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Aon Chicago 2016 was a roaring success, drawing in just under 2000 climbers on a brisk and foggy chicago morning.
 
Winning yet again was Eric Leninger, with a smoking 9:51.  In second place was Springfield powerhouse Jon “OZ” Osbourn, with a 10:41.  Close behind in third, fresh off crushing the PNW doubleheader was Jason Larson with a 10:49.  
 
On the women’s side was Liz Ruvalcaba with a 11:32.  Close behind was 17 year old Kyleigh Spearing with  12:03.  In third was perennial Aon podium placer Jennifer Glenn with a 13:16. 
 
One of the nice things about this race is they welcome and encourage climbers to do extra laps! Many took advantage, knocking out 6 or more climbs, incluing Karen Geninatti, David Kestel, Tom McGee, James Downey, John Wilmas, and David Hanley. 
 
Another great feature is the finishing area up to.  You end up in a ballroom with tons of food and drink, space to stretch out, and great views of the city.  Unfortunately, this year, the clouds were lower than the race finish, so we could only imagine the city below. There is also a large food spread at the finish of the race, and a family area for people who need somewhere to entertain the kids while parents take turns climbing!

19 climbers finished under the 13:05 “golden time” cutoff ( 1.33 * median winning time ) resulting in a 20 point bonus, bringing the full climb to 170 points total.