ideal confines of Three Oaks Recreational Center in Crystal Lake, IL. As the only aquathon in the state of Illinois, this race will offer 3 timed options. All proceeds from the race benefit Girls on the Run of Northwest Illinois!

Timed Races

- Sprint Distance (500m swim, 5k run)
- Olympic Distance (1 mile swim, 10k run)
- 2 Mile Swim

The swim portion takes place in a modified quarry (swim around 3 islands!), and the run is on a combination of trail, sand, and pavement. Wet suites will be allowed if it is below 78 degrees (decision to be made by City of Crystal Lake staff based on water temperature).

REGISTER HERE!
September 4
7:30AM

Crystal Lake Half Marathon

We are proud to present the Crystal Lake Half Marathon for a 3rd year!

Enjoy the sites of Crystal Lake, Illinois with the start at iconic Crystal Lake Main Beach, a loop around Lippold Park, a view of the Dole Mansion, a jaunt down the Prairie Path, and finish up in downtown Crystal Lake. This point-to-point venue will bus runners to the START with an easy 5-minute bus ride. Inside building and beach side warm up areas are available no matter what the weather will bring. Water stations will be offered every 1 1/2 miles. Self-serve cups and hydration filling will be available. Finish line festivities and awards will occur on Grant Street.

REGISTER HERE!
December 4
9:00AM

McHenry County Santa Run for Kids

Save the date for the 11th annual Santa Run for Kids!

The McHenry County Santa Run - 5K & 1 mile walk is a family fun event to help raise money for our local kids in need.
All proceeds from this event go to the following fantastic agencies who do so much for the children in McHenry County: Girls on the Run NWIL, Main Stay Therapeutic Farm, CASA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Turning Point and the Kiwanis Club of Crystal Lake.
Please join us in supporting these important agencies. We are changing lives in a positive way.
Registration Info Coming Soon!
June 4
7:30-9:00AM

Summer Running Clinics - For High School and College Athletes

Be a smarter runner and hit those PRs!
Join us for a 4-class series designed for high school and college runners prepping for fall cross country. These sessions will build stronger runners, improve running form and technique, increase agility and speed, and teach the best recovery strategies to keep healthy throughout the entire season.
June 4: Running Technique & Form, Video Analysis
June 18: Agility and Speed for Distance Runners
July 9: Strength Training for Runners, Video Analysis
July 23: Running Hills and Recovery for Runners
Questions? Call 630.797.0327
Cost: $40 per class or $140 for all four classes
Location: Smith PT + Running Academy, St. Charles (731 N 17th Street #10, St. Charles, IL)
REGISTER HERE!
June 6
6:30PM

Full Marathon Performance Training Program

Are you running a fall marathon? Perhaps the Chicago Marathon? How about the Fox Valley Marathon?

We want to help you cross the finish line feeling great and with a smile!

This 18-week program starting June 6th is meant to give you all the tools you need to find that marathon finish line. The program includes:

  • Personalized weekly workouts sent directly to your email
  • Unlimited text/email communication with Coach Megan while you prepare for your race
  • Weekly meetings at Smith Physical Therapy & Running Academy with guest speakers focusing on:
    • Run Technique Training from Coach Denise Smith & Coach Megan Sloan
    • Strength Training from Kelly Tafoya, Personal Trainer
    • Nutrition Consultation/Guidance from Registered Dietician Rachael Costello
    • Yoga/Stretch sessions from Carrie Tomasello, certified Yoga Instructor
    • Mental Performance Coaching from Emily Kunash, licensed counselor of Next Level Counseling & Wellness
  • Group Runs meeting at Smith Physical Therapy & Running Academy
  • A FREE entry into the Crystal Lake Half Marathon! {$70 value!}
  • Smith Physical Therapy & Running Academy swag including a Marathon Group Training T-shirt!
REGISTER HERE!
June 13
5:30PM

Half Marathon Performance Training Program

The Crystal Lake Half Marathon is a super flat and fast half marathon, why not give yourself the chance to perform to your potential!

The Crystal Lake Half Marathon Performance Training Program is back in 2022 to help you achieve all your goals going into race day. Coach Megan Sloan of Smith Physical Therapy + Running Academy is here to help educate you on the best way to train for the Crystal Lake Half Marathon. The program will include:

*12 weeks of personalized training plans sent directly to you, starting June 13th

*Group Sessions that meet once a week that include:

-Run Technique Training from Coach Denise Smith & Coach Megan Sloan

-Strength Training from Kelly Tafoya, Personal Trainer

-Nutrition Consultation/Guidance from Registered Dietician Rachael Costello

-Yoga/Stretch sessions from Carrie Tomasello, certified Yoga Instructor

-Mental Performance Coaching from Emily Kunash, licensed counselor of Next Level Counseling & Wellness

*Course preview before race day

*Crystal Lake Half Marathon Performance racing tank

 

Dates: June 13-September 4

Cost: $299

Contact: Coach Megan at megan.sloan@smithptplus.com

REGISTER HERE!
June 13
7:30-9:00AM

Zephyrs Middle School Running Club

Are you entering 6th-8th grade this fall? Are you interested in joining cross country? Do you want to stay fit this summer and meet some new and inspiring friends? If you answered YES to any of these questions, the Zephyrs Middle School Running Club is for you!

The mission statement of the Zephyrs program is to build a foundation mentally and physically for middle school-age runners. The program was designed as preseason training for middle school cross country specifically. We are passionate about the philosophy and very passionate that we teach these kids to train properly and advocate for themselves as high school and adult runners.

Join the Zephyrs Summer Middle School Running Club this summer and work on a wide variety of skills and knowledge including:

Speed work, Technique, StrengthTeamwork, Pacing, Volume building, Nutrition, Sleep,

and everything else the running world has to offer a young athlete...

Dates: Monday, June 13th - Friday, August 12th

The club meets 3 days a week - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:30am – 9:00am. Locations will be different daily:

Mondays the club will meet at Lippold Park.

Wednesdays the club will meet at Lundahl Middle School.

Fridays the club will meet at Veteran Acres.

Athletes will receive a Zephyrs Middle School Running Club t-shirt. The athletes will also be given the opportunity to enter Patriot Run in Crystal Lake with their teammates for an extra fee. This is not required.

REGISTER HERE!
May 10
6:00-7:00PM

Invisible Illness Support Group

You are not alone! Just because we can't see it, doesn't mean it's not there. Join Dana, a vestibular physical therapist from Smith Balance + Concussion Center, and Courtney Behrens, a  clinical social worker/therapist, for a bi-monthly Invisible Illness Support Group to meet with others who battle similar invisible illnesses.
There is no charge to attend, and family and support persons are welcome to join!

The upcoming meeting dates and topics are:

           May 10:  Treatment Options for Invisible Illnesses
July 12: Being Your Own Invisible Advocate (and our 1-year anniversary!)

NEW: We will be offering an opportunity to attend live via Google Meet!
Let us know you're joining. Call 815.893.9075 or email Dana at dana.tress@smithptplus.com to reserve your spot.
Join on Google Meet!
May 24
7:00-8:00PM

Yoga for Badges

Yoga for Badges is exclusively for first responders.
This is a private place among peers where first responders can comfortably step away from their daily duties to take care of themselves. Yoga for Badges will be a slower-paced yoga class. The intention is to relax while breathing and focusing on inner calmness. This will help reverse stresses accumulated within the body from the line of duty.
This is a drop-in class; registration for each week is recommended as we limit space to 15 participants per class.
Cost: $ 20 per class or 6 classes for $100
Reserve Your Mat!
May 24
5:30-6:30PM

Stretch + Strength Yoga

This all-level class will combine stretching and strengthening while transitioning through poses. Modifications and progressions will be offered so the poses challenge YOU as you become more aware of your own mobility and strength. As with all physical activity, breath work will be a strong focal point of class.
This is a drop-in class; registration for each week is recommended as we limit space to 15 participants per class.
Cost: $ 20 per class or 6 classes for $100
Reserve Your Mat!
September 4
7:30AM

Crystal Lake Half Marathon

We are proud to present the Crystal Lake Half Marathon for a 3rd year!

Enjoy the sites of Crystal Lake, Illinois with the start at iconic Crystal Lake Main Beach, a loop around Lippold Park, a view of the Dole Mansion, a jaunt down the Prairie Path, and finish up in downtown Crystal Lake. This point-to-point venue will bus runners to the START with an easy 5-minute bus ride. Inside building and beach side warm up areas are available no matter what the weather will bring. Water stations will be offered every 1 1/2 miles. Self-serve cups and hydration filling will be available. Finish line festivities and awards will occur on Grant Street.

REGISTER HERE!
August 7
7:30AM

Crystal Lake Aquathon

We are happy to bring back the Crystal Lake Aquathon for the 5th year (can you believe it???)! This annual event will be returning to the ideal confines of Three Oaks Recreational Center in Crystal Lake, IL. As the only aquathon in the state of Illinois, this race will offer 3 timed options. All proceeds from the race benefit Girls on the Run of Northwest Illinois!

Timed Races

- Sprint Distance (500m swim, 5k run)
- Olympic Distance (1 mile swim, 10k run)
- 2 Mile Swim

The swim portion takes place in a modified quarry (swim around 3 islands!), and the run is on a combination of trail, sand, and pavement. Wet suites will be allowed if it is below 78 degrees (decision to be made by City of Crystal Lake staff based on water temperature).

REGISTER HERE!
December 4
9:00AM

McHenry County Santa Run for Kids

Save the date for the 11th annual Santa Run for Kids!

The McHenry County Santa Run - 5K & 1 mile walk is a family fun event to help raise money for our local kids in need.
All proceeds from this event go to the following fantastic agencies who do so much for the children in McHenry County: Girls on the Run NWIL, Main Stay Therapeutic Farm, CASA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Turning Point and the Kiwanis Club of Crystal Lake.
Please join us in supporting these important agencies. We are changing lives in a positive way.
Registration Info Coming Soon!
June 26
7:230AM

McHenry County Patriot Run for Veterans

Join us for the best 5K of the summer!

The McHenry County Patriot Run offers 1-mile, 5k and 5-mile race options and is open to walkers, runners and families! This event gives us all an opportunity to give back to our Veterans. Proceeds go to Veterans in McHenry County who have risked their lives to protect our way of life. Proceeds from the race benefit Veterans Assistance Commission of McHenry County and Veterans Path to Hope.

Location: McHenry County College

REGISTER HERE!
May 20
7:45AM

Dude Stretching + Mobility

Dude!

Dude Stretching + Mobility is on!
This men's-only stretching and mobility series as a way for male athletes to recover tired muscles and mobilize hard-working joints. It's great for:
-runners who don't always take time to stretch after a long run
-golfers who feel a pull with their swing
-men who feel achy when they get out of bed in the morning
-any other guys who want to work on their joint mobility and muscular flexibility
-->Fridays at 7:45-8:45AM
--> $20 per class (drop in) or $100 for 6 classes
--> Max 15 participants per class
 
Reserve Your Mat!

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