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Tracy Bussan

Tracy Bussan, 35
Account supervisor, Leo Burnett USA

Residence: River North

Tracy Bussan has a low tolerance for boredom. Last summer, while training for what she calls her “first and last” marathon, she decided that her 6:30 a.m. group runs needed spicing up. So she started waking at 5:30 to look online for animal trivia questions to challenge her co-runners en route.

Answering them “got us through four or five miles,” she recalls. As the leader of a group that develops marketing campaigns for Kellogg’s Pop Tarts, Bussan uses the same strategy when she and colleagues drive to the client’s headquarters in Battle Creek, Michigan. “I love to make my team play games like guess the celebrity,” Bussan says. “It’s all about getting through the drive."

When it comes to relationships, Bussan similarly looks for sparks. “If a guy gives me a dozen roses on Valentine’s Day, then he doesn’t know me,” she says. “That’s so boring. C’mon, throw me a bone.” (Note to guys: if you must give flowers, go with Gerber daisies, her faves.)

Since arriving in Chicago in 1992 with a pack of sorority pals from the University of Iowa, Bussan, a cobalt-eyed blonde who grew up in Galena, has been through a succession of three- and four-year relationships. “I was starting to be defined by who I was with versus who I was,” she says. “I realized that it’s better to be alone and miserable than with the wrong person and miserable.”

The right person will need the energy to stay up with Bussan, who loves playing beach volleyball and Rollerblading at dawn. “Sleeping in till noon is a huge turnoff,” she says. “A weekend is too precious to waste.” She also likes a sense of humor that reacts chemically with hers. “If someone doesn’t have that quirky, kitschy side, then that’s kind of boring.” Be warned, fellows—there’s that word again.

Email Tracy at cm_tbussan@yahoo.com

Photography by McArthurphotography.com

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