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Coach Jenny Hadfield of Chicago has been in the fitness field since 1989.

  • Asst. Director: The NutraSweet Company Corporate Fitness Center (4 years)

  • Director: Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Corporate Fitness Center (5 years)
    Owner and President: i-Think i-Can, inc. (3 years)
    Head Coach: TEAM IN TRAINING The Leukemia Society of America

    Provides fitness training, personal coaching one-on-one, virtual Training programs for long distance races: half and full marathon Educational presentation and clinics

    Fun fact: "I am training John 'The Penguin' Bingham and his wife Karen for the Antartica Marathon in 2001."

    Coaching philosophy:

    • Listen to your body
    • Variety is key
    • Progress gradually
    • Smile as you cross the finish, you must look good for that picture!
    • Always maintain that sense of humor, if you can laugh at yourself you will go far!

    Coaching experience:

    • Head Coach: TEAM IN TRAINING The Leukemia Society of America

    • Coach marathon runners, run/walkers and walkers
      Oversee all coaches and training programs for the Illinois chapter: marathon, cycling and triathlon training
    • North Shore Running Program
    • Half and Marathon Group Training Programs
    • Chicago Half Marathon Training Program 

    Areas of expertise:

    • Strength training for runners 
    • Flexibility 
    • Successful with all levels, especially new runners 


    • B.S. Exercise Physiology
    • M.A. Exercise Science
    • Advanced Certified Personal Trainer: National Academy of Sports Medicine
    • Certified Running Coach: The Leukemia Society of America 

    Personal Training Goals for 2000:

    • Finish the Eco-Challenge 2000 Adventure Race in Malaysia in August(8-12 day race) 
    • Raise funds for the Leukemia Society 
    • Complete the Ice Age 50-mile UltraMarathon in Wisonsin in May 
    • Complete several shorter adventure races: Endorphin Fix in W. Virginia, Coast-to-Coast in Florida and the Pathfinder Challenge in Michigan 

    Racing Experience:

    • Running 

    • Marathons Completed: 17 
      Half Marathons Completed: 24
      10Ks: 40+
      5Ks: 30+ 
    • Adventure Racing 

    • Pathfinder Challenge Adventure Race 
      - Oct. 1999 First Place 
      - Oct. 1998 First Place 
      - April 1999 10th Place 
    • Multi Sport 

    • Duathlons Completed: 6 
      Finish: Fourth Female 1994 
      Triathlons Completed: 4 
      Corporate: First place 1992, Second Place 1993 
    • Bike Racing 

    • Cycling Velodrome Team Racing - Allstate Games Team: First Place 1993, Second Place 1993 Individual: First Place 1992, Second Place 1993 Cycling Criterion - Joliet Individual: Second Place 1992   

      Email Coach Hadfield for fee schedule and if you have questions...

Penguin Wisdom
With the first tentative footstrike, with the first stumbling step, with the first stride of conviction toward the person I want to be, I am liberated. As the miles pass, I stop staring at the ground in defeat. I begin to hold my head up. I find pride in overcoming the past and defeating the present.


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Last Updated: April 4, 2000 20:11