In 1968, Rich Widmark and Dick Wellbank formed the Park Ridge Speedskating Club. This fledgling club gave rise to Olympians Nancy Swider-Peltz, Sr., David Santee, Bart Conner, Mark Greenwald, and Nancy Swider-Peltz, Jr.
Through the years, devoted club presidents and Olympian coaches Chuck Burke and Nancy Sr, with dedicated assistants, produced other World Team Skaters and National Champions.
Even more importantly, the club introduced hundreds more to the thrill of speedskating. We celebrate 50 years of skating excellence with the Park Ridge Speedskating Club as we look to inspire the next generation.