District 65 Educator Named ‘Athlete of the Year’
The magazine had previously named Mr. Rielley Athlete of the Month for November/December, earning him a spot in the running for top honors. Voting took place through January.“This award really serves as a ‘thank you’ to my family, colleagues, students, and friends for their overwhelming support over the years and throughout my training and racing,” said Mr. Rielley. “I wanted to win this award for all of them.” The Athlete of the Year Award was announced in the March/April issue of the magazine.
Last August, Mr. Rielley repeated his first place finish in the International Race of the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon. For the second consecutive year, he outpaced the competition with a finish time of 2:00:39. He also shaved several seconds off his 2015 finish time of 2:00:57 which had earned him the top spot in the previous year’s competition. Mr. Rielley teaches physical education at Dawes and Orrington and also serves as a soccer coach at Evanston Township High School. The Transamerica Chicago Triathlon is considered the ultimate urban triathlon experience and last year’s event hosted nearly 7,000 athletes from around the world. In just under two hours, Mr. Rielley finished the International/Olympic distance course consisting of a .93 mile swim, 24.8 mile bike, and a 6.2 mile run for a journey through “Chi-town” or “Tri-town” totaling 31.93 miles.