Posts Tagged ‘Chicago 2016’

Not a bad year for ISPA Pres.

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Hi All;

Well, Sunday was the 32nd running of the Chicago Marathon. I am pleased to say I finished with a PR. On September 13th I ran the Chicago 1/2 Marathon and also set a PR. In June I ran the Seattle Marathon and in January both Justin (Justin Mayer-Executive Director of ISPA.) and I ran the Arizona Marathon. It was the first time we ran together the entire distance as he always beat me in any event we ran in. (Talk about a good example of Family Fit!) All in all it was a good year for running for me. I’m looking forward to next year.

BTW, the crowds lining the streets in Chicago were amazing. There were more people out watching this year’s race than I have ever seen. That was kind of bitter sweet as it reminded me of what could have been for the 2016 Olympics.

John Mayer, President-ISPA

Congratulations to Rio de Janeiro!

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Rio de Janeiro has been chosen to host the 2016 Olympics. In shocking news Chicago was eliminated in the first round.

Go Chicago!

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Only 3 days remain until The International Olympic committee announces the host of the 2016 Summer Olympics. ISPA is pulling for its hometown, Chicago, to be selected as the host city. Check out for more information.

Less Doubt on Chicago 2016 Olympics

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

I have just returned after a weekend in Seattle, WA. where I ran in their marathon. I have returned with an enthusiastic appreciation of how well Chicago can put on a world-class event and how pale other city’s efforts can be.

I don’t feel qualified to comment on the financial controversy that is surrounding Chicago’s bid to hold the 2016 Olympics and I must admit the questions raised have fueled some doubt as to the viability of such an event in Chicago. But, if there was any doubt in my mind whether Chicago can organize, plan and execute a joyful and safe international event, it was erased this past weekend.

Upon arriving in the city of Seattle I exited an expressway ramp only to be dumped in the middle of somewhat confusing road construction. I found myself stalled in traffic next to a Seattle Police squad, so I thought I would get my bearings on where I was headed. My window was open as was the officer’s. With a smile I went to ask for directions, but immediately upon eye contact with me the male policeman sneered, “What the hell do you want?” Keeping up my smile and a friendly demeanor I asked my question to which he gave a curt answer punctuated by, “…now get the hell outta here.” Welcome to Seattle.

That was just the beginning of a very weak effort by this city to showcase itself. Lack of signage maneuvering around the city to get to the required registration and expo locations made the days before the race maddening and stressful. An estimated 35,000 racers were signed up for this event and if they brought one companion each, that’s a minimum of 70,000 people, many visitors, coming into your city. The lack of a city presence in helping us navigate around with construction surrounding the necessary venues was significant. And this is all before the race day itself.

Race day was more frustration. Long lines to take shuttle buses to the race start, lack of communication, poor logistics on the roads to the event, and neglect of spectators’ needs highlighted a long list of deficits in planning and execution. And, speaking of spectators, the ‘crowds’ coming out to support and enjoy the event were sparse. I’m not talking about the many and ample groups of volunteers who did a great job throughout the course, but the citizenry of Seattle coming out for the event was negligible. Contrast this with the CROWDS often two and three people deep that throng the entire marathon course at the Chicago Marathon. Chicago supports and appreciates a world-class sporting event. Most of the spectators dotted along the course were friends and family of the racers, not from the community.

Speaking of the course. The Seattle Times extolled the ‘beauty’ that the path weaved through Seattle and nearby towns. Sure, I’m spoiled by Chicago’s architectural magnificence, but even someone who has never set foot on Chicago or New York or Boston cannot call the course we ran, ‘beautiful.’ Sure, there was a stunning stretch for a couple of miles through Seward Park where we passed a bald eagle sitting on a tree limb right above our heads something other cities cannot duplicate, but the remainder of the course weaved through some nondescript residential sections of suburbs and small towns and many, many sections of highway. Ever run for miles and miles on a slanted, ridged highway? Your knees and ankles will remember that for months. And the beautiful (sic) view of industry on either side of the highway pales in comparison to running through the Chicago neighborhoods. Google a picture of Safeco Field where the Mariners play, ugh!

I could go on and on about how Chicago puts on an event, but I think you get the picture. I felt it important to comment on how well Chicago holds such events in view of all the recent publicity the Olympic bid was receiving. I don’t know about all these financial shenanigans, but if there is a city that knows how to welcome visitors and hold a global event, Chicago is the place.

Dr. John E. Mayer
International Sports Professionals Association-ISPA
(Headquartered in Chicago, btw.)

International Sports Professionals Association

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            Contact:     Dr. John Mayer, President
The International Association of Sports Professionals

International Sports Association Locates in Chicago, IL  USA
~Would Welcome Helping with the Chicago 2016 Bid~

Chicago, IL—April 24, 2009— Dr. John E. Mayer (Chicago, IL)  president, announced the location of the International Association of Sports Professionals ~ ISPA in Chicago, IL. (USA) effective immediately.
The world of sports exudes controversy and the professionals who serve sports and athletes are often in an insightful position to comment on the social, physical and behavioral issues surrounding sports and athletes at all levels.

Dr. Mayer brings over 25 years of experience as a clinical and sports psychologist to the organization; Mayer specializes in teenagers and families, and is a noted author of several books, and a national lecturer and consultant. He has been featured in the media frequently and is an outspoken commentator. His most recent appearance will be on the Discovery Investigative Channel appearing in the series, Escaped! His first show in this series airs April 27, 2009 at 10:00 PM EST. Next, he will appear on that same series, May 18, 2009, at the same time and same channel.

Mayer remarks, “This is a turbulent time for sports. The problems within the world of sports should be addressed from within. More than ever, we professionals who serve athletes, coaches, the sports industry, families of athletes, schools and sports organizations should have the highest credentials and we need to speak out on the issues to ensure that sports participation is safe, drug free, and healthy physically, emotionally, and educationally.”

The ISPA is instituting an aggressive membership drive to review credentials of professionals who serve sports. It is particularly interested in expanding its credentialing of coaches, citing the critical need for coaches at all levels to be credentialed to train athletes.

The International Association of Sports Professionals (ISPA) is the largest credentialing service for professionals in sports. The ISPA sets standards for its membership by providing professional services to the sports world spanning children’s sports to professional athletes. The ISPA includes a wide variety of professional occupations from coaches, sport psychologists, physicians, accountants, agents, physical therapists, chiropractors, nutritionists, sport physiologists, trainers, and more. ISPA designates that member professionals adhere to a strict code of ethics and have met the highest standards in their fields to provide professional services to athletes and to sports. ISPA maintains a National Register of sports professionals; professionals listed in the register are the top professionals serving all domestic sports at all levels.
For more information, please contact Dr. John E. Mayer at 312-920-9522 or write to, or 55 East Washington Street, 38th Floor, Chicago, IL  60602.  More information regarding ISPA can be found at