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Who We Are...

The Dirt on Kristen...

Mudslingers Endurance Coaching is operated by husband and wife duo Al and Kristen Wade. We have have two decades of coaching, fitness, and racing experience between the two of us. We are career firefighters in the far west suburbs of Chicago and avid endurance athletes.


We know the challenges athletes face when training for their A race or event. We can help you to brave the seas and tailor a training program specifically to fit your needs, your schedule, and ambitions.

You might be new to endurance sports, you might be signing up for your first triathlon, cyclocross series, criterium, backpacking adventure, gravel event, trail or swim/ run race. We will break it down for you including the gear you may need. Or, you might be a salty veteran who has ridden your bike cross country. Whatever your ability, we can offer guidance and specificity to help you reach your athletic goals.


We offer reasonable monthly pricing and training packages (please contact us to schedule a phone consultation). All training is web-based and sent daily to your inbox or via the Training Peaks App.


I'm a little bit dirt, I’m a little bit road (as long as it’s rough) and I'm a lot punk rock! I have a lot of tattoos and I swear like a sailor, though I've never been in the Navy. I have been a reporter and baker but never a candle stick maker! I'm a Colorado native temporarily housed in Illinois and I once wrote a book on triathlon spectating. I've been around the block in endurance sports and racing. I've completed 20 marathons including Boston. I have a few ultras and three Ironman triathlons under my belt. I’ve spend a month riding my bike from Canada to Mexico where I became a certified gas station athlete with an affinity toward “pocket burritos.” I have a BA in English and pay my bills working as a firefighter / paramedic. I love my stepsons, I love my husband, I love my doggies, and pink sprinkle donuts are the way to my heart.  


I left Illinois when I was 18 and joined the Air Force. By the time I was 19 I was responsible for a $17 million dollar jet. I've lived in Japan, Alaska, Texas and Florida. I'm counting the days until I can move west . . . into a van down by the river, really! I'm a mountain biker at heart but I grew up racing BMX and just about went pro. I'm also a firefighter / paramedic. I once owned a bike shop and I'm pretty sure I have more pairs of running shoes than my wife, it's an addiction and I'm not ashamed! I've run marathons, ultras, Ironman tris, XTERRAs, and 24 hour mountain bike races. I rode my bike with one gear from the border of Canada to Mexico. I too like tattoos. I practice yoga and meditate. I believe there's just not enough bad-assery in endurance sports. For God's sake, it's not golf! 

The Deets on Al...




Hi, my name is Chrissy Halioris and I am a certified weight management specialist and genetics based program designer. I met my husband of 17 years at a running group and a whole lot hasn’t changed, running, swimming and biking are staples in my life and our marriage. We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren and 3 dogs. My newest four legged child, Dilly, and I have started doing agility classes and we are ready to run our first trial soon.

I have done over 32 off road triathlon Xterra Races including 9 Championships, 5 Xterra World Championships in Maui and 2 ITU World Championships (Canada 2017, Spain 2018). I earned a spot on Team USA for the 2020 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships. Gravel triathlons are on my schedule, I have done several and they are a blast.

Swimrun has been added to my list of adventures and what an adventure!!! Swimrun is full of physical and mental challenges: cold water swims, waterfall climbs and technical trail runs. I have had so much fun learning a different sport and pushing myself to do things that are out of my comfort zone.. 

Let’s update her photos as well: please use the photo of her exiting the water, her with her dog and the one where she is running along side her partner in the swim/run event.

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